Part II of our look at the 2005 Blue Star Elite Camp.
Notes were taken in the style we do at any camp we attend. Notes are by jersey number during the camp. Only later is a name put to the jersey number. This allows a level of objectivity by preventing being "star struck" by a popular, or well-publicized player.
2006 Alexis Rhodes (6'0, HS: Peoria Woodruff (IL)) -- At each Blue Star camp a favorite emerges. Over the years players like Jasmine Stone, Sarah Tokodi, and Brina Pollack have earned that honor by not only exhibiting a high level of skill, but also by having fun. This year I have to give the nod to Alexis Rhodes. A versatile small forward that moves well, sets picks, and reads the defense. She can handle the ball in the open court but had trouble against some guards. Herself as a defender in the open court, she is very good. Runs lots of traps and has a great set of long arms that deflect a lot of balls. Low and wide in her defensive stance, and sets motionless screens. Shot 50% from the perimeter when she has a little bit of daylight. She always had a big smile, was a cheerleader for her teammates, and you could tell she was enjoying herself. This girl is always moving.
2007 Charmaine Bell (5'9, HS: Des Moines Roosevelt (IA)) -- Appears to be a very good perimeter shooter, with the ability to spot up and hit the shot on the run. She's a guard who wants rebounds and is strong enough to board in a crowd. She's not as polished at finishing in a crowd as she is when she has an approach to the basket. Has a keen sense of court presence, knows where her teammates will be, and shot a couple very deceptive no-look passes that were right on the mark. Smooth player.
2006 Sarah Fenneman (6'0, HS: Evansville Reitz (IN)) -- Double-figure type rebounder who blocks out and clears boards well. Shows a big target in the post and moves from high to low post constantly trying to create opportunities. Most impressed with her team skills like setting high post screens, and executed two flawless high post pick and rolls that seemed effortless to her. She is crafty enough with her footwork in the post to draw the foul, but seemed to have trouble when trying to shoot over players her size and larger.
2006 Allie Lindemann (5'9, HS: Champaign Central (IL)) -- A versatile scorer who was a threat to score from anywhere on the court. She has great range, nailing a couple open threes, but can peel off screens and hit on the run too. During zone coverage, went right to the high post gap and hit off the dribble. Slashes with quick step aided by a well acted set of fakes, and can either hit a floating jumper or weave in closer. Two things make her a big offensive threat as a two-guard prospect. The first is her instincts to know when to release the shot against the defense. She's not hard-wired to shoot a particular way. The second is she avoids over penetrating by reading her defenders while making her move. In each camp there seems to be one bad habit that sticks out as trouble for most every player. This camp seemed to be cursed by over penetration. Not a problem though for Lindemann.
2008 Becky Burke (5'10, HS: Abington Heights (PA)) -- A player to keep an eye on in 2008. Nice size and a good handle on the ball. Very crafty at deceiving the defense. Smooth ball reversals and one of the better players at being able to get the defense to bite on what you are doing, then create a little space to hit the shot. Uses her teammates well on the perimeter to screen open for threes.
More to come!