We continue our series of travel team preview with a look at 1Family 17U, formerly known as Showtime Hoops.
“This group has been successful in the past but I feel like we will be even better this year”, stated Head Coach Darryl Hardin. “We’ve gotten better with the addition of more size. I think we have a real shot at being one of the top teams in the Adidas Gauntlet Gold series. Nine of our guys already have offers so there isn’t a need for individuals to prove themselves. The guys enjoy playing together and looking forward to a strong finish to their last travel season.”
Hardin expects to have a solid interior rotation with the likes of 6’8 Amanze Ngumezi from Savannah GA Johnson, 6’8 Wyatt Hollman from Deland, 6’8 Ndiaga Diop of Florida Prep in Melbourne and 6’11 Lahat Thionne from Florida Prep.
“At 6’8, 230 Amanze is an unreal athlete”, stated Hardin. “He’s skilled too as he can step out and make shots as well as punish people on the block. Hollman scores well from fifteen feet and in. He’s a very good rebounder and an under-rated passer. Diop is a lean forward that is a high-level run/jump athlete and has the ability to hit the outside shot. Thionne is fast up and down the floor, scores inside, and protects the rim.”
There is a deep well of talent on the perimeter for 1Family. Expected to provide significant contributions are 6’7 Nassir Little of Orlando Christian Prep, 6’3 Zach Scott from Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, 6’0 Ronaldo Segu from Orlando Christian Prep, 6’5 Will Erickson of Jacksonville Providence, 6’3 Marquis Jackson from Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee and 6’3 Stacey Burse out of Panama City Mosely.
“Nassir should prove to be a national top thirty talent this spring and summer”, Hardin believes. “Playing him on the perimeter will give him a chance to show colleges and scouts just how skilled he is. Scott is a winner, pure and simple. He makes plays and is a consistent scorer and passer at the offensive end. Segu is very quick. He’s gifted as a ball-handler, has good vision and an improved offensive game. Erickson is a shooter with size. He is also a good athlete and will finish at the rim if overplayed for the shot. Jackson is a big guard that plays with energy. He excels on the defensive end. Burse is a solid playmaker. He’s unselfish and just wants to win.”
The squad will participate in the Adidas Gauntlet events in Dallas and Atlanta during the April live period. In July they will be in Spartanburg, Atlanta, and Las Vegas during the three live periods.