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Gabbie Grooms2024 5-9 G Gabbie Grooms – Southeast All-Stars White – Trinity Christian
In one of the best travel ball games you will ever see – boys or girls – Southeast All-Stars White won a shootout over DME 89-85 to open up BCS Power48 South. Elite offensive sets coupled with unselfish ball movement and lights out shooting set the tone for the weekend. Trailing 42-36 at the half, the Southeast All-Stars turned to Georgia Tech-commit Gabbie Grooms to change momentum as the All-State guard netted 19 of her team-high 24 points in the second half to pair with her 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Grooms, a physical guard with a strong core, caught fire with her jumper. She sank four threes and added a pair of pull-ups. In Game 2, an 83-47 route, Grooms’ hot shooting continued with three more three-pointers and three mid-range jumpers as she finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal. Gabbie has impressed me a great deal over the past three months with the growth of her game. While she can still use her body to finish at the rim and draw contact, the development to attack defenses with her pull-up jumper has rounded out her game.

Tianna Thompson2024 5-10 PG Tianna Thompson – Southeast All-Stars White – Galloway
Georgia Tech landed another key commitment from the Southeast All-Stars White backcourt in Tianna Thompson on May 16. The tantalizing future in McCamish Pavilion was on display Friday night with Head Coach Nell Fortner on hand to see Thompson and Grooms combine for 42 points in a come from behind win. Thompson tallied 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. She scored from all three levels, mixing in two threes with a baseline mid-range jumper and a pair of And-1 finishes. Tianna’s toughness around the rim and ability to absorb contact is one of her strongest offensive attributes. Thompson is good at exploiting cracks in the defense and finds points from 8 to 15-feet very well. In Game 2 of the night, in limited time Tianna chipped in 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal with a pair of three-pointers.

Toni Warren2024 6-0 W Toni Warren – Southeast All-Stars White – Cherokee
Wofford is getting a big-time bucket getter in Toni Warren. The All-State wing is a ticking time bomb that can explode offensively if not kept in check. With her size and length, Warren’s patented mid-range jumper is nearly impossible to guard, especially when she shoots it out of a turnaround. While her scoring touch gets all the headlines, Warren can do much more than just fill it up. She is a very good athlete with outstanding reach and great hands. Toni swoops in to collect rebounds at their highest point, often able to vacuum up boards with one hand.  She had two emphatic blocks on Friday, smothering the shots out of the opposition’s hands. When attacking downhill, Warren flashed some advanced court vision as she fit in assists in tight spots. Toni tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block vs. DME followed by 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block against Lake City Pride 2025.

Finley Parker2027 6-2 W Finley Parker – Southeast All-Stars Black – River Ridge
Providence and Alabama have already offered Finley Parker, who has yet to step foot in high school. I got my first look at Parker at the Sandy’s Spiel Fall League last year. Fast forward roughly nine months and the development is clear. Finley played with great confidence on Friday, looking extremely comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter. With her size and length, Parker is a mismatch all over the floor. Her ability to create offense off the dribble, leading into pull-up jumpers and step-back threes is rare to find. Finley plays all over the floor on both sides of the ball. Defensively she can stick with guards away from the basket and is a steady rim protector in the paint. In a 74-47 victory, Parker posted 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, scoring on two one-dribble pull-ups, a fadeaway out of the post and a corner three. In Game 2, Finley finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals, doing more damage around the rim converting two And-1s using each hand. Parker has major tools to work with over the next four years, not just physically but with an advanced skill set as well. It’s hard to envision many incoming freshmen having a higher ceiling and making more of an impact than Parker.

Kate Harpring2026 5-10 G Kate Harpring – Southeast All-Stars Black – Marist
Consistency is no issue for the Class 6A Freshman of the Year. Harpring paced Southeast All-Stars Black on Friday with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in Game 1 and 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists in Game 2. Harpring’s fast-twitch athleticism leaves opponents in the dust. Her reaction time and reflexes allow her to get to loose balls before anyone else and her ability to change speeds when attacking downhill is difficult to keep up with. Kate isn’t one to dance around on the perimeter. When she makes up her mind, it’s often her planting her foot and getting straight to where she wants to go. She thrives in transition getting to the rim and finishing through contact with either hand. Kate scores from all three levels, is a tenacious defender and a high IQ playmaker. It is no surprise she is swimming in High Major offers.

Lydia Ledford2026 5-10 G Lydia Ledford – Southeast All-Stars Black – Buford
After missing her first few shots of the day, not many others were off the mark for Lydia Ledford. She netted four threes over two games including three in Game 1, finishing with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. In Game 2, Ledford chipped in 11 points and 4 rebounds. Lydia has great size on the perimeter with a strong, lean wiry frame that will likely add muscle over the course of her career. She scored with both hands at the rim and utilized a floater. I like Ledford’s value defensively. She covers a lot of ground side to side and can help defend every spot on the floor.

Ivona Djikanovic2025 6-0 W Ivona Djikanovic – Southeast All-Stars Red – Landmark Christian
Ivona flipped a switch in the fourth quarter and carried Southeast All-Stars Red to a 66-51 win over DME after holding just a 47-46 lead after three quarters. Djikanovic got loose with 11 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist. Her versatility was paramount, attacking inside and out. Ivona has nice footwork with her back to the basket, but is also creative on the perimeter with the dribble and can space the floor with her outside shot. Djikanovic showcased her offensive firepower especially in the final frame where she scored on a putback, a post-up, a three-pointer and a left-handed layup. Anderson became her first offer back in last August. Expect that to change, as Ivona is a stock-riser that should draw a ton of attention over the next few months.

Kylie Watkins2025 6-0 F Kylie Watkins – LE Elite 2024 – White County
Kylie Watkins is no stranger to putting up monster numbers on the travel ball circuit. In a 60-46 win, she posted 23 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block. Watkins is adept at working the high post. She has a soft touch from the mid-range, can see over the defense as a facilitator and can put the ball on the floor to get to the hoop. Kylie sank a pair of mid-range jumpers, hit a floater and scored thrice with her left-hand including one bucket via And-1. Watkins is a dynamic two-way presence that fills up the stat sheet. She is talented enough to have an offense run through her, especially against a zone. Kylie has a big final two seasons ahead of her at White County. College programs should start doing their due diligence.