With the summer right around the corner and no spring travel ball and doubtful for summer ball. We would like to spotlight the players and programs who would have been chasing their dreams of earning scholarships to play at the next level. Without games to cover, we will still continue to provide content and coverage to help student athletes reach their goal.
Throughout the month we will spotlight programs and their rosters. This spotlight features Bay City Basketball . The team consist of many of the high level players from San Francisco and around the bay and will play on the Adidas Gold Circuit.
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Elle Ladine – 5’11 PG/SG – Pinewood (2022)
The wiry, athletic guard has gone from relative unknown to one of the top prospects in the state in one year. A skilled ball handler & shooter who plays with great passion & enthusiasm. Elle averaged 20 points & 13 rebounds for Lowell this past season, earning 1st Team All-League honors. Ladine will be transferring to Pinewood HS this fall. She currently holds offers from San Francisco, UC Irvine, Santa Clara, & Pacific.
Una Jovanovic – 5’10 SG – Pinewood (2021)
Una help lead 25-5 Pinewood to the CCS Open finals & NorCal Div.1 Semifinals this past year, leading the team in scoring. The crafty wing is a skilled ball handler, slasher/shooter and is a big-time winner. Jovanovic is on the radar of several Division 1 programs.
Alaiyah San Juan – 5’3 PG – Notre Dame Belmont (2021)
Alaiyah is tough point guard with a complete game who is not afraid to get scrappy. After sitting out her junior year with a knee injury, Alaiyah is now healthy & cleared to return to the court. Because of the injury & now the shutdown, she is a hidden gem & will be a steal for some college program!
Abby Kennedy – 5’7 SG – Half Moon Bay (2022)
Kennedy was a key leader in Half Moon Bay’s 25-4 season, which included a CCS Div 4 Championship. Averaging 11.5 PPG and a team-leading 7 rebounds, Kennedy is a great two-way player who is crafty from triple threat & is not afraid to do the dirty work. Abby was a 1st team All-PAL selection for the second consecutive year in 19-20.
Jolene Lally-Stephens – 5’10 PG/SG, Washington HS (2023)
Jolene a budding prospect who is still growing into her body, but is very skilled and elite instincts. She helped lead Washington HS to a AAA SF Section championship for the 1st time in 19 years. Will be a prospect to keep an eye out on for the future.
Maddie Mersch – 5’11 SF – Alameda (2022)
The aggressive athletic lefty is developing into one of NorCal’s best 2022’s. A versatile skill set that includes playing with a great motor, hitting the offensive glass, and terrorizing the perimeter with her length & quick hands. She can also stretch the floor & knock the three and defend positions 2-5. Maddie helped lead Alameda to a NCS D2 championship this season and was named 1st Team All-League in the very competitive WACC Foothill division.
Jaisa Gamble – 6’1 SF – Capuchino (2021)
A long athletic wing is a great competitor and plays with a winning mentality. Jaisa is a great off ball cutter, slashing through the lane, using her length to finish. Gamble earned 1st Team All-PAL South Selection in 19-20.
Chance Bucher – 5’7 SG – Pinewood (2021)
Transferring from Sacred Heart Prep to Pinewood for her junior year, Chance was challenged to step and contribute for one of NorCal’s top teams. The do-it-all scrappy guard has a great enthusiasm for the game, is a solid spot up shooter and defends at a high level. She will be a key to Pinewood’s success in her upcoming senior year.
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