DALLAS, Ga. – 34 student-athletes took to the floor at East Paulding for a final preseason tune up before the 2019-20 high school season officially tips off. Broken down into four teams, each team played four 20 minute games. Below are some quick evaluations on each player. Please visit @CTCAthletics on Twitter and on Instagram for highlights of Sunday’s event.
2021 5-7 PG De’Mauri Flournoy (Carrollton)
Entering the event as the highest profile player with a handful of High Major offers, Flournoy flourished with the target on her back. Flournoy was never rushed and always played at a smooth pace, making the game look effortless. She has exceptional body control when getting to the basket and can finish with either hand. She knocked down 7 threes over the course of four games and averaged 9.7 points. In Game 2, she hit a clutch three with just seconds remaining to send her team to OT in a 27-24 win. Flournoy is a strong passer as well when assisting with one hand off the dribble. The Class 5A First Team All-State guard will continue to improve as her body matures and gets stronger.
2020 6-1 C Taylor Doucet (Pace Academy)
Doucet dominated in her first game with 10 points and 7 rebounds before getting injured in Game 2 and having to leave the event. She is a physical post presence that moves defenders around and has a good feel on where to position herself for rebounds. Doucet has a soft touch around the rim and can anchor a defense with her ability to clog driving lanes.
2025 5-5 G Laila Harvey (Rutland Middle School)
The youngest player in the event was welcomed in after proving she can hang tough with older competition during her time in the CTC Fall League. Playing against even better talent on Sunday, Harvey took another step in her bright young career with a steady showing. Harvey has great poise for her age and doesn’t shy away from ball handling duties. Offensively, she looked to set up teammates and didn’t take any bad shots. Harvey accepts her role on whichever team she plays with. Expect her to fill up the score sheet come middle school season.
2021 5-9 W Aija Smith (Marietta)
A physical wing that can play multiple positions with her size and strength, Smith was one of the more versatile players in camp. She was one of the best rebounders in attendance, grabbing over five boards every game to finish with an average of 5.5 rebounds per contest. Smith did most of her scoring around the paint but she showed the ability to knock down the open three as well.
2022 5-9 F JaKayla Harrison (Riverdale)
Harrison provided toughness inside and was an aggressive rebounder. She drew a handful of fouls and finished 5-8 from the line. Harrison was an important glue guy to the success of Team 1 who finished 2-2.
2022 5-7 W Aaliyah Ferrell (East Coweta)
The rising sophomore made a name for herself with her long, lean frame and her motor. Ferrell could be constantly seen giving multiple efforts on defense and flying in for rebounds. She buried 2 threes on the day including the game-winner in sudden death overtime. Ferrell didn’t shy away from any 50/50 balls and showed that she could make some plays off the dribble when asked.
2022 5-9 W Shamaria Jennings (Mt. Paran)
Only a sophomore, Jennings was one of the most impressive athletes, equipped with a strong wiry frame. Jennings looks like she has already been in the weight room and her strength and length gives her upside as a potential defensive stopper down the road. Jennings managed to score in each game and picked up 3 assists over the course of camp. Jennings is still a little raw with her age, but she has plenty of upside to become a very important piece at Mt. Paran.
2022 5-6 CG Kaleigh Addie (GAC)
All-State guard Kaleigh Addie scored the ball well, averaging 7 points per game, hitting 4 threes in the process. Addie was one of the best ball handlers in camp and led all players with 2.2 assists per. Addie is quick and likes to probe defenses to get into the paint. She was a foul magnet, going 8-12 from the line. At times she seemed too focused on getting into the teeth of the defense and tended to over dribble occasionally. As she gets older expect her to get more precise with her decision making. Addie looks like a future D-I player.
2021 6-3 F Taylor Cullinan (North Paulding)
Cullinan’s diverse skill-set paired well with Kaleigh Addie as the two connected on a handful of screen and rolls. Cullinan was a steady scorer in all four games, averaging 5.5 points while hitting 3 threes. She rebounded well and blocked two shots. Cullinan has as much skill as any big in her class does. She just needs to translate her abilities into game action consistently, which she has improved upon week-by-week since we first saw her at the CTC Fall League. Playing big inside offensively and finishing through contact is still an opportunity for growth.
