The Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters are stating their case in their quest for a NJCAA National Championship. EAC is currently riding an impressive (20)-game winning streak with (9) games left in the regular season. The Gila Monsters are under new leadership under Coach Angelica de Paulo, after former Head Coach Cameron Turner took the vacant EAC Men’s job in the off-season.
I was able to watch their matchup against Central Arizona College, and I was impressed as the Monsters had depth of guards, shooters, and sizable forwards on the inside. They have the versatility to have a traditional lineup or play small ball, which makes it tough for other teams that don’t have the depth. I like the fact that the team plays selflessly, moves the ball well and defends. Here are some of the prospects who caught my eye:
Kassidy Dixon JUCO SO 5-10 Wing
Dixon is a big-time talent, as she has the elite athleticism, quickness, slashing and finishing ability to make an impact at the four-year level. Her energy is electric, as she can impact the game with her playmaking ability. Dixon is dangerous in transition and has the IQ to hurt opponents on both ends of the floor.
Shalance Montoya JUCO SO 6-1 Forward/Center
Montoya knows how to use her size well. A solid inside presence who cleans the glass and finishes inside. Montoya’s inside presence wears out opposing teams, as she is active on defense and controlling the boards. A solid mid-major prospect.
Addison Melone JUCO SO 5-3 Point Guard
Melone is a firecracker with an explosive first step. A solid floor general for a 4-year needing a guard who can penetrate defenses and dish. Her cat-like quickness on the defensive end contributes to her picking off passes and ball handlers. She is a solid low-major prospect with tremendous upside.
Skye Miller JUCO SO 5-11 Wing
Miller is a slashing wing who is tough. She uses her length and athleticism to get down-hill and finish through contact. Miller can flat out go and I urge four-year schools needing a tough athletic wing to look no further.
Tiara Bolden JUCO SO 5-11 Combo Guard
Bolden is a playmaker who can flat out go. She has good size, length and athleticism with a tight handle. In the game I observed her, Bolden knew how to strike the iron when it was hot on both ends of the floor, and looked to capitalize on opportunities. Another solid player ready to make an impact at the four-year level.