PSB Family 2016 Program Review – Tampa Thunder

The Tampa Thunder continue to gain momentum as one of Florida’s top travel programs. They compete on a national level and help kids get to the next level. Photo cred – GGP Got Grins / Kim Carpenter

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By: @JLHemingwayPSB

The success that the Tampa Thunder have experienced in recent years is a testament to the work, dedication and leadership for everyone involved in the organization. The program celebrates and promotes each player equally, regardless of college level, equally. The Thunder have seen remarkable success on the court and in the realm of recruiting. See a rundown of their 2016 season here.

Program Director

Rob Walker

Program Headquarters

Tampa, Florida

Official Website

www.ETYBA.org

Official Twitter

@ETYBA   

@TampaThunderGBB

PSB Tournaments Attended:

#PSBTipOffClassic
#PSBRealDeal
#PSBSummerInvite
#PSBEndoftheRoad

Committed 2017 Players

Avree Carpenter (5-7/CG/Seffner Christian Academy) Union University
Megan Clark (5-8/W/Freedom HS) Tennessee Tech
Cellexia Foster (5-8/G/Booker HS) Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Julia Ingram (5-9/W/Palm Harbor University HS) University of Tampa
Madison Pack (6-3/PF/Sarasota HS) Columbia University
Cheyann Williamson (6-1/PF/Clearwater HS) Florida Southern College

Uncommitted 2017 Players with Significant Interest

Stephanie Brower (6-1/F/Wiregrass Ranch HS)
Paris Copeland (5-8/G/George Jenkins HS)
Zariyah Daniels (5-5/PG/Lakewood HS)
Samantha Lee (6-1/F/Northeast HS)
*Yemiyah Morris (6-5/C) Moved to Nevada
Megan Mosbach (5-6/PG/Baron Collier HS)
Alyssa Nieves (5-5/SG/Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate HS)
Payton Paro (5-10/W/Plant HS)
Briana Trigg (5-10/W/Strawberry Crest HS)
Ayanna Trigg (5-10/W/Strawberry Crest HS)

Notable Returners to the Program

2018

Audra Leipold (5-8/CG/Seffner Christian Academy)
Mary Martha Turner (6-2/W/Greater Atlanta Christian)
Polina Ovchinnikova (5-9/W/IMG Academy)
Arina Ovchinnikova (5-9/W/IMG Academy)
Nykeria Reed (5-5/PG/Seffner Christian Academy)
Toi Smith (6-0/F/Lakewood HS)

2019
Brylee Bartram (5-8/SG/Seffner Christian Academy)
Jaida Bond (5-8/CG/Seffner Christian Academy)
Kaliyah Henderson (5-8/G/Robinson HS)
Zahria Jenkins (5-11/G/Crystal River HS)
Jalyn Spurlin (5-9/W/Brandon HS)
Kim Kohlmeier (5-5/PG/Forest HS)
2020
Macey Zeh Arndt (6-2/PF/Seffner Christian Academy)
Taylor Butler (5-3/PG/Tampa Catholic)
Hilani Cantone (5’7/W/Apopka HS)
Aliyah Irizarry (5-10/W/Orlando Christian Prep)
Katelyn Kinney (5’4/G/West Orange HS)
Mary McMillan (5’6/PG/Apopka HS)

Rob Walker on the Advantages of Playing in PSB Tournaments

“PSB Tournaments have been great for the Thunder program because our teams are always afforded the opportunity to play other high caliber programs.  PSB events are always well managed, so we know our teams will always have a quality experience.  We really appreciate the tremendous media and scouting coverage.  Many of our girls have received tremendous attention at PSB events giving them a tremendous advantage in the recruiting process.  We also appreciate the relationship between the Thunder coaches and the PSB staff.  All of the PSB staffers are engaging and do a great job communicating to ensure we are working together to help every girl out in their recruiting process.”

Brandon Clay on the Tampa Thunder

“Over the past two club seasons, Tampa Thunder has taken the next step in establishing themselves as a premier independent program nationally. They take pride in developing high level players and more importantly, elite level families. The Thunder are one of the few programs in the country who consistently produce must recruit prospects for all levels of colleges and universities from Power 5 major conference recruits to NCAA Division III signees. Led by Director Rob Walker, their growth has been exponential since coming on board with the PSBFamily. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for both parties as we work to continue growing the game on an annual basis.”

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Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is the Assistant Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com International Scouting Report, is on the Naismith Trophy Board of Selectors and owns CoachHemi.com, the go-to source for coaches for X’s and O’s.  He is the floor director of #TeamEBA camps, a site director for #TeamPSB tournaments and can be reached at jonathanhemingway@peachstatebasketball.com.