Generation Next Grassroots National Championship

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Desoto, TX – I had a great time watching the young ladies that participated in the Generation Next Grassroots National Championship. There were talented kids at all the sites. Of the players that I saw, here are a few kids that jumped out at me.

DFW Hawks Black ‘21 Trystan Clark – I enjoyed watching Trystan Clark ball. Clark is a crafty player with a high basketball IQ. She has wonderful court awareness and does a great job getting herself to open spots on the floor. Not flashy but solid with consistent handles and demonstrated a fearless mentality when attacking the rim.

DFW Hawks Blue ’21 Jordyn Newsom – Jordyn Newsom is supremely athletic. I personally don’t think there is a move on the court she can’t make. Newsom is usually always on balance when driving to the rim and has a good vertically that allows her to finish above defenders. She has 3 ball range and has a really high release point on her shot that makes it tough on defenders to block.

NTX Lady Wolves ’22 Mary Doyle – Mary is a versatile post player that can put the ball on the floor and maneuver around defenders to get to the rim. She is flat out tough as nails and has a rare combination of skill and grit. Doyle is a sponge on the glass and showed very well against older competition.

DC Queens ’22 Adabugwu Anamekwe – This kid’s upside is huge. Adabugwu has good size and is long & rangy. She runs the floor well and showed off nice hands. Anamekwe finishes in the paint and plays to her height. Defensively she uses her physical attributes to be disruptive at the top of the full court press and gets deflections that lead to turnovers for her team.

DC Queens ’22 Nevaeh Zavala – Nevaeh is a sharp shooter. When her feet are under her and she is squared up to the basket you can book it from deep. She is very active and has quick feet on both ends. Zavala has the potential to be one of the best two-way players around.

Team Lincoln ’22 Ashia McSwain – Ashia is the real deal. McSwain has a top notch post game and demonstrated fantastic footwork in the paint. Although she is an absolute monster on the block, her dominance is not limited to just posting up. She has guard skills with deep range.

NTX Elite ’23 Seniya Wilson – Seniya is an elusive guard with nice handles and explosion to the rim.

DC Queens ’23 Kiyleyah Parr – For a super young player Kiyleyah did a great job of controlling the tempo. She played fast when it was appropriate and settled her team down when it was necessary. Parr did a good job slicing through zones and had the floater game in full effect. I was impressed with her court awareness and recognition to shoot floaters over defenders instead of trying to run through them. What I love the most about Kiyleyah’s game is her passion and love for the game. You could see it all over her face throughout the game.

OKC Lady Hoopsters ’23 Baylor Franz – Baylor did a good job controlling the flow of the game in half court and full court situations. Franz distributed the ball well and can knock down shots from deep.

PWP Kalayia Johnson ’23 – Kalayia is an extremely physical basketball player. She has wonderful burst to the basket and is able to absorb most contact at the rim.

Katy Rebels ’23 Loghan Johnson – Johnson is a big guard that has a rare combination of skill and size. She is silky smooth in the open floor and does a great job using ball fakes and jab steps to get inside. Loghan is efficient with both hands and often times made the game look effortless.

Katy Rebels ’23 D’Asia Thomas – D’Asia is an athletic big that is super nimble and light on her feet. Thomas demonstrated a nice face up one bounce power dribble to the rim. With her frame and consistent activity, she has the potential to be a dominant rebounder.

Katy Rebels ’23 Fiyin Adeleye – Fiyin is another big with a bright future. If she puts in the work and adds to her back to the basket game her stock will rise. You can’t teach size and Adeleye has that. She does a great job using her length to extend and finish around the basket. Fiyin has nice hands and made some tough catches in traffic.

DFW Future ’23 Rylee Verduin – I enjoyed watching Rylee battle down in the painted area. She puts in work before she catches the ball establishing position and sealing to keep defenders on her back. Verduin did a good job attacking the boards both offensively and defensively.

Rising Stars ’21 Anisha Chintala – Love Anisha’s athleticism and ranginess. She is fun to watch offensively and even better to watch defensively. She has extended range with her shot and is a terror on defense. Chintala’s on ball defense is tremoundous and she uses her length to get passing lane steals.

Rising Stars ’21 Ana Garcia – Ana is a sergeant in the post area. She showcased a nice step through and up and under moves. Overall she did a great job operating efficiently in tight spaces. Garcia has wonderful footwork on the block and has nice touch around the rim.

Rising Stars ’21 Nadia Pouya – Nadia is a solid hooper. She does a lot of things well. Her ball handling is on point and she is impactful in transition. When she gets to the rack she has a purpose. Pouya absorbs contact and finishes strong at the basket.


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