2022 5-3 G Katelyn Dunning (Mt. Paran)
The one of the smallest players in camp came out with something to prove as Katelyn Dunning was firing from all over the floor, hunting her offense to set the tone. Dunning pulled up from deep and the mid-range and kept defenses off balance, especially when she would slice her way into the paint where she proved to be able to finish with crafty maneuvers. She is a feisty competitor that played hard every second she was on the floor.
2021 5-3 G Lindsay Moore (Stephens County)
Lindsay Moore is a dangerous three-point shooter when she gets her feet set. When left open she can burn teams from deep. She didn’t get a ton of opportunities to showcase her offensive skills, but she made the most of them when the ball was in her hands and she never forced the issue and played within the team’s structure.
2020 5-5 Hanna Moyer (South Paulding)
Hanna Moyer can get hot in a hurry from beyond the arc. She drilled back-to-back threes against Team 3 and helped her squad get back into the game. She also made some good decisions when moving the ball around the perimeter to find the open man.
2022 5-8 Haley Johnson (Cass)
Johnson really found her groove as the day went on, saving her best performances for Game 3 and 4. Johnson found herself in the right place at the right time on numerous occasions and worked her into a strong 6-point, 4-rebound, 1-steal showing in her third game. Johnson was a tough defender as well and helped out on the glass all day.
2023 5-9 F Amillyah Covington (Northside-Warner Robins)
Amillyah Covington did what we got accustomed to seeing her do during the CTC Fall League: the dirty work. Covington rebounded and blocked shots inside.She has a good strong body for a freshman and can mix it up down low.
2022 5-7 W Letiya Reeves (East Coweta)
Reeves, another East Coweta product, was one of camps more interesting players along with fellow 2022 Aaliyah Ferrell. Both are long and athletic and play bigger than their listed size. Reeves has a projectable frame and a good motor to boot. She stayed on the glass the entire camp and offensively picked her spots to attack as primarily a slasher, but also showed that she could hit the deep ball. Reeves is one to track over the next three seasons.
2022 5-4 G Kehinde Obasuyi (Carrollton)
Overall, Kehinde Obasuyi may have been camp’s top performer. Playing alongside De’Mauri Flournoy at Carrollton, Obasuyi was just as good if not better than her All-State teammate on Sunday. She averaged 6 points per game but did so in dazzling fashion. The speedy lefty hit 2 threes on the day and rained in high-arcing picture perfect jumpers from the mid-range with her quick trigger. When attacking the hoop, once she hit the corner no one was able to cut her off. She dealt 7 assists on the day and gave defenders headaches trying to slow her down as she helped lead her team to a perfect 4-0 record.
2022 5-9 F Aliyah Washington (North Paulding)
The CTC Fall League MVP crashed the glass and bulled over opponents as she averaged 6 rebounds per game. Washington has an uncanny nose for the ball and is the ultimate aggressor. Her motor is always full-tilt and she takes no plays off. Washington routinely out-fights and out-rebounds bigger competition and has a competitive nature that you can’t teach. While her scoring production wasn’t as robust as it was during the Fall League, Washington did nothing but further prove she is one of the best sophomores in Georgia’s deep 2022 class.
2021 5-8 G Adrianna Jones (Greenforest)
Adrianna Jones really impressed with her mature feel for the game. Jones sank 5 threes on the day and averaged 6.7 points. Jones is a bigger guard with a solid all-around floor game. She can score the ball at all three levels but she can also fill the stat sheet with her effort on defense.
2021 5-6 G Kenley Woods (Coahulla Creek)
Woods was an important unsung hero for Team 3. She did not worry about her offense but instead focused on the little things and helping out on defense. She brought a tough-nosed attitude and defended well with her highlight coming on a block of Kaleigh Addie.
