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Travel Team Preview: Florida Sons 17U

By Rick Staudt, 04/20/17, 8:00PM CDT

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Our spotlight on travel teams shifts its focus to the Florida Sons, based out of Bradenton.  This group will play on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit just like last year.

“I really like the versatility of this group”, stated Loren Jackson, Head Coach for the Sons.  “We’ve got good size and several players that can play on the perimeter or go inside and score.  I believe we also have four solid ball-handlers that will allow us to handle any type of defense we may face.  It will be exciting to watch this group develop.”

The Sons will have a true center in the middle in 7’0 sophomore Ibrahima Diallo from Bradenton Victory Rock Prep.  Alongside him will be 6’8 Mbaye Dione of Victory Rock, 6’8 Jonathan Dos Anjos of Victory Rock, 6’7 Madut Akec from Victory Rock and 6’9 Kuany Kuany, a sophomore at VRP.

“Diallo has the chance to be special”, Jackson said.  “He’s catches the ball and has a reliable drop step and jump hook.  Diallo is a very good athlete and does a great job of protecting the lane.  Dione is a work horse inside.  He’s good around the rim and a warrior on the defensive end and when going after rebounds.  Dos Anjos is an incredible athlete at 6’8 and he can play on the perimeter or in the post.  Akec provides a lot of versatility at either the “3” or the “4” spot.  He’s long, athletic, and is an energetic defender.  Kuany is young but already getting a lot of interest.  He can handle the basketball, play inside or out and will see time at both forward spots for us.”

The backcourt will have a solid rotation.  It features 6’2 Brandon Hurt of Victory Rock Prep, 5’10 Roy Jones III from Boca Raton Grandview Prep, 6’2 sophomore Kolton Mitchell from VRP, 6’2 Jack Youmans from St. John Neumann in Naples and 6’2 Daniel Love from Orlando Dr. Phillips.

“Hurt is a strong guard that has really improved his overall game”, said Jackson.  “He’s a good defender, solid with the basketball, and makes shots.  Jones disrupts opposing offenses with his speed and quickness when guarding the basketball.  He also does a great job of getting into the lane and scoring at the basket.  Mitchell has a chance to grow to 6’7 according to doctors.  He has a good basketball IQ, is a solid defender and is improving daily at the offensive end.  Youmans can play either guard spot.  He is an outstanding shooter and does a good job of keeping people in front of him on the defensive end.  Love is a smooth player that excels in transition and has a nice mid-range game. He too defends the ball well and can play both guard spots.”

The team will play in Atlanta and Dallas during the April live period.  In July, they will be at the Gauntlet Finals in Spartanburg, SC and in Las Vegas.