Monthly Archives: May 2017

Basketball Wall Street: ESPN/Hoopgurlz 2019 PG Super 7″

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Basketball Wall Street: ESPN/HOOPGURLZ 2019 PG Super 7″
prepared by Dan Olsen

Point Guard

1. Anaya Peoples 5’10”-Schlarman Academy-(IL)
2. Ashley Owusu 5’9″-Paul VI Catholic-(VA)
3. Rikki Harris 5’9″-North Central-(IN)
4. Zia Cooke 5’7″-Toledo Rogers-(OH)
5. Jaden Owens 5’6″-Plano West-(TX)
6. Shaila Beeler 5’6″-Warren Central-(IN)
7. Charisma Osborne 5’7″-Windward School-(CA)

Guard

1. Nyah Green 6’1″-Bishop Lynch-(TX)
2. Kierstan Bell 6’1″-Canton McKinnley-(OH)
3. Jordan Horston 6’1″-Columbus Afrocentric-(OH)
4. Diamond Miller 6’1″-Franklin-(NJ)
5. Tiara Young 5’10”-Evangel Christian Academy-(LA)
6. Leilani Correa 5’10”-Rutgers Prep-(NJ)

Wing

1. Breanna Beal 6’0″-Rock Island-(IL)
2. Haley Jones 6’1″-Archbishop Mitty-(CA)
3. Rickea Jackson 6’2″-Edison Public Academy-(MI)
4. Sammie Puisis 6’1″-William Mason-(OH)

Basketball Wall Street: “Adidas Uprising Gauntlet 2017”

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The Adidas Girls Basketball Uprising Gauntlet Series is in its 2nd year. Official Adidas teams from around the country will travel to Phoenix, Arizona in April and to Dallas, Texas in July for the Gauntlet Series. The outcomes of these events will determine seeding for the Uprising Summer Championships in Atlanta, Georgia on July 27-29 2017. All teams that play in the Summer Championships on July 27-29 must be an Adidas affiliated team. Adidas Girls Basketball has created a Silver Gauntlet in order to give all teams a chance to become an official affiliated team and have a chance to play in the Invitational Division. For individual prospects of official teams there is the All International Adidas Team that travel to Europe every year.

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2017 Adidas Girls Gauntlet Rankings

1. AAO-(Arkansas Athletic Outreach) Banshees
2. Texas Elite
3. Kansas United
4. Wisconsin Flight Elite
5. Team St Louis
6. Colorado Basketball Club
7. Lady Jets Platinum
8. Fresno Lady Heat
9. Peninsula Elite
10. Texas Nation
11. GBL Team Candice Parker
12. Arizona Elite
13. Team Brandan Wright-(TN)
14. Northwest Blazers
15. Western PA Bruins
16. New Jersey Panthers
17. Elite Basketball Organization-CA
18. Maryland Shooting Stars
19. Banshees Premier-(AR)
20. Northwest Blazers Ice
21. Della Lamb Running Angles
22. Hudson Valley Elite-(NY)
23. JBS-(Just Believe Sports)
24. Lady Rebels
25. Louisiana Select
26. Natalie Williams Basketball Aacademy
27. All In Schoenbeck
28. PSPA Rams
29. Texas Fire
30. Playherz Basketball Club
31. Next Level Eclipse
32. Texas Elite Gaza
33. Lady’s 1st Bryant
34. Louisville Legends
35. Las Vegas Lady Heat

Basketball Wall Street: “Travel Club Update 2017”

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Basketball Wall Street: “Travel Club Update 2017”

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By Silverio Ford

Whether something is good or bad is most often subjective depending on who you speak to. Some women’s basketball grassroots veterans have different views about the Girls Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. “All the Nike club programs care about is winning, they are not focused on kids recruiting. They try to replace their entire roster each year to keep up with the other teams instead of being loyal to the kids in their program.” says Kenny Kallina of Florida Girls Basketball-(FGB). “Nothing is absolute, there is good and bad in it. The good is that the  EYBL has elevated the level of play in girls travel basketball. The bad part is that it has increased the AAU “free agency” so players are changing teams a lot more these days” says John McGraw of InsideExposure. Since the start of the new 32-team Girls EYBL, many other leagues have formed in hopes of having the same success. Arguably, the most successful one has been the All Star Girls Report League founded by Mike White. ASGRs’ events include, the Deep South in North Carolina and The Suwanee Tournament of Champions in Georgia. “There are too many tournaments, over saturated with teams and event directors looking to juice college coaches pockets with a watered down, mediocre product offering desperate teams free uniforms, or partial entry fee in return for their participation.The less live period events the better,it does everyone a favor,parents,players,college coaches.Why do you need to go to 7 or 8 events? or join some wannabe league? to see the same players over and over? to play against the same players over and over? That’s why so many college coaches boycotted a lot of events because they were getting pimped out, I don’t blame them.” says a New York area travel club director. “There are too many events, there is not enough time and money to see all of the players. Good coaches do not need to spend $4000 in 2 weekends to evaluate the same prospects. Some coaches rely on scouting services but I have heard horror stories about so many of them. However, one of my friends said Dan Olsen’s is pretty good. I never purchased one in my life! and I have been coaching successfully in college for many years.” says an ACC assistant coach. “Some good ,some bad” in regards to the EYBL says Mike Flynn, owner of Blue Star Media and founder of the Philly Belles Nike program. Some skeptics say Nike is the best girls basketball platform, but the growth to 32 teams has watered down the product. Others question the necessity of the league to have 5 teams from California, 3 from Florida, 3 out of Texas and only 1 team in New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The nature of travel basketball has been manipulated by the constant changing of NCAA rules. The out-of-state rule might have been the most detrimental because it puts a limitation on how good a particular club can be from a national recruiting standpoint. All in all,  women’s grassroots basketball has grown exponentially throughout the years, and for good reason. NCAA live period events, Nike or not, are vital to young ladies who have the aspiration to play collegiate basketball.

