Saturday, April 29, 2017

IMAGE PROFILE: GRACIE SUNDBACK (STATEN ISLAND DIAMONDS)

Name: Gracie Sundback

Team: Staten Island Diamonds


Class: 2023


State: NY


Position: Guard


Height: 5'7


Event: Cardinals Tip Off Classic


Profile: Sundback is a right handed guard, but easily can go left and does go left often. She has good court vision, strong with playmaking ability. Good size right now, handle and control. Leader, hasn't develop a strong jump shot yet.  

Friday, April 21, 2017



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE IEXCEL SOPHOMORE TEAM WHO WAS ASKED TO PLAY IN THE NIKE EYBL BRACKET AT THE BOO WILLIAMS TOURNAMENT IN HAMPTON VIRGINIA APRIL 28th THRU 30thTHE IEXCEL ROSTER IS MADE UP OF THE FOLLOWING TALENTED PLAYER. THEY WILL COMPETE AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY DURING THAT VIEWING PERIOD GOOD LUCK LADIES.

IEXCEL SOPHOMORE TEAM

ALEXIS  MORAGNE  
GUARD
5-6     
23   
BERKSHIRE SCHOOL
2019               

 
TANIYA HANNER         
FORWARD
6-1
25                 
ROSELLE CATHOLIC HS
2019

MYA BEMBEY                
GUARD
6-0
10                 
WEST ORANGE HS
2019

 

BIANCA GLOVER          
FORWARD
6 -2
42                
NEWARK TECH HS
2019

 
JANAYSHIA BROWN         
GUARD
6-1
 7                 
THE PEDDIE SCHOOL
2020

 
CASSIDY ROBERTS    
GUARD
5-6                    
12               
LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN HS
2019


 
KAYLA MORRIS         
FORWARD
6-2             
15              
SCANLON HS
2020

JADE HILL                  
FORWARD
6-2         
35             
ST JOSEPH HS - CONNECTICUT
2019

DEVYN SCOTT            
GUARD
5-7
 1                
GILL ST BERNARD HS
2020

Monday, April 17, 2017

THE NEW JERSEY CARDINALS TIP OFF CLASSIC SUMMARY RECAP.


The Tip Off Classic had 7 location, Gthing decided to head to the brand new Sportika Event Center in Manalapan, NJ. They had 7 Full Courts, new air conditioning system, game room, waiting area, state of the art facilities. This event was hosted by the Central Jersey Cardinals and there program director Kristen Somogyi who knows a lot about the game of basketball since she is New Jersey's Girls All-Time scoring leader in high school. 


There was a lot of talent in the building this day, one in particular was 19" Jenna Jordan who showed off some good foot work, she is polished in the paint and can give slower big's some down low problems, on the other hand her teammate 21" Izzy Pellecchia will be a player you need to keep your I on this summer and she is playing up. One of good games of the day was New Jersey Belles who faced Books & Basketball. Gthing hasn't seen 18" Ryan Weise play since going to high school, she has develop a lot and has been working on her game. Weise was making things look easy from the outside against a tough BBA team who was battling injuries, 19" Azaina Baines was out, 19" Leah Johnson who we should expect should have a good season got injured, then there was 18" Imani Lewis who has been stepping up her game every AAU season, Lewis size and speed creates problem guarding her on the wing where she is best suited. Both IExcel teams where in the building, there 9th grade team which was playing up did a tremendous job against a well coached Lehigh Valley Fever team. 20" Dayna Tirado is starting to expand her game to the outside more, knocking down consistent 10-12 footer, 22" Skye Owens is always looking gassed up with her great ball handling ability to break defenders down at a young age, whereas there 10th grade team feature some true sure to be highly major D1 kids. Janayshia Brown 20" IExcel 6'2 long frame can get out in go, crazy length and skill to go along with her developing offensive game, Mya Bembey 19" has also stepped her game up shooting a high percentage shot and driving to the basket were she gets fooled most of the time by attacking the rim with her athletic ability. Jasmine Lyles 20" Central Jersey Cardinals had a good showing, major upper body strength helps her absorb the contact while in attack mode, has gotten a lot better putting the ball on the floor in big games, we got a chance to see underrated guard 18" Jessica Beck BBA who shot lights out at the Tip Off she is a steal if your looking for a two. New New Jersey Belle 18" Mya Grimes put in some work on day 2 at the Tip Off Classic, at 6'0 she showed the other forwards and post player how it was to be done, crashing the boards and getting second chance shots is what Grimes lives for. Undersized she is in the post but her heart and determination is what stands out most about her. I was mostly impressed with the youngsters at this event one that stood out was Staten Island Diamonds 22" Grace Sundback who will be definitely talked about in the near future, good size and ball handle should keep Sundback relevant. Crusaders 22" 5'11 Olivia Lawlor should be a high prospect for this class provided that she keeps on working because the sky is the limit for Lawlor. Wing and post player as of right now, depends on the growth spurt in the future to see what position Olivia will play, raw as of right now, but it looks bright. 