2021 6-0 C Tanesha Kirk (Bowdon)
One of the biggest players in camp, Kirk used her size to her advantage as she stayed on the glass and kept post defenders occupied. The lefty uses her body well around the basket and squares her shoulders to power up. Kirk rejected 3 shots on defense and was one of the tougher players to score on.
2023 5-4 G Makiala Bullock (Hiram)
The southpaw guard kept the flow of the offense moving and still managed to find her offense when needed. Bullock rebounded well for her size and assisted on two hoops. Bullock is a good facilitator for her age and can be trusted when the ball is in her hands.
2021 5-5 CG Aniecia Malone (Collins Hill)
Aniecia Malone was one of camp’s most explosive guards. She has a quick first step and a burst to the basket that left many defenders behind. Once she got to the rim she showed that she could finish with either hand. Malone’s athleticism and quick hands led to 6 steals on the day. In transition, Malone is really good at getting downhill.
2023 5-8 W Libby Hein (Mt. Paran)
A long guard, Libby Hein did most of her damage with her effort. She competed on the boards and hustled for loose balls, getting on the floor for tie-ups. Hein has good length for a two-guard and should grow tremendously in the Mt. Paran system.
2023 5-6 G Jada Morgan (Jones County)
Following a tremendous CTC Fall League where Morgan was relied heavily to shoulder the offensive scoring burden, Morgan proved that she could take a step back and adapt to any role asked of her. Morgan was still steady with her offense however, averaging 3.7 points. She picked up an assist in three of the four games and played with her usual mean streak.
2020 5-7 SG Sydney Thomas (North Cobb)
A Class 7A All-State Honorable Mention selection last season, Thomas really performed well at camp even though she didn’t provide the flashy plays that some of her peers did. Thomas had substance. She hit 4 threes and played great defense, blocking two shots and coming away with 2 steals. She contested shots well and then turned to attack rebounds. Thomas also showed some nice finishes in the lane. All-around a very solid day.
2022 6-0 F Erial Owens (Hiram)
Erial Owens graded out as one of the best post players in camp. Owens consistently produced, averaging 5.7 points while using a variety of post moves. With her back to the basket, Owens had great footwork implementing a few up-and-unders and shakes to get her defender off balance. Owens pounded the glass and averaged 4 rebounds. She blocked 3 shots and had her presence felt throughout. She showed she could handle the ball in spurts and start her own fastbreaks when needed. Owens has a polished game.
2023 5-8 CG Makiya Parrish (Chattooga)
Parrish showed flashes of major game throughout the day. At the King of the Court station, she showed how talented she is as an isolation player in space, able to get to the rack but also hit the mid-range off the dribble. Parrish has good size for a guard and has a natural scorer’s touch. Expect her to make a big impact starting Day 1 at Chattooga.
2022 6-2 C Detavia Salter (Bainbridge)
Detavia Salter is a throw-back post that is mature beyond her years with her knowledge of working the low block. Salter did an outstanding job of sealing her man deep in the paint and setting up for prime real estate. Salter has a handful of post moves inside and can finish in traffic. At the King of the Court station, she had room to show what she could do off the dribble: drive to the basket and spin into a drop step and finish in one motion. Salter has a really good future ahead.
2020 5-6 G China Heard (Riverdale)
An energetic guard that’s hungry to score, Heard came out firing. She is not afraid to pull from deep beyond the three-point line, making her a dangerous cover. If teams decide to honor her deep range, she can blow past them and get to the basket. She does need to improve her shot selection however. Heard is an active defender that got into the passing lanes on numerous occasions.
2022 5-7 G Abigail Taylor (Woodland-Cartersville)
Taylor was a scrappy player that got after it so much that she got a couple nicks and scratches that needed a band-aid. Taylor did a good job fitting in with her teammates and had some nice entry passes down low to her post heavy team.
2022 5-9 F Kaylynn Kirklen (Mt. Paran)
Kaylynn Kirklen projects as a versatile combo-forward that can help out in a variety of ways. She has a big and strong frame that lets her battle down low but also has enough skill to stretch out defenses to the three-point line. She hit one three on the day, had 3 assists and 2 blocks.