This mix features the championship game between WC Premier and the Cal Stars, a NorCal vs SoCal match up.
Rancho Cucamonga, Calf. -- The West Coast Premier Spring Invitational is the best May event on the west coast and many Division One coaches wish it were scheduled during the viewing period because the talent level is so high. This year’s event was no different featuring many of the top club teams in the nation such as DFW Elite, NY Gauchos, West Coast Premier, Cal Storm, Cal Sparks, Cal Stars, Florida Essence just to mention a few.
The event showed why California is the #1 producer of girls’ basketball players in the country. The elite eight featured seven California teams and the final four featured all California teams with some of the nation’s best players going head to head. West Coast Premier Black won the top division over Cal Stars 77-52. The Silver bracket championship game ended a tie since both DFW Elite and Cal Swish did not play. The Elite division championship featured Cal Sparks 2015 Blue over San Diego Del Sol, 56-44.
Jordin Canada, 5-6 Point Guard, Cal Sparks
Canada led her team to impressive wins over PBR(TX) and the Wiggins Waves(CA). The game against PBR pitted her against her future teammate UCLA Recee’ Caldwell with the Cal Sparks winning 42-40 in an exciting finish. Canada showed off her ability to drive the lane and score. Though an undersized guard, she has the speed and shooting ability to compete at the highest level.
Recee’ Caldwell, 5-8 Point Guard, PBR
Caldwell played on a combined team with PBR with players from Texas and Missouri. Recee’ not only showed her speed and athleticism but also her court vision and the ability to drive and dish to her teammates.
Monique Billings, 6-3 Forward, West Coast Premier
Billings led her WCP team to the championship with a 43-39 semi-finals win over the Cal Storm in a very close game. At 6-3, she shows great athleticism and ball skills for a post. Her slender frame was not a hindrance in battling inside against the bigger, thicker post players. Her tenacity going after the ball showed why she was one of the leading rebounders in the tournament.
McKenzie Calvert, 5-8 Point Guard, DFW Elite
This future Baylor bear led her team to a win in the 2nd place championship game against Cal Swish. Calvert is a physically strong guard that showed good shooting range and quickness. Baylor is getting a top-notch player.
Lajahna Hammond, 6-2 Forward, Cal Sparks
Hammond is coming off a knee injury last year and appears to be recovering very nicely. Even with her knee, she still was one of the top post players in the tournament showing strong rebounding and scoring abilities.
Mariya Moore, 6-0 Point Guard, Cal Stars
Moore was the most explosive point guard in the tournament. She is not afraid to drive and attack in the paint against bigger opponents. She has developed a good outside perimeter game as well. She helped lead her team over the Cal Swish and NY Gauchos to a 3-0 record in pool play. Unfortunately, the Cal Stars lost to West Coast Premier in the final game.
Kelli Hayes, 6-1 Forward, Cal Stars
As one of the top northern California players, this 6’0” athletic forward has size and speed to run with the guards. She played well against the NY Gauchos and led the team in rebounding during that game.
Lauren Saiki, 5-4 Point Guard, Cal Storm
Lauren a smaller point guard, Saiki showed great poise and ball control in their win over DFW-Elite T-Jack on Saturday. She excelled in scoring and feeding other players. California is loaded with good point guards and she is leading the pack.
Tierra McCowan, 6-5 post, DFW Elite
This 6-5 Post/Center player is at the top of many college coaches recruiting list. Her big presence in the paint, athleticism and ability to finish make her a very special player. With only one loss to Cal Storm (42-40), she help guide her team to 3-1.
Janessa Thropay, 6-1 post, Salesian Elite
Thropay shows great athleticism and ball skill for a young post player. Her speed helps her move up and down the court against smaller guards. She has good presence around the basket and showed great ability to finish. This summer she will gain a lot of interest
Calveion Landen, 6-5 post, DFW Elite
This long 6-5 post player is developing into one of the top 2016 players in the country. She excelled as the tournament progressed. She came on strong during the second game against Cal Ballaz where she was a rebounding machine scooping up the boards. Her team beat Cal Ballaz 44-33.