GMSS DC 2013


The second and last Girls Middle School Showcase of 2013 took at place at Elizabeth Seton high school in Bladensburg, Maryland on November 9th. A number of newcomers and some returning GMSS players competed in front of close to 20 high school coaches. The GMSS staff used a new format this time around and both games featured 7th and 8th grade players with a couple of 6th graders allowed to play in the first game. The event opened up with Chantilly Elite coach and one of the top trainers in the DMV, Bruno Corras, putting the girls through a thorough work out. Coach Corras stressed conditioning and skills in his 30 minute session and the girls were feeling it. Each player was introduced individually after gathering with their coach for the evening. The event coaches were Reggie Bailey of Team Sol, Antonio Johnson and Michael Bender of Baltimore Starz and James Nichols of Team Unique. The first game went down to the wire and saw the Black team pull out a 39 -38 win. Some of the stand out players from the first game included the following players; Caramina Taneda. Ms. Taneda is a 6th grader who was spotted in our fall league and invited to participate based on her strong skill set. She had no problem fitting in with the older girls as she has a very well rounded offensive game and great basketball IQ. She plays for the Lady Blazers. Taylor Clayborne is now an 8th grader and she first caught our eye in last year's DC showcase. Taylor plays for the United Lady Ballers and plays a physical game but has some nice moves and knows how to score. I like the way she runs the court and has expanded her game since last year. She goes hard on both ends of the floor.  Tylea Galloway is a big strong guard who has played in a few of our events. She has a solid 5'8" frame and very good handle. She is an awkard lefty who is comfortable behind the 3 point line. I was most impressed with her wilingness to crash the boards. She pulled down 9 rebounds in the DC showcase. I would like to see her improve her shot selection as she has potential to become a serious combo guard prospect. 

Mackenzie Dewees was back for her second GMSS of the season and she had another solid performance. Several high    school coaches inquired about her. She is a great scorer and a solid defender as well. She held her own in the Player's     Choice 1 College showcase in the fall so as we expected she had no problem playing with other middle schoolers. She       plays for Central Maryland Attitude. Briana White is a 7th grader with the Maryland Lady Shooting Stars who we are looking forward to seeing again. She is very athletic and has nice form on her shot. Baltimore Starz 8th grader Taysha Bender         attends Arundel Middle School and I was impressed with her performance as well. She played in both showcases this year and two last year as well and she has turned into a solid high school prospect.

 At a legit 6'1" Team Sol's Elayna Birch-Smith is one to keep an eye on. She is a project at this point but she is in the right    hands. With a little confidence and a couple of post moves she will be on a lot of radars real soon. She attends Washington Latin Public Charter school and is an 8th grader. Jasmine Dickey is a prospect that I like a lot. I am watching closely to see which high school she lands at. I know a couple that are in hot pursuit. She is a lanky 5'9" wing that has some post moves   and a nice mid range shot. She is willing to mix it up and will shine in the right high school program. She goes to Catonsville middle school and plays for the Maryland Lady Tigers. Cynthia Lamar is a 7th grader that made her GMSS debut in DC.       She is very active and scores on short jumpers and put backs. She plays for the MD Lady Shooting Stars. Jahnaya               Peterson is another 8th grader I would like to see again. She has a real knack for scoring and excels in transition. She is     with the Southern Maryland Lady Clippers.   8th grader Jessica Foster returned for her first showcase since last year. She is now with Central Maryland Attitude and I like what I saw. If you leave her open she is a deadly shooter and she is an exceptional ball handler with good basketball instincts. Katelyn Canlas of the Southern Maryland Lady Clippers is another point guard who several high school coaches inquired about. This 5'1" 8th grader displayed a great court awareness and some nice penetration moves. I am looking forward to seeing more of her with her team. Kiara Eubanks, an 8th grader at Riverdale Baptist, is another solid guard who impressed us at the showcase. She is very fast and aggressive and showed that she can score and run the point.


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