Thursday, August 17, 2017

24/7 GTHING 4TH ANNUAL ALL STAR CLASSIC ROSTER!

NORTH 
Zaakiyya Young - St. Joseph HS, Brooklyn, NY
Janel Moore - IExcel - Saddle River Day HS, Saddle River, NJ
Destiny Adams - Jersey Warriors - Manchester HS, Manchester, NJ
Sophia Sabino - Shoreshots - Red Bank Catholic HS, Red Bank, NJ
Allie McGinn - Shoreshots - Staten Island Academy HS, Staten Island, NY
Imani Harris - Exodus - Monsignor Scanlan HS, Bronx, NY  
Elenor Robinson - Sparks - Immaculate Conception HS, Montclair, NJ
Ella Fajardo - Sparks - Immaculate Conception HS, Montclair, NJ
Ariel Jenkins - Team Miller - Piscataway HS, Piscataway, NJ
Sanaa Ferreiras - Exodus - St. Francis Prep HS, Queens NY


SOUTH
Taylor Gibson - Maryland Finest - Bishop McNamara HS, Forestville, MD
Kate Hill - Jersey Shore Elite - St. John's Vianney HS, Holmdel, NJ
Kayla Thomas - Team Sol - Bishop Ireton HS, Alexandria, VA
Paige Brown - Team Sol - National Christian Academy HS, Washington,MD
Olivia Lynch - BBA - St. Thomas More Academy HS, Magnolia, DE
Bianca Pendleton - Team Takeover - Bullis HS, Potomac, MD
Krislin Arjukese - Team Takeover - Bullis HS, Potomac, MD
Jada McCullough - BBA - Caesar Rodney HS, Camden, DE 
Kaliyah Myricks - BBA - The George School HS, Newton, PA
Christina Whitehead - Jersey Cardinals - Red Bank Catholic HS, Red Bank, NJ 

Sunday, August 13, 2017



KANNAPOLIS, NC - This was LBInsiders first year for Carolina Live, although most of the teams where from the Carolinas this was a must attend event for the final weekend for Live Period in July. There where numerous D1 college coaches on the seen, some were there for the two full days and the ones that didn't make the first day they definitely made the final day. 

LBInsiders took a chance with putting this together and nevertheless it turn out to be a successful event for Carolina Live, thanks to Co-Founder Percy Wright of LBInsider was working relentlessly to bring in some top programs, such as Carolina Flames EYBL, South Carolina 76ers, Team Lady Charlotte and One Dream. The gym was standing room only when Carolina Flames took on Lady Charlotte in most of the people that we're standing was the spectators because most of the coaches that planned on seeing this match up had surrounded court 2 three hours prior just to see this big game between two of Carolinas best programs.

Flames jump out to a early start by good game play by point guard Jada McMillan who was able to create in finish either at the basket or by dumping the ball off in the paint to either Key or Poole. Tamari had a good all round game, I lost count of the blocks that she accumulated but lets just say it was in the double digits.





Tamari Key - 2019 - 6'5 - Center - Carolina Flames EYBL 11TH - Cary, NC - Key had a coming out party and a block party all in the same event. Tamari has the ability to change the pace of a game with her inside presences. When she is on the block it comes relatively easy because of her length and her ability to catch the ball in turn around in shoot. Crazy wingspan... Interior presence... Shot blocker... Passes well in the paint... Runs the floor... Length... 


Amari Young - 2018 - 5'11 - Wing - SC76ERS Black - North Augusta, SC - Lefty who plays above and around the rim, has the ability to create around perimeter. Great at playing the 3 or 4 spot where she is a threat on the offensive glass. Athletic... Rebounds well... Scores off of miss shots... Leaper... Wiry...


Tanajah Hayes - 2021 - 5'5 - Point Guard - Team United 14U - Charlotte, NC - Consistent offensive threat, can beat you in different ways when the ball is in her hands. Thrives when playing the 2... Scores in bunches... High motor... Slasher... 


TY'Jaiah McMullen - 2020 - 5'10 - Forward - Upward Stars  - York County - Rock Hill, SC - Small forward with a ton of moves, her frame looks deceiving, McMullen can play. Good size... Light and nimble on feet... Little ball handle... Strong upper body... Physical... Attacks basket...


Quadijah Moore - 2019 - 6'0 - Forward - SC76ERS Silver - Greenwood, SC - Forward with good skill set, knows how to put the ball on the floor. Has a very soft touch and can score around the basket. Knows how to create space... Good skill set... Strong and physical presence... Great foot work... Upper body strength... Attacks and finishes...


Braylyn Milton - 2021 - 5'9 - Guard / Wing - Team United 14U - Charlotte, NC - Long Athletic Guard who at times plays on the wing where she likes to create off the dribble. Milton likes to constantly attack from the perimeter area. Long... Perimeter game... Floater.... Athletic... Leaper... Rebounds... Has to start showing Mid-Range game...


