Breakfast Club: New York Edition

Breakfast Club: New York Edition
GiGi Battle

Adelaide Jernigan and Jessie Moses battle at the 2023 Breakfast Club Session at CMO New York. *Photo by Chris Hansen.

ARDSLEY, New York – Elite Is Earned brought its national camp tour back to New York in 2023 and the level of talent was off the charts.  Never was it more evident than during the Breakfast Club session on Sunday before camp.

The diversity of talent and positions reflected in this group made for terrific splits and matchups within the training session.

Big wing guards don’t grow on trees so getting a trio of hoopers that fit that mold to push each other made the session that much more competitive.  Adelaide Jernigan of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has a crafty game and a knack for getting defenders to lift so she can go by.  She plays off of two feet a lot.  Shya Hawkins of Glen Head, New York, capped off her summer proving she deserves her spot in the ELITE 150.  Chloe Collin of Brampton, Ontario, earned her spot with her relentless play and energy.

Princess Moody of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
*Photo by Chris Hansen.
As expected in New York, the guard play was really, really good.  Players like Nay Adams, a Miami commit from New Bedford, Massachusetts, Mia Pauldo of Paterson, New Jersey, and Kayleigh Heckel of Port Chester, New York, jumped out with the way they created.  All three are very different but kept defenses on their heels.  And defensively there was no doubt that Princess Moody of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, should be considered one of the top defenders in her class.

But the guard play didn’t stop with those upperclassmen.  GiGi Battle of Edison, New Jersey, Jessie Moses of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, Mila Bissett of Getzville, New York, and Riley Schellhammer of Fishers, Indiana, proved the future of the game is in good hands. All of these hoopers should find themselves on the ELITE 150 Watch List for their classes, respectively.

What made the weekend and the Breakfast Club even more impressive was the frontcourt talent.  Rising senior and Stanford commit Kennedy Ume of Owings Mill, Maryland, brought power and agility to the floor.  Isabela Grant of Highland Park, New Jersey, was a matchup problem with her combination of power and fluid faceup game.  Caterina Ravosa of Wilbraham, Massachusetts continued building on the breakout summer she had with Exodus. Rovosa’s fellow rising sophomore teammate at Exodus, Priyanka Ponnam of Pennington, New Jersey, had herself a heck of a weekend.  Her transformation into a four that can not only stretch the floor offensively but defend a wide spectrum of players has her on a great path.

Olivia Vukosa, the 6-foot-5 post from Whitestone, New York, was fresh off her 16U Nike Nationals title with the Philly Rise but she decided that wasn’t enough winning.  She powered her camp team to the 5 on 5 championship in terrific fashion.  Her skill set has put her on the map nationally and the confidence she’s playing with now will have her in any credible discussion at the top of the 2026 class.


Chris Hansen is managing editor of and serves on the McDonald’s All-American and Naismith Trophy selection committees.  He was a co-founder of and the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012 and is the director of the Check Me Out Showcase and ELITE is EARNED events.  He can be reached at



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