Guest blogger, Michael G. Moore, gives us insight on several top freshmen that will play basketball in the Sixth Region next season. His Sixth Region preview came out Wednesday.
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.
Nia Gandolfo (Assumption)
Combo guard, who excels as a scorer and is a very hard worker and stays in the gym working on her game. As a lead guard, shows great court awareness that goes well with her scoring ability. Look for her to be one of the leaders in the future for this program.
Jaya McClure(Christian Academy)
An excellent scoring point guard with impressive ball handling skills and deep range on her three-point shot. Has a crafty ability to attack the lane for pull up jumpers/floaters. On the defensive end can really cause havoc with her speed and aggressiveness. On varsity for Whitfield Academy last years she averaged 17 points a game. She played varsity as a seventh grader so this will be her third season of varsity. One of state the top kids in the 2022 class. Per the KHSAA, she already has 871 points as she enters her freshman year. With what CAL returns, she will be a great addition and fun to watch.
Amaya Asher (Central)
She will lead the freshman class at Central that has depth, size and athleticism. A game changer at the point guard position. She is physical and fast with the ball and has impressive ball handling and passing skills. Has a nice 3 point shot and pull up jumper. She will make some plays this season that will make the crowd say “wow”. One of the top kids in the 2022 class in the state. Last year played on JV and Varsity for Eastern HS. That experience should help her as a starter this season in leading her team as a floor general and vocal leader.
Darian Griggs (Male)
Athletic guard/forward who excels in attacking the rim. Has an impressive sequence of moves with her ball handling and a nice mid-range pull up jumper. Has a good instinct on defense with getting steals which leads to fast breaks. Can really push the ball in transition.
Makya Grinter (Male)
Combo guard with explosive speed, especially when leading the fast break, and pushing the ball up the court. Can really cause havoc on defense for those ball handlers she goes against with her incredible lateral speed. A real threat on the wing to catch and shoot threes. Can really get to the rim with her speed.
Kynidi Striverson (Male)
She leads the talented freshman class at Male that has good depth this season. Combo guard with the ability to knock down 3’s on the wing and is relentless in her attack to the rim. Very tough & hard-nosed defender, who takes pride in guarding the opponents top offensive guard. Plays with high energy and emotion. One of the top kids in the 2022 class in the state. Playing a lot of varsity last year will help her with confidence for the upcoming season. She will play a key role for Male’s success this year as a starting guard.
Kennedy Lee (Manual)
Forward/center that runs the floor well in transition. Has a nice mid-range jumper. Will be a force blocking shots in and around the paint area. Does a great job with tracking down rebounds with great timing and making her presence known. Starts the fast break for her team well with quick outlet passes to the guards.
Ayanna Stroud (Manual)
Physical combo guard. Plays with an aggressive mindset, has the ability to bang on the inside and score amongst the bigs. Can step out and shoot jumpers and 3’s also. She plays with a lot of energy and is “all-out effort” mode on the court. A vocal player who plays with a lot of passion.
Daija White (Manual)
Wing player with a load of potential. The more confidence she gains while in high school, the better she will become. With her length and ability, she is a prime example of a position-less player we often hear about these days because can guard and play multiple positions. She knows how to stuff the stat sheet.
Kayla Bryant (Sacred Heart)
Wing/forward who is a strong rebounder with great timing & jumping ability. Also known as a strong volleyball player, will be a two sport star in high school. Does a great job as a help defender in the half court. Has the ability to step out and shoot jumpers/3’s and put the ball on the floor to attack the rim.
Josie Gilvin (Sacred Heart)
She will lead the talented freshmen class at Sacred Heart. She is a 5-9 combo guard/forward. Great defensive player, likes to play at a fast pace. Has nice ball handles to be a lead guard and sees the floor well as a good passer. She can shoot it well and also attack off the wing or even post up smaller guards. One of the top kids in the 2022 class in the state. With who Sacred Heart returns, she will play a key role to give them depth and scoring.
Alex Wolff (Sacred Heart)
Forward/center with good size and very mobile in the paint area. Runs the floor very well at her size. Can post up using multiple moves to score.