High-scoring guard Shofantae Myers from Sunshine High School (Newbern, Ala.), has been named as the first ESPN RISE National Girls' Basketball Player of the Week.
So far this season, Myers has lit up the scoreboard for nearly 35 points per game and is likely among the top scorers in the nation. She's a 5-foot-8 junior and despite playing for a small school is ranked among the top junior prospects in Alabama.
In a 62-50 win last week over Akron (Ala.), Myers brightened the night for Sunshine with 40 points, 17 rebounds and 10 steals. She also connected for 44 points with 15 rebounds, three steals and three assists in a 55-48 triumph over Greensboro. She has a high game so far this year of 51 points.
Here are the rest of this week's ESPN RISE regional girls' basketball players of the week:
East Region Region Girls' Basketball Player of the Week
Betnijan Laney (Smyrna, Del.)
A 6-foot sophomore at Smyrna (Del.), Laney broke Elena Delle Donne's state record
for points scored in a single game Jan. 6, when Laney scored 52 points in an
overtime victory. Delle Donne scored her then-record 51 points just 11
months prior, as a senior.
Southeast Region Girls' Basketball Player of the Week
Shafontae Myers (Sunshine, Newbern, Ala.)
Also selected as the ESPN RISE National Girls Basketball Player of the Week.
Midwest Region Girls' Basketball Player of the Week
Toni Kokenis (Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale, Ill.)
The unbeaten Red Devils are off to an 18-0 start but it took heroics from Kokenis last week to preserve the unblemished record. She scored nine unanswered points after St. Charles North had taken a brief 26-25 lead in the third quarter of a 47-36 Central victory. Kokenis finished with 23 points, five assists and six rebounds. Her spree ended a string of 12 straight points by North. "There's not a game where Kokenis is not a great player," North coach Katie Sauber told media.
Southwest Region Girls' Basketball Player of the Week
Peyton Adamson (Rockwall, Texas)
For pure shooting, it's hard to top this 5-foot-8 junior guard. According to the Dallas Morning News, Adamson is shooting 92.4 percent so far this season on free throws and in one game earlier this season she made 9-of-10 shots from beyond the three-point line. Adamson, who is averaging more than 26 ppg, last week set a school record by scoring 41 points in a 74-35 romp past Newman Smith of Carrollton. She also had 36 points last week in a 65-49 triumph over Highland Park.
West Region Girls' Basketball Player of the Week
Cheyenne Curley-Payne (Eastlake, Chula Vista, Calif.)
Payne broke the national high school career steals record Jan. 3 as she snagged her way to
929 steals, breaking the record of 925. Curley-Payne has signed to play at
Howard University next year.