Sunday, February 19, 2017

GTHING ONE ON ONE CONVERSATION WITH METUCHENS (NJ) FRESHMAN BRYNN FARRELL.




Q: So how have you been doing since the last time Gthing seen you.

A: I'm doing good. I started my freshman year at Metuchen High school. In the fall I played In the Rose Classic Tournament with some of my AAU girls which was a lot of fun and now I'm almost at the end of my first high school basketball season.

Q: How was your experience playing in the 3rd Annual Gthing All Star Classic.

A: I was honored to be asked to play in the game and it was a great experience. I'm always extremely nervous to play with other girls I don't know and I was happy to have my teammate Emma Boslet there with me. All of the girls were great and it was a lot of fun.

Q: When did you know, and how does it feel to be the leading scorer in New Jersey.

A: I think I first found out that I was in the lead after the Highland Park game in February. It feels great especially when I know my scoring has help our team win some games. I have been working really hard and I'm happy my shots have been falling.

Q: So as a freshman do you feel like there is any pressure on you.

A: No, I really don't feel like I have a lot of pressure on me, my goal is to just go out each game and play my hardest and do whatever I can to help my team. My coaches are very supportive and just ask me to give it my best effort.

Q: Now that you are playing at the high school level and not middle school no more, what would you say is the hardest transition.

A: The level of play is a lot different than in the middle school and the games matter for your record and your team's ranking, so there is added pressure to try to win. I feel like when I was in middle school and had a bad game it was okay, but now a loss can really impact the season.

Q: What would your goal be right now for you and your team.

A: Since we lost our first-round county game, as a team we are now focusing on the states and hoping to go further in the state tournament. Personally I want to try to work harder on my outside game and on creating more plays for my teammates.

Q: Are you ready to do this Diary Of A Female Baller with Gthing starting this week.

A: Yes, definitely.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017




Holmdel, NJ - Coaches Choice College Showcase brought in some top notch talent this year, this was their 11th Annual event that takes place at Holmdel High School. Tom Sclafani of Central Jersey Hawks was able to pull some of the top teams in the Tri-State Area together, teams included in the College Showcase was Philadelphia's Power House Archbishop Wood (PA) 32 who took on a deep St. John Vianney (NJ) 46. This was a back in forth game in which Vianney use their extra body's to wear down the undersized Vikings, (Seton Hall) 17' Kimi Evans 14 Pts size in strength was a little bit to much for Wood down on the block, Evans was able to do what she wanted to, just ask Woods Head Coach. 19' Sajada Bonner is starting to come into her own, scoring 6 Pts, and grabbing 5 Rebounds, Bonner has exceptional athleticism and can defend multiple positions. 19' Sarah Karpell dropped 10 Pts to help out, Archbishop Wood was lead by 18' Katie May (Northeastern). Rumson-Fair Haven (NJ) 53 vs Long Island Lutheran (NY) 62 was a intriguing game, Rumson came out with all there guns blazing, they where up by 10 at the half Katie Foos (NYU) was having a three point party in the first half but cooled off by the second half, she finished with 12 Pts making 4 three pointers, 18' Tori Hyduke was getting to lane early setting up her teammates and getting them a bunch of open looks. Tori finished with 7 Pts, 5 Assit, and 4 Rebounds, 17' Hannah Scanlan (Quinnipiac) 17 Pts, 11 Rebounds, and 20' Lucy Adams 10 Pts, Long Island never gave up, they kept apply pressure and would eventually get it to a single digit lead, they out scored the Bulldogs 31 - 12 in the second half, Crusaders Wing 19' Celeste Taylor who is ranked by ESPN told me that she wasn't worried and know that her and her teammates would make a come back, Taylor would finish with a game high 23 Pts her shots started to fall when they where in transition, then 19' Jada Patrick 21 Pts, 13 Rebounds was getting to the basket and getting a bunch of second chance shots that Long Island was looking for especially in the first half. Once the Crusaders finally got the lead, 18' Grace Stone 7 Pts started to play a little New Jersey ball, in would milk the clock down the stretch of the game. The game of the night would be a sellout crowd, standing room only to let you know the magnitude of this could be match up in New Jersey's TOC Championship in March. Manasquan (NJ) 54 vs Rutgers Prep (NJ) 62 The feel was in the air, this was a much needed game for Rutgers Prep who lost to Manasquan last year in the second round of the the TOC, 4:00 minutes into the game the Argonauts would lose one of their key players in 18' Jahsyni Knight the JR guard who makes the engine go in the Prep. Put that didn't seem to faze the Argonauts, Freshman's Olivia Mullins and Jasmine Lyles looked like veterans playing in coach Mary Klinger offense. But the Sophomore Sensation Leilani Correa 20 Pts stole the whole show, 19' Correa was getting to the basket with ease cutting through the lane of a tired Warriors defense, put that didn't stop a scrappy Manasquan team that just kept on fighting back. 17' Stella Clark (Northeastern) finished with 12 Pts, she was hot early on in the game draining to long three balls from the deep corner put kind of faded as the game went on. The other two key parts of Manasquan big three 18' Dara Mabrey 16 Pts and 19' Faith Masonius 15 Pts just wasn't enough to stop a red hot Prep team that also got some inside help from 17' Gabi Redden (Marist) 17 Pts.  

Friday, January 27, 2017


BRONX, NEW YORK - This was by far, the best Middle School Showcase event that I ever attended or had a chance to be a part of. King Of New York (Joe Fenelon) of NYG Hoops / Blue Star Media brought the house down this time with all of the Middle School talent that filled the gymnasium at Hostos Community College in the Boogie Down Bronx home of America's  Major League Baseball team, the New York Yankee's. The Bronx was the first stomping grounds where rap finally broke through at, some famous peo- ple came from this borough in New York, Jennifer Lopez, Phil Spector, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Al Pacino, and Scandal's star Kerry Washington. As far as sports go right now, in I know some true New Yorkers don't want to here this but all of there sports teams are on the down slide, but for girls basket- ball, NYG Hoops will keep things a float with covering and showcasing all the up in coming young talent that's been running around through the Tri-State area. There was live streaming by Cam Media and Blue Star Media and SEC Broadcaster Blake DuDonis, Rich Leary from Ushoops was in attendances to give out some drill work and pointers about Basketball and Life. 



