Girls HS Basketball:Area’s Top Forwards

Posted by Andy Durham on September 5, 2008 at 8:50 am under High School | 4 Comments to Read

TOP FORWARDS:

(Criterion)
1. 8 plus points per game
2. 4 rebounds per game
3. 1.5 steals per game
4. 2.0 assists per game
5. 1.0 blocks per game

Elisha Hairston Sr. Reidsville: Conference Player of Year, First Team All Conference Tournament, Second Team All Area, Conference Tournament MVP. Elisha is probably the smoothest forward in the city. She has a nice fluid movement that allows her to stand tall amongst the others. She is the catalyst for her team. She handles the ball well and can create matchup problems. Very athletic and is a double-double performer. Played very well for the Phoenix AAU team this past summer especially at an event in front of major college scouts at UNCG. Helped her team advance to the Championship round of the Sectionals and help guide team to a conference tie for first place with Eastern Guilford. A mid major to high major recruit. A five tier player: 22 pts, 15 rebs, 6.9 assists, 6 blocks, 5.5 steals.

Semantha Coffer Soph. Northern: A double-double performer who helped lead Northern in its first year of highschool competition. Made All Conference and Third team All Area. Very smooth operator that shoots left handed. Had a game high of 27 points this year. If Helen Terry or Krystal Moore slip during the year and Northern improves tremendously over last year and her numbers either remain the same or increase slightly, she could easily become the Conference Player of the Year. A mid major to high major prospect at this stage.Did a great job for the Phoenix AAU squad this past summer. A five tier player: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists, 2 steals.

Victoria Davis Jr. Forsyth: Had a super year. Had a season high of 30 points in a game. A fierce competitor with tremendous hustle. Selected to the All Conference Team and All Area team in Winston Salem. Had a good year for the Galaxy AAU team. A good rebounder who can score in the paint. Has improved on ball handling skills and plays good defense. A physical player that sets the tone for her team. A low major prospect at this stage. A four tier player. 13 ppg, 6 rebs, 2 steals, 2 assist.

Andria Walker Sr. Eastern Alamance: Mid- State Player of the Year made her presence known whenever she was on the court. With out performance Eastern Alamance does not make a run to the Eastern Regional semifinals. An assuming type player that gets the job done. Her numbers should reached the double-double mark this year. A division two or low major type player that would be a great asset for a college team. A two to three tier player. 8.5 ppg, 8.9 rebounds.

Lashonda Anderson Sr. Eastern Guilford: Runnerup to Elisha Harriston for conference player of the year. May have lead the county in double-double performances. Had a 30 point and 20 rebound game against Graham and averaged 20.6 ppg, 14 rebounds in Sectional playoffs. Her performance has increased every year as a Wildcat in Coach Gunn system. First Team All Conference, First Team All Tournament, First Team All Region and Third Team All Area. A very good rebounder that has average double figures each year. Does not get the notoriety as many of the other forwards at more exposed schools but she gets the job done. Will lead a very talented crew that are returning, that consist of Krystin Crosby, Amerijah Jamison, Capricia Smalls, April Totten and Miranda Jenkins. Her performance on both ends of the court will determine how far they advance and lead what could be a very surprising team in the area. They reached the Sectional Championship game this past season. A divsion two to low major prospect. Two tier player. 16.4 ppg, 12 rebs.

Amanda Harrison Jr. Dudley: The most talented player in the county that has the ability to dominate a game at any moment. Has the athleticism, quickness and agility that would leave most fans in awe as well as coaches. She has had games where she scored 18 points and 17 rebounds in a State playoff game. A very engimatic player that if she ever figures it out the sky is the limit and she will rise to the top of the recruiting class not only in the State but also in the Nation. Some one is going to take a chance with this one even if she does not figure it out. It could lead to either healthy returns or sleepless nights for the school taking that chance. A high major college prospect witha lot of question marks. A four tier player with out putting up her numbers.

Chevena Pickard Sr. Page: Did an outstanding job for Page while Jasmine Gill garnered all the headlines. Had games where she scored 20 or more points to take the pressure off. Very quick and has the moxy to take over the new leadership role. Was an All Conference First Team performer and should repeat that again. If she can put this young team on her back in a way that was different from Jasmine Gill they may advance further than the second round of the playoffs. All of her numbers should be up this year in an unselfish way. A division two to low major college prospect. A three tier player. 8 ppg, 4 rebs, 2 steals.

