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Coach JD Davis founded the Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball program to open up more opportunities for girls to receive college basketball scholarships. He felt that girls were not getting as many opportunities or as much notice as the boys' programs.
Having trained and coached his own daughter to a Division I scholarship (Auburn University and West Virginia University), JD accepted his calling to help talented ball players to reach the next level. At the time that Georgia Hoopstars was founded, there were very few Exposure basketball programs for girls in Georgia. Georgia Hoopstars has evolved into one of the top girls' program in the country. Each year GAHS has produced Div. I, II and III players.
: 130 young women have received Div. I, II, or III basketball scholarships
: GAHS was ranked 33rd of the top 100 Girls Basketball programs in the nation by Hoop Girls
: Member of the Peachstate Basketball family
: Coach JD is well known by many college coaches
: GAHS promotes All players
Email Quote From A Former Parent: "Coach JD, I just wanted to tell you how much your program and more importantly your guidance meant to Kaitlyn (and her family) in her development as a player and a person. You welcomed her in to an established organization and made her at home right away. She loves being a Furman Paladin and has worked hard to become a starter as a freshmen. I don't know how many times she says "Coach JD said". You taught her (Kaitlyn) that you have to practice hard and play hard every second. I have been remiss in not telling you earlier how important you were to the player she has become." --Lesa Duncan (mother of Kaitlyn Duncan, Furman signee Class of 2015)
If you want to play college basketball, come to us and become a Hoopstar. For more information about the Georgia Hoopstars, please call or email Club Founder & President JD Davis at 404-423-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come Play With The Best & Against the Best In The Nation!!!
Congrats to GA Hoopstar Black Faustine Aifuwa of Dacula High where Jason Adams is the coach on signing with LSU! Faustine is 6'5 & I think she is the best all around post player in the state of GA!
Faustine Hoopstar Experience In Her Own Words: "If you want to play at the next level and get your game to whole another level and want a coach to push you to your best ability like a college coach and get your name out to the right people, Coach JD is that coach that will lead you to that path and GA hoopstars is a program you want to be a part of."
I'm so proud to say I coach her and I'm proud of her!! I wish her much love and success in the future!! Another GA Hoopstar Off The Board Who's Next?
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“JD Davis and his coaching staff have built the Georgia Hoopstars into one of the nation's most consistent club programs. Turning out at least ten college scholarship players each season, the Hoopstars have proven that they provide exposure for players looking to play at the next level. Whether it's at a BCS Football conference school or at a Division III institution, JD Davis makes sure that all the players in the program receive the looks needed to be accurately evaluated by colleges and national scouting services alike." -- Brandon Clay Peach State Girls Basketball & Director of Scouting of On The Radar Hoops-Boys Basketball
2015 GA HOOPSTARS BLACK ELITE TEAM PICTURE
2015 GA HOOPSTARS ORANGE ELITE TEAM PICTURE
FROM EAST CAROLINA WEBSITE:
Alex Frazier, a Lawrenceville, Ga., native slated to graduate from Central Gwinnett High School in the spring of 2015. The 5’9 point guard averaged 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists during her junior season, and was named the Region VIII 6A Player-of-the-Year for the second year in a row. Additionally, she received all-county honors in back-to-back years, while earning all-state honors. Frazier also eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark in February 2014. Ranked as the No. 22 point guard and a three-star recruit by ESPN.com in the class of 2015, Frazier attended the Nike Midwest Showdown in May 2013. She is also a standout performer in the classroom, maintaining a 3.8 grade point average.
“Alex was heavily recruited and we are very fortunate to add a player of her caliber to our program,” Macy said. “She has the pedigree of a leader both on and off the court, which should speed up her development at the next level and give us an impact player at the point guard position.”
Alex's Hoopstar Experience In Her Own Words:
First and foremost, I want to thank God for blessing me to be able to play this game I love and chase my dream to play at the next level. I also want to thank God for bringing me to the Georgia Hoopstars Program, because without Him none of this would be possible! In addition, I want to thank my parents, family, coaches and friends for their support of my journey.
I didn’t start out with the Hoopstars, but the summer before my sophomore year I found my new family and I immediately knew it was the place I was supposed to be. I was able to play with a great group of girls from the moment I stepped on the court with the Hoopstars. I have been with the program for 3 years. My first year, I played on the Black Future team.
My last two years, I played on Black Elite team and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. Coach JD not only developed me as a player to think and play to the best of my ability, but helped me grow as a person off the court as well. The overall goal for Coach JD and the Hoopstars program is not only to be successful on the court, but to develop well-rounded players and get girls college scholarships.
Of all the coaches I know, Coach JD is the best at getting his players ready for the collegiate level. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy….he got on me and pushed me hard, but I knew it was all because of what he saw in me. He believed in me and I had to believe in him and trust the process. On the court, it is business and time to play, as coach JD likes to say, “Hoopstars Basketball”. Off the court though, he is a cool coach, who is so much fun to be around. My experience with Coach JD and this program has been one of the most awesome experiences of my life, and has made me realize my true potential as a player. He had great confidence in me and my abilities and many days we went to war together on the court. There’s nothing like playing your heart out, knowing your coach is behind you and has your back every step of the way no matter what.
Coach JD has been a blessing to me, and he is truly a great man and an amazing coach. He knows what college coaches/scouts are looking for and takes great care in putting his teams in front of the right people at the right time, making sure we are always playing against the best of the best. The Georgia Hoopstars is not just an Exposure Basketball program…it is a family where you create close, meaningful relationships with good people and good players. There will always be a special place in my heart for my Hoopstars family.
FROM TEXAS SOUTHERN WEBSITE:
Makenna Pouengue 5-8 Guard
Birthplace/ Hometown - Chattanooga, Tenn./ Lilburn, Ga
High School - Parkview High School
AAU Team - Georgia Hoopstars Black AAU
Parents Alec and Setina Pouengue
Hayes-Perry on Pouengue: "Makenna is a great defender, she is long and athletic. We're expecting great things from her next season"
Article from Charleston Southern University Website:
Tianna Swearinger comes to Charleston Southern by way of Greenwood, S.C. and Greenwood High School where she lined up at guard under Coach Shelia Rhodes. The 5-5 athlete also lined up in the frontcourt for Coach J.D. Davis on the Georgia Hoopstars club team. During her high school career, she has averaged 16.8 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 2.3 steals per game and 3.3 assists per game.
Coming into 2014-15 she was selected as the #1 player in 4A girls' basketball in South Carolina and the #2 player in the state regardless of high school classification. The 2014 Region 1 Player of the Year, Swearinger is a two-time All-Region selection and was named to the 2013-14 All-Lakelands team.
Basketball runs in the family for Swearinger as her mother Orma played basketball at Benedict College. Her brother, D.J. is a defensive back at South Carolina, while her cousin Davon Durant lines up for Arizona State. She is the daughter of Robert and Orma Swearinger.
