Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Manheim,PA - Last week kicked off the 1st Session of 22-23 Winter Series Tournament, there where 90 teams all under one roof to jump start this amazing event. There where a few shoe circuit teams that came out to rep them. Going into the gym I really didn't know what to expect from the players since the summer time wrapped up in July or mid August. Some kids had been training, in some had been recovering from the long summer session. 

 

The gym was chilling but with so much talent in the gym we all knew that thing's would eventually heat up. By the second day as expected thing's finally did, within the 8th Grade Division when Exodus (NY) took home the chip and sweeping threw the top A-D Division while going undefeated. They use their size to smothered teams which had a few rattle. Exodus when on too beat NEPA (43) - (56) they where led by Ryan Carter. In the E-H Division Championship Mid Atlantic Magic beat Team Pennsylvania (36) - (29) Magic we're Hayley Kolk, Team PA was led by Isabella Super. The 7th Grade Division A-D champs Southern Starz Georgia knock off Exodus (NY). I seen part of this team this past summer in Kentucky, they were under a different organization then but seems to me they loaded up and is looking to make some noise this winter and summer. Loriel Murray led the way for the Starz. In the B Division E-H chip was won by Team Outcast who beat Castle (NY) 41-40. 6th grade A-D Division Championship Fairfax Starz beat New Jersey Raptors (34) - (21). York Thunder knock off Glen Arms Gladiators (52) - (31) in the E-F B Division Championship. 5th Grade Division only had one division champ, which turn out to be Top Notch who beat Fairfax Starz (31) - (27).

 

Top Performers List:

Zya Smalls - 2027 - Forward - Nepa Elite - Did everything possible to help her team win, but came up short in the Championship against a tough Exodus team. Already a tough long prospect... Still growing... Physical, plays as strong as she looks... Nice frame for a young age.. Displayed a ton moves while on the the block... Her up in under is there... Moves the ball well when she was getting double team or trapped at half-court line...


Ashley MacCalla - 2027 - Wing - Exodus - Stock continuing to rise, pure athlete who can get up in down the floor weather its to score or defend. Mac is still raw, when her skill set catches up with her athleticism she should be one of the top players in her class... Creates on her own... Gets out in transition in pushes the rock... Starting to evolve... Has bounce in her game... Athlete... Active on the glass... Always around the ball... Dives to the floor for lose ball.

 

 Nahkai Worthy - 2027 - Forward - Southern Starz Georgia - A combination of size and strength. Very mobile... Can put the ball on the floor... Has some point forward skills... Mid-Range jumper is there.. Makes moves with a purpose... Top Prospect for the class of 2027... Can mix up her attacks....

 

 Ryan Carter - 2027 - Guard - Exodus - At last weeks event, Carter was by far the most talent kid in the Spooky Nook gym. In session 1, with offers already lined upon the table from this past summer, Carter has taken her game to a whole different level now, she has expanded her range on her jump shot. Creating off the the dribble a whole lot now... Hesitation dribble to the rack is keeping her defenders on their heels... Court vision is on point... Gets her team-mates involved... High ceiling for this prospect... Long arms and athleticism makes it a nightmare match up for imposing teams... 

 

Regina Baker - 2027 - Combo Guard - New Heights - Philly cheese and her team came up short in the semifinals, came down to a foul with 1.5 seconds left on the clock. But baker was in her bag all weekend... Showed some promise... Scoring the ball seems to be getting easier. Goes hard in every game... Scorers mentality... Physical... Not afraid of contact... Pull up game is there...

 

Cora Castellani - 2027 - Combo Guard - NEPA -  Lost but finishes strong against Exodus in the Finals. Can handle the ball in pressure... Excellent shooting ability... Quick release on jump shot. Scorers mentality... High basketball IQ... 


Elyse Norris - 2027 - Guard - Southern Starz Georgia - Good young combo guard... Got to the rack with ease on a couple of occasion... Smooth with the ball... Showed us some good ball handling skills... Strong upper body... Athletic... 


Kendra Foy - 2027 - Wing - New Heights - Seems like she just loves to play ball... Can do a little bit of everything that is ask of her... Plays hard on both ends... On ball defender... Tough.. High energy player... Brings that toughness to the team...

 

Keira Sellers - 2027 - Guard - New Heights -  One of the smaller players playing in the A division. Efficient point guard play...Strives in the open court... Quick... Finds the gaps in transition... Scrappy... Uptempo guard...


Sydney Santora - 2027 - Guard - K-Low Elite - Very skilled, showed some maturity last weekend... Plays the game the right way... Calm in poise... Scorers in variety of way... Definitely a scoring threat... 


Hayley Kolk - 2027 - Forward - Mid Atlantic Magic - Could have a huge upside, Kolk is a forward as of now... Long Athletic, in I'm sure she is still growing... Solid... Showed some good footwork in Winter Series... Can get up in down the floor... Very coordinate... Needs to stronger...


Logan Llyod - 2027 - Wing - K-Low Elite - Superb athlete, Has some bounce in her game... Attacks the rim off the dribble... Long frame along with long arms... Pick up a lot of points from the charity stripe... Pick up a couple of and 1 calls...

 

Laila Sharp - 2027 - Guard - DPS - Looks better and better every time I watch her... Definitely has skills to match... Blows by defenders while on attack... Wants to get to the basket... 

 

Julia Gerber - 2027- Guard - CPE Elite -  Made some good decision while facilitating... Gets a lot of assist by keeping thing simple and relying on her teammates to finish... Doesn't have blazing speed but can get her own.


Kayanah Taylor - 2028 - Forward - Team Pennsylvania - Physical and Athletic... Long arms in reach as well... Has some power in her game... Demands the ball on the block... Good body control for her size in age... Active on the boards... Pick up some early fouls, sometimes she is overly aggressive... Can turn in score in the post... 

 

Mackenzi "Blu" Jackson - 2028 - Combo Guard - Team Durant - Plays ball like shes been here before... Smooth with the ball... Blu has a very deceitful look, but she can go get you a bucket at anytime... Gets to the rack in traffic... Has some wiggle in her game... Gets to her spots in the lane for some tear drops... Offensive threat always.. Has array moves in her arsenal...


