I always love watching young talented people work on their game and put in the time to get better. This past weekend I had the opportunity to sit in on the Grind 4 Mine 5th-8th Grade Girls Showcase. I really want to use the fire emoji right now because there was a ton of heat in the gym on Saturday. All in all, the kids worked hard and did a great job listening and working to add things to their game. Here are the kids that jumped out at me during the skills and scrimmage sessions.
2025 Kaylinn Kemp 5’4 G
Irving, TX (Next Level Marlins)
This kid just keeps getting better and better each time I see her play and she continuous to add to her game. Kaylinn’s basketball IQ is off the charts. She has an outstanding feel for the game. She is very shifty off the bounce and does a great job getting to her spots on the floor. Kemp did well distributing the ball and a used a variety of passes to get teammates open looks. Kaylinn flourishes in open and half court situations and is a vocal presence on the court.
2025 Raniyah Hunt 4’9 PG
Irving, TX (Next Level Marlins)
I love Raniyah’s passion for the game. She plays with a ton of passion and intensity, which leads to positive results on the basketball court. Hunt is an outstanding ball handler and plays with extreme efficiency. She is the ultimate floor general and does a good job getting her team organized in half court situations. In transition she excels on the break, understands the importance of spacing, and floor balance. Defensively, she is a tenacious on the ball defender and uses good lateral movement to stay in front of defenders.
2025 Camille Williams 5’4 G
Fort Worth, TX (Next Level Marlins)
Camille was effective in several aspects of the game during the scrimmage sessions. She rebounded well from the guard position, passes teammates open, and finishes at the rim. She goes hard from start to finish and I loved her effort. Williams is the type of player that doesn’t need a single play called for her to be effective. She is a stat-sheet stuffer.
2024 Stacey Williams 4’10 PG
Irving, TX (UTLB Elite 2023 Berry)
Stacey is a smooth lefty point guard that has a lot to her game. She is a one girl fast break. Williams always has her head up surveying the court attempting to put pressure on the defense by pushing the ball up the floor quick or passing to wings running wide or post filling the lanes. In half court sets she is tough off the bounce and has a sweet stroke from three. She is a bull out there on the court and I love her take charge mentality.
2024 Gracie Hunter 4’7
Krum, TX (North Texas Storm)
Gracie is a very crafty, heady basketball player. She operates well in tight spaces and showed great poise in high stress situations. Hunter did a good job getting her shot off over taller defenders and showed a nice medium to mid-range game. She utilized her floater very well.
2024 Neenah George 5’6 G
Rowlett, TX (Next Level Marlins)
Neenah is a very impressive young player. Her game is smooth, effortless, and she does things on a basketball court that girls older than her struggle with. She can score on all three levels, which makes her a matchup nightmare. Her body is equipped to take contact at the rim and create space off the bounce. George is a flat out scorer and a tough shot maker. I am excited to see her grow and take her game to the next level in the coming years.
2023 Allysia McDaniel 5’11 F
Irving, TX (UTLB 2023)
Allysia has the size and interior footwork that enable her to be an effective player around the basket. In addition to what she can do around the basket, Allysia has a nice face up game and can definitely stretch the floor. When she is in attack mode, she is a tough player to handle. McDaniel is a hard player to keep off the glass because she positions herself well to get both offensive and defensive rebounds. She will get stronger and hone her skills in the coming years.
2023 Breanna Rogers 5’3 G/F
Richardson, TX (UTLB)
Breanna displayed the most athleticism and upside out of anyone that participated in Saturdays event. It was like watching a gazelle run up and down the court out there. She skied over the competition for offensive and defensive rebounds and used pure speed and an explosive first step to get to the basket. Rogers reeled in tough passes and often times finished above defenders. If she keeps learning the game and improving her skill set, she will go far.
2023 Macey Mercer 5’4 G
Hurst, TX (DFW Future) – Macey’s game is solid. She is not flashy but does the little things on the basketball court that help her team win games. She is a confident deadly spot up shooter from deep. Mercer values the basketball and makes smart decisions on the court.
2023 Azariah Bryant 5’6 G
Irving, TX (UTLB)
Azariah showed glimpses of what she is capable of during the scrimmage portion of the event. She knocked down tough, contested pull up threes from deep. Bryant has quick hands and is disruptive on defense.
2023 Maddie Cox 6’0 F
Flower Mound, TX (CY-Fair Elite)
Combine size, skill, versatility, and a profound knowledge of the game and you have Maddie Cox. She can start your offense, you can run it through her in the post, and she is a top notch facilitator. Maddie is dynamic in pick and roll situations and does a really good job diving to the basket and making herself available to receive passes. She utilizes her size and length on the defensive end as well. Cox does a good job protecting the rim, playing the passing lanes, and getting deflections.
2023 Aliyah Muhammad 5’5 G
Irving, TX (UTLB Elite Berry)
Aliyah’s aggressive attacking style was fun to watch. She did a great job being physical and did not allow contact to phase her. Often times being the aggressor and creating the contact placed defenders in compromising positions and kept them off balance.
2023 Leah Jones 5’5 G
Irving, TX (UTLB Elite)
Leah is a long striding guard that gets to the basket in the open floor. She is impactful going both right and left and has no wasted motion in her game. If she adds more strength and speed she will be one to watch.
2022 Madison Green 5’9 F
Irving, TX (UTLB)
Madison Green competed during the entire event. I love how she got after it and attacked the ball. She did a good job high pointing rebounds and entry passes. Also, Green did an outstanding job keeping the ball up high away from smaller players while operating inside and rebounding. Madison demonstrated soft hands, tough catch ability, and was very efficient from the field.