Some things old; some things new
By Bob Corwin
Held in Washington, DC, and its Maryland suburbs, the Cinco de Mayo Takeover Invitational (sponsored by Nike club Team Takeover) saw 81 teams do battle on May 5-6 in and around the nation’s capital at multiple sites in a series of pre-set games. In its first year, the event saw seven national or regional media/scouting services in attendance for at least one day of the event. As a “dead period” event, NCAA Division 1 schools could not attend and D2’s, if present, came incognito.
While team rosters were more than not available, several team coaches were almost proud that they did not bother to submit their rosters to the event organizing committee. Given the number of media/scouts present, these individuals were doing their players a disservice. At the least, all coaches should always bring several copies (available as handouts) of the team roster with them. This would allow those media/scouts coming to watch the team do that rather than wasting time trying to figure out who is wearing each number (checking with parents in the stands).
Orally committed or not!?
I spoke with one talented young lady who had made an oral commitment to a college but still planned to take official visits to other schools. Hopefully, all of you agree these two courses of action are in conflict with each other?! If you wish to continue to talk to college recruiters and make visits to other schools, then stay “on the market” and do not make any oral commitments. If you do, then stop speaking to other colleges as the school you “oraled” to is holding a scholarship for you. Commitment works both ways!
Best teams present
In the 11th grade section, host Team Takeover EYBL 17U would have to get the nod but the New Jersey Sparks 17U EYBL would have to be in the conversation as both teams beat Boo Williams and went undefeated. Recently Takeover did beat the Sparks but not at this event. In the 10th grade section, both the WPA Bruins 2020 Cash and New Jersey Sparks 16U EYBL stood out but did not play each other.
Players below are listed alphabetically within graduation year with listed height, position, and club team. Home town is in parenthesis. All below are likely Division 1 prospects at some level. Some have been written about previously within the last year.
Jada Boyd, 6-3, power forward, BWSL 17U (Petersburg, Virginia)
Above all else, Boyd gives a good effort and has a knack for blocking shots. Offensively, she has a nice mid-range stroke and scores near the rim. A quality athlete with size, she has offers from the Power 5 level down.
Ashley Owusu, 5-11, point guard, BWSL 17U (Woodbridge, Virginia)
You know a player is special when repeatedly fans of other teams come up to you to ask about a player on another team. Such it is with Owusu (orally committed to Maryland). She carries a big load for her team with expectations of scoring and running the offense. She makes others around her better as much by her threat to score (via penetration causing defense to shift opening up teammates or taking an open perimeter shot) as by passing itself. She is a killer (due to her power and body control) when active in the paint. A good way to describe Owusu might be as a 1/4 player.
Lauren Park-Lane, 5-5, point guard, Team Takeover EYBL 17U (Wilmington, Delaware)
A bit height challenged with diminutive build, Park-Lane is somewhat fearless, willing to penetrate into the land of the giants on repeated occasions. In the last few seconds of the game, she took and made a deep three that sealed the win versus the Boo Williams (BWSL) 17U squad.
Jaida Patrick, 6-0, power forward, New Jersey Sparks 17U EYBL (West Haverstraw, New York)
Orally committed to Duke, Patrick’s game is start near high post, shoot it near the foul line or go quickly to the rim (which she does very well). Her 17-point outing helped defeat BWSL 17U 60-58.
Kaelynn Satterfield, 6-0, guard/forward, New Jersey Sparks 17U EYBL (New York, New York)
Getting Power 5 offers, Satterfield is one of the more versatile players in high school basketball today. She is effective playing the point where she distributes or penetrates the lane, the three where she works the baseline or the four where she goes inside and posts up. Combining strong build, handles and her height, Satterfield can hurt the opposition in a lot of ways. In the win versus Boo Williams, she had 17 points.
Sha’nia Davis, 5-4, point guard, New Jersey Sparks 16U EYBL (Bear, Delaware)
Davis put on a show in posting 22 points in a 54-45 win over the Fairfax Stars Baltimore Premier 2020. She hit multiple threes, mid-range pull-ups and got to the foul line. Getting offers from the Power 5 level and down, word in the gym was that she just needs to be more consistent game to game (next one was not nearly as good) but she has had monster games on big stages before. The showing versus Fairfax was not a fluke.
