NYC Forward Makes Her College Choice
9/21/17 - 10:15 AM

NYCHoops.net

Mike Libert | Staff

One of the more unsung and underrated talents throughout the summer AAU months was 5'9" guard Brandy Thomas (Christ the King '18).

Starting with the NYC Heat and then finishing up in July with New Heights, Thomas looked more comfortable with the ball in her hands, continuously used her strength to push her way to the basket, while also becoming a strong shooter from long range.

Her importance to Christ the King is huge as well as she embraced the role as veteran leader last season as a junior, and now looks entrenched as one of the Royals top scorers going into her senior season, one that she hopes will end with a CHSAA City Championship.

College wise things were beginning to pick up as of late for Thomas as well, but one school who has been on her for many months now has been LIU-Brooklyn as they were the first school to offer her back in April, and after a visit this past weekend to the Blackbirds campus, Thomas knew she had found home committing to the NEC power on Sunday evening.

There was a deep bond built between Thomas and the LIU-Brooklyn coaching staff from the get go as they made her a priority throughout the summer, making sure they got to as many games of hers as possible.

While the Blackbirds ended up as the only Division 1 school to offer Thomas, she was starting to hear a good amount from St. Peter'sHofstra, and UMass, but there was no need to continue with the process when your heart already knows what it wants.

"The moment I went on an unofficial to LIU-Brooklyn I knew because I loved the atmosphere, and the team and coaching staff were so welcoming," Thomas stated. "I am just so happy to be committed to a school that I love."

Blackbirds head coach Stephanie Del Preore did a fantastic job recruiting Thomas, but she and her staff weren't the only ones going out of their way to make her feel wanted and needed.

Playing with New Heights throughout July, Thomas built a close relationship with point guard Lauren Hackett, and when Hackett committed to LIU-Brooklyn in August, Thomas says her attention turned towards making she Thomas soon was to follow.

"Lauren absolutely did recruit me," Thomas said. "We got really close and both of our games gel together, and we loved playing together and hanging out so knowing I have someone I know already when I get there was huge."

What LIU-Brooklyn will get in Thomas is someone who will do whatever is needed for the team. She is a tenacious rebounder and doesn't mind mixing it up inside when asked, but she is also capable of being a lead guard as she has improved her handle, while being able to score in multiple ways making her a true dynamic threat who should be a valuable weapon for LIU-Brooklyn in the years ahead.

With the college decision out of the way, Thomas now can set her sights on the CHSAA Championship that she so covets. Christ the King fell just short last season losing at the buzzer to The Mary Louis Academy, and with that moment and game still sticking with her, Thomas wants to make sure she goes out a winner.

"I don't want to leave high school without getting our trophy back. I want it back and I want to add a State Federation chip too. I want to go out a champion," Thomas admitted.

The future is bright for LIU-Brooklyn with its recent commits, and Thomas should only make the future even brighter as her winning mentality and pedigree will only help the Blackbirds climb the ladder in the Northeast Conference.

Read More: https://nychoops.rivals.com/news/girls-brandy-thomas-makes-her-college-choice

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NYC Forward Turns A Negative Into A Positive
9/21/17 - 10:13 AM

NYCHoops.net

Mike Libert | Staff

It was a difficult summer for 6'2" forward Klarke Sconiers (Christ the King '19) as one of New York's premier talents was forced to the sidelines for 3 months due to a sprained MCL and a deep bone bruise in her knee.

All she could do was sit on the bench and be the best teammate she could possibly be for her Exodus EYBL 15u teammates, but at the end of the day looking back now Sconiers wonders if the injury may be the best thing that could've happened to her as she has a new appreciation for the game, and a stronger desire to be the best player she can be.

The injury happened on June 10th, and while Sconiers said she wasn't sure right away that it would cost her the rest of her summer, when she did find out Sconiers said her first instinct was a feel of letting her teammates down.

"Everyone was saying it's ok and don't worry but it hurt me because I knew there would be games where they needed me and I wasn't going to be out there," Sconiers said.

