The best thing about Erica McCall is the big smile that’s nearly always on her face. The positive attitude of the 6-3 forward is evident in every part of her game. She hustles after loose balls, sprints the floor, takes instruction well and is constantly encouraging her teammates.
“I just want to be the best I can be,” says McCall, who was named the All-Area MVP by the Bakersfield Californian.
D1 Spects' Tournament of Americas should have used the name Tournament of Stars this past Saturday. There were several rising stars showcasing there game in front of lookers such as Utah Jazz star Derrick Favors. The South Atlanta High alumnus was on hand to check out the young talent of both girls and boys. There was many talented young ladies on site, from sixth graders showcasing basketball IQ of high school seniors to junior post players displaying moves that had Favors head shaking. The following players from both Georgia stood out.
ORLANDO, FL - To say the U18 National Team dominated in Thursday’s exhibition game against Brazil would be an understatement. The U.S. held Brazil scoreless until the 7:56 mark of the second quarter en route to a 97-36 victory hosted at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
ORLANDO, FL – From open to close, the U17 World Championship Team put together a dominating performance for a lopsided 80-38 win over Brazil on Thursday night at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
ORLANDO, FL –Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse H.S.), the USA Basketball player of the Year, took over the fourth quarter to lead the U18 National Team to a 73-66 come from behind win over the U17 World Championship Team.
The USA Basketball Training Camp scrimmage featured eight 2012 High School All Americans, and over a dozen players who will likely be 2013 All-Americans. The rare head-to-head competition between the nation’s top talent was definitely entertaining as both teams tuned up for today’s games against Brazil at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.
Memorial Day Weekend, with the exception of April Evaluation Period, is a very busy and exciting couple of days for girls travel ball. There is a multitude of tournaments spanning across the country. I decided to split my time between two in particular the Adidas Memorial Day Showcase in Franklin, Tenn and the Alabama AAU State Championships in Birmingham, Ala. There were many very talented players in grades ranging from 6-11. The following players from both events caught my eye with noteworthy performances.
U17 PHOTO GALLERY --Over a three day period 33 talented young ladies competed at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. for twelve spots on the 2012 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team. The Women's Developmental National Team Committee had a tough job in hand especially considering that all twelve members returned from the gold medal winning 2011 FIBA Americans U16 Championships.
Three players who didn't make the U17 World Championship Team found redemption today when their number was called for the U18 National Team. Allisha Gray (Washington County HS), Kendall Cooper (St. Anthony H.S.) and Jannah Tucker (New Town H.S.) all survived an even stiffer group of competition to make the U18 National Team roster of 12.
The final roster for the 2012 U17 World Championship Team has been set with a mix of experience and first time players.
"It feels great; I’m really excited", said Kai James (William T Dwyer High School) who is one of five first time players on the squad. "It’s very surprising. It shows that all your work, your hard work in the gym, it pays off."
We all envy 16- and 17-year-olds for how efficiently their bodies function. They eat everything, they sleep like proverbial logs, they recover from minor injuries almost instantaneously, and their bounceback time from a game is maybe an hour.
As I tell my high school players when they complain about wind sprints, “You’re in the prime of your life. You can complain when you get old.”