WPA Bruins July Shootout – July 1st, 2018
Before the complete craziness of July recruiting started, with teams traveling all over the country, the WPA Bruins hosted a shootout at North Allegheny High School to let teams get one last competitive run before things got real. We were there to check out the top players and teams that came to the shootout. AAU programs in attendance at the high school levels were the Bruins, SLAAM, PA Defenders, Central PA Dynamite, and Team Huddle from Ohio. The shootout was very competitive and definitely beneficial for all the programs as July kicks in to high gear. While we saw a ton of good players, we can’t highlight them all. So here’s a group of them from our #PittsburghTop100 coverage area that coaches are going to see out on the AAU circuit this month. Players listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Maria Cerro (Bethel Park HS, WPA Bruins-Lewandowski) – When the game is on the line, she wants the ball. Already one of the best in the Pittsburgh area of getting to the rim and finishing on a consistent basis. However, what we liked during this shootout was how consistent she has become with her 3-point shot. Obvious she has been putting a ton of work into her game, which is not surprising considering what a competitor she is. She’s going to get a lot of attention in July.
Jenna Clark (Thomas Jefferson HS, WPA Bruins-Zeise) – If you’re measuring who has had the best summer by the amount of D1 offers they have received, then no one is having a better summer in Pittsburgh girls’ basketball. Easy to see why. On Sunday she seemed to make the right read and play on every possession on offense. Also pays attentions to the little details on defense. Going to be a great leader at the next level.
Sierra DeAngelo (Oakland Catholic HS, SLAAM-Woodson) – Arguably the best and softest hands in Pittsburgh girls’ basketball. If there’s a rebound close to her, she’s grabbing it. Whether it was at the #PittsburghTop100 or this Bruins Shootout, she does an extremely good job of communicating on the defensive end. Like the fact she also has the ability to knock down spot up jumpers.
Ariana Goitz (Shady Side Academy, WPA Bruins-Nesbit) – A flat out scorer that can put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways. Saw her get to the rim and finish. Saw her score in the midrange game, which not a lot of players have anymore. And then saw her trademark 3-ball from “4-pt range”. She’s one of those players where if she’s in the gym, she’s in range.
Halle Herrington (Philipsburg-Osceola HS, PA Defenders) – Lights out shooter and easy to see why she has scored over 2,000 points and hasn’t even played her senior year of basketball yet. Also lightning quick on defense. At the #PittsburghTop100 her eval came back with a comment of being one of the best defenders at the Showcase, and it was obvious to see why at this shootout. Big talk at the Shootout on Sunday was what level will she will end up at. That’s what July is for, and why college coaches will be paying a lot of attention to her on the circuit.
Tai Johnson (Mars Area HS, WPA Bruins-Lewandowski) – The Bucknell verbal commit was electric on Sunday! Was very explosive getting to the rim and finished extremely well on both sides of the rim. Did a great job of pushing the ball in transition. Walking in the gym she was the first player that “popped” out and made it obvious why she is a D1 commit.
Hannah Lindemuth (West Allegheny HS, WPA Bruins-Nesbit) – Has the skill set to play both the point and shooting guard at the next level. Has a really good handle and understanding of the game which bodes well for a point guard. But also can shoot lights out from 3 when playing off the ball. Definitely a player college coaches will be keeping an eye on in July because of her ability to effectively play multiple roles.
Dani Short (North Catholic HS, SLAAM-Woodson) – She has a drop step move that is second to none in this region. Was virtually unstoppable at the #PittsburghTop100, and we still haven’t seen anyone slow her down when she gets the ball down low. Knows how to use her body well to get good positioning for rebounding, while also knowing how to affect shots. Will have multiple scholarship offers to choose from by the end of July.
Bri Spirnak (Elizabeth Forward HS, SLAAM-Ashaolu) – She has the ability to dominate a game on the offensive end either from the post, or from behind the arc. At the shootout her 3-point shooting ability was on full display. At one point a college coach turned to me and said, “Man, she is really good”. Yes, she is! She’s also really good at the javelin, as she has one of the 5 best throws in the nation. Will be interesting to see what path she chooses, because she has D1 ability in both sports.
Courtney Tomas (Montour HS, WPA Bruins-Zeise) – One of the toughest competitors you’re going to find on the AAU circuit in July. If you’re a college coach that wants talent to be matched with heart and hustle, then she is your player! She’s not afraid to cover anyone and will mix it up on the perimeter or in the post. Did we mention that she’s also a 1,000 point scorer already?