Alyssa Barnard
Alyssa Barnard; Class of 2021 Damonte Ranch HS

Posted On: 10/20/20 1:48 PM

Grassroots basketball events have been popping up all over the country recently with high school basketball still relatively postponed, and this weekend Reno, NV played host to the BallNGems Fall Showcase.

The two-day event featured some of the top talent from the Northern California area as well as players from neighboring areas such as Washington and Nevada. Each class was well represented from 2021 all the way down to 2025/26. I attended the event both Sat Oct. 17 and Sun Oct. 18. Here's a look at some of the top players from the class of 2021 that I saw:

1 Akaiyah Johnson - Ronald E. McNair HS (Stockton, CA)

What impressed me the most about this incoming senior was her ability to make the right reads/plays. Often times, you see players force the issue whether it's a pass, a shot, etc. Johnson is patient, she takes her time and reads the defense well. In the halfcourt, she looks for, and finds her teammates. She has the ability to play both point guard and shooting guard.

2 Iyonna Gomez - McQueen HS (Reno, NV)

Iyonna Gomez
Iyonna Gomez; Class of 2021

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