Diamond Thomas - 2021 - 5'2 - Point Guard - Team Lady Wall 2021 - Nightdale, NC - Small but effective, gets it done on both sides of the ball. Pushes through transition when on break, gets to rack with ease because she is so fast. Lead guard... Scorers mentality... Handle... Fast pace... Uptempo... 


Tayanna Jones - 2018 - 6'2 - Point Guard - Carolina Flames EYBL 11TH - Selma, NC - More like a point forward when on the court and when she has the ball in her hands at times. Plays very well without the ball and knows how to get open and find the right looks to get a shot off. Athletic... Creates turn overs... Defends... Rebounds the ball well... Can but the ball on the floor and create... Leaper... Plays well around the basket...


Robe McClean - 2019 - 5'6 - Point Guard - Lady Team Charlotte 17U - Charlotte, NC - Lead guard how plays exceptionally well in pressure situation, has good upper body strength to help carry her game against bigger guards. Brings energy to the game... Attacks rim... High motor... Takes charge... Crafty... Good upper body strength to take on contact...


Kennedy Calhoun - 2021 - 5'5 - Point Guard - Team United 14U - Charlotte, NC - Skilled lead guard with a huge upside, knows the game very well and see thing and make things happen on the court at a young age. Has good court awareness and vision to seek out when double teams or traps are about to happen. Can score from anywhere on the floor, love the open game. Floor leader... Plays under control... Handle... Passes well between gaps... Creates in halfcourt... High IQ... High prospect... 





Ashanti Kelly - 2021 - 5'6 - Point Guard - Upward Stars - York County - Chester, SC - Physical lead guard that seems to be naturally raw, crazy handle and can get to anywhere she wants to when attacking. Not so skilled, but can have a huge upside. Flat out scorer... Flare with game... Quick... Handle... Talent is there...


Amhyia Moreland - 2021 - 5'11 - Forward - Team United 14U - MY Ulla, NC - A whole lot of interior moves for a youngster, knows how to pick and roll and set screens. Interior game... Soft touch... Seals defender on pick in rolls... Good movement... 


Rinnah Green - 2018 - 5'8 - Point Guard - Lady Team Charlotte 17U - Harrisburg, NC - Shooting guard with a ton range, makes great decisions in transition and also finishes. Can play the 1 or 2 spot, very effective when in space. Green is a duo threat, who signed to Charlotte U. Scores mentality... Handle... Spreads floor... Mid-Range game... Quick first step...


Nyla Cooper - 2021 - 5'6 - Point Guard - Lady Team Wall 2021 - Fayetteville, NC - Point guard who beats you in different varieties when on offense. Can score the ball... Handle... Likes to score...


Syniah McMiller - 2021 - 5'11 - Forward - Lady Team Wall 2021 - Angier, NC - Very passionate about the game, works extremely hard on glass and also is a good rebound. Will have to learn when and when not to put the ball on the as time time go's on. Aggressive... Rebounds... Finisher... High prospect...


C. Hobby - 2019 - 6'2 - Forward - SC76ERS Black - Seneca, SC - Good size and good strength. Interior player that is very mobile around the basket. Scores in post area... Agile... Foot work is good... Physical presence... Blocks shots...


Quadijah Moore - 2019 - 6'0 - Forward - SC76ERS Silver - Greenwood, SC - Good skill set forward with a sprinkle of guard, good hands and can put the ball on the floor. Strong... Physical... Exploits mismatches... Interior scorer... 


Jazmin Harris - 2018 - 6'4 - Center- Carolina Dynasty - Mcleansville, NC - Strong, Physical low post performer with mobility. High motor effort on the glass. Attacks in paint... Draws contact... Rebounds... Delivers in paint... Post up game... Makes space... Back towards basket... Signed to Charlotte U.





Shaniya Jones - 2018 - 5'7 - Point Guard - Carolina Flames EYBL 11TH - High Point, NC - Pushes tempo of the game, smooth lead guard with great court awareness. Creates and attacks... Breaks press... Quick with some bounce... Lead guard... Fast pace...


Rikoya Anderson - 2018 - 5'9 - Shooting Guard - SC76ERS Black - Rock Hill, SC - Combo guard with strong upper body, Scores in bunches, Moves well with or without the ball... Rebounds... Constantly attacking...


Jada McMillian - 2018 - 5'7 - Point Guard - Carolina Flames EYBL 11TH - Knightdale , NC - Athletic combo guard with handle, Pushes tempo and delivers. Brings a scorers mentality with her... Deep threat... Handle... Poise... Signed to Charlotte U.


Jessica Timmons - 2021 - 5'10 - Point Guard - One Dream - Charlotte, NC - Athletic combo guard who handles in attack in transition, delivers of dribble, has some bounces to her game. Brings size and strength to the game... High prospect for 2021... Scores mentality... Strong... Confident...


Teonni Key - 2021 - 6'2 - Point Guard - Carolina Flames 10TH EYBL - Cary, NC - Agile combo guard who brings size, Playmaker and can a ton of points if receive enough touches. Long Athletic... Good size guard.... Potential... Plays well around perimeter...


