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The Wallace Prather Celtics out of Atlanta traditionally field nationally competitive teams, and 2015 will be no different. In fact, Coach Renardo “Nard” Hudson believes the program is still growing stronger.
“This should be a special year,” Hudson predicted. “We just have so many great kids in the program right now. They are great players, and great kids, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they grow and develop over the summer. I am really looking forward to getting going this year. I wish we were starting tomorrow.”
The first major event for the Celtics this spring will be at the 2015 Deep South Classic, which will be played in Raleigh, NC on April 24-26. The Deep South Classic, which annually features the nation’s top travel programs, will once again have the entire tournament in one facility — the tremendous Raleigh Convention Center.
The Celtics will be led this year by Cierra Johnson (2016, 5-10, CG, rated at No. 43 nationally in her class by the All Star Girls Report), Vash Perry (2016, 5-6, PG) and Taylor Mason (2017, 5-9, G, No. 38).
“I really think Cierra will be a big time pro one day,” Hudson said. “She is just amazing. She is very crafty, she can shoot the deep ball, and she knows how to make her teammates better. Vash is a true point guard who can also score. She is a tough competitor who just knows how to get it done at the point. Taylor is a player that everybody loves, and she is a great student. Taylor can attack the basket, and her jumper has come a long way.”
ASGR analyst Bret McCormick also provided his insights regarding the Celtics’ veterans.
“Johnson is a long athlete who is good in traffic. She has a great mid-range game and a scorer’s mentality,” McCormick said. “Perry is very quick, and she can just explode to the hoop. The has an all-around game — ball handling, defending, passing, and shooting the three. Mason is very athletic with a strong, college-type body. She is a very aggressive player who can finish in the lane or elevate on her jump shot.”
That trio will be supported by Onyxe Henderson (2016, 6-0, WF) and Terriana Kemp (2016, 6-0, PF).
“Both of those players are very talented,” Hudson said. “I really think they will both have successful college careers.”
In addition to the veterans, Hudson is also excited about a super strong group from the Class of 2018.
“We have a very, very deep class, and it’s going to be fun watching them grow,” he said. “They are great players who know how to score, and they also play defense. They are also great kids off the floor, which makes it all enjoyable.”
The headliner in the class is Taylor Sutton (2018, 5-6, CG, No. 46).
“Sutton has great quickness, and she really understands the game,” McCormick said. “She has the ability to score, but she also knows how to get her teammates involved. Sutton is also a strong defensive player.”