Canzis Echols (2016) is a ultra-athletic shooting guard, small forward from Kingsbury High School. What does Canzis do is the easiest question to answer; she flat out scores, scores, and scores even more. At the recent Battle in The Boro Fall Championships, Canzis led us in scoring for the tournament posting 18 and 17 points in the first two games even while splitting equal playing time. Canzis can score from anywhere at anytime. She scores off the dribble, behind the arc, mid-range, through contact and every way in between. Her physique and athleticism is immediately noticeable when she steps on the court. This uncanny strength and athleticism makes her effective on the defensive end as she can easily guard the 1-4 positions. Whats even more amazing is to watch her sky over much taller players for offensive and defensive rebounds. Her natural abilities makes her such a unique asset for any team because it allows you to play small with 4 guards and her handling the post or play big allowing her to handle the other teams quickest guards. The best thing Canzis accomplished this summer was her commitment to become a better off ball defender and adding that to her game will only make her a more well-rounded player. Shockingly Canzis Echols is still unsigned so some school will get a sleeper that will make an immediate impact.
Erica Jones (2017) is a forward who can create from the high post or low block from Southaven (MS) High School. Erica dominates the offensive and defensive boards even posting a 20-20 game last school season. She has a vast array of moves from a quick turnaround jumper to a soft jump hook to a deadly mid range shot. The scariest thing is that she is quickly developing a consistent three point shot to go along with her already impressive offensive skill set. At 6’0 with arms that stretch for days and high vertical leap; did I mention she is grabbing the rim, makes her a tenacious shot blocker with superior timing. A great student off the court as well winning numerous Scholar Athlete awards. Her best attribute is that she seems to make the right play whether its the extra pass, hustling for the loose ball or simply outworking everyone else on the court; she does these little things consistently. Defensively she can play the top of the defensive and clog up passing lanes for ball handlers or guard the other team’s best post player one on one on the block having that type of versatility allows her to easily transition from the 3 to the 5 seamlessly. With her drive to excel and already gifted skill set she will be a force on the next level.
Zaire Hicks (2017) is an all-around point guard from Desoto Central (MS) High School. She is a floor general who can break down a defense with the dribble or knocking down shots from deep. She has an undeniable ability to get into the paint and score or set up open opportunities for her teammates. Zaire’s high basketball IQ makes her almost unstoppable in pick-n-roll offenses. Her aggressive on the ball defense makes her a nightmare for ball-handlers on the other end as well. The most impressive part of her game is her ability to score in traffic with either her deadly mid range pull up jumper or strong at the rim. Zaire is a highly skilled point guard that causes havoc on both ends of the court and will be a force on the next level.
Emily Evans (2017) is a dynamic transition scorer and high energy shooting guard from Southaven (MS) High School. Emily is tenacious on the defensive end of the court and her energy is infectious. She is the Tony Allen of the Lady Mambas; she is everywhere on the court sometimes it seems as though its more than one of her on the court. Emily makes at least three to four WOW plays every game rather its and-1 finishes or skying for a one-handed rebound over multiple defenders. She is easily the Mambas all-time leader in And-1 finishes and is ridiculously entertaining to watch play. There are multiple times during the game Emily makes plays that seem impossible look easy. Emily is type of player everyone would enjoy watching and she will be highly successful on the next level.
Gabby Morgan (2016) is a long armed shooting guard from Southaven (MS) High School and a terror on the defensive end of the court. Her ball skills are better than most NFL cornerbacks; she is always tracking the ball whether its in the passing lanes or harassing a ball handler. Every time she is on the court she creates five or six extra offensive possessions just by disrupting the other teams flow. Gabby is a ” One Man Press” and will make consistently make the other team’s ball handlers uncomfortable. She also has an uncanny knack for getting offensive rebounds. You usually dont find guards who get five or six offensive rebounds per game but she does it routinely. She brings impact to the game in a multitude of ways: deadly spot up shooter, always makes the extra pass, and is a vocal leader. Gabby will be a productive member of any collegiate team and anytime she is on the court she will create multiple extra opportunities for her teammates.
Gabe Moore (2016) is a combo guard from Memphis Catholic and she is a flat out “Scoring Machine.” She scores baskets on all three levels: finishes around the rim, mid range pull-ups and is unconscious from the behind the arc. Gabe has made the All- District team in her sophomore and junior season. Gabe is a combo guard that can easily break pressure with her superior ball handling or destroy any zone with her deep range from the wing. More than just offense though, she is always smiling, motivating her teammates and communicates on both ends of the court. No doubt Gabe will play and be a major factor on whatever team she choses to play for on the collegiate level.
In our second installment of the Introducing series we present Astraea Moore (2016) Guard/ Forward from Southaven High (MS). This will be Astraea’s third summer with the Lady Mambas after coming off a superb junior season where she made the MS North/South All Star game and was placed on the All-Tournament team for the More than Basketball Classic. Astraea is a “walking mismatch.” She is almost unguardable with her frame and low post moves she is a nightmare for guards but her ball handling and jump shot gives forwards tons of problems on the offensive end. Ash displays a high basketball IQ that is rarely seen in young players and literally plays and defends all five positions. Its is not uncommon to look at the box score after the game and see her leading the team in points, rebounds, assists and blocks all in the same game. She is “Ms. Versatile” and we cant wait to see her on the collegiate level.
Leading up to the season we will be releasing one to two minute highlight clips of all our Lady Mambas. The first of the Introducing series is 6’0 Wing/ Forward Jerhonise Rollins (2016).
Jerhonise is a long, lanky athletic shot blocker that runs the floor like a guard and has a nice stroke from deep. She has a non-stop motor and is a high energy player which serves well on both ends of the court. She is extremely disruptive on the defensive end whether she is hounding a ball handler or holding her own against bigs on the block.