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Elite talent, top coaches in Atlanta Sept. 27-29 for Ganon Baker Full Court event

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September 18, 2013 - 10:12pm
A'ja Wilson, the top uncommitted senior, will participate in the Super Showcase Skills Select with Ganon Baker in Atlanta Sept 27-29. (File Photo by Kelly Kline)

A'ja Wilson, the top uncommitted senior, will participate in the Super Showcase Skills Select with Ganon Baker in Atlanta Sept 27-29. (File Photo by Kelly Kline)

ATLANTA, GA -- Decision time is near for college coaches and uncommitted high school seniors, and the last chance for the Class of 2014 to showcase its talents will be Sept. 27-29 -- and look for a host of big-time coaches and elite players to be at Westlake High School in Atlanta for the final NCAA viewing period.

No. 2 A’ja Wilson, No. 6 Victoria Vivians, No. 12 Shakayla Thomas and No. 21 McKenzie Calvert are all set to participate in the Super Showcase Skills Select, hosted by renowned basketball trainer Ganon Baker.

Baker has upped the excitement factor of the event by partnering with Full Court, which will manage and produce The Full Court Fresh 50 Invitational, which will feature two games on Sunday, Sept. 29: the National Game, which tips off at 3:30 p.m. and will highlight players ranked in the top 100, and the Regional Game at 5:30, will bring together the top players in the Atlanta region. Final rosters for the Full Court Fresh 50 Invitational will be announced on Saturday, Sept. 28, and will be chosen from the participants in the Super Showcase.

Here’s a closer look at the top talent confirmed for the event.

No. 2 A’ja Wilson, 6-5 wing, Heathwood Hall HS (Hopkins SC)

Wherever Wilson lands, she will be the prize recruit of the 2014 class and is the kind of player who can propel a team to a national championship.

The 6-5 wing, who guided Heathwood Hall to the state championship game, is a rare combination of size and guard skills. She has the ability to work in the low block, but prefers to play outside where she shoots and handles the ball exceptionally well for a player her size (think Elena Delle Donne). This past season she averaged 27.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3.2 assists per game for Heathwood Hall in South Carolina.

This summer, Wilson was one of three high school players selected to by USA Basketball to compete on the U19 National Team, which won gold in the FIBA World Championship in Lithuania. Coming off the bench, Wilson was the leading rebounder for Team USA, averaging 7.9 boards per game, and was the third leading scorer at 10.9 per game.

Wilson is being recruited by virtually every top program in the country but has yet to announce a top five. We spoke with Wilson via phone and she shared that several head coaches have made in home visits this month, including North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell, Baylor’s Kim Mulkey and Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma. Jeff Walz of Louisville is scheduled to make a visit at her school next week.

Wilson also said that she has no plans to sign during the early signing period and will take her time making a decision about her college future. She said she will take all five official visits and plans to schedule two of them during October and the remaining three in January. Wilson has already taken multiple unofficial visits to North Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson.

No. 6 Victoria Vivians, 6-0 wing, Scott Central HS (Forest MS)

Some players are shooters and some players are scorers … and Vivians is very clearly both. She can shoot from anywhere in the halfcourt (and we mean anywhere), and combined with a deadly pullup jumper, the 6-0 wing was one of the top scorers in the nation at 39.9 ppg, in addition to 15 rebounds, 4 steals and 1.5 assists a game. She was named Mississippi's “Miss Basketball” after leading Scott Central to a 33-4 record and a Mississippi state championship. 

In June, Vivians narrowed her list of schools to Louisville, Kentucky, Florida and Mississippi State. During the month of October, she is slated to begin official visits -- on Oct. 5,  she be on campus at Florida;  on Oct. 12, it's Mississippi State; on Oct. 19, she’ll head to Louisville; and then on Nov. 2,d Vivians will wrap up her official visits at Kentucky.

Florida coach Amanda Butler made an in home visit last week, and next week Vic Schaffer (Mississippi State), Jeff Walz (Louisville) and Matthew Mitchell (Kentucky) are all scheduled to drop by.

No. 12 Shakayla Thomas, 6-0 small forward, Sylacauga HS, (Sylacauga AL)

Thomas is a strong, athletic small forward who can get to the rim and finish, despite contact. It’s this pure athleticism that has attracted nearly every program in the ACC and SEC. As a junior, Thomas she averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists per game. In January, she notched her 3,000th career point and was also named the Alabama 5A Player of the Year.