Casey New - 2028 - Forward - Team Pennsylvania - Showed some ability of going up in grabbing some tough rebounds... Challenges anywhere along baseline in rim.... Goes hard in paint... Still a little raw with it... 


Brea Lexennier - 2028 - Guard - Team Sharp - Had a good 1st session at Winter Series, showed her ability to knock down big shots in clutch moments. Brea's shooting ability was in full effect. Nice rotation on the ball... Her versatility is the key to her game... Mid-range jump shot seems to her specialty... Showed some deep ball threat... Ball Handle is there... 

 

Zoe Wasserlauf - 2027 - Guard - Lady Gauchos - Showed a lot of promise pushing the ball in transition. Good mixes of finishes while attacking... Plays the floor general... Finishes with either hand... Crafty skills with the ball...


Olivia Digiovanni - 2028 - Guard - Team Sharp - Gained some notoriety when her team knock off a loaded Team Durant in OT. Brings a lot of versatility to her game... Fills those stats sheets... Good size and coordination.... Plays with a edge... Cleans up on the boards... Pick and pop she knows her spots... 


Youngsters Watchlist 

Elly Morris - 2030 - Guard - Fairfax Starz

Ariana Walker - 2030 - Guard - Top Notch

Lele Lopez - 2030 - Guard - Top Notch 

Namiah Bittle - 2030 - Guard - Princess Warriors



 

 

 


 


Saturday, July 23, 2022

 DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KENNEDY BROUGHTON 2028 (NEW HEIGHTS) ENTRY #2  

Kennedy & Sa'eed

Hello Basketball World, This Kennedy I'm Back With My Diary And Trying Too Fulling Catch Up.


Monday: It’s now Monday and the first thing that I did was brush my teeth wash my face and then get dressed to put up 300 makes and 100 free throws. I got there and then I started to form my shot it was perfect, but your shot is not always going to be “Klay Thompson” perfect! I made my shots, but they weren’t dropping like I wanted them to so when I got back home, I immediately took off my sweaty shirt grabbed my ball and form shot for like 10 to 15 minutes. After that I ran all the way to my stop sign and back just so I could condition myself so when it is a real game, I can sprint to make a layup or even to get back on defense. I got in the pool and did 20 laps around the pool. It got pretty late, so I ate dinner, got in the shower and went to sleep.


Tuesday: I woke up around 8:00ish brushed my teeth washed my face and put my clothes on to go to the park to put up 350 shots but they had to be made! My dad and I load the truck with the cones, shooting gun, generator, speaker, and last was the basketballs and water. I rode on the back of the truck and got a little breeze. We got there and I took all the stuff off of the truck and put it on the courts. I started off with 50 free throws then I shot 25 shots in each spot inside the perimeter, then I did 25 3’s in each spot outside of the perimeter, and last I ended it off with another 50 free throws. In total I made 350 shots. I loaded the truck with the stuff and then we went to Chick-fil-A. I got a 4ct chicken strip with French fries and a sweet tea. I still rode on the back of the truck to my house and once i got to my house I ate, and I got in my pool. I got in the pool for a couple of minutes then made a TikTok. My aunt and grandma went to shop rite to go get food so we can hang out tomorrow in which it’s supposed to be sunny and hot. My dad left to go somewhere and next thing you know some guy runs right into my dad’s pickup truck with an electric bike “BOOM”! A lady and guy get out their car and call 911. My dad was so mad that the guy ran right into his working truck. The guy was gushing blood from his face and mumbling words. As the ambulance pull up, they check the guy as he was unconscious. Thank God that my dad was not hurt or injured. When everything was all over my dad walked back home and I was able to talk to him outside to actually see what happened. After all of that we went in the house to eat Primos pizza and chill. My grandparents left to go home so me and my brother took our showers so we could watch a tv show and went to sleep.


Wednesday: My dad came in my room and let my dog Nova wake me up this morning. The reason why my dad woke me up was because we were going to go back to the park to make 300 shots and 100 free throws. I brushed my teeth, washed my face and got dressed. Oh yeah, I did my hair too. Once I finished that I went downstairs and played Roblox on my iPad Pro. My dad went to go pick up his truck from the police department because of what happened yesterday. My dad came back, and we went to the park so I could make 300 shots and 100 free throws. My mom came to the park to bring me some water and she stayed for about 20 mins to watched me shoot on the gun. I finished my workout. I was tired and hot but I’m feeling good because my shot is starting to fall more consistent. Once I got home, I put my bathing suit on and got in the pool. I got pretty board so I called one of my friends that lived right around the corner to see if she could swim with me. She was able to come over and we swam for about 5 hours. We ate chicken and pasta salad with a bev lol. We got back in the pool for another 10 minutes because it got cold. My friend’s mom came back to pick her up, so it was time to get in the shower. I put my pj’s on and made some TikTok’s. After that I went through my journal and by then the bed was calling my name.


Thursday: I woke up brushed my teeth and washed my face. I went straight outside to see how the pool water felt. I started off on the pool float, but I was swimming by 11 am this morning. I had to get out and hurried up to put my clothes on so I could go to the doctors. It was a regular checkup, but I was finished because I had to go to my brace's appointment, and I was able to change my rubber band color. Once I got back home, I got back in the pool. So, I called my friend to come over and ordered some food. We swam for a couple hours then I got in the shower and slept over her house. Once I got to her house we ate again and went to sleep.


Friday: I woke up brushed my teeth went downstairs and then I played Roblox with my friend. When her dad got back to the house, we ate breakfast from the restaurant Gary’s. After eating that delicious breakfast, I went back in her room got my things together because my aunt was on her to picked me up and dropped me off at my house. I was sort of rushing to get dressed so I could go to my cousin's graduation party in Vineland. I was excited to get there due to it being a while since I spent time with that side of my family. It’s my dad’s sister’s house that the party is at because her granddaughter Miara is graduating to the 9th grade. When we got there, I spoke to everyone, but my aunt’s food was on my mind, and I couldn’t wait to get to the fried chicken!!! Now that I got that out of the way it’s time to play with my cousins. They had a water slide so that’s where most of the plying took place. By now hours have gone by and my parents are ready to go. I asked to sleep over, my mom said she doesn’t care. My dad said no so I got upsetšŸ˜” I was told I can spend the night tomorrow but that wasn’t what I wanted to hear. When we got home it was late, so I got in the shower and went to sleep.


