Stops and Stars – Part 2
By Bob Corwin
In part 2, players from the 2020 and 2021 classes seen at the John Wall Invitational (December 27) and Tampa Bay Invitational (December 28) are discussed. Players from the 2018 and 2019 classes were discussed in part 1.
Looking at some of the individual talent in alphabetical order with height, position and school within graduation year. Location of school is in parenthesis. All players discussed below should be considered as prospects of some level of NCAA Division 1. Players seen at the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational are designated with a (**)
Faith Blackstone, 6-0, guard/forward, Hillside High School (Durham, North Carolina)
Orally committed to North Carolina, Blackstone does a bit of everything (score, pass, direct) for Hillside. She still needs to fill out a bit physically.
Avyonce Carter, 5-10, forward, Wesleyan School (Norcross, Georgia)
Carter (getting Power 5 attention) can be a killer in the key thanks to her power build and face-up stroke.
Jamia Hazell, 5-7, shooting guard, Southeast Raleigh High School (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Hazell was her team’s Miss Versatility, going inside and out (mostly). She showed some driving ability and mid-range stroke.
Kim Lawson, 5-4, point guard, Alexander High School (Douglasville, Georgia)
Small but active, Lawson has decent handles and is a good passer. She can finish on the fast break (15 points on day one).
Anya Poole, 6-2, center, Southeast Raleigh High School (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Poole (getting Power 5 looks) is her team’s inside muscle (hitting the glass and scoring in close). At times she appears to need to finish better.
Peryonna Sylvester, 5-7, shooting guard, Spruce Creek High School (Port Orange, Florida)
Sylvester has a nice mid-range jumper but also goes to the basket well and will fight for offensive rebounds (23 points on day one).
Kyria Walker, 5-7, shooting guard, Reynoldsburg High School (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
Walker is a decent athlete who can hit the three-ball. In posting 24 points on day one, she hit six looking to shoot off the catch.
Reagan Bass, 6-0, power forward, Strongsville High School (Strongsville, Ohio)
Bass showed nice skills around the basket finishing with her off (left) hand. She needs to build
Denae Carter, 5-10, forward, St. Basil Academy (Jenkintown, Pennsylvania)
Carter is a good athlete who’s game is not yet defined. She played mostly in the paint but did score on the perimeter.
K’Nisha Godfrey, 5-9, guard, Tampa Bay Tech (Tampa, Florida)
Godfrey thinks the well for a young player, has above average passing skills and is a decent athlete. She needs to become more consistent shooting the ball.
Teonni Key, 6-2, small forward, Cary High School (Cary, North Carolina)
Getting Power 5 looks, Key moves well and thinks the game like a baseline player looking to drive. She needs fill out physically and become a more consistent shooter from the perimeter.
Paige Lyons, 5-6, shooting guard, Wesleyan School (Norcross, Georgia)
Lyons has a nice combination of athleticism, stroke, driving ability and steady on-court demeanor. Power 5 schools are monitoring her progress if not already offering.
Jasmine Peaks, 5-5, point guard, Heritage High School (Palm Bay, Florida)
Peaks is a field general with good basketball IQ and offensive game still developing.