CA Top 250 Expo: Scouting Report 2024 & 2025 Pins. Vol 1
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PrepDig’s debut of the California Top 250 Expo was an absolute thrill! Overflowing with exceptional talent, the event was nothing short of impressive. For those who have followed my previous articles, thank you for your support. This piece, however, will…
PrepDig’s debut of the California Top 250 Expo was an absolute thrill! Overflowing with exceptional talent, the event was nothing short of impressive. For those who have followed my previous articles, thank you for your support. This piece, however, will take a slightly different approach by delving into a scouting report. Expect a more technical description focusing on prospects’ tendencies rather than a comprehensive overview of the athlete as a whole. Fear not, there will be numerous articles spotlighting our top prospects’ unique traits, but this one will focus on the hitting tendencies of some of our 2024 & 2025 Pins.
Halie Mcginest, 2024: 5’11” Outside for Sierra Canyon High School and Mizuno Long Beach 18r Black.
Halie takes a big approach, skillfully capitalizing on a well-executed left foot plant that enables her to pivot her hips for selecting between hitting down the line or angling the shot. Notably, she abstains from employing her left arm, opting instead to drop her shoulder, resulting in hits aligned with the trajectory of her approach. Striking at the pinnacle of her jump, opposing liberos must anticipate balls sent over the block. Halie consistently lands on both feet, showcasing a technique that promotes endurance and aids in injury prevention.
Makenzie Holden, 2025: 5’9″ Outside for Newbury Park High School and Point West VBC Aaron 18.
Baller TV Bib: 193 Court 4
Makenzie’s approach is a long stride, emphasizing a sturdy left foot plant as a foundation. Leveraging a swift backswing, she harnesses power before her jump. Her hitting technique targets the top of the ball, showcasing remarkable wrist control that allows her to precisely direct her shots to specific locations on the court.
Jadah Tyler, 2025: 5’10” Outside for Ridgeview High School and BVC Red.
Baller TV Bib: 199 Court 3.
Jadah’s technique revolves around compact movements. She employs a concise step approach and a relatively short arm swing. By not retracting her elbow, she presents a challenging target to block. Jadah doesn’t incorporate a left arm tuck, indicating that her preferred attack is likely directed cross-court. Her high snap implies a propensity for sending balls soaring off the top of a late block, making it a probable outcome to anticipate.
Aleiah Carr, 2025: 5’8″ Outside for Taft charter High School and San Gabriel elite Red.
Baller TV Bib: 185 Court 3
Aleiah’s approach tendencies remain consistently reliable. Her elongated approach incorporates a disciplined left foot plant, allowing her to achieve maximum height during her jump. By effectively arching her back during the swing, Aleiah adds a layer of unpredictability to her hit path, making it challenging for blockers to anticipate. Skillfully utilizing hip rotation, she adeptly navigates between hitting down the line or angling the shot. Additionally, Aleiah demonstrates finesse with a soft tip option and showcases astute judgment in reading her blockers for optimal choice selection.
Yva Akounou, 2025: 5’11” Right Side for Marymount High School and Mizuno Long Beach – 17 Rockstar Megan.
Baller TV Bib: 181 Court 1
Yva employs a swift three-step approach, utilizing the high back arm flight technique, but primarily relies on her upper body to amplify the speed of her shots. The key to her successful swing lies in the deliberate variation of speed throughout her motion. Gradually building up momentum, she enhances the speed during her swing, culminating in a remarkably forceful snap, contributing significantly to the effectiveness of her hits.
Milani Lee, 2025: 5’11” Right Side for Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Forza1 North 18-1.
Baller TV Bib: 194 Court 4
Milani adopts a long approach and strategically uses a left foot plant to facilitate impressive hip rotation. Notably, she abstains from engaging her left arm during her hit, indicating a straight-ahead hit path. Her standout attribute lies in her exceptional ball snap, necessitating defensive players to adjust and move closer if the block is executed late.