Ava Learn - 6'1 - 2021 - Forward - Hyde Park, NY - Versatile forward who can just about do anything she wants on the court, recognizes mis - matches when smaller defenders are guarding her. Can create off the dribble... Attacks open lanes... Mid-range gamer... Good forum when shooting ball... Long frame.... Handle... Can push in rock in transition... Versatility plays a major roll in her skill set...


Emma Stanton - 6'2 - 2021 - Forward - New York, NY - Can switch from Forward to post position while on the move, knows where to be on the court while in transition or in a halfcourt set. Has very good hands... Soft touch... Plays within herself... Mobile... Good size... Footwork is good...


Zaakyaa Young - 5'7 - 2021 - Guard - Brooklyn, NY - Off guard, who just started playing two years ago. Can get out in push the ball in traffic... Has great athleticism... Long arms for size... Athlete... Handle... Leaper...


Nyema Lindsey - 5'4 - 2021 - Guard - Staten Island, NY - Athletic Guard who plays on the ball, loves to attack while in transition. Live on both sides of the ball... See the floor well... Runs the floor well... Creates in open floor...


Allie McGinn - 5'9 - Wing - 2021 - Wing - Staten Island, NY - Wing player with guard like skills, loves to set up or get her teammates involved in the game. Very active on both ends... Rebounds... See's floor... Defends... Can score... Scores in bunches... High motor...


Tiana Marshall - 5'2 - 2021 - Guard - Bronx, NY - Lead-guard, who has a mindset of pass first, has killer passing ability, but can also score when needed.Gets to lane with ease... Quick off the dribble... Breaks defenders down...


Kayla Perez - 5'7 - 2022 - Guard - Brick Twp, NJ - Lead guard who is explosive off the dribble, likes to fill up the lanes. Quickness... Superior passer... Crafty with ball... Handle... Lateral quickness... 





Rachel Gordon - 5'7 - 2022 - Forward - Teaneck, NJ - Confident small forward who has develop a all around game. Dual - threat attack with mid-range game... Handle... Basketball know how... Strong... Rebounds well on the offensive side of the ball...


Christina Midgette - 5'9 - 2022 - Guard - Princeton, NJ - Off-guard with size and strength, scores and different ways. Interior player also... Strong... Rebounds... Put back points... 


Gabrielle Hemenes - 5'10 - 2022 - Forward - Harlem, NY - Interior athletic performer, with crazy potential. Drives and draws contact... Active on glass... Defends... Rebounds...


Cierra Pearson - 5'7 - 2022 - Guard - Teaneck, NJ - Lefty, smooth guard who can play with or without the ball. Athletic... Scorers mentality... Mid-range gamer... Can drain the 3 ball... Handle...


Madison Johnson - 5'10 - 2021 - Forward - East Orange, NJ - Strong, interior lefty prospect who is starting to develop a guard like skill set. Cleans glass... Good footwork...


Angelica Velez - 5'4 - 2022 - Guard - Bronx, NY - Skilled lead-guard who can score from anywhere, creates on the floor when driving to the basket. Crafty ball handler... Creates on and off the ball... Speed... Athletic... Excels in transition...


Zaria Lewis - 6'0 - 2023 - Guard - Staten Island, NY - Strong, interior prospect who bring length and strength to the game. Creates space between herself in defender... Can some what handle ball... Okay in Isolation situations... Physical...
 

 Amanda Latkany - 5'10 - 2021 - Forward - Rye, NY - Versatile perimeter prospect with size and length. Consistent... Draws contact... Defends and alter shots... Wingspan... 



 

Skye Owens - 5'5 - 2022 - Point Guard - Staten Island, NY - Crafty confident floor leader who distributes and deliver in transition. Poised game manager... Handle... executes... High prospect for 2022... High IQ... Superior passer...


Brooke Tatarian - 5'9 - 2021 - Wing - Bronxville, NY - Athletic off-guard with some size, Pushes ball in transition... Handle... Plays' well in open court... Rebounds... Attacks...


Natalie Pence - 5'8 - 2021 - Wing - Mount Kisco, NY - Big lead-guard who has size, quick first step off the dribble. Mid-range gamer... Strong... Attacks rim with force... 


Zaria Lewis - 6'0 - 2023 - Guard - Staten Island, NY - Strong, interior prospect who bring length and strength to the game. Creates space between herself in defender... Can some what handle ball... Okay in Isolation situations... Physical...


Sanna Ferreiras - 5'2 - 2021 - Point Guard - Whites Plains, NY - Confident floor leader with speed, Creator in transition... Uptempo... On ball defender... Tough... Penetrates... Breaks defenses down while attacking... Has to start working on mid-range because of her small frame...


Imani Harris - 5'4 - 2021 - Point Guard - Bronx, NY - Lead-guard with superior handle, Cat like speed. Delivers off the dribble in a halfcourt game... High prospect for 2021... Knows how to finish in traffic... Strong upper body... Handle... Slick... 
 

Kayla Becford - 5'8 - 2022 - Guard - Paterson, NJ - Combo-guard with a scorers mentality, Distributes and pushes tempo... Physical with court awareness... Mid-range gamer... Smooth... 



Janel Moore - 5'5 - 2021 - Point Guard - Spring Valley, NY - Lead-guard with heavy passing ability, good in a halfcourt set. Breaks defenders down with quickness... Reads defenses... Quiet storm... Attacks in transition... 
 

Paris Clark - 5'6 - 2022 - Point-guard - Mount Vernon, NY - Off-guard with quickness, drives in attacks in transition game. Athletic floor leader... Quick leaper... Electrifying moves... Control with attacking the basket... 


Niaisya Ervin - 5'7 - 2021 - Combo-guard - Newark, NJ - Smooth combo-guard, with tons of moves when attacking the basket. Smooth persona... Mid-range game threat... High IQ... Creates off dribble...     





