When bracket play starts at any tournament, you expect the level of play to go up. Stars emerge and weaker opponents crumble. If a player has been working on their game, it often becomes evident when the stakes get higher, as was the case at the Big State Flava Jam.
Sharde Collins - 5-9 guard, DFW T-Jack Elite
Every good team has someone who can score. Every great team needs someone who can score off the bench and Sharde Collins does just that for T-Jack. In pool play whenever Collins came in the game, she sparked a run. In bracket play when DFW need some help against the United Ballers, Collins once again came in the game and had an immediate impact. She's a very good midrange shooter that can also take a defender off the dribble.
Halle Washington - 6-3 post, Arkansas Mavericks Durham
Not only does she have size, she is very athletic and agile. She alters shots in the paint and anticipates extremely well. If Washington gets the steal, it’s off to the races as she can put the ball on the floor as well. Her midrange has been consistent and she has the ability to dominate in the paint.
Ieshia Small - 5-11 guard, Essence Purple
When you have watched Essence multiple times over the years, they seem to always have that go-to-girl and this year the player that makes things happen again and again is Ieshia Small. She elevates high on her jumper, sees the floor extremely well and handles the ball like a yo-yo, not to mention she can get her shot off anywhere and against anyone and few can stop her once she takes off.
Mikayla Cowling - 6-1 guard, East Bay Xplosion Black 1
Mikayla Cowling has already committed to Cal and after watching her performance against Essence Purple, it's evident she will be successful at the next level. She is a player who has the ability to get to the basket whenever she wants and has a very explosive first step. She handles the ball well under pressure and will be able to play multiple positions in college.
Chyanne Butler - 5-5 guard, West Coast Premier Black
After seeing bits and pieces of Chyanne Butler, I was truly impressed with her swagger on the court as she seemed to be the rock for her team. That proved to be totally correct as she handled the pressure, especially down the stretch against the Arkansas Mavericks. Whether hitting a big shot or finding the right person to get the ball done, Butler showed she is legit.
Tearia McCowan - 6-7 post, DFW T-Jack Elite
As a seventh grader, a 6-4 Tearia McCowan gave me a glimpse of what to expect in the future. Now she is about to enter her sophomore year in high school and the progression has been steady. She has a college ready body right now and has turned into a rebounding machine. I also saw an improvement in her offensive skills. She is still getting her footwork down, but that will come with some more reps.
About Simmie Colson: Simmie has been involved on the girl’s basketball for over 10 years as a coach, scout and writer. You can find more from him at www.girlzprepreport.com.
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