A PREMIER TRAVEL PROGRAM

"TREYS UP"

WHAT A SUMMER!
2017 was a banner year for the Storm.  Our girls represented themselves and the Program extremely well as they competed in tournaments around the United States.  A number of titles were won and a ton of scholarships were earned.  Every player on our 2018 (Love) team will play college ball and they ended their summer with a bang.  They defeated two EYBL teams at the PSB Elite 32 Event in Atlanta on their way to another summer Title.  Our 2019 (Brown) team was very competitive and were gelling extremely well before injury and attrition set in.  They won (or shared) several titles this Spring and Summer.  Our 19/20 (TNT) squad won a number of Titles and every player from that group has earned offers from Division I schools.  The group did not lose a pool game all year and made the championship game of every tounament that they entered except two -- those two they lost in the semifinals.  The group was considered by some to be a Top 5 team nationally and earned titles at the PSB Elite 32, Deep South (playing up), ASGR Summer Playoff, USJN Memorial Day Classic to name a few.  Our 2020 groups were very impressive.  Coach Simpkins' and Hawkes' teams competed at an extremely high level and won or shared a number of tournament titles -- among them, USJN Windy City, USJN Memorial Day Classic, Cagers Invitational.  Kudos ladies!
MISS BASKETBALL 2017
JORDAN WALKER
We are extremely proud that one of our own, Jordan Walker, was named Miss Basketball for the State of Michigan in 2017.  Jordan came to us after suffering an ACL injury following her Sophomore Season.  Her faith, determination and hard-work allowed her to return to the Court for her High School Junior Season.  She was fantastic.  During the AAU season Jordan was a huge part of our success as we defeated top notch opponents from around the United States and won several prestigious tournaments.  Jordan became the All-Time Leading Scorer at Mona Shores as well as their All-Time leader in Assists.  This young lady is as tough and determined as they come and we are grateful to have her in our family.  In addition to her stellar basketball career, Jordan is an outstanding student and is extremely active in the community.  She is a born leader and is destined for success in the future, on the court and beyond.  Jordan.....congratulations from the Storm Family!
GABBY ELLIOTT CRACKS ESPN NATIONAL TOP 50
Gabby Elliott, also known as "G5" in our circle, has been listed by ESPN HoopGurlz as one of the Top 50 Players in the Class of 2020 Nationally.  Gabby, who had an outstanding travel season, followed that up with a tremendous Freshmen season in high school.  Her team, Detroit Edison won the Class C State Championship and Gabby has already been named First Team All-State by the Associated Press as well as by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM).  We are proud of Gabby and look forward to being a part of her continued growth and development.  http://www.espn.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/rankings/_/class/2020
STORM PLAYERS POST-SEASON HONORS
The preseason lists were a precursor and suggested that our girls were expected to have great seasons.  They outperformed expectations.  Although all of the All-State Lists have not been released yet, our girls racked up the honors.  From Miss Basketball, to Players of The Year, to Dream-Teamers and All Staters galore, Storm girls represented.  We are proud of these young ladies.  Connect by clicking the link below or simply go to our News Page/Tab.
HONORS

STORM FAMILY MEMBERS HAVING BIG MOMENTS AT THE NEXT LEVEL

When we started our Program we were determined to provide young ladies who were serious about the game an opportunity to be seen by college coaches.  We make no qualms about the fact that we are interested in attracting young women who are serious and committed to play at the next level.  It therefore gives us incredible joy to watch our former players perform at the next level.  A number of these young ladies have hit the ground running and are having impressive college careers to date.  A few of their performances will be highlighted below.

HAILEY LEIDEL (U MASS) A-10 CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Hailey Leidel has simply hit the ground running at U Mass.  Hailey has twice been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of The Week and currently leads the Nation in scoring for Freshmen.  Hailey has always had a tremendous work ethic and is extremely tough.  We are extremely proud of Hailey.

JALISHA TERRY (ST. BONAVENTURE) TWICE NAMED A-10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Jalisha Terry is a fighter who has the skill to match her will. Jalisha's early season production led to her being inserted in the starting lineup and she has not looked back.  She has run the PG spot for St. Bonaventure like a veteran and has twice been named the A-10 Rookie of The Week.  St. Bonaventure got a good one..

ERIKA DAVENPORT (MARQUETTE)- ALL BIG EAST-2ND TEAM

The "Big Cat" had an outstanding Freshman campaign at Marquette and she hadn an even more impressive Sophomore campaign.  Erika led the Big East Conference in Double Doubles this year and was an integral part of Marquette's success.  Marquette won the Big East Tournament and earned an NCAA Tournament bid.  Marquette has knocked off a number of Top 20 teams this year.  Erika was named All Big East - 2nd Team and earned Player of the Week Honors this season. 