Saturday: It was about 11:30ish in the morning when I woke up. I got up to brush my teeth, wash my face and clean my room. Then I found out what I was going to wear to my Godfather’s 4th of July BBQ. I got dressed and picked out my clothes just in case a sleep over happens. My dad was on a job so we couldn’t leave until he got home and dressed before we could leave. So now my dad is home and getting dressed. Let me say this, my dad is a clown… He comes out of the room not matching at all. He says, “I know I looked crazy, but I don’t care” Mind you when he was working a package came for him. It was some limited-edition Crocs that are a calibration with Stance and some Artist. The Crocs came with matching Stance socks. We left and headed to my god father’s BBQ. I got in the pool, ate rice and beans, chicken, and a sprite. I got on the water slide that had a basketball hoop in there so my cousin’s and I played two on two. My cousin Miya asked if I could sleep over and my mom said yes. So, I said bye to my mom, and brother. Once we left me and my cousin got in the shower and went to sleep.



Sunday: I woke up brushed my teeth, made French toast with Miya my cousin, I went back in the room and watched the movie IT. I got in the shower did my hair, got dressed and then we went to Wawa to get snacks, and then headed park. We were having the most fun at that water park that the day went by super-fast. Me and Miya went on the drop water where it has you in this tube and then is says blastoff and the floor drops then you slide down the slide, big watersides such as the loop water slide, and etc, even roller coasters. I ate Spanish rice, chicken and I had Gatorade. I got in the wave pool a lot of times and the waves were big in the middle so that’s where me and Miya went. We left at 9:00 at night and drove back home. When we got home, we got in the shower, ate dinner watched a movie, cleaned up her room, chilled and went to sleep.













Monday, July 4, 2022

DIARY OF A FEMALE BALLER: KENNEDY BROUGHTON 2028 (NEW HEIGHTS) ENTRY #1 

KENNEDY & FAMILY

Hello Basketball World, My Name is Kenndey Broughton From Egg Harbor, NJ. Gthing BasketballBall, Will Be Following Me For The Next Couple of Weeks. This Is The First Diary He Has Done Since The Country Shut Down For The Pandemic, So Buckle Up.


Monday: It was about 7 o’clock in the morning in the first thing that I did was find out what I was wearing to school. Then I brush my teeth and got in the shower. While in the shower I was thinking about how bad I played at prime East events and how to move on from that mistake. Next, I got dressed did my hair and walk to the bus with my dad and my puppy nova. I got to school and ate breakfast in the cafĆ© then I went to the first academic and I watched endgame, but I did not watch it all because I had to go to band. Then I came back to class and started social studies and social studies we did a brain pop on Zeus and her the gods goddesses. During that class I have random patches pop up with my hand and they started to it really badly so I went to the nurse, and they said that I might be having an allergic reaction to something. They called my mom and told me to go in the bathroom to check if I had any hives on my body. There was nothing on me, so I iced my hand and I put anti-itch on it. Next, I went to specials and played basketball and football. My team and I won both games. Gym was over and I went to lunch and ate my friend's cucumbers because school lunch is so nasty. Third academic I watched back to the future, and I did not like it at all, so I went to my other teacher's classroom and helped her out with packing up her class. School was over and I got home and got dressed to go to AC for a workout. During the workout I did lifting mountain climber's jumpers and then the last thing that I did was layups. On my way home got in the shower and went to sleep.


Tuesday: I woke up and started my normal routine. Then I put bug spray on and walked to the bus. I got to school and met up with my favorite group of friends I walked back to my pod and started the first academic. We went downstairs and did our Greek Olympics for the first academic and tutorial next I went to specials which was steam the teacher graded my project and I got a 47 out of 50. Then we watched a movie steam was over and it was time for lunch I ate my goldfish and play with my best friend Jazlynn. Now it would be third academic lessons we have Greek Olympics we stayed in our hall Raul Ella watched a movie and ate snacks. School is over and I got home and got ready for practice in North Jersey. My team and I mostly worked on please jumpers and layups. Practice was over but my coach trained me and his daughter Scarlet for 30 more minutes. That was over and I ate at McDonald’s for dinner and drove back home I got home really late took my sweaty clothes off and went to sleep.


Wednesday: I woke up really excited because I was going to the NBA draft tomorrow. I started my morning routine with brushing my teeth and then finished it off with healing my hair I walk to the bus because it was 8:03 in the morning and my bus comes around 8:13 or 8:15. I got to school and the first thing that I did in the first class was watch a movie and then cleaned up the class tutorial I finished watching a movie then the second academic I watched the Lorax then specials I went to gym and played pinball. Gym was over and I went to lunch and played around with my friends like I said I hate school lunch, so I did not eat anything. Math we finished back to the future two. I got home and my aunt took me to McDonald’s I got a Mc chicken and a Oreo milkshake then we headed to my grandmom‘s house and my mom came picked me up and I went to the hair salon. My mom was getting her hair done so my aunt pick me up we went back to my grandmom‘s and ate dinner. My mom was finally done with her hair so when she came, we stayed there for another hour. Then we left I got home wrap my hair and then I fell asleep.

Thursday: I woke up brushed my teeth washed my face went downstairs and made me some chocolate chip pancakes and a strawberry banana blueberry smoothie. Then I pulled out my clothes because I was going to the NBA draft. Once I finished eating I got in the shower got dressed wrapped my hair up did a couple TikToks outside and then we left to go to the draft. I got there and then I waited for a couple of the teammates to get there once they arrived I walked on the red carpet took pictures and one of the staff gave me and the rest of the team hats and then we walk into this room and met the boys that going to be drafted and we walked out with them and took pictures then the draft started so we got food and we sat in our seats and my favorite player got first pick his name is Paolo. We left on the 17th pick once we got home, I wrapped my hair and went to sleep.


