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Tennessee Flight Silver Sophomores, Marques Jackson Gold Bracket champions at 2017 Boo Williams Girls Nike Invitational. PC: Bob Corwin.

Nike Girls Nike Invitational Marques Jackson Division: Tennessee Flight soars once again

By Bob Corwin

The Marques Jackson 15U Gold (top bracket) of the 2017 Boo Williams Girls Nike Invitational was won by Tennessee Flight Silver Sophomores (based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee) by a score of 54-50 over West Coast Premier 15U National (based out of Walnut, California). The Silver Bracket (second place teams from pool play) was won by Team Takeover Nike EYBL 15U (based out of Greenbelt, Maryland) by a score of 52-42 over host BWSL 15U Wilson (based out of Hampton, Virginia).

Tyzajahanae Calhoun-Fuller (left) and and Kayla Padilla of West Coast Premier 15U National. PC: Bob Corwin.

As is traditional, the 33rd annual (started in 1985) Boo Williams Girls Nike Invitational was held in Hampton, Virginia at the Boo Williams Sports Complex and Hampton Roads Convention Center during the weekend of April 28-30, 2017, with 232 teams participating at these venues. The event had sections ranging from 14 and under up to multiple 16 and under divisions. Concurrent with the tournament, 32 teams participated in the first five rounds of Nike’s Girls EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League), which will conclude in July. Approximately, 240 colleges (mostly NCAA Division 1) from all over the USA attended one or more days of the event with many sending more than one coach to evaluate.

Taking a brief look at the Gold Bracket semi-finals and final…

Semi-finals

Tennessee Flight Silver Sophomores 46-42 Philly Belles 15U EYBL Nike

This was a battle between two of the more decorated Nike clubs. The contest was a back and forth affair with the score at half tied at 26. In the end it came down to a couple of Philly loose (turnover, bad shot selection) possessions in the last few minutes of the game with Flight just a couple of points ahead. Olivia Snyder (see below) led all scorers with 22 points. Division MVP Madison Griggs led a more balanced Flight with 12 points.

West Coast Premier 15U National 52-46 All Iowa Attack 15U Nike

In this semi, Iowa’s precision up tempo offense was pitted against a stern West Coast defense. From the outset Iowa struggled to get quality looks possession after possession. The West Coast offense was not exactly on fire either but they managed to lead 27-22 at half. Although West Coast was never able to pull away (up 35-30 after three quarters), Iowa could never get even down the stretch losing by six in the final tally. Iowa was led in scoring by Megan Meyer (5-8, guard, 2019) with 20 points and Regan Nesheim (see below) with 11 points. West Coast put three into double figures (Ayanna Khalfani, 5-11, small forward, 2019 with 13 points; Tyzajahanae Calhoun-Fuller [see below] with 10 points; Kaiyah Corona, 5-9, forward, 2019 with 10 points).

Final

Tennessee Flight Silver Sophomores 54-50 West Coast Premier 15U National

Flight showed a little better functionality on offense, hit the offensive glass more successfully and made a few less errors (until the game was almost out of reach in the last two minutes). West Coast led 13-11 after one quarter but a poor West Coast finish to the half saw Tennessee ahead 26-22 at the break. Flight controlled the third quarter finishing up 38-29. In the last couple of minutes, sensing victory, Tennessee started to make mistakes fouling without need and giving up offensive rebounds. Suddenly the score was 52-50 with under 10 seconds to play but West Coast could not get equal turning the ball over instead leading to the final four-point margin. Division MVP Griggs led all scorers with 14 points. Dasia Young (5-11, power forward) chipped in 10 points for Flight. Khylee-Jade Pepe (5-11, power forward, 2021) and Kayla Padilla (see below) led West Coast Premier with 11 points each.

As has happened in the past, Tennessee Flight was not the most talented team in the division, but had enough skill to score sufficiently and enough athletes to defend. Above all else, year after year Flight teams rarely beat themselves and if the opponent gets sloppy, they will find a way to win.

All-Tournament selection procedure

Questions have been asked as to how 11 players are picked out of 32 teams.

Herein we discuss the process used for Marques Jackson Division (15 and under, primarily younger [mostly rising junior] Nike club teams). With 32 teams to monitor over about 2 1/2 days, there was barely enough time with very limited staff to gather data on who should make the all-tournament team (which I was responsible for choosing). Players were picked based on performance at the event (as opposed to college potential) along with how the team succeeded at the event. Going in, the plan was to give the Gold (first place teams from pool play) Bracket finalists two representatives each out of the eleven picked. Each Gold semi-finalist would get one. The winner of the Silver Bracket (from second place teams from pool play; also winning three post-pool games) also would get one. The other four slots were to be given to players who played very well regardless of how her team did. Needless to say being a committee of one, I had to rely on opinions of others following these teams to get additional input and results in the form of the score sheet (which does not always tell enough as to who was most impactful). Granted other worthy players could have been picked but given the limitations of time and personnel, hopefully the selections can be judged as credible. See discussion on each selected for reasons.

