With college basketball coaches amid their July evaluation period, players trying to earn scholarship offers sometimes can feel the scouts' eyeballs boring through them on the floor.
She can, however, sometimes spot players who seem to be feeling the scrutiny.
“Some people get nervous or some people feel pressure like they have to do more just to look good,” said Spann, who has offers from Syracuse, Penn State, George Washington, Delaware and James Madison, among several others. “But that turns out not making them look good.
“You want to make yourself look good, but you don’t want to do too much of something that won’t look good because you’re trying too hard. You don’t know who's watching high school games, AAU games. You know coaches are watching, but you don’t know what they’re saying.”
Playing AAU for the Maryland Lady Terps, Spann this summer has competed in tournaments in North Carolina and Pennsylvania and Friday will leave for the Battle in the Boro in Tennessee. Her team recently beat the Germantown Panthers, whose players include All-Met teammate Amanda Fioravanti and several other Good Counsel girls.
Spann and her Good Counsel teammates will play together in the Best of Maryland tournament July 26-28 at Damascus. The Falcons lost All-Met guard Faith Randolph (Virginia) but return almost every other player off the team that went unbeaten in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference before falling to H.D. Woodson in the City Title Game.
Spann said she will not sort through prospective college offers in earnest until after the July evaluation period.
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