ARTICLE FROM FURMAN UNIVERSITY:
Kaitlyn Duncan stars at Banks County (3A) High School under coach Jerry King. She averaged 14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.3 blocks per game as junior in helping her squad post an 18-8 record, highlighted by the Gerald Jordan Memorial Christmas Tournament championship.
A three-time all-region and All-Northeast Georgia selection, she is on track to become the first girl in Banks County women's basketball history to score 1,000 points.
Duncan sports extensive summer basketball league and tournament championship experience through play with the North Georgia Elite, North Georgia Lady Vols, Georgia Metros, Deep South Elite, and Georgia Hoopstars(2years).
In addition to basketball, she has also competed in softball and track & field as a prep. Like fellow Paladin signee Sydney Bozeman, she was her school's homecoming queen this fall.
Duncan comes from an athletic family. Brother Kyle played baseball at Piedmont (Ga.) College and another brother, Kane, played basketball at Maryville (Tenn.) College. Her sister, Kayla, was an all-conference performer in basketball at Piedmont College.
Jackie Carson on Kaitlyn Duncan: "I have really enjoyed watching Kaitlyn's game blossom during the entire recruiting process. She will be an outstanding and instant impact for our program. Her length, combined with a vast skill set, is very difficult to find in a high school players. A solid offensive threat and defender, her ability to play the guard and the post positions will provide match-up problems for opponents."
ARTICLE FROM GA SOUTHERN WEBSITE:
Women's basketball coach Chris Vozab announced today that Rhein Beamon (Ellenwood, Ga./Stephenson) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Georgia Southern and play for the Eagles, beginning in the 2015-16 season.
A 5-foot-9 guard, Beamon is rated a three-star recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz and helped lead Stephenson High School to the Georgia State Championship AAAAA Elite Eight as a junior in 2013-14. She was a first-team all-region selection at Morrow High School in 2012 and named her team's Most Valuable Player in 2012 and 2013. Beamon averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and two steals a game as a sophomore at Morrow in 2012-13.
"Rhein is a vibrant young lady who epitomizes all the values we strive for in our program," said Vozab. "On the court, she is versatile at the guard spot with a great combination of athleticism and skill."
She also competed in volleyball and soccer at Morrow and volleyball at Stephenson. Off the court, Beamon was named to the A-B Honor Roll in each of the last two years.
Article from Mercer University Website:
Amanda Thompson has been a member of the Hayesville basketball team for four years and plays for Coach Chad McClure. She has helped her team to a 2014 North Carolina 1A Final Four appearance, as well as championships at the 2014 Smokey Mountain Tournament and the 2013 Battle of the States Tournament. Thompson was a 2012, 2013 and 2014 All-Smokey Mountain Conference honoree, as well as a 2014 NCCA All-District, N.C. All-Region Team and N.C. Preps 1A All-State selection. She was named to the Battle of the State All-Tournament team in 2012 and 2014. Thompson was also named the 2014 Hayesville High School Female Athlete of the Year. She has also played for the Deep South Elite under head coach Steve Patton & the Georgia Hoopstars Black Elite under head coach JD Davis. Thompson is an all-conference soccer player, state track meet participant and a member of the golf team. She is also a National Merit Scholar Commended Student, is the president of the National Honor Society and is vice president of Mu Alpha Theta and the Beta Club.
"Amanda Thompson is another great combo player," Gardner said. "She is a tenacious rebounder and has a very high basketball IQ. She plays several positions and I'm excited to see her develop when she comes to Mercer. Amanda is someone who will thrive in our system."
"Amanda is the player that every coach dreams about coaching," said McClure. "Her knowledge of the game and court awareness is amazing. She brings leadership and a great attitude every time she steps on the floor. Her commitment and passion drive her, but above all she is a great person, grounded in her faith and a joy to be around. She will do great things at Mercer."
Article from Liberty University Website:
Stephanie Patton has been a part of successful teams during her first three seasons of high school basketball, helping her squads go 77-16 and make a pair of state final four appearances. Individually, she has totaled 1,349 points and has connected on 193 triples.
Patton was among the leaders in the state of Georgia in scoring average, three-pointers made and steals before transferring from Towns County High School to Hayesville High School in North Carolina midway through her junior season. She helped Hayesville win the Smoky Mountain Conference Tournament and reach the North Carolina 1A final four, finishing with a 28-4 record.
As a sophomore, Patton led Towns County to a 26-5 mark and a berth in the Georgia Class A state semifinals. She was a first team all-state honoree and the Blitz Player of the Year after scoring a Towns County sophomore class-record 605 points and draining 84 triples.
Patton set Towns County's freshman class scoring record (326 points) and earned honorable mention all-state recognition during a 23-7 season which saw her team reach the Class A final 16.
Also talented on the links, Patton was the Georgia Class A state golf runner-up and a first team all-state selection for Towns County in 2013.
Patton chose Liberty over Belmont, Western Carolina, Lipscomb and Mercer. She stated, "I have known for quite some time that Liberty was where God wanted me to be. I am excited to be in His will and look forward to this next chapter in my life. I cannot wait to play for this incredible coaching staff and play with this awesome group of ladies."
What They're Saying about Stephanie Patton
"Stephanie has been on our radar for a couple of years and is a perfect Liberty fit. She brings a competitive spirit and a high basketball IQ in all phases of the game. Stephanie is known for her scoring but also brings an often overlooked determined defensive intensity with exceptional length to disrupt and contain her opponent. Also, she is an assassin or sniper from long three-point range, which will help open up the inside game for a balanced offense. It's exciting to add Stephanie's exceptional character, leadership and skills to our program." Carey Green, Liberty Head Women's Basketball Coach
"Stephanie is a joy to coach. She is a very skilled player and a great shooter. Her commitment and drive is incredible. Above all, she is a great person who is strong in her faith. She will do great things at Liberty." Chad McClure, Hayesville High School Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach
"Stephanie was a great young lady who was smiling & always brough a great attiude & work ethic to practice & games. She is a great 3 point shooter with an great basketball IQ. She will be a great asset to the Liberty program on & off the court." JD Davis Georgia Hoopstars Black AAU Head Coach & Director
Tuesday, May 13
Kianna Holland...Ohio State University
Tiffany Lewis...Clemson University
Anessa Watson...High Point
Genesis Perrymond...South Alabama
Sierra Butler...Georgia Southern University
Taylor Auzenne...Florida A&M University
Tanisha Walker...Coastal Carolina University
Joshlyn Belcher...Georgia Regents (Augusta St.)
Briana Bell...Young Harris College
Alyah McGriff...Georgia College & State University
Darsan Deshazier...Palm Beach Atlantic University
Schelbi McKenzie...Point University
Jasmine Kemp...North Georgia College
Molly Brown...South Georgia Technical College
Tanisha Walker an 6'3" Center has signed with Coastal Carolina University. Tanisha is a Senior at Kings Academy in Seymour, TN. Tanisha grew up in Wales and has represented Wales at Under 16, and Under 18 Age Groups in FIBA Europe competitions. Tanisha's parents Ruth and Lee Walker are very pleased with her decision to attend Coastal Carolina and play for an excellent coaching staff there. Tanisha's father Lee Walker also attended Kings Academy and following a year at ETSU enjoyed a solid professional basketball career in Europe most notably in the British Basketball League (BBL). Tanisha comes from a very talented athletic family. Her cousin Eli Walker is a professional rugby Player and was recently selected to play for Wales (Wales finished 3rd in the last Rugby World Cup), her other cousin Jazz Richards plays soccer in the Barclays Premiership for Swansea City and is also a Wales International.
