Recap: W-S Stealers D2/3 Showcase

Recap: W-S Stealers D2/3 Showcase
Recap: W-S Stealers D2/3 ShowcaseCameron Nieters

LEWISVILLE, N.C.- The Winston Salem Stealers hosted 13th annual Spring DII/DIII College Coaches Showcase which afforded players the opportunity to play against solid competition in their region. Forty teams converged on the campus of Forsyth Country Day School for a weekend to showcase their talents. Here’s a look at what was seen this weekend.


Katie Dillon (Huntersville, N.C.) - Lake Norman Magic – 2015

Players that approach the pregame warm-up with much vigor, if not more than a game time situation, always catch attention. Dillon came ready to play from the start. Each shot in warmups was at game speed. From the opening tip there was a sense that she had the ability to be key factor in her team’s success. While knocking down a couple of shots from beyond the arc, you could see in her eyes that she wanted the ball. This was apparent in a tightly contested matchup with Cross-Over Hoops 10th, as she hit clutch baskets going into halftime and also coming down the stretch to eventually pull out the victory.

It’s rare to see a point guard that is willing to post up on the block, get great position and score with her back to the basket. That tenacity and scorers mentality is exactly what Dillon brings to the table. Many players call themselves shooters, Dillon, is a scorer.

AROUND THE RIM

♦ Post players that are vocal and demand the ball you know where they are. They make an immediate impression on how your offense functions. Younique Upchurch of Newport News, Va., was omnipresent this weekend. At 6 feet 3 inches, her solid frame and strength are assets on both offensive and defensive ends of the floor for her Virginia Hoops team. She has strong hands, good footwork and a great motor will benefit her at the next level.

Bayley Plummer from East Davidson High School (Thomasville, N.C.), was impressive with her skill in the paint. The sure-handed, athletic power forward has a true knack for the physical game. At 6-2, Plummer has ball skills that will serve her well in the future.

♦ Cross-Over Hoops Archie had an impressive weekend of basketball. This team is loaded with talent that can score at any given moment. The running clock shortened 50-percent of its games. Sydnei Archie from Monacan High School (Midlothian, Va.) and Dasia A. Lang from Manchester High School (Midlothian, Va.), are a couple of players that stood out this weekend.

♦ It is always enjoyable to see an athlete continuously improve. Cameron Nieters of the Winston Salem Stealers has elevated her game tremendously by becoming more aggressive attacking the rim and finishing with finesse. Bailey Kargo, a 2016 prospect from Page High School (Greensboro, N.C.), showed that she is not to be overlooked. Kargo is the kid that will get it done.


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.

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