TAIYE BELLO (MINNESOTA) RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN FIRST COLLEGE GAME

Playing in the Big Ten is tough and grinding, especially for Freshmen.  Taiye Bello showed early that she will be able to make the adjustment -- she recorded 10 points and 12 boards in her first college game.  Taiye has already earned several starts and recently posted impressive numbers for Minnesota.  She notched 19 points and 8 boards versus Penn State.  This young lady has a bright future.

KRISTEN NELSON (SOUTHERN ILLINOIS) IS EARNING HER STRIPES 

Kris Nelson is a silky smooth guard with an extremely high basketball IQ.  She is versatile and has outstanding court vision.  Her playing time has continued to increase because she is simply an asset on the court.  This young lady has already had big moments for SIU.  Recently she recorded 13 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in a contest.  This Freshman  will leave her mark at SIU.

AMBER JAMISON (NORTHWESTERN) IS SHOWING HER METTLE

Amber Jamison has always been a worker and team player.  She is a gifted athlete, tremendous defender and capable scorer.  Amber is surrounded by accomplished veterans at Northwestern and has had to be patient.  However, when her number is called she is always ready.  Amber scored 15 points in a win against Evansville and played her usual stellar defense.  Amber was subsequently named a starter and proceeded to go off.  Amber finished with a team high 22 points against Michigan State while nailing 5 triples -- she was named Player Of The Game.  She followed that up with a team high 16 points versus Michigan.  Amber is just getting started at Northwestern.

SPARKLE TAYLOR-ALL CONFERENCE USA - 2ND TEAM

Sparkle Taylor wrapped up a stellar career at UTEP in outstanding fashion.  The Flint native was named 6th Player of The Year last year and led the Miners in scoring this year.  Sparkle has always been a prolific scorer but she has added strong defense to her game.  This young lady did  everything asked of her while at UTEP and will be earning a degree.  She has exceeded 1000 points in her career and is the 3rd leading scorer in UTEP history.  Sparkle is the only player in UTEP history to score 30+ points in consecutive games.  Kudos on an outstanding career..

SYDNEE McDONALD (CHIPOLA J.C.) IS TURNING UP THE HEAT

Sydnee McDonald was one of the smoothest and most explosive scorers on the high school scene in Michigan.  She is still that way at national powerhouse, Chipola.  Syd was named Player of The Week after a 3 game stint where she averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2 steals per contest.  Syd was huge in the Chipola JUCO Tournament run and has picked up a number of D-1 offers from schools all around the United States.  You have not heard the last from her by a long stretch.

MICHELE HAYES GOING NUTS AT MADONNA

Michele Hayes is dominating the WHAC.  The former conference player of the year is simply too much to handle for opponents on most nights.  She currently leads the conference in scoring (22 points) and assists (5).  Michele set a school scoring record last year by notching 39 points -- she broke her own record this year when she went for 43.  A great player but better person.
STORM PRE-SEASON HONORS/LISTS
Preseason player rankings have been completed by several outlets and it is an understatement to say that our girls are "represented" in those rankings.  The Livingston Daily released their list of Livingston County's Top 5 girls basketball players.   Of the five, two are Storm Players.  Lexey Tobel (#1) and Graysen Cockerham (#5).  The Oakland Press/MiPrepZone compiled a list of the 15 Top players in Oakland County.  They also listed twenty other players to watch. Their Top 15 list had six Storm players on it.  Kierra Crockett (#4), Ellie Mackay (#5), Amanda Sape (#9), Maggie Rogers (#10), Janara Flowers (#14) and Myra Williams (#15). Among the others to watch, three more Storm players appear; Maxine Moore, Cheyenne McEvans & D'Layna Holliman. State Champs Sports Network compiled a Preseason Top 25 Player Rankings List.   They also listed others to watch.  Jordan Walker (#11), Krystal Rice (#17), Jaida Hampton (#20) & Lasha Petree (#21).  The others to watch were: Adrienne Anderson, Erin Hult, Jessica Moorman, Amanda Sape, Lexey Tobel, Kaylee Wasco, Ro'zhane Wells, Maddie Barrie, Graysen Cockerham, Janara Flowers, Maxine Moore and Aazhenii Nye.  Finally, the Detroit Free Press released their preseason Top 100 recently.  A number of these players are from the Storm Family: Jordan Walker (#2), Kaylee Wasco (#7), Lasha Petree (#13), Jaida Hampton (#15), Maxine Moore (#16), Lexey Tobel (#18), Destiny Strother (#20), Krystal Rice (#24), Aazhenii Nye (#25), Ro'Zhane Wells (#27), Kierra Crockett (#30), Victoria Perez (#32), Adrienne Anderson (#57), Amanda Sape (#58), Maggie Rogers (#60), Ellie Mackay #64), Maddie Barrie (#65), Mackenzie Harbort (#67), Daija Tyson (#68), Taylor Williams (#69), J'May Simmons (#71), Gabrielle Elliott (#73), Aaliyah McQueen (#75), Cheyenne McEvans (#77), Mahrianna Petree (#79), Sydney Shafter (#80).  Our girls are getting it done and are being recognized for their efforts.  
STORM 2017 TEAM FINISHES SEASON RANKED 23RD IN THE UNITED STATES
THE PROOF IS IN THE "PUDDING"
Despite starting the season without a single player ranked in the Top 10 in Michigan for the Class of 2017, Coach Love's 17-U team finished the season being ranked #23 in the United States.   https://kennykallina.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/top-club-teams-of-summer-2016/l.   The girls went undefeated at the Atlanta Summer Slam and won the prestigious and highly competitive event after knocking off national powerhouse programs, including two that were ranked higher nationally.  The Club ended the season with the highest national ranking of any team in the State of Michigan and did it in an old-fashioned blue collar way.  To date, 6 players from our 2017 Class have committed to play Division I Basketball and three have committed to play at the Division II level.  The group played short-handed at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championship but still advanced to the "Sweet 16."  We are immensely proud of the girls and hats off to our 2017 Coaches: Love, Stine, Wichtner & Horne.  Salute!


