Guest blogger, JCTMS girls basketball coach, Michael G. Moore Jr. gives us insight on several top freshmen that will play basketball in the 6th & 7th Region next season.
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 many teams lost key players to graduation from the 2019 class. A lot of those players were known faces of that program for the past 4-5 years.
There will be a lot of new faces in the high school scene in the fall to become familiar with. A couple kids will find themselves in the varsity rotation as starters or right off the bench to help contribute right away.
She leads the Assumption freshmen class this year. She can play off the ball at guard, on the wing or a forward. She should contribute right away with whatever is asked of her. She has the ability to make open jumpers at an impressive rate. Look for her to also help inside with her strength around the rim. She will benefit in their offensive system during her years in high school.
L to R: Nuri Shahid-Stevenson, Neeyah Shahid-Stevenson
Ballard brings in a freshmen class led by the twins from Westport Middle. They are both long & athletic forwards who will give Ballard great length & athleticism on the wings & forward positions. They both run the floor well & a force defensively and offensively around the rim.
L to R: Lilly Reid, Logan Ortega
Bullitt East adds these two guards to the program to lead their freshmen class. Both players should add the depth at the guard position to a veteran squad with big expectations. Both are aggressive on ball defenders and when given the opportunity will contribute offensively.
L to R: Sasha Thomas, Kylie Floyd
These two step into the Butler program to lead the freshmen class. Both players can be power guards or play on the wing with their ability to shoot it well on the perimeter and rebound strong inside. Sasha Thomas, has a chance to be in the main rotation and contribute off the bench. She adds quality depth to a deep & athletic Butler squad.
L to R: Ja’la Douglas, JaKyrra Bartlett, Shanese Carr
The new class heading to Central will be led by these three. They bring in another impressive group to go with the strong rising sophomore class. Ja’la Douglas, could be a potential starter & contribute right away. She is a very athletic & long forward, runs the floor well. She is active around the rim & is a strong shot blocker. Her potential is incredibly high, watch out for her as she continues to develop with her classmates over their 4 years.
Top L to R: Desaine Mhango, Ka’Niah Edelen, Ma’Kiya West
Bottom L to R: Chandler Duncan, Chelsea Brewer, Riana Caldwell
With the departures that hit Male from last year, there is alot of playing time available right away. So this talented class should come in with the expectation to play quality varsity minutes and battle for starting roles. Desaine Mhango played up last year with Male and gained a lot of experience. She started on JV and got varsity minutes off the bench. This will be a nice class to watch grow together during their 4 years.
L to R: Sydne Tolbert, Lexi Weaver, Jakayla Thompson, Peyton Bush, Madison Brittle, Jazmine Chatman
Manual brings in a deep class of talent this fall; one that will add speed and athleticism to their style of play and much needed depth. Watch out for this class as they grow & develop together in the Manual system over the next 4 years. Jakayla Thompson, could be a starter and contribute right away. She has ability to play multiple positions and can help give them an additional ball handler & scorer. She really thrives in transition and being a slasher and brings a strong defensive intensity.
L to R: Mary Reagan Smith, Emma Barnett, Lexi Cash, Amy Thompson
These freshmen step into the Mercy program this upcoming season to lead another impressive class. They will add quality depth to a veteran squad that returns with high expectations. This group will also provide additional shooting, scoring & length. They each have a great chance to play a lot in the main rotation and contribute. This will be a core that will grow together over their 4 years to continue the Mercy winning tradition.
PRP HS is adding one of the top forwards who has great size and shooting ability. Not too many kids entering high school have the size/strength to bang inside but also the smooth shooting touch to step out and shoot 3’s. She will step into a big role as possible starter or playing right off the bench. She will be a nice addition to a PRP squad that returns a nice senior core to make some noise in the 6th region.
A lighting quick combo guard that is an explosive scorer in transition. She is an incredible all ball defender that will fit perfectly in the defensive scheme. Look for her to make some noise in the fall. She plays with a passion fans who watch her play will really enjoy, because you don’t normally see that in kids today. She will be a great addition to a squad that could be the pre-season #1 team in the state.
Southern High School is adding one of the strong jump shooters who is coming out of middle school. Last year she played up for the Lady Trojans and got lots of varsity experience. She will step into a big role as possibly being Southern’s main scorer and having to lead the program during her 4 years.