Saturday: I woke up brush my teeth wash my face made sure I had everything for this tournament in Hershey then I got dressed. My dad went to go do something for his job. Then my dad got back and we packed a suitcases in the car I know we went to Chick-fil-A got gas and then headed to Hershey. We got to Hershey I got dressed in the bathroom and then I played my first game and we lost to the Raptors by 10 I could’ve did better, I didn’t score that much and I didn’t play that good of defense. I talked to my dad about my game and then I got a slushy’s went to my hotel room brushed my teeth because my teeth were dyed blue so I washed my face did my hair again went back to the game and played our second game we won, and I did a way better job on defense and offense didn’t score that much again but I played awesome. We finished early so half of the team went swimming in the coach's hotel and then we had pizza brownies and we hung out in our teammates room for a couple hours. Then we went back to the parents and my dad went to go get pizza then we got to the room I put my pajamas on and went straight to sleep.


Sunday: I woke up around 9 o’clock brushed my teeth washed my face went downstairs in the hotel and ate Froot Loops waffles and drank some water. Then I got back upstairs and pulled out my stuff for my game got in the shower washed my hair got dressed did my hair and then we went out to go get lunch because my game was at 1 o’clock and it was around 11 or 12 when we went to go eat. We got to this burger spot, and I got a chicken Caesar salad with Apple juice and a lollipop. I got to the gym watched the little kids play and then I played we won I did good I played awesome defense made a couple layups and I made the other team make a lot of turnovers on and I also made a lot of plays, and I had a couple assists. That game was over and then I rode with the team to do get lunch and I went to chipotle and I got a chicken quesadilla with sour cream and cheese and my drink was Apple juice. Coach K made us do a team TikTok and then we left to go back to the gym and versed a team that was not so good, but we played terrible even though we won. I did way better on defense out of all the games that I played so far, I made the other team turnover a couple of times I scored a couple of times, and I had a lot of assists. The game was over I got another slushy and then it started pouring so my dad ran to go get the car and we waited for him to pull up. As he pulled up, we ran as fast as we could to get in the car. I got in the shower put on some clothes and we went to Olive Garden with the team. I got chicken Alfredo with water and then we made another TickTock after we finished eating. Dinner was over and we headed back to the hotel, and I put my pajamas on and watch TV and then fell asleep.


 

Thursday, April 21, 2022


 



Manheim, PA - This Year's Winter Series was very intriguing, games were played in two different states which made things get a lot more intense and a lot more complicated, to the degree of when some players were suiting up for 3 different teams on two different age groups just too get that extra advantage which is sometime needed when competing in Winter Series. All in just 2 sessions there were some ups and downs and highs and lows in each division to the point as to where some teams even thought about separating or they did separate. This is always expected when playing in the Series, point blank period. There was high level competition all in one building and on various courts. Winter Series had teams from 8 different states thru out the 4 total sessions, to name a few DC, NJ, NY, MA, VA, FL, OH, etc. In Session 1 8th Grade Division the Philadelphia Belles reign supreme in the A Division winning against a tough scrappy North Carolina team in Queen City in Chip. That Belles team was loaded, they had a huge size advantage at all 5 positions on the floor. In Session 2 Belles came up short to Team Takeover who wasn't present in Session 1, once Team Takeover step back into the Winter Series scene, they went on to win basically 3 Championships. Two by wins and one by alone disqualification, nevertheless coach James of Takeover put the full court press on anyone that he even thought was going to be a challenge when entering Winter Series 2022. In the B Division of the 8th Brackets, there were multiple winners and losers. Session 1 winner (Philly Fire) Session 2 (YKS) Session 3 (YKS & A2D) Session 4 (New Jersey Sparks)


It seemed as though in the 7th Grade A Division that was once dominated by the Bulldogs, finally came to a halt in Session 4. Team Takeover stop them in their tracks to where is though everyone thought for certain that it would be a clear sweep for YKS in adding to an already stack trophy case. YKS beat some good teams in each different Winter Series SessionWPA Bruins, Team Durant, Takeover, just to name a few. The Spain sisters are the little engine that makes the Bulldogs run, everyone knows by now that Micah Ojo is the big dog on the yard though. with all her good traits, the writing is on the wall. She will be a Allstar some day and that is the reason why YKS was able to hoist 3 straights Winter Series trophies over their heads until Session 4 came around when a hot Team Takeover was looking to avenge their loss from Session 3 Semifinals. They were well prepared this time around; Takeover was led by Neviah Roberson the long athletic wing who seem to give the Bulldogs fits around the perimeter. YKS kept it close then Takeover put their foot on the gas late in the 2nd quarter. B Division was won by Glen Arms 3 times in a row, Glen Arms came out of the B Division and went into the A Division for Session 4 were they lost to Takeover in the Semifinals.


6th Grade A Division was dominated by none other than Ohio Xpress, they played lights out thru out Winer Series. Their only hiccup came was when they played a well balance Team Durant in Session 2 for the Chip. Team Durant only appeared in one session; I just can't image how things might have turned out if they would've at least appeared in two more, put we will just never know. But that's how players play when it's time to show up they are there, speaking of Janiyah Hargrove and Taylor Stanfield who were the Kobe and Shaq for Xpress putting smaller teams in a bind and basically wearing them down in the end witch ultimately led to them to winning 3 overall in 2 back-to-back. We had multiple Champions for the B Division.


5th Grade Division there were multiple Champions and lots of talent to speak about, the future is bright.


Olivia Vukosa - Post - Philly Belles - 2026 - One of the top players in the 2026 class who has definitely add some arsenal too her game. Vukosa who has had a college frame since the 6th grade has been showing exceptional footwork around the baseline and in transition on a break. Strong and sometimes physical... Has add a few moves with her low post game... Good footwork... Lateral movement is there... Disrupt shots in the paint... Scores from different angles... Shot blocker... 


Ashley MacCalla - Forward - Top Notch - 2027 - Lanky raw wing, who just always compete on both ends of the floor. Her intensity is hard to match... Doesn't force a lot of shots... Rebounds well on both ends... Good hops... Catches in finish in high traffic areas... High motor kid... Runs like a deer in transition... Still raw...


Jayla Koser - Guard - A2D Elite - 2026 - Stock rose this winter playing in WS22, she carried the team most of the time. Playing in their first Winter Series event Koser in her teammates came out to play. Big guard with good size and athleticism... Rebounds the ball and gets out in push... Creates in open court... Beats you to the rack in multiple ways... Efficient around the perimeter....