  


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: BRYNN FARRELL (METUCHEN, NJ) ENTRY #8

BRYNN & KERRI

Hello Basketball World, this is Brynn checking in for week #8.

Monday: Boring day at school today. I have a lot of test this week before we are off for spring break so we mostly just reviewed in classes. After school I was going to go to the boy’s first high school baseball game at home, but then I ran into some of the boys from the basketball team and we decided to play two on two. We played in the gym for about an hour and a half. It was a great workout playing with them and it gave me a chance to play against bigger and more physical players which I need to do more.

Tuesday: I had to go in early today since it is the first day of PARC testing for me. Since I am taking PARCI don’t have any of my morning classes. Tonight was the worst practice that I have had in a long time.  I just was not having a good night and didn’t want to be there. I left totally frustrated and upset. I hope next practice will be better. I have two tests tomorrow, so I just studied when I got home and went to bed.

Wednesday: I went in early again today for my PARC testing, but left after the test was over because I felt horrible. I had the worst stomach ache and needed to go home and lay down. It was a bad day to leave since I had two tests to take, but my teachers said I could make them up tomorrow. I was feeling better after dinner so I went for a long run with my friend around town. Then when I got home my sister and I did our ab workout. 

Thursday: Today was my last day of PARC and I had to take my two makeup tests. I had studied a lot for both, so I think I did really well on them. One of my best friends is having surgery tomorrow to get her tonsils out, so we went over to her house after school just to hang out together for a little while and have dinner. Tonight’s practice was great. We were back into our flow and worked out most of the night with the older girls. We ran a lot of drills and then scrimmaged.
  
Friday: Last day of school and we are on spring break! Luckily my teachers did not give us a lot of homework over break. After school I was going to go to the baseball game but it was rained out so I just went home and started packing for vacation. Practice got moved an hour earlier tonight, so we had to leave for Franklin before dinner. Practice was pretty easy tonight since we have games at the Rose Classic on Sunday. I think the team is starting to come together again and is playing well. I hope we do good on Sunday, I don’t know the teams we are playing yet.
  
Saturday: Today I just hung out all day with my friends. In the afternoon, we all shot around in the backyard for a while and then went bowling after dinner. After bowling, everyone came back to my house to hang out. We ordered food and watched a movie.
     
Sunday: My dad and I headed to Brooklyn early this morning for our games at the Rose Classic. Our first game was good and we won. The whole team contributed and we were making a lot of shots. The second game we won by 1. We didn’t play a great first half and I sat out a lot. We were down by at least 10 points going into the second half. But In the second half we picked it up and played much better. We had played this team in the fall and they were a really good and really tall team. I think we lost the game in the fall so we were happy that we got this win. I am so excited to be going on vacation tomorrow, I can’t wait.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

IMAGE PROFILE: ANTONIA PANAYIDES (SHORESHOTS)

Name: Antonia Panayides

Team: Shoreshots

Class: 2021

State: NJ

Position: Guard

Height: 5'7

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Point guard who can beat you with her skill rather then beat you with a Euro Step, she just go's out in get's the job done. Skilled, Feisty, Scores mentality, Attacks the rim, Knows the game of basketball, Plays hard.
IMAGE PROFILE: KELSEY BESS (PHILLY TRIPLE THREAT) 

Name: Kelsey Bess

Team: Philly Triple Threat

Class: 2023

State: PA

Position: Wing

Height: 5'8

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Huge upside for bess, she has good size for a young age. Kelsey has a great shot selection in seems to not never rush her shot, Good forum, Shoots well, Streaky shooter, Big wing, Size, Can finish around the basket.

