Guest blogger, Michael G. Moore, gives us insight on several top freshmen that will play basketball in the Sixth Region next season. His Seventh Region preview will come out Thursday.
June is always a great month for high school coaches to see their new squads for the upcoming season, it comes after a year when so many teams lost key players to graduation. A lot of those players were known names and faces for the past few seasons.
There will be a lot of new faces on the varsity scene to become familiar with this upcoming season and they will find themselves in bigger roles with more expectations.
Emma Egan (Bullitt East)
Combo guard who is quick and very energetic. She can take it to the rim with multiple moves in isolation. Very effective as a lead guard running the offensive sets and getting others involved. Has nice size to be productive on both sides of the ball playing/guarding mulitiple positions. She knows how to really get after it on the defensive side and is always giving 110%.
Aries Harris (Butler)
Shooting guard, she is one of the top jump shooters in the class. Has a quick release which makes her very good at spotting up with a catch and shoot motion on her threes. Whether it’s in the half court or in transition, she knows how to find her shooting spots. On the defensive end, with her length, she can really pressure guards which helps lead to steals and deflections and start the fast break.
Tiffanie Floyd and A’Nya Winburn
Combo guard that is an explosive scorer from anywhere on the court. Great driving ability into the lane with a smooth pull up jumper & floater. On the defensive end does a great job reading and timing the passing lanes to get steals. She played a lot of minutes on varsity last year, where she averaged eight points per game playing for Moore. With the experience she gained from last year, expect a big season from her this upcoming season.
Athletic guard/wing with impressive length who plays multiple positions. Moves without the ball very well. Has an ability off the dribble to slash through the lane in her attacks to the rim. Winburn has great timing on rebounds along with a nice pull up jumper and three-point shot. With her length on the defensive end, it can really make it tough for opponents to get around her or get a shot off.
Jakayla Thompson (Fern Creek) and Triniti Ralston (Jeffersontown)
Here is a quick mention of two rising eighth graders at Ramsey Middle. Thompson averaged six points per game last year and Ralston averaged 11 points a game. As seventh graders, they made their debut on the high school varsity scene. The duo led Ramsey to an undefeated season and City Title last year. The question surrounding them is will they play at Ramsey and play up on the high school level again or just play high school. With the loss of graduating seniors in both back courts, their roles will enhance even more as they will be asked to be bigger scoring threats as starting guards.