RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – With several events spread out all over Southern California, the wealth of talent on display was impressive. With that we look at a few more standouts from the three-day West Coast Fall Showcase at Chaffey College.
By: Chris Hansen
Mikayla Cowling (Benicia, Calif.) – East Bay Xplosion — 2014
In every class there seems to be a select few top 40 caliber players that kind of quietly stay among the elite. Mikayla Cowling, the 6-foot-1 wing from St. Mary’s Berkeley High School appears to be one of those players. She shot onto the scene with a huge amount of upside and potential. But the quiet part of her development hasn’t gone completely unnoticed, it has simply been a steady growth in skill and confidence.
Cowling, who already has committed to Cal, is comfortable being the main offensive weapon where early in her career on the elite circuit she was content to make a few plays and defer to teammates. With her length, quickness and ability to score, she has to be a focus of the offense to compete with the law homework help best teams. She also is looking to make an impact on the defensive end where those same attributes that make her dynamite on the offensive end allow her to shut down the opposition’s alpha player, almost regardless of position. If she can really focus on this part of her game she has All-Conference written all over her at the next level.
Chyanne Butler (Corona, Calif.) – St. Bernard HS – 2014
Our spotlight group collectively represents the Golden State’s depth of speedy point guards. And Chyanne Butler is one such guard that is helping to lead the charge. She continues to impress with her defensive impact, even drawing some matchups with players who possess similar athleticism. What was telling about her performance this weekend was that even with a worth opponent across from her, she played under control and didn’t try to push even harder. She showed she is thinking the game as the point guard and without standout post teammate LaJahnna Drummer playing, her team needed that leadership.
Brijanee Moore (Stockton, Calif.) – Cal Sparks NorCal – 2015
This 5-7 legalizing weed essay point guard has shown considerable grown from the Spring when we debuted at the Nike Skills Academy. Brijanee Moore has top shelf speed and can really push tempo, even after an opponent’s made basket. She is fearless in her attack of the paint and can make some spectacular plays in traffic. There are some possessions where she gets herself into trouble, going to hard into established help or simply trying to do too much with the dribble. When she reigns this in and begins to run her team vocally, she should be one of the most sought point guards on the left coast.
Morgan Green (San Jose, Calif.) – East Bay Xplosion — 2014
A 5-8 point guard, Morgan Green is really coming into her own. She has gotten so much stronger that she plays a lot bigger than her listed height. With that strength she does a great job of keeping balance on dribble penetration, allowing her to make the best play, be it finishing herself or dishing off to a teammate. She’s also showing a comfort level at slowing the ball up when needed and getting her teammates the ball where they need it. And with a weapon like Cowling on her team, having a point guard that white paper writing can feed a scorer is a must.
AROUND THE RIM
South Medford freshman guard Julissa Tago of Medford, Ore., showed a confidence and flare for the big play that few her age possess. Even a mistake didn’t deter her from squeezing the next pass into a tight space, looking to create a bucket for a teammate.
This event was refreshing in a fall ball period that is individual showcase-centric or has club teams coming back together after a two-month layoff, because the core of the event was high school teams that have been practicing together. In addition to offering more fluid basketball, it also offered a chance to see players in different roles than we did in July.
Chris Hansen is the managing editor for Peach State Media. In addition to serving as a contributor to the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report, Hansen also covered girls’ basketball and women’s college basketball prospects nationally for ESPN.com. A graduate of the University of Washington with a communications degree, he has been involved in the women’s basketball community since 1998 as a high school and club coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He is a member of the McDonald’s All-American team selection committee. He can be reached at email@example.com.