Kyanna Morgan - 2020 - 5'11 - Shooting Guard - Carolina Flames 10TH EYBL - Charlotte, NC - Lead guard with some size, versatility to backcourt. Basketball IQ... Thrives in transition... Spot open shooter... Brings athleticism to the game... Handle in passes in uptempo...










Monday, July 31, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KAYLA BECKFORD 2022 PATERSON, NJ (NEW JERSEY SPARKS) ENTRY #8


KAYLA BECKFORD

Hello, this is Kayla checking in for the final week.

Monday - All I did today was finish packing and did some running around with my mom for the USJN DC trip. We went shopping making sure we had everything we needed. I didn't do any basketball training, I was off for today.

Tuesday - This morning we left the house very early to head to DC. The USJN DC Nationals was held at the Gaylord Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. We checked into our hotel, relaxed and headed to our only game for today at 4:30. We won by 15 against Philly Triple Threat and I did okay. My family and one of my closest teammates family went out for dinner.

Wednesday- Today our games were at 4:30 and 7:30. I ate breakfast and my teammates and I chilled until it was time for lunch. My mom took me to Chipotle for lunch and then I took a nap before we headed to the games.  We won our first game by 16 against Team Nova, but then lost our second game against Team TakeOver by 4. We played the team before and won, but that past game was back and forth just like this game was. I did okay today but definitely was disappointed in that loss. We went out to dinner with some teammates to a restaurant and then went back to hotel to get a good night sleep.

Thursday- Today our games were 9:00am and 4:00pm. We won both our games today. Our first game was against Team Nova and we won by around 13. The second game was against Germantown Lady Panthers. We were down the entire game and then we came back in fourth quarter to win by 9. We won our pool and had quarter finals in the morning.

Friday- Today was quarterfinals, semi finals and finals. We won quarterfinals against a different tougher Team Nova. I didn't do much all game long until 4th quarter. I got a couple steals, rebounds and buckets to seal the deal. We advanced to the semifinals and played against another different Philly Triple Threat and lost by 4. We were not suppose to lose that game. After the game I headed to the outlets and then headed back home to New Jersey. Even though we lost in the semi's (5-2 finish at USJN DC), we had a GREAT AAU season and got better throughout the year.

Saturday- I worked out today with a new trainer and I would have to say that was the toughest basketball workout I’ve been put through. Just the warm ups had my legs burning. I didn’t quit or give up because I knew it would make me better. I was completely dead after the workout was done. It wore off a little on the ride home and I did a little shooting in my driveway. After that, I went again with my mom and chilled for the rest of the day.

Sunday- I woke up super early just to go back to sleep. I woke back up around 12 and headed to my basketball workout with Tarik. I did that and just chilled with my mom for the remainder of the day. My mom, brother and I went out to dinner at a buffet. That was it for the day. Also, I'm looking forward to Rites Of Passage next weekend and a couple weeks off after that to rest and refocus before I get back in the gym.

Monday, July 24, 2017

DAIRY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KAYLA BECKFORD 2022 PATERSON, NJ (NEW JERSEY SPARKS) ENTRY #7


KAYLA & PEE WEE KIRKLAND

Hello Basketball World, this is Kayla checking in for Week 7.

Monday - I'll be going to The Patrick School basketball camp this whole week. I got there at lunch since my father overslept from his night job. There we only 5 girls including and one of them was my teammate, the rest were boys. After lunch was over, we stretched and did some speed & agility stuff outside with the TPS trainer. We did some work with the long and short resistance bands. It was very challenging being that mostly everything was a first for me. We also did ladder drills push-ups. I really liked it though because it was fun and interesting. We went inside and played 4 on 4. I did very well in front of a lot of coaches and players. It was boys for the most part and I was killing them. Camp was over by the time all the games finished. I went home to eat and nap a little and then it was back to my strength & conditioning/ speed & agility workout. I did some cone work and some resistance drills here too. I had a great day.

Tuesday - Today I got there on time and we started out warming up outside. Then went went inside to do ball handling, layups, three man weave, and 2 on 2. I learned some new moves and did some new drills that I've never seen before. Then it was lunch. After, we stretched out and played 5 on 5. Then, we went outside to do battle ropes, push up jumps, weight ball, and the same resistance and ladder stuff from yesterday. I came home until it was time for my 6 o'clock workout. I did a lot of running compared to other days where there's a balance. Then I went to the gym and made at least 300 shots from close, mid range, and the three. Today was tiring.

Saturday, July 22, 2017



BRONX, NEW YORK - The Festival was a two day event, held by NYG HOOPS JOE FENELON in the BRONX aka BX at Mount Saint Vincent College. This was a tune-up for all AAU programs that where trying to get a edge off before they headed Midwest to Chicago and Kentucky to play in one of the biggest months of the AAU Circuit, July is a Live Period month were all the colleges coaches come out to take a look at some of the young recruits or some of the recruits that they seen before or heard about that's either signed or unsigned. NYG HOOPS had some familiar names in the building, at which he done a good job at getting, since putting this thing together on such a short notices. Here are some players, Gthing was able to see, one day out of this two day event.





