Elite 40 Recap
-Chattanooga,TN, Things couldn’t have been better for the first annual Elite 40 camp in Chattanooga on Aug 8th. 33 top players from all across the region in one place, with one goal in mind…..to compete. Led by some of the best trainers in the area, you can tell early on the skillset of the players were pretty high. It was evident during 5 on 5 half court scrimmages that the athletes not only possessed good skillsets, but they also were prepared to win. Twice the camp was on hold due to tie games, TWICE two underclassman hit walk off jumpshots from the corner, in Kendall Davis and Macey Gregg. There was no doubt that by the camps end, everyone had left everything they had on the floor. Here is a rundown from each class.
5’8 G Ja’Lyn Reese-GA (above): The shifty guard had a great camp, perhaps one of the top performances of the day. During drills she constantly awed the crowd with numerous crossovers against good defenders to create space and knocking down the jumpshot consistently. Her court vision is also very high and has the necessary tools to be an effective PG at the next level.
5’8 G Amber Hunt-TN Amber is a special kid, with very deceptive speed and agility. Her outside shooting ability is superb, but perhaps her best attribute is her desire to win. During the gold game at the end of camp, her team was down almost the entire game, and she was heard shouting “Ive got faith in my team”, in which they would eventually come back to win.
6’0 Peraysja Randolph-TN
Has great length at the position, and the athletic ability to go along with it. We noticed that she was able to defend the wing, as well as the post. She has great mobility as well, witnessed her miss , run the floor in transition and block a shot.
6’1 SG Elizabeth Balogun-TN (Cover photo): Elizabeth was perhaps the most physically gifted in the entire camp, at a slender 6’1 and a wingspan of almost 7 ft. She shot right over the top of smaller defenders from the perimeter, and simply took the bigger ones straight to the basket. Will be interesting to see where she will land in college.
5’10 G JuToreyia Willis (above)-TN: Athleticism, athleticism and length…….and then more athleticism. The lengthy shooting guard was more than accurate from beyond the arc, actually observed her in a game at one point making 3 of 4 pretty good contested shots in a row. She also was very competitive, and had a nice work ethic, took instruction very well.
6’0 F Taya Gibson (above) -GA: Standing at 6’0, with chiseled arms and legs, she is simply physically intimidating for anyone who would be unfortunate enough to have the task of guarding her. Brute strength, combined with athleticism she has simply wore down opponents during the course of the game. Taya has great ability rebounding and finisher under the basket, often resulting in “and 1” foul situations.
5’9 G Victoria Reed -GA: At first sight of Victoria, one would assume and confuse the long arms and legs she has to being a post player. After checking her registration form twice, we noticed Tori had “pg” listed as her position, after watching her play we understood why. She handles the ball nicely for her size, and shoots exceptionally well off the dribble. At one point she made back to back 3’s off the dribble while being contested.
5’7 G Miya Kimber-AL: Miya really made an impression with her demeanor, and posture you could look at her and tell that she was a ball player. Not once did she get rattled, or appear to be tired, she just came to play. Very solid frame she and has the ability to take bumps and maintain her balance and composure. It was easy to spot Miya out, displaying signature dog tags around her neck she was not only one of the best guards in her class, but in the entire camp. Miya will do great things for Hoover High School.
6’2 F Jordan Isaacs-GA (above): Jordan was every bit as advertised at camp. Her ability to push the ball up the floor , in transition and finish at the basket is a great attribute that will take her a long way. She also fundamentally blocks shots in the paint without drawing contact. She was easily at the top of her class on Saturday.
5’6 G Macey Gregg -TN: Macey had an awesome camp. She was the example of the famous quote “big things come in small packages”, she worked very hard and didn’t seem to back down from anyone. Proving she can score in multiple ways, she thoroughly attacked the basket and shot the midrange well.
5’11 F Emily Wiley -GA: It took a little while for her to get it going, but once she did she didn’t look back. Emily was very fundamental at what she does, in scoring inside and out. Her footwork is amongst the best in her class by far and once she got into rhythm, offensively was a threat every time she touched the ball.
5’9 F Kaiyana Suttles -TN: Kaiyana standing at a stout 5’8 frame gets the ball out in transition, defenders move. Her size and speed definitely intimidated anyone that was even close to contemplating taking a charge. She has uncanny athletic ability on the court.
5'10 G Treasure Hunt -TN: Doesn’t matter her class, Treasure was one of the best at camp. Her perimeter game is getting better and better each time we evaluate her. Shooting over the top of smaller defenders……and shooting over the top of 6’2 defenders makes it almost impossible to guard her with one player. The scariest thing is she doesn’t even know how good she is just yet.
6’0 F Dylann Claybrook-TN (above): Dylann had a solid performance at Elite 40 camp as she has seemed to be embracing her position and role as a true post player. She has added more mobility to her game and she knows exactly how to use her body to shield off defenders in the paint. Dylann also proved at camp she is more than capable of hitting the soft 5-10 ft jumper.
5’6 G Sydney Jenkins -TN: Sydney has a quiet game, but if you actually have a chance to look at her closely, you will see that she is actually very effective as a guard. She distributes the ball well, defends well and didn’t turn the ball over much.