The NIKE All-American Camp took place July 16-18 at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. Here are some thumbnail sketches of some of the players with jersey numbers between 41 and 87.
41. Brittany Hunter, 63, 2003. Columbus, OH. Brookhaven H.S.-One of the most impressive players in the camp. She was always around the ball, rebounded very well, ran the floor extremely well, and made her shots. Her activity on the court was especially noticeable as she grabbed many offensive rebounds and had good anticipation to block a few opponents shots. Most of her offense came
from drives to the basket or putbacks.
44. Nicole Wolff, 6', 2002. Walpole, MA. Walpole H.S.--Good shooting form from the 3 point line on in. Nice balance on all of her shots, came off a lot of screens to get her shot. Rebounded well and made outlet passes to start the break. Lanky, left-handed.
45. Johanna Solverson, 63, 2002. Lake Zurich, IL. Lake Zurich H.S.-Handled the ball well for a post and had a nice outside shot. Her abilities and skills became more apparent the more a person watched her.
46. Candace Parker, 63, 2004. Naperville, IL. Naperville Central H.S.-Extremely fast for her size, she could shoot all over the floor including a few pull-up 3 point shots. She had the vision to make a few passes after
penetrating from the wing.
48. Sylvia Fowles, 63, 2004. Miami, FL. Miami Edison H.S.-There is a wealth of athletic talent, but she is still raw. She will become a force in high school before she graduates and probably had more potential than anyone else in the camp.
49. Sharika Webb, 57, 2002. Indianapolis, IN. Cathedral H.S.-Picked and chose when to expend her full energy on the court: she would make long outlet passes to teammates streaking for a lay-up, but watched from the other end of the court as the play unfolded. Extremely fast and strong, and probably the best passer in the camp. Her quick hands allowed her to get several steals in the open court. A very smart player, Sharika was always in the right place at the right time. A few of her outside shots looked awkward. Stepped up her intensity when she played against Katie Gearlds.
52. Lisa Willis, 510, 2002. Long Beach, CA. Narbonne H.S.-Could drive to the basket and finish her shots, but she also had a beautiful outside shot. As with the other Narbonne H.S. players in attendance, she had good court awareness and outstanding fundamentals. Could handle the ball against players her own size, but lost a few steals to quicker players.
53. Courtney LaVere, 63, 2002. Ventura, CA. Buena H.S.-When she played larger, slower posts, she was the best-looking player in the camp. When she played smaller quicker posts, she looked only very, very good. Had a nice jump shot which extended as far as 15 feet, but also had a plethora of low-post moves, including a nice left-handed shot turning in to the paint. Good passer from high post position. Courtney has verballed to the University of Notre Dame and will be an excellent addition to the Fighting Irish.
55. Willnett Crockett, 63, 2002. Harbor City, CA. Narbonne H.S.-Powerful player who knew how to use her body under the basket and could bang with anyone. She could shoot the outside shot to the 3-point line and could run the floor well for a player her size. In her interview, Willnett stated that her goals for this year were to help Narbonne repeat as state and national champions. She has aspirations of playing at the WNBA level.
59. Michelle Campbell, 6'2", 2002. Princeton, NJ. Notre Dame H.S.--Soft hands that caught anything thrown her direction from any position on the court. Almost unmovable down low on the blocks, she grabbed many offensive boards by
outworking and outmuscling other players. Good free throw form, fine footwork and maneuverability. Fast player who could lead the break and dish off.
61. Ganiyat Adeduntan, 61, 2002. Athens, GA. Clarke Central H.S.-Nice pull-up jumper. Wanted to play point guard during the 5-on-5, but was stripped a lot and made a few poor passes.
63. Katie Gearlds, 61, 2003. Beech Grove, IN. Beech Grove H.S.-If Cherrise Graham was said to be a Ukari Figgs clone, then Katie Gearlds could be seen as a Katie Douglas clone as she is a tall, versatile guard/forward type. Gearlds played as complete a team game as is possible at a camp designed to showcase individual talent and razzle dazzle. She rebounded well with taller players, played good defense against shorter guards, could see the floor well and had some excellent passes. Katie never forced a shot and knocked down almost everything. Katie and Willnett Crockett played on the same team together and looked good. One of the better players in camp.
