Ashley Santos

Guard

CLASS: 2012

92

SCOUTS GRADE

  • Bartlett, ILHometown
  • Geneva High School
  • 6-0Height
  • Weight
  • 91Overall Rank
  • 34Position Rank
Also Considered

ESPN Player Evaluations

USJN Great Plains-May. 11: Maturation and confidence are now taking her versatility to another level. Has the potential to make an impact at both ends of the floor with not only good size on the perimeter but an aggressive and attacking mentality. Not a "true point-guard" she does have the ballhandling and passing skills to push it on the break or to exploit defenders in the halfcourt. Reads the floor exceptionally well and makes sound decisions. Connected from both the perimeter and pull up consistently despite some forward motion in her stroke. Works hard defensively but did get driven on a few times by quicker match ups. The jury is still out on her ultimate level collegiately. (Lewis)

Deep South Classic-April 11: Has all the intangibles. She can shoot, pass, handle, and play defense with anyone and could be an immiediate impact in college with her size and strength. (Gray)

FIBA Americas-June '10: Playing wing instead of point guard with the Puerto Rico national team, Santos' superior athleticism stood out each time she took the floor. The 5-foot-10 guard clearly wanted the ball in her hands more, and is obviously used to creating all her own shots. She must learn how to move better without the ball and put herself in position to be seen by the ballhandler but when she starts shooting, watch out. Santos is one of the few young female basketball players to have a true jump shot, and her ability to elevate in traffic gives her an advantage when she drives the lane. She also uses her bigger, stronger body against small guards, getting good post position when she wants. If there's one obvious aspect to work on, though, it's her body language: Too many times at the FIBA Americas she became frustrated with the play of her teammates, and spent more time pouting than necessary. (Schnell)

ot having the ball in her hands as much as she does in her hometown of Geneva, Ill., or will with her club team, Georgia Ice, led to some frustrating times for Santos, who played on the wing for the Puerto Ricans. When the ball is in her hands, she can be a smooth-shooting, physically punishing guard. She is 5-10 and strong, with a solid base, and is one of the few girls in any part of the world who can shoot a true jump shot from distance. Santos is strong on the ball, and able to create shots off the bounce, whether rising for mid-range jumpers or taking on defenders at the goal. She also can take backcourt mismatches down on the boxes, where she uses her size, agility and explosiveness to good effect. She also has good vision and basketball instincts as a passer from the post and wings. Santos' prowess as a scorer will improve with an increased ability to move without the ball, using screens and initiating contact to gain separation from defenders. Her overall effectiveness will improve with a greater ability to ignore an impulse to take any offensive misadventures or lack of touches to the other end of the court with her. (Nelson)

Summer Showcase-July 09: Ashley Santos is an intriguing prospect because there aren't a lot of 5-10 point guards out there. With plenty of length and smooth athleticism, she has the makings of a top prospect. The Elgin, Ill., native has long strides, which allow her to get by defenders on her first step regularly. She showed she could get to the rim and shoot the pull-up. Even though point guards are typically pass-first in nature, she could actually be a little more assertive in finding her own offense because she poses a ton of mismatches with her size and agility alone. (Hansen)

Notes

Club Team: Lady Lightning

Member of the Puerto Rican U18 National Team.

ESPN HoopGurlz Tip Sheet Mentions:
•  Deep South--April 2011