Friday, April 7, 2017


IMAGE PROFILE: KHALIS WHITTING (PHILLY TRIPLE THREAT)

Name: Khalis Whitting

Team: Philly Triple Threat

Class: 2022

State: PA

Position: Combo-Guard

Height: 5'5

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Strong combo-guard, who can score at will. Plays with a lot of intensity, likes to attack the rim, Handle, Finishes at basket, Strong upper body, Shoots fairly well for a youngster.
IMAGE PROFILE: TAYLOR GIBSON (MARYLAND FINEST) 

Name: Taylor Gibson

Team: Maryland Finest

Class: 2021

State: MD

Position: Post

Height: 6'2

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Not the first time Gthing seen Taylor before, But this was the first we saw her in Jersey. Gibson is getting better everytime she touches the floor, Smooth with a soft touch. Good hands, Runs floor, Strong, Size and strength, Huge upside, High prospect for 2021.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

IMAGE PROFILE: HAVEN DORA (SHORESHOTS)

Name: Haven Dora

Team: Shoreshots

Class: 2022 

Position: Point-Guard

Height: 4'10

Event: Spring kick Off

Profile: Ms Speedy Gonzales in her own right, this quick guard has cat like speed which makes it hard for defenders to guard her. Quick, Can get to the basket with ease, Uptempo, Handle. 


IMAGE PROFILE: MIHJAE HAYES (PHILLY TRIPLE THREAT)

Name: Mihjae Hayes

Team: Philly Triple Threat

Class: 2022

State: PA

Position: Combo-Guard

Height: 5'3

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Guard with size and upper body strength, scores in bunches. Handle, Passing ability, Calm, Does well in transition.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IMAGE PROFILE: CIRE WORLEY (PHILLY TRIPLE THREAT)


Name: Cire Worley

Team: Philly Triple Threat

Class: 2023

State: PA

Position: Combo-Guard

Height: 5'6

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Combo with a little length, Speed had very agile. Slasher type player who knows how to fill the lanes, Creates out in space, Handle, Tall guard, Floats to lane.


IMAGE PROFILE: JUSTINE PISSOTT (SHORESHOTS)

Name: Justine Pissott

Team: Shoreshots

Class: 2022

State: NJ

Position: Small Forward

Height: 5'9

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Small Forward who brings size and speed to the game, young with a high ceiling. Lanky, Defends, Athletic, Leaper, Scores in different ways.



Monday, April 3, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: BRYNN FARELL (METUCHEN, NJ) ENTRY #7

Brynn, Kerri & Sean


Hello Basketball World, This is Brynn entering my week 7.

Monday: I am still not feeling great after yesterday’s games. My allergies are killing me and both hips and knees are really bruised. All I wanted to do today was go back to bed. Our class schedules are all of this week because some of the grades are taking the PARC exams, so a lot of teachers are not in class and we have substitutes. After school, I just went home, finished up some homework and went to bed.
  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

IMAGE PROFILE: ALLIE MCGINN (SHORESHOTS)

Name: Allie McGinn

Team: Shoreshots

Class: 2021

State: NY

Position: Forward

Height: 5'10

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Ms do it all, A long athletic forward who has superior intangibles when locating the ball. Play maker, Does well playing every position, Skilled, Rebounds, Athlete, High prospect for 2021.


IMAGE PROFILE: KENNEDY FAUNTLEROY (MARYLAND FINEST)

Name: Kennedy Fauntleroy

Team: Maryland Finest

Class: 2022

State: MD

Position: Combo-Guard

Height: 5'8

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Uptempo guard who can just about find anyone in the open court or on a fast break, Great court vision, Good court awareness, Athletic, Poise, Size, Skilled. 





IMAGE PROFILE: HANNAH-GRACE HIDALGO (PHILLY TRIPLE THREAT)

Name: Hannah - Grace Hidalgo

Team: Philly Triple Threat

Class: 2023

State: NJ

Position: Guard

Height: 4'11

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Point guard who can switch to the 2 guard, but she is more effective at the point. Distributes and dishes the ball well, Aggressive on the offensive end, Quick feet, Handle, Calm, Small, Fast hands.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

IMAGE PROFILE: KATIE HILL (JERSEY SHORE ELITE)

Name: Katie Hill

Team: Jersey Shore Elite


Position: Combo - Guard


Class: 2021


State: NJ


Event: Spring Kick Off


Profile: Point guard with a scorers mentality, loves to attack the rim and beat her opponent of the dribble. Creates space, Takes defenders off the dribble, Good court vision, Attacks when time is right, Ball handler, Crafty.... 




Image Profile: Sophia Sabino

Name: Sophia Sabino

Team: Shoreshots

Position: Combo - Guard

Class: 2021

State: NJ

Event: Spring Kick Off

Profile: Combo who's stock is rising as we speak,  executes in half court offense, but at times she likes to pick it up in play uptempo. Skilled, Assertive, Ball handler, High IQ...........  







Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: BRYNN FARRELL (METUCHEN, NJ) ENTRY #6


BRYNN & TEAMMATES

Hello Basketball People, This is Brynn checking In with my Diary for week 6.

