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PURDUE WOMENS BASKETBALL RECRUITING:
2004 Nike Camp Evaluations: Players 1 - 20




Date: 8/01/2004
Authors: Bob Richards and Bob Sienicki
Old Gold Free Press Columnists

    This is the first installment of the Old Gold Free Press player evaluations from the 2004 Nike All-American Camp held this year in St. Louis, MO. Part I covers jersey numbers 1 - 20. For the second year in a row, Nike brought in 79 players. Of those 79, we seemed to have missed eight players. Photos of about half of the players at the camp are linked from their evaluations.

    As a reminder, please read these evaluations as observations made at a specific moment in time, at a camp with/against a unique gathering of players. Where possible, multiple evaluations have been printed to illustrate the different points of view of the two people we had doing evaluations this year. Otherwise, evaluations are combined impressions from one or both from the team. It has been a practice to follow players by jersey number, not by name. We feel this helps to avoid the "name" bias as much as possible, although some players are familiar to us by sight from past evaluations.

    Name spellings, physical stats, hometowns and high school information (in parenthesis), are provided by Nike.

    The contributors to this year's batch of player evaluations are Bob Sienicki and Bob Richards. Bob Sienicki joins the team for the first time at Nike, after being a columnist for the Old Gold Free Press site. Sienicki's coaching experience brings a different view to the evaluations this year, and we appreciate him joining us on the road at St. Louis University.

    The Old Gold Free Press site is a media organization supported by the passions of the individual contributors. All expenses for all evaluation trips are paid by the individual writers. We would like to thank Selco Engineering for the major sponsorship of the Old Gold Free Press site, allowing us to continue to bring you these evaluations and others features to help grow the fan base of womens basketball. In a day where most expect you to pay for information on your passion, we feel that is an important contribution to the game.

    Thank you, and on to the evaluations...

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    #2 Jazzmin Walters, 5'2, Norfolk (Lake Taylor) VA (2005)
    Evaluation 1: Tiny, high voltage point guard, explosive with great street moves & passes. Velcro defender. Highest energy player in camp.

    Evaluation 2: It's hard not to make mention of her size, as Walters is the smallest player at Nike this year at 5'2. Yet she is very effective using penetration or a timed lob to defeat her defender. I didn't witness too much of her scoring side, but she can on the drive. A real speedster with breakaway speed in the open court. She has a great defensive stance and keeps tight pressure on the ball. Very sharp passer.

    #4 Renee Montgomery, 5'8, St. Albans (South Charleston) WV (2005) PHOTO
    Little jet with shifty moves. Excellent defender with great all around game. Her offensive game is deceptive, as she ends up with more made shots than you remember her taking.

    #6 Carly Ormerod, 5'7, Louisville (Sacred Heart Academy) KY (2005) PHOTO
    Savvy, controlled player. Smart and accurate with both shots and passes.

    #10 Amy Johns, 5'9, McKeesport (McKeesport) PA (2006)
    Fast, opportunistic player with a good handle who can shoot and drive.

    #12 Meagan Lyons, 5'5, Greeneville (Greeneville) TN (2005)
    No impressions recorded.

    #13 Emily Fox, 5'9, Highlands Ranch (Thunder Ridge) CO (2005) PHOTO
    Excellent court awareness. Scrappy player who hustles in all aspects of the game.

    #14 Sade Morris, 6'0, Norman (Norman) OK (2006)
    Sees the court well and a good passer. Smooth yet aggressive. Scrappy in the lane with a good nose for rebound angles. Unlike some post players that want to be perimeter shooters, she acts like she wants to be a power forward and is relentless on the boards.

    #15 Jessica Minnfield, 5'5, Toledo (Central Catholic) OH (2005) PHOTO
    Very good defender. Quick & not afraid to mix it up.

    #16 Jillian Harmon, 6'1, Lake Oswego (Lakeridge) OR (2005) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Everywhere on court, mixes it up both inside & out with good vision. Complete player who can pass & shoot as well as anticipate well on defense.

    Evaluation 2: Mature game and disposition. Acts like she scores a lot more than she is in this camp setting. Can do more than what she is, as she moves well and is in position to score more than the ball is in her hands to actually do it.

    #17 Erin Monfre, 5'10, Waukesha (Waukesha South) WI (2005) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Quiet but hardworking player with good vision & shooting form.

    Evaluation 2: A solid shooting guard, who rebounds as a large part of her game. A sharp passer in traffic, she works the ball around well to different players when functioning as the primary ballhandler which gains you lots of respect among your teammates in camp settings. Light on her feet and can move just as easily in reverse as she can in a forward direction on defense. Sticks with her man in "man" defense and does not get distracted by her assignment's movement of the ball.

    #18 Christy Brown, 5'7, Austell (Holy Innocents) GA (2005) PHOTO
    Drives hard and finishes or dishes with equal ability. Excellent defensive stance.

    #19 Abby Waner, 5'10, Highlands Ranch (Thunder Ridge) CO (2005) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Constantly in motion, does it all. Defines savvy. The most complete player in camp. Extremely intense and makes things happen.

    Evaluation 2: Offensive bursts come in streaks, but otherwise very active. A player you think might be much better outside of a camp setting, but still very, very good here. Her moves are purposeful and aggressive, and a definite large contributor to the offense -- both in setup and execution.

    #20 Kasi Mullins-Galloway, 5'8, Ashland (Knott County) KY (2005) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Scrappy, aware, tough. Only girl to draw a charge. Good ballhandler.

    Evaluation 2: Unlike many on day one who could prove they could easily get to the basket, she was one that could consistently finish. Got back on defense and took a hard charge from 6'3 Iman McFarland. Shows some offensive flair, with a running spin in the lane capped off with a fade on a short jumper. Very active in the passing lanes on defense. Came alive as a deadly shooter against the zone when Nike forced teams to play in a zone on Wednesday.

    More evaluations to come!


    2004 Nike Camp Scouting Reports:
    PART I | PART II | PART III | PART IV | PART V | All-Camp Teams


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