Tanisha played on the GA Hoopstars Senior team this past fall & was a great post player who will no doubt become a great college player! We wish her the best of luck at Coastal!!
Wednesday, September 11
Sunday, September 1
On August 30, 2013, after an official visit, Genesis Perrymond verbally committed to the University of South Alabama, a D-1 FBS university in the Sun Belt Conference. Perrymond is a 5’8”, 3-star, shooting guard (Prospect Nation) that joined the GA Hoopstars family in 2012. She played her first season on the Black Future team and finished it out on the Black Elite team.
As a scholar athlete at Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, Genesis maintains a strong 3.67 GPA despite a rigorous class schedule complete with AP and Honors classes. Genesis is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Her high school team, the Parkview Panthers, was undefeated in their 2012 & 2013 regular seasons. Genesis averaged 12 points, 4 assists, and 6 rebounds per game while playing a little over 16 minutes each game. She averaged 84% at the free throw line. Genesis earned many accolades including Highest Scoring Player, Most Valuable Player, and All County (1st Team).
The GA Hoopstars provide a great platform for young ladies that are serious about their talent and their pursuit of a higher education through basketball. Throughout the month of July, every college or university imaginable can be seen courtside observing the Georgia Hoopstars. This is made possible by the strong organizational reputation and consistent standard of talent that comes through the organization year after year.
Wednesday, May 1
Kianna Holland...Duke University
Kaliyah Mitchell...Penn State University
Peyton Whitted...Penn State University
Breanna Richardson...Mississippi State University
Aneesa Watson...University Central Florida
Mackenzie Darrah...Elon University
Mariah Massengill...Eastern Kentucky University
Marissa Mandeldove...Augusta State University
Ci Ci Buford...Winthrop University
Brianna Lakes...Charleston Southern University
Breana Singleton...Montevallo University
Joclyn Ramos...Stillman College
Thursday, November 15
Class of 2013, Cymphonie “Cii Cii” Buford, a starter for the Georgia Hoopstars Black Future team, showed well this spring and summer and walks away with a full basketball scholarship to play at Winthrop. Suffering an injury mid season this summer, Cii Cii remained an integral part of the team by taking on the position of “hype manager”. She kept the team pumped from the bench while she recovered and eventually came back strong and continued to make impressive strides on the hardwood. She played hard and finished gracefully.
Cii Cii attends high school at Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC) and was recently selected as All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year. She holds school records in the back squat (285), clean (175) and dead lift (330). She also runs a 4.59-second pro-agility drill and has a 25-inch vertical leap. The Georgia Hoopstars are proud of her contributions to our family and wish Cii Cii the very best her senior year playing at GAC and at college in 2013!! Great job Cii Cii!!
Wednesday, November 21
Joclyn Ramos – '13 Forward/Wing out of McEachern High School and member of the GA Hoopstars Black Elite has committed and signed with Stillman College Women’s Basketball and Volleyball program(s) of the SIAC. Her decision was made easy as it will also allow her to join her sister Kendra who is currently a Setter for the Lady Tigers Volleyball team. Joclyn will dual sport and also play volleyball for the Lady Tigers. Joclyn an ESPN Hoopgurlz prospect was instrumental in bringing the McEachern Lady Indians its first undefeated season (33-0) and first GHSA 5-AAAAA State Championship in the 2011/2012 season. A championship season and selected as the 6th man of the year.
Joclyn, would like to thank God for all her blessings - her family, friends and teammates - Lady Indians, AAU Friends, TeamPSB and the GA Hoopstars family who assisted in her development along the way. The entire Ramos family is grateful for the many friends that were made during the Georgia Hoopstars 2012 season. We would like to extend our gratitude to JD Davis’ program in developing great talent for the next level. Joclyn looks forward to being a strong part of the (SIAC) Stillman College Women’s Basketball and Volleyball programs.
Tuesday, October 16
The Watson family would like first like to thank God for this accomplishment. Next we the Watson family would like to thank the Georgia Hoopstars Family & Coach JD for all your support & encouragement during the last two years!
Aneesa's journey has not been alone there has many people along the way that has helped her achieve her dreams of going to college. On October 12, 2012, Aneesa made her official visit to the University of Central Florida. The coaching staff was waiting at the hotel. The staff took the family off to the campus and the tour of the campus was phenomenal. The events the staff had scheduled for Friday was to take the family at for Aneesa's favorite pizza. After dinner the team took Aneesa to the movies. On Saturday morning the team greeted us with excitement and joy, after a meet and greet we got the opportunity to watch practice. After the practice Aneesa spent the rest of the day with the team, getting familiar with UCF up close and personnel. The tail gating dinner was the high light of the tour, where the coaches made it clear they were willing to show Aneesa a good time being themselves. We enjoyed a football game that night, afterwards Aneesa got to bond with team again while staying in the dorms. That night the team showed Aneesa that they would welcome her to the team.
On Sunday morning at breakfast the staff made it clear they wanted Aneesa to become a UCF Lady Knight. The private meeting in head coach Williams office was the only thing left on the visit. At this time head coach Joi Williams asked Aneesa what would it take for her to become a Lady Knight, Aneesa replied I love it here. Coach Williams asked Aneesa to explain what she meant and Aneesa stated I accept the scholarship offer to become a future Lady Knight in the Big East.
Aneesa would like to thank all the teams who watched and recruited her to name a few (Arkansas ,Mississippi State ,Wisconsin, St Johns, UTC).
Congratulations to her on such a great achievement!!
Aneesa joins a rapidly growing list of Hoopstars in the 2013 class to commit to play basketball at the college level, including:
Kianna Holland, Duke University; Kaliyah Mitchell, Penn State University; Mackenzie Darrah, Elon University; Mariah Massengill, Eastern Kentucky University; Marissa Mandeldove, Augusta State University; Breanna Richardson, Mississippi State University; Brianna Lakes, Charleston Southern
All these players will be signing their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November.
Thursday, September 27
The Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball Program is pleased to announce that Brianna Lakes, a 6'1 power forward from Woodstock High School, verbally committed earlier this week to continue her basketball career at Charleston Southern University. Brianna was a member of the GA Hoopstars Black Elite team this past summer.
Congratulations to her on such a great achievement!!
Brianna joins a rapidly growing list of Hoopstars in the 2013 class to commit to play basketball at the college level, including:
Kianna Holland, Duke University; Kaliyah Mitchell, Penn State University; Mackenzie Darrah, Elon University; Mariah Massengill, Eastern Kentucky University; Marissa Mandeldove, Augusta State University; Breanna Richardson, Mississippi State University
All these players will be signing their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period later this year in November.
