Coach Speak: Nashville STARS ’25 Player Previews w Coach McLeod
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Coach Tony McLeod is know as one the best basketball minds and teachers in the game. I always enjoy watching his teams play as they just seem to “get it.” They play the right way….mixed with some high level talent…and…
Coach Tony McLeod is know as one the best basketball minds and teachers in the game. I always enjoy watching his teams play as they just seem to “get it.”
They play the right way….mixed with some high level talent…and you’ve got an extraordinary group of players. I touched base with Coach McLeod regarding to his his exposure HS teams, and here was his assessment he game me heading into the season.
Ruby Cox, East Hickman HS – Ruby is a fierce competitor that can handle the ball and score from the inside and the outside. She’s fearless on the court and provides a lot of energy and toughness to her team. On top of being able to score it Ruby is a strong rebounder on both ends of the court.
Lily Dunn, Beech HS – Lily is a spark plug and makes plays that can change the momentum in a game. She’s great at anticipating on defense and plays well in transition. Her energy can really get a team going. Lily is a great teammate and is passionate about the game.
Mary Elizabeth Fex
Mary Elizabeth Fex
, Page HS – ME is a game changer with her speed and athleticism. She’s a tenacious defender and has the ability to finish in a variety of ways around the rim. She shot the 3 well this summer and had a big impact on winning. She was an all-region player as a sophomore and looks to have a strong junior year.
Sullie Gerik, Green Hill HS – Sullie is a jack of all trades on the court, she can do it all on both ends. Whatever the team needs, Sullie is willing to step up in that area. Sullie can handle the ball, shoot it, score it, and defend. She was a key contributor on a final four team last season and had a great summer on the court, Sullie is going to have a big junior year.
Samantha Lee, Page HS – Sam is an athletic and versatile player. She is one of the better shot blockers we’ve coached and can score both inside and outside on the offensive end, she moves very well off the ball. Sam makes momentum swinging plays and will be counted on this season at Page.
Maddyn Merritt, Lipscomb Academy – Maddyn is a knock down shooter with a lot of range. She also has a knack for making big shots in big moments. She’s a long wing player that can handle the ball and score off the bounce as well. On the defensive end her length causes problems for her matchup. Maddyn will be a leader on a strong Lipscomb Academy team.
Avery Payne, Page HS – AP is instant energy and makes an impact on any team she plays on. When you need her to score, she can score, when you need her to guard the other teams best player, she can do that as well. She gives you all she’s got and with a great attitude every single day. She’s going to be a big part of Page’s success this season.