2018 TEAM IS TOPS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN IN SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS
WHAT A GROUP
When our 2018 Team was initally assembled two years ago we knew that it would be a special group.  It has proven to be that and more.  This group has had tremendous success on the court over the past two years and has racked up a ton of Championships.  What is more impressive, and what no other Program in the State of Michigan can say about their Class of 2018, is that eight (8) different players from that roster already hold Division I scholarhip offers and another holds a Division II offer.  By any standard, this team has been an unqualified success.  These young ladies are hard working and Coach McAllister continues to push them to be their best.  When all is said and done we expect that every player on this roster will attend college on a basketball scholarship. 

YOUNG GUNS ... LOADED
PHONE LINES RINGING.....
Our classes of 2019 and 2020 have big shoes to fill but they are not shying away from the undertaking.  This group competed in and won Championships at several prestigious tournaments this Spring and Summer.  As the Summer progressed it was obvious that this group had the potential to be the best ever in the history of our Program.  Despite sometimes starting 4 "8th graders" this group simply overpowered the majority of our older and more experienced foes.  We believe that we have 5 of the top 10 Freshmen in the State of Michigan on our 2019 roster and some of the best 2019 players as well.  At least 13 players between the classes of 2019 and 2020 are being recruited by Division I schools and currently six (6) have Division I offers -- 3 of the players with offers have yet to play in a single High School game.  Although much work remains to be done, this is one of the best teams in the United States. Kudos to Coach Taylor and Coach Winston.

DECISION TO WITHDRAW FROM ADIDAS GAUNTLET COMPETITION

When we announced our decision to compete in the Adidas Gauntlet Competition we were proud to represent the State of Michigan  in the highly competitive series.  Additionally, the invitation to compete in the Adidas Gauntlet Series was further recognition that the old adage remained true - hard work pays off.  In 7 years we built a Program that attracted the attention of a major shoe company.  A coveted invite to compete against some of the best teams in the United States followed.  Our 2 Gauntlet entries performed admirably -- Coach Wichtner earned a number two seed out of more than 30 teams in the Elite Bracket whereas Coach Love's group earned a top 10 seed in the top National Division.  In short, we performed.  Although a difficult decision to arrive at, we informed Adidas in August that we would not be renewing our commitment to compete in the Gauntlet series in the 2017 season.  Our decision to withdraw from the Gauntlet competition was difficult because Adidas runs a first-class series and the competitition was excellent.  However, in keeping with our mission to place our girls' interests ahead of the Program, we knew that to continue in the series would not be in keeping with the best interests of our players and families.  In short, we concluded that the travel requirements attendant to the Gauntlet Competition added too much costs for our parents and required our girls to play outside of their traditional recruiting region.  By withdrawing from the competition we are again able to construct our schedule in a manner that best suits the needs and interests of our players while, at the same time, allowing us to keep our costs down.  There is still an invitation to remain affiliated with Adidas -- we will be making our decision in the near future.  In the mean time, we will continue to focus on the "main thing".....getting our girls in college.
THE BABIES
Mya Petticord (2022) & Emaia O'Brien (2021)
These young ladies put in work and they are on their way to being very successful because of their love for the game and their commitment to it.  Emaia "Biggie" O'Brien (2021) played "up" in September in Chicago with our 2020 team and was outstanding.  She is a quick & exciting guard with a huge heart. Mya "Money" Petticord is simply the best player in Michigan in the 2022 Class.  She has a refined skill set and a work ethic that is second to none.  Mya has already caught the attention of college coaches from around the Midwest and has taken an unoffical Big Ten visit.  Check out her video from the 5th & 6th grade.  Since this video Mya has added a couple of inches to her frame and is only getting better.
TREMENDOUS FIRST HALF OF SEASON
STORM FAM - GETTING IT DONE
The Spring Session of the 2016 Season is in the books and it was an unqualified success for the Storm Program.  Our players have begun to collect additional scholarship offers and our teams have had success each and every weekend out.  In our inaugral season with Adidas our two Gauntlet teams have made an immediate impact.  Storm-Love earned a 10 seed (out of 38) teams in the National Gauntlet Division-- he has a 22-4 record, whereas Storm-Wichtner earned a 2 seed in the Elite Gauntlet Division.  In the process these teams compiled a Gaudy record and won championships at big events.  Our 3rd 11th grade team (Horne) was beset by injuries and roster turnover but is primed for the second half of the season after recently adding new players.  Coach Mcallister (10th) has picked up where he left off last year and his players continue to collect offers.  They have won 3 major championships this Spring and have a 30-5 record. Our Regional 10th grade team (Coach Keiffer) kicked off competition in May and has a championship under their belt.  They are a well coached and enthusiatic group with players who have the potential to break out.  Our 9th grade team (Coach Taylor) has recently started to dominate.  Players in that group have already received offers and several are being recruited by Division 1 Programs.  They have 4 championships and are currently 19-5 after starting slowly.

