Posted On: 06/23/20 7:32 PM
This past weekend was my first true venture out of the house since the pandemic slowdown began in mid-March, and it was great to be back in the gym again seeing many coaching friends, parents, and most importantly prospects. It was also the first chance for many of the below teams to open their grassroots season (a handful of teams played in early March before the shutdown). Saturday I headed to Noblesville for the USJN Mid-America Qualifier, while Sunday I was in Fort Wayne for the Gym Rats Summer Tune-Up. I saw a variety of teams, and below is a look at several prospects from the 15U teams I was able to see over that two-day stretch. If a team you follow was there and I didn’t get the opportunity to see them, I will seek them out in the next few weeks.
Indiana Elite Havoc - Tingley
As stated in previous articles this week, the Havoc program is based primarily out of Illinois, but they incorporate a handful of kids from the Terre Haute area. This team is no different, as they have a couple of really nice Hoosier guards. 5-7 combo guard Preslee MichaelPresleeMichael5'7" | CGTerre Haute North Vigo | 2023StateIN (2023) of Terre Haute North Vigo is a wiry strong, fairly athletic, and aggressive guard. She can handle the ball like a point guard and run offense, but she’s such a good shooter/scorer. She is great attacking downhill and getting to the basket, plus she can hit perimeter jumpers and pull-ups. She has a bright future ahead of her. Joining her in the backcourt is 5-7 guard Faith Fleetwood (2023) of Vincennes Lincoln. Faith is a long, slender, but fluid athlete who has good speed and quickness. She can attack the rim straight-line or knock down an open rhythm jumper. As she ages and gains strength, I think her game will naturally improve. 5-11 wing Kendra YoungKendraYoung6'0" | SFParis | 2023StateIL (2023) of Paris High School (IL) stood out to me as well. She was so balanced skillfully, somewhat smooth with the ball in her hands, and she showed a lot of Division-I potential. I also really liked Addie WrightAddieWright6'0" | COakwood | 2023StateIL (2023) of Oakwood High School (IL). She is a strong, physical, and very tough-nosed 6-0 post. She plays with a great deal of energy and is a little mean even. Her ability to control the paint, grab rebounds, and score on the block force defenses to collapse on her. 5-4 point guard Trinity TingleyTrinityTingley5'5" | PGParis | 2023StateIL (2023) of Paris High School (IL) is a joy to watch as well. She’s very quick/fast, shifty, tough-nosed, and feisty. She is a cerebral distributor but also a capable shot-maker offensively, plus she can get after it at the defensive end of the floor. Indy Magic BlueStar - Scott This Indy Magic group is a collection of really nice 2023 prospects, but they’ll be the program’s 16U representative in the BlueStar League, plus they’ll play "up" regularly anyway. Saturday I was most impressed with 5-10 wing Kaleah ToomerKaleahToomer5'10" | SFBen Davis | 2023StateIN (2023) of Ben Davis. She is a long, wiry strong, broad-shouldered athlete with a great deal of potential. She has skill around the perimeter/she can shoot the ball, and she’s tough to stop from getting to the basket. 5-9 guard Kirsten ClarkKirstenClark5'9" | CGBen Davis | 2023StateIN (2023) of Ben Davis is the younger sister of 2018 Indiana All-Star Nia Clark (Xavier University). Kirsten is extremely long, wiry strong, and athletic in most directions. She has a balanced skillset and can play either guard spot, but she looks a little more comfortable scoring it from the wing. I think she can become an elite defender as well. 6-1 post Kelsey DuBoisKelseyDuBois6'1" | CUniversity | 2023StateIN (2023) of University High School is a big, strong, powerfully built front-liner, but she possesses some wing skill too. She can handle it around the perimeter, she’s a consistent shooter to about 17-feet, and she creates mismatch problems away from the rim but is also a problem on the block. I also thought 5-6 Isabella GizziIsabellaGizzi5'6" | PGNew Palestine | 2023StateIN (2023) of New Palestine had some really nice moments. She’s a unique, lefty point guard, she plays with a great deal of energy and toughness, plus she has a nice basketball IQ and overall feel for the game. What I liked the most, is that she makes adjustments throughout games and adapts well. Indy Magic - Scott This group is a more traditional 15U group for the Magic. It was my first time viewing several of these girls, and they have a hard-working squad. The one who stood out the most to me throughout the game I saw was 5-8 guard Emmrey Collinsworth (2023) of Westfield. She is very long, fluidly athletic, and she has really good North/South speed. She will still need to get much stronger, but she showed some skillful tools and has a chance to develop into a nice college prospect. I always enjoy watching 5-5 point guard Kamryn WashingtonKamrynWashington5'5" | PGWarren Central | 2023StateIN (2023) of Warren Central. She is very quick/fast and shifty, plus she has good length. She plays almost a little too fast at times and needs to get stronger, but she can make plays athletically that a lot of other girls just can’t. 5-10 Alexia ColeAlexiaCole5'9" | PFPike | 2023IN (2023) of Indianapolis Pike also has some upside to keep an eye on. She is a broad-shouldered, lengthy, and fairly athletic inside-out combo forward. The biggest thing for her will be figuring out who she is as a player and really working on those strengths. 5-8 forward Alexandria Barr (2023) of Lebanon also caught my eye. She is a nice all-around athlete, she has length and wiry strength, plus she plays with a good motor. I need to see more of what she can do skillfully, but I thought she made a nice first impression. Nike Lady Gym Rats - Walker This Gym Rats group is definitely athletic, and they have a nice collection of guards and forwards. 5-7 point guard RaShunda JonesRaShundaJones5'7" | PGSouth Bend Washington | 2023StateIN (2023) of South Bend Washington has already drawn the attention of several Division-I schools, and for good reason. She is extremely long, quick/fast, and explosive. She changes directions well with the dribble, gets to the basket, and can finish in a variety of ways. She can also be an elite defender on or off the ball. I really like the upside of 5-9 forward MaKaya PorterMaKayaPorter5'9" | PFElkhart Central | 2023StateIN (2023) of the newly consolidated Elkhart High School. She is going to excite college coaches, once they’re able to see her. She is strong, long, and athletic, she plays with a great motor, and she seems very coachable. She is most comfortable in the mid-post right now, but she flashes the skill to make 3-pointers or attack the basket off the bounce. She’ll likely be a power wing long-term. While Ashlynn ShadeAshlynnShade5'10" | CGNoblesville | 2023State#33NationIN (2023) drew a lot of attention at Noblesville this year, and rightfully so, 5-10 power forward Dani MendezDaniMendez5'10" | PFNoblesville | 2023StateIN (2023) is also there and will be very productive for them in the coming years. She is a solid/strong, physical, high-motor kid who plays much bigger than she is. She is more of a rebounder/defender right now, but she’s a nice athlete with good upside. I also enjoyed watching 5-0 point guard Sydne TolbertSydneTolbert5'6" | CGDuPont Manual | 2023StateKY (2023) of DuPont Manual High School (KY). She isn’t very big, but she’s extremely quick/fast and explosive. She is a creator/playmaker offensively, and she’s an absolute pest defensively on the ball.