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Nike National Invitational Tournament (2015) Standouts



2015 Team Saskatchewan U17

More than two dozen Canadian teams descended upon Chicago for the 2015 Nike Invitational Tournament.

Here is a quick look at just some of the many players that stood out over the July 10-12 tournament:


Shanice Neita
Shanice NeitaNeita’s length and physicality were hard to overlook when taking in Toronto Matrix games. She is a tough, physical player that really gets after it and does not back down from anybody. She brings many of the old school Post qualities when she plays letting opponents know early that she will let them roam free in the paint. Neita needed to be close to the basket in order to be successful, so a continued focus on her already decent post moves, perhaps by adding an extra signature move or two will be a must for continued growth. By in large, she should very much be in the conversation for a tough big that has come a long way over the past couple of years, who probably has a fair bit of upside remaining.

Miea Johnson
If there was a hustle award to be given out amongst the Canadians, that award would go to Johnson. Every shift that she was on the court, you know that she would be bringing it. Either she was earning her team second chance opportunities by getting offense of rebounds or she was coming off the bench and being that bundle of energy that could change the game. With her play this weekend, Johnson really proved that she would be worthy of a look from a team at the next level that needs a spark plug type player, that is willing to put it all on the line for her team.

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