Precious Cowan - 2019 - Guard - 5'6 - (Bronx, NY) - Harlem USA 15U - Lead Guard with a scorers mentality, likes to get out in transition and push the the rock as much as possible. Most of Cowan's points come from attacking the basket or at the charity strike, very active and has a knack for the Guard game. Lead Guard... Uptempo... Crafty... Fills the lanes...


Jordan Obi - 2020 - Guard - 5'11 - (Simsbury, CT) - New York Lady Gauchos 17U - Big strong power Guard, with a huge upside and should be consider a top prospect in the years to come. Jordan is smooth with her handle can causes her defenders fits because of her size and ability to finish at the rim or dish it off. Strong... Upper body strength... Court vision... Inside moves..


Adia Burrows - 2019 - Forward - 6'0 - (Wilton, NY) - Harlem USA 15U - Interior scorer with a very soft touch, very mobile around the basket. Great offensive threat, calls for ball in mismatch situations in the lane and always looking to find ways to get open.


Asianae Johnson - 2018 - Guard - 5'7 - (Brooklyn, NY) - New Lady Gauchos 17U - Scoring Guard with some bounce to her game, Johnson is very athletic and can to the basket within a few steps. Scorers mentality... Uptempo... Leaper... High motor... Acrobatic moves... Slasher...


Mia Seemadray - 2020 - Forward - 5'11 - (Saint Albans, NY) - New Heights 14U - Long athletic wing who does well when putting the ball on the floor and creating, likes to attack the basket despite being a little thin. Aggressive on the offensive side of the ball... Calls for ball quiet... Coachable... Needs to put on some side...


Moriyah Jordan - 2018 - Post - 6'2 - (Newark, NJ) - Playherz 17U - Interior post player with really good up and down movement, very light on her foot with in the paint. Very surprised with her lateral movement and the way she defends on the baseline. Interior post presence... Rebounds... Scores and finishes in the paint... Mobile... Goods hands...


Alexandra Tarul - 2021 - Guard - 5'10 - (Bronx, NY) - NYC Lady Bulldogs - Very very skilled for a young age, has all the skills necessary to play multiple position. Show some flashes of a good passing game, knows when to break her defender down when going to hoop and creating to get the ball off. High IQ... See's floor well... Makes things happen... Good court vision... Creates... Poise...


Asya Brandon - 2020 - Guard - 5'2 - (Hamden, CT) - New York Gauchos 14U - Explosive scoring point Guard, with a lot of will and determination, plays the 1 but can switch to the 2 Guard. High motor... Scorers mentality... Can play both Guard position... Moves well without the ball... Creates... Explosiveness when attacking... 





Brianna Randolph - 2019 - Guard - 5'3 - ( New York, NY) - Harlem USA 15U - Shooting Guard with a lead Guard mentality, can beat you on the court in different varieties of the game. Plays under control and knows when to set her teammates up. Mid-Range gamer... Crafty... Calm demeanor... Good decision maker... Careful with the ball... Can drain the three ball...


Brazil Harvey - Carr - 2019 - Forward - 6'1 - (Camden, NJ) - New York Lady Gauchos  15U - Strong forward, who can actually play with her back towards the basket. Harvey can put the ball on the floor in traffic and her strength carries her to the rim against contact. High prospect 2019... Strong interior player... Rebounds... Physical... Will be a around complete player when she develops a strong mid-range game... 


Reyna Scott - 2022 - Guard - 5'4 - (New York, NY) - New York Lady Gauchos 13U - True point guard that has a whole lot of leadership for a young age, seems to handle pressure well in very crucial situation. Mature... Handle... Smart... Scores in bunches... Mid-Range gamer... 


Allayah Brown - France - 2020 - Center - 6'2 - (Jamaica, NY) - New Heights - 14U - Showed some flashes of potential at The Festival, Huge upside that should take her to the next level. Strong... College frame... Size and Strength... 


Amani Byrd - 2022 - Guard - 5'7 - New York Lady Bulldogs - Combo Guard with lead Guard expectations, Young but likes to take control of the game. Strong upper body that allows her to take on contact with she is attacking. Crafty... Strong... Can score off the dribble... High Prospect for 2022... Flare in her game... Swagger...




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KAYLA BECKFORD 2022 PATERSON, NJ (NEW JERSEY SPARKS) ENTRY #6


KAYLA BECKFORD & KIM HAMPTON

Hello Basketball World, this is Kayla checking in for Week 6.

