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PURDUE WOMENS BASKETBALL RECRUITING:
2004 Nike Camp Evaluations: Players 21 - 40




Date: 8/08/2004
Authors: Bob Richards and Bob Sienicki
Old Gold Free Press Columnists

    #21 Brittany Johnson, 5'9, Oak Park (Fenwick) IL (2005)
    Hustles, good driver with quiet mojo and deft passing skills.

    #22 Nakejia Kelly, 5'7, Springfield (Christ the King) NY (2005) PHOTO
    Lightning quick, compact player. Streaky shooter with good defensive stance.

    #23 Caitlyn McMahan, 5'6, Maryville (Heritage) TN (2006)
    No impressions recorded.

    #24 Courtney Molinaro, 6'1, Bethlehem (Central Catholic) PA (2005) PHOTO
    Scrappy, heady player. Opportunistic with good, though not accurate, shot selection.

    #25 Ashlee Trebilcock, 5'9, Newhall (Hart) CA (2005) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Savvy, aware player with great lateral moves & quick release. Deadly from beyond the arc.

    Evaluation 2: Possibly the most accurate shooter at the camp, and also effective hitting off the run. Impressive ability to get her shoulders square to the basket coming off the tightest of screens, but exhibited an ability to hit shots even when her form was not what you might call perfect, or even pretty. There are point guards here that are showmen, who create their shot by creating chaos. Ashlee does not overdassle with her ballhandling. She reacts to the defense, creates space and scores. A shot fake and two dribbles into a seam in the defense is a bread and butter part of her game.

    #26 Lindsay Schrader, 6'0, Bartlett (Bartlett) IL (2005) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Tough, scrapper, fearless. All over the court with good ballhandling, passing & shooting skills. Very strong with good defensive positioning.

    Evaluation 2: Schrader is better in a team setting where she knows how to function on the floor with players she knows. She compliments the games of other players so well, something that doesn't show as much in a camp setting. But you begin to see it emerge by the end of camp. Still tight on defense, but not looking to be the offensive star in this setting that she is very capable of being. As people will likely tell us about some of the players we saw at Nike, people at Nike did not see Schrader's top game on display. Be very afraid.

    #27 Jodi Howell, 5'11, Alexandria (Alexandria) IN (2005)
    PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Consummate team player with deadly shot from any distance & extremely quick release. Very smart player who understands the game exceptionally well.

    Evaluation 2: Going by jersey numbers tends to help keep us honest. Not knowing the names of the players allows us to detach much of the hype surrounding most players. When people ask if knowing a player first hand before a camp influences my evaluation, I'd like to say "no", as these evals are a moment in time at the Nike Camp. However, in Howell's case, I know her limitations from her knee injury. So this evaluation will have a little bit of a slant to it, as it was hard to not analyze how the knee was influencing her game. So in that sense, I admit a bias of familiarity with Howell's injury. The first thing very noticable is how the knee has effected her lateral movements. Last year's Nike performance showed a very tough defender even against elite, one-on-one guards. This year matched up at times against maybe the nation's most athletic point prospect, Arriaran, it was obvious she didn't possess the lateral quickness to turn out the same type of performance. Her knee kept her time in each game to a very few minutes, and she would make the best of it by making a couple of steals and dishing a couple assists. As the camp progressed, she became more active on the knee. While her defense is not back to the pre-injury level, her shooting is exactly what we are used to seeing from Howell. Still a killer with a pull-up jumper in stride, and showed no ill effects from the knee when she peeled off a tight screen and nailed a long field goal. Her release is as quick as any at the camp, and her shot is conducive to short rebounds. If they miss. Spent time guarding players from the point position to small forward.

    #28 Monique McLean, 5'11, Newport (Bruton) VA (2005)
    Good, aware defender with quick reflexes. Drives and finishes well.

    #29 Sarah Tokodi, 5'9, Marietta (Parkersburg) OH (2006) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Surprisingly athletic player with big heart. Drives and finishes well with great passing skills. Hard working, high energy player.

    Evaluation 2: Tokodi follows an impressive Blue Star Elite Camp outing with a solid Nike Camp performance. The difference between the two camps is the age of players, as Blue Star's top class was 2006. At Nike against older players, she still had the same fearless nature, but her success was taken down a slight notch. A blue collar player who can handle the ball, slash, fight for rebounds, and run the floor extremely fast. Seemed to slow a little on the last day of camp, but always has a big smile on her face. Tokodi impressed me in a sinilar way that Mel Thomas did at last year's Nike Camp, although I don't think Tokodi is the shooter that Thomas was. Tokodi is a scorer.

    #30 LaVonda Henderson, 5'8, Lubbock (Estacado) TX (2005) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Cat quick, drives and shoots well from inside arc.

    Evaluation 2: This player is a real runner. Her legs are well defined, and did not seem to tire through the camp. Speed is her greatest asset on defense. She proved over two different games that she can hit deep, off-balanced shots.

    #31 Maya Moore, 6'0, Lawrenceville (Collins Hill) GA (2007) PHOTO PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Athletic, high flyer with good handle. Good finisher in traffic.

    Evaluation 2: A graceful small forward with a quick first step. Finishes with some flair, as the ball displays some magic off the glass before it goes in. Offensively poised. A main weakness at her age is playing in sync with older players who are more experienced than she is. She will have more elite camps to develop that area of her game. Her passing decisions in the halfcourt also need work.

    #32 Clorice Kursh, 6'0, Fort Smith (Northside) AR (2005) PHOTO PHOTO
    No impressions recorded.

    #33 Kristi Cirone, 5'9, Chicago (Resurrection) IL (2005)
    Hustler, smart, compensates well for limited athleticism. Good handle in traffic. Anticipates well on defense.

    #35 Porsha Phillips, 6'0, Stone Mountain (Redan) GA (2006)
    Evaluation 1: Very active in low block with great spin moves. Great heart and hops.

    Evaluation 2: Wide armed rebounder who showed some good instincts. She protects the ball well by keeping it high. Seemed to be struggling with herself on whether to block more shots or stay on the ground. She could have been successful going up for the block, but seemed to favor staying with her man than biting at the shot. Potentially a future impact player.

    #36 Dymond Simon, 5'4, Avondale (St. Mary's) AZ (2006)
    Quick, little water spider moves, great penetrator, great handle, zips passes. Pretty shooter from perimeter.

    #37 Whitney Morrow, 5'10, South Portland (South Portland) ME (2005) PHOTO
    Uses fakes well to set up drives, rocket passes and accurate shots. Adequate ballhandling skills. Good defensive ability.

    #38 Bridgette Mitchell, 6'0, Trenton (The Peddie School) NJ (2006) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Athletic girl with quick first step. Drives and dishes. High flying finisher with range beyond the arc. Dives for balls and hustles.

    Evaluation 2: Highly active player who does many things very well. Big rebounder who fights for position. Set a hard pick on the perimeter, then instinctively collapsed on the roll but wasn't rewarded with the pass. Good enough timing and jumping ability to block a shot on the break without fouling.

    #39 Ashley Houts, 5'6, Trenton (Dade County) GA (2006) PHOTO
    Hard working, complete playmaker with great court awareness.

    #40 Ashley Spriggs, 6'0, Mitchellville (Bishop McNamara) MD (2006)
    Athletic, fast, moves well. Shoots readily but with inconsistent accuracy.


    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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