Middle School Elite Jeune Sisters

Ashli Jeune 9th grade and Aliyah Jeune 8th grade


The Jeune sisters were the only girls in the country that were invited to attend this top elite camp.  It’s obvious that Ashli & Aliyah Jeune are very talented, if not among the most talented within their age ( 15 & 14) group.  Both girls had to be outstanding in order to have been considered to participate as a member of the All Boy’s Elite Camp.

If not for the girls feminine characteristics (long beautiful hair styles and polished nails), it would have been assumed that all members were indeed males.  Every boy in the gym, players on the court, MSE coaching staff and all parents spectating in the bleachers were very impressed and amazed by the tag-team Jeune power house performance.

Ashli Jeune a 5’9 tough outstanding guard that plays AAU for the NY Gauchos . After the national showcase of such great talent was completed there was no doubts as to who the best true guard currently in her class is.   If you define a guard by versatility, experience, and reliability; then this is your guard.  Ashli is maturing nicely as an explosive guard and as a confident leader on the floor.

She did not jump out as super quick or fast against the top boys at the MSE camp, but in stretches she showed an explosive first step and got by some of the better on-ball defenders.  The biggest question to her game is her 3-point shooting consistency.   She will have a couple of hot streaks, but will probably have to prove that the 3 is a shot she can hit with ease like her outstanding younger sister Aliyah.

Her next challenge is scheduled to perform at the Nike Skills Academy camp and attend the USA 16U team tryout this year.  She’s also been invited to Duke Elite top 60 camp and Tennessee top Elite camp.  She’s a break you down lead-guard with a nice cross – over and spin move off penetration; stop and go speed; gets in and out of traffic with the best of them.  She is nearing 5’10 and has a strong frame as well.

Aliyah Jeune is 14 years old in 8th grade.  She’s a 5-11 guard with very good size.  She has fluid movements both with and without the ball.  Not the quickest guard on the floor against the top boys in the country, but her combination of smarts, size and shooting make her a solid scoring threat.

At 5-foot-11, she may be the best in the country at this time.  Following in the tradition of the NY Gauchos guard Briyona Canty the No. 6 player in the 2011 class according to ESPN, has committed to Rutgers University.

Aliyah is a flashy scoring machine who can attack the basket from every angle. Her skills and potential speak for themselves. All of the MSE coaching staff compares her basketball skill and high basketball IQ to Maya Moore from UCONN. If one player was going to catch your eye quickly when you walked into the MSE top boys camp gym that day, it’s a safe bet that it would be this smooth 5’11 shooting guard.

She plays at a controlled speed but has such good change of pace command that even if she’s not playing fast she’s playing effective. Very smooth player with a super easy jumper. She was knocking down 3’s every where on the court, at times she even shot the ball from NBA range and she gets the shot off with little or no effort and it looks like it’s going in every time.  She handles the ball, passes well and has a really nice mid-range.

Stay tuned for list of colleges showing interest in the Jeune sisters and more!

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  1. Stanley says:

    I saw Aliyah jeune play at the all star game in New York City two months ago. Her skills and potential speak for themselves. I do agree and would compare her basketball skill and high basketball IQ to Maya Moore from UCONN. Aliyah is very smooth player with a super easy jumper. She can knock down the three any where on the court, at times she even shot the ball from NBA range and She gets the shot off with little or no effort and it looks like it’s going in every time. She handle the ball, passes well and has a really nice mid-rang. She had 36 pts,10 rbs,7 blks and 3 stls that day. WOW!!!! AND SOME SAY THAT HER SISTER ASHLI JEUNE THE NIKE SKILLS ACADEMY INVITEE IS BETTER.

    • Malaai says:

      Stanely you dont know what you’re talking about, Ashli Jeune is way better than her sister. She handles the ball very well, and is a very unselfish pointguard. She always has her head up and trusts her teamates. The lastest game I’ve seen her play she had 31points, 13 assists, and 7 threes.

  2. Elizabeth Purnell says:

    Great jobs girls!!! Soooooo proud of you 🙂

  3. coach stanley "MSE staff" says:

    WHAT EVERY PLAYER SHOULD LOOK FOR. You look around the gym and you see College coaches sitting up there with their school logos plastered all over their shirts, jackets and bags. They hold a notebook in front of them, also adorned with a logo, and look attentively at the court. Yeah, there’s just not a whole lot that’s discrete about college coaches when they walk into the gym for a high school game. For the most part it’s usually easy to figure out who they’ve come to see, but the question I get asked most often is “what” we look for as we check out the action.

    For the sake of this discussion let’s put aside all the intangible things that go into recruiting decisions such as position, class, academics, heart, attitude, court instincts, recruiting politics and bad recommendations. Instead let’s focus on the generalities that come into play on the floor as a recruiter takes that very first look at a prospect. These are the things that are, for most coaches, the first filter and parameters that they begin with as they narrow their recruiting list.

