Sunday, July 2, 2017

We've got your guide to WBB summer league in Hampton Roads

Odegua Oigbokie

If you're itching for fall, why not head to Lake Taylor High in Norfolk for the Hampton Roads Basketball 7-Cities Pro-Am.

Weekend games begin at 2 p.m. on July 8/9, 15/16 and 22/23.

Who's there?

Here's a sampling of players among the four teams in action.

Khadedra Crocker: The Virginia Tech transfer sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. You'll see her this fall at Norfolk State; she hails from nearby King's Fork High in Suffolk

Jasmine Norman: The 5-9 forward was a 1,000-point scorer for Savannah State

Chelsie Schweers: William and Mary's new director of operations who starred at Christopher Newport in addition to finding success overseas in Australia holds the distinction of not just being a former LadySwish blogger. No player at a Virginia school has scored more points.

Jordan Strode: All-MEAC third-teamer last year and second-leading scorer for Norfolk State after transferring from St. Joseph's. Earned a sixth year of eligibility.

Odegua Oigbokie: The 6-1 redshirt senior from Old Dominion who averaged 4.5 ppg last year will need to contribute more to a thinned-out Lady Monarchs roster.

Keira Avant: Hampton's first MEAC Player of the Year also played in Kiev, surviving some tough times there.

Andrea Barbour: Former AA State Player of the Year for Virginia in high school; starred at VCU, averaging 16.3 ppg her senior season.

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Carla Batchelor: Maryland native spent her final two seasons at Florida

De'Janaire Deas: the 6-2 forward, a rising sophomore, made one start for Norfolk State last year

Shavonne Duckett: the 5-10 guard spent her final year of eligibility at Howard

Eboni Gilliam: the 6-0 forward played two years at Longwood after transferring from Cape Fear.

Da'Lishia Griffin: the Western Branch High star was a tenacious rebounder for James Madison; left the program last year as a senior

Nicole Hamilton: owns four rings from four years at Hampton, graduating in 2014 after amassing  1,158 career points

Shrita Parker: one of two Rutgers transfers on Karen Barefoot's UNC Wilmington roster

Gianna Smith: Speaking of Barefoot and UNCW, Smith left the Lady Monarchs to join the Seahawks. She will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer rules.

Shayla Tanner: the 6-3 center from Norfolk State returns for her senior year this fall.

Justyce Swango: the 5-5 junior from Virginia Beach's Princess Anne High has transferred from Georgetown to Lenoir Rhyne.

Rachel Lia: a 2,000-plus point scorer from Williamsburg's Lafayette High is bound for Rollins College

Cassandra Baker: among the national leaders in scoring while at Robert Morris

Monique McClean: We love a coach with game. Bruton High (Williamsburg) star had a standout career at St. John's. The Newport News native is now coach at Alfred University. Played pro in Greece, Slovakia and Puerto Rico.

Adrienne Motley: stellar career at Miami that led to her being drafted by the Indiana Fever in April; Woodside High graduate; always listed but hasn't played pr-am

Kayla Roberts: NSU's leading scorer a year ago announced her intention to transfer in March, but we're delighted to report she's staying a Spartan.

Gabrielle Swinson: Returning for her senior year at NSU after averaging 10 ppg and 4.3 rpg last season

Love Brown: would be fun to see the former Booker T. Washington star who signed with Seton Hall but never played there

Feyonda Fitzgerald: Temple's all-time leader in assists and second in points hails from state championship  team from Lake Taylor High (home of this summer league); drafted in second round from Indiana but waived prior to the season

Toia Giggetts: Lake Taylor High grad who had a stellar career at James Madison despite battling knee issues

Latrice Hunter: 2017 grad of William and Mary who appeared in 31 games her senior year, starting five.

Jordan Payne: Norfolk native was at Grambling State prior to transferring to Chowan where she led the team in scoring last season

Chelisa Painter: graduated from ODU in 2015 and has played in Ireland and Italy

Joanne Williams: Lake Taylor grad on played limited minutes for Chowan last season

Jessica Wright: Bethel grad and assistant coach for Newport News Apprentice

Junijah Somerville: Led Lake Taylor in scoring and rebounding last year; 5-10 guard was Conference 17 co-Player of the Year; signed with Charlotte;