Gabby Vaughn - Wing - Philly Belles - 2026 - Nice skill set which allows her to do a few different things on the court. Shot long range ball very well at WS22, her height and length play a big part in them winning the chip in first session. Can defend multiple positions... Nice shot selection... Doesn't take a lot of shots... Range is the arc...


Qandance Samuels - Wing - Team Takeover - 2027 - Huge potential, young but an advance wing that can play under pressure. Shot the ball fairly well during Winter Series 22. Smart wing with decent ball handle skills... Displayed a nice pull up game... Occasionally shoots the long range 3 ball... 


GiGi Banks - Combo Guard - New Jersey Sparks - 2026 - Definitely one of the most talented guards to play in all of Winters Series. Not only this year but last year as well. Very fun to watch, can go out in get a bucket at any cost. Big time scorer... A wizard with the ball... Gets her team involved in the offense... Nice touch on the ball... Mid-range is definitely there... Hesitation blow by game is getting better... Loves to have fun on the court...


Taylor Brown - Combo Guard - New Jersey Sparks - 2027 - Brown is a 1 on 1 creator, she handles the ball with intent. Small but effective, always an offensive  threat when taking the court. Uses her small frame to weave in and out of traffic. Skilled guard... Mid-range gamer... Attacks in transition... 


London Caldwell - Guard - New Heights - 2026 - Smooth, skilled guard who creates off the dribble. Plays under control with so much calmness. High IQ... Court vision is there... Rebounds well for a guard... Coachable... Athlete... 




Ryan Carter - Guard - Philly Belles - 2027 - Was a standout throughout the whole WS22, showed flashes of just about everything on the floor even against tough competition. She was comfortable in all 4 sessions playing up. 2-way guard with a lanky build... Athleticism is off the chart... Can create her own shot... Good size... Can step out in shoot the mid-range...


Monet Edwards - Guard - Team Thrill - 2026 - Strong crafty guard, who likes to beat you with the hesitation move or the head fakes. Handle is there... Mid-range gamer... Brings a little cha cha to her game as well...


Ava Yoon - Guard - Team Final - 2026 - Loads of potential with her as being a smart crafty scoring guard. Scores in varieties of ways... Penetrates in dishes the rock... Gets out in transition in pushes the ball... Scorers mentality... 


Autumn Fleary - Guard - Team Thrill - 2026 - Explosive lead guard with a scorer's mentality. Stays aggressive on the offensive side of the ball... Shifty... Has grown a few inches... Loves to hit high gear while in transition... One of the best guards in WS22... Has great speed... Nice mid-range game... Distributes and dishes.. Always facilitating... Has some swag in her game...


Annabeth Tsi -Turton - Forward - Team Final - 2026 - Catches in finishes in the paint.. Master the pick in roll.. Nice face up game... Loads of trips to the charity strike.. Solid frame and nice build... Will have to add to her game at the level...


Ava Fajardo - Guard - NJ Rise - 2026 - The lefty guard did some nice things at WS22, playing lead guard most of the time Fajardo was able to display her full game. Shot the ball well during WS22... Plays with a lot of energy... Good court and eye vision... Makes good moves in traffic... High ceiling... 


Atlee Vanesko - Lead Guard - Philly Belles - 2026 - Explosive lead guard with some bounce to her game. High motor kid.. Has some swag in her game... Athletic... Penetrates and dishes... Stays in constant attack mode... Quick when going down... Quick first step... On ball defender... 













Jada Lynch - Forward - NJ Rise - 2026 - Does a bunch of different things on the offensive end that coaches love to see. Usually plays up but drop down to play in the talented WS22. Naturally strong, gets to rack with easy when guarded by bigger and smaller defenders... Extremely versatile... Wears you down as the game goes on... Scores in transition... Scores plenty in different ways... 


Jordan Jackson - Point / Forward - Team Takeover - 2026 - Ms. Jackson put Team Takeover on her back this Winter Series, she helped out by averaging in double figures in all 3 sessions. Playmaker... Attacks the basket with a purpose... Long and athletic... Makes things happen when attacking... Excellent size for her position... Loves contact... Gets a lot of points from free throw line... Big time... Highly regarded in the Class of 26... Tough to stop when she is driving to the rim... Aggressive mentality is direct... 


Arielle Lopez - Lead Guard - Top Notch - 2027 - Played on both levels during WS22 and let's just say playing up is more of her style. So, I put Lopez in the 8th grade division, she came up clutch in some big games in the 8th Grade A Division and she basically did what she wanted to do in the 7th Grade A Division. Floor General and leader... Mid-range gamer... 3 ball is there... Mature... High IQ... 


Jessie Moses - Combo Guard - Top Notch - 2027 - Scorer on all levels, has size and athleticism to keep her in the race... Brings energy and effectiveness to the game... Scorers mentality... Streaky shooter... Has a bunch of different handles to show out in transition...


Zoe Osby - Point / Forward - Fairfax Stars - 2026 - Has all the intangibles to be special... Pushes in transition... Has the agility and size to finishes around the basket... Has add some different tools to her game... Believe it or not, she has a college frame already... Big guard with huge hands who can cup the ball... High ceiling for 2026...


7th Grade Top Performer

Micah Ojo - Forward - Lady YKS - 2027 - Ojo and her team capture 3 Chips at WS22, Ojo got busy which led to her being name to first team on multiple occasions. Strong, gets up in down the court fast to get in position... Scores inside... Gets a lot of offensive rebounds which leads to easy opportunities... Good skill set... 


Mia Spain - Guard - Lady YKS - 2027 - Plays the floor general on her team like her sister... Great court vision and puts the ball in right place... High motor kid... Shooting the ball well from different spots on the floor... Won 3 Championships... 


Neviah Roberson - Wing - Team Takeover - 2027 - Long athletic wing who also gets the job done on the inside. Sensational athleticism along with long arms and legs.. Good showing in Winter Series... Very ranging on the defensive side... Exiting to watch around the rim... Beat YKS in the Final WS22 chip... Huge upside..


Zoe Wasserlauf - Lead Guard - Riverside Hawks - 2027 - Slasher who gets most of her points at the charity strike (foul line) when in transitions... Keeps the ball tuck when making a move to the basket... Shifty with rock and likes to make defenders miss when defending... Crafty is heck... 


