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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

2002 Nike All-American Camp Scouting Reports


Part III: Players 48-70


August 4, 2002
By: Bob Sternvogel and Capri Small
© MrHoops


    #48: Kashawna Curry, Huntington High (WV) - 5'11" (2003) PHOTO PHOTO

    Got back well on defense. Had trouble with her shot in one game, but was more accurate from the field in a later contest.

    #49: Erika Arriaran, Norco (CA) - 5'9" (2005) PHOTO

    During pregame warmups, one coach doubted this rising sophomore's ability to compete as the mentor (who shall remain nameless) wondered how much hair spray Arriaran had applied before taking the court. Once the opening whistle blew, however, Erika showed herself to be one of the toughest girls in camp. She rebounded well, and quickly turned to see if she had the opportunity to throw the outlet pass. Also a polished shooter. Kept head down, but eyes off ball, when dribbling. If she's not a point guard now, she'll probably move to the "1" as a collegian. Interestingly, Bob repeatedly saw Erika use her vision to spot teammates before getting the ball to them for inside baskets. Capri, however, observed that Erika passed well, but rarely looked to do so.

    #50: Jennifer Harris, Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, PA) - 5'10" (2003)

    Had a nice drive down the lane for a basket. Showed lots of hustle. Has orally committed to Penn State.

    #51: Amanda Livingston, Troy (Fullerton, CA) - 6'0" (2003) PHOTO

    Shot with a high arc. Did so accurately when open, but had trouble finishing on contact. Also struggled to catch passes. Brought the ball up well, and kept her eyes peeled for on-court developments while doing so.

    #52: ALEXIS HORNBUCKLE, Capital (Charleston, WV) - 5'10" (2004) PHOTO

    Although we don't violently disagree on her merits, we couldn't agree on how to synthesize our comments into one paragraph, so we decided to share our distinct impressions.

    Bob says: Takes the ball to the rack with confidence. Did lose control of her dribble occasionally. Has a herky-jerky, yet flashy, style of dribbling. On one sequence, she demonstrated open-court play at its finest as she tracked down a loose ball, drove coast-to-coast, then dished to an open teammate. Got "bailed out" on one baseline drive when she drove into heavy traffic, had her shot rejected, but drew a blocking foul. Aggressive, athletic player who would benefit from a coach who tightened the reins just a bit.

    Capri says: The most consistent guard at camp, and one of the best players overall. Alexis is the "total package' as she can handle the ball, pass, shoot, and rebound. The game would noticeably pick up speed and intensity whenever she stepped onto the court. Alexis said she was particularly grateful to have been invited to Nike Camp because "not many college coaches are going to come all the way out to West Virginia to see me." If her game remains as good as it is right now, she may be surprised at the number of college coaches who make the trip.

    #53: Lindsey Wisdom-Hylton, Neuqua Valley (Naperville, IL) - 6'1" (2004)

    A pleasant surprise. Nice athletic post who can block shots. Runs the floor very well for someone of her height.

    #54: Katie Antony, Anacoco High (LA) - 5'8" (2003) PHOTO

    Stood out at the Blue Star event at Indiana State last year, and continues to impress. Shoots well from the corner, and also hustles after loose balls. Throws the outlet well, and also effectively tosses the bounce pass to a teammate who's waiting "down low". Recognizes when the ball is likely to be passed to her, and receives it efficiently. Plays hawking defense, and moves well in countering her opponent's actions. Against man-to-man sets, Katie demonstrated a knack for getting open on the inbounds pass before catching, shooting, and scoring. Complete guard whose relative lack of speed is her only significant "question mark". One of Bob's choices for the All-Nike Camp honor squad.

    #55: Kamela Gissendanner, Clairton (PA) - 6'0" (2003)

    Demonstrated quick hands on defense. Has orally committed to North Carolina State.

    #56: Laura Kurz, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, PA) - 6'1" (2004) PHOTO

    A real "Energizer Bunny" who seemed to be everywhere at once. Saw the court well, and involved her teammates. Only knock is that she launched her shot with a very awkward-looking motion.

    #57: Camille Little, Carver (Winston-Salem, NC) - 6'0" (2003) PHOTO

    One of the few players in attendance who played very well when away from the ball. Set some nice screens for her teammates. Thin, but deceptively fast and powerful. After making a good steal, drove well in the open court. Showed a knack for anticipating and receiving a pass, then taking the ball in for a layup. Made the instantaneous transition to defense after scoring, and often attempted to slap the ball from an opponent's hands. Did get called for one of the few travels we saw whistled, but generally acquitted herself in outstanding fashion.

