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NORCROSS, Ga. — There are certain stops along the recruiting process that should be used as checkpoints for where players are overall in terms of skill, game IQ and work ethic. And the Nike Regional Skills Academy, held in the Atlanta area April 25-27, is one of those stops.
6-foot-1 class of 2009 prospect Elan Brown from Georgia is smooth. Finished well around the rim and using her length really well. Elan’s always been an excellent spot shooter but she’s attacking the rim consistently right now.
6-1 swing forward Cierra Burdick from North Carolina is as help with assignments online talented as any player in the 2011 class. She handles well, has a nice frame and is a very good natural athlete. She’ll have to continue to work on her shooting ability outside to stay at the head of the class, but for now she’s right there.
A 2010 wing out of Georgia, 5-11 Alexis Burke is the real deal. Blessed with a strong frame for a wing, she can shoot it or get to the rim. In fact, she has the innate ability to get a basket almost anytime she needs to.
The baby of the bunch, Georgia’s Kaela Davis (6-0) had a solid weekend, especially for a 2013. If I didn’t know better, I would have believed she was a very good 2010 or ’11 prospect. She’s very aware of the game already and how to play in space with other players. If Kaela’s jumper gets good transfer essays range to 22 or 23 feet like I believe it will over the next two years, I’m not sure how many players will be able to do a lot with her.
Tennessee’s 6-2 Jasmine Hassell is just a beast. Her wide shoulders allow her to control other post players on the block and she’s got pretty good feet when she faces up. She had her way against the posts at Camp. She’ll be at the National Academy for sure.
The thing about 6-2 class of 2010 forward Kaneisha Horn from Alabama is she’s consistent every time I watch her. She keeps adding tools to her game including the skill to handle in the open floor and finish in traffic. She held her own with Hassell in a couple of different matchups during camp.
Burke and Jasmine James, a 5-8 rising senior from Tennessee, were probably the most skill-set complete free professional essay writers guards on hand with range to 20-plus feet. A class of 2009 prospect, Jones has a slick handle and plays hard.
Wow, LaQuinta Jefferson, a 5-10 guard from the 2010 class in Tennessee, probably had as good of a weekend as any player in the building. She’s a great athlete, is getting to the rim and showed the ability to hit the mid-range jumper time after time. She was the only kid in camp to use a “McGrady-Bryant” style backdown from the wing to score.
Floridian 2011 point guard Cassie Peoples (5-5) is one for the future. I couldn’t help but enjoy her advanced skill set so early in her progression. She can shoot it, handle and has great body control amongst the trees. Like most young point guards, she’ll have to continue to learn how to get everyone involved.
Virginia commit 6-3 Erinn Thompson from North Carolina is essays online buy playing like a high-post center right now (think European/International post play). Erinn shoots the 15- to 18-footer very well for her size. She still has room to get a stronger through her upper body.
As always, Morgan Toles, the 5-7 rising senior from Georgia, is in great shape although she was a little banged up by Saturday afternoon. She was active, bouncy and thinks the game as well as any point guard who was on hand. She’ll have to add some range to her jumper but, other than that, she is good to go.
Brandon Clay is the owner of the JumpOffPlus.com International Report, Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. The JumpOffPlus.com is picked up by more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the Elite Basketball Academy Camps. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com