DENVER, Colorado – While most of the media and scouting services headed south to Augusta to watch the Nike Nationals, I wanted to head out west to Denver in search for some hidden gems, to take in the USJN’s Mountain Madness. The Mountain Madness had close to 100 coaches and 72 teams from Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Madness is a quality event and continues to grow from one year to the next. Since I decided to take the trek to the mountains I will break for the norm and provide my Baker’s Dozen full of one liners on the gems I saw at the Mountain Madness.
Salik Winston 5-4 Greg Strickland Basketball 14 Pueblo, Colo. – Young point guard scrappy has a chance to be a quality DI prospect.
Alyssia Martinez 5-8 5280 Hoops 16 Highlands Ranch, Colo. – A well rounded point guard best basketball ahead of her.
Taylor Stuckey 5-7 Reign 15 Parker, Colo. – Stuckey is a speedy, quick athletic guard that plays with a lot of swag.
Jonnae Richardson 5-10 Lady Survivors 17 Denver, Colo – Athletic wing high energy plays well on both ends mid to high prospect.
Scooter Lopez 5-3 Reign 15 Highland Ranch, Colo. – Makes the all name team nice 3 point stroke always on the attack.
Grace Hagan 5-9 Eclipse Sparq 15 Bachrodt Wichita, Kansas – College ready body and game!
Madeline Homoly 6-0 MoKan Eclipse 16 Red Parkville, Missouri – Blue collar player, nice skill set and high basketball IQ.
Maddie Simon 6-1 Nebraska Lasers 17 Lincoln, Nebraska – Wow! Simon is a long athletic all around point guard. BCS caliber prospect written all over her game.
Kendriana Washington 5-9 Tulsa Lady Icons 15 Purple Tulsa, Oklahoma – Dynamic comb guard has all the tools to be special.
Skyler Snodgrass 5-10 Eclipse Sparq 15 Bachrodt Andover, Kansas – Snodgrass is a sniper beyond the arc and is tough as they come.
Lexy Thorderson 6-0 Mile Hi Rockies Castle Rock, Colo. – Thorderson is very good all-around player finds a way to get the job done a definite mid to high prospect.
Jessica Sheble 6-4 KC Lady Magic 17 Olathe, Kansas – A quality big that runs the floor, she is solid defensively with a nice low post game.
Bethany Cox 6-1 Syneryg 17 Norman, Oklahoma – Cox is a solid three four combo player and will be a great pickup for DI program.
Prentice Beverly is a National Evaluator for Blue Star Media and the owner of Balln Prep Girls. He also works for Girl Powher Showcases, Schollyme.com and is the Author of “Navigating the Maze” a grassroots reference guide to women’s college basketball recruiting. Beverly has spent 15 years coaching high school and club basketball and resides in Montgomery, Alabama.