Brooklyn Stewart - Combo Guard - Glen Arms - 2027 - One of the top guards in the B Division at Winter Series 22. Complete guard with good upper body strength. Stewart in her teammates won 3 Championships in a row, due to their backcourt which was the bright spot for Glen Arms. Brooklyn wasn't the fastest in the division but for sure the strongest. Good handle... Creates and attacks... Passes with purposes... Takes on contact...


Lauren Rodriguez - Guard - Staten Island Liberty - 2027 - One of the fastest guards that participated in the WS22, a far as I know. She has the ability to blow by her defender at anytime, she scores in bunches but can easily shift things around. Lauren thrives off her speed to anticipate the way the game is going. Cat like speed... Handle... Shifty... Up-tempo game... Gets out in runs in transition...


Kate Spain - Guard - Lady YKS - 2027 - All around good player... Almost a mere image of her sister, Kate coaches up her teammates... Handles the ball plus pressure... Passes are on time... Small but gets it done... Won 3 Championships...


Victoria Harvey - Guard - WPA Bruins - 2027 - Solid player with a decent skilled set. Didn't start but definitely a starter... Plays hard on every possession... Practical ball handler... Scores in bunches... 


6th Grade Top Performers

Mackenzie Jackson - Guard - Team Durant - 2028 - This kid is well beyond her years; wide body point forward who is very athletic. Only got to see her play for one session at WS22, Jackson is highly mature for her age. Uses her body well...  Stays low to the ground when attacking the basket... Has some wiggle with her game... Good court vision... Exceptional passer... 


Janiyah Hargrove - Forward - All Ohio Express - 2028 - Hargrove in the rest of her Xpress teammates put the smack down on everybody. They had one hiccup thru out WS22, in that was there only lost which came in the Championship. Janiyah was a key part to those 3 Chips, creating havoc on the inside where she does most of her work. Strong plus physical interior player... Good presences on both sides of the ball... Smothers you on D... Great sizes for a point/forward... Works the middle in high post area...


Nariah Alvarez - Guard - Harlem Panthers - 2028 - Solid point guard with high motor, still a little raw at the position but will get better with time. Not afraid to take a shot... Always looking for ways to score... Always looking to score a bucket... 


Dallas Cooke - Point Guard - Team Takeover - 2028 - Handles the ball under pressure... Spark plug of the team... Plays with tons of energy... Constantly attacks the basket... Plays with her heart on her sleeve...


Tyreea Howard - Point/Forward - New Jersey Pride - 2028 - Could be a special kid, has the size and body frame right now... Has strength and athletic ability... Gets up in down the court smoothly... Muscle in the middle... 


Annie Gentile - Point Guard - New Jersey Raptors - 2028 - Exiting young guard to watch... Small but definitely effective... Weaves in and out of defenders... Mature for age... Loves to have the ball in her hands... Makes things happen... 


Taylor Stansfield - Forward - Ohio Xpress - 2028 - Mobile Forward with a little handle... Cleaned up the boards in all 4 Championship... Uses her body to seal of defenders... Boxes out well when going for a rebound... Had a few double doubles in WS22...  


Jayse Keville - Guard - NY Havoc - 2028 - Nimble guard with a huge upside... Definitely has a power guard game... Plays lead guard roll... Can put the ball in the basket... Turns it up when going downhill... Explosive off the bounce... Will straight out flat you...


Kennedy Broughton - Point Guard - New Height - 2028 - After watching Kennedy this past Winter Series 22, I'm still in disbelief how calm she plays when playing up at the next level. Most South Jersey kids at her age don't have a full grasp of how to be a good point guard, not unless the kid is getting some top training. Smooth and calm with the handle... Maturity level is there... Coachable kid... Court vision is there... Delivers the ball on point... Inspiring to watch... 


 5th Grade Performer

Giselle Smith - Forward - Delaware Swarm - 2029 - Huge, Long frame and arms who has guard tendency. Plays in a big back court which helps her game even more... Comfortable at playing up... Gets to the point of attack when she has to... Handles the ball calmly when pressure is in sight... Athletic... 


Kaylie Fitzpatrick - Guard - Harlem Panthers - 2029  


Brielle Bennett - Forward - New Heights - 2029 


Leah Dukes - Guard - Top Notch - 2029 


Melody Vaughn - Guard - Top Notch - 2029 


Mackenize Larkins - Guard - Queen City - 2030 


Alliyah Hairston - Guard - Queen City - 2029


Ariana Walker - Guard - A2D - 2030 - 


Brynley Ecret - Forward - Delaware Swarm - 2029

 



 If we missed you this time, we will certainly get a look at you next time. No matter Spring, Winter, or Fall.  







Friday, May 14, 2021

Photo By: Andre Furtado

PENNSYLVANIA - Winter Series Recap - This Winter Series KP rolled out the red carpet for the Player's, Coaches and Media Outlet's. There was torrential downpours for both Session's 2 & 3 on these particular days, but that didn't stop the show. Session 1 I didn't attend, so I knew that I had a lot of catching up to do by missing a whole Session. With major Evaluators in Media In the Building the kids came out to play (Like The Classic Warriors Saying). Like Session 2 I knew that Championship weekend would be in full effect, you could see the look that some player's had in there eye's that they were ready to play ball. For some program's this was there first time out since early March 2020 right around the time when Covid -19 cripple the whole country.



With all of the heat that has been In the gym this Winter Series I still can't understand why KP is still deciding to call this event Winter Series. I guess that is a question that we will have to ask him In the near future. Rolling Into gym I really didn't know what to expect, I just anticipated that all of the games would live up to the hype. Since there was some 87 teams 13 shy of 100 some as far South as Charlotte, North Carolina and some far East as Massachusetts. In Session 3 their where 80 teams on a five court platform. In the Winter Series 8th Grade Division NJ Sparks took home two out of three ChampionshipsTeam Takeover ran through the competition in Session 1 taking home the chip back to the DMV beating Elevate Elite 56 - 48, In Session 2 Gold Division the NJ Sparks and the Pauldo Twinz were able to come through with a pair of trophies especially when it counted. Coach Chez provided the Wonder Twinz with a few key pieces. They beat Elevate Elite 59 - 55 in a back and forth game, also in Championship weekend the Sparks took a early lead over a talented Team Takeover group in never look back winning 59 - 51 in the Final of the Finals. 