Breanna Richardson of Conyers, Ga., who attends Rockdale County HS (Magnet School) has verbally committed to Mississippi State University. Breanna joined the Georgia Hoopstars basketball organization in mid July ’11. She started out on the Silver team and in the fall of 2011 played on the Black Elite team where she remained throughout the spring and summer of 2012.
Richardson, who is rated a three-star prospect in the 2013 class by ESPN HoopGurlz & ranked 79th player in the Class of 2013 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, chose Mississippi State on her official visit on 09-09-12. The 6-foot-1 rising senior wing also strongly considered the following D-1 programs that had offered her (Auburn, UGA, South Florida, NC State, Villanova, Providence, Central Florida, Arkansas, Alabama) and a host of others.
Breanna, would like to thank Coach JD Davis and the Georgia Hoopstars staff, for all their help and support in making this accomplishment come true. She also wanted to acknowledge she couldn’t have done this without her teammates who she bonded well with which made the hardwork they put in practicing more enjoyable when times were tough.
Please click on the below link for an article wrote about Breanna committing to MSU by The Dispatch Newspaper in Mississippi:
Marissa Mandeldove who played on the GA Hoopstars Black Elite team this past summer has committed to Augusta State University. She is very underrated player that should blow up at ASU because of all ways she can create her on shot & how well she plays on the defensive end of the court.
Marissa was unquestionably one of the most improved players on the team last summer. She is a good floor general with the ability to score in multiple ways. ASU truly got a steal with Mandeldove committment. She plays at Parkview High School where she is one of the team leading scorers & best defensive guard.
Congrats from the Hoopstar Family!!
Sunday, August 19
Article taken from the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
It's been 13 years since Silverdale Baptist Academy girls' basketball coach David Massengill has stepped on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Because of his daughter, Mariah, he's going to have the next four years to refamiliarize himself with the surroundings.
Mariah committed to the Richmond, Ky., school Saturday afternoon. She averaged 31.5 points and 3.4 assists per game last season for SBA's Lady Seahawks, who were District 5-A runners-up and Region 3 quarterfinalists. She also had a standout AAU season for the Georgia Hoopstars, which thrust her into the eyes of the EKU coaching staff.
"I thought that I had a successful summer," she said. "EKU saw me at the Real Deal in the Ville tournament, and they changed their schedule and made it a habit to follow me around after that. I think all of the hard work I've put into the game has paid off.
"I love the coaching staff there; I think they're great, genuine, and I can tell that it's about more than just basketball to them. They care about me and my family. I know I still have a long way to go, but I get four more years to play basketball and, Lord willing, an opportunity to play overseas."
Her father said he made sure she realized this was going to be her decision -- not his.
"When they asked her how she felt about the school, she looked at me and I told her that I wasn't making this decision for her -- that she was going to have to make it for herself," Coach Massengill said.
"As a parent and a coach, I've learned that even though people may have dreams of playing for Tennessee, that it might not be a good fit. We tried to find what would be the best fit -- I used to not know what that meant, but I've figured it out now. I wanted to help Mariah in her decision -- not choose it for her -- and I think Eastern Kentucky made her feel at home. They feel like they got a steal in her and that she can make an immediate impact."
Mariah said the decision relieves a lot of pressure heading into the new season. She expects the Lady Seahawks to win 20 games and for her to top 2,000 career points. She is about 300 away.
"I feel like since I've been at Silverdale, I've taken the program to another level," she said. "I've put the team on my back and taken them to tournaments they've never been to. I love being a leader and have a calling to be a leader.
"We've been co-champions in our district, but I want more this year. I want us to be first."
Tuesday, July 3
Friday, June 29
The article below was wrote by ESPN HoopGurlz:
4-star Wing/Post Kaliyah Mitchell chooses the Big Ten
Mitchell, who is rated a four-star prospect in the 2013 class by ESPN HoopGurlz, committed to the Nittany Lions this past weekend while on an unofficial visit.
Mitchell is the third piece to the Penn State puzzle so far, joining ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60 wing-forward Peyton Whitted of Suwanee, Ga., and three-star post Infiniti Alston, a 6-5 post from Baltimore, Md., in the program's recruiting class.
The Georgia Hoopstars Silver team recently traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to play in the Nike Basketball on the Bayou college exposure tournament. The tournament attracted big name Division 1 colleges such as: UConn, Tennessee, Rutgers, LSU and Georgia to name a few. The Silver team, comprised of girls between ages 12-15 years old, competed up in the 2011 Division (10th grade).
Pool play consisted of competing against the Houston Hotshots and cross-town-rival, Wallace Prather Celtics. The Hoopstars blew out the Houston Hotshots and beat the Celtics, 53-49 in front of many college scouts. Moving on to bracket play as the #1 seed, their next opponent was All Ohio Red. The Hoopstars prevailed moving on to the semifinals to face the GA/Lina 76ers. It was tough game, but the Hoopstars pulled it out in the end and were on to the championship to face Southern Miss. Elite Black team in a late game on Thursday night. The girls were tired but pulled together for one last victory to bring home the championship.
All of the girls did a great job of playing as a team and representing the Georgia Hoopstars organization well. They received a lot of college exposure while attending the Bayou tournament; hopefully, that will springboard into next season. Great job!
Wednesday, May 2
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Suwanee, Ga. – The PeachStateBasketball.com Tip-Off Classic featured 140 of the nation’s most competitive travel programs battling it out in front of over 120 college coaches from schools as far away as Notre Dame, Temple and Wisconsin. “Championship Sunday” is always a big deal but even bigger when college coaches fill the backline.
Black Division Championship
Carolina All Stars Cox Jr. vs Georgia Hoopstars Black Elite
This was the second time in two weeks that these powerhouse teams met. Last weekend, it was in the semi-finals of the PeachStateBasketball.com Pre-Season Shootout. This time, it was for all the marbles in the Black Division title game of the PeachStateBasketball.com Tip-Off Classic.
Both teams suited up top shelf class of 2013 prospects as coach Ty Cox All-Stars are highlighted by 6-foot-4 post Briana Day of Durham, N.C. (#35 in black). Day, a two-time Elite Basketball Academy All-American, has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina and received an invite to the USA Basketball 18 and under trials in May.
JD Davis Hoopstars Black team countered with talented forward Kaliyah Mitchell of Stone Mountain, Ga. (#25 in white). Mitchell is a two-time EBA All-American and picked up interest from Mississippi State, Penn State and South Florida after her performance at the Tip-Off Classic. Here’s the game in its’ entirety on Peach State TV courtesy of iHigh:
Friday, March 2
Kianna Holland of Seneca, S.C., and the No. 22 prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2013 class, has verbally committed to Duke. The 5-foot-9 point guard is the first commitment for the Blue Devils in the junior class. Kianna is a member of the GA Hoopstars Black team since her 9th grade year.
