One-on-One

Two-on-One: Anton Brookshire and Carson Noel

Kickapoo High teammates, Anton Brookshire and Carson Noel team up again as Yanders Law begins it’s spring basketball circuit.

Now in Wisconsin for the NY2LA Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm Up, we had a chance to catch up with Anton Brookshire and Carson Noel before they headed to Milwaukee. Coming off of a successful year at Kickapoo High School, the pair are ready to make a splash in spring and summer ball.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Anton Brookshire has been with Yanders Law for a while now. Carson has only been coming around to The Basketball Movement for a year or so. “I know this is where Coach Chris played and I‘ve had some teammates play here” Carson said. “Still I recognize a lot of these guys, but there are some new faces.”

Anton says that he has known most of his Yanders Law teammates since 6th grade and has played AAU with many of them for several years now.

When asked what they took away from this past season of school ball, Carson talked on the importance of playing every game and going through every practice playing your hardest. Anton said that it felt good to get as far as they did as a team. “I feel that we could’ve made it to state. We ran into an opponent that was loaded, but that happens” said Brookshire.

With just a few short weeks of practice, the guys have headed to Milwaukee to show what they can do as a unit. Anton noted that the competition would be consistently tougher for spring and summer AAU compared to school ball. He and Carson agreed that a similar mentality would still be necessary: aggressiveness. Being ready to kill it when the time comes, but still keeping teammates involved.

Spring and summer are great times to get a step up on competition by improving many facets of your game. In particular, Carson said that he would be looking to improve his shot, seeing the floor, and know what’s coming. That last one is an important part of your game that Rob Yanders and the Yanders Law coaches can cultivate in young players.

Anton said that he is wanting to step up his defense and his leadership. “I’ve already grown as a leader playing varsity this year, but I want to continue to grow.”

Both of these young men are approaching the “offseason” the right way. In order to continuously improve, basketball needs to be approached frequently, aggressively, and passionately. This NY2LA Spring Warm Up is a great start and will provide numerous lessons, win-or-lose.

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One-on-One: Twilah Carrasquillo

Yanders Law’s Twilah Carrasquillo continues to do big things for Verona High School and is poised to carry over her success to the collegiate level.

Another staple of The Basketball Movement and a Yanders Law veteran, Twilah Carrasquillo is continuing her basketball career in style, breaking records along the way. We got to catch up with her in the middle of a great season for Verona High, where she recently broke the women’s scoring record - held by her sister.

She eclipsed the 2,000 point mark and is continuing to build upon a Verona women’s career scoring record. Asked if her sister was upset about her record being broken, Carrasquillo said “She would have been mad if I didn’t break it.” Not surprising then, that she credited her school, friends, and family for the support that helped her achieve this goal. She acknowledged the rarity of this scoring mark in her sport, but is determined to stay focused on team wins.

As Verona advances through their season, accolades will undoubtedly pile up for the Ozarks Sports Zone Player of the Week, who has already committed to continuing her hoops career at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

For Twilah, attending Benedictine is as much about lifestyle as it is about hoops. Many athletes forget that it is okay to remain passionate about more than just the sport you play - Twilah is a shining example of staying true to yourself.

“The coaching staff and girls were very welcoming” said Carrasquillo. “Benedictine is strongly Christian as a historic Catholic school. I knew it was the place to be because I could fit in as a teammate and also as a person.”

We have seen Twilah in action enough to know that she will be one of the team’s hardest workers right away. Her character and convictions will carry her through no-matter what.

Twilah Carrasquillo with Yanders Law and The Basketball Movement

Asked how she originally fell in with Robert Yanders and Yanders Law, Twilah recalled playing against his team. Her Dad was coaching against Rob in Springfield and was approached by Rob and Sly Yanders to discuss a change of scenery. The instincts of Rob to invite the Carraquillo’s into his organization were spot-on, as they have all been shining examples of basketball the Rob Yanders way.

Aside from playing for Yanders Law, Twilah has put in many hours at The Basketball Movement, honing her craft. She is a gifted scorer inside and out and is continuing to expand her range, shore up her handles, and round into a fantastic all-around player.

My biggest takeaways from working with Rob have a lot to do with having a better and deeper knowledge of the game. Knowing so many circumstances helps you see plays before they happen.
— Twilah Carrasquillo

After a successful Yanders Law tenure and as she winds down a fantastic high school career, we asked Twilah what advice she would give other players as they go through the process of picking a college. “Don’t get overwhelmed with what division school it is, just pick whatever is the best decision for you” Carrasquillo said. “Choose what fits with your life. You can’t play ball forever, so always pick something you love.”

With priorities in order, determination, and basketball skills for days, Twilah Carrasquillo is blazing into the next chapter of life armed to the teeth. Her time with us has been a pleasure, hopefully on both ends. We hope that when she makes trips back to see her family and friends that we can still put in some work together when possible.

We thrive on helping outstanding young players like Twilah along their journey. We wish her the absolute best and can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!