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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

Nike Player Scouting Reports - Part II


Some movers and shakers from this year's Nike Camp


July 18, 2000
By: Bob Richards and Capri Small
© MrHoops.com

    The following is continued list of players that caught our attention during the Nike Camp. The scouting reports are a combination of the notes taken by Capri Small and Bob Richards from the camp. Players are listed by jersey number...

    No. 30 - Cynthia Jordan, 2001, 5'7, Deep Creek HS (VA)

    Another great point guard prospect. Very fast, excellent slasher to the basket and finished well. Most notable was the fact she played so well with her posts. When she was on the floor it looked like she had played with her teammates for months rather than hours. Should be an assist leader wherever she ends up. When teamed up with Shanna Zolman, with Zolman at the 2-guard, Jordan's game really clicked. Reach: 7'02, Wingspan: 5'07.

    No. 31 - Katie Robinette, 2001, 6'1, South Sioux City HS (NE)

    One of the very best players in the camp. Her aggressive play sets her apart. She never gave up on a play, and often connected on her second or third shot attempt. Although not overly big, she'd mix it up inside and usually got her hand on the rebound. Her outside jump shot and three point shooting was not as strong as her play under the basket, but it still was very good. Fundamentally very sound. Was a little last getting to her man on the perimeter, but still managed to intimidate the shot with her excellent reach, then promptly boxed out her man on the perimeter to keep her from following her shot. Knows how to set a legal pick, and does it almost in stride. Definitely deserving of her top 10 class ranking. Big-time player. Reach: 7'09, Wingspan: 6'02.

    No. 38 - Ashley Valley, 2001, 5'9, Rice Memorial HS (VT)

    Ashley spent more time on the floor than any other player. She threw herself after every loose ball. She's also got quite a flair for acting. A real dynamo. Solid with every facet of her game. The UCONN coaching staff will be tracking new stats for floorburns and dives out of bounds when she arrives. Reach: 7'04, Wingspan: 5'10.

    No. 39 - Jackie Batteast, 2001, 6'1, South Bend Washington HS (IN)

    It was easy to locate Jackie, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw followed her every move. It was easy to see why. Jackie has the size and the jumping ability to mix it up down low and pull down rebounds. She has a very fluid shot with a quick release - she looks very much like Duke's Aleana Beard in this respect. And she is fast and can handle the ball as well. She made a steal and took it down the court for a breakaway lay up, and no member of the other team got close. An inside-outside threat to just short of the perimeter. She can hit the perimeter shot, but it isn't quite her game yet. Should be a very solid D1 player. No stats on her reach, but she does have nice, long arms.

    No. 40 - Ashley Earley, 2001, 5'11, Briarcrest HS (TN)

    One of those stealth players you might not notice right away, but her solid game becomes more apparent the longer you watch her. She follows her shots (not many players did), and ran the floor well.

    No. 42 - Rachael Woodward, 2001, 6'2, Murrieta Valley (CA)

    Good vision and fade away jump shot. Looked a lot like Walseth of Penn State.

    No. 51 - Erin Lawless, 2003, 6'1, Chicago Fenwick (IL)

    Not a very good ballhandler yet, but has time to improve. Fearless enough to go straight at 6'5 Gillian Goring, but not enough experience to keep half of her shots from being blocked. She can really get up and down the court in a hurry. Lots of promise, but seems to be between positions right now. Reach: 7'08, Wingspan: 6'01.

    No. 53 - Sandoria Irvin, 2001, 6'2, Fort Lauderdale HS (FL)

    Although she looked like she was trying to prove a point that she could play on the perimeter, all we saw was an airball and a severely bricked attempt from way outside. She is a post player now. Decent scorer, getting most within 10 feet of the basket. If the ball is on the boards, she has it. Period. Very active with nice vision of where the ball will come off the boards. Very quick leaping ability and very long arms make her an intimidating rebounder. Average to slightly above average defensive skills. Third best reach and wingspan at the camp. Reach: 8'01, Wingspan: 6'06.

    No. 63 - Willnett Crockett, 2002, 6'2, Lynwood HS (CA)

    Very fast and powerful but with an extremely soft shot. Could not be stopped if she had the ball on the low block. Nice footwork and polished up and under moves. She draws a LOT of fouls. They don't shoot a lot of freethrows at Nike, but if Crockett has a decent stroke from the line the only way to stop her from scoring is to deny her the ball in the first place. In the evening games she tended to cruise up and down the court instead of hustling as in the afternoon sessions. Reach: 6'09, Wingspan: 6'04.

    More scouting reports to come!


    2000 Nike Camp Scouting Reports: PART I | PART II | PART III

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