|Anna Hurst, Hadley Hadju & Isabella Callaway|
The state of Ohio has birthed some of the best lady hooper’s to ever play the game. As an example, Cincinnati has Kelsey Mitchel; Cleveland has Jantel Lavander; and Columbus has Jordan Horston. Yet the question still remains, “What about Akron?” Well I’ve got the perfect answer for you but it’s not just one player, it’s 3.
All three of these young ladies are on track to put the city of Akron on the map like never before. First up we’ve got Anna Hurst. A 2024 guard who carries the nickname “Blonde Mamba.” Anna who is currently ranked #25 on the Middle School Girls Elite website and #51 on the Naismith National all American Youth Report. Anna currently attends Stow Middle School in Akron, Ohio. Be on the look out for this young lady as she is fierce and ready to take on anyone in her way.
Hadley Hadju who is teammates with Anna Hurst on the 2024 SMAC Akron is another dominate player straight out of the city of Akron. Hadju comes ranked #35 on the middle school girl’s elite ranking and attends Revere Middle School in Akron, Ohio. Hadley is a dominant offensive and defensive guard. She can keep up with the best of them and getting sharper and sharper every time she plays.
To finish up the roster for the Fab 3 we’ve got Isabella Callaway an absolute floor general that can run the entire show. Callaway currently attends Copley Middle School where she helped lead her team to a 2018-19 suburban league middle school Championship. Isabella is currently ranked #11 on the Naismith National All-American Youth Report. If she continues doing what she’s doing I’m sure she will excel at the next level. AAU season is almost amongst us and SMAC Akron 2024 team is ready to go.
Every team has had a combination of players that are the heartbeat of the entire organization. For example Miami heat had Lebron, D. Wade and Chris Bosh. The 2008 Celtics had Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Lastly, Golden State had the Splash Brothers and Draymond Green. With that being said, these three young ladies are that “heartbeat” for SMAC Akron’s AAU team. This organization had an unbelievable 40-5 record last season and is projected to do even better this upcoming season.
SMAC Akron is led by John “JC” Callaway who’s track record speaks for itself. John has over 15 years coaching experience and is in the process of coaching his daughter Isabella Callaway and his son’s 6th grade SMAC Akron team. John played at Kent State University under coach Gary Water who won a MAC championship and went onto the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. We expect big things out of this team in 2020. We will keep you updated.
Story by T. Franklin