Please read the below article about Kianna wrote by Chris Hansen of ESPNU HoopGurlz :
Kianna is accustomed to being sized up and written off.
Holland, the No. 22 prospect in the ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60 for the class of 2013, has been on an emotional and physical roller coaster that dates back nearly two years. She tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in her left knee in the spring of 2010. In somewhat of a panic following the injury, she made an early commitment in March 2011 to Ohio State, only to realize she wasn't ready and would rescind the pledge in August of the same year.
The junior guard hails from Seneca, S.C., a small city that sits amid the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Seneca's website notes that when the burgh was founded that it was named "The City of Opportunity." But when it came to her big-time collegiate hoop dreams, Holland felt the city (population: 7,652) was all but the opposite.
"I think I'm always going to be the same kid no matter what the expectations or pressure are," Holland said. "I feel like I've already overcome a major hurdle; I was too skinny, came from a small town, had the knee injury..."
Perhaps the first sign of how misunderstood Holland would be started showing up early in her playing career, around the seventh grade. The self-described "skinny girl with makeup" would often find the other team's worst player rushing to pick her as the player they wanted to guard.
"I put on the same makeup I wear to school," Holland says of her game-day preparation. "It's the same thing I wear to training or anywhere. I take being a girl seriously."
Holland, a converted gymnast, was often upset by the opposing team's gesture.
"Really, this girl? What an insult," Holland recalls thinking.
Holland was quick to correct the misjudgments on the floor, not with words, but with buckets.
First trip down the floor, a filthy crossover move for a layup; the next, a steal followed up by a hesitation move that left the defender's face nearly the same color as Holland's pink eye shadow. Four quick points and almost on queue, a timeout was called.
"After that they switch it up and get the good girl on [me]," Holland added with a laugh.
Don't mistake this for overconfidence, as Holland is about as humble of a hoops star as you will find. But now, with the Duke commitment officially out of the way, she has some very specific goals that should allow her to put the chip from her shoulder, which assumedly matches her uniform and shoes, securely in her gym bag. Playing at Cameron Indoor Stadium and donning the blue-and-white Blue Devils uniform should erase the small town "isms" from her young hoops career in the not too distant future.
"You know what conference you're going into. You know, top to bottom, what the build of the players looks like and the style of play," Holland said. "I know where I'm going, so I can prepare for that."
One of her goals prior to heading to Durham, N.C., is to add about 10 pounds of muscle.
"I have a really good trainer who is very aware of what a woman should look like," Holland said. "He's not going to blow up my arms bigger than a wide receiver on the football team. I think I'm pretty slight in build to begin with so it shouldn't be very noticeable."
Holland is an athletic, 5-foot-9 combo guard with a real jump shot (meaning she elevates off the floor to shoot). But she wants to become more explosive and improve her already impressive jumping ability. She has designs on being that coveted rebounder from the guard position for Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie.
And in her more immediate sights is breaking Seneca High's all-time scoring record, for both boys and girls basketball, which she says she's approximately 400 points from reaching. She scored more than 600 points as a junior.
With this commitment, Holland feels free to enjoy a summer fun and competing hard. She wants to put her name up on the banners she sees hanging from the Peach State Hoops events her Georgia Hoopstars team frequents during the club season. And if you want to doubt the kid who came within a well-lined eyelash of making the USA Basketball U16 national team less than a year ago, go ahead, but you've been warned.
Tuesday, October 18
Tuesday, October 11
Jasmine Kemp of Georgia Hoopstars Black has verbally committed to East Tennessee State University. The 6-foot-2 forward also considered Tennessee Tech and Tulane.
Kemp, who is rated a 3-star prospect & ranked 45 overall in the country in her position by ESPN HoopGurlz, is the Buccaneers first commitment in the 2012 class. She is a senior at Norcross High School the defending Girls AAAAA State Basketball Champions. She has played for the GA Hoopstars Black club team for the last three years.
Congratulations to her on such a great achievement!!
Jasmine joins a rapidly growing list of current and former Hoopstars in the 2012 class to commit to play basketball at the college level, including:
Lindsay Simpson, 2012, Western Carolina University; Jessy Ward, 2012, Mississippi State University; Kayla Richards, 2012, Columbus State University; Tabitha Fudge, High Point University, 2012; Sydni Payne, 2012, Stetson University; Kristie Mason, 2012, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Tatianna Jackson, 2012, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Jordan Frazier, 2012, Wofford College; Helena Pouengue, 2012, Lipscomb University and Patrice Butler, 2012, Furman University!
All these players will be signing their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period later this year in November.
Wednesday, October 5
Wednesday, September 28
Tatianna Jackson, the four-star phenom from Dallas, GA. and member of the Georgia Hoopstars Black, has committed to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
She would like to sincerely thank every coach that took the time to watch her play over the last three years. Jackson said, Coach Moore and the entire coaching staff at UTC made her feel like it was the perfect fit for her. The connection she felt between the team and the coaches were undeniable. The environment, academics, and athletic program at UTC made it a great fit for her lifelong goals.
Jackson’s unbounded potential to dominate on both sides of the court was displayed over the summer. She was unquestionably one of the most improved athletes in 2011, sky rocketing from rank 137 to 46 for guards in the nation according to ESPN. UTC has truly hit the Jackpot! They are getting a great offensive and defensive player with all the skills to make an immediate impact on women’s basketball. Some of the schools that Jackson had strongly considered in her process were Air Force, West Point, Providence, Cincinnati, Arkansas, James Madison and Lipscomb.
Kristie Mason, a member of the Georgia Hoopstars White, verbally committed to Palm Beach Atlantic University on September 16, 2011.
A 5'8" shooting guard at South Forsyth High School, Kristie is a 3 point specialist with the ability to contribute at point and post when needed. Her team will anticipate and expect her leadership and strong work ethic again this year. Kristie has led her team in multiple categories over the past 2 years.
PBA Head Coach, Clarisse Garcia, exhibited the ability to connect with her players and recruits. That was the determining factor in Kristie's decision over the other schools looking at her. A West Palm Beach address, a former Hoopstars teammate on the team, Chic-Fil-A in the arena, and beach workouts also helped her decide!
At the age of five Kristie determined that she wanted to play college basketball and is excited about seeing this dream come true. She is planning to sign in November and looks forward to contributing to the PBA team as soon as she arrives on campus next fall.
Sydni Payne, a three year 5'9" combo guard from the Georgia Hoopstars Royal team has verbally committed to Stetson University under the head coach Lynn Bria. Stetson is among several programs that Sydni considered. Sydni attends St Pius X Catholic High School, and is a fourth year Varsity player. She has been a strong defender and the leading scorer for the last two seasons. Sydni will officially sign during the early signing period in November. Sydni is excited to be heading to the sunshine state of Florida with the most recent 2010 Atlantic Sun Conference Champions.
The 6-foot-2 forward said she also considered Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee and North Florida.
Rated a three-star prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz, Fudge was named offensive player of the year at Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) after averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds as a junior.
The Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball Program is pleased to announce that Lindsay Simpson, a 5’7 point guard from Franklin High School in Franklin, North Carolina, verbally committed to continue her basketball career at Western Carolina University.
Lindsay, who is a very good point guard & scorer is a steal for WCU. Lindsay's best basketball is ahead of because of her great work ethic on the court.
Lindsay is the first Hoopstar for the Class of 2012 to commit to play basketball at the college level. Below is a statement from Lindsay:
Coach JD...hope all is well with you...I just wanted to let you know I have verbally committed to WCU and wanted to let you know how much I appreicated all of have done to help me get to where I am today. I miss you and the Hoopstars but know your influence has helped me so much.....
Tuesday, May 17
Tarlesha Boles..........North Carolina Central University
Kayla Nolan............................Georgia State University
Christy Hewatt.....................College of Charleston
Kristina Wells........................Kennesaw State
Briana Jones........................James Madison University
Erichea Barnes............................Mercer University
Kecia Miller.........................George Washington University
Kelly Reid............................Colgate University
Megan Whittaker...............University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Bree Venson...............Grambling State University
Mason Jeffries.........................Davidson College
Danielle Jackson.........................Air Force Academy
Alex Boyer..........................Palm Beach Atlantic University
Nyaa Davis........................Cal State University East BayAshley Johnson.............................Augusta State University
Megan Nelson.............................Southern Polytechnic State University
Leah Spears.............................Chipola College
Serena Clark a member of the 17 & under Black Hoopstars signed with Clemson University. Clemson is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Serena attends Tucker High School. She is 6'2 and plays both forward postions. Clemson got themselves a great player that will has a world of potential and that will work hard to improve on all aspects of her game.
Congrats to her and family with such a great achivement!
Thursday, April 29
With three years of high school ahead of her, Seneca High School freshman Kianna Holland already has a collegiate home waiting for her if she wants it.
On Wednesday, the Bobcats’ multi-year all-region guard was offered a scholarship from recently hired Clemson women’s basketball coach Itoro Coleman, marking the first major Division I scholarship offer for Holland.
Coleman, who was hired on March 29 at her alma mater to replace Cristy McKinney, had seen Holland play with the Georgia Hoopstars Black Elite Team at an AAU event and quickly became enamored with the Seneca product, making her a top priority and offering her a scholarship during an unofficial visit to campus on Wednesday.
Suffice it to say, Holland was blindsided, and honored, by the news.
“It was really special and I was really caught off guard,” Holland said. “I wasn’t expecting it, but my hard work is paying off.”
It’s been hard to ignore Holland’s play so far during her young career, as she averaged 25.3 point, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 2.2 steals per game last season as a freshman, her third season with the varsity team.
Holland, a two-time member of The Journal’s All-Mountain Lakes Team, also set a school record in January against Belton-Honea Path, scoring 46 points in an 87-55 Bobcat victory.
While Holland has no immediate plans to commit to Clemson, or any other school that may offer in the future, she said she is well aware of Seneca’s connections to the Lady Tiger program, with such legendary Bobcats as Nikki Blassingame and Julie Talley having stayed close to home to play at Littlejohn Coliseum.
“I’ve definitely thought about that,” Holland said. “Once every few years, a Seneca player usually goes to play at Clemson, but regardless of that, I’m interested in Clemson.”
As for her thoughts on Coleman, Holland feels she has the ability to turn the struggling Lady Tiger program around and is eager to see how she handles that challenge over the next three years before making any decisions.
“I just want to see what she’s going to do for this team, then after that I’ll have to think over,” Holland said. “I’m still just letting it sink it right now, and I’m pretty much on cloud nine.”
Article From The Journal Newspaper in South Carolina
The Georgia Hoopstars Black team participated in the Nike Midwest Showdown with some of the country’s premiere teams. The black team went 4-1 in the Elite Bracket of 32 teams.
The first game was against the Indiana Flight 2012 team. The Hoopstars simply press them from beginning to end. The Flight scored most of their points from the free throw line still losing by almost 30. Kayla Nolan, Christy Hewatt, Kristina Wells, and Kaliyah Mitchell all played really well.
The 2nd game featured the best team in the country, DFW T-Jack, versus the Hoopstars. It was an up and down game as both teams were going back and forth the entire game. It was a very guard-oriented game as the pressure was intense. DFW pulled it out in the end. All of our guards played well and gave the maximum effort in the contest. This game gave the girls the vote of confidence they needed to push them to their highest level.
Next game was against Ohio Lady Attack. They were outman from the start. The Hoopstars simply pressured them into so many turnovers and bad shots, they could not recover. Tatianna Jackson, Briana Jones and Joshlyn Belcher were standout players for the Hoopstars.
Up next was the Fairfax Stars, a monster of a team in regards to size. The Hoopstars strategy was to run them and run them some more, but the inability to make free throws made it a close game. The Hoopstars fell behind by 11 but fought back to win the game in the end. Jasmine Kemp and Kristina Wells really step up big in this one!
The last game was against a very quick and disciplined offensive team, The Cincinnati Finest Black team. It was the third game of the day and the girls legs were starting to tire. The Hoopstars fell behind but once again fought their way back. The guard pressure from Kayla Nolan, Jordan Frazier, and Tatianna Jackson help lead the charge. Big minutes off the bench from Patrice Butler and Sydney Montgomery in this crucial victory.
The girls finished 9th in the entire tournament out of 32 teams because they played DFW T-JACK in the second round who ended up winning the event. Many fans, parents and coaches left the tournament feeling as though the Georgia Hoopstars Black team was one the 5 best teams there. Also they will be team to deal with this summer!!!
Friday, July 2
Kayla Nolan and Alex Boyer became the first two Hoopstars from the 2011 class to verbally commit to continue their basketball careers at the college level for the 2010 season. Nolan, a first-year member of the club who plays on the Hoopstars Black team, last week committed to Georgia State University, under new head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. Georgia State University is a member of the Colonial Athletic Conference that includes Old Dominion and James Madison.
Kayla, a 5'8 combo guard, attends Duluth High School. This is her first year with the Hoopstars program where she quickly made a name for herself throughout the southeast as a strong scorer and floor leader. Kayla selected Georgia State from a list of schools interested in her talent, including Jacksonville University and Stetson University.
Alex, a 5-year member of the Hoopstars Basketball Club, committed Wednesday to Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. Palm Beach Atlantic is an independent Christian university whose schedule includes University of Tampa and Rollins College. Alex will be playing for new head coach Clarissee Garcia, who had been recruiting Alex in her most recent role as assistant at Stetson University. Alex selected Palm Beach Atlantic from a list of schools that also included University of Memphis and Stetson University.
Alex, a 5'8 combo guard, attends Kennesaw Mountain High School. She has been a Hoopstar since she was in the 7th grade and is currently ranked 190 in the nation by All Star Girls Report. She has played for her dad and club VP, Coach Boyer, for four years. Last year, she played on the Hoopstars Black team while her dad took the year off from coaching.
