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2017-18 Preview: Best of the Backcourts - Part II

By Rick Staudt, 11/07/17, 5:15PM CST


Montverde Academy

6’6 SR R.J. Barrett, 6’4 SR Michael Devoe, 6’3 SR Andrew Nembhard

This group gives the Eagles wings.  Barrett is considered the best high school basketball player in the country.  Devoe, a Georgia Tech commitment, can play either guard spot and get positive results.  Nembhard plans to become a Florida Gator and has a high basketball IQ to go along with a solid skill set.  As if that weren’t enough, 6’6 SR Kerrington Davis, 5’11 SR Trevin Wade, 6’3 JR Trae Broadnax, and 6’4 SO Joe Bamisille provide even more depth and talent for a squad that is considered a top three team nationally heading into the season.

Oakland Park Northeast

6’5 SR Angel Smith, 6’2 SR Ricardo Jackson, 6’3 SR Jeremiah Sanders, 6’2 SR Brandon Swaby, 6’4 FR Wesley Cardet

This is an incredibly fun group to watch.  Smith gives max effort every possession and is quite dangerous in attacking the rim.  Jackson can shoot the ball or score at the rim with equal success.  Sanders has extended range on his jump shot but can also use his solid frame to overpower defenders to get to the basket.  Swaby shoots with great range and confidence.  Cardet has a solid set of skills and athleticism for a freshman.

Orlando Oakridge

6’5 SR Antwaan Jones, 5’10 SR Damon Harge, 6’5 JR Kaleb Coleman, 6’1 JR Emmanuel Adedoyin, 6’3 SR Robert Perry

This group will certainly contend for the Class 9A state title.  If they reach Lakeland, Oakridge will be a heavy favorite to win it.  Jones is a top 100 prospect that is a dynamic scorer and distributor.  Harge returns to Florida after a stint in NC last season.  He’ll be expected to push the pace, create opportunities for others and score when called upon.  Coleman can post up smaller guards and shoot over/go around bigger opponents.  Adedoyin is a quick bolt energy that makes things happen.  Perry may have an unorthodox shot from deep but it goes down with alarming consistency.

Plantation University School

6’2 SR Drue Dinnon, 6’2 SR Trey Doomes, 6’6 SO Scott Barnes

These three transfers will look to elevate U-School to not just state recognition but national recognition as well.  Both Dinnon and Doomes are from Georgia and are considered D-I prospects.  Each will play either guard spot and have no trouble scoring or distributing the basketball.  You might think Barnes would be an interior player with his size.  However, he may serve as a point forward for this team thanks to his overall skill set and ability provide Vernon Carey room to operate inside.

Orlando West Oaks Academy

6’0 SR Paul Person, 6’2 JR Tyrell Jones, 6’3 SR Glovy Kavadioko

West Oaks has developed a national profile and this trio looks to keep that profile growing.  Person will get an opportunity run the show and be more than a complementary piece.  He is a solid defender and set-up man.  Jones, a transfer from Tallahassee, has a strong body, athleticism, and a scorer’s mentality.  Kavadioko impressed this fall in various events with his explosiveness and tenacity at both ends of the court.

Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy

6’4 SR Zack Scott, 6’2 JR Sam Griffin, 6’1 JR Chase Johnston, 6’5 SO Dudley Blackwell

This group will carry the scoring mantle for the defending Class 5A state champs. It seems like Scott has been around since the turn of the millennium but the senior will no longer have to share the stage with older players.  Griffin, a transfer from Norland, can score at a high rate and will share point guard duties with Scott.  Johnston is the designated shooter of the group and he does that very well.  Blackwell has top shelf athleticism and is a surprisingly good passer.  He has also spent some time with USA Basketball.


Port Charlotte: 6’2 JR Ahmad Johnson, 6’1 JR Makei Reeves

Jacksonville Providence: 6’5 SR Will Erickson, 6’5 JR Ahren Freeman, 6’2 SO Josh Himmel

Fort Myers Riverdale: 6’4 SR Jacob Tracey, 6’2 SO Jadrian Tracey

Sebring: 6’2 JR Norris Taylor, 6’3 SO Eric Brown

St. Petersburg: 6’2 SR Serrel Smith, 6’0 SR Ty Strickland

Gainesville The Rock School: 6’3 SR Antrell Charleton, 6’0 JR B.J. Greenlee

Titusville: 6’0 JR Jordan Smith, 6’5 SO Okario Oquendo

Ocala Vanguard: 5’11 SR Jalen Scott, 6’5 SO Leonard Manuel

Tampa Wharton: 6’4 JR Darin Green, 6’5 JR D.J. Henderson

Wildwood: 6’2 SR Darion Wilson, 6’0 SO Marcus Niblack