|Jasmine Sanders (Aquinas) takes it to the basket at Sunday's showcase.|
In the interview below, which was recorded Sunday after Will Avery's Girls Senior Showcase at the Old Columbia Middle School, Laney's Jaiden Hamilton has some fun at the expense of her friend Lexi Jeffcoat (Evans), rubbing it in that Jaiden will be seeking her second AND third consecutive state titles during her remaining two high school seasons.
Of course Hamilton was only teasing. Like Jaiden, Lexi's resume speaks for itself. After averaging 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals last season, Jeffcoat enters her senior year as one of the area's most proven players, claiming one of the five spots on GHSA expert Kyle Sandy's recently published All-Augusta Area team. Hamilton also made that list. And these two, who have played together for Avery's Georgia Sting traveling AAU team the past two summers, distinguish themselves in the classroom, too. Jeffcoat sports a 3.5 GPA, an 1150 on her (two part) SAT, and an ACT of 25. Hamilton, a junior, has earned a 3.75 GPA so far, and she looks forward to taking her SAT for the first time this fall.
Sunday's showcase, the second such event Avery has hosted for girls since school began, was loaded with good high school players. (Here is a link to coverage from last month's showcase for underclassmen) And just like last Sunday, when Avery hosted the Fall 48 Invite for the best high school boys, the college coaches gathered in chairs at half court to evaluate the talent.
|College coaches were on hand for Sunday's showcase.|
According to Avery, somebody who garnered special attention from those coaches Sunday was Jhessyka Williams, Laney's long and agile senior wing who has contributed greatly to the Lady Wildcats' two recent state championships. Williams joined Hamilton and Jeffcoat on Sandy's all area list along with teammate and Alabama commit De'sha Benjamin and Grovetown's Ayanna Collins.
Other local standouts who participated, and who appear in the footage below, include the following:
Kianni Westbrook, Burke County
Amaya Moore, Westside
Rondaijah Wynn, Josey
Natalie Wilson, Greenbrier
Shania Evans, Midland Valley
Quin'De'Ja Hamilton, Burke County