iBall United is excited to announce the First Team Selections for the 2016 Women’s iBall National Pro Combine (iBPC).
Scouting was compiled under the direction of multi-year professional player, Crista Ricketts, Director of International Scouting at iBall United and featured contributions by Coach Cantrell, Greg Alessandroni, and Cornel Merricks. Athletic Tests were conducted by Matt Cubbler and his team from MAXOUT and skills evaluations were derived from tournament game-play and skills sessions with Tony Devine and his team at The Original Profender. Scouting highlights were filmed and produced by Big Star & Raw Sports Films.
Shaquilla Curtis impressed scouts with the most dominant and complete all-around game. Spain coach Guillermo Arenas commented, “Her first step is ‘impressionante.’” Curtis uses her length and athleticism on both ends of the floor. Curtis’ physicality, workmanship, and attitude allow her to be a superior defender. After coaching her in the All-star game, iBall Scout Greg Alessandroni commented, “She never takes a play off, has a fantastic attitude, and her amazing attitude makes her extremely coachable.
iBPC16 Rankings: #4 -Points (12.0 /gm) #2 -Rebounds (7.6 /gm) #12 -Assists (1.4 /gm) #3 -Steals (1.0) #7 -Reach (92 in ) #1 -Athleticsm
Bianca Dufelmeier is a complete all-around player, with excellent court vision and outstanding shooting ability. She is a knockdown 3-point shooter who can score from deep in bunches and with deep range from beyond 22ft / 6.5m and a quick release. As a floor general and play-maker, Bianca is a natural leader who controls the flow of the offense and communicates and reads the game extremely well. Coupled with great ball handling, she uses on-ball screens to create her shot or expose seams in the defense– always looking score or put teammates in good position to make the right pass for a scoring opportunity. Bianca also moves well without the ball, runs the floor, and leads the fast break to create scoring opportunities for herself and others. Defensively, Bianca is a strong on-ball defender that makes hustle plays often diving on the floor for loose balls.
Dufelmeier recently completed her collegiate career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she played in Conference USA averaging just under 3 assists per game under the guidance of coach Randy Norton. In 2016, Bianca was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team.
Prior to joining the Blazers, Dufelmeier starred for Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she earned NJCAA Division II All-America. During the 2013 season, she ranked #2 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio and in 2012 ranked #27 nationally in assists per game.
iBPC16 Rankings: #3 -Points (11.6 /gm) #7 -Rebounds (5.2 /gm) #3 -Assists (2.4 /gm) #23 -Steals (0.2 /gm) #9 -Reach (90 in) #6 -Athleticism
Jerria Brown-McDaniel is an athletic and highly skilled guard with a high basketball IQ and great feel for the game. Her slashing and finishing ability is superior, excellent body control and a quick first step to get to the rim and score in traffic. A good shooter from beyond 20 feet (6m), she uses a mix of shot and ball fakes and solid ball handling moves and footwork attack the interior of the defense. Brown-McDaniel has a strong 1-2 dribble pull-up and solid mechanics and footwork in the post. Defensively, Brown-McDaniel is a good on-ball defender and shows quick footwork and strength that she uses to disrupt the flow of the game.
In 2016, Brown-McDaniel starred for Washington Adventist University (NAIA2) where she earned USCAA Women’s First Team All-American. Under the tutelage of coach Jered Lyons, Brown-McDaniel recorded 8 double doubles. Brown-McDaniel proved she could make an immediate impact for the Lady Shock when she earned 2013 ICAA Freshman of the Year. Impressive in the classroom as well, Brown-McDaniel made Dean’s List during freshman and sophomore years at WAU.
iBPC16 Rankings: #11 -Points (7.6 /gm) #17 -Rebounds (2.4 /gm) #13 -Assists (1.4 /gm) #16 -Steals (0.4 /gm) #7 -Reach (92 in) #6 -Athleticsm
Deva’nyar Workman is an all around player who can play multiple positions on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court on any given possession. Her flexibility on the court allows her to be designated as the key scorer, rebounder, and play-maker. Her leadership is clear on the court as she is an effective communicator. Workman is always looking to run the floor. As a solid defensive rebounder, she will push ball coast to coast and finish very well on the fast break. In the half court, Workman moves very well without the ball. When attacking off the dribble, Workman uses hesitation dribbles effectively, leverages an inside cross well and can finish with contact strong to the rim.
Deva’nyar Workman wrapped up an impressive career at Duquense University where she earned 2016 Atlantic 10 Sixth Woman of the Year, Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team, Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team, and two-time A-10 Player of the Week. With guidance from Head Coach Dan Burt, Wormkan claimed American Sports Network Player of the week and College Sports Madness Player of the Week. In the 2016 NCAAD1 Tournament, Workman had a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds against Seton Hall in the First Round and followed up with a stellar 17 points and 6 rebounds against UCONN, the 2016 Women’s National Champion.
Prior to joining Duquense, Workman starred for Jacksonville Junior College where she earned 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association Honorable Mention, 2013 NJCAA Region XIV Most Valuable Player, 2013 Region XIV All-Region and 2013 All-Conference, leading Jacksonville in scoring and was 40th in the nation averaging 17.4 points per game. Her 149 assists was 28th in NJCAA.
At Reading High School in Reading, PA, Workman scored over 1,500 career points and was a two-time All-Berks County Player of the Year.
iBPC16 Rankings: #4 -Points (11.0 /gm) #8 -Rebounds (5.0 /gm) #2 -Assists (2.6 /gm) #2 -Steals (1.4 /gm) #8 -Reach (90.5 in) #8 -Athleticism
Briana Brown is a strong and intelligent swing player that excels at both the guard and forward positions and can affect the game in a multitude of ways on both offense and defense. On offense, Briana is powerful when attacking the rim and a has a soft shooting touch from beyond 20 feet (6.25). Defensively, she is always in the right position, reads the passing lanes extremely well and is extremely talented on the ball, making deflections and creating steals. A great passer, Briana picks the correct pass to make and delivers pinpoint passes. Briana rebounds the ball very well and her strong frame helps her to complete plays by finishing with contact.
Brown spent her 2016 season in Durham, England playing in the Premier North Division of BUCS, a post-graduate club. Briana finished her collegiate career with St. John’s University in the Big East Conference, where she averaged 9.2 points per game and earned Big East All-Academic team and shot just under 50% from the field and 40% from 3, respectively.
Prior to joining the Red Storm, Brown starred for Joe Tartamella at King Low Heywood Thomas where she was a McDonald’s All-America nominee, Sporting News All-American honorable mention. Her academic achievements included the President’s Society, and The School of Education Dean’s List. Briana still holds the all-time leading scoring honors at the King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, NY with 2,203 points.
iBPC16 Rankings: #7 -Points (9.3 /gm) #4 -Rebounds (5.8 /gm) #5 -Assists (2.0 /gm) #1 -Steals (1.5 /gm) #10 -Reach (89.5 in) #13 -Athleticism
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