Lady’s perform at the John Lucas Top 160 Elite Invitational
By: Reginald Burke (Bay Area Hoops)
Houston, TX – The 2018 John Lucas Top 160 Elite Invitational returns to the MI3 Center after being postponed one year ago due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. After the storm passes, things will get brighter and this year The JLE Top 160 Camp was LIT!
The fact that BAH drove from Tampa to Houston is evidence that the JLE Top 160 CAMP is significant. John Lucas is one of the most respected basketball figures (Boys or Girls) today; his events speak volumes.
Separation is always key and the Top 160 sets itself apart from all other events. All aspects of this event are strategically formatted, and the camp’s structure is disciplined. It’s a family camp, parents are more than spectators at the event, there are informational sessions for parents. The participants received training, mentoring and a challenge that is extraordinary. When you come to a John Lucas Event come ready to learn, play and bring a working mindset; YOU WILL WORK nothing here will be simple.
BAH observes all parts of an event: from drills, staff involvement, games, a player’s engagement with other teammates, and more. While watching we saw some good players. The was a range of talent in the gym; there were players who are not on the radar YET, to players who are known and already committed or who have not signed letters of intent. Here’s what we got to see:
2020 6’2” Madison Scott, Bishop McNamara (MD) athletic wing with some PG qualities. She’s able to lead by example, ball handling is superb for her size, agile and can get to the basket. Scott can score in multiple ways from slashing to creating off a triple threat. Reminds us of a Micheal Beasley or Seimone Augustus when she starts to attack the basket. Nice Prospect!
2021 6’4” F Jillian Hollingshead, Holy Innocents Episcopal School at an early stage can maximizes her length, show on weak side help by altering shots and become a defensive impact. Hollingshead plays her role well but can open up her game with some more shooting. Hollingshead is a player a team always needs.
2019 6’0” F Koi Love, Miami Country Day (FL) was all over the court. Love is a basketball player who just knows where to be on the floor. Doesn’t take plays off and always looking to be a factor. She is in shape and prepared for 4th quarters. Maybe the most aggressive all around player we saw and on or off the ball she gets results!
2021 Paige Lyons, Wesleyan School (GA) is a hard to guard for most great defenders because of her speed and quickness. Great lateral movements, quick 1st step and recovers fast defensively. However, she has to limit her mistakes when running have court sets.
2020 6’3” Angel Reese, St. Francis (MD) is something special! Great ball control in transition, lengthy and can get to the rim. Would like to see her become more vocal has she assumes leadership roles. One of the top performers there.
2019 5’11” Ashley Owusu, Paul IV (VA) is amazing! The Maryland Terps commit is loaded with skill! Moves well in tight situations. Owusu is elite and dominant, a true walking BUCKET. You can expect the unexpected with her!
2020 G Diamond Johnson, Neumann-Goretti (PA) finds a way to score! Watched her drop 17 out of the teams 21 pts with no problem. Silent killer that will put baskets together. She knows when to be effective plus plays with an extremely high IQ.
2020 Laila Blair, Waller HS (TX) can put plays together with the use of her creative ball handling. Blair is a aggressive guard when entering into the paint and extending her dribble. Blair shoots the ball well from deep. Hope she can continue to focus on being a defensive leader to go with her offensive arsenal.
2019 6’1” F Hevynne Bristow, Brooklyn Comm. Arts & Media (NY) showed a great work ethic. Bristow abilities to dribble from the perimeter and finish made her stand out. Creating her own shot at her size by over powering defenders in her path was impressive. HARD WORKER with potential!
2023 5’9” Chloe Clardy, Conway HS (AR) is very active, shows a ton of effort on both sides off the court. Ceilings are high with her being so young. Clardy has room to expand on her shot and polish up her game. Clearly a person of interest. Watch her grow!
2022 6’3” Janiah Barker, Tampa Bay Tech(FL) can be a strong presence in the paint, can be a sizable stretch 4 that can put it on the floor. We we watched Barker run full court 1 on 1 attacking drills and she looked very comfortable handling the ball. Placed with the right backcourt, Barker can really standout.
2022 5’10” G Olivia Delancy, Lakewood HS (FL) is quickly improving. Delancy is strong and plays the passing lanes. Shooting and defense stood out this weekend.
2021 5’9” G Knisha Godfrey, Tampa Bay Tech (FL) is eye catching. A versatile Combo Guard that makes plays. Another one to watch!
2019 6’1” G Jayla James, Riverdale Baptist School (MD) (Penn State Commit) has the physical aspect and size. Finishes through defenders.
2019 6’3” F Tayianna McGee-Pleasant, Tascosa HS (TX) an uncommitted talent who makes offensive players uncomfortable, a do it all player and will give 110%
2022 6’1” Amiya Evans, Tampa Bay Tech (FL) has the potential and tools to be good. Displays a good work ethic, makes use of her size to be effective and can get to the rim.
2020 5’9” G Deja Kelly, Duncunville (TX) was a solid PG. Doesn’t force issues especially in a half court but needs to stay aggressive when needed.
2022 6’2” F Mila Reynolds, South Bend Washington (IN) displays consistency offensively and her mid range pull-up can be extremely effective.
2022 5’11” G Mwenentanda Ndjakalenga , Sioux Falls, (SD) can be dangerous when running in transition. Showed she can produce and be a go to option in a fast paced offense.
2021 5’7” Kayla McPherson, Madison Co. HS (GA)
2022 5’10” Myka Perry, Norman HS (OK)
2020 6’0” Avery Brittingham, Crowley HS (TX)
2020 5’8” Heaven Figueroa, The Lawrenceville School (NY)
2022 6’0” Jade Rutledge, Cardinal O’Hara (NY)
2019 6’0” Brown Turner, Bishop McNamara (MD)
2020 5’11” Mir McLean, Roland Park Country (MD)
2019 6’1” Katie Estell, St. Francis (GA)
2021 5’6” Jada Walker, Highland Spring HS (VA)
2020 6’1” Caitlin McGee, Scandelwood HS (FL)
2019 5’7” McKinzie Green, Manvel HS (TX)
2021 5’8” Jayla Oden, McDonogh School (MD)
2022 5’8” Dayuna Colvin, North Cobb HS (GA)
2021 5’10” Jillian Brown, East Grand Rapids (MI)
2020 6’2” Amirah Abdul-Rahim, St. Francis (GA)
2020 6’2” Nabaweeyah McGill, Carrollwood Day (FL)
2020 6’2” Helena Roe, Hartfield Academy (MS)
2019 6’3” Javan Nicholson, Collins Hills (GA)
2020 5’10’ AC Carter, Wesleyan (GA)
2020 6’4” Khadijah Faye, Florida Prep (FL)
2021 6’2” Isabel Rohlfing, New Covenant Academy (MO)
2019 6’0” Jackia Brown Turner (MD) (NC State commit)
2020 6’4” JeAnna Cunningham, St. Francis Prep (NY)
2020 6’0” Sahara Jones, San Antonio Veterans