As we continue to count down the days to November, it means we are getting ever so closer to yet another exciting season of high school girls basketball across South Carolina.
Many of the star players that will make said season happen were on hand at the SCBCA Girls Elite Camp this past Saturday afternoon. A large number of standouts made the trip to North Charleston for an event that was to take place last week but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Ian.
Among those who turned in noteworthy outings in the Lowcountry were juniors who made their presences felt in the form of a paint presence.
Fisher has seen statistical improvement from her freshman season to her sophomore campaign in 2021-22. She played in 25 games last season and averaged 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for a Red Foxes team that qualified for the 4A playoffs before running into the perennial juggernaut that is North Augusta. With her scoring and rebounding capabilities, Fisher is a double-double threat on a game-by-game basis. Fisher also makes things difficult for opposing ball carriers looking to score in the interior with her shot blocking and uses every bit of her height to her advantage – particularly in the frontcourt.
Hayes may get somewhat overlooked at the 3A Hurricanes because of the success of Coastal Carolina commit, but she showcased why Wren indeed poses depth in the frontcourt. Defensively is where Hayes can really impress as she makes it difficult to score near the basket. She can come through with emphatic blocks that can have opposing teams think twice before attempting to penetrate to the rim. Hayes also stands out as an offensive player as well who puts plenty of points on the board. She stands at 5-foot-11 and took to the court in 26 games last season for Wren.
Travel-wise, Young has previously spent her spring and summer months on the AAU circuit with North Carolina-based Lady Gems. She is a hard worker and certainly thrives as a low post presence. Working for position in the interior is another hallmark of Young’s overall game. She has no problem playing the game and position on contact which can give her opportunities at the free throw line. Young plays primarily with her back to the basket as well. She averaged a double-double last season with 10 points and 12.7 rebounds in the 21 matchups she was part of with the 5A Vikings.
As the defending champion 5A Bearcats embrace its new look following the litany of changes they underwent last season, Wildy looks to be an interior presence for the upcoming two renditions of Rock Hill. She first wore the Bearcats colors as part of its junior varsity team before working her way up to the varsity team. Wildy sets herself up with regularity to haul in offensive rebounds in case one of her teammates misses a try at the basket. She is a gifted rim attacker that can be counted on to convert on high-percentage shot opportunities. She stays one step ahead of who she is guarding as a defender and that allows her to intercept passes to create transition opportunities.
Prep Girls Hoops has seen plenty of Ezell during the offseason. She participated at the Top 250 Expo at the John T. Rhodes Sports Center in Myrtle Beach and at coach Jackie Carson’s camp at Furman University. Ezell also plays softball and spent her AAU ball with FCA Eagles 2024 which participated on the Prep Girls Hoops Circuit’s 2022 Triumph Region. She can grab rebounds on both ends of the floor in addition to hitting short jump shots. Ezell is an efficient screen setter and is a playmaker when the ball is not in her hands. She can score at-will and has no problems drawing contact that can give her opportunities at the free throw line.
Humphrey may not be as on fans’ radars the way other notables on the 5A Vikings roster are, but she displayed on Saturday that perhaps she needs to be. Humphrey took to the court last season in 25 games for a much-improved Spring Valley team last season. Upside has been one of the words to constantly describe Humphrey’s play. Her length can come in handy particularly on defense and particularly when she looks to disrupt an opposing team’s passing lanes. The versatile Humphrey can play productive minutes either in the backcourt as a guard or in the frontcourt as a forward.