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|Mikala McGhee, who spent time away from basketball the summer prior to her junior year, is headed to Missouri State. "It may have held me back in my recruiting process, but it all worked out," she says.|
Frank Kornet and Xavier McDaniel made it all the way up the basketball ladder to the NBA. Like their fathers, Nicole Kornet from Lantana, Texas and Xylina McDaniel out of Columbia, S.C., are working their way up the ladder in the women's game.
|Xavier McDaniel taught his daughter, Xylina McDaniel, how to play a tough style of basketball.|
Like her father, Nicole Kornet is known as a forward with the skill to be effective on the perimeter. Xylina McDaniel's game resembles that of her father as well, with her toughness and warrior-like mentality in the paint.
Both are ranked in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 for 2012, with Kornet at No. 19 and McDaniel at No. 25. After choosing their college destinations this week, both are one step closer to the final destination of the WNBA. Each will continue her career just north of the state line where they played high school ball, with Kornet going to Oklahoma while McDaniel is headed to North Carolina.
-- Brandon Clay
As far as basketball goes, Mikala McGhee of Maryland Heights, Mo., is a lot like any other class of 2012 prospect listed in the ESPN HoopGurlz database. She caught our eye this summer with her play at a USJN event in St. Louis and continued to have positive showings as we got a chance to see her play again in Chicago at the Nike Summer Showcase. She has since has committed to Missouri State.
What makes McGhee a little different than your average 2012 prospect is that she was on the popular MTV reality show "Made," on which she was transformed into a ballroom dancer. The filming process took two months, and at the end McGhee performed in front of her entire school.
As a result of her success on the show, McGhee was picked to do commercials for Neutrogena's "Wave for Change" Campaign and was asked to spend the summer of 2010 participating in filming for the campaign and community service projects. She had a once-in-a-lifetime experience with MTV and Neutrogena as she had the opportunity to travel across the country, but the opportunity also meant that she had to sit out of summer basketball prior to her junior year.
McGhee seems to be handling it all in stride."The summer going into your junior year is not a very smart one to miss playing a lot of basketball," she said. "It may have held me back in my recruiting process, but it all worked out so I can't complain." After this experience it is easy to say that Missouri State is getting not only a solid basketball player but a well-rounded student-athlete as well.
-- Keil Moore
-- Keil Moore
|Alexus Johnson of Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) has all the components to develop into a very sound, complete player.|
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Brandon Clay is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as a recruiting analyst, event operator and trainer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keil Moore is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report - a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com.