Sconiers still traveled the entire July Live Period season with her Exodus 15u team but all she could do was evaluate the game from the bench. It wasn't easy for her at first, but as time went on Sconiers started to see positives to come out of it, feeling as if it could have been a true blessing in disguise.

"At first it was tough but it helped me gain a perspective of what I needed to do better on all aspects of the court being able to look at the game through that light," Sconiers stated. "Just sitting out, I really believe has made me hungrier to be a more dominant player now."

Coming back onto the court for the first time since June at the Rose Classic this past Saturday, Sconiers was back to her old self as she was posting up down low and showing off an array of moves around the basket, while also putting the ball on the floor and finishing in the midrange.

As one of New York's most intriguing talents in the Class of 2019, Sconiers says she will soon be taking unofficial visits to most of the local schools who are recruiting her, plus Boston College and Michigan as she wants to get a better feel of both of those schools, each of whom has already offered.

Feeling close to 100%, Sconiers is excited for the upcoming Live Period weekend, along with the high school season as she wants everyone to see that she is official back on the scene and ready to prove she is among the best in New York.

"Oh yeah I just want to get my name out there and for everyone to know that I am back."

Read More: https://nychoops.rivals.com/news/girls-nyc-forward-turns-a-negative-into-a-positive

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CK Hoops Star Ready To Take Next Step As A Junior
9/10/17 - 06:08 PM

Kaelynn Satterfield

TimesLedger.com

By: Zack Gewelb

Kaelynn Satterfield took a big step forward as a sophomore and now is planning to continue improving as she prepares to enter her junior season with Christ the King.

The hoops standout played a big role for the Royals last season. She helped guide the team to a 17-6 record and an appearance in the BQCHSAA ‘AA’ title game. But it wasn’t always easy for Satterfield.

“Last season started kind of slow for me,” she said. “It was my second year on varsity, but it was a whole new team because all the seniors had left, so I had to get used to playing with the girls who moved up.”

Along with learning how to play with a new set of players, Satterfield also moved to point guard after playing off the ball as a sophomore. The new role took some time to figure out, but she found a way to adjust.

“Maybe five games into the season, I kind of got the hang of it and I just started dominating,” Satterfield said. “I played smart and I passed the ball very well. Sometimes you have to adjust to your personnel and I was able to do that.”

Once Satterfield made her adjustments, she — and the team — took off. The 6-foot guard led the way for the Royals, putting up a solid 17.3 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds.

She led the Royals deep into the playoffs, which came as a surprise to those who follow city hoops. Even Satterfield admitted the team overachieved a bit, despite falling to Mary Louis in the championship game.

“With our team being so young last year, I feel like we did extremely well even though we fell short in the [championship] game,” she said.

Satterfield’s journey to stardom began when she was 7 years old. Basketball runs in the family, and she picked up the sport quickly working with her parents — both former players — even though she wasn’t sure she wanted to play right away. 

“It took me a while to like it a first,” she said. “My father played basketball and my mother played, too, and they really wanted me to play. But I had to get into it, myself.”

She picked up a lot of learning from her parents and is grateful for their help over the years. But she didn’t want to be a carbon copy of her parents on the court.

“I really wanted to be my own player,” Satterfield said. “My dad was more of a shooter, while wanting to do a little bit of everything.”

Even now, Satterfield still relies on her father to help her hone her skills during the offseason.

“I’ve been working a lot with my dad,” she said. “I’m a versatile player, so I have to be ready to play at different positions. We’ve been working on a little bit of everything every day.”

Satterfield is already a star, but she believes that — with her work ethic — she can be even better. 

“I think my biggest competition is myself,” she said. “Sometimes I get down. But if i stick with it and keep working hard like I do with everything every day, I think I can be pretty good.”

Satterfield has put in the work, and she know’s her teammates have, too, which means the team will have high expectations moving forward.

“We want to win States for sure,” Satterfield said. “Even though we didn’t make it that far last year, the team has been working hard all summer. I think we’ll definitely be ready for the season.”

Reach reporter Zach Gewelb by e-mail at zgewelb@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4539.

http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2017/36/satterfield_2017_09_08_q.html

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