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VIDEO TRIBUTE
Our Program has competed in some of the largest and most competitive tournaments across the United States.  Many of our players put themselves on the national "map" by outplaying some of the best players in the country.  As a team we definitely represented the State of Michigan well and have defeated some of the best and most storied programs around.  Enjoy the video montage.
ALL-STATERS GALORE
As in past years, this year a plethora of Michigan Storm Family Members garnered a number of post-season accolades.  Although the list provided is not complete and will be updated in the near future, we salute these young women for their success this season.  Click the button below or go to the News Tab above to read more.
HONORS

TRYOUTS-2016

THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER GREAT TURNOUT....

Back to the drawing board.  This year we made the decision to divide our tryouts by age/grade due to the tremendous turnout in 2015.  Although we  anticipated a slight increase over last year we quickly reallized that our numbers would far exceed the 2015 turnout.  This year 140 players came to tryouts and gave it their all.  They participated in advanced drill work and had the opportunity to show their skills during team scrimmages.  The decision making process following tryouts was agonizing and we ultimately added two teams to the Program.  Our 2017 teams will, as expected, be extremely competitive from top to bottom and our 2018 team (which has 4 2020's on the roster)  is expected to build onto the success that they achieved last year.  Our 2019 team has the potential to be one of the best groups that the program has ever had but that remains to be seen.  We are eager to get the season started and are expecting the best season in our history from top to bottom.  

AAU REGISTRATION

If you have been invited to a team for 2016 or are a returning player, please apply for and/or update your AAU Membership.  Click the "Join Now" AAU icon and follow the instructions provided.  Please be sure to use the Michigan Storm Elite Club Code - WWB79W
THE NEXT CHAPTER
Over the past several years we have travelled to tournaments across Michigan and around the United States in an effort to expose our girls to the best competition that can be found. The girls have continually met the challenge and earned scholarships in the process. As a result of their commitment and competitive spirit our Program has been selected by Adidas to be one of thirty-two clubs from around the United States and Canada to participate in the Gauntlet Series.  We will play in Adidas tournaments in Indianapolis (IN) and Dallas (TX) before playing in the Adidas National Championships in Atlanta (GA) in July.  We are thrilled to receive this opportunity and our girls will be prepared to meet the challenge.  

There are still roster spots available on several of our teams and we eagerly await tryouts.  As we have stated in the past, we are not for everyone.  We are a program dedicated to provide quality basketball opportunities for young ladies who are seeking to continue their careers at the next level and for whom basketball is a "first" sport.  We play a challenging schedule that requires significant time commitments and travel during the summer months. 

​We are humbled beyond measure by the honors and successes bestowed upon our players and Program and we will not rest on our laurels.  We will strive to get better each and every year and we are always open to new ideas. The number of  inquiries that we receive weekly from parents from around Michigan (and beyond) who are interested in having their daughters join our organization is genuinely appreciated.  We look forward to the new challenges and successes ahead.


MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMS
In a short time we have  put together one of the most competitive Middle School Programs in Michigan.  Our Flint group has been extremely competitive for the past year and have been one of the best teams in Michigan during their existence.  Our newly formed Detroit group has likewise not disappointed and have yet to lose a game as a team.  These groups were dominant when they were combined in January and they will only get better. There are already several potential future Miss Basketball candidates in the Program and we will continue to push them to get better and to respect and honor the game with hard work.  We are blessed to be able to work with such talented young ladies and are excited as we look towards the future.