JumpOffPlus.com Event Recap: TeamEBA Fab Five Camp Day One September 1, 2012

Jasmine Carter

Jasmine Carter, pictured here at the PSB Pre-Season Shootout, shined on the first day of the TeamEBA Fab Five Camp. *Photo by Ty Freeman

SUWANEE, Ga. – The Sixth Annual Elite Basketball Academy Fab Five Camp got off to a solid start this morning. Those first few minutes of the 9 a.m. hour were a little rough but once the kids got the blood flowing there was a lot of good basketball.

By: Chris Hansen

With top 100 players in the gym, like Te’a Cooper of Powder Springs, Ga., in the 2015 class, and Penn State commit Peyton Whitted of Suwanee, Ga., in the 2013 class, this atmosphere provided a strong measuring stick for players looking to break into the rankings discussion.

One player who came in the building ready to play from the first tip was Jasmine Carter of Dacula, Ga., a 5-foot-7 guard from the 2014 class. She put her strength and athleticism to work and made her way into the gym for a host of pull-ups and floaters. She stayed busy on defense too. She set the bar high for effort on both ends of the floor.

Also having a good start to camp was junior Sierra Jones of Huntsville, Ala. The 5-8 guard was flying all over the gym causing chaos on defense and getting to the rim on offense.

One of the best scorers of the day was sophomore Destinee Walker of Orlando, Fla. The 5-10 wing bring speed and length to the floor but she has a hair-trigger release and her jumper was dialed in. She had opposing teams yelling for closeouts. After averaging 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for Lake Highland Prep as a freshman, it is plausible she could be a 20 and 10 player the duration of her high school career.

Junior wing-forward Sydney Brackemyre from Harveysburg, Ohio, was timid in her team’s first game but showed off her versatile skill set leading the 6-0 swing player to exploit mismatches and lead her team to a win in the final game of the day.

With the younger group, the three 2016 players expected to lead the charge were up for the expectations, with 5-5 point guard Crystal Dangerfield of Murfreesboro, Tenn., 5-5 combo guard Taryn McCutcheon of Blennerhassett, W.Va., and 5-6 guard Celina King of Cincinnati, Ohio, who all played well throughout the afternoon. Dipping into the 2017 class, those that have designs on a post would be well served to know the name Ariyah Copeland, a 6-3 post form Woodland, Ga.

With a day in the books, following two sets of games and two skill sessions with EBA lead trainer Sean Smith and his team, expectations will be for the cream to rise to the top in Sunday’s workout.

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 covers 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.