By: Kenny Kallina
Coaches packed the house this fall in Miami for some big time action at Dr. Krop High School in Miami, Florida for the 2nd Annual Miami Suns Team Showdown and 3rd Annual Stars Under the Sun Exposure Camp. With one of the best classes in the history of Florida and Georgia there was no shortage of talent on hand at any point during the weekend which showed during play on the floor and number of coaches in attendance.
The Miami Suns Team Showdown saw 12 teams from all over the east coast play 3 games in tough head to head competition. Some of the feature teams in attendance were FGB (Florida Girl’s Basketball), Miami Suns Team Fowles, New Jersey Sparks, Central Florida Elite, South Florida Lady Jaguars, and Florida Angels. In a rematch of last year’s feature game the New Jersey Sparks avenged a loss in this same event last year by defeating the Miami Suns Fowles to finish 3-0 on the weekend. Below are some of the stand out players from the team and individual event which had nearly every top player in Florida.
Raigyne Moncrief 5-9 G American Heritage Plantation (Fort Lauderdale, Fl) – Moncrief has been well covered this spring and summer after missing the entire summer after her sophomore year she came back this summer on a mission. Moncrief led the Miami Suns to the AAU Gold Showcase Title along with numerous high profile wins all summer. Moncrief, one of the best athletes in the country visited Miami last weekend and is headed to South Carolina next weekend. Her other three visits consist of Louisiana State, Duke, and Oklahoma. This weekend Dawn Staley (South Carolina), Katie Meier (Miami), and Nikki Caldwell (LSU) all made appearances at the Stars Under the Sun Event and assistants from Oklahoma were also on hand. Moncrief was strong during the team event leading her team to wins over Central Florida Elite 2014 and the Tampa Inferno, her action was limited in the individual event but she is clearly part of the creme of this Florida 2013 class.
Myisha Hines-Allen 6-2 F Montclair (Montclair, NJ) – Last summer people thought they came across a great unknown player when Teana Muldrow (2013 West Virginia Commit) suited up for the New Jersey Sparks, well this year was no different as Hines-Allen has quickly established herself as one of the premier forwards in the country. Hines-Allen has fantastic hands and is a great rebounder, her ability to impact every play around the basket on offense and defense is unique for a player so young. Hines-Allen unlike a lot of players now is not afraid to be physical inside, Hines-Allen is as strong and physical as it gets and had a strong run this weekend in both the team and individual event in Miami.
Khale’Ann Carson-Goudreau 6-3 2014 W/F IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fl) & Audrey-Ann Carson-Goudreau 6-3 2014 W/F IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fl) – This set of twin sisters who originate from Canada are best served to be written about together. New arrivals to the Sunshine State both Carson-Goudreau sisters are a pleasant surprise at the school which has also produced Moniquee Alexander (UCLA), Latara Darrett (Baylor) among others. The Carson-Goudreau sisters are identical twins and are a legit 6-3, well built and strong they have skills you typically see from high level guards. While they are very skilled they are not flashy so it takes some study to acquire their talents. Both sisters played in the individual event this weekend and were very impressive there is little down plenty of coaches will be headed to Bradenton to recruit them.
Haley Clark 5-9 G 2014 Edgewater (Orlando, Fl) – I have watched Haley Clark for a long time starting out as a middle school player in Orlando. As a freshman and sophomore she started on one of Florida’s most successful teams at Orlando Edgewater who participated in the Nike TOC last year and won the Class 6A State Championship. While Clark hasn’t always been the feature player on her team playing with players like Trimaine McCullough (USF) and Alexis Prince (Baylor) her time has certainly come. One of the most improved players in the state, Clark is the definition of a true point guard. Clark has tightened up her handle, gotten tougher in traffic, and is playing with a new confidence after a very strong summer. Edgewater continues to produce high level talent, Clark is no different. Clark’s continued development has her a near lock for a big time scholarship at this point.
Taryn Griffey 5-6 G 2014 Dr. Phillips (Windermere, Fl) – Not a new name to anyone, Griffey who burst on to the scene as just a sixth grader with the Georgia Ice has gone from the peripheral to main event in a short amount of time. The most impressive thing about Griffey this fall was the type of physical shape she was in. While many players do not come into fall viewing events in top shape, Griffey has really done a great job adding muscle to her frame and is in fantastic condition. Like I stated earlier Griffey is a very good player in 2014 it will be interesting to continue to follow her and her development as she nears the next level.
Aisha Edwards 5-8 G 2014 Coral Springs Charter (Boca Raton, Fl) – Florida typically is not some place you go to find shooters but Aisha Edwards and the 2014 guards may be the exception to that rule. Edwards who shared lead guard duties for the Miami Suns last year showed why she is one of the premier shooters in the country in 2014 all weekend. Edwards is one of the few prep players who really is comfortable with shooting the three ball off the dribble and pull up, something always entertaining and quite effective. Edwards is another player in Florida regarded as one of the elite guards in the country in the 2014 class.
