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The United Conquerors program out of Malden, Mass., will be facing it’s toughest challenge ever this year, but the club appears to have the talent needed to have a successful summer.
United Conquerors will be joining the elite All Star Girls Report Summer League in 2016. Fortunately the program has a tremendous cast of young players who are ready to meet top-flight competition.
“We have played in the Deep South Classic for many years, so we know that the Summer League is going to be done the best way possible,” said Coach Ushearnda Stroud. “That event always has a great energy. You know the college coaches will be at their events, and you know you are going to be facing great competition.
“Our players will be getting a new level of exposure, and that’s why we’re so excited about being in the league.”
United Conquerors is now in its eighth year, and Stroud said the program has never seen a class like their current 2018 group.
“They are absolutely, hands down the best class we’ve ever had,” the coach said. “We have 11 players on that roster, and seven or eight of them are Division I players. They are all getting a ton of attention, and a lot of that notoriety started with last year’s Deep South Classic.
“This team has a great work ethic to go with their natural ability. They have a special consistency and commitment. Which just very excited about watching them grow, and we feel very fortunate to have them in our program.”
That talented roster includes one player, Nirel Lougbo (5-9, PG), who has re-classed and is now a 2019 prospect.
“Nirel is a phenomenal athlete,” Stround said. “She is a strong point guard who has the mentality of a football player. She even played running back on a football team before she decided to concentrate on basketball.
“She can defend the other team’s best player for 90 feet, and she can score against their strong defender. When Nirel goes against bigger defenders, she uses her quickness. Against smaller players, she relies on her strength. She has deep three range, and a very good mid-range game.”
Stroud is also expecting big things from Olivia Nazaire (2018, 5-10, F), Fredi Deguglimo (2018, 5-7, 2G), Menel Lamazema (2018, 5-9, W) and Jenie Meagher (2018, 6-2, P).
“Olivia can play on the perimeter, but she is also strong enough to play inside. She has a great ability to defend bigger players without fouling because she is a very intelligent player,” Stroud said. “Olivia has excellent footwork, she can attack the basket, and she has a sure fire jump shot.
“Fredi is a lights out, deep three shooter. She has an uncanny ability to pull up off the dribble and hit a three. She is also a very good floor general who can create her own shot, or create a shot for her teammates. She knows when we need her to shoot the ball, and she is a strong passer.
“Menel is a strong defender and a crafty scorer. She can finish with either hand, and she has a good mid-range, pull-up jumper. She is an intelligent, competitive player who can also hit the three.
“Jenie is a back-to-the-basket post player with excellent footwork, a good shooting touch, and great hands. It’s easy to get the ball into her in the post because of her hands. She also has a nice short corner jumper.”