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CP25 Spring Jam: Rpt II

By Rick Staudt, 05/24/17, 6:00PM CDT

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We continue with more from the CP25 Spring Fling which took place at Rollins College this past weekend.

Another standout for CP25 Florida 17U was Michael Randolph out of Pensacola Washington.  A veritable Swiss Army Knife on the basketball court, the 6’4 junior plays multiple positions on the perimeter, grabs rebounds and initiates the break, and is solid on the defensive end.  More scorer than shooter, Washington puts points on the board in a variety of ways.

Blake Hinson continues to play well for Showtime Ballers 17U despite playing up a level.  He’s tough to contain as a scorer.  If the defense plays off, he will knock down threes with regularity; if the defense plays too close, Hinson is very adept at getting to the basket and scoring in traffic thru contact.  At 6’6 with a solid frame and generous wing span, he makes an impact on the glass at both ends of the court.

While Team MOAM had a tough outing, DeJuan Lockett never wavered in his energy and effort.  The 6’5 product of Orlando Christian Prep pursued rebounds with a passion, attacked the basket with dribble drives, and showed improvement in his perimeter shot, making a couple out near the arc.  Lockett is a grind-it-out player that does all the little things that may not show up in the score book but always leads to a win.

Seemingly every time we watch CP25 16U Gauntlet play, 6’1 sophomore Sam Griffin out of Norland goes on some type of scoring binge that makes one sit up and take notice.  On Saturday he put together consecutive trips that featured a finish at the rim, a long two off the dribble and a three off the bounce.  Griffin is improving as a passer and is a solid on-ball defender.

We got wind of the play of Showtime Ballers 17U Black 6’2 sophomore Antonio Jackson from “the boss” and were intrigued by what we saw.  To our understanding, he plays in relative obscurity at RMA Academy in Deland.  He is very athletic and quick with the basketball to the rim.  Jackson is at his best when the game is up-tempo and he can force the action at the basket. 

In a tight, early morning game, 6’2 Lake Minneola junior Elijah Crite put in a good effort for Heart & Hustle 2018.  The combo guard did well in getting to the basket and either scoring, earning a trip to the foul line, or both.  Crite was also quite active on the defensive end, garnering four steals by our count.  He didn’t convert on the jumpers that we saw, but his form is solid and consistency should come in time.

Tim Afeluyi, a strongly built 6’8 senior at Orlando West Oaks, is very much a diamond-in-the-rough.  Still, he has physical tools that can’t be taught.  Afeluyi plays hard, rebounds his area, and runs rim to rim.  He needs as much playing time and court experience as he can get but once he does he will make quite an impact.