Month: March 2017


Chelsey Gipson: PopScout 2017 City Section Player of the Year


2017 Senior Guard Chelsey Gipson gets a high five from fans during the 2016 Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney.  Image by PopScout.

Chelsey Gipson is PopScout’s  2017 City Section Player of the Year.  This young lady – time and time again – showed why she was selected the MVP of the Western League by CIF voters, leading her team to a 25-10 record.  She scores from all three levels of the court and was able to play at a high efficiency, even though he was asked most of the time to play a full 32 minutes.Chelsey also gained valuable experience at the 2G position, while allow her teammates to get experience running the Point.  Showing the ability and humbleness to defer to her teammates, will only help her development when running the PG for LMU next season.  The ESPN 4 Star, 95 Grade player was a joy to watch.  O yeah, did we mention her demeanor off the court?  Never walking around with her chest stuck out – staying humble among all the praise and accolades.  A super high character young lady indeed.

Take a look at some clips of Chelsey against Valencia during the 2017 Mater Dei Matt Denning Hoop Classic.  She shows why she deserves all the praise. She’ll be an instant impact player for the Lions next season.  God Bless you young lady and thanks for your commitment to the game we all love.  We wish you the best of luck  – not only on the hardwood floor – but in life general.

Become Great at what you do.


2016-17 StudMuffins

PopScout was very impressed with the amount of talent this year on the Girls Cali’ BBall Hoop Circuit.  PopScout was out and about… filming games, taking pics, and evaluating the play of these young ‘soldierettes’.  We’ll be taking a closer look at many Stud Muffins that stood out in the weeks to come, so that players, coaches, and perspective scouts, can have an idea of what’s on the burner in Southern California – just in case you’re out of the loop.   One thing for sure is that you don’t (rarely) see character issues from the girls.  They tend to be focused, locked in, and willing to do what it takes to catapult their team to victory.  No coaching headaches for the coaching staff you feel me.

Take a look at a slideshow of some ballers who stood out at tourneys and league play from the 2016-17 season.  Make sure you young ladies get back in the lab real soon and continue to perfect your craft.  Stay thirsty my friends.

Become Great at what you do.

Girls basketball

Troy’s Kianna Smith to represent West at 2017 McDonald’s All American Game


Class of 2017 6’0 Senior Guard Kianna Smith looks to drop a dime during the Championship game of the 2016 Gahr Christmas Tourney against Palisades.  Image by PopScout. 

Cal commit Kianna Smith along with Long Beach Poly Center Ayanna Clark (USC), Bishop’s School Guard Destiny Littleton (USC), and Manteca 6’3 C Loretta Kakala (Louisville), will represent the West in this years 2017 McDonald All American Game.  The game will be played March 29 (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2) at the United Center in Chicago.  What stood out the most about Kianna is the fact that she’s got a basketball IQ that’s off the charts, plays the game on both ends of the court with intensity, passion, and a nice feel for the game. She has that uncanny ability to make players around her better – which is a skillset coaches just can’t teach you feel me.

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This young lady will fit in nicely in Cal’s rotation and be a standout player for the next 4 years. She grabs and goes – showing the ability to rebound and push the rock to start the fast break, has a nice mid-range game with the ability to step out to 3pt. land, and finishes strong the rim with poise and athleticism.  A true joy to watch this year.   ESPN has her a 5 star, 98 Grade recruit.  Yes sir!  PopScout won’t be surprised if she advances to the next level and tests her skills against the best of the best in the WNBA.  A lofty goal but PopScout feels that sky’s the limit for Kianna.  Thanks for playing the game the right way young lady.  We look forward to you having a great collegiate career.

Become great at what you do.