This is the 2nd of two articles covering the annual Lake Hamilton Classic Tournament played over 5 days last week. As I viewed the competition of this event there were many newcomers I have not seen play. The following is a list of the top newcomers that got my attention;
Nancy Coffman 5’10” F 2023 Lake Hamilton H.S.-Nancy moved from Oregon last summer and has made an immediate impact on her team. She is an excellent rebounder, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Offensively she roams the paint for post-up opportunities. She’ll need to play big for Lake Hamilton to make the playoffs this season.
Finley Daniel 5’7″ SG 2025 Little Rock Christian Academy-This sophomore has the potential to make a huge impact on her high school team’s success this year. She plays an important role in that she can draw the double team away from her teammates. She can get up and down the floor, shoot from the arc, and play help defense in the transition game.
A.J. Jackson 5’7″ SG 2025 Little Rock Christian Academy-A.J. is a “bookend” to Finley Daniels. This duo can play havoc on their opponents because they are identical in their skill sets. A.J. can run the floor and be very aggressive on defense. She’s very athletic and will also be an important piece throughout the season.
Kyabra Lomax 5’7″ SG 2024 Hot Springs H.S.-Kyabra is a very athletic swing guard, but she can also help at the point guard position as well. Kyabra is a shooter. She’ll work hard on the offensive end to look for catch-and-shoot opportunities. Defensively her footwork is excellent in clogging up passing lanes in their zone.
Kylah Pearcy 5’8″ SG 2026 Greenwood H.S.-Just a freshman, Kylah’s basketball IQ is impressive. She has unbelievable confidence when she puts it on the floor and attacks the rim. Right or left hand. She has no problem stepping up and shooting the three-ball as well. Her ceiling is very high. However, she needs to get stronger to expand her game. The sky is the limit for this young athlete.
Bella Rogers 5’11” F 2025 Little Rock Christian Academy-This is the third of a very athletic trio of sophomores that I’ve listed at Little Rock Christian Academy. Throw these three in with freshman Whitley Rogers, mentioned in my previous Lake Hamilton Classic-Tournament Standouts article, and the potential for this Warriors squad is unbelievable. Bella has the length and size to control the paint. She needs to work on the weak side hand and also strengthen her upper body. But the game is already there to help lead this team to several years of highly competitive basketball.
Brooklyn Woolsey 5’6″ SG 2024 Greenwood H.S.-Brooklyn has a ton of talent. She’s smart with the ball, plays excellent defense, and does most everything exceptionally well. Her skills are somewhat overshadowed by the level of talent on this Bulldog squad. Greenwood is deep. But if you look closely, Brooklyn fills in the gaps to make her high school team that good. She does the dirty work. She’s probably the most unselfish player on the team.
All of these young ladies have the potential to expand their games and make immediate impacts on their high school teams. Some will be high-profile athletes in the very near future.