    #58: Lauren Ervin, Inglewood (CA) - 6'1" (2003) PHOTO

    Constantly "skied" for rebounds, and grabbed many. Aggressive, powerful player with a nose for the basket. Excellent at finishing in traffic.

    #59: Janie Mitchell, Murrah (Jackson, MS) - 5'10" (2004)

    Needs to work on her "handle". On one sequence, she attempted to take the ball inside, but found no opening even after making several feints. To her credit, she kicked it out rather than forcing a shot. Later, Janie faked an "Indiana" player out of the opponent's proverbial shoes, only to miss a shot from the side of the lane. Raw talent who needs plenty of seasoning.

    #60: Erin Lawless, Fenwick (Oak Park, IL) - 6'1" (2003) PHOTO

    Absolutely fearless - her warrior mentality may be her chief asset. Willing to post up against bigger girls, and to take quicker players one-on-one, she was seldom unable to finish. Sometimes appeared to be out of control as she plowed over opponents on her way to the basket, then ran back down court wearing a "who, me?" expression. Did display some finesse. Handles the ball well for a player of her size, and went in nicely for one "finger roll" deuce. Later got good position on an offensive rebounding opportunity, leapt just high enough to gain possession, and scored on the put-back. Not always successful on the boards, but never gave up when going for a carom. Has a good turnaround move in her shooting repertoire. Although Erin's apparently most comfortable playing inside, her height won't always allow her to dominate down low on the college level. She appears to realize this, as she proved she could score from behind the arc.

    #61: Lindsey Plulmer, San Clemente (CA) - 6'3" (2004)

    Had a good put-back basket that was not exactly a tip-in, but close - she caught the ball for the slightest fraction of a second before shooting. Also drew notice for just barely failing to intercept a pass. Lindsey got her hands on the ball right after it left her opponent's hands, but could only deflect the toss. Still, she'd be well advised to feature the play if putting together a personal highlight reel.

    #62: Jazz Covington, Cook (Adel, GA) - 6'0" (2003) PHOTO

    No impressions recorded.

    #63: Courtney Paris, Piedmont (CA) - 6'3" (2005) PHOTO

    A Nina Smith-like banger under the boards. Unstoppable on the low block.

    #64: Sylvia Fowles, Miami Edison (FLA) - 6'3" (2004) PHOTO

    Extremely powerful and athletic. Called for the ball in commanding fashion. Good dribbler for her height. An aggressive shooter with a fine turnaround move. Although her release could use some polishing, Sylvia did sink some outside shots when opponents lost track of her after she floated away from the basket. Hustled to regain control when she had the ball slapped out of her hands. Relentless rebounder who once grabbed an offensive carom, had her put-back attempt blocked, but fought to regain possession. Looks for best passing opportunity after taking the ball off the defensive board. When not on offense, Sylvia can anticipate a pass and knock the ball away from its intended recipient. Tremendous upside, to coin a buzzphrase.

    #65: Ashley Paris, Piedmont (CA) - 6'2" (2005) PHOTO

    Couldn't handle one pass and gave up on the ball. Seemed too comfortable on the perimeter for someone of her height. Fought for rebounds aggressively, but without much success.

    #66: Reicina Russell, Terre Haute (IN) South (now Indianapolis resident) - 6'4" (2003) PHOTO

    Left camp early to join her AAU teammates. Stayed long enough to demonstrate that she's very fast and athletic for her size. Sometimes appeared quite passive on opportunities for put-backs or other rebounds. When she put her mind to the task, however, nobody could stop her.

    #67: Brandi Carter, Manual (Indianapolis, IN) - 5'11" (2003)

    Although this post player has a solid "Baby Shaq" body, she also possesses a sweet stroke, and was able to sink the three-pointer with remarkable consistency.

    #68: Erin Wigley, Moon Area (Moon Township. PA) - 6'1" (2003)

    Unorthodox, but reasonably productive, shooting motion.

    #69: Amber Sprague, Mission Bay (San Diego, CA) - 6'4" (2004) PHOTO PHOTO

    Very active under the basket, and has a nice shot. A heady player who stepped into the passing lanes for many easy steals.

    #70: Tyhiesha Smith, Glenn Hills (Augusta, GA) - 5'11" (2004)

    Took the ball to the hoop with a combination of strength and grace.


    More scouting reports to come!


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

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