North Florida Sophomore Forwards: Season Loading
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In this article we look at some of the Sophomore Forwards who are poised to have a breakout season this year. In most of these cases, they were very impactful as Freshman. Some played a small role and others had…
In this article we look at some of the Sophomore Forwards who are poised to have a breakout season this year. In most of these cases, they were very impactful as Freshman. Some played a small role and others had more of an expanded role on their teams last season. In either case, that was last year and it is now a new season – one that is full of goals and expectations for these talented Sophomores.
is one of the top players in North Florida in any class and the Sophomore Forward-Center is set to have a monster season. Ray is a High IQ post player who can score on the inside with great post most moves and excellent footwork. Ray is so versatile and also has the ability to stretch the defense with her outside shooting. She had a monster season as Freshman and was the catalyst for her team. As a Freshman she was the focal part of the offense and was called upon to facilitate, score, and lead.
is ready for this upcoming season as she takes on a more significant role at Creekside with the loss of several key Seniors. McCoy is a legitimate player in the post and can finish with the left (her strong side) and also on the right with much power and effectiveness. McCoy is a high IQ player who can also hurt you with the kick-out to her talented shooters. She has a great combination of power, athleticism, skill and IQ and is going to be a problem for the opposition. McCoy should have a coming out party this season.
was very good last year as a Freshman and had a huge impact on Creekside’s successful season. She showcased a lot of grit and skills on the defensive end of the court. She is a smart High IQ player who has the ability to defend on the ball, play in the passing lanes, and block shots. She has impeccable timing on blocking shots and reminds me of a young Nia Brown. Waters also runs the floor well and is an automatic “bucket” on the fast-break. This season, Waters will take on more of a significant role as more than half of last year’s squad graduated. Waters is primed for a special season and has added more to her repertoire, including a consistent midrange jumper.
(cover) is another tough Sophomore who can do it all on the floor. Griffin is strong on the inside where she has shown that she can dominate in the paint. I saw her during summer AAU ball and her game is trending to next level stuff. Griffin can play all 5 positions on the court, including handling the ball and distributing to open teammates. Of course, her main skill set is scoring from all over the court, especially in the paint. Griffin also showcased a nice midrange shot and can also step behind the arc and knock down the three ball. Defensively, she is a force with her ability to defend in the paint as well as on the perimeter. She is also special in the transition game and can fill the lanes and score, and even versatile enough to get the rebound and initiate the break herself. Speaking of rebounds, Griffin is a force in that category as well, and does a great job of grabbing rebounds on both sides of the court. Last season, Griffin was awarded District Player of the Year as a Freshman.
is poised for a special season on the First Coast. At 6’2 and growing, Henderson is a force in the middle with athleticism, power, and finesse. Henderson can score the ball in the middle with power and she also has some nice low post moves. Henderson is poised to have a good season and will be a tough player to contend with in the paint on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. A college coach once told me that Henderson doesn’t realize how special of an athlete she is going to be. At the time she was only in the 8th grade. He could see all of the tangibles, including her athleticism that sometimes gets lost in the assessment. It’s all coming together and Henderson is on track to showcase her skills this upcoming season.
is poised for a special Sophomore season. As a Freshman, Chandler demonstrated the ability to score on the inside and was a special player in the paint on both ends of the court. Chandler has the ability to score from the Free-throw line and in. She is very effective on the defensive end. She has the ability to quickly leave her feet which translates into very good shot blocking skills and rebounding skills. She was a standout at the Prep Girl Expo, where she showed a lot of skill. Chandler is poised for a special Sophomore season.
is Sophomore who is loading for a special camp[aign in her second season. Campos finds herself as one of the leaders on her team who will be called on to provide a presence in th paint on both ends of the floor. Campos is athletic and can score on the inside and in the perimeter. She is a player I expect to average a double-double this season with her explosive jumping ability. Campos can also run the floor and is fun to watch finish on the break.
is poised to make a huge impact in North Florida this basketball season. The 5’10 lefty is smooth and crafty and has a lot of tools in her bag. She can score in the mid range and she can get to the rim and score as well. Donahue is very intense and effective on the defensive end as well. She is a natural leader and will embrace that role this year at Bartram.