Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Get your ODU fix (including the new kids) and feast on some Sugar, Sugar at Norfolk summer league

Check out ODU frosh Kaneisha Atwater
Can Division III superstar Chelsie Schweers drop her usual 30 points on Division I foes? Is Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers' jumper as sweet as ever? And just how good is this Parade All-American headed to Old Dominion anyway?

Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers
We may get some answers this weekend when summer league women's basketball returns to the 757.

Rodgers, Schweers and incoming Lady Monarchs Parade All-American Kaneisha Atwater are among the more than 50 players who have signed on to compete in the Hampton Roads 7 Cities Pro-Am women's summer league beginning Saturday at Norfolk's Maury High.

Atwater is part of a large continent of Old Dominion players past (Jessica Canady, Jasmine Parker), present (Jackie Cook, Shakeva Richards) and future (all five incoming recruits) who have committed to the NCAA-certified summer circuit.

NSU's Batavia Owens
Action begins at 4 p.m. when Slam City, a team featuring Cook, Richards, Norfolk State's Batavia Owens and Virginia Wesleyan's Kristen Blalock, takes on a Howell Delegates squad that includes Rodgers, ODU's Tia Lewis and incoming Lady Monarchs Ashley Betz-White and Queen Tiye-Jackson.

A caveat - Player attendance for summer league games can be somewhat fickle, so the fact that someone is listed on a roster doesn't guarantee that player will actually be there at tipoff. But league CEO James Flood, a former assistant coach at Booker T. Washington High, has put together a pretty deep roster of talent. Even a few no-shows shouldn't detract from what promises to be a competitive debut season.

Complete rosters: (Click here for the schedule)


Kymesha Alston - 6-0 forward...Two-time All-Big South performer at Radford (2009 and 2010) after transferring from Manhattan. Former two-time All-Peninsula District first-teamer at Heritage High.

Jessica Canady - 6-0 forward...Two-time All-CAA selection (2009, 2010) at Old Dominion. Led Jamestown High to a Group AA state title and is that school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

Tyechia Cooke - 5-7 guard...A former USCAA All-American (2007-08) at the Newport News Apprentice School. Formerly of Heritage High.

Tiffany Davis - 5-9 guard...Averaged 12.6 ppg in five games for Christopher Newport last season after transferring at the end of her first semester at Delaware State. Formerly of Hampton High, where she scored 1,877 and led the Crabbers to a Group AAA state title.

Shadasia Green - 5-9 guard/forward...Versatile four-year performer for Old Dominion (2007-11).

Jasmine Greene - 5-5 guard...Averaged 19.2 ppg and earned ODAC Rookie of the Year honors for her freshman season at Hollins College (2009-10). Formerly of Tabb High.

Andrea Hauser - 5-9 forward...Helped Patrick Henry Community College advance to the 2010 NJCAA Division II national championship game. Formerly of Heritage High.

D'Lesha Lloyd - Information unavailable.

Monique McLean - 5-11 guard...Averaged 17.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg as a senior at St. John's and made second-team All-Big East. Started 80 games in her Red Storm career. Formerly of Bruton High.

Denyse Moore - 5-7 guard...Earned third-team NJCAA honors for the ASA Lady Avengers in 2009-10. Formerly of Woodside High.

Kianna D'Oliveira - 5-10 forward...Started 28 games and averaged 6.2 ppg as a sophomore at Delaware State last season. Formerly of Woodside High.

Chelsie Schweers - Four-time Division III All-American at Christopher Newport who scored 2,869 career points, the second-most in D-III history and the highest total ever by a women's player at a Virginia college. Formerly of Hickory High.


Keiara Avant - 5-11 forward...Averaged 4.4 ppg as a sophomore at Hampton last season. Formerly of Indian River High.

Ashley Betz-White - 5-3 point guard...incoming freshman at Old Dominion.

Sha-Kiyla Finney - 5-7 guard...Averaged 2.0 ppg as a sophomore at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Formerly of Woodrow Wilson High. Sister of former Old Dominion forward Ben Finney and highly touted Virginia Tech incoming freshman Dorian Finney-Smith.

Breshara Gordon - 5-6 guard...Averaged 2.5 ppg as a freshman at Radford. A starter on Lake Taylor High's 2009-10 Group AAA state championship team.

Dashae Jones - 5-6 guard...Second-leading scorer in South Hampton Roads (18.4 ppg) as a senior at Maury High. A second-team All-Tidewater pick by The Virginian-Pilot.

Tia Lewis - 6-3 center/forward...Led Old Dominion with 12.1 ppg and 7.8 rpg as a redshirt junior last season. A third-team All-CAA pick.

