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Aryell King - Class of 2023, Sequoyah Jr. Lady Chiefs
If it's not already, Aryell's middle name should be toughness. Based on her production in the dirtywork areas of a game, size is not measured when you are selfishly getting steals, offensive and defensive rebounds, loose balls and blocking shots. High motor with great anticipation. And have we forgotten offense? The opponent won't when the three pointers continue to swish in combination with hard drives at any given time.
Elle Blatchford - Class of 2023, Sequoyah Jr. Lady Chiefs
METICULOUS attention to personal training and gametime preparation. Consistent elbow in, target focused, high release and follow through all net action on shots. Changes speeds naturally and effortlessly and reads the floor well in spread offenses. Cannot be sandboxed as a 1 or 2 - plays both well, rotationally and as needed. Needs more patience on the first freethrow - the second one is always all net. Very active defensively and stays in front of opponent.
Crystal Henderson - Class of 2023, Kell Jr. Lady Longhorns
Division 1 basketball bloodlines -- are sure to continue. Quick first step makes penetration deceptively easy. Shoots efectively from anywhere on the court at any time. Dropped 60 points in the CCJBC as a 7th grader. Cannot be pressured or flustered. Active defensively by moving hands and feet while maintaining defensive positon. A good number of future choices await for this point guard who annually plays shoe company sponsored AAU basketball.
Monet Dance - Class of 2023, Cherokee Jr. Lady Warriors
Point guard who plays with the basketball on a string. Can create a series of rapid fire, speed changing moves that make it impossible to stay in front of her. If you are a teammate and you are open, Monet has already seen and gifted you in her mind one play ahead. Nice midrange floater. Energetic. Colleges already have her name on the board.
Kailyn Fields - Class of 2023, Wheeler Jr. Lady Wildcats
Need a game winning shot from a very good outside shooter? Start here! Need your offense run smoothly and efficiently with hi basketball IQ? Start here! Need a leader who thinks teammates first, has a great feel for the game and knows how and when to take over offensively and defensively? Start here! Need a ballhandler who is poised and changes speeds without hesitation or attention to pressure? Start here!
Chisiom Enzumie - Class of 2023, North Cobb Jr. Lady Warriors
Physically, ready for high school inside battles now! Bouncy, selfish and energetic rebounder. Fast in transition defense. Nice soft, short range left handed shot. Very active and under control defensively.
Abby Hohl - Class of 2023, Allatoona Jr. Lady Buccaneers
The team leader who displays good fundamentals on offense and defense. Good passer who makes good decisions. Moves well in offense without the ball. Not afraid to help with rebounding. Applies consistent ball pressure.
McKayla Mann - Class of 2023, Marietta Jr. Lady Blue Devils
Good shooter with a textbook follow through. Runs the offense well from the high post, searching and assisting to open backdoor cutters. Makes good decisions in offensive transition and helps with rebounding. Long defender, needs the next step in defensive transition.
Annie Ritter - Class of 2024, Cambridge Jr. Lady Bears
Good hustler, good shooter. Good in transition. Good passer. Has fun on the court, smiles a lot regardless of the situation. Isn't phased by the moment. Active team leader. Based on performance can adapt to any system.
Grace Barrett - Class of 2023, Cambridge Jr. Lady Bears
Good size and good energy. Actively patrols the paint and owns it, challenging all comers. Good help defender, poised freethrower. A leader. Not afraid of contact and will initiate it as needed. Aggressive driver. Unselfish. Willing passer who helps run the offense.
Nya Young - Class of 2024, Alpharetta Jr. Lady Raiders
Streaky, above average, mostly net knockdown shooter off the bounce with good range. Dedicated ballhandler who takes good care of the ball and makes good penetrating decisions with her hard, sure handed crossovers. Good team zone defender. Needs more work with ball pressure and individual positioning defensively.
Samira Sharp - Class of 2024, Milton Lady Eagles
Long athlete, studies the game well to improve. Aggressive defender who communicates well. Good positional rebounder and does it well on both the 7th and 8th grade teams. Needs more ballhandling and passing repetition. Good in transition.
Ciara Alexander - Class of 2024, Campbell Lady Spartans
Determined, strong driver who uses the glass well ... did I mention that she's only in 7th grade? Above average size and athleticism who is a patient freethrower and a hungry and opportunistic inside defender. Can play any position on the floor as needed. Creative downhill game into the heart of the defense.
Anna Vereen - Class of 2023, Sprayberry Jr. Jackets
Long, shot blocking athlete with good ballhandling skills. Rarely leaves the game and has good basketball IQ. Willing passer. Eager to take advantage of mismatch opportunities offensively and defensively. Above average free thrower.
Sophia Gallimore - Class of 2023, North Paulding
Strong positioning rebounder, tough, willing and reliable defender. Does the dirty work for loose balls, box outs. Very good communicator and expressive, emotional leader. Offensively, uses the glass well inside.
Tianna Thompson - Class of 2024, Pebblebrook
A rangy, steady ballhandling distributor, with the capability to finish in traffic on a consistent basis using a good burst of speed. Penetrates deliberately and fearlessly with the ability to adjust, float, assist or use her height and midrange game all while keeping her head up to her advantage. Leadership skills aplenty in both 7th and 8th grade competition. Will get stronger and eventually will add range to an already nice 3 point shot.
Jada Bates - Class of 2024, McEachern
As the primary ballhandler Jada is a quick jumping, long armed defensive focused forward for her talented team. Good motor and good rebounding instincts. Hustles and stays in the mix for loose balls inside and outside of the paint. Not afraid to look for and aggressivley take the open 3 point attempt.
Alex Willis - Class of 2023, North Paulding
A strong athlete. Looks forward to defending in the paint. Good rebounding skills. Good basketball IQ. Needs to improve court speed and ballhandling.