MARIETTA, Ga.- The May Day Challenge provided the opportunity for travel teams to compete against elite competition. Peach State Basketball tournaments are a big draw for teams not only to play with some of the best talent in the country, but also the opportunity to be evaluated by the ProspectsNation.com staff. Here a snap shot of what we saw on day two.
TEAM OF THE DAY
The Cincinnati Angels showed they are a team that has the desire to compete with the best. Coach Dante Harlan has a group of kids that step on the court with tenacity and competes at a high level. The well-rounded team is anchored by a solid backcourt. Miquela Santoro of Clarksville, Ohio, has poise running the offense and Braxtin Miller of Dayton, Ohio, has the ability to attack the basket and also score from the perimeter. This tandem is the catalyst for a team that has valuable weapons in their its. Julia Jenike of Bethal, Ohio, can knock down the trail three and is very active on the boards. Alexah Chrisman of Greendale, Ind., at 6-foot-3, adds versatility at the post with her ability to also put the ball on the floor.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Naomi Davenport (Cincinnati, Ohio), Cincinnati Angels -- 2015
A University of Michigan commit, Davenport displayed her talents at the May Day Challenge. The 5-11 small forward has a well-rounded game that will be an asset at the next level. Davenport is a multifaceted player that creates many options for her team. Her ability to stretch the defense with her perimeter shooting is an asset and is well matched with her ability to create scoring opportunities off the dribble. Another key aspect of her game is her anticipation on defense. Davenport has the potential to be a go-to player.
AROUND THE RIM
♦ Cymone Goodrich of Chicago, Ill., made her presence known with her aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. On offense she has the ability to create her own shot and possesses great body control when driving to the basket. Her athletic ability is an asset. Goodrich can score in a variety of ways.
♦ Taylor Hawks of Buford, Ga., was impressive with her activity on defense. But rest assured she has a punch on the offensive end with her playmaking ability and aggressiveness.
♦ The Carolina All Stars came to the May Day Challenge locked and loaded. Tierra Wilson and Dominque Claytor of Winston-Salem, N.C., played well. The playmaking Wilson made things happen in transition and Claytor showed that she can score inside and out with range beyond the arc.
♦ Tennessee Xtreme Little played well this weekend. Maddie Wright of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Jaiden McCoy of Knoxville, Tenn., continue to play well and draw attention with their solid fundamental game. Both have real potential. Follow @StephenPeckPSB
Peck is the owner of Dream In Motion Athletics and is a national evaluator for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report. He also serves as a on-floor skills coach at the Elite Basketball Academy events. He can be reached at StephenPeck@peachstatebasketball.com.