Chelisa Painter - 6-1 forward...Appeared in 29 games as a freshman at George Washington...Formerly of Indian River High.

Latisha Pledger - 6-1 forward...Averaged 8.8 ppg and 8.0 rpg as a freshman at Washington College. Formerly of Indian River High.

Sugar Rodgers - 5-11 guard...Two-time All-Big East and All-American (honorable mention). Formerly of King's Fork High.

Queen Tiye-Jackson - 5-11 forward...Incoming freshman at Old Dominion.

Keira Walton
- Data unavailable.


Kaneisha Atwater - 5-7 guard...Incoming freshman at Old Dominion. Named to the 40-player Parade All-America team.

Brittany Campbell - 6-3 center. Appeared in five games during an injury-plagued freshman season at Old Dominion.

LaNia Charity - 5-6 guard...Appeared in nine games after walking onto the team as a freshman at Old Dominion. Formerly of Yorktown High.

Tiffany Church - 5-8 guard/forward...Starred for three seasons at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). A 2006 graduate of Lake Taylor High.

Lamesha Deal - 5-9 guard...Appeared in 22 games as a freshman at North Carolina A&T. Formerly of Maury High.

Shatara Jackson - 5-9 forward...Averaged 9.2 ppg and 2.5 spg as a junior at Elizabeth City State.

Erika McKeithan - 6-1 forward/center...Appeared in 22 games as a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson. Formerly of Heritage High.

Tiffany Minor - 5-11 forward...Incoming freshman at Old Dominion.

Jasmine Parker - 5-6 guard...CAA Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team all-league pick as a senior at Old Dominion. Formerly of Maury High.

Jasmine Walker - 5-10 guard...Appeared in 22 games as a freshman at Elizabeth City State. Formerly of Norcom High.

Renita Walker - 5-8 guard...Appeared in 24 games as a freshman at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Formerly of Booker T. Washington High.


Roslyn Alexander...5-7 guard...Averaged 8.5 ppg with a team-high 40 3-pointers as a freshman at Lynchburg College.

Kristen Blalock - 6-1 forward...Led Virginia Wesleyan in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, field-goal percentage and 3-point shooting accuracy. A first-team All-ODAC selection and a first-team All-Virginia pick by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association. Formerly of Portsmouth Christian High.

Jackie Cook - 6-0 guard...Averaged 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds as a sophomore at Old Dominion.

Myeisha Hall - 5-8 guard...Incoming freshman at Old Dominion.

Andrea Jones - 5-8 guard-forward...A second-team All-Conference Carolinas pick as a sophomore at Mt. Olive College. Formerly of Nansemond River High.

Brooke Ladyman - 5-11 forward/center...Appeared in 3 games as a freshman at Virginia Wesleyan. Formerly of Hickory High.

Taylor Ladyman - 6-0 center. Appeared in 17 games as a freshman at Virginia Wesleyan. Formerly of Hickory High.

Batavia Owens - 6-1 center...Averaged 6.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg as a sophomore at Norfolk State. Formerly of Maury High.

Shakeva Richards - 6-2 forward...Appeared in 30 games as a freshman at Old Dominion.

Jocelyn Spencer - 5-7 guard...Averaged 6.0 ppg and 5.2 rpg as a junior at Virginia Wesleyan. Formerly of Hampton Roads Academy.

Nyeshea Willie - 5-7 guard...Named Freshman of the Year in the Conference Carolinas and a second-team all-league pick (12 ppg, 3.0 spg). Former Beach District Player of the Year (2008-09) at Kempsville High.


Love Brown - 6-3 center...Former first-team All-CIAA performer at Livingstone. Formerly of Granby High.

Shirelle Butts - Information unavailable.

Toia Johnson - 5-5 guard...Led Norfolk State to the 2005 MEAC Tournament final and made the all-tournament team. Formerly of Hampton High.

Linda Rickenbacker - 5-8 guard...Formerly of Hampton University and Indian River High.

Keiva Small - 5-8 guard...Earned first-team Division I All-Independent honors (14.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.1 apg) as a senior at Longwood (2007). Formerly of Norview High.

Latoya Taylor - 5-8 guard...Scored 1,025 points during her career at Virginia Union. A 1999 graduate of Nansemond River High.

Shantel Wilson - 5-9 guard...Four-year performer at Old Dominion from 2002-07.

Juel Woodard - 5-8 guard...Formerly of Norfolk State University and Oscar Smith High.

Jessica Wright - 5-8 guard/forward...Walked on at Old Dominion, transferred and starred at Clark University. Formerly of Peninsula Catholic.


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