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Girls basketball: Best of the Best top alums
The Best of the Best
Top 10 alums from the Battle of the Best tournament.
By Jason Jordan | firstname.lastname@example.org| 247-4648
The tournament has changed its name from the Boo Williams Invitational girls tournament to the Battle of the Best tournament, but nothing has changed as far as prestige. It is still bringing in the country’s top talent. With the tournament starting today at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, and the championship games on Sunday, we give you the best of the best — the top 10 alumni of the tournament and the top 10 members of this year’s Boo Williams class.
1. Dawn Staley
Williams didn’t hesitate to pick Staley as the top player ever to play in the tournament. He recalled a packed gym at Kecoughtan High where Staley put on “a show that you just talk about forever. ... She was scoring and passing like you’ve never seen before. It was a memorable performance.” Staley went on to lead Virginia to three Final Fours. She played in the American Basketball League for the Richmond and Philadelphia Rage, then the WNBA with the Charlotte Sting, and retired with the Houston Comets in 2005. Staley won gold medals in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics. Currently, Staley coaches women’s basketball at Temple.
2. Chamique Holdsclaw
Was named the MVP at this tournament after leading her team to the title. Holdsclaw went on to lead Tennessee to three consecutive national titles and retired from the Los Angeles Sparks last year.
3. Sue Bird
Was named to the all-tournament team and went on to lead Connecticut to two national titles. In 2004, she led the Seattle Storm to a WNBA championship. Bird is still with the Storm.
4. Candace Parker
After making the all-tournament team at this event, Parker led Tennessee to two consecutive national titles, including one earlier this month. She recently was picked No. 1 overall in the 2008 WNBA draft by the Sparks.
5. La’Keshia Frett
The former Phoebus High star made the all-tournament team at this event and went on to star for the University of Georgia. She retired from the New York Liberty in 2006 and is currently an assistant women’s basketball coach at Georgia.
6. Erika Arriaran
Was named MVP of this tournament twice and currently is the point guard at Texas.
7. Nikki Teasley
Was named to the all-tournament team at this event and went on to star for North Carolina. Teasley was waived by the Washington Mystics last month.
8. Maya Moore
After making the all-tournament team at this event, Moore went on to Connecticut, where she led the Huskies in scoring as a freshman with 17.8 points per game.
9. Tamika Catchings
Catchings went on to star at Tennessee and now is starring with the Indiana Fever. She also made the all-tournament team here.
10. Courtney Paris
After wreaking havoc on the opposition and making this event’s all-tournament team, Paris went on to star for Oklahoma. She averaged 18 points and 15 rebounds this past season for the Sooners.