As expected, the Miami Suns, with co-founder Sylvia Fowles (WNBA Chicago/LSU) in attendance, brought some of the elite prep prospects from South Florida and beyond to the campuses of Nova Senior High School and University School in Davie, Florida this past weekend. While there was some exceptional talent on the floor this weekend, here are eight players that stood out during the 2-day tryout for the EYBL Nike Elite Miami Suns;
Collegiate Girls Basketball Report #-86 Jacaira Allen (5-9 SG Pompano Beach, FL/Dillard 2016) continued to elevate her game, displaying what Miami Suns director, Miguel Diaz called a “female Lebron James game” as Allen exploited mismatches, threw in an occasional trey and physically dominated opponents off the dribble.
espnW Hoopgurlz #-14 Chelsie Hall (5-7 PG Boca Raton, FL/Seffner Christian 2017), coming off a runner-up finish in the FHSAA 3A state title game, dazzled the crowd with electrifying open court play. Hall, an elite combo-guard with an uncanny ability to handle and distribute the ball with ease, has continued to grow physically, allowing her game to elevate.
Megan Gorman (5-11 SF Vero Beach, FL/Vero Beach 2016) joins the Miami Suns Team Fowles for 2015 and is a surprising and welcome addition. Providing an adept shooting stroke, especially off the dribble, Gormans’ midrange game is silky smooth. The wing forward with solid academics also attacks off the dribble with regularity.
Not to be overlooked is perhaps one of the nation’s “under the radar” perimeter performers with a dose of faceup-4 in her arsenal, Mikiah Harrigan (6-1 SF/4 Pembroke Pines, FL/Charles W. Flanagan 2016). Long and agile with a soft jumper to the arc, Harrigan’s game has continued to impress. A breakout April in the EYBL at the Boo Williams Nike Invitational could have Harrigan seeing a BCS future!
Natalia Pineda (5-8 SG/1 2018), a lefthanded combo-guard that was a contributor as a freshman at John H. Ferguson High School in 2014-15, comes to the “Land of the Suns” with a confident, consistent offensive threat. Natalia will be suiting up for the Miami Suns Team Larkins this summer.
Continuing the youth movement is Sydney Jones (5-10 SG Royal Palm Beach, FL/Pam Beach Central 2018), a long, athletic guard with off-the-charts potential. Jones, who will be playing on Miami Suns Team Larkins, has the skills to impact this Spring and Summer on the circuit and with a forming mid-range game that brings consistent results. Jones may elevate her game to the elite level on the circuit.
Two super future phenoms attending were Aaliyah Stanley (5-5 PG Boynton Beach, FL/Odyssey Middle School 2019) and Colleen Bucknor (6-0 PF Miami, FL/Miami Lakes Middle School 2020). Stanley is one of the best young prospects in the 8th grade class in the state of Florida, displaying a disruptive defensive game and an open court flair accustomed to much older prospects. Bucknor is a power-body insider with soft touch, whether in the block or facing up to the arc. Both should make “noise” as they begin their careers on the travel circuit in 2015 with the Miami Suns.
Filing the shoes of players like Ogechi Anyagaligbo, Beatrice Mompremier and Crystal Primm, who were also in attendance during the two-day tryout, will be tough for the Suns but there is no shortage of talent coming up. The future looks very bright for the Miami Suns.
Dan Olson – Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, Director ESPNw HoopGurlz