Freshman Guards With the “It” Factor
I’ve run into “It” a lot of really talented Freshman ballers over the past few months. There are times that I have walked away knowing that a player had a little something that was different. Physically, a lot of players…
I’ve run into “It” a lot of really talented Freshman ballers over the past few months. There are times that I have walked away knowing that a player had a little something that was different. Physically, a lot of players are very talented, but one characteristic that differentiates special players is the it factor. In this article, we look at a few Freshman guards who have
that it characteristic.
Ameera Kone (cover) walks the walk, so let me talk the talk: Kone is one of the top Freshman shooting guards in the State and she is loaded with talent. She can handle the rock, shoot the three, and is deadly in the midrange area. She is also a very good passer. At the freshman Expo she was throwing dimes and shooting threes all over the court. Kone was also crafty on her drives and finishes at the rim. She has the confidence gene, the basketball DNA, and the “It” factor. Looking forward to seeing her this upcoming season.
Presley Norman is young player who has ice water in her veins and confidence in her blood. Her confidence is not in your face, but it can’t help but be noticed. She played varsity ball as an 8th greater and was just special on the court. When games were in the balance, it wasn’t uncommon for Norman to knock down a three to give the Lady Bulldogs a little breathing room. Norman has the “It” factor and her coach told me this two years ago when Norman was in 7th grade.
Gabi Iturralde walks like she is the best player on the court and plays like she is as well. The young Freshman just reaks confidence. She is a young player who you can bet will be putting pressure on the defense with the way she attacks the rim and her opponents. Iturralde has great handles and has the ability to get anywhere on the court she wants to. She also displays that same passion on defense and will take it away if the opposing guard’s handles are not tight.
Trinity Berry is one of the top Freshman in the State and she has a lot of confidence on the basketball floor. Receiving a college offers while in the 8th grade reveals that confidence or creates it. In Berry’s case, it just reveals it. She has always had that confidence gene thats separated her in the floor. She also had a lot of game to go along with the confidence. She can shoot the three, she can get to the rim off the dribble, and she can get out and do her thing in the transition game. Berry has a great motor and a greater desire to be the best on the court.
Vanessa Vancott left a lasting impression this past August at the PGH Freshman Showcase. Vancott is smooth, versatile, and can outright ball out. She can shoot the rock from all levels on the court, She can get to she rim and make plays for herself and her teammates. Her ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim is impressive. Keep an eye on Vancott. She is a confident and special Freshman to watch this upcoming season.
Whitney Hudson is another guard you better not sleep on. She was a standup at a recent showcase in. Jacksonville was really impressed at her creativity as a ball player or ability the ball ability to get to the rim and her craft. He definitely has the factor and will be a sleeper in the freshman class.