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The Peak Performance program out of Atlanta has a long history of success, and it appears that trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
“This program has been blessed with a lot of talent,” said Coach Bruce Price. “Over the last four years, we have had 47 kids sign college scholarships, and that represents 80 percent of the kids who have gone through our program. We have 19 current seniors, and 10 of them already have offers.
“Along with those older players, we have an incredible youth movement in our program right now. We have a number of younger players who are getting attention from major programs from around the country.”
Those prospects will be showcased when Peak Performance competes in its own back yard at the Marietta Tournament of Champions. The event will be held at the Suwanee Sports Academy complex in Marietta, just outside of Atlanta over the weekend of September 27-28.
The Peak Performance youth movement is led by three distinct pairs of prospects. The group in the Class of 2016 is led by 5-7 backcourt standouts Cairo Booker and Eboni Williams. The 2017 roster is highlighted by a pair of 6-5 post players — Zoe Guilmette and Abbey Rouse. In addition, there is already considerable buzz about 2019 prospects Amari Robinson (6-0, F) and Kemia Ward (6-2, P).
“Cairo and Eboni give us a great pair of guards,” Price said. “They are both lock down defenders. They can pick people up for 94 feet, and they have an ability to change a game with their defense. Cairo is a point guard who can break down a defense, and she can create opportunities for herself or her teammates. Eboni has gotten a lot of attention just because she is so very good defensively.
“Cairo and Eboni are a lot alike, but Zoe and Abbey are very different players. Zoe is a long, lean athlete who is more of a four. Zoe can step out a little, and she has developed a nifty little hook similar to Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Abbey is a big, solid pure five. She plays with her back to the basket, and she has a significant up side.
“A lot of people are talking about Amari and Kemia already. Amari is the type of athlete who could play any of the five positions. We are being contacted by all the major colleges across the country, and I really think Amari is a Top 10 talent. Kemia is more of a five player. She has the most innate shot blocking ability that I have ever seen. She just has incredible timing for her age.”
All Star Girls Report analyst Bret McCormick has Guilmette rated as the No. 137 prospect in the Class of 2017, and Robinson is rated as the second best prospect nationally in the Class of 2019. McCormick also gave his perspective on all the Peak Performance stars.
“Booker is a quick guard who can shoot the three and she plays with a high motor,” McCormick said. “Williams is a lightning quick, athletic guard who can really attack the basket. Guilmette is another good athlete. She is long and she can score inside with either hand, and she can step out to 15 feet. She has a very bright future. Rouse has great size and strength inside. She knows how to play on the low block, and she can step out to 15 feet. Robinson is a big-time player. She is a versatile, multi-positional player who already has skills and strength. Ward is an athletic post who runs the floor well. She rebounds well and she has a good skill set, so she should develop into a major recruit.”