California Championship highlights - Bishop O'Dowd ends Windward's 32 game win streak to snag the State Title.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The prize of the Class of 2014 has been scooped up – Jordin Canada of Windward will go to UCLA, and even a loss to Bishop O’Dowd in the California Open Division finals couldn’t dim Canada’s luster. Sure, it would be nice if she went left a little more, and if she had more faith in her jump shot, but those are nitpicks. She’s a great young player, and will help keep UCLA in the national rankings during her time there.
Obviously, there was a lot of other talent on display during the six championship games over the weekend, and here’s a look at players from the nine teams who weren’t at the NorCal Regionals March 16.
Zoe Correal, 6-4 post, Salesian
Correal is a legit 6-4, with a solid build, but she is far from a polished post at this stage of her development. She runs well, and can get off the ground, but is not an offensive presence . Still, she’s will definitely attract D-I attention due to her above average athleticism for her size.
Hannah Johnson, 6-1 post, Alemany
Johnson is a strong inside presence who has a big first step and solid post skills. She didn’t show much of a perimeter game, which could limit her against taller players in college, but she likes to mix it up and is very good on the boards. She’s agile and quick off the ground, and has a good feel for the game.
Priscilla Lopez, 5-8 guard, Lynwood
Lopez is here to shoot it, and she’s got a good stroke with the strength to create space. She’ll have to round out her game with improved ballhandling and defense, but shooters are always welcome in a game that has become more and more focused on getting to the rim and out-athleting the other team.
Jada Matthews, 6-0 junior post, Long Beach Poly
Matthews is a post with a medium build with a nice touch and more skills than most posts possess. That said, she would be an undersized four, both in height and weight, in college, and though she shows a good feel for the game, adding a three-point shot would round out her game.
Mariya Moore, 6-0 wing, Salesian
Based on high school production, Moore is one of the best 2014s in the country. She is tall, strong, skilled and rises to the occasion. She can score inside and out, sees the court, and has worked hard to develop her game. The only question is her position in college: Is she quick enough to defend threes, or will she have to be an undersized four? Either way, she’s going to be a very good player – the only difference will be whether she’s an all-American or merely all-conference.
Macchiati Smith, 5-7 guard, Windward
Smith, like most of her Windward teammates, struggled with her outside shot against Bishop O’Dowd, but she’s a good all-around player and a superior rebounder for her size and should find a home at a mid-major. It would help if she could play the point, but she won’t get that chance on a team with Jordin Canada.
Geanna Summers-Lualu, 5-7 guard, Sacred Heart Cathedral
An athletic high-motor player, Summers-Lualu can finish with either hand and shoot the three. She’s long but slender, but seems more suited at the two than the one, which may be a problem due to her height.
Kennedy Burke, 6-0 wing, Sierra Canyon
Burke is spectacularly good -- very athletic, long and, quick off the ground. She can work inside and get to the line, and is a gifted shotblocker. She shoots threes, and has a step-back three to go with a midrange jumper, though she clearly favors going left (even though she’s righthanded). She has good hands defensively and can defend on the perimeter – oh, and she brings the ball up too and is an accurate passer. Burke is a big-time player with an unlimited future.
A’shanti Coleman, 6-0 post, Sacred Heart Cathedral
A long and slender post, Coleman can block shots, but needs to more of a presence on the boards. Didn’t show much of an offensive game.
Marissa Hing, 5-1 point guard, Pinewood
Hing has everything but size. A fiery floor leader who can defend, shoot threes and finishes, she’s going to give a D-2 or D-3 program an extremely good point guard.
Tania Lamb, 5-6 guard, Long Beach Poly
The smallish Lamb is explosive to the hoop, especially to her left. She’s strong and jumps well, and also shoots threes.
Cheyanne Wallace, 5-11 forward, Sierra Canyon
Wallace is very comfortable in the paint, and gets everything out of her 5-11 height. She’s strong and skilled, but is undersized for a D-1 college power forward, but might be able to make it work. She also is a good shotblocker, but needs a perimeter game to shine at the next level.
Genessa Bedoya, 5-6 point guard, Alemany
Bedoya is an excellent ballhandler who, unlike many young point guards, will get rid of the ball quickly if the situation calls for it. She has a small frame, however, and will need to work on her strength as time goes on. She has a good three-point stroke, though the release is low.
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