Nike Girls EYBL Session I Standouts – 17U

24′ C Kate KovalExodus NYC EYBL / Long Island Lutheran (NY): Reliability continues to be strongly affiliated with Koval’s presence on the court. Last week at WPA Bruins Tipoff, she was a force in the halfcourt and in transition converting on a lot of quick-hitters. This week she featured her polished post-game flexing her footwork to re-position her defenders and create more space in traffic. If she wasn’t finishing at the rim, she was knocking them down at the FT line to the tune of 88.2% on 34 attempts..

24′ G Justice CarltonCy Fair Elite EYBL / Seven Lakes (TX): Flexibility continues to make Carlton one of the more productive players on the court. While consistently present on the defensive end picking off passes and blocking shots, the ball didn’t always fall for her. Behind a trio of 25-point games, she was able to prioritize rebounding efforts when the ball no longer found the bottom of the net. Her ability to help the team get through some rough patches and control momentum ignited numerous game-winning runs..

24′ G Mikayla BlakesPhilly Rise EYBL / Rutgers Prep (NJ): Blakes repeatedly drew fouls throughout the weekend and accounted for 39.6% of the team’s attempts from the line with 8+ attempts per game (8.4). It was a strong adjustment for the incoming senior as her shots weren’t consistently falling, and opted to put pressure on the defense with the ball on the floor. She handled contact well and utilized her pivots effectively to put up controlled shots after her dribble had been picked up..

24′ F Toby FournierKia Nurse Elite EYBL / Crestwood Secondary (CAN): High mobility and strong hand-eye coordination allowed Fournier to rely on quick post-ups throughout the weekend. She effectively sealed defenders when flashing into the paint and immediately elevated into layups through contact. Her agility on the defensive end was just as impactful cutting off driving angles off post-ups and forcing shots over the top of her long reach. Additionally, showed comfort switching onto smaller ball-handlers and stalling penetration from the perimeter..

25′ G Aaliyah ChavezCy Fair Elite EYBL / Lubbock Monterrey (TX): Defenses continue to struggle guarding Chavez out of the pick-and-roll. Her ability to knockdown 3s over the top of the screen or pull-up at the FT line create confusion and force defenders to commit early to taking one option away or the other. This high usage play for Cy Fair allows Chavez to operate as a reliable playmaker and opening up the floor for her teammates by pulling defensive resources away from other offensive areas. Her play carried her to a top-5 finish in points and assists per game..

25′ F Leah MacyKentucky Premier EYBL / Mercy Academy (KY): Macy has a strong mental drive on the floor which shows up in all kinds of 50:50 situations. She detached from box-outs quickly to pull down rebounds at both ends of the floor, drew contact around the paint and flashed growing perimeter potential in each contest. She was cunning in moving around the half-court slipping behind lines of defenders to seal defenders down low or enable lobs over the top. Her ability to find convertible shot opportunities on the court really underlined her 62.1 FG%/57.1 3%/90.0 FT% marks for the weekend..

25′ G Ace AustinAlabama Southern Starz EYBL / Spring Garden (AL): Austin looked really comfortable throughout the weekend leading her team and controlling play on the offensive end. Demonstrating continued development from last year’s EYBL sessions, she took the fight to her opponents from the opening game. Making decisive cuts OTD, she able to repeatedly apply up-fakes and pivot into scoring looks from the mid-range and on the block to score. While converting efficiently from all areas of the floor, her attention to rebounding and boxing out really stood out against front-court players..

26′ G Brooklynn HaywoodTree of Hope EYBL / Union (WA): Quick to make an impression in her first career EYBL session, Haywood emitted maturity and patience in the half-court taking care of the ball. She handled defensive pressures calmly and worked within the offense to not force the issue. When opportunities arose she was crafty and versatile scoring the ball setting up defenders OTD and showcasing her vision to create open spots to elevate..

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