SUWANEE, Ga. — With over 80 college coaches on hand for day one, over 160 players had a chance to take advantage of the exposure that the 10th annual Elite Basketball Academy All-Southeast Showcase provided. There were several headliners in the building playing in front of NCAA Final Four participants, including Connecticut, LSU, Maryland and Notre Dame.
By: Brandon Clay
From the opening tip, the showcase had the entire homework assignment helper crowd at Suwanee Sports Academy buzzing with a matchup of two of the nation’s top class of 2015 prospects in Te’a Cooper of Powder Springs, Ga., and Asia Durr of Douglasville, Ga., squaring off. Both of the highly regarded brought their “A-Game” to the table and left no doubt that their status as EBA All-Americans was well deserved. Neither backed down from the long-awaited matchup making plays that brought the standing-room only crowd to a fevered pitch. Cooper started the highlight reel with a no-look pass to teammate Caliya Robinson of Marietta, Ga., to convert a university of california a-g requirements layup as the first half buzzer sounded. Durr countered with a left-handed pass in traffic to Stephanie Amichia of Suwanee, Ga., that would have taken off a defender’s head had anyone dared to get in the way. In the end, Cooper’s team squeaked out the victory while both of them put on a show that will be talked about city-wide for months.
Jenny Vernet of Douglasville, Ga., made a nice impression on the college coaches on hand coming off of a summer where she returned from a time management essay serious knee injury.
Kaylee Barnard of Orlando, Fla., is cementing her reputation as a sharp-shooting guard willing to play the game hard on every possession.
The youth movement was in full effect with top shelf middle school players from all over the country with us for the Showcase: Blair Green (Kentucky), Jarya Outten (Florida) and Ashley Williamson (Colorado).
As all of the gameplay was going on, Sean “Sticks” Smith and Adrian Penland used the other side of the facility to work with the campers on individual skill instruction. Their instruction had the legitimate essay writing service uk campers locked in and ready to perform for the coaches.
Brandon Clay is the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. The service is picked up by more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the EBA All-American, Fab Five and Super 64 Camps. In addition, he serves as a national recruiting analyst for ESPNHoopgurlz and a contributor to SLAM Magazine. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com or follow him on Twitter @BrandonClayPSB