Laurin Mincy

Laurin Mincy

Guard

CLASS: 2010

95

SCOUTS GRADE

  • Newark, NJHometown
  • University High School
  • 5-10Height
  • Weight
  • 23Overall Rank
  • 6Position Rank

ESPN Player Evaluations

Classic in the Country-Jan. 09: Laurin Mincy is another player that's already well-known and recognized as one of the top players in her class. The University High School junior has all the tools to play at the next level and beyond. Her combination of size, athleticism and ball skills make her one of the toughest defensive assignments out there. Off the dribble she can create almost any shot she wants and in transition she is a coach's dream. What will have to evolve for her is her play without the ball and with her mobility that may well become a lethal weapon, too. There are not many athletes who could stay with her on a hard cut.

Spring 08: Highly regarded at scoring the basketball, Mincy puts her strong legs to good use from deep, producing a nice, easy shot that should get better as her focus, pace and confidence improves. Where she excelled as a scorer was in the production of "crazy" shots -- eg., a turnaround off one leg while fading away from an onrushing defender. She made enough of those kind of shots to strongly suggest she is adept at shot-making improvisation. She also is wise at stealing more space from a defender, getting a little closer shot, and owns the baseline. Mincy is not very well developed in the upper body, but has plenty of girth and strength in the lower regions, giving her power inside and lift around the glass and on her shot. She has good straightaway speed, but I didn't see enough, on defense or off the dribble, to determine Mincy's level of lateral quickness. She also still moves in fits and herky jerkiness, as if she hasn't yet figured out her body.

JFK Classic Jan 08: After an often-spectacular freshman season, during which Laurin Mincy averaged more than 19 points and helped University High School of Newark, N.J., win New Jersey's Tournament of Champions, there was talk that she may be the best prospect in the 2010 class.

Seeing her just once - against J.F. Kennedy on Sunday - I think the door on that question still is open. Mincy did not have a dominant, eye-opening performance; however, she did plenty to make it clear that she belongs among her class' elite players.

Mincy has been listed at 6 feet, as well as 5-8, and I feel comfortable that she is 5-10. She is not very well developed in the upper body, but has plenty of girth and strength in the lower regions, giving her power inside and lift around the glass and on her shot.

From deep, Mincy puts her strong legs to good use, producing a nice, easy shot that should get better as her focus, pace and confidence improves with age. Where she excelled as a scorer, however, was in the production of "crazy" shots. Once, Mincy sank a turnaround off one leg while fading away from an onrushing defender. The fact that she executed a couple similar shots suggests strongly that this is in her repertoire.

She has good straightaway speed, but I didn't see enough, on defense or off the dribble, to determine Mincy's level of lateral quickness.

Signs of youth abounded. Several times, she ran without first catching a long pass, or forged ahead without first securing her dribble. She also still moves in fits and herky jerkiness, as if she hasn't yet figured out her body. Also, despite her status on an all-underclass team, she isn't the alpha personality on the University squad. That role probably falls to junior point guard Nadirah McKenith.

Where Mincy fits among the pantheon of elite, 2010 prospects remains an unfolding story. Michala Johnson in Illinois has ungodly speed and wingspan, and is 6-3, as is Chiney Ogwumike, who has swerve and versatility in Texas. Lauren Avant already has committed to Tennesee and plays like it. St. Mary's teammates Chelsea Gray and Afure Jemerigbe are building in California and will be heard from on a national basis. Closer to home, there are suburban New Yorkers Kristen Doherty and Stephanie Dolson and even Charmaine Tay, who like Mincy, is from New Jersey but has a more polished game.

If just the bidding for her club-team services is any indication (I've now heard her associated with three different prominent programs), Mincy's college recruitment shapes up to be a donnybrook.

Clearly, the Laurin Mincy story is far from over.

Notes

Club Team: Alabama RoadRunners

MVP, Colonial Hills League, 2007