DeNesha Stallworth


CLASS: 2009



  • Pinole, CAHometown
  • Pinole Valley High School
  • 6-1Height
  • Weight
  • 24Overall Rank
  • 4Position Rank
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ESPN Player Evaluations

Stallworth was a bit of an unknown outside of California. She was also the youngest player in the Youth Developmental Festival being the only player born in 1992. The overall impression is that she has tremendous upside and potential. She's one of the smaller front court players in terms of height but once she got her confidence that didn't seem to bother her.

Stallworth came out timid and not looking to score much in the paint. Don't read that as she wasn't playing hard though. She was throwing her body around in the paint as well as anyone. She's a high energy player that works hard to overcome her lack of height. She's not short but just not as big as some of the other posts here. She was matched up with 6-foot-3 Ayana Dunning in one game where she gave up height and weight and she had her best game. She started out with a surprising Kareem impersonation showing a sweeping sky hook. She came back a few possession later and now that she had the defender's attention and respect she broke out a should rock drop-step fake to the baseline, then one hard dribble and slide step to the middle for a nice jump hook. It was text book. She turned around the next possession on defense and beat Dunning to the spot on her drop step and blocked her shot cleanly. A few possessions later she stepped out to the short corner and hit a 10-footer. She was definitely in a groove and showed that she is capable of playing.

She showed strong drop step moves periodically as well and played very physically on both ends against bigger opponents. If she hits 6-3 she could blow up big time but even at 6-1 she is a very solid D-1 prospect. Continued strength building to take the wear and tear of playing in the paint in college would be a place to start. I never really saw her handle the ball or shoot outside of 12 feet so I can't say that she will be a player that can play both forward spots although she is very athletic. She's definitely and under the radar kid who can really play. The footwork is way ahead of most 2009's, even some of those competing in the YDF. Keep a close eye on her.

Spring 2008 Stallworth shows increased confidence. She needs to be more consistent rebounding and defending as she's strong and athletic enough to be very good at both and is when she wants to be.


Club Team: Orinda Magic

2006-2007 Sophomore Year:

All ACCA League First Team... All-State Sophomore... All-West County First Team... West Coast Jamboree All-Touranment Team

2005-2006 Freshman Year:

All-ACCA League Second Team.... West Coast Jamboree All-Tournament Team... End of the Trail All-Tournament Team (Oregon City)... River City Classic All-Tournament Team (Memphis)

Both mom and dad played college basketball.