She is currently considering Florida State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn. Thomas took her first official visit to FSU last weekend and has scheduled an official to South Carolina for Nov. 2 and is currently making plans to visit the other schools in the list. She has already received in home visits from Sue Semrau (FSU), Dawn Staley (South Carolina) and Vic Schaffer (MSU).

No. 21 McKenzie Calvert, 6-0 guard, Byron M. Steele HS (Schertz TX)

Calvert is the top uncommitted two-guard in the country, even though she had previously committed to Baylor as an eighth grader. This past June, she decided to re-open the recruiting process, which immediately ignited a firestorm of interest from schools in every major conference. 

At the beginning of August, she announced a list of Ball State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Winthrop and Southern Cal. However, according to her father, the list is now down to USC, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Winthrop. Calvert has taken official visits to each of the schools except Texas Tech and is scheduled to visit the Red Raiders on homecoming weekend Oct. 13.  So far she has received home visits from head coaches Candi Whitaker (Texas Tech) and Kevin Cook (Winthrop).

As if the list above wasn’t enough talent to pique your interest, the Ganon Baker/Full Court Fresh 50 Invitational will also play host to a handful of talented committed seniors. The two top commits to the Duke Blue Devils will be in attendance: No. 11 Sierra Calhoun (Christ the King HS, Brooklyn NY) and No. 14 Lynee Belton (The Bullis School, Clinton MD).

A trio of top point guards will also be there to try to dazzle the crowd: No. 20 Gabrielle Ortiz (Prairie School, Mt. Pleasant WI), who just committed to Oklahoma, future Tennessee Lady Vol Alexa Middleton (Riverdale HS, Murfreesboro TN), who is ranked No. 32 in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50, along with top 2015 point guard Te’a Cooper (McEachern HS, Powder Springs GA) who recently de-committed from North Carolina.

UConn commit No. 31 Courtney Ekmark (St. Mary's HS, Phoenix, AZ, Connecticut) will fly to Atlanta just hours after her home visit from Auriemma.

Additionally, some of the top seniors in the Atlanta area players will be in attendance, including 6-5 Purdue commit Bree Horrocks (Buford HS, Buford GA,) along with Jasmine Carter (St. Pius X, Dacula GA), who recently committed to the Georgia Bulldogs.

For those who can’t make the trip to Atlanta to watch the top talent compete, the Full Court Fresh 50 Invitational will be streamed live on FullCourt.com via the iHigh Network.

The following nationally ranked players are slated to participate.

Nat.
Rank

Player

Class

HT/Pos

Hometown

Status

2

A’ja Wilson

2014

6-5/W

Columbia, SC

Uncommitted

4

Te'a Cooper

2015

5-8/PG

Powder Springs, GA

Uncommitted

6

Victoria Vivians

2014

6-1/G

Forest, MS

Uncommitted

9

Jordan Hosey

2015

6-2/SF

Pearland, TX

Texas (verbal)

11

Sierra Calhoun

2014

6-0/G

Brooklyn, NY

Duke (verbal)

12

Shakayla Thomas

2014

5-11/SF

Sylacauga, AL

Uncommitted

14

Lynee' Belton

2014

6-3/F

Clinton, MD

Duke (verbal)

17

Caliya Robinson

2015

6-2/F

Marietta, GA

Uncommitted

20

Gabrielle Ortiz

2014

5-6/PG

Mt. Pleasant, WI

Oklahoma (verbal)

21

McKenzie Calvert

2014

5-8/G

Schertx, TX

Uncommitted

31

Courtney Ekmark

2014

5-9/G

Phoenix, AZ

Connecticut (verbal)

32

Alexa Middleton

2014

5-9/SG

Murfreesboro,TN

Tennessee (verbal)

40

Tynice Martin

2014

5-10/SF

Decatur, GA

Uncommitted

56

Shakyna Payne

2015

6-4/C

Ackworth, GA

Uncommitted

62

Amber Campbell

2014

5-8/G

Charleston,SC

Wake Forest (verbal)

108

Te'Erica Eason

2015

5-8/G

Atlanta, GA

Uncommitted

132

Bree Horrocks

2014

6-5/C

Buford, GA

Purdue (verbal)

144

Jasmine Carter

2014

5-8/G

Dacula, GA

Georgia (verbal)

151

Erykah Davenport

2014

6-2/PF

Decatur, GA

Uncommitted

163

Brianna Cummings

2014

6-0/F

Decatur, GA

George Wash (verbal)

 

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