Final Spotlight on Boo
Khadijah Rushdan
Khadijah Rushdan
National Director of Scouting
Posted Apr 19, 2006


The all-tournament fourth team, plus other top players, from the nation's elite spring viewing event for girls, as ranked by HoopGurlz.com.

PHOTOS BY GLENN NELSON


Jordan Jones of the Georgia Metros

HAMPTON, Va. - Our last batch of prospects from the Boo Williams Invitational includes some of the "diaper dandies" - including Kelsey Bone of Sugar Land, Texas, who represents the Class of 2009 and is a scary good post for the West Coast Elite. The future of interior play in this country also includes Lynetta Kizer of the tournament-champion Boo Williams Summer League squad and a 2008 recruit.


(CLICK ON NAMES FOR PROFILES)

Kelsey Bone – West Coast Elite - 2009
Lynetta Kizer – Boo Williams Summer League - 2008
Jeanette Pohlen – Cal Swish - 2007
Khadijah Rushdan – DBL Phoenix - 2007
Kerri Simpson – Tennessee Flight - 2007

Kelsey Bone, a 6-foot-4 bruising freshman post often plays like an upperclassmen. She has dropped some weight since the fall and looks like she's in midseason form. She's quicker and more explosive and has the ability to dominate games. For a freshman she has good touch and stays active on the offensive boards. The best part about Bone, she's a 2009 prospect and should only get better.


Jeanette Pohlen of Cal Swish
Jeanette Pohlen’s game can best be described as “git er dun”. All weekend that’s what she did. She’s a natural wing that runs the point for the Cal Swish and without all the flash she gets the job done. She defends, rebounds, does all the little things and scorer well too.

With Khadijah Rushdan, think Epiphany Prince only with an even stronger body. When she’s into the game she can do whatever she wants with the ball. She has great handle and uses her body well to penetrate against bigger players. She’s got frightening talent.

Kerrie Simpson outworked a lot of more talented guards. She’s got plenty of talent herself but her ability to change the game defensively kept her Tennessee Flight team winning until they ran into Boo Williams Summer League. She’s very strong going to the basket and hit some shots from range too.

Lynetta Kizer is a big strong sophomore who battled against Shegog in the championship game. Physically she’s as ready as any high school player for the college game. She uses her strength on both ends of the floor, is a rebounding machine and has solid pivot moves.



Sky Lindsay of the Liberty Bells

Tyra White of the KC Selects

Brittany Carter, a Covington, Ga., native and 2008 guard prospect, showed her talents leading the Georgia Nike Elite team. She has good size and athleticism. She has the ability to create scoring opportunities off the dribble and finishes very strong with her right.

Fencor guard Caroline Doty, a 5-11 combo guard from Deylestown, Penn., played with poise not seen in most sophomores. She has the benefit of playing with the oft-double teamed Elena DelleDonne but she has the ability to knock down shots and runs the floor well.

Liberty Belles guard Sky Lindsay, from Brooklyn, N.Y., showed her skills off the dribble as well as her much improved jump shot. Her team is getting used to not having Tina Charles in the paint and had an up and down weekend despite Lindsay and Lorin Dixon. Another solid player for the Belles was Tahira Johnson a 6-1 forward who is quick has good length and a smooth looking shot. With her athleticism and current skill set she could be scary good if she continues to develop.


Italee Lucas
Italee Lucas recovered from an off Friday night game to play solid the rest of the weekend. The talent this kid has is scary. Bringing it every night seems to be the only question. She has another gear and when she kicks it in she’s a handful.

Alicia Manning, a 6-1 guard from Woodstock, Ga., was another 2008 prospect that showed a lot of skills. She has a nice stroke and gets good elevation on her jumper. She’s very athletic and strong. She, teamed with Maya Moore and Kelley Cain, added up to a Silver Division Championship.

Atonye Nyingifa, a 5-11 wing from Torrance, Calif., showed her energy and athleticism and how it can change a game. She helped Pohlen lead the Cal Swish to the semi finals and an upset win over the Georgia Metros in pool play. She needs to develop her off hand but for going primarily right, she makes things happen.

Maryland-commit Kimberly Rodgers was her usual smooth moving sharp shooting self for BWSL. Rodgers teammate Tierra Pratt a 5-10 may have been the best defensive perimeter player in the elite bracket. Despite being just a sophomore her poise and tenacity on the defensive end of the floor was outstanding.

Tyra White (Kansas City Selects), a 2007 from Kansas City, Mo., is a great athlete who gets into the paint. She gets after offensive rebounds and finishes. She’s got solid ball handling skills. The most impressive thing was her ability to jab to back defenders off her and immediately raise up from three point range.


Brittany Carter of Georgia Elite

Alicia Manning of the Metros




Chris Hansen is the National Director of Scouting for Women's Basketball at HoopGurlz.com and Scout.com. Chris leads the panel that evaluates and ranks girl's basketball prospects nationally for HoopGurlz, Scout.com and Full Court Press (www.FullCourt.com). Chris has been involved in the women’s basketball community since 1998 as a coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He can be reached at chansen@scout.com.



Glenn Nelson is the publisher of HoopGurlz.com and the editor-in-chief of Scout Media (www.Scout.com), an online sports network and magazine-publishing company and subsidiary of Fox Interactive Media. Glenn also founded and coached the Dragons and Northwest HoopGurlz select girls basketball teams. He previously was a longtime, national-award-winning basketball columnist and writer for The Seattle Times. His work also has appeared in several national magazines and books. He is co-author of "Rising Stars: The Ten Best Players in the NBA" (Rosen Publishing, 2002).




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