We made the trek to Romeoville, Illinois, which is a suburb 20 minutes outside Chicago. The event is the annual brainchild of founder and host Toi Baylor, who is no stranger to hosting events. I
enjoyed the single venue with a 8-Court setup. The Romeoville Event Athletic Center is top notch and the staff was qualified and attentive!
As far as the talent, there was definitely some in the building. Here are a few Gems that caught out eye:
2019 - 6'5" -Taiyanna Jackson (Baylor Basketball) - She is such a fluid and graceful athlete. She moves with the quickness and agility of someone much smaller. Blessed with length, athleticism and great
defensive anticipation, she routinely blocked shots, and disrupted a host of others. Offensively she can hit the three, loves to drive baseline for the pull-up or getting all the way to the rack, passes extremely well an is very unselfish. If her motor
catches up to her overall talent, then the sky is definitely the limit! Has the potential to be a program changer.
2020 - 6'0" - Jaida McCloud (Illinois J.E.M.S.) - I really enjoyed watching this
kid. She sees the floor well as she ran the point guard spot alot, attacks the paint and has the length and athleticism to finish over taller players. Shot well from the perimeter and displayed a willingness to make plays for others. What I really liked was
her defensive tenacity. She really gets after it. She can guard 1 thru 4 at this level effectively even with her slim build. She is smart, patient, has a tremendous wingspan and is definitely a player on the rise.
- 5'10" - Shemera Williams (Wisconsin Playground Elite 2018) - This kid is exciting to watch. Plays downhill as a lead guard. She attacks and keeps on attackng! Has a knack for finishing with contact! Elevates extremely well! She has nice handles,
good change of direction, is very quick with the rock, and is a high-level defender! A outstanding lead guard who can play either guard spot at the next level.
2021 - 5'10" - Brylee Glenn (Kansas City Future 2021)
- Long live body with a explosive first step, high IQ, consistently attacked from the wing with success, a outstanding overall player.
2021 - 6'0" - Jaelyn Glenn (Kansas City Future 2021) - The
other half of the Glenn sister act is just as good, if not better. She has a complete game. Whether its ball hawking defensively or pressuring the defense off the dribble offensively to make a play for herself or her teammates, she is equally talented on both
ends of the floor. One of the most dominant and complete players at the event.
2021 - 5'7" - Bralee Trice (QC Ballers) - I really liked this point guard. Her handles and vision was on point! She
is deceptively quick, kept defenders off balance with her combo moves and really understanding how to attack at the right angles. She created off the dribble and was smart enough to only take shots that was within her skill set. A very talented and efficient
2022 - 5'6"- Kennedi Perkins (Baylor Basketball) - This kid can score, and score in bunches! She shot it off the catch, created off the dribble for the jumper or to get to the rim where
she was strong enough, elevated well enough, and was agile enough to consistently finish over and around the bigger players! She played with heart, confidence, and confidence well beyond her years. She is special!
2020 - 6'0" - Zaria Johnson (DFW Elite Dones) - Loved the heart this kid played with! She really competed on the defensive end! She maintained pressure on the ball even while fighting over and through screens. She is long and athletic,
fearless and is a defensive hound! She got her share of defensive rebounds and immediately pushed and made good decisions in transition! A very good two-way player.
- 2023 - 5'5" - Jasmine Brown (X-Citement Future)
- 2018 - 6'1" - Savanna Crockett (Wisconsin Playground Elite)
- 2021 - 5'9" - Denise Dixon (Lady Reign Force)
- 2019 - 5'5" - Dakota Duplessis (Lady Reign Hustle)
- 2019 - 5'7" - Mikalah Ellis (Lady Meanstreets)
- 2021 - 5'7" - Kiyley Flowers (KC Future 2021)
- 2020 - 5'10" - Jordan
Fredrickson (St. Louis Players First)
- 2019 - 5'9" - Samone Gardner (Lady Meanstreets)
- 2021 - 5'11" - Trinity Gooden (Nike Cy-Fair Shooters)
- 2018 - 6'2" - Shamarre Hale (Lady Meanstreets)
- 2021 - 5'7" - Jordan Nia Ivie (Larry Hughes Academy)
- 2019 - 5'10" - Ramatoulaye Keita (Illinois Lady Lions)
- 2019 - 6'2" - Rakeea Mables (Illionois J.E.M.S. - Jewels)
- 6'2" - Madison Mallory (Evolution White)
- 2020 - 5'7" - Aurora Roberts (Minnesota Warriors)
- 2021 - 5'8" - Kiaria Brown-Shaw (Baylor Basketball 2018)
- 2020 - 6'1" - Diamond Stokes
(Leading Lady Elite 17u)
- 2021 - 5'9" - Serena Sundell (KC Future 2021)
- 2019 - 6'1" - Jamiyah Thomas (Evolution Teal)
- 2019 - 5'11" - Keva Tomas (Evolution White)
- 5'1" - Xamiya Walton (X-Citement Future)