Coach Dre Marvell has been running the Nemesis Worldwide basketball select program for 23 years. During his tenure, he’s coached many girls who have gone on to play college basketball and some are currently in the WNBA.
Could North Dallas High junior SaNiya Lampkin be next?
“SaNiya right now is way above most ordinary females in her category,” Marvell said last Thursday before practice at Senter Rec Center in Irving. “Most people look at her as a post player, but being a strong shooter and a well-skilled athlete, she’s more of a 2 or 3.
“She’s in a very tough regiment program as far as performance skills. We work on all facets of the game, including shooting, dribbling, ball-handling, rebounding, attacking the basket. You name it and SaNiya is pretty well skilled.”
SaNiya is one of four North Dallas High players who are playing this summer for the Nemesis program. She is joined by Ashley Poole, Jakolby Fleming and Terri Jeffery. SaNiya, Ashley and Jakolby play for the Nemesis Gold (advanced) team and Terri plays for the Nemesis Maroon team.
The Nemesis Worldwide select program plays other select teams across the country in order to help young ladies in high school to further their careers in college, Marvell said.
The Nemesis Gold team finished second Sunday after falling to a team from Louisiana in the championship of the East Texas Shootout Nationals in Lewisville. The team heads to Alvin, near Houston for a tournament on Wednesday and Thursday, and then plays in the Texas Finale tournament next weekend in Duncanville.
Last season, SaNiya, Ashley and Jakolby guided the North Dallas Lady Bulldogs to the UIL girls basketball playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Lady Bulldogs lost in the first round to Conrad, but there’s high hopes for the 2017-18 season.
“We’re going further than the first round of the playoffs,” SaNiya said.
SaNiya said her summer is “going really good.” She spends about 5 to 6 days a week in the gym.
“I feel like I am improving on knowing what to do in game situations,” she said, “and I feel like I need to improve on that as well.”
The select program includes girls from Hillcrest, Arlington Bowie, MacArthur, Duncanville and other area schools. SaNiya said she’s also played against girls from other Dallas ISD teams.
But SaNiya has played with Ashley and Jakolby since seventh grade at Spence Middle School. Labeled the “Big Three” by ND girls coach Erik Grayson, the girls lifted the ND program to a 15-9 record last season.
“I’m glad we’ve stuck together this long and that we’ve decided to go to the same places, do the same things,” SaNiya said. “ I feel like it’s helping us in the summer program and in the school program. Us knowing how each other plays and how to work with each other, I think it’s going to be good.”
Zipporah Venson Creekview HS
Brooklyn Wright Irving HS
SaNiya Lampkin NDHS
Ashley Poole NDHS
Jakolby Flemming NDHS
Dominique Labbe Duncanville HS
Erin Broussard MacArthur HS