Monday - Today I woke up early to get to my first game in USJN Kean. We had the first game of the day, so I was able to get a good warm up before the game. We started off the game slow, which caused us to be losing all until we got it together. One of my teammates got hurt in the very beginning of the game and had to leave, which we had to adjust to. For some reason, this is a bad habit of my team that we need to work on. We ended up beating the team by 36 points, the score was 61 to 25. I would say I had a good game. After, my father took me to go check up on my teammate that got hurt during the game. She couldn't put pressure on the knee so she was on crutches. She got an MRI and tomorrow they will get the results. I was going to do strength & conditioning today, but I didn't want to be sore for the two games we have tomorrow.

Tuesday - If I didn't mention it before, we were playing up in this tournament just like we do in all others. Our first game was against Philly Belles. They were bigger, stronger and faster than us, but we knew we had a chance since we play up all the time. We started off the game with a lead of 6-0 and everything just went downhill after that. They started moving the ball and moving without the ball really well and we just couldn't stop it. We tried different defenses, but they were just getting whatever they wanted either way. They were pressing us and we struggled from time to time on that part as well. They ended up beating us by 15. There was quite a bit a time before the next game. We ate and made our way to next gym. There were no games going on there so we were able to use the gym to our advantage. We started off slow again despite our good warm up. This time though, we were down all first half, it was all tied up at halftime. This team was overly aggressive on offense and defense, so for the second half we had to match their intensity. We did just that and came out with the win. I trained at 6 today because there is only one game tomorrow. The training went well and I got loosen up my tight muscles. After this, I went out to eat with some of my family at Applebee's being they were in town for a while. I enjoyed myself reuniting with my cousins who I haven't seen in a long while.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KAYLA BECKFORD 2022 PATERSON, NJ (NEW JERSEY SPARKS) ENTRY #5


KAYLA & FRIENDS

Hello Basketball World, this is Kayla checking in for Week 5.

Monday - I woke up at 8 a.m. for my early basketball workout with Tarik. It took me a while to adjust, being that I’m not anything close to being a morning person. After the workout, I played a couple of games of 1 on 1 with my strength & conditioning trainer. I beat him 3 games to 1, he got lucky that one game he won. I came home for a little while until the city pool opened, since it was hot. My brother and I did basketball warmups in the water and then we swam for like an hour. I got home, took a shower and got ready to go the NJ State Fair with my brother, dad and 3 friends. I had a real great time at the fair with one of my former teammates and best friends. We were there from like 4 to 10:30, and by the time I got home I was tired. When I got home, I took a shower and went right to sleep.

Tuesday - Fourth of July! I woke up pretty late today being that I was out late last night. I put up some shots at an outside basketball court. I was home for a while until I went to the same friend as yesterday's house. We were outside playing basketball for majority of the time I was there. The unfortunate part about it though is that I got a lot of mosquito bites from being outside all day. I came home at an early time so my mom could wash and do my hair. I enjoyed my day.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KAYLA BECKFORD 2022 (NEW JERSEY SPARKS) ENTRY #4


Kayla Beckford & Justine Pissott

Hello Basketball World, this is Kayla checking in for Week 4.

Monday - This week I will be going the Nothing But Skills Camp at Hoop Group in Neptune, New Jersey. This camp focused on game situation and competitive drills. We started by doing a regular warm up routine and then we went straight into competitive drills. It started with 1 on 1 and it went up from there from 2 on 2, 3 on 3 so on and so forth. I like the fast pace of everything. They have something called a working lunch where after lunch, we went into small groups and worked on either shooting or ball handling. They also had a group of post players to work on moves with former University of Maryland player, A’Lexus Harrison. We finished the day with a continuous 5 on 5 scrimmage. I have strength & conditioning training later today at the park with my brother. I like when my brother is able to work out with me because we work harder to beat each other.

Tuesday - For the rest of the week they're having early bird sessions an hour before camp actually starts. I tried my best to wake up early enough and get there for everyday’s session. We did full court ball handling drills and shooting drills. We did similar, but different drills today than we did yesterday. What we did differently today was that we did a regular 5 on 5 game instead of a continuous street ball type scrimmage. Strength & conditioning training today felt good. I did some agility drills with cones, working on my footwork and I worked on the sled to be more explosive.




NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY - This was the first New Jersey Belles tournament held by the Jersey part of the organization, this was a one day event with two games guaranteed. Let me start off by saying it was well but together despite the heavy down pours throughout most of the day, there was a lot of young talent in this tournament that I was able to catch a glimpse of.




Aleah Snead - 2023 - Mid Atlantic Magic - 5'7 - Forward - The lefty is a match-up problem with or without the ball in her hands. Plays on the wing were she can create more in the open court. Athletic... Long arms... High motor... Lanky... Attacks the rim... Defends... Recognizes mismatches...


Taylor Forlenza - 2023 - Jersey Shore Elite - 5'8 - Combo Guard - Strong Guard, with good range in her shot. Elevates when shooting the ball either over bigger or smaller defenders. Very aggressive on the offensive side of the ball... Scores mentality... Strong upper body... Takes on contact when attacking the basket... Handle isn't not that great can and will get by...


