FRANKLIN, Tenn., – The fall exposure weekend serves several purposes for prospects and college coaches alike. For many programs it gives travel coaches a glimpse into the future to plan on which players would be returning. College coaches got an inside look as to which players they should track during the high school season. Here is a second look at some of the standout teams and individual players from the fall exposure weekend at the End of the Road Championships.
Keondra McKinney (Knoxville, Tenn.), Tennessee Flight – 2017
Currently ranked No. 14 in the ELITE 25, the 6-foot-1 forward showed her skills at the End of the Road Championships in late September. The lanky built East Tennessee native proved that she can be an effective defender on the perimeter as well as in the paint. Her athleticism gives her the versatility to be at essay on my life had stood a loaded gun the front of a press to be a trapping defender. While at the same time her height gives her an edge at rebounding along the front line. As she showed in a match-up versus Team Tennessee early in the day, McKinney can provide a devastating impact for her opponents.
Her improved offensive skill set impressed our ProspectsNation.com staff even more than her defensive prowess. While she has shown glimpses of being a forward who could face up in the past, she has always been more on the side of potential rather than production. She is proving that she could become as effective on the offensive end after a weekend scoring the ball with the jump shot. McKinney’s footwork in the lane is equally polished as she showed several nice up and under moves in traffic. She will be a centerpiece for coach Tom Insell’s team next season.
All Ohio Peek
Coach Kelly Peek brought her team to the End of the Road Championships to prove that they belonged in the conversation of geometry homework answers the elite travel teams during the summer of 2015. That will be an easier claim to make after the victories on ProspectsNationTV in September. Watch for this squad to make noise on the summer travel circuit next year as they return a roster of experienced class of 2016 prospects.
What is immediately impressive about this team is the balance that they have both in the paint as well as in the back court. Forward Arielle Varner of Cincinnati, Ohio, leads the way along the frontline with her versatile skill set. The 6-1 combo forward brings a soft touch on finishes after driving to the bucket. She is joined on the block by Mariah Campbell of Mason, Ohio, who brings a blue collar attitude to the game. She fills the role of a screener and an enforcer under the rim. While 6-1 small forward Sam Rodgers of Liberty, Ohio, is a shooter who can also provide ball handling in spots.
essay over community service The back court is headlined by the duo of Alyssa Clay of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jailyn Mason of Mason, Ohio. Both guards can play either guard spot and will facilitate or score given the needs of the team. They are joined by Amani Burke of Columbus, Ohio, who often fills the role of ‘6th man’ for the team. The sharp shooter and athlete gives coach Peek instant offense off of the bench. Burke, whose brother is Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke, comes from a family of talent. With all of these prospects returning next year, they are sure to carve out their spot within the realm of women’s basketball.
Around the Rim
The Tennessee Flight organization will be filled with shooters for years to come. Class of 2017 wing Alexis Whittington of Christiana, Tenn., and guard Emily Beard of Dickson, Tenn., proved that they could fill it up all weekend long.
Legacy Elite is an up and coming program from the state of Kentucky. A few notable prospects from their essays about nature organization are class of 2018 prospects Tyrah McClendon of Newport, Ky., and Lexi Held of Burlington, Ky.
The Cincinnati Angels might have been without Michigan commit Naomi Davenport of Cincinnati, Ohio, this weekend, but coach Dante Harlan had other prospects to fill the gap such as class of 2016 forward Hayley Combs of Centerville,Ohio, and class of 2016 guard Miquela Santoro of Clarksville, Ohio.
We have had our eye on coach Spencer Hoffman’s Arkansas Hoopsters organization this calendar year. He has a number of younger prospects that showed promise including class of 2018 forward Reagan Dodd of Jonesboro, Ark.
Jonathan Hemingway is the Assistant Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com. The service is used by more than 150 colleges and universities nationwide. He also serves on the selection committee for the EBA All-American, Fab Five and Super 64 Camps. He has been involved in the community since 2002 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB