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Rose League S3 Rewind: Prospect Standouts & Storylines

By Keil Moore & Rob Noonan, 02/17/20, 10:45AM CST


Hampton, Va., -- The third leg of the MADE Hoops Rose League saw teams from all over the east coast embark on the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Virginia for a weekend of competition. With playoffs looming, each game and each possession seemed to matter just a bit more as teams were jousting for not just seeding, but for some just an invitation to the championship weekend. With so much on the line, we are excited to recap the weekend that was and highlight what we will be looking for from championship weekend in days to come.

Mikayla Blakes had a big weekend.

Rose Lea8ue Pink: Program Spotlight

NJ Cardinals

The New Jersey Cardinals showcased an impressive collection of talent this weekend and used a collection of individual efforts to propel them to an undefeated 3-0 record. Led by a wing combination of Mikayla Blakes and Morgan Matthews, the Cardinals were able to push the tempo against opponents and find success attacking the rim and getting to the foul line throughout the weekend. Both Matthews and Blakes show potential to develop into effective three-level scorers and their play this weekend has them standing out as one of the leagues dynamic duos.

Although the play from Blakes and Matthews was impressive, the Cardinals offensive attack proved to be much more diverse than just the two standout wing prospects. On the interior, the Cardinals were led by another duo with Alex De Lasi and Mackenzie Anderson proving to be effective as rebounders and interior defenders. Their willingness to play with energy and be disruptive in ball screen coverage was an asset for the Cardinals this weekend. Lastly, Zahra Alexander was able to make a solid contribution as her energy and activity level separated her from the pack. Alexander is a good athlete with a developing feel for the game. Alexander was impactful on both sides of the ball this weekend, giving the Cardinals a well-balanced attack.

NJ Belles 

The Belles had a very strong weekend in Hampton as they managed to go 2-1 with their only loss coming from the undefeated champion of Pool A, Team Takeover. Of the teams that I saw this weekend, the Belles might be the most balanced from top to bottom. They have a well-rounded roster and their kids do an excellent job of sharing the ball, attacking space off the bounce, and making open shots to penalize teams for helping. Two of the players who embodied the mentality of sharing the ball when guarded and making shots when open were Devyn Quigley and Taylor Derkack. Quigley and Derkack both played on the wing this weekend and at different times throughout their time on the floor, both showed that they are comfortable creating shots for others while also being capable of scoring the ball with consistency. Fortifying Quigley and Derkack on the perimeter this weekend was Hope Masonius. Masonius has a diverse skillset and showed the ability to make pinpoint passes to cutters or attack defenders to score on her own. Her combination of size and skill fit in nicely with the talent around her this weekend.

Feature Players:

Sydney Anthony (Team Durant) – Anthony has a solid presence on the floor for a guard her age. She was comfortable playing on the ball and running the offense but was also effective playing on the wing and looking to give her team an offensive scoring punch.

Zhen Craft (Team Takeover) – Craft is an exciting young athlete who has the ability to impact the game on both sides of the ball. Her willingness to play with effort defensively while also being a threat to score defensively will allow her to stand out in years to come.

Diamond Fields (New Heights) – Fields was dynamic offensively this weekend. She likes to attack defenders off the bounce and is crafty when utilizing a live dribble.

Mia Lewis (NJ Sparks 8th) – Lewis brings pace and tempo to the backcourt positions. She is electric with the ball in her hands and was comfortable getting in a stance and pressuring the ball. 

Madison Williams (Team Durant) – Williams showed the beginnings of a well-rounded offensive package this weekend. She was comfortable using triple-threat as a weapon to allow her to play both effectively and under control. 

Reagan Bree Robinson (UPLAY) – Robinson was very effective playing on the interior here. She is a willing rebounder and shot blocker who can expand her game to the perimeter in time. 

Ella Inacio (New Heights 2024) – Inacio shot the ball very well from the perimeter this weekend. She has confidence in her shot making ability and was active on the perimeter looking for open spots.

Ahnay Adams, 2024 PG, Michael Carter-Williams (MA): Has one of the best handles in the Rose Lea8ue. Terrific speed and agility, especially going downhill and fighting through traffic to get to the rim. Defenders had a really difficult time keeping her out of the lane.

Jasmyn Cooper, 2024 Wing, Michael Carter-Williams (MA): She had a terrific weekend, as I was very impressed with her ability to spread the floor and play multiple positions and score from all levels. As she continues to develop her game, I see her stock continuing to rise.

Talayah Walker, 2024 Guard, Maryland Belles (MD): I liked her strength and control when running the point this weekend, leading the Belles to a perfect 3-0. Moving forward I like her athleticism allowing her to score in multiple fashions from all levels.

Kennedy Umeh, 2024 Forward, Maryland Belles (MD): A monster weekend from the disciplined forward anchoring the Belles frontcourt. Terrific hand-eye coordination, soft hands around the glass, and head on a swivel in the post, led to a rapid rise in her stock. I saw her score 15+ and grab 15+ rebounds and walked away more than impressed with her development. 

Lauryn Swann, 2024 PG, New Jersey Sparks (NJ): She is one of the craftiest scorers in the class of 2024. Her technical footwork, ability to change direction and speed on a dime separates her from the rest. As she continues to perfect her craft, I think she’s going to be a household name in New Jersey.

Amanda Smith, 2024 PG, New York Rens (NY): I walked away really impressed with her length and how well she can shift defenders with ease. She flashed some hesitation moves that I haven’t seen many girls be able to pull off. She has a natural playmaking ability as she was creating for her teammates all weekend.

Nyla Brooks, 2025 Wing, Team Takeover (MD): A true 2025 playing up in an exclusive 2024 league is making her stock rise at a rapid rate. Her ability to play off the wing, handle the rock and play multiple positions on both ends is eye-opening. I am expecting her to hit a growth spurt making her more of a problem moving forward.

Madisen McDaniel, 2024 PG, Team Takeover (MD): I have yet to see a better PG in the class of 2024.  When it comes to being a well-rounded ball handler, scorer, and distributor McDaniel is it, she is currently leading the charge for a perfect 10-0 season and a run into the playoffs, all while McDaniel has been consistent throughout. 

Honorable Mention

Tatum Greene, 2024 G, Maryland Belles (MD)

Mikayla Blakes, 2024 G, New Jersey Cardinals (NJ)

Jazmin Torres, 2024 PG, SK/Uplay (Can)

Aiyanna Culver, 2024 PG, New York Rens (NY)

Isabella Soon, 2024 F, So Maryland Lady Prime (MD)

Leah Harmon, 2024 G, New Jersey Sparks (NJ)

Morgan Matthews, 2024 W, New Jersey Cardinals (NJ)

Leyla Minor, 2024 G, BWSL Red Tide (VA)

Rose 7eague Blue: Program Spotlight

PA Sparks

On Sunday, we got the chance to watch the PA Sparks team play two competitive games against Kia Nurse Elite and Team Takeover Gray. Ultimately the games ended as forfeits so the record will show that they lost the games but live and up close the PA Sparks put a talented collection of talent on the floor and left us excited for the future of the program and the players as individuals. One of the team’s standout players is Kennedy Henry a prospect that I will certainly be keeping an on moving forward. Henry has an impressive combination of physical tools to mix with the beginnings of a refined skill set. She has the prototypical basketball players frame and I came away impressed with her approach to the game. Versatility comes to mind when you think of forward Azariah Campbell, Campbell is strong around the rim and productive with her time on the floor. In addition to Henry and Campbell, the Sparks rely heavily on the energy and playmaking efforts from a trio of players, Keira Stevens, Jordyn Adderly, Sydney Ramseur-Williams. All three of whom left a lasting impression this weekend with their play on the floor. 

Feature Players:

Azariah Campbell (PA Sparks) – Versatile, strong, and effective are three words you can use to describe Campbell’s game.

Diamond Fields (New Heights) – Fields was dynamic offensively this weekend. She likes to attack defenders off the bounce and is crafty when utilizing a live dribble.

Kaiya Rain-Tucker (K Low Elite) – Rain-Tucker was a rebounding machine this weekend. As one of the bigger players on the floor she took it as her main task to control the boards and make her presence a factor for opposing players to have to deal with. 

Kennedy Henry (PA Sparks) - Henry is a prospect to keep an eye on moving forward. She has an impressive combination of physical tools to mix with the beginnings of a refined skill set.

Arianna Davis (New Heights 2025) – Davis was fun to watch this weekend. She plays hard on both sides of the ball and gave her New Heights team a lot of energy as they made a huge comeback in the last game of the weekend. 

Riley Hamburger (Team Takeover Gray) – Hamburger made an impact with her length and athleticism. She is a versatile athlete who can do a little bit of everything on the floor. 

Kennedy Hall (Team Takeover 2025) – Hall’s ability to make consistent plays without dominating the ball was impressive this weekend. She is a good athlete with a natural feel for the game. 

Nila Giraud, 2025 G, Train’d 2 Go: Has been scoring in bunches all winter with multiple 20+ scoring performances. She has been one of the most consistent scorers in the whole 2025 class, leading her team to championship weekend.

Roses At FIBA?

In May, eligible athletes for the USA Basketball U17 and U18 national teams will embark on Colorado Springs, Colorado to try-out for an opportunity to represent their country and play for USA Basketball this summer. While this year's Rose Lea8ue members will be too young to compete for a spot on this summer’s teams, a handful of current MADE Hoopers who should have their eyes on competing for a roster spot at the U16 level for the summer of 2021. Here is a look at three players who we could see playing at the FIBA America’s tournament in the summer of 2021. 

Toby Fournier, Sisterskeeper/Uplay (Canada) 

Fournier is an exciting prospect who could be a centerpiece of the Canadian system for years to come. When considering her potential impact on Canada Basketball, she puts you in the mind of Haley Brown (University of Michigan), between 2013 and 2018 Brown was a member of seven different international competitions for Canada, making a lasting impact on the country’s national team. Like Brown, Fournier could see herself as a mainstay on Canadian national and 3x3 teams throughout the duration of her prep career. 

Madisen McDaniel, Team Takeover (USA)

Mikayla Blakes, NJ Cardinals 

 Making the USA team at the prep levels is always a daunting task. It’s arguably the most competitive setting at the prep level and a large part of who is selected to the team is contingent upon how individuals fit with each other in the eyes of the selection committee. With that said, two players who have shown the ability to thrive in that setting are Madisen McDaniel and Mikayla Blakes. Physically, both McDaniel and Blakes are exceptional athletes who are comfortable scoring at their position, rebounding at their position, and defending at their position, all of which are three keys to challenging for a spot on a national team. As we continue to look towards the future, it will be fun to see how many athletes from this season's Rose League can find a home at the international basketball level.

Championship Weekend: Teams To Watch

Rose Lea8ue Pink: 

Leading the pack this year in Rose Lea8ue Pink is Team Takeover who finished the regular season undefeated with a 10-0 record in league play. The “juggernaut” of the Rose Lea8ue Pink will have several talented teams looking to add a blemish to what is currently a perfect record. The Maryland Belles are one team that stand out as strong competition for a Rose Lea8ue Pink championship, the Belles finished the season (9-1) winning Pool B in the regular season. So far this season the Belles and Takeover have yet to play each other.

Other strong contenders for the championship include UPlay/Sisterskeeper who finished 8-2 in league play, the New Jersey Cardinals who finished 7-2 in league play and the New Jersey Belles who finished 7-3 in league play. Also be on the lookout for FCBA and DC Premier Prime to make some noise during championship weekend. Going into the Hampton weekend, FCBA stood with Takeover as the only other undefeated team in the league. They will certainly be looking to rebound and finish strong during championship weekend.

Rose Lea8ue Orange

The top two seeds in Pool A, Bria Holmes Elite and SI Bulldogs will be in good shape championship weekend as Bria Holmes Elite ((9-1) and SI Bulldogs (8-2) have had strong seasons so far. In Pool B, Team Providence (8-0) and the MD Lady Tigers (8-2) sat at the top of the standings and will certainly be in the mix during the championship weekend as we look to crown a Rose Lea8ue Orange champion.

Rose 7eague Blue

Rose 7eague Blue has an undefeated team looking to remain unblemished and finish the season with a championship as UPlay/Sisterskeeper finished 10-0 in In Pool A. Their 10-0 finish has them in the driver’s seat as the next three top seeds in the division, Maryland Belles (8-2), Lady Tigers (8-2), and DC Premier Prime (7-3) all have at least two losses in league play.

Rose 7eague Yellow

Similar to Rose 7eague Blue, Rose 7eague Yellow has an undefeated team standing as the leader of the pack. The Bay State Jaguars finished the regular season 10-0 while the Queen City Ballers (7-1) and K-Low (8-2) will be two of the teams looking to dethrone the undefeated team in the division.

Rose Lea8ue Orange: Feature Players

Olivia Charity, 2024 F, Bay State Jaguars (MA): A shot-blocking machine throughout this weekend and I walked away really impressed with her timing and footwork. A true anchor on the defensive end when it comes to rebounding and shot blocking.

Alexandria White, 2024 F, New Hampshire Saints (NH): She showed some nice post flashes this weekend. Soft hands around the glass and finished consistently was a nice compliment to what the Saints accomplish offensively. 

Aniya Rowe, 2024 PG, Sisterskeeper (NY): The grittiest player I saw this weekend on both sides of the floor. I enjoyed the intensity she played with, being the true anchor on both ends. Impressive going downhill and will guard the full length of the floor for all 32 minutes.

Brooke Barnes, 2024 G, K-Low Elite (PA): She has a lot of upside with her length, as I am expecting her to grow a few more inches. She plays at a comfortable pace and gets her team involved with her passing ability. Going into HS I can see her having an impact right away as a freshman.

Olivia Schmitt, 2024 PG, SI Bulldogs (NY): A true ball hawk on defense and a high-level scorer. I have watched her score at a high clip through all 3 sessions. She is going to wreak havoc at the High School level next year with her energy, speed, and passion for the sport.

Dihanna Manning, 2024 PG, Uplay-Green (Can): Watched her score at all levels throughout the weekend and was impressed with how she can score from all levels. As she runs the point, she stays low, has a tight handle and creates for others consistently.

Julianna Almeida, 2024 PG, New Jersey Sparks (NJ): She had some of the most dominant performances this weekend. She was the ultimate playmaker, finishing through and around traffic, knocking down jumpers and creating for her teammates. Her excellent court vision and IQ was the leading force to the Sparks success.

Caliyah Devillasee, 2025 G, Maryland Tigers (MD): She is another name to keep tabs on, playing up a year and making an immediate impact. She did a terrific job job this weekend scoring ball, leading her team to a 3-0 weekend to finish off league play

Honorable Mention

Sanaa Slaymen, 2024 G, Bay State Jaguars (MA)

Zoe Boston, 2024 G, Team Miller (NJ)

Geormaya Davis, 2024 F, Lady Tigers (MD)

J’niya Weaver, 2025 PG, Havoc City Elite (NY)

Anahita Jackson, 2024 G, Maryland Tigers (MD)

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