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PURDUE WOMENS BASKETBALL RECRUITING:
2004 Nike Camp Evaluations: Players 61 - 80




Date: 8/23/2004
Authors: Bob Richards and Bob Sienicki
Old Gold Free Press Columnists

    #63 Vantranique Hughes, 5'11, Fort Worth (Waxahachie) TX (2006) PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Bigger guard, active inside & out. One of the best finishers in camp. Overplays on occasion.

    Evaluation 2: First thing noticed with Hughes is her focus on the game, and all the little things she does. For example, when an opponent gets a defensive rebound and Hughes turns to head back court, she'll stick her hand in someone's face to affect their vision. Or, she has a nice flop on her jumper when the defense gets a little too close. A player who can squeeze opportunities out of every play. Overall powerful player from the wing, aggressive on defense, and has a wide array of offensive moves to the basket.

    #64 Jill Stephens, 6'3, Mineral (Parkersburg South) WV (2005) PHOTO PHOTO
    Aggressive, opportunistic player with great technique on defense and on the low block. Worker on boards, effective finisher. Has a quick drop step motion, and good from the freethrow line.

    #65 Marissa Coleman, 6'1, Chettenham (St. John's) MD (2005)
    PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Smooth & strong for big girl. Accurate shooter with good shooting technique. Good handle.

    Evaluation 2: Great in the open court and a full-court defender. Coleman has good defensive instincts. Her jumper is smooth and equally accurate open or under pressure. Most of her jumpers came from above the freethrow line, and she makes good use of screens to get herself open. Despite her size and handle on the ball, she doesn't look to drive as a first instinct. Rather, she will work the ball against the defense for a jumpshot.

    #66 Danielle Gant, 5'10, Oklahoma City (Putnam City West) OK (2005)
    No impressions recorded.

    #68 Amber Harris, 6'6, Indianapolis (North Central) IN (2006)
    PHOTO PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Unbelievable physical talent, dripping with athletic ability. Plays above the rim with a smooth, effortless jumper out to 16'. Great baseline moves though tends to disengage and drift away from the basket.

    Evaluation 2: You get the impression you have yet to see Amber's complete game in almost every game she plays. Her talent comes in brilliant flashes, and it is sometimes frustrating waiting for her to show her full potential. So many times you hear about forwards that have guard skills. Most of the time, there is a partial truth to the statement. With Harris, she does have legitimate guard skills. We're not just talking the ability to dribble the ball up the floor without bouncing it off your foot. She can bring the ball up under pressure, at speed, and smoothly change direction in response to the defense. Her big hands fuel an array of ballhandling skills and provide a feathered touch to the ball. We didn't witness any examples of long-range shooting, and if her future position is to be small forward (which she can do), shooting range is what will be an area of development. Her game at small forward is raw. Unfortunately, her attempts to work outside take away from some of her natural abilites, and she needs to learn to bring all the outstanding little pieces of her game together. Amber has a nearly automatic short jumper, and one of the sweetest shots you will likely see. The most physically imposing player at the camp, with her height and long arms. Could easily become the best player in the land if she plays more consistently, and learns to create and defend better as a small forward. What she needs to "create" are more opportunities for herself my learning how to move out there with the forwards and guards. Right now, you stick her in the post and she's without many flaws. One of the best passing posts in the game, and is equally good passing on the break when handling the ball. A major weapon.

    #70 Elena Delle Donne, 6'3, Centreville (Ursuline) DE (2008) PHOTO PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Mature well beyond her years, incredibly complete game for someone so young. Effective both inside & out. Smooth, accurate jumper from any distance. Lets the game come to her and knows what to do when it does.

    Evaluation 2: Shocking to find out this girl is not even in high school yet. Her game is so fundamentally sound that the sky is the limit with her. She is a legitimate 6'3 wing guard jumpshooter. Her on the court demeanor is highly mature, and her decisionmaking is good, although she leans to creating for herself as she is an offensive weapon even among players much older. Very poised and very polite. If success doesn't spoil her, she will become an example of everything right in the game of basketball.

    #71 Lesslee Mason-Cox, 6'2, Cincinnati (Winton Woods) OH (2006) PHOTO PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Works hard, good shooter. Active on the boards.

    Evaluation 2: A scrappy player who gets herself into positions to be effective on offense. Was on Abby Waner's team, and seems to thrive on a team with an above average point guard. We've seen players float around and look kind of clueless thrown in with all this top, new talent. Yet Lesslee catches on quickly and is one of those players who will have generally better reviews in camp settings like Nike. I particularly liked her boardwork and her movements on defense for rebounds. Ohio State has an inside track, at least with her parents.

    #72 Keturah Jackson, 6'0, Columbia (Dreher) SC (2005) PHOTO PHOTO
    Skies for boards at both ends. Active on offense & defense and likes to drive. Finishes and dishes well.

    #73 Aisha Jefferson, 6'1, Dayton (Chaminade Julienne) OH (2005) PHOTO
    Quick first step for big girl, strong with inside & outside game.

    #74 Sophronia Sallard, 5'10, Syracuse (Nottingham) NY (2005) PHOTO PHOTO
    Evaluation 1: Good footwork with quick first step and lateral quickness. Good handle.

    Evaluation 2: Started slowly, but shook off the jitters rather quickly. You could see her concentrating on her fundamental game, and it brought her along into the speed of the rest of the camp quickly. A small forward who likes to slash to the basket, and takes instruction for the bench well. Does a little bit of everything as a well-rounded player, statistically speaking.

    #75 Brittney Marshall, 5'8, Oak Park (Oak Park) IL (2005) PHOTO
    Powerful yet quick with good defensive stance. Can shoot beyond the arc.

    #76 Italee Lucas, 5'8, Las Vegas (Centennial) NV (2007)
    Evaluation 1: Gets low with good handle. Intense driver though sometimes dribbles too much with nowhere to go. High flyer.

    Evaluation 2: Youthful, but destined to be very good. If we would have found out she was a senior-to-be, then her major issue of overpenetration would be a concern. However, with inexperience in this type of setting as a factor, we'll chalk it up to youth and the fact she probably has more success in high school penetrating. She's crafty on the dribble, stays low and is elusive. She's got a nice short jumper she'll pull up to hit, plus can spin right or left to avoid the defense before taking that shot. Slashing is a major part of her game and had some trouble finishing against the much older Nike defense. A scoring guard who wants to shoot, takes her shots when she wants, and takes lots of them. Solve the overpenetration, throw in some experience in reading defenses and polish up shot selection issues and we will have a tough player by the time she graduates from high school.

    #79 Shana Andrus, 5'10, Barberton (Barberton) OH (2005)
    No impressions recorded.


    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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