DETROIT, Mich. — With the growth of one-day shootouts nationwide, there are lots of events for college coaches to choose from. The Holiday Classic showcased 16 of the Great Lakes State‘s top teams including arguably the two best statewide in Grosse Point and Martin Luther King giving 20-plus schools a reason to check in. Here’s a look at some of the noteworthy prospects from the day.
Antania Hayes (Detroit, Mich.) – King HS – 2013
Hayes made her mark on the club circuit with Michigan Crossover by making positive things happen on both ends of the floor with her energy. The 6-foot forward is ranked No. 40 overall in the 2013 class by the JumpOffPlus.com National Report. Her ability to finish plays around the rim, then turn around and defend the opposing team’s most effective perimeter threat is uncanny.
The DePaul signee is one of the nation’s most athletic wing prospects and showed law assignment help australia that making play after play in the open floor Saturday evening. On a high school team that is one of the best in the state, Hayes is the catalyst as she played four positions during the game making a crucial basket late with Huron (Mich.) cutting into the King lead early in the fourth quarter.
Claire DeBoer (Grosse Point, Mich.) – Grosse Point HS – 2013
One of our favorite new player attributes is players who play so hard that they allow the coaching staff to focus on coaching the other players on the floor. DeBoer, a Bucknell signee, should allow her college coach, Aaron Roussell, to do just that. A 6-1 forward, DeBoer made an impact on the game versus a Benton Harbor (Mich.) team that couldn’t find an answer for her on the interior. She showed some versatility attacking the basket off the catch, then showed soft touch on a step out jumper off of the guard’s dribble help on an essay drive penetration at 10 feet that not many high school prospects execute correctly.
Shekeya Graves (Inkster, Mich.) – John Glenn HS – 2013
Another DePaul signee, Graves put on a show for the local crowd on Saturday as she knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half alone. Coach Doug Bruno and his staff are getting a guard with the skill set to play on the ball coupled with the speed and shooting ability to play off of it as well. Pairing her with fellow signee, Jessica January of Richfield, Minn., will ease the pain of losing All Big East-caliber guard Anna Martin to graduation.
AROUND THE RIM
Kalabrya Gondrezick from Benton Harbor, Mich., had a solid performance on Saturday. The 5-9 class of 2015 point guard showed that she shoots the basketball off of the pull-up jumper as well as any kid in the class. Right now, her skill set has her in a position to be recruited by schools speech writing services online nationwide.
College coaches should get familiar with 2015 guard Cierra Rice of Grosse Point, Mich. Rice is a four-star off guard and was one of the new faces of the day for our staff. She’s a legit athlete on the wing and can make plays in the open floor.
Cincinnati signee Brandey Tarver of Chicago, Ill., showed a nice pull- up game around eight feet off of the dribble that we had not seen before. The 6-foot wing has a nice touch around the rim hitting a couple of floaters in traffic.
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. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBas ketball.com