Basketball Wall Street: “The Lady Pistol, Julz Kost”
Name: Julz Kost
Class: 2021/ 8th Grade
School: St Mary’s School-(Wappingers Falls, NY)
Grade Point Average:4.0
Travel Club: Hoopers New York Elite
- Elite Perimeter Shooting
- Fundamentally Sound
- Feel For The Game
- High IQ/ Game Manager
- Tough Defender
- Ball Handling
Collegiate Visits: Yale; Louisville; Baylor.
Upcoming Visits January-March 2017: Boston College; Texas A&M; Texas Christian University.
Extra Curricular Activities/ Volunteer Work: The SPCA of Westchester County New York. Mentors kindergarten students and actively plays the Guitar.
Favorite Subjects: Science; Mathematics; Art; Spanish.
High Schools Considering: Christ The King-( Middle Village,NY); Mt Zion Christian Academy-(Durham,NC); Loomis Chaffee-(Windsor, CT); Hotchkiss School-(Lakeville,CT); The Hill School-(Pottstown,PA) ; Williston Northhampton School-(Easthampton,MA)
“I haven’t seen a girl shoot this well at this age since Sue Bird”- Christ The King coach Bob Mackey.
“I haven’t seen a kid shoot that good in 17 years of running Elk Hoop Shoot”-Elks Hoop Shoot National Director.
Basketball Wall Street:”Always Reach For New Heights”
The New Heights Youth, Inc. is a non-profit sports-based youth-development and educational organization based out of the New York City area. Girls Basketball Program Coordinator Mervin “Rock” Rosa and the New Heights name has been a staple in the grassroots community providing girls and boys an athletic and academic platform for inner city youth to become successful adults in society. “In regards to the New Heights program, the goal is to ensure that all 200+ student-athletes (female and male)are continuing to excel in the classroom and are on tract to matriculate to college as student-athletes. That includes SAT/ACT prep and, if necessary tutoring, report card tracking and any other services they need. We also must make sure our high school student-athletes what is required by the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to eventually qualify for a D1 or D2 program if they are fortunate enough to receive a scholarship offer.” says Rosa who works diligently to put forth a sensibility of class and hardwork throughout the New Heights organization. “On the court,we want to continue our tradition of successfully training and developing our student-athletes to become the best players they can be. We will continue to work very hard in the gym to develop young talent and make sure they receive maximum exposure on the travel circuit. In addition we are excited to announce the return of Jessica Villaplana, who founded the New Heights program 12 years ago. She and several talented coaches and players will be rejoining New Heights and we are excited about the depth of our coaching staff and upcoming season.”
Some of the top prospects in the New Heights program are:
Kaelynn Satterfield 6’0″ So/ Christ The King-(NY)
Emily Engstler 6’3″ Jr/ St Francis Prep-(NY)
Cavina Rickards 5’9″ So/ Christ The King-(NY)
Laysha Delossantos 5’4″ So/ Bishop Loughlin-(NY)
Kateri Poole 5’8″ Fr/ Monsignor Scanlan-(NY)
Janaysia Brown 6’2″ Fr/ Peddie School-(NJ)
Kayla Johnson 6’2″ Fr/ South Shore-(NY)
Alana Jones 5’8″ Fr/ Rye Country Day-(NY)
The New Heights 17U team will be coached by Rock Rosa and assisted by Marque Poole and LiEsha Garcia. Some of the other coaches added to the program are: Ron Kelly Nazareth-(Brooklyn, NY) Anwar Gladden (South Shore, NY) and Joe Deluca (Christ The King, NY)
With the cultivation of women’s grassroots basketball and club teams across the country, Rosa does not subscribe to the fact that an organization needs a particular sponsorship to be successful. “At New Heights we currently have 55 female alums playing college basketball, eight playing professionally and over 100 successful career women. All of them have succeeded without a sponsorship. what makes a program is a dedicated staff, players and their families. Many of our girls start with New Heights in middle school and graduate as part of the program. Since 2005 we have a 100% high school graduation rate, 98% college matriculation rate AND a 75% college graduation rate. That is due to the hard work of our coaches and academic staff and a family atmosphere that is fostered by our student-athletes. One example is Kiah Gillespie, currently a sophomore at the University of Maryland. Kiah was recruited by every program in the northeast and decided to stick with New Heights and she went on to become a McDonald’s All-American in the process. It is sad to see other programs lie to kids and families about their programs being “sponsored” or playing on a particular “circuit” to try to recruit them. Girls basketball is very different than boys, there are no huge sponsorships being given out to girls programs right now. Hopefully that will change in the near future but for now programs are only using it for marketing and recruiting. As for New Heights, we have a great travel schedule and four very competitive teams that are ready to perform at a high level.” Look for New Heights to continue their tradition of developing prospects into collegiate students, professional athletes and working professionals in the real world, always reach for New Heights.
Basketball Wall Street USA: “Honesty Is The Best Policy”
Name: Honesty Scott-Grayson
School: Riverdale Baptist School-(Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
Travel Club: Boo Williams-(VA)
College Projection: Major Division I
- Elite Ball-Handling Skills
- Transition Vision
- Feel For The Game
- Ability To Create Plays
- Scoring On All Three Levels
Honesty Scott-Grayson has grown from a precocious 7th grader into one of the top players in the country in the scholastic class of 2018 and a member of the USA Women’s Basketball Team. Throughout this cultivation as a prospect Honesty has been able to elevate her game to the highest level. The New Jersey native has just recently transferred to Paul VI Catholic-(Fairfax,Virginia), a school with a powerhouse basketball program. Honesty’s goals are clear for this upcoming season “My goals for this season are to continue working on my craft to get better and help my team win our conference WCAC (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) and State VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association) Championships.” says Scott-Grayson who embraces her teammates and joins a PVI team that is loaded with significant talent coming of off the program’s best season with a 33-1 record and its 3rd consecutive WCAC Championship under the tutelage of head coach Scott Allen. “Our practices are very competitive all the time, which enables us to push each other to get better. I appreciate each and every one of them and look forward to a successful season.” Honesty is always looking to improve her multifaceted game with hard work and dedication. “I would say the best part of my game is that I control the game, I don’t let the game control me. I am extremely competitive but I still have fun playing. Win or lose, I give my best and leave it all on the floor.”
Academically Honesty enjoys studying English and history in the classroom as much as playing basketball. She was also influenced to play the game by her mother Makeisha Scott, who was a standout player in the New Jersey area. “Although my mom signed me up for cheerleading when I was little (laughing because it wasn’t happening), she had no idea she inspired me to play basketball. My mom played and was great from what everyone in our community says and could have really went far, had she had the support she needed. Hearing all of the stories of how good my mom was from family and friends I guess you can say as youngsters we were curious about it. My brother (Tyreek) and I went to her one morning and told her we wanted to play basketball, ever since that day she has supported us 1000%, from sitting us down talking about the game to even getting on the court with us. She would have me going up against my brother a lot and would have my brother going up against older boys. She never really talks about it but I know she wishes she would have went further than she did. So with that being said, I’ve just always wanted to follow in my moms footsteps and continue where she left off. And not because SHE wants me to but because I LOVE this game.and I know she does too. Most importantly I know its going to make her proud to see me succeed at it.” At first glance one can see the striking resemblance between Makeisha and Honesty, but they also share the same love for the game of basketball. At this point Honesty has made her mother and family proud of her accomplishments as a student-athlete, look for her to have a great high school season at Paul VI Catholic.