Indianapolis, IN: The Hoosier Heat Tournament is usually one of the best tourneys in July and this year’s field is not changing that perception one bit. Each court loaded with top teams, top players, and top coaches sitting courtside, Ben Davis High School is the place to be. Today there were some lights out shooting, tough defense, highlight reel plays, and much more. Here are a few standouts from the action on day 1 (part one)
Endya Green Castle Athletics 2022 forward
Endya is a super aggressive small forward that plays way bigger than her size, today she showed her ability to get to the rack take the hit and still finish. She also rebounded and defended with a ferocious demeanor at a very high clip.
Hailey Blackwell Lady Pheonix Rocky 2022 point Guard
The Pheonix floor general, Blackwell was super aggressive getting in the lane creating for herself or dropping dimes to her teammates all day long. Showing a crafty handle and a quick first step she was effective in running the show and putting pressure on the defense.
Zoila Martinez Morla Lady Pheonix 2022 Forward
Zoila showed some elite footwork and touch around the rim to finish in traffic and ran the floor well to finish in transition. She also rebounded the ball and was a force on defense.
Mya Lomax T>P 2022 Point Guard
Mya is a super quick aggressive playmaker that got to the rack anytime she wanted to. Her first step was a blur and her ability to go inside in the trees and finish or draw the foul was very impressive. Mya showed a relentless toughness on defense locking up and causing havoc.
Mya Hatchett Gross FBC NW Alliance 2022 Point Guard
Mya has a great handle and a smooth approach to the game. Never showing any panic she calmly and at her own pace controlled the tempo of the game and picked her spots to either score or facilitate. Mya is an extension of the coach on the floor.
Nyla Walker Example Sports Wolfpack 2022 Point Guard
Maybe the most electric guard I watched all day, Nyla was everywhere making plays on both ends for her Example squad. Nyla, a super cat quick PG had the rock on the string excellent vision and was a terror weaving diming, and knocking down the deep ball. Don’t let the size fool you this girl can flat out HOOP!!
Nayo Lear Example Sports Wolfpack 2022 Guard
Nayo plays with a smooth demeanor and a little shake and bake to go with. A nice handle and the ability to get her shot off the bounce. She was also effective in getting to the lane for buckets on the pull-up or the finish in traffic. A terror on defense she also had her hand in multiple steals and deflections.
Katherine Oliver PV Thunder 2022 Guard
Flat out BUCKET……Katherine got bucket after bucket today scoring off the bounce, in transition shooting it from deep you name it she had it in her bag. Facing an all-out deny defense in the 2nd half she showed she could move without the ball not get frustrated and still managed to affect the game.
Gia Cooke Team Takeover 2022 Point Guard
Gia got a nice little swag to her game, a smooth never rattled handle Gia was unstoppable off the bounce and set up herself for buckets or dropped it off to an open teammate. Gia also was a force in her team’s pressure defense forcing steals and converting them to points.
Jadyn Donovan Team Takeover 2023 Guard
Easily one of the most athletic guards I have seen in a minute Jadyn was uncheckable jumping over and around any defender in her way for a smooth two points. Jadyn used her length on both ends of the floor and showed she could put it on the floor and create her own shot. On one play she brought the crowd to their feet soaring baseline and basically dropping the ball gently in the rim, this girl goes UP!!!!
Mckenna Ferguson MBA UA RISE 2023 Guard
Tough as nails PG, Mckenna had it all on display today. Playing basically on one leg Mckenna hit multiple 3s, scored in transition, and played her usual tough lockdown defense. Give me Mckenna on my team any day of the week this girl is one tough guard that backs down from nothing!!
Gabrielle Scott Germantown Lady Panthers 17 GUAA 2022 Guard
SHOOTERS SHOOT!!!! This young lady needed no introduction nor did she need to be told to get ready to shoot, Scott found her spot on the wing and corner and let it fly and most of the day it was straight bottoms! A pretty stroke and the ability to get it off Gabrielle is a big-time shooter hitting multiple triples today and even showing she could put it on the floor when they ran her off the line.
Darrianna Alexander West Virginia Thunder 17U GUAA 2025 Wing
I went in hearing the hype and immediately she lived up to every word of it, Darrianna is a smooth long wing who is dominant in every aspect of the game while playing three age groups up. She scores it at all levels and can defend the perimeter and post. Easily one of the top 25's in the country.
Zhara Adeyemi New Heights 16U Blue Aaliyah 2023 Forward
Zhara, an undersized big, was super aggressive today dominating the paint with her ability to finish in traffic and use her physical play to take a hit and get the and one. Zhara rebounded at a high clip as well.