Recap: NW Elite Showcase

Recap: NW Elite Showcase
Recap: NW Elite ShowcaseJordyn Edwards

'16 Watch List guard Jordyn Edwards was outstanding at the showcase event.
*Photo by Chris Hansen.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The summer club circuit is in full swing and the Pacific Northwest is a region regularly recruited by schools up and down the West Coast. A quality group of players was assembled for the NW Elite Showcase, run by Basketball U. After split sessions of games and skill work, here’s a look at a few of the standouts from the one-day showcase.

Jordyn Edwards (Lynnwood, Wash.), Lynnwood HS - 2016

Edwards stood out immediately on Saturday morning with her combination of size and skill at the guard position as well as her smooth athleticism. The 5-foot-9 prospect can play either guard position and when she turns on the jets there are few that can keep her from turning the corner. There are some areas for improvement but compared to most 2016 prospects in the region, she is ahead of her peers. She showed the confidence to challenge defenders with either hand finishes. If she gets stronger handling the ball with her left and gets physically stronger she has ELITE 100 talent and should find herself in the discussion when the time comes.


♦ Class of 2014 guard Kelli Kingma of Mill Creek, Wash., looks to be back to her old self. After a couple of injuries cut her high school season into almost nothing, the Washington commit showed the bounce in her step and deep range that earned her a spot in the 2014 ELITE 100.

♦ After a strong showing at the EBA Super 64 camp a week ago in the Atlanta-area, Riley Clarke used the NW Elite Showcase as an encore. She is a jack of all trades player that adapts to matchups well. The 5-11 2015 prospect from Puyallup, Wash., always seems to be in the right place on the court.

Tamia Bragg, a 6-1 post from Tacoma, Wash., draws comparisons to Erin Garner as a freshman. While not as tall as Garner, the 6-1 post has a strong frame and she uses it well in the paint. Working the glass and making effort plays keeps her on the court and as her skill level evolves, so too will her projected impact.

♦ Some players just get the job done with smarts and that is exactly what Mary Ann Santucci of Seattle, Wash., did on Saturday. The 5-9 guard is poised with the ball and has the ability to score off the catch or with the mid-range jumper. She is crafty with the ball and made some nice plays with the pass as well.

♦ Shot makers are few and far between. But Faithaleen Lopez-Flores brings just that to the court. Though not the quickest guard on the floor, her balance and court awareness allow her to score the ball consistently. She scored on jumpers and runners and scored the ball as well as anyone in the showcase.

Hansen is managing editor of and a McDonald’s All-American selection committee member. He was the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012. He can be reached at

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