                 

                       

Saturday, January 14, 2017




PATERSON, NEW JERSEY - Headed up to the 5th Annual New Year's Resolution Hosted by the New Jersey Sparks this past weekend, let me start off by saying that my normal travel time is usually approximately one hour forty - five minutes. Well not this time, according to the National Weather Associates, New Jersey was only suppose to get 1 - 3 inches. Wrong, the state of New Jersey accumulate 6 - 10 inches in some parts of state, it sure would be nice to have a job like that when you just make predictions on something that if it happens or it doesn't happen your job is safe. 


It made travels a little difficult for some teams that were coming up from the Northeast, 31 out of 32 teams made it to the New Year's Resolution, teams came as far North as Canada and South as Florida. But a little snow storm wasn't going to stop all of this talent from coming to one of the most premier event's on the East Coast. Gthing was able to catch some High School talent one day, in some Middle School talent the following day, in this three day event which was held at three different sites John F Kennedy High School, Eastside High School and International High School.





Andrea Aquino - 6'9 - Post - 2018 - Paterson Eastside HS, (NJ) - Superior length and size complemented by agility, uptempo and mobile. Continues to develop a more consistent offensive game... Good footwork... Shot blocker... Defends... Alters shots... Wingspan and size... Low post performer... Active on glass...


Abbey Lawrence - 5'9 - WING - 2018 - Newark Tech HS - (NJ) - Off - Guard who plays along the wing, has range in length. Spot up shooter... Long arms... Defends... Handle... Mid - Range gamer... On ball defender... Lanky frame... Scrappy...


D'aviyon Magazine - 5'7 - Combo-Guard - 2017 - Queen Of Peace HS - (NJ) - Lead guard with good hands, strong upper body with good size, stocky frame. Strong and physical... Creates for shot... Takes on contact... Can knock down big shot...


Amani Boston - 5'4 - Guard - 2019 - Cathedral HS - (MA) - Lead - guard with crafty ball handling skills, gets out on the breaks in runs. Uptempo... Delivers in transition... Consistent... Handle...


Jariah Paterson - 5'9 - Guard - 2020 - Immaculate Conception HS - (NJ) - Athletic combo - guard, combo - guard with a little range. Solid guard skills... Results in traffic... 


Tatyana Ashmeade - 5'11 - Forward - 2018 - Paterson Eastside HS - (NJ) - Small forward how brings a lot of energy to the game along with good intangibles. Raw... Rebounds... Garbage points around the basket... Tweener...


Caitlin Townes - 5'7 - Guard - 2018 - Newark Tech HS - (NJ) - Lead - Guard with superior passing skills, creates off the dribble while in transition. Active in lanes... Uptempo... Good hands... Handle... Attacks... Smooth... Drives and deliver with body control...






Jabarria Brown - 5'8 - Guard - 2019 - Paterson Eastside HS - (NJ) - Lead - guard who loves to attacks off the dribble, strong and physical. Attacks in transition... Clock manager... Runs offenses well in a halfcourt set...


Nyla Allen - 5'2 - Guard - 2020 - Potter's House Christian Academy HS - (FL) - Cat like speed, lead - guard who breaks defenses down. Distributes and dictates tempo of game... Interior passes... Quick first step... Handle... Crafty... Gets out in transition... 


Onome Akinbode - James - 6'3 - Forward - 2018 - Blair Academy HS - (NJ) - Agile interior performer; great in pick in roll situations. Shot blocker... Rebounds... Defends... Can put the ball on the floor... Creates space in the painted area... Raw... Runs floor... 


Jennifer Davis - 5'5 - Guard - 2018 - TPLS Christian Academy HS - (VA) - Lead - guard with high basketball IQ, good stroke from beyond the arc. Make things look easy in the halfcourt set... Shoots the ball at a high percentages...


Taliyah Countrymon - 6'1 - Forward - 2018 - Cathedral HS - (MA) - Versatile perimeter player with size in the front court, can switch to face up game. Size in length... Consistent on both ends of the court... Rebounds... Athletic... Long arms...


Kelina Menard - 5'7 - Guard - 2019 - Immaculate Conception HS - (NJ) - Smooth floor leader with handle; attacks basket under control. Push tempo in delivers... Passes are money... Energy... Handle... Quick off the bounce...


Forever Toppin - 5'9 - Guard - 2018 - Queen Of Peace HS (NJ) - Confident lead - guard floor leader with speed; Ultra quick... Handle... Uptempo... Handles and dishes in transition...  Strives in open court...






Mariah Perez - 6'3 - Forward - 2019 - Newark Tech HS (NJ) - Versatile interior post prospect with strong power game inside; Starting to show her arsenal of weapons on offense... Shot blocker... Strong... Physical... Skilled in the paint...


Erica Martinsen - 5'11 - Combo-Guard - 2018 - Blair Academy HS (NJ) - Combo with exceptional shooting skills, has good range in a quick release. Uptempo, gets out in run... Handle... Quick release... High arc shoot... Shooters touch... Elevates on jump shot... Can create own shot...


Janeen Camp - 6'5 - Post - 2017 - TPLS Academy HS (VA) - Interior post with a intimidating presence, plays well off pick in roll situation. Passes well for size... Excellent foot work... College frame... Good hands... Shot blocker... Mobility... Clogs lane... Size and strength...


Sierra Swanda - 5'10 - Forward - 2017 - Potter's House Christian Academy HS (FL) - Athletic interior player, with good foot work. Moves well without the ball... Quick on the block.. Creates space... Explodes to basket...


Jordan McLemore - 5'7 - Guard - 2018 - Immaculate Conception HS (NJ) - Smooth lead-guard with good awareness, poise and calm. Penetrates and dishes rock while in lane... Plays under control... Mid-Range gamer... Starting to play with confidence...


Jasmine Gaines - 5'6 - Guard - 2017 - Potter's House Christian Academy HS (FL) - Explosive lead-guard who shines in the uptempo game, creates off the dribble. Body control when attacking the basket... Strong upper body... Scorers mentality... Great in pressure situation... Elevates on pull up...