WINTER SERIES TOP PERFORMER'S



Mya Pauldo - 2025 - Combo Guard - New Jersey Sparks - Mya is almost a mere image of her sister, starting to come into her own. Mya has the ability to create her own shot... Speeds up in transition when attacking the rim... Gets her teammates involved... Doesn't shy way from contact... Plays with a lot of energy... Offers


Theresa Hagans - 2025 -  Guard - Team Takeover -  Fast... Efficient point guard play... Shoots the three ball with confidence, especially off the dribble... Good point guard play on both sides of the ball...


Makiah Datil  - 2027 - Guard - Philly Triple Threat - Skilled... Will get tougher and stronger as time goes on... Knows what to do with the ball... Can attack to score... Smooth... Plays under control for a young age...


Riley Hamburger - 2025 - Wing - Team Takeover - Size and length on the wing... Good stroke and range... Definite mid-range gamer... Has good feel for the game but has to start to expand game... Offensive threat and capable of making big time shots when the game is on the line...


Lala Jones - 2027 - Guard - Fairfax - Had her moments at Winter Series... True point guard who plays the position well... Advance for her age, knows the game... Creates off dribble... Connects with players.... More assertive in transition...


Kendall Williams - 2026 - Guard - Future (Team Thrill) - Young guard... Active on both ends of the floor... Strong upper body strength to handle the contact when in attack mode...
Plays very physical... 


Aliza Murry - 2026 - Guard - Elevate Elite - Very entertaining guard to watch... During Winter Series she played on both levels, shining for both 7th grade and 8th grade... Small but assertive... Quick.. Gets in and out of lane using her speed to shoot the floater... 


Meg Yarnevich - 2025 - Forward / Wing - Power Move - With her combination of size and strength she can help any team that she plays on, can be a handful against teams at times... Aggressive at all times... Can put the ball on floor when making a move to the cup... Defends... Plays with attitude... Talks on both side... Can hit mid-range shot at times...




Amori Jarrett - 2025 - Guard - Elevate Elite - Physically strong guard with a mix of size and some athleticism. Strong off the bounce when attacking... Starting to evolve her game... Can make mid-range shots but sometimes settle to much on the wing... Nice form when shooting the ball... 


Grace Nasr - 2026 - Forward - Mid-Atlantic Magic - For sure long wingspan when guarding the ball... Mobile on both ends of the floor.... Excellent foot and movement when around the basket... Demands double teams on the block put can still score in those type of situation... Recognize double teams and kicks the ball to her open teammates... 


Princess Moody - 2025 - Guard - Team Takeover - Aggressive on defense... Uptempo style type player... Plays with emotion... Good out in the open court and in transition... Good hands to complement her speed...


Gee Gee Bank - 2027 - Combo Guard - New Jersey Sparks - Combo Guard who keeps on improving her game... Can shoot the ball well when she gets going in a game... Has some flare in her game... Loves to attack the rim... Good court vision... Can catch in shoot...


Endia Thomas - 2025 - Guard - Power Move - Does great thing on the court for a young age... Strong off guard who runs the offense well and doesn't over do it... Knows the game.. Scores in spurts, but has to get more in shape for those close game... Passes well in transition...


Kaelyn Carroll - 2025 - Wing / Forward - Baystate Jaguars - Skilled forward who at times has a guard mentality... Can defend and play multiple positions on the fly... Lanky with a huge wingspan... Rebounds... Mobile... Finishes when making a move... High prospect in her 25' class...


Kennedy Henry - 2025 - Wing - New Jersey Sparks - Her length and long arms are the keys to her game... Orthodox style game but effective... Moves well without the ball... Sets good screens... Rolls to the basket... Stretches defenses with mid-range jump shot... 



Demi Gilliam - 2026 - Forward - Fairfax Stars - Showed flashes of some good thing at Winter Series... Already has good size and strength to like.... Athletic and mobile.... Quick out the box leaper... 



Jordyn Jackson - 2026 - Forward - New Jersey Sparks - Long athletic guard for her age... Does varieties of things on the offensive side of the ball... Active around the glass for easy but backs... Can put the ball on floor in the open court... Very versatile with tons of upside that will help her game in the future... 





Zhen Craft - 2025 - Point Forward - Team Takeover - Good size body to help her game out while floating around in the post... Pace maker, Half-court game... Can get out and run with the rock... Good passer in the half-court game... Looking off defenders while making accurate passes to teammates... Finishes plays well around the basket... Solid on the boards... Gets buckets in different ways... 


Zaniyah Castillo - 2026 - Forward - New Jersey Sparks - Can handle the ball with power and presences.. Strong upper body... Rebounds with a few put backs of her own... Attacks basket hard with authority... 


Danhi Suggs - 2026 - Forward - Future (Team Thrill) - Good size athlete with a huge upside... Lengthy first step when attacking... Long frame and arms... Loves to attack with with different baseline moves... Rebounds hard and aggressive... Long reach with some disruption to go with it... 


Qandace Samuels - 2027 - Guard - Team Takeover - Skilled young guard... Highly regarded... Plays with confidence for a young age... Strong shooting presences... Her game will continue to evolve... Mid-range game is a definite... 


Mia Pauldo - 2025 - Combo Guard - New Jersey Sparks - Puts the ball in the basket... Gets points in transition... Finishes in traffic... Exceptional ball handling skills... Draws the foul... Not afraid of the contact.. Mid-range and long range shot is there... Tons of moves for a guard... Flashy... Has some wiggle in her game... 


Caliyah DeVillasee - 2025 - Lead Guard - Elevate Elite - So experience and mature for a young age... Smart in small but starting to show signs of a growth spurt... Controls the paste of a game with her basketball IQ... Smooth operator... Rebounds well for a small guard... Skilled...  


Taylor Brown - 2026 - Guard - New Jersey Sparks - Small frame guard who can flat out ball.. Quick and shifty... Can score buckets with either hand... Great court vision which helps her make tough passes... Can hit big shots... Fun to watch...  

                                                                       
Erin Miller - 2025 - Post - Power Move - Has great size and length, college body frame already... Mobile... Runs floor well... Will take a jump shot or two... Can score in post... Still has to work more on her game for the next level...