Olivia Smelas - 2022 - End Of Zone - 6'1 - Forward - Very skilled Forward with a heck of a passing game, Smelas has great hand and eye coordination. Soft touch... Exceptional passer for size... Creates space at top of key... Well coached... See's floor...


Gabby Ross - 2023 - New Jersey Belles - 5'8 - Guard - Physical lead guard with a huge upside, playing up is starting show how Ross has been working to develop her game. High prospect for 2023 Class... Plays pace of the game... Strong dribbler... Skilled... Patient... Executes... Time to separate from the rest of the pack in same class...


Jacklyn Capasso - 2023 - Jersey Shore Elite - 5'3 - Shooting Guard - Came up big that weekend knocking down a couple of big time shots that put her team with a win over a tough NYC Heat. Pure shooter... Knows how to get open... Mid-Range gamer... Can shoot the three ball...





Mya Rosario - 2023 - Jersey Shore Elite - 5'0 - Point Guard - Crafty little smart Guard who can play with some of the top point guards on the circuit. Plays a uptempo type game and Rosario protects the ball when doing so, but can switch  to half court game. Crafty... Poise... High IQ... Can score... 


Julianne Esmenda - 2023 - NYC Heat - 5'8 - Combo Guard - Physical strong Guard, who score's in bunches at times. Strives in the open court. Handle... Strong... Adores taking on contact... Attacks rim... Moves well without ball... Has to recognize mismatch...


Dorothy Loffrado - 2022 - New Jersey Belles - 5'10 - Forward - Loffrado does all the little things you can ask for to fill up the stat sheet. Interior physical presents on the inside. Can score from anywhere in the painted area. Aggressive... Defends... Size and strength... Great foot work... Hustles... Rebounds...


Jalisa Smith - 2023 - NYC Heat - 5'10 - Forward - A Forward who showed good skills and promising potential and this One Day Shootout. Showed a little ball handling skills while in transition, not quite there yet but very close. Soft touch... Rough Rugged and Raw... Strong... Good frame... Can shoot mid-range... 


Sanayaa Garrett - 2023 - Mid-Atlantic Magic - 4'9 - Point Guard - Lead Guard with super quickness, small on the other hand but gets it done on both sides of the ball. Garrett is small but crafty enough with the ball to hold her own on the court. Crafty... Handle... Explosive... Speedster... Knows how to utilize her speed... Can get to the cup with easy when attacking... 


Brea Burchett - 2023 - Mid-Atlantic Magic - 5'9 - Wing - A good wing who has just not develop a consistent jump shot yet, but can make it if left wide open, been when she does, watch out for this name in the Philadelphia area. Athletic wing with a huge upside. Mid-range shot... Athleticism... Leaper... Creates of dribble... Blocks shots... High motor... Finishes plays... Finish around basket...  




Monday, June 26, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KAYLA BECKFORD 2022 (NEW JERSEY SPARKS) ENTRY #3


KAYLA, MOM'S & JOSHUA

Hello Basketball World, this is Kayla checking in for Week 3.

Monday - Last week of school. I did my strength and conditioning workout early so I could get home and rest. The rain was on and off today so I worked out under a gazebo type thing in the park. I had the rest of my day off, no basketball today. I got home, took a shower and rested.

Tuesday - We had our last field trip for the school today to the NY Hall Of Science. It was very interesting, I was very sleepy so as soon as I got home I took a nap before my speed and agility workout. Speed and agility was very tiring and by the end of the workout my whole entire body was aching. We worked on some balance and hand in eye coordination drill Since my regular trainer Tarik is out of town, I'm headed back to NY to workout with Team Footprintz. The workout was fun, training with older female players.

Monday, June 19, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KAYLA BECKFORD 2022 (NEW JERSEY SPARKS) ENTRY #2

Kayla, Vivian Stringer & Sparks Teammates


Hello Basketball World, this is Kayla checking in for Week 2.

Monday - Since it was so hot, I had a early dismissal at school. That gave me time to chill out
before my workout at the park. Today's workout was extra hard dealing with the heat. Then I
went to the YMCA to get some shots up.

Tuesday - Today was even HOTTER than yesterday. That meant early dismissal for today as
well. I had speed and agility and a basketball workout after. I had a great speed and agility
workout, probably my best one since I started at that place. In my basketball workout I was
getting really down on myself for messing up. By the end I was making more shots and got it
together.

Monday, June 12, 2017

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KAYLA BECKFORD PATERSON, NJ 2022 (NEW JERSEY SPARKS) ENTRY #1


KAYLA & DAD

Hello Basketball, World my name is Kayla Beckford, and this is my first week of a Diary of a Female Baller. First, I would like to thank Gthing Basketball for this opportunity in letting me inform you guys on what goes on daily in my life.

