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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Impressions from U-17 second group

With so many players at the U-17 trials, they have been split into two groups and practiced separately today.

Having already given my thoughts about the first group, now it is time for the second unit.

UConn commit Katie Lou Samuelson looked very much like the highly-touted prospect she is, raining down 3-pointers, grabbing rebounds and handing out some nice assists. There was a stretch when Samuelson was being guarded by fellow UConn commit and close friend De'Janae Boykin. 

As for some of the other players, Capital Prep star Kiah Gillespie was out at the front of the break on a couple of occasions and continues to play well here. I thought Colorado Springs' own Kylee Shook was extremely impressive and even though there's no Connecticut angle with her, I did chat with her for a few minutes since she lives only about 10 minutes away.

If I had to pick one player who impressed me the most, it would be Joyner Holmes, a 6-foot-3 Class of 2016 prospect out of Cedar Hill, Texas. She was a terror on the rebounding end and as aggressive offensively as any front court player I have seen.

The U-18s had their first practice and it was basically a series of 3 on 3 competitions. Right off the bat former UConn recruiting target and Duke signee Sierra Calhoun was all over the place. North Carolina commit Steph Watt had a stretch when she hit the deck and got up only to prompty drain a 3-pointer.

Former UConn target Brianna Turner was very active driving the ball to the basket as well as inside defensively.

As for UConn commit Napheesa Collier, she is a high energy player who played mostly on the perimeter. She looked good hitting a couple of perimeter jumpers and aggressively chases down every loose ball. 

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