Suwanee, GA – Brandon Clay and his staff are hosting teams from all over the country at this weekend’s Tip-Off Classic. The tournament kicked off on Friday with a variety of exhibition games with bracket play beginning on Saturday. Talent was showcased in every division as college coaches lined the baselines of each court to take in the show.
Jalisha Terry 2016 5’6” Guard Michigan Storm-Jr
Relentless on both ends of the court, Jalisha has been phenomenal thus far. She has been amazing defensively, strong offensively and smart with her decision making. Whether directly or indirectly, she has been responsible for over half of the Storm’s scoring, making her teammates better while winning games.
Maxine Moore 2018 5’10” Post Michigan Storm-Fr
Moore was everything for her team. She rebounded, posted up and got easy lay-ups, she made jump shots, and even led a few fast breaks. She plays much bigger than her size and uses her body well. Maxine is very strong and always in the midst of a down low battle.
Kayla Brown 2017 5’6” PG Michigan Storm-So
Showcasing her in and out game, Brown has done a great job playing the role as floor general and primary scorer for her team. She knows when to turn it on and when to get her teammates involved, which makes her a double threat. Her scoring range is wide, for she can take her opponent off the dribble and score in the paint but can also knock down the long range three pointer.
Emily Marsh 2017 5’10” Wing Michigan Storm-So
Versatile player that can play both wing and post, Marsh did a great job facing the basket and shooting the jumper or beating her man off the dribble. She also knocked down a few long range three pointers. Emily is developing more offensively and becoming more of a threat without the ball in her hand; finding the open areas, making herself available for teammates.
Hailey Leidel 2016 5’7” Guard Michigan Storm-Jr
Earning the title “Shooter”, Leidel has done a great job pulling the focus of defenders from teammates Terry and Bello and forcing them to guard her. After knocking down a total of 7 three pointers on Friday alone, Hailey also did a great job handling the ball under pressure and making great passes in transition. Look to see her name more during this travel season.
Kara Wilson 2017 5’8” Guard Michigan Storm-So
Her even kill on both ends of the court was exactly what her team needed to pull away to big victories in bracket play. Wilson was able to play great defense and get some key defensive stops that converted into points and a lead in the semifinals. She knocked down two big jump shots, hit a big lay-up after a strong drive to the basket, and finally knocked down some crucial free throws in the last two minutes of the game that sealed the lead and advanced her team to the championship game.
Kristen Nelson 2016 5’9” Guard Michigan Storm-Jr
Nelson has great court vision and did a phenomenal job keeping her team involved as much as possible. Her pin point passing dissected defenses and gave her teammates easy looks at the basket. Kristen’s high basketball IQ allowed her to make proper decisions and know when to score and when to pass.
Logan Cruz 2018 5’5” Guard British Columbia Finest-Fr
Following in the footsteps of her mom, San Jose State’s all-time leading scorer Natasha Johnson, Cruz is making a name for herself on the court. She not only can knock down the three-ball, but can also move well without the ball making her very effective. While under defensive pressure, she handles herself and the ball very well.
Ally Johnson 2017 5’8” Guard Cincy Swish
Johnson shot extremely well from long range including hitting multiple threes in the championship game. She has a very high basketball IQ that allows her to move well without the ball and get herself open. She understands that she can’t do it alone and always found way to get her teammates involved.
Ashley Brown 2018 6'2" Post Toledo Thunder
Brown is a post player but can defend the wing also. She runs the court well and often pushed the ball up the court in transition, finishing with a lay-up. Long in stature, Ashley does a great job keeping a hand in her opponents face and blocking shots without fouling.
Story was written by R.Simone Brown you can reach her via email firstname.lastname@example.org also follow her on twitter @LBI_RSimone