Friday, January 6, 2017

Diary Of A Female Baller: Jordan Nixon ( Harlem, NY ) Entry # 8 & 9
Jordan Nixon & Friends

Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed your couple weeks as much as I did. There were days with a few more tribulations than others, but I got through it. I will tell you all about them in Weeks 9 and 10 of Diary of a Female Baller.

Monday: Today was a shortened school day because we had Christmas Liturgy that afternoon. Immediately after, we had practice. We continued with the drills we used the last week that keyed in on our weak areas. I was a little down at first after reflecting on the game; I didn't feel like I contributed to the win since I sat for a large portion of the game due to foul trouble. 

Tuesday: Today was a regular school day, but still a little more exciting than the rest. It was our last day before Christmas  Break. The day dragged a little, but I was looking forward to practice at Elmcor, a community center gym in queens. The court is much larger, which allows for more realistic spacing when scrimmaging or doing live drills. It wasn't an easy practice. Many struggled to bring the energy, so a couple of my teammates and I encouraged the others to pick it up. We had an off day the next day, so we wanted people to push through and give it all they had left. Needless to say, we got through it and Christmas Break had officially begun. 

Wednesday: Today was my first TMLA Christmas. All students are able to dress down and walk around the school for two and half hours or so. My seven closest friends and I decided to do secret santa, so after the day's festivities, we gathered in the auditorium and exchanged gifts; I'd never done secret santa before this year. There were a lot of smiles and hugs. Once the teachers kicked all of the students out of the building to start their faculty party,  we went to KP's house before heading to Dallas BBQ later that afternoon. There, we blasted the radio and ate candy to our heart's content until we became sick of the sugar and decided to head out. Once we arrived at the restaurant, in routine fashion, I kindly told my friends to put their phones in the middle of the table to force conversation. Of course, at least one had to refuse, but everyone else complied. We had a great time, so great that no one wanted to go home. Luckily for a few of us, our parents gave us permission to go to the mall for a couple more hours. The hardest thing was saying goodbye, but we did eventually; today was one for the books. 

Thursday: Today we had practice in the early afternoon, which allowed me to get a little more sleep than usual. Overall, practice went well. We were able to cover a lot of ground in our two hours together. After practice, I stayed around to put up a variety of shots; I think it's really important to have an assortment of shots for different spots on the court. After shooting, I headed home and spent the remainder of the day in the house besides the couple of walks with my dog. 

Friday: Today was my last practice before Christmas Break. It went well overall. We all brought a lot of energy and worked hard for two hours, with the occasional lapses. I didn't have to get home the late afternoon, so KP, Vee and I hitched a ride with our coach to Green Acres Mall. I mean, Queens is great and I love spending time with my friends, but I don't think I'll be taking that hour bus ride from Green Acres to an hour train ride home again anytime soon. Later, my mom and I headed to the Poconos to help my aunt prepare for the impending holiday. There'd been a lot going on within my family, so several Christmas traditions such as, going to the Poconos and decorating the tree about two weeks prior to Christmas, dissolved on this particular year. However, everyone's spirits seemed to still be high. We did a little bit of cleaning and prepping for cooking the next day before hitting the bed. 

Saturday: Christmas Eve! I love the Poconos all year round, but especially during the winter. Usually, we don't have the opportunity to stay for more than a day and a half, so I was really excited. The day was both productive and fun; I tried to savor every moment with my family because once the season kicks into full gear and AAU begins, it gets very difficult to make the trip up there for a gathering. I was upset that I had to miss practice given the competition we'd have to face at Title IX, but spending the day in the Poconos made it worth it. 

Sunday: Christmas Day! I love the holidays especially Christmas morning. Not for the conventional reason of getting gifts, but over the past few years, my family and I have inadvertently started traditions. Such as, my aunt getting up and making coffee for all of the adults in the house, me getting up and tapping my mom right before I walk the dog or listening to Christmas music ALL DAY, amongst others. The day was everything I hoped it'd be and then some because my uncle, who had recently gotten his foot amputated, came home for the day. He was in such high spirits and just for a little bit, it felt like old times. We laughed, snacked, and sang a lot throughout the day. I enjoyed every minute before my mom, brother and I had to head back to the city. 

Week 10: 
Monday: Today we had a 9 am practice which I was unable to attend because of problems with public transportation. I was extremely bothered. For one, I hadn't shot a basketball in two days, which isn't a good thing, but what could I do. 

Tuesday: Today we packed up on the Mary Louis bus and headed to Title IX in Washington, D.C. Since my mom wasn't able to attend this trip, I was a little uneasy at first. I'm accustomed to her being in the stands screaming at the top of her lungs, but this was an opportunity for maturation.  After all, my mom won't be able to attend all of my games in college, so its best that I experienced uneasiness now rather than later. Although our game was scheduled for the next day, the tournament coordinators hosted a banquet for all teams to discuss Title IX as well as to educate us on the gender gap and measures being taken to close that gap, amongst a list of other topics. Overall, it was a successful event. I enjoyed it because I was able to dress up, eat and learn a little bit. We arrived at the hotel fairly early in the evening, so we talked and laughed a lot before hitting the bed. 

Wednesday: Today was our first game of the tournament. We were placed in the highest division and our first opponent was Ribault, the number 3 ranked team in the country. I knew that I'd struggle to get into a rhythm, which happened, because I hadn't touched a ball in four days (I'm never doing that again). The team as a whole struggled on the offensive end, but we also allowed them to have their way with us on the offensive and defensive glass. It was a learning experience and we were looking forward to playing better in the game the next day. 

Thursday: Today was game day again, so we followed the same routine. I wasn't content with my play the day before, so I made the necessary adjustments in the stretches as well as in the little things like consuming water based fruits and not drinking too many liquids pre-game. 
After all, we came out with the win. Again, I wasn't happy with my play on the offensive end, but I made sure to contribute in other ways. Later that night, while reflecting on the games, not only in D.C., but over the course of the beginning stages of our season, I had not been doing the things that had kept me sharp during pre-season. I had started wasting precious time. I had started making excuses as to why I shouldn't push myself. I became content. That night, I vowed that I would develop those good habits that'd benefitted me in the past. 

