Tuesday, March 13, 2012

ShesBallin, Brandon Clay and Elite Ballers

A couple of weekends ago, ShesBallin Basketball enabled some of the best the city has to offer to participate in an invitation only evaluation clinic in front of Peach State Basketball's, Brandon Clay. Clay is not only the founder of his well respected scouting service, he also a member of the ESPN Hoppgurlz staff. In addition to his national voice, he runs very successful events throughout the year. His events are well attended by college coaches. He also runs invite only camps featuring some of the best kids in the country. Some of the prospects at the ShesBallin event received invites to the Arizona elite camp in June due to their performance. The 60 or so players in attendance made this easily the most talent rich clinic in the San Antonio's recent history. Of the attendees, at least half will play Division 1 basketball.

Here are SOME of the standouts.

Brandon Clay with some Elite Youngsters

Jaquan Jackson 2013- (Sophia Young Elite/ Harker Heights)- The 5'8 guard can go! I slept on this kid last summer as she played for the loaded roster of TeamXpress. Jackson is a slasher with pizazz with the ball. She plays like a boy with shifty handle  and great elevation on her jumper. She reportedly is being recruited by at least one Big 12 school.

Makayla Christian 2016- (AEDT)- The Central Texas guard was the most outstanding player in the middle school session. Her savvy court play stood out. She was able to hit open jumpers and penetrate at will. At 5'7, she has good size for a young PG. If she continues to add to her game and grow a couple more inches, she is a potential TOP 100 kid nationally.

Makayla Mabry 2017-(SA Finest) The 6'0 post showed the athletic ability and improved skill set to set her herself apart. She was very active on the boards and used her length to be a defensive force. Showed seasoning for a young Big by keeping the ball high on put backs and power drop steps.

Megan Valdez 2017(South Texas Hoyas) One of the few players that Brandon Clay asked to meet and extended a personal invite to Arizona. Megan dominated opposing guards with a defensive pressure that is not commonly seen at this age. She showed an increased ability to finish in traffic after her numerous open court steals. By far, she helped herself nationally with her performance.

Kyra Lambert 2015(Sophia Young Elite) The ESPN HoopGurlz 100 Watch list player shot the ball extremely well. Lambert's ability to create shots for herself and others was on full display but her knocking down open jumpers is what stood out.

Desiree' Caldwell 2018 (SA Finest) Caldwell garnered the most oohs and aahs at either session with her ability to break defenders down off of the dribble. She finished well in traffic among bigger defenders well. She hit open jumpers to showcase her increased range.

Brooke Allemand 2013(SA Finest) The UNM commit was so impressive, she was another player that was asked by Clay for a meeting to extend a personal invite. He also tweeted about Allemand's ability to shoot the ball. She shot extremely well off of the dribble and ran her teams well. Her handle and offensive polish definitely stood out.

Brittany Rogers 2017 (South Texas Hoyas) The super strong forward is nice! She has a big frame that allows her to bang down low. She also has the skill set and athletic ability to step outside and create match up problems on perimeter. She is another player that had observers impressed.

KK Saenz 2013 ( Texas Lady Magic) The speedy guard opened a lot of eyes. Her ability to touch paint and create shots was on full display. The full court defensive pressure she presented gave some opposing guards problems. She has deceiving quickness and has learned to change paces to mix it up.

Gabbi Conally 2017 (Sophia Young Elite) Connaly has been on local radar for a while and she did not disappoint. Her increased handle allowed her create shots at will off of the bounce. Her open court finishes were very impressive for a young kid.

Amber Ramirez 2016 (SA Finest) The best 2016 in the city was the other player that excited observers with a cluster of elite plays. Passing, shooting or mixing defenders up of off of the bounce, Ramirez did it all. The youngest player in the HS session, she showed that she had as much promise as any in the gym. She showed why she already has D1 programs vying for her commitment.