Final Four getting going, high school turns to club ball

Everyone’s arriving in Indianapolis……..

On the lighter side: former Stanford Cardinal Roslyn Gold-Onwude breaks down the tournament fashion bracket. (Nikki Caldwell was robbed)

Present Cardinal freshman Chiney Ogwumike is enjoying her year. She was a mere 15 days old when Stanford won its last championship.

Apparently, behind all that on-court iciness, Maya Moore has a great sense of humor, among other attributes:

“She’s very private, she’s very closed, and her personality comes out on the court and when she is with her teammates off the court,” Auriemma said. “But most other times she’s Maya Moore — she’s running for president.”……

Her mother, Kathryn, said the world sees only the public version of Moore. Her daughter also plays the drums. And she’s got a knack for being in front of the camera, ever since she played a wayward child in a church movie.

“What you guys see is not half of who she is, not half,” Kathryn Moore said. “She’s got an amazing sense of humor, and she loves to have fun. So when I see her on interviews, I’m like, ‘OK, she’s very composed.’ Once you get to know her one-on-one, you see another side of her. Her teammates talk about that.”

Let the games begin.

The WBCA High School All-American game is tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. PDT/4:30 p.m. EDT.

Another collegiate item:

Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot has won the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top NCAA Division I point guard.

A little more on the McDonald’s All-American game:

In breaking the tournament record for scoring, Elizabeth Williams was named MVP.

If I could find a freakin box score, I would have known that Reshanda Gray, interviewed in this space yesterday, was the team-high rebounder for the West.

Club ball season is in full effect:

High school season is over and club ball season is on like Donkey Kong. ESPN has an Ohio tip sheet and one for Georgia, or Gerja, as Medea would say.

Next weekend will be a major club ball tournament at Mater Dei High School in Anaheim. The following weekend is the first official recruiting weekend of the new season for college coaches. Teams I know will be headed to the Deep South Classic in North Carolina.

Cool high school bonus:

Ruth Lovelace coaches both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams at Bedford-Stuyvesant High School.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I loved the piece by Ros. You may think Nikki got robbed, but I've always loved Mulkey's gold jacket (I may even make one, that's how much I love it). Fashion is about taking risks and Mulkey does that most definitely. Besides, if it's true that Nikki uses a stylist (and of course there are a gazillion in Los Angeles), then you can only take so much credit for your style. 😉

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