Friday:  Today was the last day of the tournament, so I had one more game to give my all. We played well overall, especially my teammate Danielle Patterson who had a whopping 30 points that day, even though we didn't come out on top. I was disappointed in myself, but I was more concerned on the near future; I was ready to develop my good habits again. I arrived back in the city later that night. It was a tough week, but I learned several things and decided to move forward with the newly attained information. 

Saturday: We didn't have practice today, so I spent some time at home cleaning and such. 

Sunday: Today felt like a new start for me. I wasn't satisfied with way I finished 2016, so January 1st marked the first day of another long, hard siege to achieving my goals. My mom, god sister decided to head out to get breakfast after which, my god sister and I were able to head home and watch movies and play uno. I didn't have practice today, so it seemed in my best interest to enjoy other things like my family. Later that evening, my mom, god sister and I attended a huge family gathering at my cousin's house. It was a lot of fun chopping it up with my other cousins and of course, grubbing; it was a great start to the New Year. 


It's been a long ten weeks, and I both learned and grew from all of my experiences. Thank you to GThing Basketball for this opportunity to share a little bit of my life with the Basketball World.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

GTHING BASKETBALL WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR THE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION JAN 6 - 8 IN PATERSON NEW JERSEY, HOSTED BY EYBL OWN NEW JERSEY SPARKS.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017


               THE FESTIVAL OF THE PHOENIX

MATAWAN, NJ - This was my first Festival Of The Phoenix tournament and it definitely wont be my last, they had a team come up from the Northeast (MA) to heading South as far as Maryland. They brought in all the top level competition from New Jersey, Such as St, John's Vianney, Life Center Academy, Patrick School, and Blair Academy. National Christian Academy who is and always loaded came to Jersey to get a little bump before they got ready for Title IX where all the big dogs was to compete over the Christmas and New Year Holiday. 



Elizabeth Martino - 5'10 - 2020 - Guard - National Christian Academy (MD) - Has the athletic ability to almost do want she's wants especially when in the open court, quick first step to the basket. Bounce off the dribble... scorer's mentality... Athletic... Elevates on jump shot... 


Qadashah Hoppie - 5'9 - 2017 - Guard - Patrick School (NJ) - St. Johns signee  Explosive combo-guard who likes to penetrate in dish while in the lane, gets up in down the court with superb speed. High IQ... Passes well through defenders... Consistent Mid - Range gamer...



Natalie Stralkus - 5'10 - 2018 - Combo - Guard - Peddie School (NJ) - High motor combo - guard who is very aggressive when attacking the rim, plays with a chip on her shoulder and shows as the game go's on. Strong upper body... Handles and protect the ball... Streaky shooter...


Aliyah Powell - 5'2 - 2017 - Guard - Patrick School (NJ) - On the ball defender, who stays consistent on both sides of the ball; knows when to attack the basket. Good hands... Moves well without the ball... Handles the ball... Shoots the three well... Spot up shooter... Small...



Tahniyyah Johnson - 5'7 - Combo - Guard - 2017 - Mastery North Charter (PA) - Excellent combo - guard who loves to get out in run and beat you in different ways. Hesitation dribble... Ball handler... Rebounds well for size... Explosive off the dribble... Mid - Range gamer...


Angel Reese - 6'3 - 2020 - Forward - St. Frances Academy (MD) - Lean and Athletic; tough with good fundamentals, mature for her age. Can play the 2 - 4 positions... Patient... Long and agile... High prospect for 2020... Needs to build muscles... Problem for defenders...


Katie Kinum - 5'10 - 2017 - Forward - New Providence (NJ) - Penn signee... Very high IQ and knowledge for the game, Strong and physical. Passes threw the seam... Attacks... Good shot selection... Great forum... Talks to teammates... Boxes out...


Mykea Gray - 5'6 - 2017 - Guard - National Christian Academy (MD) - Miami signee; Small crafty back court leader, who takes control of the game. Pushes the ball in uptempo game; Penetrates and finds rim... Athletic... Strives in the open court... Handles... 


Zaria Dorsey - 6'2 - 2018 - Forward - Patrick School (NJ) - Explosively athletic, versatile face up performer. Creates and draws contact... Crafty... Handles... Mix match problem on wing... Great foot work... Excellent around perimeter...


Sydney Brown - 6'0 - 2018 - Forward - Blair Academy (NJ) - Long athletic; quick leaper. Knows how to draw contact when attacking the rim, Poise... Plays under control... Length...
Long arms... Defends... Quick leaper... Body control... Rebounds...


Jaala Henry - 6'4 - 2017 - Post - National Christian Academy (MD) - Pittsburgh signee; has definitely improved since going over to National Christian, knows how to use her size and strength... Defends well in painted area... Shot blocker... Clogs lanes... Can score with ease on the box... Has to get more aggressive at the next level...


Calimah Singletary - 6'2 - 2017 - Forward - Patrick School (NJ) - Strong low - post performer with good hands; Active on glass... Hard worker... Physical on the block... Interior player...


Akinbode - James Onome - 6'4 - 2018 - Post - Blair Academy (NJ) - Agile interior prospect with potential; shot blocker. Defends... Makes defenders change direction when entering the lane... Long arms... Wingspan... Mobile...




Nia Clouden - 5'9 - 2018 - Guard - St. Frances (MD) - Explosive combo - guard with a hole lot of game, finishes plays in traffic with body control. Finds the basket on consistent bases... Creates off dribble... Quick first step... Explosive off the dribble... Uptempo... Mid - Range gamer... Quickness... Handles... 