Paris Alston Sr. Southeast: A very good rebounder and can score in the paint. Should be an All Conference performer this year. Good at altering shots and her height is more than welcome. Has had many double digit rebound games and should be around the 11 boards per night this coming year. Plays for the Phoenix AAU team low major prospect that might zoom up to mid major with a dominating year. A three tier player.

Amerijah Jamison Jr. Eastern Guilford: One of the best rebounders in the county the past two years. As a freshmen she finish number eight in the State with 12 per game. Has added a very nice jump shot from any range to her game. Goes to the basket very hard and has improved on her free throws. Led her team in three pointers and had a season high of 23 points in the second round upset of NW Halifax. She also had four three pointers in that game. She is in the small forward category becuase of her rebounding ability but is fastly becoming a forward-guard combination. Was a First Team All Conference Selection and Second Team All Regional Selection. She helps to make up a very strong group at Eastern Guilford. Her play in AAU with the Phoenix team has paid major dividends over the past three years. A division two to low major prospect. A three tier player. 10.5 ppg, 10.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals.

Brianna Foust Sr. Cummings: A very quick and mobile player that make things happen. Was having a great year until a knee injury at Dudley. Was an All Holiday Classic Tournament performer. Has the ability to score 20 or more points on any given night. If her knee injury is healed and she does not lose a step or two she should have a fantastic year. Because of athleticism she will get college looks. If the knee is suspect look for a juco, division three or division two to come calling.

Alyssa Cutshaw Sr. East Davidson: One of the main cogs on a team that won a State Championship. A smart player that gels very well with Player of the Year Anna Freeman. Was an All Conference First Team Selection and Honorable Mention All Area performer. Has the ability to drive or knock down the open shot. Will be one of the main players as East Davidson defend their title. A low major to mid major college prospect. A three tier player. Scoring, Rebounding, asists.

THE SLEEPERS:

Desiree Drayton Soph. Dudley: A very athletic,agile and mobile player. Blends a great combination of speed and ball handling that allows her to out run and out quick opponents. The county has not seen her true abilities yet but in due time she could become one of the best. In a game this year she had a triple double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals. She did an outstanding job along with returning starters Leandra Hicks, Khadejah Wilkerson, Brittany Drew and Miranda Jenkins for the Greensboro Galaxy AAU squad this past summer that have major colleges drooling. Still learning the game and will be a force if she is not restricted. Has developed a semi-hook shot that allows her to out leap opponents and has improved tremendously with her free throw shooting. Needs to learn to take the mid range 10-15 ft jump shot. Here is an example of what she is capable of: During the AAU season against some of the best talent in the country in her age group and older she had games like this: 27 pts, 25 rebounds, 22 pts: 21 rebs, 3 steals, 2 assists: 18 pts, 10 rebs, 2 steals, 2 assists. Help lead the Galaxy AAU squad to a National Title in 2007 and help them reach the Division One Classic Championship in 2008. She may not win the player of the year in her conference but she may be the best player overall. A mid major to high major player. A four tier player that is fastly becoming a five tier player once she learn the art of blocking shots.

Portia Oakley Jr. Page: A fiery competitor who has tremendously improved her game. She has relentless energy and is an in your face defender. She must continue to develope a mid range shot and must convert consistently on transitional baskets. Had a great camp over at UNCG during the summer and shows the desire to get better. Her play for the Phoenix AAU team should pay off in her second year in Debbie Jones system. Her hustle and determination will keep her in the line up. Learning to score a little more in the 7 to 10 point range will allow her stock to rise. A two tier player. Steals ,Rebounds. A division three or juco at this stage.

Jentilla Street Smith: Showed some flashes this year of being a pretty good player as evident in her 15 point performance against Dudley in an upset win in the Little Four. Has the height and ability to really be one of the best as long as the desire is there. She will get a lot of looks because of height and now must transfer that with a greater commitment to the game. A two tier player. Points, Rebounds. A low to mid major prospect for now.

