- Irmo, SCHometown
- Dutch Fork High School
- 28Overall Rank
- 4Position Rank
USAB U16 Trials-May 11: The moment she walks in the gym it's hard not to take notice of her size, build and obvious strength. Her frame is wide and she a presence simply by being on the floor. Offensively she has moments around the rim converting inside feeds and offensive boards. Her ability to create her own shot on the catch is still limited at this point but showed flashes of being just over the horizon. In transition, she can start the break with the outlet but isn't going to be out in front in numbers situations. Defensively she moves bodies around and is intimidating as a helpside element in any team defense. There is a tendency to still rely more on size and strength and defending after the catch rather than before. Lots of tools are there, it will be interesting to see what she does with them. (Lewis)
When she is focused she is a force down low, but the focus is not always there and it makes her appear lazy. (Bodine)
S.C. Final Four-Feb. 11: Alaina Coates is a name that has been buzzing on the circuit for almost a year now. We saw her this past July and liked her frame/game. I saw her matchup with Top 20 Class of 2012 post Xylina McDaniel (Spring Valley HS/Columbia, SC) on Friday night in Greenville, SC. Coates was excellent in the lane. She has a big frame similar to her classmate Kendall Cooper (St. Anthony's/Los Angeles, CA) though not as skilled just yet. Everything thrown Coates way was caught, she kept it high and finished. Her touch around the rim is advanced for an underclassmen and though she doesn't have a high motor, she makes plays on both ends - a definite top 10-caliber recruit nationally. (Clay)
National Skills-Oct. 09 Physically the most impressive player of the weekend's collection of talent was without a doubt Alaina Coates of South Carolina. Standing a shade over 6-3, Coates has a very mature body frame. Her strength around the basket is so imposing that most defenders retreat as soon as she has possession of the ball. She usually sheds any would-be defender before powering up to the basket. Despite being only a freshman in high school, Coates is one of the most advanced outlet passers in the game. She can often be seen tossing 60-foot passes to streaking teammates. Her lateral quickness and agility make her impossible to contain in the open court. One coach said she is better, at this point, than University of South Carolina freshman Kelsey Bone with a greater upside, as well. Did we fail to mention that she is a sprinter on her high school track team? Coates is gearing for the top spot nationally in the class of 2013.
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