Westfield, IN: Live! at the PAC was loaded with great competition and talent. And the storylines abound as the West Virginia Thunder program sent 5 teams to a championship game. Two mega-talented 2025's, in Darianna Alexander (West Virginia Thunder) and Kira Reynolds (Sports City U), were in the house. There were some unbelievable shooting performances. Some 2026 kids seized an opportunity to break out and get on the radar. And Sport’s City U, who some consider being the best team in the country, was tested by a tough West Virginia Thunder team but nonetheless blew by all competition. Here’s a deeper look into the action at Live! at the PAC.
2023 Taylor Farris | Dayton Lady Hoopers
Farris has a shot that has had a lot of work put into it and she can get to it at will. She’s had supreme confidence In that shot as well. I saw her struggle early in one game but as the game went on, she found her rhythm. Farris is a fiery competitor and has moments where she definitively put her will on her opponent. She’s extremely tough to deal with when she sets her defender up going right. She has a plethora of moves to go to that are effective. With a feathery touch from the perimeter and high basketball IQ, Farris is one to watch heading into the summer.
2024 Alison Bisballe | MI Mystics Voelker
Super impressed with Bisballe. She’s so long and skilled. She was very effective at the top of the key and high post. From there, she showed the ability to get to the rim and finish. She also, reversed the ball to pick and roll action and was very effective. Bisballe has the play-making ability as well. There are a lot of layers to her game and with her size, I’m sure some college coaches would be excited to plug her in the lineup in a few years.
2021 Amia Roy | SVM Select Rams
Amia Roy was extremely problematic for the opposing team the entire game. For most of the game, Roy found herself surrounded by black jerseys under the basket. It seemed to be the only way to slow her down was to in fact double and triple-team her. She gained deep post position time and time again, showing off her strength and good touch around the rim. Her guards did a great job of finding her in transition, and she managed to punish the other team for experimenting with full-court pressure.
2025 Darianna Alexandar | West Thunder UAA 2022
Alexander is as gifted as they come in the ‘25 class. Even against much older players, she showed the ability to use her agility when slashing to get to the rim. In transition is where you could see most how special she could be. She just has another gear when committed to getting to the rim. There is some work to do off the ball and defensively but she has “IT”...Alexander has a real gift.
2023 Kymora Johnson | West Virginia Thunder UAA 2022
Kymora Johnson is so smart. She’s thinking the game at a very high level and is a true combo guard. This was my first time seeing her live and it was a treat. She’s a competitor but has a great temperament to be a leader on the court. She was very good in pick-and-roll situations and really seemed to know where her shots were coming based on how the defenders were playing the P & R action. Though facing constant pressure, she was poised and made good decisions all game. Johnson can definitely give opponents headaches as she owns one of the most well-rounded games I’ve seen this spring.
2023 Taylor Curry | Example Sports
Taylor does a little bit of everything well. She hit in passing lanes and led the break. She offers offensive abs defensive versatility as well. I saw Curry string together three straight defensive possessions in with she got a steal and finish on the other end. A deflection that led to a steal. Then a steal and dime I’m what would price to be a big play in a highly competitive game.
2022 Jordan Weir | Buckeye Blast
Weir is every bit of 6’5” and would be a worthwhile project at the next level. She works hard and takes up space in the paint. She defends the rim and showed she was comfortable guarding in pick and roll situations at times. Weir does what she’s asked to do for the Buckeyes but I think there is more in there judging by the way she ducks in and flashes at appropriate times on offense and how aware she is of her role to be in the help side on defense. Weir has 0 offers and that should not be.
2025 Eliza Bush | MI Storm 2025
At this age, skill work development is key. I could easily tell Eliza Bush has been in the gym working in her fundamentals. She already plays like a point guard’s point guard with her ability to facilitate and initiate the offense. Bush was also able to knock down the open three when the ball came back to her. And yes...YES, she made a few legit post feeds which has really become a lost art at the grassroots level with the decline of legit back-to-basket threats.
