Covering Prospective Student-Athletes in the SouthEast US and beyond
Orlando, FL – For the 4th straight year, I’ve spent Thanksgiving in Orlando having turkey day dinner at Casa de Kallina and attending the Florida Prospects Showcase on Friday and Saturday at Dr. Phillips. This year’s key story line is that no Orlando team won a game versus a team from outside the Orlando area. Pretty surprising that the talent level in Orlando has dropped off, but these things are cyclical and I’m sure O-town will be back soon.
Shout out to the Florida jucos, they have stepped up their recruiting at this event – Palm Beach, Hillsborough, FSW, Eastern Florida , Indian River & Daytona all made an appearance with Hillsborough’s Chris Springs and Palm Beach’s Marvin Braddy showing up for both days.
The Big Winners (Schools) –
Miami Country Day – They won the head to head matchup in what Basketball Bob was calling “Game of the Year in Florida” and added a win over Lake Highland Prep.
Winter Haven – Survived a scare vs Jones and put a whoopin’ on Montverde. Coming out of this event arguably as the second best team in Florida.
Tampa Catholic – Beat a senior laden Ocoee team and then took down an experienced Colonial team.
Lakewood Ranch – Looked good beating Colonial behind 39 points from Ladazhia Williams then cruised past Winter Park.
Seffner Christian – Had a good win against Lake Highland Prep then crushed host Dr. Phillips.
Stock Down (Schools) –
Ribault – Lost to Country Day in the marquee matchup of the event, but did recover and win versus Lake Highland Prep
Montverde – Only played 1 game and took a 30+ point L to a very aggressive Winter Haven. Guard play was less than stellar.
All Orlando schools…only win was Edgewater beating Lake Mineola. Combined record for Orlando teams was 1-15.
Top Committed Seniors –
Rennia David – Ribault – Tennessee
Dayneshia Banks – Ribault – Ole Miss
Channise Lewis – Miami Country Day – Illinois
Kelsey Marshall – Miami Country Day – Miami
Ariel Colon – Ocoee – Elon
Ladazhia Williams – Lakewood Ranch – South Carolina
Tatianna Thompson – Winter Haven – Georgetown
Tameria Johnson – Westport – Florida
Jalaysha Thomas – Westport – Florida
Chelsie Hall – Seffner Christian – Vanderbilt
Alise Davis – Tampa Catholic – Coastal Carolina
Tiffany Tolbert – Dr. Phillips – UNF
Mackenzie Sadaka – South Broward – Emory Riddle
Top Unsigned Seniors –
Dashaun Jackson – Miami Country Day – 6′ W/F – Long frame with decent athleticism. Can play multiple positions and has some inside/outside ability. Can knock down the 3 ball.
Shauntavia Green – Lakewood Ranch – 5’6 PG – Speedy PG who is great in uptempo game and has an explosive first step, finished numerous layups in transition.
Cierra McKinon – Lakewood Ranch – 5’11 PF – Nice soft touch around the basket, finishes easy baskets, good hands. Can handle the ball in transition.
Tyra Cox – Lake Highland Prep – 5’9 SG – Athletic wing/guard gets to the rim, great athletic frame, slasher, good rebounder, pushes in transition, scores mainly around the basket.
Natalia Leaks – South Broward – 5’7 G – Super athletic guard, smooth game, gets to the rim, plays passing lanes and gets steals. Great in uptempo game.
Shante Walker – South Broward – 5’11 W/PF – Strong physical player who can play multiple positions. Guard skills on a big strong physical frame. Great footwork, chance to be a Power 5 level player.
Angelica Delgado – Colonial – 5’6 G – Feisty guard with years of varsity experience is now one of the marquee players at Colonial. Can shoot the 3 ball.
Veronica Cancio – Winter Park – 5’6 PG – Smooth PG, can hit the 3 ball, can read a ball screen and hit the 3 behind it, pass 1st PG looking to distribute.
