We Got Game

Categories: Hoops Updates
Written By: Larry Curry

I love being in the gym. I especially love being in the gym surrounded by wonderful and talented kids. Kids competing, improving their game, and simply getting better. Had a chance to sit in the cut and evaluate at the We Got Game Tournament and saw some talented kids go hard.

 

NLMA ‘25 Aaliya Chavez – The young A.I., Aaliya Chavez was superb. The kid did a great job keeping defenders off balance. Chavez got to the rim at will and often times created contact to get herself to the free-throw line. She was lock down on defense and pestered ball handlers all day long. **Must Watch**

NTX Elite ’25 Trinity Thomas – Trinity Thomas is a smooth shooter. She did a good job getting to her corner 3 spots. She also did a wonderful job using ball fakes and the threat of the 3 to get inside.

North Texas Elite ’24 Nissa Muhammad – Nissa is super quick and explosive to the basket. Her ability to get to the basket is awesome. She did a great job using her quick feet to apply ball pressure and stay in front of defenders.

North Texas Elite ’24 Jayla Lawson-Kennedy – Jayla’s upside is huge. Lawson-Kennedy is a rare combination of athleticism and size. She is one of the most athletic kids I have seen. I could not believe she is just a ’24.  She does a good job of cleaning up misses around the rim and will continue to develop her back to the basket game. **Must Watch**

Oklahoma Lady Bombers ’24 Zya Vann – Zya’s skill level is off the charts. She has a wonderful court presence and demonstrated good body control when attacking the basket. She has a nice floater and shoots with range. Vann’s versatility along with her length, make her a factor on defense. She caused havoc at the top of the press and used active hands to deflect passes. **Must Watch**

Oklahoma Lady Bombers ’24 Erianna Gooden – Erianna is a consistent solid ball player.  I love the composure that she plays with. She is steady and makes great basketball plays for her team. Gooden is effective from both guard sports.

Oklahoma Lady Bombers ’24 Makaviya Nelson – Makaviya is a feisty spirted hooper. She flat out gets to the rim and finishes with contact amongst taller players. She operates well in tight passes and is an effective interior passer. Nelson is elusive in the open floor.

Cy Fair ’24 Kennedy Evans – I enjoyed watching Kennedy Evans ball. Her stroke is pure. The games I watched, Evans did a good job sliding into open spots of the defense to make herself available for 3s that she often made. She did a great job working along the baseline to get shots at the bucket.

Cy Fair ’24 Hannah Carr – Talk about bounce, Hannah Carr can flat out handle the rock. Her hesitations and stop & go moves left defenders in the dust. She is tremendous in iso situations going left or right and did a great job facilitating.  Her tenacious defense was fun to watch. She displayed good lateral movement and an ability to beat offensive players to the spot.

Cy Fair ’24 Cheyenne Wooten – One of the most poised and level headed players that I have seen. Cheyenne is never rattled and always plays within herself. Wooten is an efficient basketball player. She is often one of her team’s primary ball handlers and does a great job valuing possession of the basketball. She is a willing passer and does a great job of finding the open player.

DC Queens White ’23 Jalynn Bristow – Bristow has a really nice upside. Her potentially has not been realized. However, the kid is athletic for days. She has a nice vertical and uses that vertical and length to do positive things around the rim.

DC Queens Blue ’23 A’Cya Narcisse – It is fun to watch kids grow, physically and mentally as the years pass. I remember first seeing A’Cya play a couple years ago and I said to myself, “She is special”. Although Narcisse has a quiet demeanor, her game on the court is loud. She uses her long strides to glide around the court and make the difficult look effortless. She is as effective with her off hand as she is with her dominant hand. A’Cya has a high basketball IQ. **Must Watch**

Lady ProSkills ’23 Jordyn DeVaughn – Jordyn is a wonderful facilitator. She displays great court awareness and always has a head up looking to make plays down the floor. She does a good job using the pass to break down the defense and usually always make the right pass.

Lady Pro Skills ’23 Josie Schlegel – The young post player displayed a really nice touch and soft hands. She made really touch catches in traffic. Schlegel has great size and showcased a really nice drop step over her right shoulder that often times knocked defenders off balance and created space for her to operate inside.

DFW Future ’23 Jerzie Bryant – Jerzie had the midrange game on full display during this event. She has a really good stop and pop free throw line extended. Bryant does a good job penetrating, drawing defenders, and kicking to teammates for open shots. Jerzie can be effective at both guard spots.

DFW Future ’23 Reagan Jackson – Ms Jackson can score the basketball in a multitude of ways. She displayed a good burst off the bounce and showed the ability to shoot off the dribble.

Texas Super Girls ‘21 Marlee Ward – Marlee’s game is so smooth. She demonstrated playmaking ability and can get to the basket going both ways. Ward also showcased a nice set jumper and did a great job of getting herself to the free-throw line. Her length and size at the guard spot make her a tough match up for defenders. **Must Watch**

Texas Super Girls ’21 Allaiya Jones – Allaiya displayed good footwork with her back to the basket. She also has a solid face up game and can attack the rim going left and right. She finishes strong in the paint with both hands and absorbs contact well. Jones does a good job tracking the ball off the rim and positions herself well to snag boards.

DC Queens Select HS ’20 Micah Cooper – If I were to describe this kid as quick, that would be an understatement. Micah has an explosive first step and burst to the basket. There is no wasted motion in her game. Every move has a purpose. Cooper is knock down when she gets her feet set and does a great job of getting square to the basket.

DC Queens Select HS ’20 Makalah Robinson – This kid’s energy level is off the charts. You can’t teach effort ad Makalah Robinson plays all out. She is basically a track star on the court. She chases down every loose ball and is just as fast with the ball in her hand. She is a blur to the basket when she gets daylight.

DC Queens Select HS ’19 Nina Ritchie – Love Nina’s length and range. She did a great job of using her length to catch passes over the top of the defense and finishing. She runs the floor well and does a great job filling the lanes in transition.

4thirteen HS Ma’K’la Woods – Ma’K’la Woods is a load to handle inside. She simply outworks opponents in just about every aspect of the game. She does a lot of her work before she even gets the ball. Woods does a good job establishing herself on the block and uses her frame to seal and keep defenders on her back. She also does a good job getting up and down the floor.

Cy Fair Elite Bonner Trinity Gooden – Gooden has wonderful size at the guard position. She uses her height to see over the top of smaller guards and she makes plays that smaller guards cannot. Trinity’s games is fluid and she displayed wonderful pace.

Cy Fair Elite Bonner Jayliah Johns – Jayliah Johns has a do whatever it takes attitude on the basketball court. She is aggressive attacking the glass and uses her solid frame to set good on ball screens. She did a good job diving hard to the basket in pick and roll situations.

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