Kennedy Austin - 2025 - Guard - Team Takeover - Quick and Athletic on both ends of the floor... Can just about score from anywhere on the floor... Fast hands will pick your pocket... Scores off turn overs... Splits defenders while attacking the cup... 


Tiyara Gonzalez - 2026 - Lead Guard - Bria Holmes - Moves well with the ball... Does a good job setting up and running the offense... Good decision maker... Loves the game of basketball...  Good handle... 


Reneyia Pickering - 2026 - Guard - Team Takeover - Hard, Strength mix with a little quickness... Constantly stays in attack mode... Power game... Strong upper body and likes to play on physical side... Simply productive... 


Jada Lynch - 2026 - Guard - Central Jersey Hawks - Plays very hard, big guard with a good frame who loves to attack the cup on a constant bases. Long frame and wing span.. Physical... Plays with a mean streak... 





Thursday, February 20, 2020

Diary Of A Female Baller: Lauryn Swann 24' Teaneck, NJ - Valley Stream North School - NJ Sparks - Entry #7

 Lauryn & Zahra King

Hello basketball world, I'm back with my week 7 Diary.

Monday 1/10 

Today we play the best team in our conference and it’s our last game of the season. Last time we played them I played terrible and we lost by 32. I told my friend that if I don’t score 30 he could slap me really hard. That motivated me because I don’t like getting hit. The whole team was really sad because the season went by extremely fast and we didn’t want it to end. We decided to give this game our all and leave it all on the court. The day went on and I was getting more nervous for the game and more sad that the season was about to end. When school ended I hung out with my friends for a little bit then got ready for the game. I felt good warming up because my shots were falling and so were my falling. I was gonna put my all into this game because it’s last game of the season and I wanted to make it memorable. We start off our game hitting majority of our shots and we were up in the 1st quarter. Everyone was getting hype and we kept feeding off their energy and held the lead. It got close during the fourth quarter but me and my teammate hit some clutch free throws at the end to put us up by 5 and then that was it. Our season was over and we went out with a dub. We upset the best team in our conference and we had cupcakes to celebrate. I went to bed really happy.


Tuesday 2/11

I went to bed really late last night so it took me a long time to get ready for school so thank god I have my hair braided up so it didn’t take me as long as it normally would to get ready. I was happy at school the whole day from last nights win. The school day went by faster than usual. After school I went into the locker room and normally there’s at least two of my teammates in there but there was no one there and it made me sad because it hit me that our season was over. I went to train with Jerry right after school but I was late so he made me train with one of the other trainers but we still put some good work in. We worked on different combo moves into different variations of pull ups and counter moves. After the workout I went home and fell asleep.

Wednesday 2/12
 
I got ready for school today but I couldn’t find my ID so once I finally found it, I was going to be late. I made it to class 5 seconds before the first bell rang thank god. After school I had to finish my English project that was due on Friday. Last week I missed two days of school so I was really behind so it took me way longer than it was suppose to finish the project. After I finished my project I went to train with Jerry then I went home and went to bed.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Diary Of A Female Baller: Lauryn Swann 24' Teaneck, NJ - Valley Stream North School - NJ Sparks - Entry #6

Lauryn & Teammates

Hello basketball world, this is Lauryn checking back in with Diary #6

Monday 2/3
I woke up really early today and couldn’t go back to sleep so during 1st period since all we were doing was reading, I took a 15 minute nap because that book was putting me to sleep. I was feeling confident about our game today considering we had the home court advantage and the refs wouldn’t cheat us or throw the game for us like they did the last time we played this team. As the day went on I got a lot of homework and I had to do the majority of it during my lunch period and I barely got eat and I was starving by the end of the day and I went to get food with two of my teammates. When it was time for our game I got a lot of shots up during warmups to make sure I was hitting shots during the game. The game started off good and we were in the game within the first quarter as usual but the rest of the game went downhill. The refs were awful just like when we played them at their gym. They called on the floor fouls so I couldn’t shoot free throws even though I was obviously shooting and they wouldn’t call any fouls for me when I was getting pushed in the back but I made sure I didn’t say anything to the refs so I wouldn’t give then a reason to give the game away for us. Within the fourth quarter it was obvious how the refs were moving and there wasn’t anything we could’ve done. We lost the game by like 15 and the whole team was upset because of the reason we lost. I thought about the game for a while reflecting on the game and what aspects I could’ve done better in and I realized all things were in my favor. There wasn’t anything I could’ve done better. My shot selection was really good, my shots were hitting for the most part, and I wasn’t fouling but the refs were killing us. I’m not one to blame a lose on refs but that game was blown for us just like the other time we played them. I went to bed feeling good about myself knowing that I did all I could in that game.

Tuesday 2/4
I woke up extremely tired and i didn’t feel like spending a lot of time picking out an outfit so I just threw in the first shirt I found and put on some black jeans. I don’t like going to school when we don’t have games because the days just feel longer and they’re uninteresting. After school I went straight home then came back to school for a light practice of going over plays the went home and went to sleep.

Wednesday 2/5
Today we play against Bethpage who has to win this game in order to make the playoffs. Last time we played against them I had 39 points and we still lost. I woke up this morning with a fever and a stiff neck. I felt terrible but I had to play. My mom let me sleep in to see if I felt better but by 12 I felt worse but I had to start getting ready for school or I wouldn’t be able to play later. It took me way longer than usual to get ready for school and I got there half way through sixth period. I hadn’t eaten all day and I had lunch next period but all I did was sleep. Eighth and ninth period went the same way. I was half dosed off the whole time and sweating a lot because for some reason it was extremely hot in school. After school ended I went straight to the locker room to change and took a little nap. I went to the nurses office and checked my temperature and I still had a fever but I didn’t care. I was knocked out the whole bus ride and took every pill or medicine you could possibly think of. When we got to the gym I had put something in my stomach because it’s been empty the whole day. I forced myself to eat two bags lf Doritos and took some DayQuil which didn’t help at all. During the jv game I did my homework and relaxed. I had a good warmup but I was still feeling a little sluggish. When the game started and I got my momentum flowing the sluggishness started to go away but I started to feel really cold. We were in the game the whole time but by the fourth quarter I ran out of gas and had no energy left. We ended up losing the game by like 10 but I knew that if I was at my 100% we could’ve won that game.