McDonald's Watch: Turkey Jamm 2015

McDonald's Watch: Turkey Jamm 2015
Crystal Dangerfield

Alecia Sutton of Florissant, Mo., was electric for Parkway North at the 2015 Turkey Jam. *File Photo by Nakita Hemingway.

MURFREESBORO – The Girl Powher Showcase Turkey Jamm has been a staple of our team’s coverage calendar for years. While there might not have been as many high level nationally ranked teams as in years past, the event was full of potential All-Americans. Here’s a look at three who could be playing in the McDonald’s Game this spring.


Crystal Dangerfield, 5-7, PG, Blackman HS (Murfreesboro, TN)

Dangerfield brought home a gold medal with USA Basketball this July as a member of the 19-and-under national team. Currently ranked as the No. 4 prospect nationally, she has already signed with Connecticut. After another stellar showing on her school’s home floor against East Central (OK), Dangerfield has firmly entrenched herself amongst the nation’s elite in our eyes. A five-star floor general, UConn fans can expect similar production to Moriah Jefferson in the early stages of her career in Storrs.

Alecia Sutton, 5-8, PG, Parkway North HS (Florissant, MO)

Sutton showcased her elite talent on the club circuit with Missouri Phenom at the PSB Summer Invitational in July. As a result, the nation’s No. 10 overall prep put herself in the McDonald’s conversation. Her play on Friday was more of the same as the future Texas Longhorn handled pressure, found open teammates and even hit tough teardrop runners at the rim. With the way Texas has constructed their roster since coach Karen Aston’s arrival, look for Sutton to fit right in next fall.

Jasmine Walker, 6-2, PF, Jeff Davis HS (Birmingham, AL)

Matched up against perennial powerhouse, Riverdale HS (TN), Walker handled the basketball and played on the inside as well. The nation’s No. 37 ranked prospect signed with Florida State in the early period. She’ll bring Seminole coach Sue Semrau a forward with good size and skill. As Walker continues to round into elite level game shape after major knee surgery in 2014, we expect her overall game to mature along with her conditioning.

Brandon Clay serves as the WNBA Director of Scouting for and owns The International Report, which is picked up by more than 150 colleges and universities nationwide. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the Elite Basketball Academy Camps. He serves on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and is chairman of the HS Boys / Girls Board of Selectors.

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