Congratulations to both Kayla and Alex for getting our 2010 summer recruiting season off to a great start.
Friday, July 2
ANNOUNCING THE 2010 FABULOUS HOOPSTARS!
Peach State Hoops has announced the invitees for the 2010 Fab 5 and Junior Fab 5 Camps July 6-7, 2010, at Suwanee Sports Academy. More than 24 players from the Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball Program have been chosen by the Peach State Hoops Player Selection Committee to participate in this annual college exposure and skills development event.
Started in 2006. the Fab 5 Camps represent a commitment by Peach State Hoops to provide high school girls with another opportunity to showcase their skills during the crucial month of July. Not only will players have a chance to compete against top Division One recruits, but the camp will also provide players with our top-notch skill instruction as well. That combination has made the Fab Five Camp an instant hit among players and college coaches.
This year's Fab 5 and Junior Fab 5 camps will include players from each of the Georgia Hoopstars four teams. The camps will also feature one of the strongest graduating classes in Hoopstar history that includes Kayla Nolan and Alex Boyer, who recently verbally committed to Georgia State University and Palm Beach Atlantic University, respectively.
Below is the complete list of the 2010 Fabulous Hoopstars:
- Briana Jones - 2011
- Kristina Wells - 2011
- Christy Hewatt - 2011
- Kayla Nolan - 2011
- Alex Boyer - 2011
- Tarlesha Boles - 2011
- Leah Spears - 2011
- Erichea Barnes - 2011
- Sydney Montgomery - 2011
- Megan Whittaker - 2011
- Mason Jeffries - 2011
- Olivia Gulick - 2011
- Bria Venson - 2011
- Tatianna Jackson - 2012
- Jasmine Kemp - 2012
- Patrice Butler - 2012
- Kianna Holland - 2013
- Elise Reyes - 2011
Jr. Fab 5:
- Kayla Richards - 2012
- Sydni Payne - 2012
- Lindsay Simpson - 2012
- Helena Pouengue - 2012
- Kaliyah Mitchell - 2013
- Jasmine Hill - 2013
- Joshlyn Belcher - 2014
- Sierra Butler - 2014
Tuesday, August 3
Congratulations to Christy on achieving her goal of obtaining a Division 1 basketball scholarship.
Thursday, August 19
Kristina Wells committed to Kennesaw State University earlier this afternoon. She is very underrated player that should blow up at KSU because of all ways she can create her on shot & she is just a flat out scorer. She is 5'9 lefty combo guard. She plays at Douglas County High School & was one of the leading scorers on the GA Hoopstars Black Elite team this past summer.
Congrats from the Hoopstar Family!!
Wednesday, September 1
Below is a article that talks about Kaliyah Mitchell Class of 2013 from the Georgia Hoopstars Black team.
Kaliyah Mitchell, Georgia Hoopstars: With the pool of bigger perimeter players expanding with every class, it's getting harder and harder just to stand out on size alone. This 6-2 wing brings to the table both the athleticism and skills to combine with her height and make her a special prospect to keep an eye on. The native of Stone Mountain, Ga., has the speed and agility to be effective on the perimeter at both ends of the floor. She already possesses impressive lower body strength that allows her to play more physically both inside and out. Constantly active, with and without the ball, she's a difficult matchup for opponents and presents a dilemma whether to challenge her with speed or size. She's got a sound jumper and some range but still has the capability to create off the drive. There's still a maturation process that will serve her decision making well but there's already results more often than not. She can match up defensively at almost any position on the floor and doesn't seem hesitant to play physical when the pushing and shoving begins. Keep watching closely, it will be worth it.
Please click on the header or the picture to go to the whole article on the ESPN's Hoopgurlz website.
Friday, September 24
The Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball Program is pleased to announce that Briana Jones, a 6'2 center from Whitfield Academy, verbally committed earlier this week to continue her basketball career at James Madison University. Briana, a Hoopstar for three seasons, is ranked among the Top 150 players nationally by several ranking services. Most recently, she participated in the first-ever Peach State Hoops EBA Top 40 All-American Camp.
Briana joins a rapidly growing list of current and former Hoopstars in the 2011 class to commit to play basketball at the college level, including:
Kayla Nolan, 2011, Georgia State University; Alex Boyer, 2011, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Christy Hewatt, 2011, College of Charleston; Kristina Wells, 2011; Kennesaw State University; Kecia Miller, 2011, George Washington University; and Kelly Reid, 2011, Colgate University.
All these players will be signing their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period later this year in November.
Monday, October 11
The Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball Program is pleased to announce that Erichea Barnes, a 5’6 point guard from from Whitfield Academy, verbally committed today to continue her basketball career at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Mercer was among several programs considering Erichea, including Jacksonville University and Stetson University & a host of others.
Erichea, a Hoopstar for five years, joins a rapidly growing list of current and former Hoopstars in the 2011 class to commit to play basketball at the college level, including:
Kayla Nolan, 2011, Georgia State University; Alex Boyer, 2011, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Christy Hewatt, 2011, College of Charleston; Kristina Wells, Kennesaw State, 2011; Briana Jones, 2011, James Madison University; Kecia Miller, 2011, George Washington University; and Kelly Reid, 2011, Colgate University.
All these players will be signing their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period later this year in November.
Friday, October 15
The Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball Program is pleased to announce that Tarlesha Boles, a 6’1 post from Duluth High School, verbally committed this week to continue her basketball career at NC Central University. NC Central was among several programs considering Tarlesha, including Austin Peay State University, Stetson University & a host of others.
Tarlesha, who is a very hard worker & great rebounder, gives Duluth High School two division one players on their roster this season as another Hoopstar player & Duluth teammate Kayla Nolan is going to Georgia State University. Tarlesha best basketball is ahead of because of her great work ethic on the court so keep an eye on her in the future.
Tarlesha, a first-year Hoopstar, joins a rapidly growing list of current and former Hoopstars in the 2011 class to commit to play basketball at the college level, including:
Kayla Nolan, 2011, Georgia State University; Alex Boyer, 2011, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Christy Hewatt, 2011, College of Charleston; Kristina Wells, Kennesaw State, 2011; Briana Jones, 2011, James Madison University; Erichea Barnes, 2011, Mercer University; Kecia Miller, 2011, George Washington University; and Kelly Reid, 2011, Colgate University.
All these players will be signing their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period later this year in November.
Tuesday, November 9
Meet Coach JD Davis, the Founder & Director of the GA Hoopstars, through the eyes of 4Shot Sports Editior Larry Williams:
4SHOT Hoops first started covering girls AAU basketball about seven years ago and the first program we had a chance to cover in depth was the Georgia Hoopstars and that experience is what has helped endure us to continued exposure of girl's basketball today. The program today as it was then is directed by one of the coaches I have a lot of respect for Coach JD Davis. I was able to sit down with Coach Davis on Coaches Corner.
L.A.: Coach, over they last few years you have gone about the business of building the Georgia Hoopstars into one of the top programs in the state of Georgia; what to you attribute that to?
