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Girls "Elite" Combine: Recap Part I

By AlamoCityHoops Staff, 07/27/20, 9:00PM CDT


We start our first look at some of the Top Performers from our Elite Combine...

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On Saturday, we held our first ever Girls “Elite” Combine. 40 Top prospects, who attended by invite only, competed, fought, and played their tails off to the point of exhaustion.

AlamoCityHoops Girls Basketball has covered young ladies now for 4 years, and we were whole heartedly stunned at some of the talent who we had not seen yet, right here in the Tri-Regions. Renowned evaluator Simmie Colson of Girlz Prep Report was on hand as well putting eyes on, and plenty of prospects jumped onto his recruiting radar for the first time too.

Over the next couple of days, we’ll bring you write ups on some of the prospects who stood-out for their play this past weekend. The following lists are in no particular order or ranking.

Ariyel Gordon 5’8” Harlan HS (2022)
Really made her mark on defense, displayed great reaction and quickness, applying pressure to opposing ball handlers that led to numerous deflections, steals, and blocks. Well-rounded on both ends of the floor and able to be an asset on offense with her ability to handle the rock and attack off the dribble.

LA Snead 5’7” Middle School/Wagner HS (2025)
From the minute this 8th grader stepped onto the court, she wowed from every aspect. Only an incoming 8th grader, her quickness, speed, and ability to finish at the rim were in conversation for tops at the combine. It was rare to have a defender stay in front of her. Has the ability to be effective from outside as well, and is very active defensively, constantly creating havoc in the passing lanes. She is next level and it does not take long to see why she already has multiple D1 offers without having stepped onto a high school court yet.

Debi Hernandez 5’1” Lee HS (2024)
Is only a freshman and although small in stature, that did not keep her from balling on much bigger and older prospects. She quickly showed she could shoot, defend, and for someone yet to log a high school minute, has tremendous basketball IQ. Used very good quickness to create space and get around defenders. Most importantly she protected the ball as a point guard and would make the extra pass looking for teammates.

Lily Guevara 5’11’ Hays HS (2021)
One of the more impressive performers from the Combine, and as an incoming senior, needs to be on college coaches’ radars as of yesterday. This young lady only knows one speed, and that’s overdrive! Everything she does is full speed and the majority had trouble keeping up with her. When she wasn’t blazing by defenders with above average handles, she was executing crossovers or step-backs creating space and draining from all over the court, with range to spare. Hardnosed, tough competitor who truly makes her teammates better.

Lashiyah Fowler 5’9” Connally HS (2021)
From the onset showed quickness, versatility, and used her quick first step and strength to attack off the bounce and into the paint. Her solid frame let her absorb contact and have enough left to finish. She was a dual threat showing off her perimeter game, both from the mid-range and beyond the arc. Defensively, was very stout. Used her strength to hit the boards, body up, and then utilized her athleticism to close out on perimeter shooters, get her hands on plenty of passes and dribbles, making her mark on the defensive side too.

Abigail Lebherz 6’1” Antonian HS (2021)
The former Marshall Ram left all onlookers incredibly surprised. The biggest frame of all prospects in attendance, but her agility and mobility to extend out to the wing and handle the ball, were eye-popping. She is a load down low and will muscle her way into position, then use a soft touch to finish on either side of the rim. Where she separated herself was handling the ball 16-18 feet away from the hoop, changing direction, crossing over, and turning the corner. More often than not, she finished. Getting up and down the court was no issue for her. She exploded onto our recruiting radar, and is another senior who needs to be on college recruiting boards asap.

Senaida Barrientos 5’7” Smithville HS (2023)
Showed toughness and grit, as she tweaked her knee early on, but the young sophomore sucked it up and battled. One of the top perimeter threats in all the combine, and her handles were just as impressive. For being a young underclassman, she showed to be a leader and worked just as hard on defense as she did on offense. Her vision as a floor general was impressive, seemingly finding her open teammates, but it’s her quickness and range that make her a very intriguing prospect as she’s just starting her high school path.

Janiah Perkins 5’2” Highlands HS (2023)
Despite only being 5’2”, made a living all day driving into the pain and finishing among the taller defenders. Strong lower body helps her accelerate and pick up a full steam ahead when heading downhill. She wasn’t one dimensional either, nice ability in changing direction or side-stepping defenders who attempted to cut her off. With her size, she showed that her perimeter game is a weapon too, sinking in multiple three-pointers, with her favorite spot coming from straight away beyond the arc.

Zoe Nelson 6’2” Hendrickson HS (2021)
As the day went on, she kept getting stronger and better. From the time 5 on 5 action tipped off, to the final run, Nelson was just in a groove. With legit height she put on a show using her versatility. At times posting up on the low block, using some good footwork to shake away from defenders, to then dribbling the ball wing extended. As some defenders backed off, she made them pay showing off an accurate and deadly jump shot. At one point she was letting it fly from 2-3 feet behind the arc and swishing it. She is truly a prospect who can play both the 3 and 4 spots, as a senior to be needs to be a target for college programs.

Marisa Seaton 5’9” Brandeis HS (2022)
A true combo guard, can play either 1 or 2. One of the smoothest jumpers all of the prospects and will make you pay from the perimeter or by putting the ball on the floor and attacking. Has a lean and strong build, that allows her to accelerate to either create space, or get by would-be defenders. Plays physical and is not afraid of contact. Will put her head down and not shy away. On defense, uses her smarts to cut off angles and is very vocal on the court.

Melissa Hornedo 5’1” Antonian HS (2022)
Showed crafty footwork, good ball-handling ability, and savvy basketball IQ. A well rounded point guard who can truly facilitate, take advantage of mismatches, make the extra pass, but will put the ball in the hole too. Used her dribbling and change of direction to create just enough space to get her shot off and connected frequently from the perimeter.

Be sure to check back over the coming days, as we continue our write-ups on prospects who stood out at our Girls “Elite” Combine.