The PGH Extravaganza has been full of quality prospects this weekend, as I enjoyed a day of 15U hoops at the Illinois Basketball Academy. Here is a look at some of the players who caught my eye. Coming up will…
The PGH Extravaganza has been full of quality prospects this weekend, as I enjoyed a day of 15U hoops at the Illinois Basketball Academy. Here is a look at some of the players who caught my eye.
Coming up will be the Saturday evening standouts, the GameChanger 14U standouts and the all-tournament teams.
Has quick hands and can defend multiple positions. I really like how scrappy she is. She’s always around the ball and makes plays with good basketball IQ. Strong finisher through contact.
Lamara Brown – Pink Elite 2026
Good pull up jumper with range, can knock them down behind the arc. Also has a good move to the rim, solid finisher in traffic. Good athleticism that she uses to get the advantage on her opponent.
She has really good court vision and makes the right decisions with the ball. Can thread the needle in the paint to find the open player for the easy shot. Moves well without the basketball and has a very solid court sense.
Olivia Gehrke – Illinois Dream 2026
Solid on ball defender, and can knock the ball loose with good body control to take the ball coast to coast under pressure and get to the rim.
Aubrey Birmingham – Illinois Dream 2026
Does a nice job from the point spot, able to change directions and alter her speed to the style of the game. Has a good first step, and can create a play. Not afraid to let the ball fly from deep range.
Grace Bowie – Full Package 2026
Good size, moves well with good footwork. Doesn’t give an inch when she’s on the floor no matter who her opponent is. Still looks like she is working to develop a consistent offensive game but did some nice things with the ball. Solid post defender.
Kiah Simpson – My Sister’s Keeper 2026
Very explosive step, she can lul you to sleep, and then explode past you for the layup. Strong passer, distributes the ball well. Can let it fly from the perimeter.
McKenna Cooley – My Sister’s Keeper 2026
Long and athletic, elevates well off the ground and can knock down shot against the defender. She can score in all three facets of the game. Solid on ball defender with quick hands and a good read.
Cambria Carlino – D.F. Elite Blue 2026
She just gets the job done, scrappy guard who has quick hands and uses them to get an advantage for her team. Good handles and she can read the floor well. I like this lefties game!