Monday: Today I found out that me and my friend Ben have been made parents of triplets for our health project. Our babies are coming Thursday and we are going to have to figure out how much it will cost to raise them. This should be a fun and interesting project. I went to the Tournament of Champions with Emma to watch Franklin and the twins play against Manasquan. I was an amazing game, I have never yelled that loud or much at a game. Kennady hit the winning shot at the buzzer again. I couldn’t believe it, but I knew it was going in as soon as it left her hands. I am so happy Franklin.

Monday, March 27, 2017

GTHING'S BASKETBALL ONE ON ONE CONVERSATION WITH LIFE CENTER ACADEMY (NJ) JUNIOR FORWARD IMANI LEWIS.



Q. Imani, how would you grade your performance this year for 2016-17 season? 

 A. I would grade my performance as an 8/10. I have to play with more consistency and with more
intelligence. I have to get my basketball iq higher meaning I need to know when to pass, shoot,
and attack the basket. Overall I feel like I have had a great season and I am looking forward to
having an even better season next year.

Q. Since playing in the first gthing All Star Classic 3 years ago, we see that your stock has rising, 
why is that?

A. My stock has risen because of my hard work and dedication. People kept telling me I can be
great, I can be something special, and once I started to see it for myself things started to change. I
started training with a purpose and reason. I just was not training to stay in shape, I was training
for the game of basketball now. My hard work and dedication is what has gotten my stock to rise.

Q. How has the change been for you at Life Center, since spending your first year at Trenton 
Catholic?

A. It has been a drastic change. Life Center is way smaller than Trenton Catholic so I had to adjust
to the student body change. Also there was a huge basketball change for me. Life Center played a
national schedule, while at Trenton Catholic I just played local teams. I would say the level of
competition is harder at Life Center than Trenton Catholic. It did not really take much for me to
adjust to the competition because I always had this killer instinct in me, that no matter where I go
who I face, I am going to always give my all and compete.

Q. So, tell me the difference between being coached by your uncle Khaliq Lewis- El in your days 
at TC and being coached by Hilton Clarke at the Life Center.

A. The difference is my uncle Khaliq realized the leadership in me when I did not realize I had it in
myself. So he always pushed me to go hard and he always wanted to bring the best out of me. He
just wanted the best for me and he demanded a lot more from me because he knew as a
freshman, I could be a big asset to the team. He also coached me hard because that was just the
type of person he was and I appreciate every moment of it. Being coached by Hilton Clarke is a
little different than being coach my Khaliq. Hilton is a little more laid back than coach Khaliq,
but he still demands a lot from me. He knows what I can do, and if I am not doing it, he will hold
me accountable, just like coach Khaliq would. Hilton pushes me and just wants the best for me.
The only difference I see in the coaching is that Coach Khaliq was intense and into the game,
while Hilton is into the game, but he is more of a laid back type of coach.

Q. What do you think about being rank #25 by ESPN and being ranked #38 by Prospect Nation?

A. I just think that people have different opinions about the way I play. They view me as a different
person on the court. There is nothing wrong with that, it just shows me that people have different​
opinions about the way I play. Both rankings are good, so I am not really concerned about them.
The only thing I am worried about doing is bringing both of those rankings up.

Q. Now that your nationally ranked, what do you think you need to do to stay there, and what 
parts of your game would you like to work on to benefit you?

A.To stay ranked I need to work in the gym every single day. Days off lead to off days. While I am
not working, I have to remember that those other rank players are always working. To stay
ranked, I just have to stay in the gym an continue to work on my craft. To benefit me, I need to
work on my right hand and learning to attack the basket on the right side. I need to work on my
perimeter defense, I am slowly transitioning from playing post defense to perimeter defense. I
am also trying to work on being a consistent shooter, not only from the mid range, but also from
the 3 point line.

Q. What song gets you pumped before a game?

A. Meek Mill Dreams and Nightmares is the song that gets me pumped before a game.

Q. Favorite food to eat before a game and after a game?

A. My favorite food to eat before a game is chicken alfredo and after the game my favorite food is

boneless buffalo wings.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

GTHING BASKETBALL TOP 20 HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM RANKINGS IN NEW JERSEY.

1. Franklin

2. Manasquan

3. Rutgers Prep

4. Red Bank Catholic

5. St. Rose

6. St. Johns Vianney

7. Patrick School

8. Rumson - Fair Haven

9. Newark Tech

10. Immaculate Conception Lodi

11. Queen Of Peace

12. Ocean City

13. Cherokee 

14. Sayreville

15. Ewing

16. Saddle River Day

17. Bound Brook

18. Gloucester Catholic

19. University

20. Pascack Valley

Monday, March 20, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: BRYNN FARRELL (METUCHEN, NJ) ENTRY #5


BRYNN FARRELL & KERRI FARRELL

Hello Basketball World, I'm checking in for my 5th week.