De’Angelique Waithe 6-0 W 2014 East Lee County (Lehigh Acres, Fl) – Anyone who knows me knows I can appreciate a good athlete, well De’Angelique (Angel) Waithe is not a good athlete she is a fantastic athlete. Waithe is from an obscure part of the state which does not get much basketball coverage but typically doesn’t have many good players but of late that trend seems to have turned some and Southwest Florida has several Division 1 players in the 2014 and 2015 classes. Waithe, who plays at East Lee County in Lehigh Acres is always the best athlete in the game, while her skill level is still developing it doesn’t take long when she is on the floor to figure out that she has some major potential. Currently she is an interior player but if she can mold her game to the perimeter this will not be the only time you read or hear about her.
Kiana Lurry 5-9 G 2015 Nova (Davie, Fl) – Lurry is not a well known name on the national scene yet but certainly not because of lack of talent. Lurry is a crafty lefty and likely the top player in South Florida who does not play with the Miami Suns. Lurry is a great shooter and improved her game going to the basket, as she continues to add to her game she will be sought after by some of the top programs in the country.
Beatrice Mompremier 6-4 C 2015 Miami Senior (Miami, Fl) – Mompremier is another talented player from Florida who has greatly improved over the last twelve months. While a year ago Mompremier might have been in the category of “just tall” that is certainly not true anymore. Mompremier brings great energy to the game and constantly impacts her team positively on the defensive end by blocking shots, rebounding, and because of her quickness stealing the ball from slower post players. Her development by the Miami Suns and Miami High program has been impressive and if you are an up tempo college program there may be no ceiling for the post from Miami.
Crystal Primm 5-10 G 2015 Palm Beach Central (Wellington, Fl) – Primm led her high school team to be the top team in Palm beach County last year only to be defeated by Dr. Krop in the state semi-finals, although the outcome was not favorable to her, the entire season was a coming out part for the 5-10 guard from Wellington, Fl. Primm now a relatively well known player nationally is being heavily perused by some of the nation’s top programs. Primm needs to continue to improve deep ball more consistently but once she puts it on the floor the way she scores is never the same but it’s almost always 2 points.
Alexis Gordon 5-7 G 2016 Viera (Viera, Fl) – Gordon only played two games at the Miami Suns Team Showdown but was able to put on one of the top performances of the event by dropping 23 points against Central Florida Elite 2015. Gordon is a very strong player for her age that can score the ball as well as lead a team from the point guard spot. As time progresses she is certainly someone to monitor at a high level during her prep career.
Tamieria Johnson 5-3 PG 2017 St. John’s Lutheran (Ocala, Fl) – Ocala has really only produced two high major players in the last 15 years in Jessica Dickson (Vanguard) who was just inducted to the University of South Florida Hall of Fame and current South Florida freshman Shavontae Naylor (who finished high school at Southwest Atlanta Christian). This is all relevant to Tameria Johnson because she and her cousin (Jalaysha Thomas – Written Up below) are about to significantly change that trend in Ocala. Johnson is a lightening quick guard who will get her first year of high school basketball in 8th grade as she suits up this year for St. John’s Lutheran. While playing even against players nearly 5 years older than her this weekend she still was able to put on a show with her ability to get in the paint and make things happen. Johnson reminds me of a young Erica White (former LSU Player / McDonald’s All American / Northeast Florida High school Player) because of her quickness and flavor she plays the game with. Johnson will be a name you certainly hear a lot about in the future as her career progresses and she enters high school next fall.
Jalaysha Thomas 6-3 F 2017 St. John’s Lutheran (Citra, Fl) – While I believe Tameria Johnson will be a very good player in time, it is hard for me to imagine there are many more players in America that are as far along in 8th grade as Jalaysha Thomas. Thomas already stands 6-3 and has a very strong build for a player of that age which can stand the wear and tear of playing the forward position. Thomas has been recruited by BCS level college programs since she was just in the sixth grade and that is something that will not change anytime soon. Keep an eye on this player because she has all the tools to become a very special player.
Kenny Kallina is the owner and publisher of the Girl’s Basketball Insider Recruiting Service, a service which covers the states of Florida and Georgia along with national recruiting scoop and is subscribed to by nearly 100 colleges and universities around the country. Kallina is the director of the FGB Club team and also coaches high school basketball. Kallina has been involved in the basketball community as a coach, writer, and scout since 2000, he can be reached at KennyKallina@gmail.com or @KennyKallina on twitter. (Because of Kenny Kallina’s affiliation with the FGB Club team his players will not be included in his event coverage for Full Court)