Coach Davis:"Our number one focus is preparing our players to be successful on the court and, most importantly, in the classroom. We put in a lot of time and try to our best to go about the business of getting girls recruited and showcasing their talents on a very large stage. We believe that we are one of the top programs in the country because college coaches - throughout northeast, southwest, west and southeast have recruited our players for their programs – continue to recruit our players for their programs."
L.A.: When you recruit a girl for your program what are you looking for as far as her game and personality?
Coach Davis: "We recruit players with athleticism, strong fundamentals, coachable, a good basketball IQ, good grades and a commitment to working hard. These are some of the attributes college coaches expect from elite programs such as the Georgia Hoopstars. "
L.A.: How did your team fair this summer?
Coach Davis: "We have another very successful summer season. We participated in many of the top college exposure tournaments in Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. We measure our success by the number of players verbally commit and go on the sign national letters of intent to play college basketball. To date, nine players in our 2011 class have verbally committed to division 1 and division 2 programs cause at the end of the day that is truly what the most important factor is."
L.A.: A lot of nationally known AAU programs are usually sponsored by one of the big shoe companies like Nike, Adidas etc.; what are the advantages and disadvantages of being sponsored by a big company?
Coach Davis: "There are advantages to working with any company that offers a quality product and sponsors tournaments for college coaches to evaluate talent. Associating with a shoe company can help increase the visibility for a basketball club and its players. Currently, we are not associated with any shoe company. In the past, we had a very positive relationship with a shoe company. We continue to enjoy success without a relationship with a shoe company because we are focused on recruiting the right players and participating in the right tournaments."
L.A.: Is your emphasis to just teach the girls how to become better basketball players?
Coach Davis: "No, our goal is to teach them to become better players, people, and that hard work is something that ultimately pays off. The Hoopstars are not trying to change who you are just enhance the good qualities you have as a person through basketball. To also prepare them, we practice 10-12 hours per week and participate in 10-12 tournaments in the spring and summers."
L.A.: How important is it to have the parents buy into what you and your program is trying to teach?
Coach Davis: "Parents are critical to the success to any elite travel program. We appreciate the support the parents offer our program. Not only do parents provide the emotional and financial support for their daughters, but they also coach in our program and help coordinate many of the activities required for a program to function efficiently."
L.A.: For some reason a lot of AAU coaches don't like to talk about or let people know who is playing on their teams, why is that?
Coach Davis: "I guess they don't want anyone to steal their players, but if they are your players and you treat them right then you don't have anything to worry about. We promote our players through a variety of activities, including, but not limited, to posting their profiles on our web sites; emailing our rosters to college coaches; nominating players for invitation-only showcases and camps; and participating in elite tournaments that include player rosters in coach's player information packets. Coaches who promote their players increase the interest in their clubs, the longevity of their clubs and success of their players. If you have talent on your team, college coaches want to know. In addition, the players will tell their friends and that will help with recruiting new talent."
L.A.: For a long time the boys AAU circuit has been known for being a little shady, lol; meaning a lot of backbiting, programs stealing players from other teams, cash payouts, teams directing players to certain college programs etc. It appears to be more of a business; is the same thing starting to happen on the girls side and if so how do you avoid getting caught up in it?
Coach Davis: "Yes, Backbiting & programs stealing players from other teams does happen allot. Coaches paint a picture for these kids and tell them the grass is greener on the other side and it is actually not, in most cases. The player is better staying where they were if they are getting better & college coaches are recruiting them. You can't avoid getting caught up if the player contacts you and wants to leave their team because they and their parents are unhappy. So to a point, you can't worry about hurting people's feelings in this business. I tell my coaches a way too avoid all this is if a player is happy on their team to leave me alone and don't harass them no more & just move on."
L.A.: When you got started were there any programs that you took a look at and sort of started modeling your program after them?
Coach Davis: "Many people know that I was associated with the Georgia Dream Team for several years. The girls in the program, including my own daughter, enjoyed a level of success to be proud of. I founded the Georgia Hoopstars some years ago because I had a strong desire to create an environment to prepare girls for success on the court, in the classroom and in the community. If I was modeling my program like somebody else it would be DFW style because we play baseline to baseline with pressure like they do."
L.A.: There are educational requirements that kids have to meet if they plan on playing college ball, what do you do to help them with understanding what is required?
Coach Davis: "We constantly emphasize to them to stay on top of their grades. With the majority of our games in July, we try to make sure they finish up the year strong during April and May. We also provide our players with detailed information about the NCAA recruiting process, communicating with coaches and SAT/GPA and core course eligibility requirements. Knowledge of these processes is critically important to a successful recruiting experience."
The Real Deal!
L.A.: I know that you know first hand about this because you coached your daughter Sparkle Davis who was one of the best players in the country in high school. How hard is it to be unbias when you are coaching one of your own children, do the other players and parent resent it and if so how do you handle that?
Coach Davis: "First of all, coaching your child is difficult because you tend to be harder on your child than the average coach would be. It also causes stress and tension because you have to ride home together after games and tournaments so the kid never gets a break. It can be tough. I think the other players recognize that most coaches are harder on their child. I did say most coaches. The best way to handle it is to coach everybody hard, show no favoritism and they will respect you all whole lot more. Also from a directors point of view, It is important to help our parent coaches by watching their games, their player rotations and treatment of players so that we can provide assistance and advice to help maintain productive relationships and open communications with all parents."
L.A.: Do you ever have the tendency to compare your current teams to the one you had when Angelica "Jelly" Mealing, Shady "Day-Day" Woolcock, Nicole Stroud, Megan Elliott and Canesha "Q" Edwards played on. That was a real talented group you had?
Coach Davis: "Yes, I compare them from time to time. That group was a very talented and seasoned group. They played well together and they got after you the whole game. Kids are different each and every year. We have a really good group coming back that will rival them in talent. With each year, new talent comes into our program. While some players may remind us of the styles of former players, our commitment is to help current players achieve their goals based on their talents."
Please click on the above header or the picture to read the whole article from 4Shot Sports.
|Briana, Kianna, JD & Kaliyah|
James Madison University signee Briana Jones, 6'2 Post-Center, rising stars Kianna Holland, 5'10 Point Guard and Kaliyah Mitchell, 6'1 Wing Forward, recently represented the Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball Club at the Elite Basketball Academy (EBA) High School All-American Camp near Atlanta. Jones, a 2011 graduate, and Holland and Mitchell, both in 2013 class, were among 36 of the nation's top prospects participating in workouts and evaluations by the Peach State Hoops JumpOffPlus.com staff.
“Briana, Kianna and Kaliyah are all great players, great students and very upstanding young ladies,” said Coach Jonathan "JD" Davis, Director, Georgia Hoopstars Girls Basketball Program. “The EBA All-American Camp is the perfect venue to allow them to showcase their talent against other top players in the nation and they all represented the Hoopstars very well and I'm so very proud of them. We are looking to add to this great honor next year with more players from our program. Hard work do pay off Ladies!”
Monday, August 20