Riley DeRubbo, 5-9, shooting guard, WPA Bruins 2020 Cash (Washington, Pennsylvania)
DeRubbo is the type of player who can easily go unnoticed by the average fan. Playing with a good motor, she does her job by doing a bit of everything. Above all else, she helps her team win (important point!).
Maddie Dziezgowski, 5-10, guard/forward, WPA Bruins 2020 Murray (Bethel Park, Pennsylvania)
Dziezgowski appeared to be the best player of what amounts to the Bruins 2020 “B” team. She has decent mobility with a nice up fake and drive move. She also has a mid-range stroke (second option) liking to operate in the wing to baseline area. The Bruins are pretty deep in 2020 talent and while Dziezgowski may be the best, there are other modest D1 and D2 prospects on this squad. Moral of story for recruiters is leave no stone unturned (or rather team unevaluated)!
Kylee Lewandowski, 6-0, small forward, WPA Bruins 2020 Cash (Butler, Pennsylvania)
With her father a coach, it is not surprising that Lewandowski has game. She is your tall off- the-catch baseline three-point shooter with size that D1’s love. She needs to bulk up a bit and get stronger to maximize potential.
Mir McLean, 5-11, power forward, Team Takeover EYBL 17U (Gwynn Oak, Maryland)
On first observation, one might expect Mir McLean to be a perimeter player (probably a small forward given her height and build). However in watching her perform, it becomes clear pretty quickly that her game is that of a post player, mostly in the lower half of the key. In observing over a number of games, it becomes yet clearer that though undersized by traditional standards of height, she is of high quality at scoring and rebounding in the key. Always playing with maximum effort, McLean is able to often outdo taller future Power 5 level posts, here scoring a team leading 19 points in an exciting 63-61 win over the Boo Williams 17U squad. While she is already one of the best leapers (who finishes with contact!) in the current girls’ high school game, adding more shooting range would improve her stock (already getting some Power 5 offers) even further.
Kaliyah Myricks, 6-2, center, Books and Basketball Gold (Hammonton, New Jersey)
A good athlete with size, Myricks runs well and has a Power 5 upside. However, scoring skills are not yet there. On defense, she showed some shot blocking ability.
Alayna Arnolie, 5-7, shooting guard, Nova 94 Feet National (Vienna, Virginia)
The Arnolie twins led their team to several wins at the event. Alayna appeared to think
perimeter shot (two’s or three’s) with the drive being option two.
Grace Arnolie, 5-8, point guard, Nova 94 Feet National (Vienna, Virginia)
Twin Grace was more of the ball handler with a perimeter stroke. She appeared to be more
drive oriented than twin Alayna.
Gianni Boone, 5-10, small forward, Team Sol (Washington, DC)
A good athlete with decent size and some stroke, Boone has a Power 5 upside. She just needs to keep improving skills and continue to learn the game.
Jalyn Brown, 6-0, small forward, Lady Prime Marissa Coleman 2022 (Baltimore, Maryland)
Brown is lean (needs to fill out) and athletic with decent court vision for a forward. She can step out to hit the three or mid-range shot. She can also attack the basket. Power 5 programs should be monitoring.
Taniyah Lawson, 5-9, shooting guard, Lady Prime Marissa Coleman 2022 (Capitol Heights, Maryland)
Lawson posted 25 points in a 70-65 win over Maryland Lady Shooting Stars 2022 – Fuller. She hit a couple of three’s, multiple mid-range shots and attacked the rim successfully with her fairly solid build. Power 5 programs should be monitoring.
Madison St. Rose, 5-9, shooting guard, New Jersey Sparks 16U EYBL (Parlin, New Jersey)
A good athlete, St. Rose was playing up two years and did not appear the least bit out of place (Power 5 upside) at the event. A lefty, she appeared most comfortable driving going left but also showed a move going right. Shooting range may still need to be developed.
Yonta Vaughn, 5-7, point guard, Team Sol (District Heights, Maryland)
Vaughn has filled out a bit and grown some since last seen about a year ago. She has decent handles and showed a three-point stroke. Power 5 programs should be monitoring.
Paris Locke, 5-11, forward, Fairfax Stars Baltimore Premier 2022 (Randallstown, Maryland)
Playing up a grade, Locke showed the ability to attack the basket or hit a mid-range perimeter shot along the baseline. Overall, she was able to be effective in the paint or on the perimeter.