Monday: All anyone could talk about in school today was the big snow that is coming. We think we will get at least one maybe two days off. Since I knew our team practice was going to be cancelled for Tuesday, I went to go train with Coach Foderingham after school. We must have been training for at least two and a half hours. We did a ton of ball handling drills and a lot of deep three shooting. After training I went over to my friend Maddie’s house and hung out with a bunch of friends. I can’t wait for the snow day tomorrow.

Monday, March 13, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: BRYNN FARRELL (METUCHEN, NJ) ENRTY #4


BRYNN, TEAMMATES & COACH KEV

Monday: I had a biology test today. I don’t think I did very well and I didn’t finish so I will have to finish it up tomorrow. Now that basketball is over, I am going to start working out with our school trainer after school. She is going to put together workouts to help me with conditioning and strength. Today, I just went to shoot after school until the softball team kicked me out. I had a lot of homework tonight, so I ate dinner, did my work, and went to bed.

Monday, March 6, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: BRYNN FARRELL (METUCHEN, NJ) ENTRY #3


BRYNN & METUCHEN TEAMMATES



Monday: My group presented our social studies project today to our class.  We had to make a board game about the history of India and also bring in Indian food.  After school, we had practice to get ready for our first state game. We worked on fast break plays and defensive slides. After practice the team got together for a pasta party at our senior’s house and we are all going to wear tie-dye tomorrow for the game. I am nervous but excited about tomorrow’s game. I think we should do well.

Tuesday: Today was our first state game.  We won, but I had a horrible game. I am happy for my sister who had a great game, and our team played well, but I just couldn’t find my rhythm. I hurt my finger and couldn’t stop the bleeding so I was distracted. I know I was making poor shot decisions and couldn’t make a layup. It was the most frustrating game I’ve played so far this season. 

Wednesday: I woke up this morning still upset about the game yesterday. I wasn’t feeling great, so I went in late.  As the day went on, I snapped out of it and am looking forward to tomorrow’s game. We had a good practice and I feel more confident about tomorrow’s game.  After practice, I went to see my teammate’s second round state game. Even though they were the lower seed, they were winning the whole game, but couldn’t hold on at the end and lost.  It was a fun game though because I got to see a lot of my teammates and we are all excited to start the spring season.

Thursday: Today was our second round of the states.  I went in early with my teammate Tina to shoot before school.  We practiced for about an hour and then got breakfast. The game was really good, I was finishing my shots, making my free throws and getting everyone involved.  I was one of the better games we played this season as a team and we are so excited to be heading into the semifinals.  After the game, we got some dinner and then I had to finish up my homework. 

Friday:  I had to bring in donuts for my health class today.  Each week someone is assigned food to bring and this was my week.  I was supposed to have a quiz today in health but it was moved to Monday was is good because I really didn’t study much for it yet.  We had a good practice after school and everyone is really excited for tomorrow’s game, although we know Shore is a team that better than their record and seeding. We play them a lot in state playoff’s and know how tough they are to beat. After practice I went to the Franklin semi-final state game to watch my teammates.  Franklin’s whole team played great and they got the win. I think they have a very good chance to win the whole bracket.

Saturday: I couldn’t sleep last night I was so excited and nervous about today’s game. I went to train with Coach Foderingham for about an hour before I had to get to the high school gym. We just worked on shooting and foul shots. My team went to the gym about two hours before the game to do our walk through, but Shore was already at the gym so we couldn’t do our normal routine. My sister also lost her sneakers which wasn’t good and had to wear an old pair of mine for the game. The game was low scoring and a defensive battle for the first half. We were down 5 at the half and came out totally flat in the third. At one point, we were down 17 but then started our comeback. We got the game to within 7 and then I fouled out with five minutes left to go in the fourth. I was upset that I couldn’t finish the game and help my team try to get the win, but I feel played as hard as I could. It was hard to see our two seniors play their last game. After the game, we went out to lunch and then I went to spend the night at my friend Jillians. 

Sunday: Today I did absolutely nothing.  No training, no basketball, just a relaxing day on the couch. I didn’t feel well and am covered with black and blues from the game. I am sort of sad that the season is over but I am really looking forward to playing with my AAU team again. I think our first practice is going ​to be on Thursday and I can’t wait. I am also going to try to go to the Franklin and Bound Brook finals this week to watch my teammates hopefully win their games. Going to bed early tonight.