The Cy Fair Premier program is based in Texas, but you can watch them play in just about any part of the country. Program director Chris Johnson sends his teams far and wide, and he feels that philosophy pays off in a number of ways.
“We really try to get the girls into different parts of the country, whether it’s East Coast or West Coast,” Johnson explained. “Our main goal is to get them looks from as many college coaches as possible, and going to different regions will get them in front of different coaches. This year, for example, we have two girls who are interested in going to college in California, and they will be in front of those coaches when we go to Las Vegas.
“In addition to the exposure, it’s just something the kids enjoy, and it’s a great experience. It also helps prepare them for college. They will be used to traveling and staying in hotels. They understand they need to concentrate on getting sleep and eating right.”
The Cy Fair trip to Las Vegas will be for the Lake Las Vegas Classic, which will be played at the Westin Lake Las Vegas complex on July 10. The field in Nevada will be loaded with outstanding programs from around the country.
Among the veterans Cy Fair Premier performers in Las Vegas will be Sydney Goodson (2016, 5-8, PG), Emer Nichols (2017, 6-5, P) and Callie Owens (2016, 5-10, SG). Goodson, who missed the 2014 travel season, is committed to Arizona State. Owens has a younger sister, Jaden, who is listed among the truly elite prospects in the Class of 2019, and her older sister, Devri, is a rising sophomore on the Utah Utes team.
“Sydney is a facilitator who plays with a little flair, and she can score the basketball,” Johnson said. “Sydney has a strong mid-range game, and she can hit the three-pointer.
“Emer missed the Deep South Classic with an ankle injury, but she has shown huge improvement this spring. I think she is going to be ready to show the coaches a lot in July. Emer is a left-handed player who can post up. She has good footwork in the post, and she has a nice mid-range game.
“Callie is a tough kid who does whatever her team needs her to do. She is a good leader, and she is a very versatile player. She shoots the ball well, and she is a strong defender.”
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