Posted On: 06/3/20 6:06 PM
This is the third article in a series of posts looking at players of specific teams that competed at this past weekend’s Get Back on the Court tournament. It was hosted by Mid America Youth Basketball (MAYB) at locations throughout Wichita. A sold out field of 94 teams consisting of boys and girls tournaments of all levels attended. There were two sections of high school girls action, 11th-12th grade girls and 9th-10th grade girls. Previous articles looked at the 9th-10th grade squads of KS Dream Team and Missouri Insanity. In this article we look at the players of a 11th-12th grade team, Next Level Eclipse - Holmes.
Kennedy NicholsonKennedyNicholson5'7" | CGEisenhower | 2021StateKS, 5’7", SG, Eisenhower, 2021 -- Nicholson showed good range and flow on the three point shot off the catch. Good perimeter shooter who gets the shot off quickly.
Kyla FrenchersKylaFrenchers5'6" | PGMaize | 2022StateKS, 5’6", PG, Maize, 2022 -- Frenchers has quick hands that she puts to use on both ends. A "runs the show" kind of point guard who can make quick, hard, catchable passes.
Daysha Ogunbiyi, 5'7", SF, Wichita Northwest, 2021 -- Ogunbiyi played some power forward but is best suited as a small forward. She has a nose for the offensive rebound. Sydney HolmesSydneyHolmes5'9" | CGMaize | 2021StateKS, 5’9", W, Maize, 2021 -- Holmes does a solid job dropping into the paid from the weak side to help on drives. She also boxes well on the perimeter and showed strength on rebounds. Karenna GerberKarennaGerber6'0" | PFHalstead | 2021StateKS, 6’0", PG, Halstead, 2021 -- Gerber showed the ability to score in a variety of ways, using her strength and aggression well. Able to gather a rebound and go end-to-end, turning her work into an advantage break, and do so quickly. Grace PyleGracePyle5'10" | SGMcPherson | 2021StateKS, 5’10", SG, McPherson, 2021 -- Pyle continued to show her diverse skill set and ability to play a variety of position on both ends. Showed good ability to run the point. Jennifer JacobsJenniferJacobs6'0" | SFKapaun Mt. Carmel | 2021StateKS, 6’2", PF, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, 2021 -- Jacobs transitions well, can hit the mid-range jumper, and improved her athleticism. If she gets stronger and plays more physically on both ends, with her length and diverse skill set she will be a huge match-up problem. Janaya WashingtonJanayaWashington5'5" | CGReno County Home School | 2021StateKS, 5’5", CG, Reno County Home School, 2021 -- Washington showed strong handles including effective use of a change of pace dribble at the top of the offense to create opportunities. She also showed quickness on the defensive end as well. Emilia NworieEmiliaNworie6'4" | CSunrise Christian Academy | 2021KS, 6’5", C, Sunrise Christian Academy, 2021 -- Nworie Has substantially improved in the 18 months. She showed some quickness versus the dribble and an ability to extend her defense to the corner. She also runs well in transition. While she can gather the athletic rebound Nworie needs to get stronger, consistently show a mid-range offensive game especially from the high post, finish consistently in transition, and keep working on her back-to-basket game. Featured photo: Next Level Eclipse 2021 Holmes team photo from MAYB Get Back on the Court, Wichita. Front, left to right, Kennedy NicholsonKennedyNicholson5'7" | CGEisenhower | 2021StateKS, Kyla FrenchersKylaFrenchers5'6" | PGMaize | 2022StateKS, and Janaya WashingtonJanayaWashington5'5" | CGReno County Home School | 2021StateKS. Back, Sydney HolmesSydneyHolmes5'9" | CGMaize | 2021StateKS, Emilia NworieEmiliaNworie6'4" | CSunrise Christian Academy | 2021KS, Jennifer JacobsJenniferJacobs6'0" | SFKapaun Mt. Carmel | 2021StateKS, Karenna GerberKarennaGerber6'0" | PFHalstead | 2021StateKS, Grace PyleGracePyle5'10" | SGMcPherson | 2021StateKS, and Daysha Ogunbiyi. Photo by Robert Kelly.