Premier Basketball – Exposure Plus Team Challenge

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Written By: L C

It is always a pleasure covering Premier Basketball Tournaments. The Exposure Plus Team Challenge in Mansfield, TX this past weekend featured really good talent from all over the country. The usually suspects shined, some increased their stock, and a bunch of newcomers made names for themselves. Here are some of the kids that jumped out at we this past weekend.

’20 6-0 G/F Zayla Tinner (Lady Drive Nation 17u EYBL) – Zayla Tinner is one of the most aggressive, tenacious, and skilled players out there. There is no stopping this kid when she has her mind made up on what she wants to do. She is a cold assassin that works out inside and outside. Tinner puts in the effort on defense as well. She applies extreme pressure to perimeter ball handlers and battles against post players on defense.

’20 6-0 G/F Ash’a Thompson (Lady Drive Nation 17u EYBL) – Asha is one of the most consistent all-around scorers in the state of Texas. We have watched her play club and school ball and she just does whatever her team needs her to do to get the W. She is effective working off the ball in half court sets, fills the lanes well in transition, picks up the trash around the rim and gets buckets, and she can take the ball, iso, and score against defenders.

’21 5-7 G Shayeann Day-Wilson (Sisters Keeper) – Shayeann plays with great tempo and flow and has a certain, I am unguardable off the bounce feel to her game. Day-Wilson did a great job finding creases in the defense and creating easy buckets around the rim for teammates.

 ’21 6-5 F Latasha Lattimore (Sisters Keeper) – Latasha is an absolute monster around the basket. She has great size combined with top notch athleticism. She has great hands and lateral quickness which make her a problem in pick and roll situations. Lattimore is impactful on the glass and she uses her size, length, and agility to make defenders take tough shots over the top of her.

’22 5-9 PG Breanna Davis (Lady Drive Nation) – The silent but deadly Bre Davis is a stat sheet stuffer. We have written about Bre before but when I see the growth in some of these kids we have to show more love. Bre embarrasses the point guard position and all the responsibilities that come with it. You can see how intentional she is about getting teammates involved

 ’22 6-2 G/F Ayanna Thompson (Lady Drive Nation) – Ayanna’s upside is huge. Her versatility and physical attributes make her difficult to guard. The skilled wing has an array of moves off the bounce. She is dynamic attacking the rim on the baseline and because of her size has no problems finishing in traffic.

’22 5-11 G Myka Perry (Team Lex Gold) – This kid does a lot of everything and it seems as if she has added something to her game each time we see her play. She rebounds well from the guard spot, handles against pressure, attacks loose balls, facilitates, and shoots with mid and three-point range. Perry is the ultimate utility belt. Oh, we forgot she is effective with both hands handling out on the perimeter and finishing around the basket.

’22 6-4 PF/C Sa’Myah Smith (Team Lex Gold) – Sa’Myah has post size with guard skills. It must be a terrifying sight for defenders and opposing coaches to see her facilitating the offense from the top of the key. She can attack off the bounce (both ways) and is a willing passer. Smith is a good two-way player. She is vocal, defends the paint, and if caught in a switch has enough lateral movement to keep guards out of the lane. I mean it has been something new each year with this young lady since I first saw her play at a middle school showcase game.

’22 6-1 F Sarah Edmondson Texas LoneStar Red –  Sarah’s athleticism and basketball savvy are off the charts. The rare combination of the two make her a tough guard for defenders. Her vertical is explosive, and she finishes with both hands equally around the rim. Edmondson utilizes her physical attributes to cause disruption on the defensive side of the ball as well.

’23 5-5 G Kayli Spall (Hardwood Elite) – Kayli does a great job attacking the chest of defenders and keeping them off balance. Her primary objective is to get inside around the basket for layups. She absorbs contact and gets to the free-throw line often. Spall’s attacking style causes the entire defense to collapse which opens up the floor for her entire team. Kayli makes smart basketball decisions.

’23 5-10 F Rilee Kyle (Hardwood Elite) – Rilee is a super long and athletic forward. She does a great job making effort plays, getting her team extra possessions, and plays with an extremely high motor.

’23 6-2 PF/C Jhaven Meade (Central Kentucky Storm) – Jhaven has great size and ball skills for a young big. She is agile, gets up the floor in transition, and is a solid passer inside out.

23 6-1 PF/C Triniti Harmon (Team Oklahoma 9th Platinum) – Harmon is physical at the point of contact and does a good job with positioning as it relates to rebounding. Triniti showed off nice midrange touch and did a fantastic job getting up and down the floor making herself available transitioning from defense to offense.

’23 5-6 G/ F Jerzie Bryant (Team Lex Nation) – Jerzie is as steady of a player as you will find. She plays within herself and has great demeanor that allows her to make winning plays.

’23 5-3 G Tristen Taylor (Team Lex Nation) – Tristen has blazing speed and a lighting quick first step. Deadly combination! Even more of a deadly combination when you throw in the fact that she is lights out from behind the three-point line. She utilizes that speed and quickness to blow by defenders and lives in the interior. Taylor is effective at finishing over, under, and around taller players.


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