Joseline Ramos – Lake Mineola – 5’4 PG – Legit D-1 game but somewhat undersized frame. Nice pull up jumper, elevates on jumpshot including a smooth stroke on the 3 ball.
Top Uncommitted Underclassmen –
Maria Alvarez – Miami Country Day – 5’7 CG – 2019 – Hard to believe it was 4 years ago when we first wrote about Maria on InsiderExposure.com Media at this same event. That said she’s expanded her game so much since then. Now she’s a fairly complete player, handles, court vision and of course she’s always been a great shooter. Really she needs to add some strength to her frame to increase her ability to play on the Power 5 level.
Akila Smith – Ocoee – 5’10 W/CG – 2018 – Not sure how true it is but word was she just didn’t show up on Friday for Ocoee’s game. On Saturday she was there and she showed signs of being a good player. She’s got long arms and gets her hands on a lot of balls, be it blocks, deflections or steals. She’s got a decent handle and she’s able to finish in transition. She’s got real upside, just wonder how motivated she is to play on the next level.
Brierra Williams – Wekiva – 5’5 SG – 2020 – Williams can really shoot the ball, she hit 3 or 4 3’s from deep vs. South Broward…nice athletic frame and decent handles.
Emmy James – Wekiva – 5’7 PG – 2020 – Clearly the top 2020 at the event and one of the top 2020s in Florida. James has a shake and bake handle and uses it to create separation so she can get shots off. Creates for herself and others. See’s the floor well and can hit the open man with no look passes from a good distance. Nice mid range pull up.
Zanoria Cruz – Lake Highland Prep – 5’10 F – 2020 – Probably the second best 2020 at the event, we’ve covered Cruz last year at the state tournament. She’s a physical player especially for such a youngster. Her ability to post up or drive hard from the perimeter, allows her to be a scorer. She’s a good rebounder too. Over time she will need to develop more guard skills, including better handles and a consistent 3 point shot, but even now she’s a high level prospect.
Zakijah Franklin – Winter Haven – 5’8 SG – 2019 – While we didn’t see as much of Franklin as we would have liked, she’s definitely a legit 2019 prospect. A lefty she displayed above average athleticism and good passing ability. She can score too, but we’d definitely like to see her play more.
Tyia Singleton – Winter Haven – 6’2 Post – 2018 – One of the marquee underclass players at the event Singleton will draw Power 5 level interest this spring and summer. She’s somewhat skilled and physical, while at the same time very athletic. Did a good job of walling up and doesn’t try to block everything, a huge plus.
Kharis Idom – Colonial – 5’8 CG – 2018 – One of the better PG’s in Florida in 2018. Idom is a smart player who seems coachable and is able to create for herself and others. She’s a good slasher and has a nice floater. One of the higher IQ players at the event. Has a good motor.
Brylee Bartram – Seffner Christian – 5’7 SG – 2019 – One of the top shooters in the state of Florida, if not the top shooter. Can put the ball in the basket and can do it from mid range to deep range. Lacks explosiveness and quickness but makes up for that with a great attitude and high IQ. One of the top 2019s at the event.
Taniya Gordon – Tampa Catholic – 5’7 SG – 2019 – Super explosive guard with decent handles, gets to the rim especially in the up tempo game. Really excels in transition and slashing to the basket in the half court. Elevates on her jump shot, nice mid range game. Athletic leaper.
Jamiya Turner – Jones – 5’9 SG – 2019 – Great long term prospect, nice athleticism and good ability to get to the rim. Good handles in transition, she’s dangerous when she gets a defensive rebound and pushes it up the floor.
Chardell Jones – Jones – 5’9 F – 2018 – Good player who makes the most out of her ability. Physical player, she uses her athleticism and strength to score and rebound. High motor and produce night in and night out. Competitor.
Emari Bell – Edgewater – 6’2 Post – 2018 – Under the radar player in the state of Florida, Bell is big and strong with good athleticism. She produces too. Finishes easy baskets and is a beast on the offensive rebounds, she goes to get it. Without question a D-1 prospect.