Monday - Today I went on my 7th grade end of the year school field trip to Point Pleasant Beach in NJ. It started to rain towards the end, but as long as I was with my friends I was fine and having a good time. On the way home from my field trip the bus broke down and we had to wait 45 minutes for another bus to come and another 30 minutes to get back to school. When we finally got back to school my father was there to pick me up and bring me home. We were home for about an hour until it was time to get to my daily workout sessions. My strength and conditioning workout lasted 45 mins and next I was on my way to my basketball workout. My basketball workout consisted of creating space on the shot off  the dribble and making moves to the basketball. As you can see I had a long day and I was very tired when I got home so I took a shower and went straight to bed.

Tuesday - It was a regular day at school for the most part reviewing for upcoming finals and essays. I got home and finished my homework. I went to my speed and agility workout and I felt good after because I think I worked extremely hard. Then I went on to the basketball training. I was a little tired and my arms felt heavy but I got through it.

Wednesday - In school today I took my math final. I’m not really sure about how I did, some questions I was prepared for and the others were challenging. I got home and immediately started working on finishing the rough draft of my DBQ essay. On the way to the park for conducting workouts, I studied for a vocabulary test I’ll be having tomorrow. After the park I went the gym. In my basketball training, I worked on making moves to the basket and on my shot. I did a little agility drills after and stretched. Today was my BEST workout so far this week...

Thursday - I took Language Arts Literacy finals today and I felt really confident that I got if not all but most of the questions correct. Got home and edited my essay now due on next Monday. In basketball workouts I worked on creating a shot for myself off of the jab step. I went light on the speed and agility workout because I had a long day of working out nonstop. Finished up at workouts and ended the night with working on my essay.

Friday - Today was my day off since I've been going hard all week long. I finished up my essay and had my mom read over it. I fell asleep watching the Finals and that sucked because I was​ rooting for the Cavs and they won Game 4. Even though I didn't get to watch the whole game, I was happy that the Cavs didn't get eliminated.

Saturday - I woke up early in preparation for the Seton Hall University Elite Camp and my flight to Memphis for  the Insider Exposure Jr. All American Camp. I was really looking forward to going to Seton Hall being that one of  Paterson’s greatest, Taylor Brown goes there. I had a lot of fun playing and also because I took a tour. Right after I was on my way to the airport to go to Memphis, Tennessee. The plane ride was good, except for that my ears were hurting after. My dad and I enjoyed the cool weather and went out to eat. We finished eating and went to our hotel where we showered and slept.

Sunday - Today was the day of the Insider Exposure Jr. All American Camp. I ate breakfast at the hotel and went to the gym early. Like many other camps we stretched out and drilled (we did some FUN/interesting drills with tennis balls) before the real games began. I played 3 games and made the All-Star team and my team won. It was good playing with different players from all over the country, I like playing an open freestyle game. We were able to read & react while playing off each other. I had a great working out with the college players that coached us. I saw some of the girls I met back in April in Dallas at EGB Middle School All American Games, we are all working to get better at BALL. My flight back to New Jersey got delayed TWO HOURS... So I'll be getting home around 1 am.  BALLER’S LIFE :(

Sunday, June 4, 2017



LINWOOD, NJ - GTHING had it's first One Day Spring Showdown. We knew that it had the potential to be a good event, but we weren't sure, because of the small North Eastern that touch down on the East Coast May 13. With the weather being a major factor we just prayed for the teams that were coming from out of town a safe travel, but like I thought and I really knew in my heart that no torrential down pour would stop this basketball event, because we are talking AAU. This is the season when we all get a chance to see some of the top kids across the State and Country pair up with one another or go against each other at a very high level. Spring Showdown got off to a slow start, but we were able to pull it off, thanks to a good staff. I actually realize that running your own event is more detail then I ever would've imagine. So for those that do host there own event much respect to you and your staff or organization. It was fascinating to see the young baller kids play the way they did for such a early start, I know that's tough for a parent on a Saturday morning when you have to drive Two Hours away in pouring down raining. Trying to get a youngster out of the bed and house must be a task, but that is the life of AAU, if you are in it full the long haul then strap up and see where this ride will take you. 


Hope Masonius  - Guard - New Jersey Belles - (2024) - Scored 22 Pt's in the Championship game and she made that look real easy. Controls the pace of the game, Smooth... Nice shot... Poise... High IQ... Being a good fundamental player is in her blood.


Dayna Tirado - Forward - IExcel - (2020) - The 6'1 forward has develop a tremendous 10 - 12 foot shot, her game has really expanded to the outside. College frame ready in then some, her versatility will be a key asset. Consistent mid-range gamer... Active in the lane... Excellent footwork... Size and strength... High prospect for 2020 class...


Heaven Figueroa - Guard - IExcel - (2020) - Show improved type guard. Just coming back off a foot injury, but didn't show no signs of that when she was on the floor. Still looks explosive, in every way imaginable. Quick... Creates... Explosive... Handle...


9th Grade Champion - IExcel

Sasha Lemons - Guard - Exclusive - (2024) - Young and plays with a lot of emotion, raw in should be able to come into her own in a few years. Vocal leader... Strong upper body... Fast... Aggressive... Attacks... Big heart...



