MLK BallN Prep Classic 2017

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MONTGOMERY Al – During the month of January all over the country we celebrate many things, but in the south… especially in Montgomery Alabama, we celebrate two major milestones. The birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and MLK BallN Prep’s Classic. These events have become synonymous with one another in these parts. While Dr. King led the civil rights movement for all, BallN Prep has and continues to elevate the game of girls basketball.

College coaches from across the nation descend on the capitol of Alabama
each year to scout top players from local and surrounding areas, near and far states, line up to take part in this awesome event. This year’s event (Jan 14/16) proved to be the broadest one to date. Why? Because BallN Prep went international. Team TRC Academy, from our northern neighboring country, Canada, came down to the lower 48, specifically Alabama, to compete with and against teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. While this is a first for Team BallN Prep, plans are not to let it be the last.






Over the course of this year’s 3-day event (2 days of actual play), Sunday’s off day included a Civil Rights Tour with TRC Academy and Carolina Prep. The highlight of the tour was going inside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Montgomery home and walking in his footsteps as well as standing in his study, bedroom, kitchen and living room. Special thanks to Dr. Shirley Cherry for the information eloquent stroll back into time to 1954.

We were fortunate to watch some electrifying, eye-catching, jaw-dropping play. Individuals who got in the “zone” and put up big numbers, along with teams displaying synchronicity, where all teammates worked together as one to create a fierce opponent.

All players were a joy to watch and competed hard. Listed below are some standout performers/eye-catchers.

’18 5-9 PG Zippy Broughton, R.E. Lee-Montgomery (AL)
’17 5-11 G Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech (AL) (South Carolina signee)
’17 PG Nautika Philpot, Auburn HS (AL) (Montevallo signee)
’20 5-7 G Kristin Brown, Carver-Montgomery (AL)
’18 5-5 G Jamecia Jackson, Carver-Montgomery (AL)
’19 6-3 C Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson (AL)
’19 5-10 Tatyana Siler, Charles Henderson (AL)
’20 5-8 Niaira Jones, Charles Henderson (AL)
’18 5-9 G Taylor Aikerson, Deshler (AL)
’18 5-11 C Karleigh Sledge, Deshler (AL)
’17 5-5 G Jasmine Gaines, The Potter’s House Christian Academy (FL)
’19 6-1 G Khyra Williams, The Potter’s House Christian Academy (FL)
’20 5-2 G Nyla Allen, The Potter’s House Christian Academy (FL)
’18 5-7 PG/SG Marissa Mackins, Carolina Prep Academy (NC)
’18 5-6 PG Talia Hardy, Carolina Prep Academy (NC)
’19 6-3 C Tierra Davis, Sidney Lanier (AL)
’19 5-7 PG Niya Oden, Thompson HS (AL)
’17 6-2 F/C Hailey Brown, TRC Academy (Canada) (Michigan signee)
’20 5-9 G Aaliyah Arab-Smith, TRC Academy (Canada)
’19 6-1 G/F Makayla Ennis, TRC Academy (Canada)
’18 5-10 G Taya Hanson, TRC Academy (Canada)
’19 5-10 G Aerial Wilson, TRC Academy (Canada)

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