Best of the Midwest Jam Recap
July 30th, 2013
Midwest Recruiting Report
Tori McCoy showed off a versatile skill set that makes her near impossible to defend
The Best of the Midwest Jam, hosted each year by Corry Irvin and the Mac Irvin Lady Fire, proved yet again to be one of the Midwest's marquee events during the July live period. Hosting over 100 college coaches, many of which were head coaches, and 50+ of the Midwest's best teams and programs, this is a can't miss event year after year.
Below are just a few of the top players were in attendance at this years Best of the Midwest Jam.
Tori McCoy, 6'4 F, 2016, Mac Irvin Lady Fire - McCoy is the top 2016 prospect in the nation, and every time you watch her, you understand why. She has a 6'4 college ready, long, strong frame, that she combines with a skill set that features both guard and post player attributes. She can easily play the 3, 4, or 5 positions at the next level due to her ball handling abilities, size, and athleticism. At times, the Lady Fire ran the horns set for her! Ferocious rebounder, that grabs down everything in site on both ends of the floor. Tough to stop her from scoring the ball, as she can do it from beyond the arc, as well as in the post. Extremely strong finisher with a wide array of post moves. No one will be more fun to watch over the next 3 years then McCoy.
Arike Ogunbowale, 5'9 G/SF, 2015, WI Playground - Ogunbowale led her team to a big time victory in an exhibition game Wednesday evening against the Mac Irvin Fire. She had 16 points at the free throw line in that game alone. Continues to get to the rack at will, forcing you to foul her to prevent an easy two. Showed off her defense abilities this week, being in the right spots and using her quick hands to come up with a high volume of steals. Ogunbowale's consistency has sured up her spot near the top of the national rankings.
Kiara Lewis, 5'8 G, 2016, Mac Irvin Lady Fire - Lewis looked as explosive as ever in her 3 days at the Best of the Midwest Jam. She looks like she has completely recovered from her knee injuries and has some serious bounce back in her step. Earlier in the summer many of her points were coming from beyond the arc, but now she is aggressive in getting to the rack, especially in the transition game. On top of continuing to hit those deep 3's, she had several nice drives to the basket that made onlookers go "wow."
Taiye Bello, 6'1 PF, 2016, MI Storm - Long, powerful frame. Posts up hard under the rim, establishes and maintains great position early in possessions. Makes quick, decisive moves with the ball, can score around the rim with either hand. Finishes through contact. Showed a soft scoring touch from 5-8 feet around rim. Very mobile, runs the floor well. Solid defensive instincts, alters a lot of shots around the rim with her length and ability to recover to the weak side.
Khadaizha Sanders, 5'6 PG, 2015, Baylor Basketball - Sanders is a true PG with exceptional scoring abilities. Her combination of speed and athleticism makes her nearly impossible to stop in transition. She is a crafty finisher that can do it with both her right and left hands. Showed excellent vision on her fearless drives to the basket, where she often set up teammates for easy scores after drawing multiple defenders. Came up with a lot of steals on the defensive end using hands that are equally as quick as her feet.
Deja Cage, 5'8 G, 2016, Pink Lady Ballers - Cage has a very strong, college ready frame. She is a combo guard that often handles the PG position for her club team, where she possesses excellent ball handling skills and the smarts to run an offense, and rarely turns the ball over. Has extremely deep range, burying thee pointers from well beyond the arc with regularity. She impressed us most with her energy, effort, and intensity on the defensive side of the ball. Rarely allows her opponent to get by her or shoot over her.
Allazia Blockton, 6'0 F, 2015, WI Playground - Blockton played through an ankle injury this week, and that didn't stop her from dominating areas of the game. She very well might have been the most aggressive rebounder we saw in the second half of July. Not always the tallest person in the paint, but between her athletic abilities, strength, and desire, she often came down with boards on both ends of the floor. Often showed her ability to take defenders off the bounce, using a long stride to get by them, and then her muscle to finish through contact at the rim.
Shami Goodman, 5'8 G, 2014, IL X-Citement - Goodman is a combo guard with a well-developed repertoire of skills. She is a willing passer with good vision that is extremely proficient on the drive and kick. When she doesn't dish it off, she finishes off drives to the rack well very well with her right hand. Her greatest strength, is that she is an accurate and consistent marksman from beyond the arc. Strong defender who stays at home and makes positive plays more often then not.
Alisa Fallon, 5'8 G, 2018, Chicago Hoops Express - Fallon outworked the competition in the one opportunity we had to see her at the Best of the Midwest. She leaves it all on the floor every second she's out there, while also supporting her teammates when on the bench. Can really put it on the floor and get to the rim. Showed good vision when attacking the basket, often feeding wide open bigs when the defense collapsed. Uses a combination of athleticism and will to grab a high volume of rebounds from the guard position.
Errin Hodges, 5'11 PG, 2017, Example Sports - Hodges was dominant on the offensive end during the Best of the Midwest Jam, finishing with over 30 in one game, and 20+ in several others. Handles the ball well with both her left and right, and seemed unfazed by pressure defense. Finishes in traffic, and displayed a nice righty runner a couple times in the lane. Has a good looking jumper which she can hit from the midrange and beyond the arc.