Three of the top players in the nation from the Class of 2017 all compete for the FBC Southeast Elite club’s 17U team. That is an immense amount of talent, but playing up can be an immense challenge.
“There is a lot of talent — no question — but we haven’t had a lot of consistency,” said Coach Al Motton. “We’ve been up and down, and we’ve lost a lot of one or two-point games. We’re still maturing, and it’s a process. We need to improve our execution at the end of games, and we need to become more consistent.
“I really think we have eight or nine BCS caliber young players on this team, but they need to keep working and continue to improve.”
Those talented youngsters will face a major challenge in July at the Nashville Tournament of Champions, which will be played from July 10-12. The event will include 48 elite travel teams, with games being played at the newly expanded Hooptown facility in Smyrna, TN. Hooptown is conveniently located near popular restaurants and hotels.
Mikayla Coombs: “Coombs is a great athlete. She is an explosive leaper and a great scorer off the bounce. She attacks the basket, and she can knock down the three.”
Bianca Jackson: “Jackson is a good athlete who can get to the rim. She has a good pull-up jumper and she can shoot the three. She is a little bit of a sleeper in this group.”
Taja Cummings: “Cummings is lightning quick and the verbal leader on the floor. She has good handles, she is a good passer, and she can make things happen for her team.”