Bracket play highlights from Basketball on the Bayou including Essence Purple vs SME and A.O.T Lady Rebels vs North Texas Shockers.
When elite talent meets elite talent -- at Basketball on the Bayou, for example -- it becomes really evident which players are truly elite. Some can rise to the level of their competition, no matter how strong, while some struggle to still excel. A few days, of course, doesn't tell the whole story, but they can be a pretty revealing chapter.
Chamaya Turner, 5-10 forward, Sophia Young Elite: After I saw Chamaya Turner elevate off the floor for a putback, I couldn't take my eye off of her -- and not necessarily because of what she did, but because of the way she did it. She truly reminded me of a female Charles Barkley, undersized yet never quitting. To top that off, she was the Texas state champion in both the shot put and discus.
Kiana Ingram, 5-10 guard, HK Express: Kiana Ingram could always hit the midrange jumper, but now the three ball has started falling -- and there's that tenacious defense. If ever there was a player that kept improving, it's Ingram, who is now running the point and as she showed a packed section of college coaches, her ability to take whoever is guarding her off the dribble makes her a hot commodity.
A'ja Wilson, 6-6 wing, Palmetto 76ers: A'ja Wilson showed she could be dominant at both ends at the next level as she gave us a glimpse of her abilities when she simply took over games down the stretch. Even more impressive is her ability to handle the ball in the open court at her size, showing guard like skills.
Ariel Atkins, 5-11 guard, Duncanville Pantherettes: Ariel Atkins played for Duncanville, the best Texas high school team I've seen since the turn of the century. Her club team consists of this season's teammates and what Atkins has continued to do is add to her game. She has the ability to stretch the defense because she can score from anywhere on the court while also being able to take players off the dribble.
Jordan Danberry, 5-7 point guard, Arkansas Mavericks 2014: On a team filled with exciting players, especially guards, Jordan Danberry showed she was simply a beast on the floor. She can score at will, she explodes going to the basket and she is relentless on the boards.
Joyner Holmes, 6-2 forward, Dallas Heroes: There was plenty of buzz about Joyner Holmes before I had a chance to see her and that old phrase "whatever you heard about me is true" was just that. It would take very little time to talk about what she needs to work on as this young lady is going to make a run at Top 10 nationally. There were times in which she appeared as if she was going to take off from the line and dunk it. Inside and outside, she has skills while cleaning up on defense.
Alexis Morris, 5-8 guard, Hoops Jolivette: Although Alexis Morris isn't yet in high school, she shows she belongs on a team with players about to enter their senior year. When you talk about upside and potential, this young lady has a very bright future. She understands the game at a very young age and her skills are good enough to have her starting on most of the area high school teams right now.
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