Alexis Staton is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2022.
The 5-foot-7, 126-pound Staton, who attends Superior Collegiate Academy, is a versatile player that plays as a point guard and shooting guard.
No matter the opponent, on each play Staton is determined to give it her all.
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Staton is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Staton steps between the lines.
“My mindset at my position is to facilitate the ball and get things to the point to where they can flow easily throughout the game,” Staton said.
Staton has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the hardwood. Staton tells why she enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“What I love most about basketball is how fun it is to play and how competitive it is,” Staton said. “The basketball court is somewhere that I can express myself in a positive way and let out all of my emotions.”
Staton has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that she applies to her everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Basketball has taught me so much,” Staton said. “Basketball has taught me how something you love can do a lot of things for your future. It teaches you teamwork and how to get along with others.”
Staton describes her favorite basketball moment.
“My favorite memory is when my cousin and brother would want to play me one-on-one when I was first beginning and they would always beat me,” Staton said. “But now it’s a close game.”
Allen Bostick is in his first season coaching Staton with Superior Collegiate Academy and also trains her at his company, Dig Deep Basketball.
Bostick explains the best parts of Staton’s game.
“This eighth grader knows how to handle her team very well. She plays the point guard position and the wings. At the point she handles the ball really well and makes everybody around her better. She has amazing court vision. From the wing she shoots the three pretty well and is a great driver. From both position she's a lockdown defender,” Bostick said. “With being 13 years of age her technique is getting so much better with penetration and handling the ball and her defense is excellent.”
Staton takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Staton makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.
“I try to be a good teammate by always trying to encourage my teammates to do their best at all times,” Davis said. “I try to be a positive influence to everyone on the court even if a mistake is made. The best advice I’ve ever given my teammates is to just focus and play hard during the game.”
Bostick adds that Staton is one of those consummate teammates that every locker room needs to be successful.
“She's a court general and she leads by stepping out front and making everybody follow,” Bostick said. “Her voice is very well respected in the locker room because she always gives her all.”
Staton is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.
“I’ve learned from my coaches that if I work hard at something then it will pay off,” Staton said. “The best advice my coach has ever told me was to calm down and play like I can.”
Bostick recalls examples of Staton’s capabilities.
“She scored 11 points in the third quarter against Manatee High School,” Bostick said. “The big thing about it is she's an eighth grader so it’s amazing to think about how much better she can get.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Staton also has a high level of basketball IQ as well.
Staton has excellent basketball awareness that puts her in position to thrive.
“In game situations she has excellent basketball IQ,” Bostick said. “She knows where other people are going to be on the court at all times. This helps the team on offense and defense to execute on a high level because she’s like a coach on the court.”
Staton is always on the grind to perfect and hone her craft.
“She has a great attitude every day,” Bostick said. “Her work ethic is through the roof. She trains three or four times a week with Dig Deep Training and loves to work on everything. This is her love, so work is fun to her.”
Bostick explains why Staton is comparable to one of the biggest stars in the WNBA, Skylar Diggins.
Staton attended a camp held by Diggins, the three-time All-Star, and came away learning a ton.
“She’s a spitting image of Skylar Diggins and has a lot of the same attributes in her skill set. As a 13 year old girl the future is very bright for her,” Bostick said. “And by the way she said she had fun at her camp last year learning it a lot from Skylar and will be attending again this year.”
Bostick outlines the next areas of improvement from Staton.
“Basketball as a whole because she explains to me she wants to be the best in the world as a girl player,” Bostick said. “So we don't sleep on her game. We work on everything from skills to basketball IQ.”
Staton lists one of her favorite subjects in school as math.
“Because I enjoy the new challenges and subjects,” Staton said. “Math is a subject that is universal and is useful in the real world. Understanding math is important to your life.”
Staton is constantly striving for greatness.
“My goals are to make it to college and go to the WNBA or play overseas and do something I love as my job,” Staton said.
Staton doesn’t currently have a specific college that she dreams of. Instead, she’s focused on making the most of each day.
Bostick believes the best is yet to come as long as Staton continues to stay hungry.
“Her potential is high,” Bostick said. “She has the potential to be a D-1 player because of how high her work ethic is.”
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