A number of familiar faces have graduated from the FGB program, but the Florida-based club will maintain a tremendous talent level.
“We have a lot of players that people don’t know about, but we’re confident,” said Coach Kenny Kallina. “I think this is going to be an exciting summer for us because I think we have a group of players who are really going to shoot up the rankings when people get to watch them compete.”
The first major test for those athletes will come at the 2017 Deep South Classic, which will be held in Raleigh, NC from April 20-23. The event, which will feature some of the finest travel teams in the nation, will be played at the Raleigh Convention Center. There will be 20 courts in the building, keeping the entire event under one roof in downtown Raleigh.
“The Deep South Classic is a great spring event,” Kallina said. “The competition level is tremendous, and your players get great exposure with college coaches. It really helps to have the whole event in one location, and the All Star Girls Report staff always does a fantastic job running the tournament.”
The college coaches in Raleigh will be certain to notice FGB standouts Shania Edgecombe (6-1, F, 2018, ranked at No. 138 in her class by ASGR) and Sydney Jones (6-0, G, 2018, No. 181).
“Shania is a long, rangy athlete who is great in our uptempo system,” Kallina said. “She can hit the three, get to the rim, and play great defense. Shania is a player who can help a team in so many ways.
“Sydney is another long, rangy athlete. This is her first year with FGB, and she is going to be a big part of our team. She is a great scorer who can shoot the three and attack the rim. I really think Sydney is going to jump up the lists this spring.”