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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

2002 Nike All-American Camp Scouting Reports


Part II: Players 27-47


August 2, 2002
By: Bob Sternvogel and Capri Small
© MrHoops

    #27: CISSY PIERCE, Heritage (Littleton, CO) - 5'9" (2004) PHOTO

    Athletic player with great "hops". Has a nice turnaround move which allows her to score around the basket. Also showed good form on field goal attempts from the area of the foul line. Sometimes lets herself get too crowded by defenders. Admitted she has "no idea" of which college she'll attend, but expressed a desire to get away from home and see more of the country. Said that she thought Colorado players were doing well at camp, as were Texans, but that "everybody's impressive". Considers herself a finesse player who favors the pull-up jumper but can also take the ball to the hole.

    #28: Jamie Funn, Narbonne (Harbor City, CA) - 6'2" (2003) PHOTO

    On defense, showed she could leap to poke high passes away from their targets. Looked unsure of herself when dribbling for relatively long stretches, but took the ball to the hoop with authority when near the goal. Also had trouble when going for rebounds, but didn't give up on battling for them. Athletic player who would benefit from work on fundamentals.

    #29: Cherish Stringfield, Sussex Central (VA) - 5'6" (2003) PHOTO

    A speedy guard who could finish her lay-ups.

    #30: Letitia Lyons, Woodside (Newport News, VA) - 5'10" (2003)

    Was listed on "Washington" roster, but apparently played for Indiana. If she was indeed the wearer of the #30 jersey, she demonstrated an ability to score "from downtown". Even when she lofted an airball or shot right into a block, her form was a thing of beauty, and she put the ball right back up at the next opportunity with no apparent loss of confidence.

    #31: Amanda Brown, Unionville (Kennett Square, PA) - 6'3" (2003)

    Gangly player who took the ball into traffic, then shot poorly. Has orally committed to Penn State.

    #32: Kindyll Dorsey, The Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ) - 5'8" (2003) PHOTO

    Took the ball to the hoop well. From outside, she demonstrated good jump-shot form, a fast release, and impressive range. Very good passer who remains in control. Showed enthusiasm on defense, once high-fiving teammate Katie Antony after combining with the Louisianan to spring a turnover-inducing trap. On one sequence, Kindyll stole the ball, took it downcourt, missed a shot from 15 feet away, grabbed the rebound, and passed the ball out rather than forcing a putback attempt. She also followed her shot well on other occasions. Definitely a prospect to watch, as her feisty attitude should overcome any concerns about her lack of size.

    #33: Charde Houston, San Diego High (CA) - 5'11" (2004)

    Had trouble controlling her dribble after making a steal, but still managed to take the ball to the hoop for 2, and drew a foul to boot. Rebounded well against taller girls. Passed effectively and appeared very much a team player. Capri believes Charde was one of the best wings present.

    #35: Indi Johnson, Narbonne (Harbor City, CA) - 6'2" (2003) PHOTO

    Demonstrated the ability to fake by lowering her shoulder, then sending the ball in an unexpected direction. Her "game" is extremely reminiscent of the one that landed 2002 Narbonne graduate Willnett Crockett a UConn scholarship.

    #36: Cori Chambers, The Ursuline School (New Rochelle, NY) - 5'9" (2003) PHOTO

    Showed good form when shooting three-pointers.

    #37: Emily Westerberg, Central Valley (Veradale, WA) - 6'0" (2003)

    Hustler who needs polish. On a typical sequence, she grabbed a rebound, drove downcourt quickly, and lost control of the ball. She regained possession, only to miss the shot.

    #38: KRISTEN FORRISTALL, Oregon City (OR) - 6'2" (2004)

    Took the ball to the hoop well, but had trouble finishing. Had a nice steal near the basket, only to miss a layup attempt. Did excel at getting lost on the court. When a teammate finally found her, Kristen generally took the pass and made the shot before any defender could come over to challenge. Rising junior is "still looking" at colleges, but seems partial to ACC, and said she'd likely choose Duke right now if told she had a scholarship waiting for her. Had attended last year's camp after being spotted while practicing at the Nike complex in Beaverton, OR, and subsequently invited. Came to this year's session after playing in a Las Vegas tournament, and was scheduled to go from Indianapolis to the District of Columbia for another event. Says she prefers to play away from the basket, and that her father tells her she should post up harder instead of relying so much on finesse.

    #39: Alex Fuller, Shelbyville (TN) - 6'0" (2004) PHOTO

    Has a pretty release, as well as a knack for getting the "shooter's roll" when a field goal attempt bounces around the rim. Also showed she could throw the outlet pass after stealing the ball. Rebounded with authority. Was even able to get inside position and pick off a pass intended for Alison Bales. In short, a good all-around talent.

