The Standouts at Boo Williams
Alyssia Brewer
Alyssia Brewer
National Director of Scouting
Posted Apr 24, 2007

Alyssia Brewer and 21 others caught our eye during the 2007 Boo Williams Invitational.

HAMPTON, Va. - In our final look at the sping viewing period, we list some of the kids that caught our eye at the Boo Williams Invitational. These are not the top players, per se, but a collection of kids who had something about them that stood out and, as always, these are a reflection only of the kids I was able to see first hand.

LaSondra Barrett – 6-2 – F – 2008 - Tennessee Flight – Undecided
Very impressive offensive player who has a toughness about her. She was the Flight’s top interior scoring threat and was a monster in the paint rebounding and hustling.
Kelsey Bone – 6-4 – C – 2009 - West Coast Elite – Undecided
Bone is one of the most polished interior scorers in the country and she's only a sophomore. She is starting to show real leadership qualities on the floor to compliment her game. Her mid range jumper expands her game as teams try to make her score away from the basket. She's also improved greatly on the defensive end.
Alyssia Brewer – 6-3 – F – 2008 – Cal Storm – Undecided
Brewer glides up and down the court and throws a lot of people off because she's left handed. Well, what really throws them off is a kid this big coming right at them and flying by them on the way to the cup. The only thing stopping her right now is being physical with the bigger posts but the sky is the limit.
Becky Burke – 5-10 – G – 2008 – Comets of PA – Undecided
Burke is a gunner plain and simple. She is a supremely confident shooter who also is an underrated passer. She knows she can knock down the deep shots and does a great job of preparing for the pass to get her shot off. Even when she misses it isn’t by much and looks like it’s going down when it leaves her fingers.
Elena DelleDonne – 6-4 – F – 2008 – Comets of PA – Undecided
The No. 1 player in the country played like it all weekend in all facets of the game, not just scoring the ball as her critics like to pigeonhole her. A dominating performance and when the defense did all they could in the championship game to take her offense away she got to the line and still made the difference.
Briana Green – 5-7 – G – 2008 – All Ohio Black – Undecided
Steady distributor who gets the ball to her scorers where and when they need. Grossly overlooked on a team with big names such as Ayana Dunning but she’s the type of point guard you want with scorers at other positions.
Krista Gross – 6-0 – G – 2009 – Tennessee Flight – Undecided
Very underrated player who has undervalued athleticism because she moves very easily, and that it looks like she’s not trying sometimes. She is a very scrappy player who will get you that momentum-changing loose ball or offensive rebound.
Kendall Hackney – 6-2 – F – 2009 - All Ohio – Undecided
Long and smooth player off the bench for All Ohio who does a lot of little things and can play both inside and out on offensively. She has a nice three-point stroke, very nice pivots and also finishes at the basket off her pivots.
Chantel Hilliard – 6-2 – F – 2008 – Essence – Undecided
She has just a world of potential. There aren’t too many kids this size who are as athletic and can run the floor with the guards, jump with the track stars and is showing an emerging interior game, offensively. She’s come a long way in a year.
Kaneisha Horn – 6-1 – F – 2010 – Alabama Roadrunners – Undecided
For a freshman, Horn is just bad. Bad in a good way as in her post moves are so good they have to be bad. You just don’t expect those types of smooth, strong and balanced pivots with good touch around the cup from a big kid this young.
Kristi Kingma – 5-11 – G – 2008 - Spokane Stars – Washington Verbal
One thing rang true, she has one of the sweetest pull-up jumpers in the game, just smooth as silk. Her handle has improved by leaps and bounds, too, having added some nice shake and creative dribbles to her repetiore.
Mia Nickson – 6-1 – F - 2008 – Boo Williams Summer League – Undecided
Nickson gets overlooked because of the big names on her club team but she gets it done. She has an aggressiveness about her and a desire on the defensive end of the floor that is a coach's dream. She runs the floor well and plays tough on the interior is well.
Nneka Ogwumike – 6-2 – F – 2008 – CyFair Shock – Undecided
Arguably the top interior player of the weekend, Ogwumike played up to the hype and looked more athletic than anyone in the front court. She even stepped out and knocked down a couple of three-pointers.
Monique Oliver – 6-3 – C – 2009 – West Coast Elite – Undecided
Oliver has started to show what she was missing last year at times, a combination of strength and confidence on the block. In addition to a power game near the basket she consistently knocked down the jumper from the high post.
Cassie Peoples – 5-5 – G – 2011 – Orlando Comets – Undecided
She looked poised and mature beyond her years, handling much of the pressure for the Comets and doing it well. She isn’t the tallest but has a strong frame that should get stronger with age.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt – 5-11 – G – 2009 – Boo Williams Summer League – Undecided
Arguably the top guard in her class, Ruffin-Pratt can do it all and at both ends of the floor. She’s the only player you’ll see defending bigs, smalls, rebounding, starting the break, finishing the break, scoring inside and out and providing the energy boost for her team as well. She’s the real deal.
Kerri Shields – 5-10 – G – 2009 – Comets of PA – Undecided
Super steady point guard who is the full package. She can score when asked to, has a nice three point shot but most impressive is her passing, which isn’t flashy but she gets herself to the right spot on the floor to make the passes look easy.
April Sykes – 6-0 – G – 2008 – Essence – Undecided
Offensively she is ready to score 20 a night at the college level. She uses her body better than anyone. Her strength is her strength and she gets the most out of it. She has shown the ability to play defense against elite competition now she’s got to do it all the time.
Amber Stokes – 5-10 – G – 2008 - All Ohio Black – Undecided
Very quick with a great extra burst when needed which is complemented by her length. Stokes is very quick and great at attacking the basket both on the move in transition as well as in the half court. She can get the opposition in foul trouble because she forces defenses to adjust.
Morgan Toles – 5-9 – G – 2009 – Georgia Metros – Undecided
She was a handful to deal with last year and has improved tremendously. She has a confidence with the ball and attacks the basket from all angles with an ability to gain her composure in the air and finish at the cup with various scoop shots and finger rolls.
Taylor Turnbow – 6-3 – F - 2008 – Georgia Metros – Undecided
So how many power forwards can step out on the perimeter and guard one of the most potent offensive guards in the country and have success? Turbow can. Her athleticism and length make her so versatile and her movements seem so easy. Extremely underrated player.
Jasmine Wynne – 5-8 – G – 2008 – Essence – Undecided
Slight but hyper-quick with a change of direction that happens in a snap and maybe quicker. She uses her size or lack there of to slip into the cracks in the defense where most people can’t get with out contact. She showed a nice pull-up when the help defense do get there.

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Chris Hansen is the National Director of Scouting for Women's Basketball at and He leads the panel that evaluates and ranks girl's basketball prospects nationally for HoopGurlz and Chris has been involved in the women’s basketball community since 1998 as a coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He can be reached at

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