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Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Branndais Agee
Brandais Agee has been a force for the Michigan Crossover and was a key part of the upset of top seed Essence on Friday.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- We offer a recap of day two of Nike Nationals by cooling at four of the top individual performers.

Amber Campbell (Charleston, S.C.), GA Metros 15's: The 5-8 shooting guard didn't let the 10 stitches over her right eye deter her from putting on one of the best offensive performances of the morning session. Campbell is a volume scorer who can rack up baskets in quick spurts. During crucial stretches of the game it seemed like every touch resulted in points on the board -- whether it was from beyond the arc or slashing her way to the hoop through multiple defenders. Even when she missed a shot her body language never changed and hustled back on defense. Campbell's explosive quickness may be her most eye-catching feature but her ability to identified and exploit defensive weakness are an intangible that many players don't grasp until they are older.
-- Lisa Bodine

Kamy Cole
Kamy Cole's aggressive approach to perimeter play makes her a versatile prospect.

Kamy Cole (Brock, Texas), Cy-Fair: Cole is a 5-foot-9 guard who can be used as a point guard or on the wing as a scoring guard. She uses both hands effectively and does a good job of penetrating gaps to slice through the defense. Her upper-body strength along with an aggressive scoring mindset allow her to focus and finish with contact. One of the best things about her game is the relentless attitude she plays with on both ends of the floor. She can be a sticky defender on one end of the floor and an efficient scorer on the other. No matter how the game is being played or what the score might be, you can always rely on Cole to be a consistent contributor.
-- Rebecca Gray

Brandais Agee (Detroit, Mich.), Michigan Crossover: If the stocks on Wall Street were rising at the same rate as the interest in this 5-11 wing, the economy would solidly be in recovery. Over the course of July she's done nothing but establish herself as an impact player, skillwise and athletically. Her play in Chicago, D.C. and now Augusta has been dynamic, explosive and has the coaches sitting courtside talking. With or without the ball in her hands she's on the attack and has the capacity to take it at both perimeter and interior matchups. The ballhandling is soundly there in transition or the halfcourt but occasionally still reveals a few rough edges. Her first step is quick, long and consistently leading to some eye catching elevation on a pull up as well as opportunities around the rim. She shown the ability to shoot it out to 3-point range and does so with a true jump shot. What sets her apart even more on the offensive end is her passionate approach and effort on the boards. Defensively she uses that same explosiveness and intensity to get touches, make plays and create turnovers while limiting opponents to single looks.
-- Mark Lewis

Sydni Epps
Sydni Epps has shown marked improvement offensively and could be a sleeper in the 2012 class.

Sydni Epps (Cheltenham, Pa.), NY Gauchos: Epps walks on the floor and garners immediate attention because her build is that of a college player, not a rising high-school senior. While early in her career there were questions about her ability to score but her strength in the lane allows her to finish through contact, which is a good thing with Friday being a day the referees swallowed their whistles. She also has good form and improving accuracy on her jumper. Her length and aggressiveness makes her a formidable defender. Despite a rough week for her team, her ability shined through and she will be a terrific college player.
-- Chris Hansen

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Lisa Bodine is a national evaluator for ESPN HoopGurlz. A native of Queens, N.Y., she began her coaching career in 1993 with the NY Gazelles, has coached with D.C.-based Team Unique, and in 2009 she was named DAC Co-Coach of the Year after leading Wakefield Country Day School in Flint Hill, Va., to its first-ever conference title. She can be reached at lisa@hoopgurlz.com.

Rebecca Gray is an intern for ESPN HoopGurlz. She previously wrote a column for the website about her experiences as a freshman on basketball scholarship at the University of North Carolina. She transferred to and played at Kentucky and now plays basketball and golf at Union College. A 5-foot-10, sharp-shooting guard out of Georgetown, Ky., Gray was named Miss Basketball in the state of Kentucky after averaging 25.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 4.8 assists during her senior season at Scott County High School. She can be contacted at rebecca@hoopgurlz.com.

Chris Hansen is the national director of prospects for ESPN HoopGurlz and covers girls' basketball and women's college basketball prospects nationally for ESPN.com. A graduate of the University of Washington with a communications degree, he has been involved in the women's basketball community since 1998 as a high school and club coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He is a member of the McDonald's All-American team selection committee. Hansen can be reached at chris.hansen@espn.com.

Mark Lewis is the national recruiting coordinator for ESPN HoopGurlz. Twice ranked as one of the top 25 assistant coaches in the game by the Women's 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. He can be reached at mark@hoopgurlz.com.