Nike Camp Impressions- Girls #1 - 40
First, some general thoughts:
1. If California keeps half their talented girls in state the West Coast schools will rise again. Led by Narbonne H.S. with 6 players, there were 11 girls from California high schools- and they comprised many of the better players.
2. All these kids are REALLY, REALLY good - a kid that wasn't mentioned in either Steve's or this report may have been injured, or just didn't happen to play with a Purdue target or Indiana native. Please don't infer that a player who wasn't discussed isn't a great prospect.
3. The entire Purdue coaching staff except Kelly Curry watched the game that pitted Kate Gearlds and Wilnette Crockett's team against Sharika Webb's on Wednesday morning.
4. The camp is a Who's Who of college coaches wearing their colors and logos. The coaches can't speak to the players, but spend all day on the narrow benches watching and following their targets, and schmoozing with each other.
5. Mo Nique Langston attended as spectator Tues. and Wed. to support a player from her high school.
6. The effect of the WNBA can definitely be seen on the post players. No matter what their height, the posts handled the ball, took outside shots all the way past the three-point line, and ran the floor. The level of athleticism in the really tall girls was the most noteworthy thing to report about the camp.
And now to the specific impressions:
Lynette Grondin, Oregon City High School, OR, 2002, 5'6"
Lynette was a fast and gritty little point guard. She hustled every second she was on the court. Taller perimeter players could shoot over her. If she was isolated one-on-one vs. slower players she could take them to the basket and score.
Miranda Walson, Everett High School, MI, 2002, 5'7"
Miranda was a good passer, and a good open court player. She enjoyed doing shake and bake moves and at times would commit turnovers when she applied too much razzle-dazzle. Miranda really punished the post players who thought they could bring the ball up the court- she picked slower player's pocket numerous times.
Blair Hardiek, Effingham High School, IL, 2003, 5'8"
Blair and Lynette Grondin looked very similar on the court. Blair won the floor burn award- she threw herself after more loose balls than any other player and could get up to block larger player's shots. She had good vision to find players and appeared to look to pass before she shot. When a lane to the basket was open she could penetrate and finish even against bigger players.
Kayla Lambert, Brockton High School, MT, 2002, 5'8"
Kayla is bound to get tons of press through her senior year and throughout college. She is the first Native American to attend NIKE camp, and is probably going to set Montana's prep scoring record for boys and girls before she graduates. Look for tons of features and warm fuzzy specials about her leaving the reservation and what she symbolizes to Native Americans. Just for the record- she is also a heck of a player. A fast, wily guard who can knock down open threes, stop and pop from about anywhere, and penetrate and dish the ball.
Shavon Earp, Hapton High School, VA, 2002, 5'9"
Shavon would get under the basket among the trees and come out with the ball. An exceptional rebounder for her size, she also had all the skills of the other guards and would regularly sink her 3's. A very nice player.
Shannon Schonrock, Blue Earth Area High School, MN, 2002, 5'7"
A very good point guard. Shannon makes good decisions with ball. She was scrappy, and very intense when she played. Shannon also seemed more interested in defense than most players.
Katie Antony, Anacoco High School, LA, 2003, 5'10"
Katie had a very nice shot. She was a good passer, and made good decisions with the ball. She could use either hand- a skill more players should develop.
Camille Lenoir, Narbonne High School, CA, 2004, 5'4"
One of the shortest and youngest players in camp, Camille held her own and ran her teams well. She demonstrated good elevation on her jump shots.
Lindsay Richards, Barrington High School, IL, 2002, 5'8"
Lindsay was always in motion and always near the ball. She is a natural leader on the floor and was very good at controlling her team's tempo. She had a nice pull-up J when open.
Melissa Hobbs, Woodward High School, OK, 2002, 6'0"
Melissa is the type of player who grows on you the more you watch her. Perhaps because she grew stronger as the Tuesday game went on while others faded. Handles the ball well for a player her size, she had a very nice baseline drive.
Sharnee Zoll, Marlboro High School, NJ, 2004, 5'7"
Sharnee remained in control both offensively and defensively, found open players, and hit the 3 when playing against same-age players. Older players sometimes beat her, however.
Rashida Suber Reading High School, PA, 2003, 5'8"
Very quick player with noteworthy defensive skills.
Sheena Moore, Everett High School, MI, 2002, 5'7"
Extremely strong for her size, Sheena hustled all the time and got several steals as a result.
Shanna Zolman, Wawasee High School, IN, 2002, 5'10"
Shanna is a pure shooter with beautiful form. She also has quick hands and plays anticipatory defense - keeping her ready for steals. Knows the game well enough to keep good spacing. Shanna could best be described as being quick but not fast with very good hands.
Britney Jordan, Peoria Central High School, IL, 2003, 5'7"
Britney was the best penetrator in camp, she could get to the basket against anyone. She demonstrated a point guard's mentality, dishing to the open players rather than putting up shots, but making her baskets when that was the best option. Britney was extremely strong and fast and a real gamer - she always seemed to control the action when she was on the court.
Stephanie Douglas, Martin Luther King High, MI, 2002, 5'11"
Stephanie had a very nice shot. She ran break well, and made good decisions on the court.
Noelle Quinn, Bishop Montgomery High School, CA, 2003, 5'11"
Noelle was a super player. She made several steals at the half court line and could finish the play. Big for a guard and athletic, she knows the game well and played good defense when she was on the court.
Alexis Hornbuckle, Capitol High School, WV, 2004, 5'10"
Alexis was quick, quick, quick. She controls the ball very well and often made the full court pass to initiate her teamís offense. Alexis did everything at a high rate of speed. She could nail the 3-point shot, and would also penetrate to the basket when appropriate.
Dawn Chriss, St. John's High School, MD, 2002, 6'0"
Good ball handler for her size. Runs floor very, very well.
Tamara James, South Broward High School, FL, 2002, 5'9"
A player who was always quick to ball and played defense with a true passion. She was always one of the first players back in transition. Tamara could also mix it up under basket with the bigger girls.
Liz Podominick, Lakeville High School, MN, 2003, 6'1"
Liz had quick hands and ran the floor well.
Missy Taylor, Connersville High School, 2002, 6'2"
Despite her height, Missy played the wing position and didnít spend much time in the post. She handled the ball extremely well with good dribbling skills, and her jump shot from 15 feet in was pretty much automatic. Missy had a nose for the ball and always seemed to be in the middle of every play.
Brenna McGuire, Buckingham Browne & Nichols,MA, 2003, 5'11"
A fast player who was a good penetrator.
Jordan Wilson, Benet Academy, IL, 2002, 6'1"
Jordan was an extremely aggressive player on the boards who would scratch and claw for everything. She was also happy to take outside shot but many of her shots failed to drop.
Amanda Brown, Unionville High School, PA, 2003, 6'3"
Another very active player who worked hard under the boards.
Gym Rats. These were the players that spent every spare minute shooting the ball. This group never seemed to sit down:
Katie Antony, Dalila Eshe, Johanna Solverson, Amy Peters.
The players who caught my eye as the most impressive in camp:
Britney Jordan, Alexis Hornbuckle, Noelle Quinn, Brittany Hunter, Johanna Solverson, Candace Parker, Katie Gearlds, Courtney LaVere, and Elizabeth Sherwood