Saturday, December 8th, 2018 – Chicago, IL
There were many prospects to evaluate in this match-up between Whitney Young and Proviso East in the 2018 ChiTown Showdown. There were multiple players on both teams that showed a lot of skill and athleticism.
First Half Game Recap
Whitney Young’s defensive pressure forced turnovers that led to uncontested scoring opportunities early and #4 Kayla Green – Whitney Young had a hand in most of the plays. The Dolphins jumped out to a 17-8 lead to end the first quarter. Proviso East opened up the second quarter in a 3-2 zone to slow down Whitney Young’s attack and put #32 Keyra Calhoun – Proviso East at point to help manage the pressure. The change to zone didn’t help the Pirates as they continued to struggle against the Dolphin press. Kayla Green ended the quarter with two straight three-pointers then assisted to #13 Kyla Jones – Whitney Young, who knocked down a three at the halftime buzzer. The lead stretched to 42-18 at halftime.
Second Half Game Recap
Proviso East switched back to half court man defense after the break, however Whitney Young’s man and 1-2-2 zone presses were too much to overcome. Do to the cold start of Proviso East and the large lead throughout the game, the most fascinating aspect of this game turned out to be the many talented players who showcased their skills:
Whitney Young Prospects
#3 Timia Ware, 5’6 Guard, 2021,@_JellyFamT, Mac Irvin Lady Fire AAU – showed that she is a play-making point guard that can facilitate and score as needed. Ware showed a smooth mid-range jump shot. She played a step ahead, anticipating the next play, also hit teammates before they knew they were open and came from nowhere for steals. She was the best ball handler and passer in the game. Ware finished with 11 points.
#4 Kayla Green, 5’6 Guard, 2020, @KayGreen_4 Mac Irvin Lady Fire AAU – explosive scoring guard who led all scorers in the game with 23 points. She has had multiple 20+ point games for the Dolphins this season. Green can score on all three levels. She loves the mid range pull-up jump shot, and is also an excellent spot up three-point shooter. This exciting combo guard can score and defend with the best of them.
#13 Kyla Jones, 5’9, Guard/Forward, 2019, @kyla2jones Mac Irvin Lady Fire AAU – announced offers from Syracuse and Buffalo on her twitter page. She can play around the basket and on the perimeter. She is also a strong ball handler, and uses her left hand very well to make layups. Jones makes three-point shoes and is a very good passer. Most importantly, she just makes the right play basketball play each time down the floor. Jones finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
#24 Brooklyn Fort-Davis, 5’11, Forward, 2019, @lovebrookieee, Mac Irvin Lady Fire AAU – very active, “Do-it-all” player. Fort-Davis says she plans to sign in April. She has received one scholarship offer from Chicago State. Her recruitment is ongoing. She ran the floor, rebounded, moved the ball to the right spots, defended, finished in the paint, and blocked shots. She is an underrated player who makes significant contributions to her team. Fort-Davis finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists.
#33 Kennedy Herrel, 6’0, Forward, 2020 – shot blocker who can rebound and defend in the paint, hit the 15 footer, very mobile and athletic in Whitney Young’s press defense and against bigger interior players. Herrel finished with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
Proviso East Prospects
#30 Jaliyah Davis, 5’6, Guard, 2020, Chicago Hoops Express AAU – quick lefty ball handling combo guard, floor general, got teammates in correct spots, when defenders aren’t careful she’ll blows by going to the left. 13 points, 4 rebounds.
#32 Keyra Calhoun, 5’8, Forward, 2019, Chicago Hoops Express AAU – can be a very dominant player against all levels of competition, she is also a fierce competitor! After a slow start, Calhoun got it rolling and was one of the most talented players on the floor. She’s a very good free-throw shooter, excellent rebounder, ball-handler, passer, and scorer off the dribble. She is the type of aggressive playmaker coaches love. She took over the game at times, but the point deficit was just too much to overcome. Calhoun finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds.
Most Intriguing Prospect:
#34 Cameren Williams, 6’3, Forward, 2020, @camwillixms34, Whitney Young – the ESPN 18th nationally ranked 4 star prospect did not play in the game and the reason is unknown. It has been reported by multiple twitter sources that she has offers from Michigan, Illinois, Marquette, and Alabama among others…
By Tyler Leighton, Prep Girls Hoops Contributor @CoachL8N