Recap: Summer Finale Day One

Recap: Summer Finale Day One
Recap: Summer Finale Day OneRecee' Caldwell

ELITE 100 guard Mikayla Reese showed out with GSB team at the POWER48 Summer Finale. *Photo by Ty Freeman.

MARIETTA, Ga. – In the inaugural year of the Summer Finale, Peach State Basketball provided the venue for 48 teams to receive ultimate exposure in the last days of the July viewing period. College coaches from as far away as California made the trip to take in the action this weekend. The tournament provided a feature matchup of San Antonio’s Finest squaring off versus A.O.T. in an exhibition game. However, the ladies from GSB turned in the highlight game of the night by pulling away in overtime to survive a first round scare from E.O.T.O.


Mikayla Reese (Colorado Springs, Colo.), GSB – 2014

The 5-foot-8 guard is on a mission this summer and she showed her desire on the opening evening of the Summer Finale. Reese sliced defenders with her rim attacks and splashed threes from beyond the arc. The No. 76 ranked player in the Elite 100 played like a prospect who is ready to make the jump to the next level. Although Reese scored the ball consistently today, scoring 22 points in round one, she is definitely a player who can a run a team from the point position. Her ability to draw the help line defense and find the open player makes her a dual-threat guard at the collegiate level.

Reese, who originally committed to Oklahoma State, has reopened her recruitment recently. The number of coaches that followed her to the Summer Finale was impressive. Coaches from the Mountain West to the SEC showed the interest in Reese this weekend. Her play at the Summer Finale will make her one of the more closely watched prospects going into the fall signing period.

#PROSPECTSNATIONTV recap from day one of the POWER48 Summer Finale

AROUND THE RIM

Recee’ Caldwell of San Antonio, Texas, put on an impressive performance in her team’s exhibition game versus A.O.T. The No. 6 ranked player in the class of 2014 ELITE 100 seems to have sharpened her skills even further since our last viewing. She shot the long-range jumper with ease and created space off the dribble, which could be attributed to her improved conditioning program. The UCLA commit appears primed to be an impact player in the PAC-12 next year.

♦ The point guard of the future in the State of Georgia introduced herself to college coaches on Saturday evening. Khayla Pointer of Marietta, Ga. is positioning herself as one of the elite guards in the nation in the class of 2017. The young guard has a number of tools that makes her a prospect to track for years to come.

♦ The upset of the night occurred when Havoc City knocked off A.O.T. in the opening round of the @BrandonClayPSB bracket. Kristin Horne of Lanham, Md., dropped two free-throws with :03 on the clock to ensure the victory.


Hemingway is the Assistant Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report. He can be reached at jonathanhemingway@peachstatebasketball.com.

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