The Summer Kick-Off was an invite-only all-girls open run hosted by 2Smooth Hoops & Graphics started by the rising young coaching star, Ayshia Scott. She is very well connected with some of the top high school and collegiate talent in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas. The open run featured some of the top collegiate and high school talent in the Pee Dee Area! The open run was well put together and was perhaps some of the most competitive basketball I’ve seen this year. Here are the top high school and collegiate players that really stood out as I sat courtside:
6’0 Ceyda Yucel ‘21 of Trinity Collegiate showed her ability to really score the ball from the midrange and paint. She had great footwork as she displayed a full arsenal of moves to score the ball around the rim. Along with her ability to score inside, she also showcased her ability to be very effective from the midrange; she even shot the ball with range that extended to the three. I was most impressed with her ability to use her body and strength to carve out space in the paint and be a great rebounder. Being an unsigned senior, she has the chance to be a great steal for a college program looking to finish up their 2021 recruiting class.
5’8 Chase Hayes ‘21 of Trinity Collegiate is another unsigned senior who has a chance to be a high-level steal for a college program. Coming off a great high school season being named Co-Player of the year for her region and named to the SCISA 3A State Tournament team, she picked right up where she left off. She showed her ability to be a quality rebounder who also has the ability to push the ball in transition. She operated very well in the open court, attacking the rim and finishing with contact. She also shot the ball well from three off the catch. While her jumper can become more consistent, her skillset and potential is undeniable. She has a chance to be a great last-minute pickup, college coaches should definitely get her before it’s too late.
Coker University women’s team was well represented at the open run. Those girls really came out and played hard and showed how good they really were. On the cusp of greatness, Coker has a chance to be a dominant force in the SAC within the coming years.
5’9 Jr. Saquita Joyner was by far the most impressive player in the gym. She has a unique skill set that allows her to attack a defense in an abundance of ways. Her ability to score from all three levels was on full display. She has a unique combination of skill, athleticism, and footwork that allowed her to be unstoppable. Defensively, she stays in front of ball-handlers while also being versatile and defending the post. She does a great job of boxing out and rebounding out of her area. Already having a major role for the Lady Cobras, she will see that role increase as she will be a vital part of their success moving forward. As she continues to develop her game, there is no doubt in my mind that she has a chance to make money playing basketball.
5’4 Jr. Ahlea Myers was a super crafty guard who could absolutely score the ball from everywhere on the floor. She has phenomenal ball skills that allowed her to get to her spots with ease and create scoring opportunities for both herself and her teammates. She utilized her speed and change of pace to be extremely effective in pick and roll situations and in transition as she served as a scorer and facilitator in both scenarios. Being the Cobras leading scorer last year, she will look to continue to lead the offensive attack for them moving forward.
5’11 Sr. Emily Davis really showcased her ability to be a high-level shooter. She does a great job of hiding behind the defense and finding gaps where she can catch and shoot. She has a smooth and quick release that allows her to get her shot off with minimal space. Along with her shooting ability, she also displayed the ability to be aggressive when attacking the basket. She did a terrific job of keeping defenders guessing as she could score in a variety of ways. Defensively, she is long and quick on her feet which allows her to be a versatile defender. Being the Cobras second-leading scorer and now coming back for her last year, she will look to continue her leadership on and off the court; She will have to step up even more to ensure a successful season. With her height, length, and natural shooting ability, she is another player who I believe can definitely make money playing basketball.
6’0 Jr. Hope Richardson was by far the best athlete in the gym. She possesses all the physical tools to dominate inside the paint. She utilizes a combination of strength and physicality to simply overpower defenders as she scores with ease and through contact in the paint. She has a great motor that allows her to rebound the ball at a very high level. Defensively, she used her length and athleticism to protect the paint and block a ton of shots. She does a great job of running the floor and finishing in transition; she has even dunked in-game a few times this past year. As she continues to develop her low post game, she has a chance to be one of the more dominant post players in Division 2 basketball. Eager to watch her develop and become the dominant player she has the potential to be!