2026 Ariyana Cradle | Ohio United 15U
Cradle has serious swag and confidence in the court. She made me feel like she believed she was the best player on the court. Time and time again, she made plays during United’s 2OT win Friday night. She wanted the ball. She wanted to make the play. So whether slashing to the basket off a combo move or creating space for a three, I could see there was plenty in her bag.
2024 Sanai Douglas | Sports City U
The turn up was real for Douglas as she led her team to a thrilling 2 point win over Michigan Storm Elite. Douglas is fast, but her ability to separate in the full court is next level. She’s a small guard but is already elevating and finishing around the rim at an elite level. Douglas’s effort in the second half was other worldly vs MSE. She’s fresh off her first offer from Oakland University, as I am sure there are many more to come.
2024 Riley Smith | Sports City U
Riley started off the season slow due to nursing an injury, but she is really turning the corner. She runs the floor like nobody’s business and is much tougher than her frame would suggest. She’s a really good passer and capable three-point shooter. Smith displayed the ability to rebound out of position. She crashes the boards and finishes well. Smith has the ability to really impact games in multiple ways.
2022 Zennia Thomas | Coach O Sports Academy
I believe Zennia Thomas is a hidden gem. She’s athletic and willing to do the dirty work on the boards and defensively. But as I watched the game you could see flashes of brilliance. At 6’2”, she can do some things that usually only guards can do. She’s not as refined as some top kids in her class but I think it’s just a lack of experience. Thomas is a very intriguing prospect.
2021 Destiny White | Coach O Sports Academy
White’s change of speed in the half-court kept the defense off-balance all game. Her pace and poise were good, but her burst of speed was exquisite. She used her speed to score, but she also was able to set her teammates up for virtually uncontested layups the entire game. She was tenacious and pesky on the defensive end for her team. With the ability to play both ends of the court with great energy, it seemed to be very hard to take her off the floor.
2023 Kennise Johnson | Example Sports
ENERGY! Love watching her play. She’s a home run hitter in that she makes plays that are big and draws the crowd and her teammates in with her mojo. Johnson Is super quick with the ball and applies phenomenal ball pressure on the defensive end. I believe this kid would run through a wall for her team if it meant they would win the game.
2024 Summer Davis | Michigan Storm Elite
Summer Davis is for real! She's a hooper! She’s very skilled and can contribute at a high level on or off the ball. Her greatest asset is how competitive she is. Her competitive nature separates her and made her the Queen of the court on Saturday night. She gave her opponent buckets from all levels and angles and created opportunities for her teammates as well. Look for Summer to break out this summer in an extravagant way.
2023 Madelynne Petroelje | MBA UA Rise 2023
Petroelje’s play has been consistent over the past year. The combination of her size and ability to get her shot off quickly is a killer. She’s stronger, so her ability to get her shot off quickly but with range is devastating at times for MBA's opponents. She moves well off the ball and is elite at getting her feet and body ready to shoot. Motor seems improved as well so expect Maddy and running mate Macey Brown to turn some heads at the DI level this summer.
2024 Neveah Otis | Michigan Storm Elite
When you play with really good players, you have to be efficient and you got a find a way to make an impact on the game without having a play called for you. Neveah Otis made a big impact and an impression By scoring big buckets in a highly competitive game. She netted a deep triple and pull-up jumper at crucial moments in Storm’s 2-point loss to Sports City U in what would be the best game of the day at Live at the PAC. Otis has the athleticism and shot-making ability. As she develops the rest of her game, she’ll be one to watch move up the ranks in the 2024 class.
Michigan Storm Davis twins are a must-watch...Chance Gray is the best shooter in her class, maybe regardless of class...KK Bransford is a winner, championship mentality...someone needs to take a flyer on 6’5” Jordan Weir of the Buckeye Blast...we need to stop treating refs so harshly...Ohio Thunder 2025 has some nice prospects...Ohio United’s 2026 Whitney Stafford is very good...No 2025 impacts a game like Kira Reynolds (Sports City U)...Always100 Wright has big-time shooters Bailie Stephens, Gracie Bono, etc., grab one...players, please remember, the details separate you so keep your composure...2026 Team Tennessee Pride had 5 (maybe 6) players and played their hearts out and win a championship.