NEW HAVEN >> After winning a state crown and garnering attention from Division I schools, Capital Prep junior Kiah Gillespie and sophomore Desiree Elmore said this upcoming season could be even better for the Trailblazers.
“I think this team is better than last year’s,” Elmore said. “We lost a senior and we lost two good point guards (DeJane “Snoop” James and Shaquanna Edwards transferred to Weaver), but the point guard we have coming in should fill their shoes.”
Elmore, Gillespie and the Trailblazers knocked off some of the offseason rust at the first day of the New Haven Fall League Saturday. Elmore has received attention from Marquette University and East Carolina, to name a few. Gillespie has also been heavily recruited. Gillespie said the added attention has not added to the pressure to perform.
“I look at it as praise,” she said. “People are finally seeing that this hard work is paying off.”
Career’s Tanaya Atkinson was also on display at the Fall League. The senior committed to Temple University earlier this month. She was a coaches and New Haven Register All-State pick, NHR All-Area MVP and won the Southern Connecticut Conference Most Outstanding Player in last season’s final victory over Mercy.
Here is the list of the top recruits in the state. The list will be updated when the season tips off in December.