Kristin Rush Greensboro Day? A pretty good player on a team that is not so good. She has great ability but is ask to do too much that usually leads to a lot of losses on a non talented team. An All Conference performer. A three tier player. Scoring, rebounding, assists.

Chell Jackson Soph. Dudley: A very agressive rebounder that hustles. Should see considerable playing time this year which will allow her numbers to increase with in the team concept. Should be in position to get a lot of put backs while all the focus will be on Helen and Brionna. Must have hands in position to receive the pass and convert when opportunity presents itself. Could easily be a 5 to 7 point 6 rebound performer either starting or coming off the bench this year. Had a great summer playing AAU basketball for the Greensboro Galaxy that should lead to more confidence going into the season. The athleticism is already there. A two tier player for now. A juco or division two player for now.

Kiera Mciver Soph. Dudley: A combination of forward and guard. Has nice height and good vision when handling the ball. Has the ability to penetrate and dish off but needs to develope more confidence in the jump shot. Will have to come in at times to help spark the team when Helen or Brionna is not having an on night from the perimeter. Has good foot movement and must increase the free throw percentage over last year. Had a great summer playing AAU for Phoenix. Had a season high of nine points in highschool but has the ability to average that either as a starter or reserve at this juncture. One of the most celebrated players coming into Dudley’s system coming out of junior high and in due time fans will get to see it. A three tier player at the moment. Scoring, assist, rebounds. A low to mid major player for now.

Krystin Crosby Jr. Eastern Guilford: A very nice left hand jump shot who can also hit the three. Shoots well from the freethrow line and is a good rebounder. Can create off the dribble and does a great job of taking charges. Had a game high of 16 points. She is a two year starter in Coach Gunns system. Has the ability to bring the ball up to relieve some of the pressure off of the guards. In a conference tournament game she had 12 pts, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists. Had a great summer of AAU basketball and should pay great dividends going into the season. Her presence should help impose a very unique under the radar squad at Eastern. Look for her to have several double-double games this year and may flirt with a triple double a time or two. A division two or three to low major player at this stage. A three tier player. 6 ppg, 5 rebs, 2 assts.


  • Kelly Maynard said,

    Another sleeper you might want to add is new Northern Guildford player Vontreece Hayes. At 6’0, she’s a player who finally committed to the game. Had a great AAU season with State Champs Allstar Lady Ballers. She played along with Chevena Pickard and Jackie Lyles(who you also left out). This will be her first year playing a full season of varsity. Was the leading scorer of her JV team @ Northeast guildford at 11pts and 11 rbds 3 blks per game. Highest game 20pts 18 rbds 5 blks. She has proved she can be a force in the paint and with the off season weight training the sky is the limit. however perfecting her shot will be lenghty as she adjusts to a new team. Since Sam Cofer is moving to a guard position this year she will be their only true post player. One to watch!

  • Basketball Fan said,

    One sleeper you might want to include is 6’O Junior Vontreece Hayes, now at Northern Guildford. She is a transfer student from Northeast Guildford where she played JV and Varsity. She was the leading scorer on the JV squad averaging 11pts and 11rbds a game. Her highest game was 20 pts, 18rbds, 5blks. This young talent has finally committed to the game and should flourish this season. She alongside standouts Junior Chevena Pickard(Page) and Senior Jackie Lyles( River Mill) during the summer on their State Champs AAU team Allstar Lady Ballers. Since Samantha Coffer will be transitioning to guard this year, she will be their true post player. A talent to watch.

  • Andy said,

    She is one of those players that has been flying in under the radar.

    Now we know and will keep an eye on Vontreece and the Northern girls.

    We are familiar with Coach Kim Furlough and the job she did while at Southeast Guilford as a player and and a coach.

    Good luck to the Nighthawks and they should get some good tests and give some right back this season to Dudley and Northeast Guilford.

    NG should show well against WG, BY, and WA while it will be a fight against Dudley, NEG, and Rockingham County.

  • Basketball Fan said,

    I apologize for the double post. I was having computer issues and didnt think it went thru. I look forward to seeing Vontreece prosper this year. NG girls will be the ones to watch this year. With new talent coming in and returners from last year, they should give RC and Dudley a run. NEG is rebuilding this year with a new coach and pretty much new team, I am excited to see how they fair out. Will be here checking on your reporting this season. Thanks!