Stars from Wildcat Memorial Showdown
Originally Published: May 28, 2009By Mark Lewis | HoopGurlz
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The first ever Wildcat Memorial Showdown occurred over Memorial Day weekend. It featured 60 teams from nine different states in five separate age groups. The following athletes were just a few of the ones who celebrated the holiday with some good basketball in Lexington, rather than a barbeque in the backyard.
Oklahoma-native Desiree Bradley of the KC Selects has the tools to make an impact at almost any spot on the perimeter. Standing 6 feet 1 with a lean, athletic build, she has both the size and quickness to be an impact at both ends of the floor. Offensively, she can create off the dribble and get into the paint almost at will. She demonstrated solid form on her shot with several pull-ups, but didn't reveal any range due to the fact she penetrated constantly. The foot speed and wingspan that she can utilize defensively makes her imposing in both man and zone. It also makes her a commodity in any pressing or trapping situation. While there's already an attack to her game, she'll have to add some strength to get the most out of it.
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Mark Lewis is a columnist and national evaluator for ESPN HoopGurlz. Twice ranked as one of the top 25 assistant coaches in the game by the Womenís Basketball Coaches Association, he has more than 20 years of college coaching experience at Memphis State, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Western Kentucky and, most recently, Washington State.