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September 30, 2005

The Showcases draw elite talent

This year, the NCAA has enforced new guidelines and restricted the amount of viewing by college coaches as the fall evaluation period has become bigger and more competitive than ever allowing only two days or one weekend in October. Hence, Northern California will be home for two evaluation camps this weekend; Northern California Elite Showcase at Saint Mary's College and Sacramento Showcase at Highlands High School.

Players often use such events as a platform to create or validate their own individual identities. Many of the high caliber players are accustomed to the exposure and attention that these events tend to bring, but each year unfamiliar names emerge. Look for a couple of surprises at each camp.

Each camp will have its own draw of players with the Sacramento Showcase housing "The Main Attraction", Victoria Baugh, who will attract coaches from just about every major college program in America. Baugh hardly ever disappoints whether it be her blockbuster performances over the summer or her jaw-dropping attempt at a dunk in the spring at this very same event. Look for her to shine and continue to climb up the ranking charts.

This year's Showcase could attract its largest contingent of college coaches ever as recruiters from the Big West, WCC, WAC, Pac-10, along with top schools like Texas, LSU, Michigan St., and Oklahoma State are expected to be in attendance

The Northern California Elite Showcase, however, might possibly stake claim to the title of "Best in the West." This camp, unlike the ones in years past, will be special.

The effects of Hurricane Katrina forced adidas to cancel their fall event set to take place in Georgia. The cancellation forced some of the top players on the west coast to make the trip to Moraga instead. This infusion of talent will bolster an already loaded field. The NCE will now feature several of the nation's top players in their respective classes.

Some of the Sac Showcase notables:
Victoria Baugh, Sacramento, 2007
Shonetta Crain Williams, El Cerrito, 2006
Shanice Brown, Elk Grove, 2006
Quenese Davis, Rio Americano, 2006
CoCo Davis, Rio Americano, 2007
Nicole Williams, Laguna Creek, 2007
Molly Collins, Davis, 2007
Meagan Williams, Sheldon, 2006
MacKenzie Bailey, Del Oro, 2007
Leanna Richey, Liberty, 2007
Lauren Juric, Bear River, 2007
Kourtney Caine, Westmoor, 2007
Kim Brown, Hayward, 2007
Heather Gore, Nevada Union, 2006
Erica Helms, Deer Valley, 2007
Casey Morris, Piedmont, 2008
Chazney Morris, Piedmont, 2006
Daniela Nopuente, Westmoor, 2006
Caroline Reeves, Neveada Union, 2008
Chynelle Watson, Highlands, 2006

NCE Showcase notables:
Danielle Robinson, Mitty, 2007
Alexandra Mithell, Berkely, 2007
Kassandra McCalister, Mitty, 2007
Nicole Canepa, Saint Ignatius, 2007
Sami Fields-Polisso, Pinewood, 2007
Shantay King, Amador Valley, 2007
Jenifer Gross, Berkely, 2007
Kayla Williams, Reno, 2008
Jasmine Dixon, Long Beach Poly, 2008
Kali Bennett, Ventura, 2007
Lenita Samford, Lynwood, 2007
Candice Brown, Bishop Amat, 2007
Nikki Speed, Marlbrough, 2008
Yo Yo Greenfield, Harvard-Westlake, 2007
Anotne Nyfingia, Redondo Union, 2008
Lindsay Oestricher, Liberty Christian, 2008
Ashlee Burns, Miramonte, 2008
LaTeena Wickett, Castlemont, 2006
Florence Wilson, Castlemont, 2006
Samantha Gibson, San Leandro, 2008
Rachel Bilney, Branson, 2008
Samantha Bilney, Branson, 2008
Lisa Peterson, El Camono, 2007
Tierra Rodgers, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 2009
Ki Shawna Moore, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 2009
Casey Reicks, Placer, 2008
Jacki Gemelos, St Mary's-Stockton, 2006
Courtney Dunn, Saint Mary's-Berkeley, 2006
Jazmine Perkins, Berkely, 2008
Britney Blythe, Saint Ignatius, 2007
Lindsey Leo, Mitty High School, 2008

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