Blue Star South Watch
Alicia Manning
Alicia Manning

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Alicia Manning of Woodstock, Ga., No. 6 in the HoopGurlz National Hot 25 for 2008, was among the many stars at the Blue Star South Fall Showcase at Middle Tennessee State.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A great collection of players from the Southeast came together for the Blue Star Fall Showcase at Middle Tennessee State University. More than 200 prospects from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. These athletes were joined by parents, club coaches and more than 60 colleges coaches from across the nation.

The event took place over a one-day period with the players broken into 10-girl teams. This is the eight year of this event, which year in and out through the joint effort of the Georgia Metros and Tennessee Flight, has proven to be a must-see event by college coaches and is viewed as one of the largest one day individual exposure events in the country.

The eighth annual event proved to be the best one so far with a lot of talent in the 2008 – 2010 ages.

Anisha Buchanan - A 6-0 post from Shelbyville, Tenn., that plays a lot taller than she is. Showed her range by stepping out and knocking down jump shots and taking taller player in the paint and scoring with ease on them. Player being looked at by a number of D1 schools but has yet to decide on where she is going play next year.

Charenee Stephens
Abby Andrews – 5-8 guard from Collinwood, Tenn., showed ability to score in many different way rather it be by taking it off the bounce hitting the pull up jumper or stepping out and knocking down the 3 in transition.

Michelle Davis – 6-3 post from Cleveland, Tenn., that plays inside and out. Very physical player that jumps really well and has great moves with back to basket. Stepped out and knocked down the 3 with ease

Alex Jarrell – 6-4 post from Shelbyville, Tenn., that is very skilled with back to basket. Has great hands and good footwork in the paint. Showed her ability to block shots

Mary Jackson – 5-11 forward from Memphis, Tenn., showed a aggressive style of play on the defensive end coming up with a lot of steal and blocked shots. Very athletic that showed off her ability to score on taller players in the paint.

Morgan Jennings – 5-10 forward from Atlanta, Ga., showed why she is considered one of the top perimeter players in the 2008 class. Very quick player that got to the basket with ease and knocked outside shots with ease. Rated out as the best perimeter player at the camp

Alicia Manning – 6-1 forward from Woodstock, Ga., made it happen for her team all day by either knocking down shots from the outside or taking her defender inside on the block. Continues to prove why she is one of the top players in the country

Chantel Poston 5-11 forward from Milan, Tenn., was the surprise of the camp and showed that she was good enough to be among the nation elite. She was very explosive up on the rim several times pulling rebounds and taking the ball to the basket and scoring in traffic with ease. The matchup between Poston and Stephens showed two of the most explosive players in the 2008 class going head to head.

Charenee Stephens – 6-0 post from Decatur, Ga., was very explosive playing above the rim for the majority of the day. Stephens has really worked on her perimeter game, stepping out and playing away from the basket for the most part and handling the ball in transition.

Taylor Turnbow – 6-3 post from Clarkston, Ga., was by far the best player at the camp. Turnbow has really improved her back to the basket game since this summer. Turnbow was blocking shots, scoring with ease, and running the floor like a guard. Turnbow proved she is ready to step in and fill Kelley Cain shoes for the Metros in 2007.

Morgan Toles
Jala Harris – 5-6 point guard from Madison, Ala., showed lighting quickness and ability to knock down the open shot and see the open player in transition

Jasmine James – 5-9 shooting guard from Memphis, Tenn., showed her ability to score in many different ways. She was knocking down 3’s from 23 foot.

Kayla Christopher – 5-9 guard from Oliver Springs, Tenn., can play any perimeter position and showed ability to knock down the 3 and take it off the bouce and score in traffic.

Morgan Toles – 5-8 point guard from Fayetteville, Ga., showed why she started all summer for the Georgia Metros. She showed a lot of quickness defensively and ability to knock down open shots and find players in transition.

2010 Checklist

Lauren Avant
Lauren Avant – 5-9 point guard from Memphis, Tenn., was very impressive in only one game of play. Avant was sidelined for the majority of the day due to injury but showed why she was the only 2010 player listed in Street & Smith’s in just her one game. She showed her ability to score in all different ways either by going off the bounce, stepping back for the 3 or just getting it off the rim and scoring off put backs. She showed a very aggressive style of defensive on the ball.

Netanya Jackson – 6-4 post from Nashville, Tenn., showed a very physical style of player for a youngster. Showed ability to score with back to basket and rebounded very well.

Jasmine Trotter – 6-3 post from Memphis, Tenn., show ability to run the floor well and ability to block shots with ease. Good hands with nice skills inside for a young post player

All-Star Selections

Upperclass - 2007 & 2008

Abby Andrews
Paige Marie Anderson
Katie Brooks
Anisha Buchanan
Michelle Davis
Courtey Dyer
Temperance Jacobs
Mary Jackson
Alex Jarrell
Morgan Jennings
Alicia Manning
Kylee Marx-Booth
Mandy Mendenhall
April Morehouse
Chantel Poston
Charnee Stephens
Portia Tucker
Taylor Turnbow
Addi Young
Vee Young

Underclass – 2009 and up
Lauren Avant
Kayla Christopher
Candis Clear
Chassidy Fussell
Jala Harris
Netyana Jackson
Jasmine James
Cricket Glenn
Hayden Latham
Madison Lee
Jasmine Lewis
Latesa McLaughlin
Kaitlin Murphy
Ceny Phelps
Ashley Robinson
Morgan Toles
Kelley Smith
Jasmine Trotter
Jessica Winfrey
Danielle Vaughn

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