Nike Girls EYBL session one tipped off in Hampton, VA this past weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. Here are my top 5 players based on my personal observations from Sunday’s slate of contests.
Samantha Brunelle, Fairfax Stars 2019
There is probably nothing about Brunelle, the number one player in ESPN’s class of 2019 rankings, that hasn’t already been stated. This weekend, Brunelle’s overall skill set was on display. Freshman teammate Azzi Fudd was clearly the team’s number one option on offense, and for good reason. Instead, Brunelle managed to pick her spots on the offensive end. The Notre Dame commit has a smooth jumper that she is comfortable letting go from the perimeter. Brunelle is a primitive stretch-four in the modern game. Along with Fudd, Fairfax will be incredibly tough to stop on the offensive end this summer.
Azzi Fudd, Fairfax Stars 2021
Coming into this weekend, the nation’s top freshman had developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the players to watch on the circuit this summer. Fudd was efficient against Team Takeover in the 17u Platinum division final, going 7 of 12 from the field, including a pair of triples, as Fairfax took home a 63-56 win. Equally impressive was Fudd’s 10 for 11 performance from the free-throw line. The freshman knows exactly how to pick her spots on offense. Fudd also tallied 29 points in the Stars’ win against Iowa Attack and top-ranked class of 2020 prospect Caitlin Clark. Already holding substantial recruiting interest heading into her freshman campaign, Fudd is a prospect that will surely be a hot name in the recruiting circles this summer.
Ashley Owusu, BWSL 2019
Prior to suffering an injury late in BWSL’s loss to the NJ Sparks, Owusu was showing why she’s one of the top class of 2019 prospects in the country, displaying an individual skill set that will assuredly translate to the next level. Playing on a BWSL team with a point guard in Jada Walker (2021) who can slide over to the shooting guard position, Owusu’s playmaking abilities were on display against the Sparks, finishing with five assists. The 5-foot-9 guard is an extremely tough cover one-on-one. Owusu, a University of Maryland commit, can also knock down shots from all over the court, although she was off from behind the arc against the Sparks. Owusu will certainly be one of the top players on the circuit this summer.
Angel Reese, Team Takeover 2020
Reese, has incredible size and used it well in Takeover’s loss to the Fairfax Stars, finishing with 23 points and nine rebounds. One of the top-ranked sophomores in the country, she nearly led Takeover to a late comeback after falling behind by double digits at the half. Reese, ranked 11th in the country by ESPN, totaled 31 points and 31 rebounds in Takeover’s wins over Colorado Premier and team Elite.
Michelle Sidor, NJ Sparks 2019
Sidor finished as the game’s leading scorer with 23 points in the Sparks’ win over BWSL. Sidor knocked down a trio of long range shots as the Sparks stayed within the striking distance in the second half. Sidor is a tough guard that can score in a variety of ways, but namely from the perimeter. The 5-foot-7 guard can really stroke it from deep. A three-star recruit by ESPN, Sidor has already committed to Michigan.
Other players of note:
Jada Boyd, BWSL 2019
Mir McClean, Team Takeover 2020
Mariah Perez, NJ Sparks 2019
Kaelynn Satterfield, NJ Sparks 2019
written by Jamaar Hawkins
Area hoops fans were treated to a postseason snack with the inaugural Hampton Roads All-Star Classic tipping off this past Sunday at Norfolk Christian Upper School. The event, powered by Under Armour and hosted by JARCAM Hoops, featured four, exhilarating contests displaying the immense amount talent in the Hampton Roads area.
Class of 2022 prospect Dajon Dawson (Ruffner MS) earned MVP honors of the Future Game, leading Team Blue to a thrilling win to open the All-Star Classic. Dawson, who finished with a game-high 24 points, is a crafty guard that can score on all levels. The 8th grader will definitely be a prospect to watch as he heads to the high school level.
Next up was the Rising Stars contest featuring some of the area’s top class of 2020 and 2021 prospects. Maury High School sophomore Clarence Rupert earned the MVP award, leading Team Red with 19 points. Rupert, at 6-foot-5, is a versatile wing that showed the ability to step out to the perimeter and knock down shots during the Rising Stars Game.
Grassfield senior Reagan Jackson earned her second Most Valuable Player award of the weekend, leading Team Blue over Team Red in the Senior Girls Game. Jackson, a First-Team all-state selection this past season, remains one of the top unsigned class of 2018 prospects in Hampton Roads after averaging 18.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.9 steals during the high school season. Bethune Cookman signee Camary Harris (Kings Fork) added 13 points for Team Blue.
In the final contest of the day, Green Run’s Ashley James led Team Red to victory earning MVP honors. James, should pick up some recruiting interest this summer after a strong junior season with the Stallions.
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The inaugural Hampton Roads All-Star Classic will take place this Sunday, March 25 at Norfolk Christian Upper School. The event will feature four, exciting all-star games featuring top talent from the Hampton Roads area.
Kicking off the Hampton Roads All-Star Classic will be the Futures Game for boys in grades 6-8. Following the Futures Game, spectators will be treated to a Rising Stars contest which will feature freshman and sophomore boys. A girls contest highlighting class 0f 2018 prospects will precede the JARCAM Showcase game that will headline the event. The JARCAM Showcase game will be played using a 30-second shot clock, which will help introduce college rules to the graduating seniors.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. All-day passes will be available for $10. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a look at the full lineup for Sunday’s Hampton Roads All-Star Classic:
Boys Futures Game, 12:00 p.m.
Boys Rising Stars Game, 1:30 p.m.
Senior Girls Game, 3:00 p.m.
JARCAM Showcase Game, 4:30 p.m