MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Known for having quality teams and some of the country’s top prospects, the Turkey Jamm has become a staple of the high school circuit over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Though the venue moved from Memphis this year, the talent level and competition stayed the same. Here’s the rundown on who showed their skill over the weekend.
Crystal Dangerfield (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – Blackman HS – 2016
Dangerfield might have been the most dynamic player in the event regardless of class. Her team was matched up with Bolingbrook in the marquee game of the day on Saturday. The 5-foot-6 primary ballhandler wasted absolutely no time making her presence felt. On the game’s first possession, Dangerfield made everyone in the gym pay attention launching a 26-foot jumper that just missed dropping. She went on to finish with 20 points and thematic essay six assists in a win.
Skill wise, the diminutive point guard made the right pass time after time, showing that she could “thread the needle” to fit the ball in tight windows. Her slight frame and speed puts us in the mind of current Connecticut freshman Moriah Jefferson. That said, Dangerfield is more of a scoring threat than Jefferson was at the same age. In that regard, Dangerfield’s game and willingness to score the basketball has a feel similar to the current top-ranked player in 2014, Kelsey Mitchell of Cincinnati, Ohio, minus the powerful build. With several BCS football school offers on the table right now, the future looks bright for Dangerfield.
Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, Mo.) – Incarnate Word Academy – 2015
Collier was impressive with her Missouri Phenom club team this summer at our Real Deal in the ‘Ville and Elite 32 Summer Jam. The talented 6-2 forward showed well here with her high school team as well, playing four positions on the floor how can i pay someone to write my essay on both ends. Collier’s biggest attribute right now is her seemingly limitless upside. Her growth from the beginning of the club season to this evaluation was impressive. Ball skill is an area that she has addressed over the past six months and it showed this weekend.
Ellen Riggins (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) – Oakland HS – 2013
Versatility is a great word to describe Riggins’ game. The Samford-signee can defend either the wing or the post, rebounds the basketball well and can score the ball from the inside or outside. Her ability to stretch opposing defenses with her shooting range makes her a tough matchup. On Saturday, the 6-0 forward made an up-and-under move around the basket that made the entire crowd cheer. Her high energy and basketball intelligence should allow her future coach, Mike Morris, to play her early and often once she gets to Birmingham next fall.
AROUND THE RIM
Bolingbrook is finding their way after graduating All-American forward Morgan Tuck (Connecticut). Look for them to term papers writing rely heavily on Illinois-signee Kennedy Cattenhead this season. Coach Tony Smith does an excellent job getting his teams to play hard and this year appears to be no exception.
Like Bolingbrook, McEachern lost a lot from last year’s roster. The 2011-12 team finished the season ranked No. 2 nationally, going undefeated and winning the GHSA Class AAAAA state championship in the process. With a guard-oriented roster this time around, coach Phyllis Arthur will use a steady dose of heavy ball pressure and the Cooper sisters, Mia and Te’a to get the job done this year.
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 atBrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com