64. Barbara Turner, 6, 2002. Cleveland, OH. East Tech H.S.-Very soft touch and moved well around the basket. She could use her left hand or right hand and
had incredible hops to get rebounds. Played point guard on the Wednesday morning game and made several nice touch passes on drives and found open teammates when playing against a zone. In an interview, Barbara stated that she
looked forward to graduating and helping her high school team to win the Ohio state championship. She stated that up-tempo, run-and-gun teams would where she could best utilize her ability to rebound, push the ball, and pass off. Especially likes Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson of the WNBA's Houston Comets for their versatile games.
68. Reicina Russell, 65, 2003. Terre Haute, IN. Terre Haute South H.S.--Raw, but very athletic and talented. Very reminiscent of Shalicia Hurns with a jump
shot. Quick and light, easily posted up against Kari Embree and dictated the action.
69. Patrice McKinney, 511, 2002. Lansing, MI. Everett H.S.--Nice hops. She had enough quickness to get open whenever she wanted on the 3-on-3 segment of
the camp. Quick feet helped her stay in front of her opponents while on defense.
70. Kari Embree, 64, 2002. Arlington Heights, IL. Wheeling H.S.--She had an odd shooting motion for her 3 point shots on the 3-on-3. Looks like Kate Starbird. The fastest post in camp, she sprinted up and down the court even in the late games. Extremely aggressive under the basket, she fouled out of a game which is very hard to do (players are required to rotate out every six minutes of a 48 minute game). Surprisingly physical for her willowy frame, she knows how to use her elbows to get position. Mean, in a good way. Ugly free throw form, shot putting the ball to the rim. Neutralized offensively and defensively by quick posts on the 5-on-5 games.
72. Candice Wiggins, 510, 2004. Poway, CA. La Jolla H.S.--An excellent penetrator who gets inside with the bigger players and comes away with the ball. Very athletic with a nice 3-point shot.
73. Amber Johnson, 56, 2002. Indianapolis, IN. Ben Davis H.S.--A very quick player with good hands and a nose for the ball. Very solid player.
75. Jessica Wright, 511, 2002. Indianapolis, IN. Cathedral H.S.--Good hands and a good passer. Nailed a three point shot against the zone. In an interview, she stated that she's interested in a team with a fast break,
run-and-gun style. She likes Illinois, Arkansas, and Ohio State.
76. Ashley Mays, 58, 2002. Indianapolis, IN. Warren Central H.S.--Finished her drives despite getting hammered by bigger players. She played defense with more committment than most other guards. She hit a 3 pointer over a bigger player in the 3-on-3 segment of the camp. Ashley has verballed to Purdue.
79. Sybil Dosty, 62, 2004. Tucson, AZ. Salpointe H.S.--Good athlete for her size who excelled at offensive rebounding and putbacks. She knew how to use her strength when muscling up her shots. Quick hands to pick off a steal and good enough ballhandler to dribble to the other end on the fastbreak.
80. Elizabeth Sherwood, 64, 2003. Castle Rock, CO. Highlands Ranch H.S.--Very nice, big post who followed her shot and played well with her back to the basket. She ran the floor well throughout the camp.
87. Alison Bales, 67, 2003. Beavercreek, OH. Beavercreek H.S.--A physical clone of Summer Erb who has fast enough hands to poke out a few steals in the
halfcourt game. Not very aggressive on the offensive end, she favored fadeaway jump shots in the first few games and didn't hit many of them. Much more aggressive on Wednesday, playing down low and using her body to get off
some post shots, but did not have solid footwork. On the defensive end, she easily blocked a lot of opponents shots and did a very nice job of keeping the ball over her head when she got defensive rebounds. Some nice outlet passes off the d-boards.
Gillian Goring was at the NIKE All-American camp, but did not play in any of the games. A green chalkboard listed that she had injured her foot.
Other players wearing jersey numbers between 41 and 87 at the NIKE camp included:
Dalila Eshe, 6'3", FL, 2002
Laura Kurz, 6'1", PA, 2004
Nicole Jules, 6'3", MD, 2002
Indi Johnson, 6'2", CA, 2003
Meghan Gnekow, 6', CA, 2002
Natasha Humphrey, 6'2", GA, 2004
Jamie Funn, 6'2", CA, 2003
Kristen Foristall, 6'2", OR, 2004
Katie Watson, 6'3", CA, 2003
Ashley Gonnerman, 6'2", OR, 2004
Jennifer Harris, 6', PA, 2003
Amy Peters, 6', IL, 2002
Najlah Clark, 5'11", MI, 2002
Brooke Queenan, 6'1", PA, 2002
Amber Pruitt, 5'11", CA, 2002
Shana Franklin, 6', IL, 2002