    #40: Aubree Johnson, Post Falls (ID) - 6'1" (2003) PHOTO

    Showed good anticipation of, and ability to steal, opponents' passes. Shooting form not spectacular, but successful enough. Could be more fluid in passing and dribbling. Played better on the second day, when she took the ball up stronger. On one sequence, she battled for a rebound, gained control, dribbled across the lane, scored, and drew a foul. With her small-town background, she should be among the players who eventually benefit most from the competition and exposure this camp provided.

    #41: Eshaya Murphy, Montclair College Prep (Van Nuys, CA) - 5'11" (2003)

    Demonstrated "out of the gym" leaping ability, and was never far from the ball. Really opened our eyes. One minute, she was banking in a trey. The next, she was battling for a rebound, unaware of (or unmoved by) the fact that she was vying with a teammate for possession. Soon after that, Eshaya was hustling to corral a stray pass. Later, she was overcoming a lack of speed by controlling the ball, and her motion, perfectly while driving "coast-to-coast" for a deuce. Not long after, she was scrapping for a rebound after following her unsuccessful shot. All along, her quick hands were allowing her to notch steals. Even in a comparatively informal three-on-three game, she stood out by recording the most savage block Bob saw during his time at the camp.

    #42: Helen Johnson, Washington High (Milwaukee, WI) - 5'9" (2003)

    Speedy player who had a good block of a Katie Antony shot, but was inconsistent on offense. Although she made some very tough shots look easy, she also launched an airball from the side of the hoop.

    #43: Dorian Williams, Ribault (Jacksonville, FL) - 5'6" (2003)

    Very impressive athlete who showed an ability to finish. Her propensity for taking it to the hoop makes her more a "lead guard" than a traditional point. On one open-court drive, she had the presence of mind to change direction while already airborne, and thus made sure she hit a layup she'd probably have made anyway.

    #44: Marian Whitfield, Glen Hills (Augusta, GA) - 5'8" (2003)

    Although many girls blessed with her speed would turn to razzle-dazzle, Marian prefers to play a good solid game of ball. She made good decisions throughout the camp. Kept her eye on the hoop all the way when driving. Also threw the bounce pass well. Made a good cut inside to grab a rebound. After a later miss by a teammate, Marian started to get back on defense when it appeared the opposing squad had gained possession. When the ball got loose, however, Marian reversed direction, grabbed the sphere, and put it into the hoop. The next day, she made a great effort on a steal attempt, only to end up losing the ball out of bounds. Also showed a nice floating touch from about 10 feet away, whether off an accurate pass or while "stopping and popping" after tracking down a loose ball. Even the tough shots she took had a knack for going in.

    #45: Kalika France, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, MD) - 5'9" (2003) PHOTO

    A taller guard who can both handle the ball and hit the outside shot. Nice hustle.

    #46: CHLOE KERR, Bolingbrook (IL) - 6'2" (2003) PHOTO

    Athletic post who runs the floor well. Scrapped and battled for every rebound. Posted up with authority. Chloe is working with a list of 15 schools, and has visited Wisconsin, Illinois, Purdue, and Northwestern. Other possibilities she mentioned were Stanford, Vanderbilt, Arizona, and Southern Cal. Not awed by the camp atmosphere, as she had previously played against such girls as Liz Sherwood, Alison Bales, Brittany Hunter, and Lauren Irvin. Describes herself as a finesse player who "can get big and strong" when necessary. Told me that the role of counselors is multi-faceted. For example, LSU guard Temeka Jackson, who was assigned to Chloe's "New York" team, observed the squad's games from the bench. Temeka also ate meals with her "charges", motivated them, and answered questions on both college life in general and LSU in particular. Don't be surprised if the polite, articulate Ms. Kerr returns to the camp as a counselor a few years from now.

    #47: Christina Campion, The Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ) - 5'11" (2003) PHOTO

    Proof you should never trust just one person's opinion of any prospect:

    Bob says: Christina generally seemed outclassed. Not only did she shoot poorly, she was whistled for one of the few travels I saw called during my stay. Improved as the game went on, but "lucked into" one rebound after taking her eye off the ball. Did hit a nice cross-body hook shot, as well as a buzzer-beating trey that padded her team's winning margin to 75-66. Still, not a player whose stock is likely to have risen.

    Capri counters: Won my floor burn award as she dove after loose balls more than any other camper. A fast, solid player.


    More scouting reports to come!


    2002 Nike Camp Scouting Reports: PART I | PART II | PART III | PART IV

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