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The Boston Showstoppers began the 2015 travel season on a high note. Individual athletes were getting critical attention from college coaches, and the key to that success was the team approach being displayed on the court.
“Things have gone very, very well so far,” said Coach Clinton Lassiter. “We’ve had players picking up offers, and we are getting a lot of interest in a lot of players. The main thing is that we are being team-oriented. They are all getting along well, and they are playing together. When they don’t play like they are worried about the recruiting process, it all works well.”
That team first attitude will be showcased at the 2015 ASGR Summer Basketball Playoff on July 27-30 in Charlotte, NC. The event, which will feature many of America’s top club programs, will be held at the Carolina Courts facility.
Two of the top Showstopper prospects come from the Class of 2016 — Araion Bradshaw (5-6, PG) and Ednaija Lassiter (5-10, G). Bradshaw is listed as the No. 77 recruit in her class by the All Star Girls Report, and Lassiter is a niece of the coach.
“Araion is a pass first point guard who wants to get everyone involved, but she can score,” Coach Lassiter said. “She has a great first step — it’s tough to stay in front of her. Her outside shot is improving very quickly. Ednaija is a versatile player who could play the one, two or three. She has a strong frame, and she loves contact. She is our leading rebounder, and she is our second best three-point shooter.”
In the 2017 class, the Showstoppers are led by Sayawni Lassiter (5-11, SG), who is another niece of the coach and the No. 81 recruit in her class according to ASGR), and Deja Ross (6-1, F).
“Sayawni is a natural point guard, but she can shoot it from anywhere,” Coach Lassiter said. “She also has a strong body, and she is very good at getting to the rim. Deja is a versatile player. She shoots the three very well, she has a strong body, and she is a good rebounder. She can also defend anyone from the three to the five, and she is a good athlete who can really run the floor.”