   





Thursday, December 29, 2016

UNSIGNED SENIOR 6'0 AYANNA BEY 2017 FORWARD HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL NJ. 1ST TEAM ALL CONFERENCE, 2015 - 16 ALL SOUTH JERSEY, 1000 PT 


Thursday, December 22, 2016



UPPER MARLBORO MD - Unlike Some People, That Has The Weekends Off. Well I'm Not That Fortunate No More Since A Few Of My Ex Co- Workers Decided That They Had Enough Of Working After 35 Years Straight, Can You Actually Blame Them Though. That Is What Stop Me From Attending The First two Day's Of One Of The Biggest High School Basketball Showcases On The East Coast Which Took Place December 9 -11. The 8th ANNUAL SHE GOT GAME CLASSIC, There Were 117 Teams Participating In This Huge Event Along With 8 Different Location That Spanned From Maryland To DC. All Of The Heavy Hitters Hoops Girlz Scouts Were In The Building Watching Some Of The Top Athletes In Country Perform On A Cold Put Calm Day, That Was The Mood If You Where Outside For Those That Where Inside The Talent Range Was Far From Calm.




Sydnee Roby - 2019 - 6'4 - Milwaukee Rufus King (WI) - Very assertive on the offensive side of the ball, not that fast but very effective when crashing the boards. Scoring machine in the painted area, has a few post moves. Can defends; Clogs Lanes... Mean Streak... High Prospect For 2019... Knows How To Keep Defenders On Hip When In Attack Mode...



Anissa Rivera - 2019 - 6'1 - Rock Creek Christian Academy - (MD) - Athlete with huge upside, can become one of top prospect in the 2019 class. Physical and strong.. Can play the 2 Thur 4 spot... Leaper... Elevates over smaller guards and forwards when she is guarded by either...



Grace Stone - 2018 - 5'10 - Long Island Lutheran - (NY) - Strong Off Guard with good size; Nice frame and great upper body strength which allow her to take on a little punishment when attacking. Knows how to use her body to shield off defenders... Body vs Contact.. Talks to teammates... Delivers off dribble... Facilitates...



Katie May - 2018 - 5'11 - Archbishop Wood (PA) - Northeastern Signee... Not So Athletic, put has a great skill set, Plays out of position but can hold her own. Scores in variety of ways, put can definitely score. Defends... Mid - Range Gamer... Good Shot...


Sarah Fazio - 2018 - 4'11 - Lakewood Ranch (FL) - Guard with good ball handling skills, Sets up offense... Very Smart... Knows how to break press or trap... Uptempo... Loves to push the ball... Reads presser... Interior passer... 



Ashley Owusu - 2019 - 5'10 - Paul VI (VA) - Off Guard can create for herself in teammates, attacks basket draws contact. Kind of shifty for big guard, Mid - Range Gamer... High percentage shots... Smooth... High Prospect 2019... Athletic... Manages game in the half-court set... Drives in delivers...



La'Dazhia Williams - 2017 - 6'3 - Lakewood Ranch (FL) -  South Carolina Signee... Has all the tools necessary to be good at South Carolina, Size and Strength to go along with athleticism... Can Get Out In Run... Mobile... Good Skilled Set... Raw... Handles the ball well for big... Has to recognize Mix Matches.. Athletic... Shot blocking presence... Length...




Vanerlie Valcourt  - 2017 - 5'10 - Mary Louis Academy (NY) - 2 or 3 who is highly over look, very athletic with strong build. Quick First Step... Can Jump... Big 2 or 3.... Can Handle Ball... Plays Hard... Attacks In Create Space...



Emma Fazio - 2018 - 4'11 - Lakewood Ranch (FL) - Almost a mere image of her sister, likes to get out in run. Can knock down big shot... Uptempo... Mid - Range gamer... Shoots the three ball really well... Consistent... 


Jordan Nixon - 2018 - 5'9 - Mary Louis Academy (NY) - Strong lead guard; Great court vision... High IQ... Mid - Range gamer... Attacks off dribble... Calm demeanor... Transition game... Delivers in a half court.... Control the pace of the offense... Strong build... Very poise... High prospect for 2018...


Celeste Taylor - 2019 - 5'11 - Long Island Lutheran (NY) - Active off - guard who finishes play in traffic; Assertive on the glass... Creates off dribble... Explosive... Leaping ability... Mid - Range game is starting to emerge... High Prospect for 2019...
Shauntavia Green - 2017 - 5'7 - Lakewood Ranch (FL) - Aggressive Lead- guard; High motor... On ball defender... Lock down defender... Attacks rim... Impact floor leader.. Need to show the ability to a mid - range game...



Maggie Connolly - 2018 -  5'8 - Ursuline Academy (DE) - Controls the pace of the offense... Attacks... Scorers mentality... Confident demeanor... Anticipates... Read defenses...


Danielle Patterson - 2017 - 6'3 - Mary Louis Academy (NY) - Notre Dame Signee; Versatile perimeter player; Active on glass... Rules the glass on both sides... Can handle in transition... Attacks off the dribble... Quick leaper....




Honesty Grayson - Scott - 2018 - 5'10 - Paul VI (VA) - Improves everytime she touches the court, Grayson - Scott has added some more punch to her already good skill set. Honesty has the ability to get in the open court in deliver crisp passes to her teammates or keep it for herself in pull a from any where on the court. Consistent... Mid - Range Gamer... Handles ball... Athletic.. Great control... High IQ... High Prospect for 2018... Passes very well... Open court player.... Penetrates in dishes... Explosive... 



Ayiana Smith - 2018 - 5'7 - Rock Creek Christian Academy (MD) - Combo guard with consistency; Reads zones... Range in game... Spreads the floor... Arc on Shot...  Superior shooter... 


Lauren Ebo - 2018 - 6'4 - Paul VI (VA) - Low post prospect with consistent interior post game; competes on glass... Physical on block... Rebounds... Knows her role...


Mikayla Vaughn - 2017 - 6'3 - Paul VI (VA) - Notre Dame signee... Agile low post performer; Active on block... Quick footwork... Shot blocking ability... Superior mobility... Rebounds... Attacks in paint... Versatile...