Side Bar

Somewhere around 2003, Jerry Gatewood’s Los Angeles based West Coast All-Stars team won The Boo Williams Invitational Championship over a West Virginia Tornados team with 3 parade all-american’s Alexis Hornbuckle, Candace Parker from Illinois and Tasha Humprey from Georgia. The West Coast All-Stars led by 20-pts at halftime before going on to win 74-62.

 

 

Basketball Wall Street: ” The Pride Of Sherrills Ford, Mallorie Haines”

Basketball Wall Street: “The Pride Of Sherrills Ford, Mallorie Haines”

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Name: Mallorie Haines
Height: 5-foot-9
Position: Guard
Class: 2021
School: Mill Creek Middle School-( Claremont, North Carolina)
Grade-Point-Average: 4.0
Travel Club: Lady Team Charlotte



Mallorie Haines is a talented guard that is beginning to hit her stride as a standout basketball prospect in the state of North Carolina. The 5-foot-9 Sherrills Ford native enjoys passing the basketball and buys into playing both sides of the court at a high level which is a breath of fresh air in today’s game. Offensively, her quick first step and high basketball IQ makes her tough to contain as a defender. She is also a shifty ball-handler with legitimate three-point shooting range. Her work ethic and determination translates into her abilities as a strong on-ball and team defender. Haines was an integral part of  her Mill Creek Middle School basketball team this season averaging 18-ppg, next season she will be attending Bandys High School-( Catawba, NC). Moreover, she plays for the Lady Team Charlotte travel club on the 17-under classification team even though she is only 14 years old, this will help her maturation and development as a prospect.

At an early age Mallorie is very goal orientated and focused as a student-athlete maintaining a 4.0 grade-point-average to match her outstanding play on the hardwood. “My goals are to continue to maintain my 4.0 GPA and attend my private training to improve on my skills, ball-handling, defense as well as going to the gym to work on sprints and lifting weights to gain strength.” says Haines who is a student of the game and is very proud to be from the Tar Heel state receiving valuable training from ex-NBA player and North Carolina standout Jeff McInnis. Aside from sports, Mallorie has a passion for animals and aspires to be a Marine Veterinarian when her basketball career is over. Look for Mallorie Haines’ stock to be on the rise this summer as she continues to work diligently towards her goal of playing collegiate basketball.

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Basketball Wall Street: “The Bronx Baller, Lexie Tarul”

Basketball Wall Street: “The Bronx Baller, Lexie Tarul”

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Name: Alexandra Tarul
Height: 5-foot-10
Position: Wing-Guard
Class: 2021
School: St Clare of Assisi School-(Bronx, New York)
Grade Point Average: 3.8

Alexandra Tarul is beginning to assert herself as a standout prospect in the greater New York City area. Described as a wing-guard due to her size at 5′-foot-10″, and her impressive skill-set which consists of a strong and reliable mid-range game, tight ball-handling, and a solid dribble drive move with either hand.  “My strongest attributes would most likely be knocking down the mid-range jumper, while also having the ability to drive to the basket a take the contact of a defender. I am also a team leader on and off the court and have a positive attitude.” The Bronx native displays a good feel for the game, she is also very competitive and mentally tough. These attributes along with a great work ethic prove to be a good combination at this stage in her development as a collegiate prospect.

“When I was a young girl in the 1st grade I picked up a basketball and started shooting on the side of one of my brothers practices that my dad happened to be coaching. I started playing CYO in 3rd grade and didn’t like that I wasn’t as good as some of the other girls so I wanted to keep working at it because from the first time I picked up a ball I feel in love with the game. I also wanted to be like my dad, he played at St Raymond’s High School-(Bronx,NY) and wore No.22 so I’ve decided as I move onto my high school career I will also wear No.22.” says Tarul who will be attending St John’s Prep-(Astoria, NY) where she will be able to take advantage of the schools great academics to go along with playing basketball for the venerable Mike Locasio who has just taken over as head coach of the program. Alexandra is on the right track, and off to an incredible start on her path to becoming a top-notch student-athlete.