Below are the All-Tournament selections for the Marques Jackson 15U Division. All will likely be recruited at some level of Division 1 if not already the case. Congratulations to all selected!!

Players are listed with height, position, graduation year, and club team. Home town is in parenthesis.

2017 Boo William Nike Girls Nike Invitational

Marques Jackson Division

All-Tournament Team

Jada Boyd, 6-2, center, 2019, BWSL 15U Wilson (Petersburg, Virginia)
Boyd was the model of consistency in the lower paint posting numerous double digit scoring games in helping her team to second place in the Silver Bracket.

Casey Collier (#10) and Madison Griggs (division MVP) of Tennessee Flight Silver Sophomores. PC: Bob Corwin.

Casey Collier, 5-7, point guard, 2019, Tennessee Flight Silver Sophomores (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Collier, the starting point guard, kind of embodied what made her team a champion. She played hard, continuing to work through good and bad patches. She ran the team’s offense scoring at a number of critical times over the course of the event. Collier comes with good basketball genes having a mother that starred as a lead guard at Tennessee and sister currently playing at Middle Tennessee.

Tyzajahanae Calhoun-Fuller, 5-4, point guard, 2019, West Coast Premier 15U National (Riverside, California)
Calhoun-Fuller was primarily responsible for keeping the West Coast offense flowing and defending on a balanced team. She contributed most significantly in scoring in the Gold semi-final.

Azzi Fudd of Fairfax Stars-15U Nike. PC: Bob Corwin.

Azzi Fudd, 5-11, shooting guard, 2021, Fairfax Stars 15U Nike (Falls Church, Virginia)
Fudd was the best player in the entire division with her team losing a heartbreaking quarterfinal 56-55 to Tennessee Flight in large part due to her team intentionally fouled in the closing seconds not realizing the opponent was into the bonus on fouls. She dominated every game she played as a rising freshmen in a division loaded with quality rising juniors. Her specialty is to attack the basket driving to the left (although right handed). She can also hit from the midrange and behind the arc. Another with good genes, her mother played at NC State and Georgetown.

Madison Griggs, 5-9, shooting guard, 2019, Tennessee Flight Silver Sophomores (Cordova, Tennessee) MVP
Griggs was Flight’s best player but also is the teams best prospect. She is a good athlete who can score by driving, in the mid-range and from behind the arc. She was most productive of a pretty balanced squad.

Jordan Isaacs, 6-2, power forward, 2019, Team Elite Pointer (Dallas, Georgia)
Isaacs was a consist force for Team Elite which got eliminated by All Iowa in the Gold Bracket quarterfinals. With a good motor willing to take contact, she scored primarily in the lower paint also rebounded well.

Aliza Karlen, 6-1, forward, 2020, North Tartan 15s EYBL (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
Karlen had three double digit performances working out of the high post. While she scored in the paint, she also showed the ability to step out and hit the three.

Mir McLean of Team Takeover 15U Nike EYBL. PC: Bob Corwin

Mir McLean, 5-10, forward, 2020, Team Takeover 15U Nike EYBL (Gwynn Oak, Maryland)
McLean was a worker bee in leading her team to the Silver Bracket title. A bit undersized, she made up for it with a high motor and a willingness to take contact in the lower paint.

Kayla Padilla, 5-9, shooting guard, 2019, West Coast Premier 15U National (Torrance, California)
Padilla was one of the reasons West Coast reached the Gold Bracket final. She ran the court well, hit some outside shots but was most dangerous in attacking the basket.

Regan Nesheim of All Iowa Attack 15U Nike PC: Bob Corwin.

Regan Nesheim, 6-1, forward, 2019, All Iowa Attack 15U Nike (Johnston, Iowa)
Nesheim kept busy working the baseline to basket area. A lefty, she was active moving without the ball willing to finish with contact resulting in several double digit scoring performances as All-Iowa reached the Gold Bracket semi-final.

Jordan Isaacs, 6-2, power forward, 2019, Team Elite Pointer (Dallas, Georgia)
Isaacs was a consist force for Team Elite which got eliminated by All Iowa in the Gold Bracket quarterfinals. With a good motor willing to take contact, she scored primarily in the lower paint also rebounded well.

Olivia Snyder of Philly Belles 15U EYBL Nike. PC: Bob Corwin.

Olivia Snyder, 6-0, shooting guard, 2019, Philly Belles 15U EYBL Nike (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
Snyder impressed with consistent scoring with a strong mid-range jumper. She was not afraid to drive to the basket willing to take contact along the way.

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