Alisha Lewis - 2019 - 5'7 - Ursuline Academy (DE) - Explosive floor leader with handle; Attacks.... Breaks down defenders... Plays under control.... Impact floor leader... Crafty... Ball handle... Pushes in uptempo game...



Laysha De La Santos - 2019 - 5'5 Bishop Loughlin (NY) - Confident floor leader; Court awareness... Distributes in passing game... Consistent on the jump shot... Pass first guard...


Lynette Taitt - 2017 - 5'8 - Bishop Loughlin (NY) - Creative off guard; with scorers mentality; Handle and distribute in uptempo game... Elevates over defenders to get shot off... Coachable... 


Amira Collins - 2018 - 6'3 - Paul VI (VA) - Tennessee Signee; Versatile low post performer with superior foot speed; Starting to create off dribble... Physical on the glass...  Face-up performer... length... Wingspan...  Interior foot work....

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Diary Of Female Baller: Jordan Nixon (Harlem, NY) Entry # 7 & 8
Jordan Nixon & Teammates

Hello Basketball World;

Week 7 

Monday: Following another long day of classes, we threw on our things and headed to practice. We focused on getting out in transition, boxing out and pressure defense. We discussed the game the next day, but we dedicated the day to focusing on us and the big weekend ahead. 



Tuesday: Today was game day against Cardinal Spellman, a highschool in the Bronx. We didn't prepare too much for this game, but we had confidence that we'd make the right adjustments to ensure the win. From the jump, we were outplayed. We refused to show heart and mental toughness in the beginning, but after a little bit of cursing (an understatement) from the coaches, we picked up our intensity and established a comfortable lead. Ultimately, we pulled out with the win. I was frustrated afterwards due to many different things, but mainly my individual performance. 



Wednesday: After the events the day before, we had a discussion about what needed to happen going forward, especially before we took on the number one ranked team in the country. We moved through practice swiftly and talked about the game plan for the coming days. Overall, it was good day. 



Thursday: Today was immaculate conception, so TMLA was closed, but we had practice. We watched film and ate breakfast for an hour and a half before hitting the court for another two hours. We focused in for the entirety of practice. I felt particularly determined to find a rhythm since I wasn't happy with my play. After practice, I stayed for an extra hour shooting catch and shoot shots to build some confidence. I headed home later that afternoon to get my hair washed then braided. 



Friday: Today we had a shortened schedule, so school ended at 12:30. Soon after, the team had a shoot around at Mary Louis for about an hour and a half. We boarded the bus an hour later and made our way to D.C. On the ride, I thought a lot about my responsibilities for the weekend, which included staying aggressive on both ends of the floor, amongst others. For those who don't know already, I love J. Cole, so his new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, was on replay while I anticipated the next two days. I didn't like the way I'd played in our last few outings, including our scrimmages, so I carefully articulated the details of my play in order for our team to be successful. 



Saturday: Today was game day against Ursuline at 2:30 pm. Unlike our first three games, we played with urgency right out of the gate. However, as the game waned on, we lost that sense of urgency, lost our lead and the game. We couldn't dwell on the loss given the gravity of the game the next day. So, we went out to dinner as a team and enjoyed each other's company. 



Sunday: Today was the big day. The day we'd been preparing for and talking about for several weeks. Today was the day we played Paul VI. Obviously they are a special team, but despite the pressure and hype around the situation, I approached it as a regular game. I also made sure to remind my teammates of the same thing. The first quarter into the beginning of the second were great spans for us; we flowed well. However, as the clocked ticked down to halftime, we lost our stride and didn't hit it again until the fourth quarter. We struggled to advance the ball and to get momentum-building possessions. The starters sat out for the entire third quarter watching the lead swell to a point of no return, so when we stepped on the court for the final period, running off of the energy left on the floor by the bench, we played HARD. Ultimately, the lead they built was too much to overcome, but we proved something to ourselves: we can compete. Every experience is a learning experience, no matter the outcome, so we talked about it in the car ride back to the city, I reflected on my play, and thought about practice the next day. 



Week 8: 

Monday: Today was our off day, so we had the opportunity to leave right after classes. I didn't do anything special today except relax and do some homework. 



Tuesday: Today was our first practice after the disappointing weekend. My teammates had voiced their apprehension about practice. "What's coach going to do", we thought. Luckily for us, our coach changed the practice plan to adjust to our weak areas as opposed to punishing us. We adopted, "energy", as the theme for the coming week. After a few minutes of clapping, yelling and encouraging each other, the apprehension flew out of the window. We worked hard and remained focused for the duration of practice. After practice, we spent about an hour talking about the weekend, not so much our play, but off of the court team issues. At the end of it all, we resolved the issues and reminded ourselves of the season's goals as well as the significance of sacrifice to ensure success. 



Wednesday: Today was pajama day at Mary Louis, so the day was a little bit more enjoyable than usual. I was looking forward to practice after school; we had a high-energy, productive practice the day before and I wanted the same again. thus far. We did a lot of our defense drills, worked on our zone as well as our new offense. 



Thursday: Today was an ordinary day at school. I had a couple of assessments and practice about an hour and half after classes ended. Again, we worked on our lagging areas using a high-energy approach, but today we implemented a new offensive scheme in order to get the ball in different spots. I finished the night with some homework and studying. 



Friday: Today was dress down day at school, so from the moment that I was able to throw on sweatpants and sneakers to go to school, it felt like a great day. Following the school day, we had our second to last practice before our next game against Neumann Goretti. Again, we were energized especially working within our new offense. It felt great to head home after a productive week in both school and in the gym to watch Netflix, listen to music and complete some homework. 



Saturday: I had practice from 10-1 this morning, so even through the snow and slush, everyone was present and ready to go. We had another great, high energy practice to close out a full week of sessions. I returned home and had time to do chores, homework and FaceTime. I finished the night with some core and adductor exercises. 



Sunday: Today was game day against Neumann Goretti, the eleventh ranked team in the country. Again, My teammates and I approached it as another game. After getting a whooping last weekend, we were all eager to redeem ourselves. At the end of it all, we won the game and to top it off, we played our best basketball of the season thus far. I'm extremely proud of the way my teammates played from start to finish. After the game, I made my way home to prepare for the next day. I also made sure to do my core and adductor exercises again. 



