Final Chapter: USJN D.C. Recap All Tourney Team (1 Day Free)
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I remember when I first found out I was having a son, which was around the time my oldest daughter said that she wanted to play basketball. I figured working with my daughter would be good practice for him. Her first major tournament was the USJN D.C. with James Nichols and Jerry Kelly of Team Unique. This tournament inspired me to engulf myself into the game and study players all across the country to see where she ranked amongst everyone else. I traveled and took note on thousands of players and followed their progress. I had developed a knack for spotting potential talent of kids while they were young, really young, I called it “comparative analysis”. Comparative Analysis: Seeing a players game and skill level and comparing it to a current All-American or professional player when they were the the same age. As college coaches were recruiting my kid I started turning them on to other kids with potential which made me a valuable commodity to them especially since my second daughter was immensely talented and, I was doing this totally for free.
Fast forward to the reason I went through all of this in the first place, practice for my son. Learning to train and teach kids with from practicing with my daughters, I felt that something special was brewing with him. Somehow I knew from birth that he would be 6’7 but I didn’t foresee injuries lying ahead in the form of four knee surgeries. It’s a terrible feeling for a parent to see your kid being cut open and it makes you second guess a lot of things.
With that being said with the recent loss of my son I’m not sure if I have it in me to sit in gyms and watch basketball anymore. I definitely need to pray about my future going forward. The USJN is where this journey began so it’s only fitting to finish of with the best of the USJN DC finale.
Kryslynn had great defense and good vision. She passed well and I especially liked ne full court pass that Patrick Mahomes would have been proud of that was contested, on the money and lead to an easy no dribble finish.
Stephanie Mae Hidalgo
Stephanie Mae Hidalgo
Stephanie did a lot of things well, she shot the three off the dribble, was good in transition and had good court vision. She drove to the basket nicely and was able to get her shot off even with being only 5’2″.
Abigail showed a good mid-range shot and the ability to find creases in the defense to get open.
Skylar has good vision and court awareness. She’s a leader on the court and a pretty good athlete. Seeing her at the point instead of the wing gives me a better appreciation for her.
Jocelyn has a good frame an nice length to boot. She is a good finisher even after contact.
Kiana is pure speed and uses it well on defense and running the floor in transition. The energy and intensity she plays with will be an asset in high school.
Anna has nice length and a good touch on her mid range shot. She fights hard going all out on every play.
Eliza has great size to clog the interior on defense. She has good hands on offense to catch and finish. She uses her body well.
I liked the way Miya attacked the basket. She was strong keeping the ball secure in traffic. Her twin sister Breanna fed well off of her knocking down the three ball.
Sophia had a nice shot. She was able to hit the three off the catch and off the dribble.
Maniyah had a nice mid-range set shot that she knocked down consistently. She was nailing in right inside the three. I feel she would be just as consistent outside of the arc as well.
|DMV All-Tournament Team||(* Denotes Co-MVP’s)|
|Jayla King – Maryland Belles *||– DMV Hoops Academy *|
|– CTAB Elite *||Prymetime Select *–|
|– CTAB Elite Gold *||– PSB Richmond *|
|Jayla Alford – VA Huskies||Hannah Coffman – VA Impact 16 CVA|
|– VA Impact 16 CVA||Maia Williams – Team Voltage|
|Skylar Woodard – Lady Shooters||Mya Semenuk – VA Pride|
|Tristan Shavers – PSB Richmond||Falanah Sabir – DMV Hoops Academy|
|Lenora Dawkins – DMV Hoops Academy||Kahlan Williams – Maryland Belles|
|Breanna Semenuk – VA Pride||Arianna Ceronimo – DMV Hoops Academy|
|Stephanie Mae Hidalgo – Classics||Dynamic Disciples–|
|Ana Smith – VA Impact 16 CVA||-Team Thrill DC|
|Natalie Turner – VA Huskies||Jozi McDuffie – Fairfax Stars|
|Mya Bundick – GTS Fusion||Maxi Coleman-Mille – DMV Hoops Academy|
|– DMV Hoops Academy||– CTAB Elite|
|– Team Thrill DC||D’Shela Walker – Warhill|