Orange Park Preseason Classic: Forwards and Centers Part 1
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Like most preseason tournaments, the play was a little rocky at times and there were defintely enough turnovers to go around for everyone. Once I deciphered through the preseason miscues, there were some good things that I saw from a…
Like most preseason tournaments, the play was a little rocky at times and there were defintely enough turnovers to go around for everyone. Once I deciphered through the preseason miscues, there were some good things that I saw from a lot of players. In this article we take a look at some of the forwards and centers who stood out.
has the potential to be dominant on the inside. In the Orange Park Classic, Parker showed some soft hands and a lot of power after the catch. When Parker gets to her spot on the floor, a basket or foul or both are eminent. In this tournament, Parker did a good job of establishing position in the post, provided a good target for the entry pass, and scored the ball with consistency. Parker also rebounded well and was a good presence in the post on both sides of the floor. Parker’s play will be a huge part of the Lady Raiders success this upcoming season.
was impressive and really showed a lot of versatility for a power forward. Her defense was really on point and she defended in the paint and also took on wings out on the perimeter. Wright was tough on the rebounds on both ends of the floor and was relentless for the entire game. Offensively, she showed the ability to put the ball down on the floor and attack the basket. Surprisingly, Wright also was pulling up for threes in the offensive sets with great confidence and freedom.
stood out with her on-ball defense and her efficient three point shooting. Hogan played both guard and forward positions and was impressive. I’ve seen Hogan play for a while and she shot the three ball extremely well on the first night of the tournament. She showed a lot of versatility in her offensive game as she was taking it to the rim as well. Hogan is the real deal and her Junior seasomn is going to be a special one.
really stood out on the court. An Athletic 6’5 plost player stands out immediately. She was impressive on the inside on both ends of the court. Tumsifu did it all on the courts. She blocked shots, dominated the boards, and scored in the paint. Tumsifu ran the floor extrememly well. She will be a player to watch this upcoming season. She was one of the most intriguing and effective bigs in the tournament.
was her usual self scoring near 20 points before fouling out on night one. Thomas got most of her points in the paint and on the offensive rebounds. She did a good job of playing in the post and giving Mandarin another threat in the paint. Thomas also stood out in the transition game filling the lanes and leading the break. She is one of the most versatile forwards in the 2024 class with the ability to play all five positions on the court.
did some nice things and showed her versatile game with the ability to contribute on the inside and on the outside. Clark shot the ball well on night one, connecting on a few threes, a few midrange shots, and some offensive put backs. Clark was also impressive with her leadership on the floor. She is the captain and ability to communicate and lead her team were very noticeable and impressive.
had some good moments in the tournament and and showed that she can put up respectable numbers and gives Nease an inside presence this season. Offensively, Kondabrolu scored on the inside and was effective in the middle on defense. She does a good job of using her height to defend centers and power forwards. She has flown under the radar for three years and this will be the year that she sees the floor for the majority of the game.