I'm looking forward to this week as we have prayer Monday, so classes are shortened, Tuesday is the only day that we have a regularly scheduled day and Wednesday is the annual Christmas play, so we get dismissed early in the day. Glad I could share the last two weeks with you all, until next time. Signing off...

Friday, December 16, 2016

NEW JERSEY GIRLZ HOOPS 2016 / 2017 PRE - SEASON TOP 20 LIST.

1. Manasquan - TOC Runner Up Last Season, Plus they have All Returning starters.  Dara Mabrey, Faih Masonius, Addie Masonius, Stella Clark, Victoria Glavan.

2. Rutgers Prep - Made it to the TOC Semi-Finals Last Year. They are very Deep, In They Go as far as Jahsyni Knight Takes Them, She is the Engine That Drives The Bus, Along With One Super Sophomore In A Bunch Of Freshman.

3. St. Rose - Another Team That Could Have Possibility Been At The 1# Spot, One Of The Best Coaches In New Jersey Coach Whalen Always Seem To Get The Kids To Play For Him In Know There Role. They Also Have A Few Players That Can Flat Out Score Or Just Be Well Coached.

4. The Patrick School - With The New Two New Editions Of New York States Transfers Mimi Reid And Zaria Dorsey, The Patrick School Could Easily Take The State By Storm In Become A Top Contender, They Also Have Q. Hoppie St. John's Signee A New Head Coach In A Few Assistant Coaches That Stayed With The Staff, That Should Also Help Out.

5. St. John's Vianney - Coach Karpell Lost 5 Starters Last Season, That Played A Big Part of Vianney's TOC Championship, They Will Be Anchored By Kim Evans The Seton Hall Signee, Vianney Is Very Deep With Some Good Talent. Coaches Daughter  So.Sarah Should Provide A Spark, So. Sajada Bonner Also Should Give St. John's A Lift.

6. Gill St. Bernard - There Fate All Boils Down To How Healthy The UMass Signee Alexia Allesch Stays. They Have Some Transfers That Will Play A Big Role, So. Nisani Santiago Is One Of The Toughest Combo Guards In The State.  

7. MiddleTown South -  Returning 4 Out Of 5 Starters Should Help South Make A Big Run, Sr. Haley Dalonzo St. Peters Signee Is Back From Injury. Filling The Shoes Of Stephanie Karcz Will Be Huge Who Graduated Last Year. Freshman Kayla Richardson Will Give Them A Boost If It's Starting Or Coming Of The Bench.

8. Newark Tech - Tech Is Ranked 7th Because Of A Few Reasons, Coaching Is Definitely One, And Getting A Couple Of Transfers From A Once Powerhouse Shabazz. So. Mariah Perez Is A Huge Part Of There Offense, If She Steps Up This Year This Could Be Techs Year To Make It To The TOC.

9. Franklin - I'm Just Going To Say One Word Diamond Miller, This Young Lady Can Carry A Team Well On Her Back, She Has A Little Help In Guard Jr. Camille Gray And Post Monique Davis - Campbell.

10. Queen Of Peace - LSU Signee Raven Farley-Clark Is And Should Have A Big Year For Peace, The Lost Of Asonah Alexander (Injured) Will Surely Be Missed. Point Guards Jr. Forever Toppin And Sr.Sydney Watkins Will Help Take Over In The Backcourt.

11. Immaculate Conception (Lodi) - Very Talented Field, Put The Question Will Be Can They All Play Together In A Short Period Of Time. Sr. Brey Ballard, JMU Signee.. Sr. Danelle Deoul George Mason Signee...

12. Red Bank Catholic - A Good Shore Conference Team That Will Probably Finish In The Middle Of The Pack.

13. Notre Dame - Freshman Post 6'4 Erica Porter Will Be The Work Horse In The Middle, Lost Some Major Key Parts In The Big's Department And One D1 Guard. The Jr Crawford Twins Eve And Maryam Return And That Should Give Them That One Two Punch.

14. Paterson Eastside - New Jersey Is Still Waiting For A Breakout Season From Jr. Andrea Aquino, The 6'9 Jr Post Should Be Going Into The Season Fully Healthy. This Is A Guard Ridden Team, Let's Just Hope That There Guards Can Get The Ball To There Big.

15. Rumson Fair Haven - With Legendary Head Coach Retiring (Sourlis) The Question Is What Will Rumson Fair Do. Well They Will Be Lead By D1 Prospect Jr. Guard Tori Hyduke Who Is Always Electrifying When The Ball Is In Her Hands, Sr. Hannah Scanlan (Bryant) Has Trim Up This Season, And Sr. Katie Foos Should Shine.

16. Gloucester Catholic - One Of South Jersey Best Teams, Should Go Undefeated In The Area Until They Meet Up With The Likes Of Rutgers Prep, St. Rose Or Gill St. Bernard In The States There Enrollment Is Down Which Switches Them From Non - Public A To Non - Public B, They Will Be Lead By Sr. Danielle Sanderlin (Canisius) Who Will Hold Down The Middle, Sr. Niya Saab, And Boston U Bound Sr. Tenisha Pressley, And Transfer So. Aziana Baines Will Make Things A Little Easy For Coach Lisa Gedaka Until State Run.

17. Saddle River Day - This Was a Cinderella Team Last Year, So. Michelle Sidor Should Lead The Charge.

18. Rancocas Valley - Are Returning All 5 Starters from Last Year, Sr. Jonsie Ledbetter (Bloomfield Tech) Will Lead This Team Very Far In The Group V States.

19. Camden Catholic - Jr. Post Brittany Garner Is The Lone Wolf On This Team, Coming Back From Missing All Of Last Season, Will Probability Have To Get It Done All By Herself.

20. Cherokee - Sr. Isabel Therien (Loyola, MD), Izzy Is The Only Starter Back From Last Season But Is Surround By A Bunch Of Talented Underclassmen.