The Philly Freedom Stars have a pair of young post players who will be looking to make their mark this summer. Anndrea Lloyd is a 2016 prospect who will be getting her first serious exposure, and Brittany Gardner is an eighth grader with serious potential.
Those post players, and the rest of the Freedom Stars, will be showcasing their talents at the highly competitive DC Nationals from July 6-8. The DC Nationals will be held at the NEW 24 facility in District Heights, MD.
Both Lloyd and Gardner are 6-3, with Lloyd playing on the 15 Red team and Gardner playing on the 14 Red squad.
“Anndrea played with a club that didn’t get a lot of exposure last year, and I think she is going to blow up this summer,” said Coach Ryan Gardner. “She has very good hands and good post moves, and she is basically automatic from 15 feet when she steps out.
“Brittany plays on a team that has 10 Division I prospects, including three that are BCS level prospects. She is just physically dominant. She runs the floor, she plays with her back to the basket, and she can put it on the floor. When Brittany goes against Anndrea in practice, she gives her a run for her money.”
Brittany is the coach’s youngest daughter. Her older sister will be a freshmen on the Georgia Tech squad next year, and her older brother player at UMBC.
In addition to the strong post play, the Freedom Stars also expect big things from Nia Mims (2016, 6-0, W) and Summer Pierce(2016, 5-7, PG).
“Nia is a long, lanky lefty,” Gardner said. “She is an aggressive slasher who will get physical and sacrifice her body, and she shoots a good percentage from three-point range. Summer is a distributor and a floor general for us, but she can also shoot the three.”
All Star Girls Report analyst Bret McCormick also added his perspective on the Philly Freedom Stars prospects:
Anndrea Lloyd: “She is a good athlete with solid post moves on the block. She is also a good passer, and she can hit the 15 footer.”
Brittany Gardner: “Gardner is a big, strong player who gives her team a real low post presence. She is also a good athlete, and she can run the floor.”
Nia Mims: “Mims is very quick, and I think she could play any of the three guard spots. She plays hard, attacks the rim, and shoots the three.”
Summer Pierce: “Pierce is an intelligent, quick point guard. She knows how to involve her teammates, and she has a nice perimeter shot.”