    For the most part the “basics” that coaches will initially look at in defining a player’s potential will revolve around 3 different categories; size, athleticism and skills. The specifics that each recruiter looks for in each of those areas will vary based on their needs, coaching style and preferences as well as the potential of the athlete in the areas that she may be lacking. Again, we’re setting aside all other factors and looking just at the realities that a coach can see on the court. The ultimate decision will encompass so much more but that first evaluation will revolve largely around assessing a player in these three areas.

    The first and most obvious attribute to hit the radar screen when a coach lays eyes on a prospect is their physical size and build. Keep in mind that coaches are all greedy and would love for recruiting to be a combo meal and just say “supersize me.” That not being an option, coaches have to look at players in terms of what size is necessary to be successful on their level at a specific position. They also have to try and anticipate how much more a player might grow or how she will fill out physically across the next couple of years. Additionally, keep in mind there will always be some players who don’t necessarily fit the mold but in turn offer something more to offset a lack of height or a build that may be slight or even bulky. Across my career I’ve actively recruited a 4-11 point guard and a couple of 5-11 posts and I’ve gone after some rail thin athletes as well as a few who could have played linebacker for the Steelers. Those were not what we would have ordered off a recruiting menu but they offered something in another area which made up for what they didn’t offer in the way of size. All things being equal (skills, athleticism, attitude, etc …) most coaches will take the size.

    I can’t pass on this opportunity to make a quick point. If a coach walks into a game expecting to see an athlete they’ve been told is 6-2 and find out in reality she barley hits 6-0 with two pairs of socks and a thick soled pair of Nikes; they’re not happy and they’re certainly not blind. Yes, we all know that people lie — I mean exaggerate — about a player’s height, but when a coach is using one of their recruiting days, spending part of their recruiting budget and taking the time to check out a prospect, it’s best to be up front and honest about their size. A happy coach is an objective coach and believe me you want that objectivity.

    Athleticism is another physical trait that is somewhat obvious. You don’t have to see a player multiple times to know if she’s quick, fast, strong or a leaper. A club or high school coach’s style can sometimes limit a recruiter’s opportunity to see those physical skills, but generally not over the course of an entire game. Transition offense or defense is always going to show speed. Coaches want to know if a player can run the floor and they’re looking for the players that are getting out in front every possession. Foot speed is a big concern on the part of a lot of coaches as well. In quickness we pay a lot of attention to that first step. That could be with the ball in your hands or it might be that first step laterally on defense. “Who can she guard?” is a question that comes up quite a bit when talking foot speed. Rebounding will usually reveal a prospects ability to move people around or show how well she gets off the ground. The players who clear space and rise above the crowd catch a recruiter’s attention even if they’re not putting up some big numbers in the scoring column.

    While speed and quickness are pretty well established for high school upperclassmen, strength is the one area that coaches have to sometimes anticipate and project. The college game is much more physical than the high school level and a prospect’s potential in the weight room occasionally is almost as important to assess as their potential on the court.

    When coaches talk about a player’s skills, it’s a very subjective assessment based on what they look for at each position and the extent of their willingness to work with and develop an inexperienced or raw athlete. Often a high school athlete who has greater athleticism or size will still experience success while exhibiting fundamental weaknesses. At the next level those weaknesses will be exploited and can keep a player from reaching her potential. Usually the more developed a recruit’s fundamentals are the sooner they can contribute as a college athlete. Obviously the more skilled a prospect is out of high school the further a college coach believes they can help them take their game. College coaches seldom lack confidence in their ability to develop the skills of a project type player. The degree to which coaches will take a fundamentally weaker player is impacted by several things. Size and athleticism, as mentioned earlier, will offset a lot concerns for a weaker skill set. Another factor would be the roster make up that will surround the recruit in question. A team of experienced and fundamental players can provide more tolerance and time for the development of a lesser skilled signee.

    Ideally, coaches are looking for that special prospect that has great size, incredible athleticism and text book skills. Since it’s not every day that a Seimone Augustus, Candace Parker or Maya Moore comes along, recruiters have to decide which characteristics are more important to them and search for the athletes with the best combination in those areas. Once they’ve identified the players who fit the bill for them, they then begin to look at those other factors that make an individual someone they would want in their program. They’ll get to know them and look at their transcripts…evaluate their coachability and enthusiasm…their work ethic…their basketball intelligence and they’ll put all that together and ultimately look at their potential. Seldom does one factor put a player at the top of the list or drop her from consideration. In the end, it’s the combination of everything that makes a recruit someone that will get a scholarship offer, but that process usually starts with what a coach see the first time they walk in the gym. Who knows, it could just be love at first sight

  4. kayla wilson says:

    ESPECIAL Aliyah!! I love her game she amazes me!!

  5. Coach B says:

    ALIYAH IS AN AMAZING PLAYER!! I’ve seen her play many times i completely agree with everything in this article she has a very smooth jump shot and is a wonderful player !!! she has a great future ahead of her…….i doubt she isnt going to make it to the WNBA!

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