Ariel Jenkins - Post - Team Miller - (2021) - In they say you can't teach height. Well that saying is definitely true, but this 6'4 prospect is being teach right in every way there is possible. Jenkins has a enormous upside that I cant even image, she knows how to fill the lanes and use her strong upper body for leverage. Interior presence... Shot Blocker... Size and Strength... Clogs lanes... High ceiling...



Zyheinna Swint - Post - IExcel - (2020) - Swint is starting to put a lot of things together on the court as of lately, the 6'3 forward showed some exceptional moves at the One Day Spring Showdown. Long lanky frame... Alters shots... Long arms... Length.... Can reach a high ceiling...


Aliyah Boston - Guard - Central Jersey Cardinals - (2023) - The lefty displayed a ton of moves while attacking the basket, Boston has great knowledge for the game and will continue to make noise in the 2023 class. Lefty... Quick off dribble... Attacks the basket consistently... Athletic... Good size... Swag... Floor general...


8th Grade Champion - AC Stars

Kayla Beckford - Combo Guard - New Jersey Sparks - (2022) - One of the most skilled 7th graders in the State Of New Jersey, maturity starting show on the court. Can score from any angle on the court. Scorers mentality started at a young age... Shoots the 3 ball well... Handle... High IQ... Attacks the rim on different occasions...



Quanirah Montague - Forward - Exclusive - (2023) - Lanky raw prospect who could become a overall good player, with a little more skill work Montague should definitely turn some heads. Rebounds... Mean streak... High flyer... Shot blocker... Raw...



Skye Owens - Guard - IExcel - (2022) - Wow would be your first impression of Owens, has risen above her level of play against upper and underclassmen. Always playing with a high motor, but knows how to control the pace of the game. Small with big heart... Mature... Ultra lighting... Uptempo... Leadership... Crafty... Handle...


7th Grade Champion - New Jersey Sparks

Trinty Wilson - Forward - Central Jersey Cardinals - (2024) - Big T put some work in at the Spring Showdown, Trinity was rebounding the ball very well on a guard ridden team. Wilson has good size... Height is there... Good hands... Soft touch...



Rachel Gordon - Guard - New Jersey Sparks - (2022) - Knows how to play the game and peak at the right time. Physical type guard with a smooth type of game. Offensively skilled... Playmaker... Adores contact... Strong... 


Kayla Navarro - Guard - Central Jersey Cardinals - (2025) - Young speedy guard with a whole bunch of potential, likes playing a quick pace. Likes to be in charge. Small frame... Handle... Efficient... Creates... 


Marianna Papazeglou - Forward - AC Stars - (2021) - Had a Good showing at the One Day Spring Showndown, Marianna carried her team on her back with a huge win over a tough Team Miller team to win the Championship. Highly skilled... Scores around the box area at a high percentage... Good size... Strong frame... Excellent footwork...


6th Grade Champion - New Jersey Belles

Naijah Vann - Guard - IExcel - (2021) - Another playmaker in the back court for IExcel, very impress of lately on the way Vann handles the pressure when playing up or playing against bigger and strong opposition. Breaks defender down at will... Uptempo... Handle... Attacks the basket... Quick... Flare to her game...


Janel Moore - Guard - IExcel - (2021) - The quite assassin, has left a mark on every court she has played on. Moore just go's out in play the game, she doesn't say much on the court she just let's her game speak for it's self. Played in Dallas at the EGB ALL AMERICAN GAME in did well against some of the toughest competition in the country. Poise... Unselfish... Looks for teammates in transition... Handle... Calm... Strong upper body...


Christina Midgette - Guard / Forward - Team Miller - (2022) - Midgette is a very unique player, she can either play the guard or forward spot with easy. We were shock of the athleticism that the 5'10 display that week in the event. Athletic... Good size... Can switch up position... Can put the ball on the floor... Creates in open space... Leaper... 


5th Grade Champion - Central Jersey Cardinals

I like to thank all those that attend my event. Sorry that I'm just getting the write up's out, put my mother was gravely ill, she is doing much better now. Thanks to the grace of God.









    





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gthing Basketball One Day Spring Showdown 4th Grade Division Schedule



Gthing One Day Spring Showdown 4th Grade Division Schedule is listed below.
You must be on time for all games and It's Mandatory you check in with site director to play all games. Schedule is subject to change but you will be notified in advance. Belhaven Middle School is approximately 200 feet from Mainland School

POOL A
1. CENTRAL JERSEY CARDINALS - WHITE 
2. CENTRAL JERSEY CARDINALS - RED
3. SHORESHOTS

SATURDAY MAY 13TH
9:10 AM A1 - A3 (BELHAVEN GYM)
12:40 AM A2 - A3 (BELHAVEN GYM)
3:00 PM A1 - A2 (BELHAVEN GYM)
5:20 PM CHAMPIONSHIP (MAINLAND COURT 2)