WASHINGTON, D.C. – For 30 years the USJN Junior Nationals has consistently drawn nationally ranked players from all over the country. While these players already have garnered their fair share of scholarship offers, they represent the minority. The vast majority of players in attendance are looking to make a name for themselves or secure a solid scholarship offer as the recruiting period comes to a close. Some are established with offers in their own right but may take a backseat at times to a high profile teammate. In the end these players took full advantage of the opportunity in National Harbor last week turning in some notable performances.
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Jorie Allen – 2019 – 6-1 – Forward – Indy Lady Gym Rats – Deceiving…Depth is there to skill set…Ball handling and passing are in place…Effort at both offensively and defensively sets her apart…Makes herself a part of the action…Ability is there to post up or step out…Contributes in multiple ways
Madison Bartley – 2020 – 6-2 – Forward – Dayton Metro – Forward with length…Frame is there to build on…Has some post moves in place…Active…Good instincts
Maya Bokuneweciz – 2020 – 6-0 – Wing – Central Pa. Dynamite – Wing with some size…Decent ballhandling…Physically strong at this point…Good tools with promise for more
Caily Bolser – 2020 – 6-4 – Post – Indiana’s Best – Legitimate size and frame…Runs the floor well…Lefty…Mechanical to a degree but demonstrates that she has been coached…Decent form from the perimeter but need to be more a factor down low first
Mckenzie Brown – 2018 -5-7 – Guard – Midwest Wildcats 17 – Super quick first step…intense competitor attacks from 5-7 feet…explosive leaper can defend in the air.
Brooke Demetre – 2021 – 6-2 – Forward – Arizona Select – Young forward – Lean build with length…Runs the floor…Can create her own from the high post or the trail spot…Understands her options…Anticipates well defensively…Strength will come with time
Emma Duerr – 2019 – 6-2 – Forward / Post – New Jersey Panthers – Size and body…Physically strong in her approach…Aggressive posting…Willing to mix things up…Speed will have to evolve…Had moments
Miyah Lewis-Hampton – 2018 – 6-0 – Wing – Golden City 17 – Can go rim to rim with ease with strong open ball handling skills…high motor brings an energetic presence to the court…attacks the rim from multiple angles…keeps the defense honest…has translatable skills for college
Madison Hayes – 2020 – 6-0 – Guard – FBC United – Athletic…Quick to attack off the dribble…Step back is there…Anticipates off the ball…Strong on offensive glass…Vertical serves her on both ends of the floor
Roxane Makolo – 2019 – 5-10 – Guard – Quebec Bluehounds – Guard with decent size…Attacks off the dribble…First step is there…Can finish effectively with contact…Works hard with focus
Emily Martindale – 2019 – 5-9 – Guard – Blue Star Ontario – Attacking mentality…Blue collar work ethic…Creating options off the dribble…Strong passing skills in transition…Potential is there to grow some…Plays with effort tip to buzzer
Jada Moore – 2020 – 5-10 – Guard – Mile Hi Magic – Penetrating guard…Young with potential to grow…Haas tools to create…Athletic defender…Promising
Aleah Nelson – 2019 – 5-5 – Point Guard – MD Belles 16 – Solid physical guard who can play downhill in transition as well as in half court…full compliment of physical and mental tools to run a team…relentless defender can pressure the ball full court.
Ashley Panem – 2018 -5-9 – Guard – Denver Elite 17 – Put on an a show against the previously undefeated FBC United…smooth shooting mechanics…comes off screens with hands ready to catch and shoot.
Denali Pinto – 2018 – 5-11 – Guard – Denver 17 Elite – Slight frame deceptively athletic…slashes from the wing can get to the basket with minimal dribbles…great fundamentals understands how to set up her shot and adjust to the defense.
Elizabeth Sherrill – 2018 – 6-2 – Post – VA Blast – Strong player who embraces the rigors of playing down low…active in the paint, can rebound in heavy traffic…creates scoring opportunities by working the offensive glass
Shamani Stafford – 2018 – 5-6 – Guard – NC Lady Team Charlotte 17 – Combo guard strong lower body, sits low and wide in defense stance…has ability to create of the dribble as well as stretch out to the perimeter
Sydney Taylor – 2019 – 5-9 – Guard – NYC Heat – Solid build…Speed is there with a little size…First step is effective…Quick release on shot…Assertive on ball defender…Weakside needs more focus