MORGANTOWN, NC -- The Super Saturday Jamboree hosted by Freedom High School in Morgantown, North Carolina was chocked full of talented teams from the Tar Heel State as well as South Carolina and Florida. There were 24 teams in the pre-season jamboree, all trying to tune up before the regular season gets under way, of those two dozen the following teams made the biggest impression a long with a few individual players.
Carolina Day School - Ashville, NC
Carolina Day has a trio of good players led by Furman commit Allison Beasley (5'10 guard/wing, 2013). Jackie Carson, the Paladins head coach, would have been proud to see how Allison continuously beat Potter's House pressure by herself with timely passes and heady plays. She plays with tremendous poise, which allows her versatility to really take control of a game, and it doesn't hurt to have teammates like Florida Gulf Coast commit Haley Laughter (5-10 forward, 2013) and Sara Wetter (6'1 post, 2013). Laughter is a deceptive guard/forward with a nice touch around the basket that showed she can step away and hit the 12 footer with consistency. Wetter, who as of now has not committed to any team is the sleeper with a lot of talent and upside. She can play inside and outside and has a decent first step. She defended the post well and did a good job switching on picks to get out on quicker players. Wetter can help the right Division I or II program right now.
Freedom High School - Morgantown, NC
The host school has a couple of impact players who showed throughout the day’s action. They are led by Imani Williams (5-5 point guard, 2013), who plays extremely hard and kept her team in great positions to score, since they don't have a true post presence. Her length and defensive pressure on the opponents point guard will be beneficial for Freedoms success this year. Williams has been receiving attention from Division I and II schools. As for now the post is being commanded by Krissy Surratt (5-10 forward, 2013), who will play guard/forward at the next level. Her strength is her quickness and being able to stretch the defense out to the perimeter with her ball handling ability. Surratt also led the break for Freedom on multiple occasions during the jamboree. I was surprised to hear that she is not receiving much attention from schools but she does have the ability to play at the Division I level.
Myers Park High School - Charlotte, NC
For all you old school wrestling fans Myers Park has their version of the "Four Horse Woman", led by Aliyah Mazyck (5-9 guard, 2015) who was hands down the best player in the building! The versatile guard looks much better with her high school team than when I saw her this summer during the Garden City Classic in Augusta, GA. She took it to her opponents and she got better as the day went on. In Myers Park's game versus Mount Tabor both Mazyck and Celeste Burgess (5-10 wing, 2015) showed out (more on Burgess a little later). UNCG commit India Timpton (5-11 forward, 2013) provides senior leadership that helped her team in different situations throughout the day. Speaking with one coach in attendance we laughed a little after I mentioned how India spoke to every teammate during the game and remembered how quiet she use to be on the court and his response was it's good to see when they grow up. Not to be outdone Sadia Timpton (5-8 guard, 2014) did enough during the jamboree to show that she will be a factor for Myers Park this season. She got to the basket anytime she wanted but has to focus on finishing. She's a decent defender that is scrappy but she's allowed to gamble because of the presence of Rydeiah Rogers (6-2 post, 2015). Miss Rogers is starting to look more comfortable since her playing with the Garner Flames this past summer. She did a good job taking shots within the flow of the offense and by the end of the season I believe that she will be a staple within the offense, forcint teams to pick their poison when facing Myers Park. One of her strong suites is that she can defend the perimeter and is quick enough to get back and cover the paint. This is a must watch team!
Jatarie White, 6-3 center, 2013 - Providence Day
The game is starting to get slower for White. She dominated the paint during the jamboree and also looked good getting up and down the floor. Her mid-range jumper was clicking and now she is putting the ball on the floor with more confidence. It will be tough for Providence Day this year because they graduated a strong guard class and the current roster needs development to get back to the state championship level. If opponents have guards that can apply pressure it will negate the talents of Miss White.
Cameron Nieters, 6-1 forward, 2014- Bishop McGuinness
Cameron has gotten better since I saw her this past summer at the Best of Maryland. She is a player that deserves a second look. She can take you inside out, hit the mid-range jumper and is a better ball handler and passer than people know. Cameron is getting looks from multiple Division I schools. Coach Robinson has the Lady Villains playing at a nice pace before the season starts. They have multiple pieces that will make them a tough out every night.
Celeste Burgess, 5-10 wing, 2015 - Mount Tabor
Celeste is another reason why the 2015 class in North Carolina will garner schools from all over the country to make their way there. She is a player who that can beat you in so many ways; it’s tough to figure which one to talk about first. Her defensive tenacity creates major problems for teams and her length allows her to defend the 1-3 positions. She gets to the hole in a "Dwayne Wade" like fashion and finishes well. Her jump shot is improving and with the hops that she has, it won’t be a problem getting it off. Mount Tabor will go as far as Burgess takes them.
Other Notable players at the Super Saturday Jamboree:
Maya Rogers - 6-2 post, 2016 - Dorman High School, SC
Alexis Armstrong - 5-8 guard, 2013 - Forestview High School, NC
Yazmen Hannah – 5-7 guard, 2015 - Hickory High School, NC
Danasia Witherspoon – 5-8 guard, 2015 - Hickory High School, NC
Tianna Tarter – 5-6 guard, 2014 - Science Hill High School, TN
LaKeisha Gregory – 5-8 guard, 2015 - Science Hill High School, TN
About Derek McKeiver: Derek is the owner of the Tri State Report, a regional recruiting service covering the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia), New York and New Jersey. Derek has been actively involved in the women's game since 2004 when he started coaching with the Maryland Mystics and The Academy of The Holy Cross. He can be reached via email at email@example.com