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Today we close the book on the 2013 high school season by releasing the final FABC-Source Hoops Class 1A – 8A Boys Poll. Most of the teams we expected to hoist the championship trophy actually did but there were a few surprises. Holmes County climbed on the shoulders of 6-foot-10 forward Chris Walker to win the Class 1A championship. Grandview Prep won the school’s first boys basketball state championship by defeating the previous top two ranked teams in Class 2A. Providence was dominating throughout the season and playoffs on its way to the Class 3A crown. Lake Highland Prep was able to bounce back from an injury to junior guard Joel Berry to win the Class 4A championship after losing in the finals last season. In Class 5A, Tampa Jesuit steam rolled the competition and captured the title. Miami Norland (Class 6A) and Blanche Ely (Class 7A) who is participating in the ESPN National High School Invitational this week won their second consecutive state titles. Hagerty claimed the 8A state championship with some thrilling playoff wins.
Here is the complete Top 10 for each classification.
|1||Holmes county||Holmes County||20-8|
|6||Union County||Lake Butler||17-13|
|1||Grandview Prep||Boca Raton||30-2|
|2||Orlando Christian Prep||Orlando||22-8|
|3||North FL Educational||Jacksonville||19-13|
|6||First Baptist Academy||Naples||25-3|
|8||Tampa Bay Christian||Tampa Bay||21-2|
|9||Zion Lutheran||Deerfield Beach||24-8|
|2||Coral Springs Christian||Coral Springs||23-9|
|3||Florida Air Academy||Melbourne||28-3|
|6||Father Lopez||Daytona Beach||27-4|
|10||Summit Christian||West Palm Beach||19-6|
|1||Lake Highland Prep||Orlando||24-5|
|3||St. Andrews||Boca Raton||25-4|
|7||University School||Ft. Lauderdale||18-8|
|9||Booker T. Washington||Miami||19-8|
|4||Lake Wales||Lake Wales||22-8|
|6||Pembroke Pines Charter||Pembroke Pines||19-4|
|8||Winter Haven||Winter Haven||21-11|
|10 Tie||Fort Myers||Fort Myers||25-5|
|1||Blanche Ely||Pompano Beach||27-1|
|4||Palm Beach Lakes||West Palm Beach||23-4|
|7||St. Thomas Aquinas||Ft. Lauderdale||18-6|
For years, the Florida High School Athletic Association member schools (FHSAA) were forbidden from participating in sports against non-member Florida schools. However, a bill signed by Governor Rick Scott paved the way for member schools to compete against non-members. Even though many member schools are still reluctant to schedule games against non-members, there have been a few schools that have stepped up to the challenge of facing some of these juggernauts.
The Source Hoops Super 10 is a high school poll that includes all schools regardless of affiliation and classification. The only teams that are not included are teams which have 5th year seniors (prep). It comes as no surprise that Montverde Academy (23-2) tops the Super 10. The Eagles are poised to receive another bid to the ESPN National High School Invitational to compete for the mythical national championship. The Eagles two losses came in a span of three days as they were defeated by Paul VI (VA) in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions title game and against Findlay Prep at the Basketball Hall of Fame Hoop Classic. Prior to that the Eagles breezed through their opponents and won the prestigious City of Palms tournament in Ft. Myers. Blanche Ely lost a plethora of key contributors from last season’s Class 7A state championship team. The Tigers have reloaded and are on pace to hoist the state championship trophy again. Ironically, Blanche Ely also participated in the NHSI last season and could find its way back there again. Non FHSAA member school The Rock of Gainesville rounds out the top 3. The Lions are undefeated against member schools while getting quality wins against stiff competition.
Here is the complete list of the Source Hoops Super 10.
|2||Blanche Ely||Pompano Beach||22-1|
|4||Arlington Country Day||Jacksonville||26-3|
|8||Lake Highland Prep||Orlando||20-5|
Lake Highland returns everyone back from a team that lost a tough one in the title game last year. Most notable of the returnees is 6’1 junior Joel Berry who was the first sophomore in the state’s history to win the coveted Mr. Basketball award. Sharp-shooting 6’3 junior Jay Henderson and 6’8 senior and Rice commit Denzel Davis will make significant contributions. LHP plays a tough schedule with trips to the City of Palms Classic and the Kingdom of the Sun tournaments during the holidays. They won’t finish undefeated but they will certainly be the most tested team come tournament time.
Predicted Final Four: Jacksonville Raines, Lake Highland Prep, Tampa Catholic, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest
Despite losing senior D’Angelo Stephens-Bell to transfer, Raines looks to be the most talented bunch in Region 1 with 6’5 senior Lamont Dunham, 6’10 junior Reggie Kissonanal, and 6’3 senior transfer Johnnell Ginnie. Lake Highland Prep should take Region 2 but will be tested by district rival Orlando Jones with 6’3 senior Demarcus Croaker and Starke Bradford with the inside-outside combo of 6’9 UCF commit Justin McBride and 6’0 junior Brian Walton. Region 3 looks to be a toss-up between district rivals Tampa Berkeley Prep and Tampa Catholic. TC has a bit more experience playing together and gets the nod. A dark horse in the region could be Fort Myers Bishop Verot with 6’9 junior Ricky Doyle getting a lot of high major interest. In Region 4, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest is king until they are knocked off. While losing 6’7 forward Romas Marcinkevicous to FHSAA imposed ineligibility hurts, the duo of 6’5 senior Kalvin Cline and 6’0 junior Lance Crawford should allow Pine Crest to keep their Lakeland reservations. The Panthers also added 6’9 sophomore forward Antonio Vrankovic. Their district is tough with Cardinal Gibbons and University School in the mix. Waiting for them in region play will most likely be Miami Archbishop Carroll with 6’11 senior Amida Brimah and Miami Ransom Everglades with 6’4 senior and California commit Sam Singer.
Top Senior: Sam Singer, 6’4 G, Miami Ransom Everglades (California commit)
Singer is a one-man gang at this level. He knows how to get buckets in a wide variety of ways and also keeps his teammates involved. Somewhat of a surprise for him to head across the continent to play his college ball at Cal, but it is a high-end academic institution and that fits right in with Singer and his future plans.
Top Junior: Joel Berry, 6’1 G, Orlando Lake Highland Prep
There isn’t much to say about Berry that people don’t already know. He was THE player on one of the best travel teams in the country in E1T1 this past spring and summer. He’s participated in USA Basketball developmental events and took part in various Nike Elite Skills Camps in late June and early July. Berry is the second-rated point guard in a strong 2014 Class and will have his pick of any school this time next year.
Top Sophomore: Josh Morales, 5’9 G, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
While studs like 6’7 Alaowei Talent and 6’5 Hannif Cheatham got all the press and attention for the Boca PAL Vipers this spring and summer it was Morales that ran the show and kept things going at a high level of play. He’s proved he can score but is content to get teammates easy buckets and play solid at the defensive end.
Top Freshman: Trey Clemons, 6’6 F, Marianna
The athletic youngster has good size and length. Clemons also is an active rebounder and has a high motor. Marianna has a good one tucked away in the panhandle.
Ten Players to Watch
1) Joel Berry, 6’1 Jr G, Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Source Hoops #2 junior)
2) Sam Singer, 6’4 Sr G, Miami Ransom Everglades (California commit, Source Hoops #9 senior)
3) Demarcus Croaker, 6’3 Sr G, Orlando Jones (Source Hoops #10 senior)
4) Ricky Doyle, 6’8 Jr C, Fort Myers Bishop Verot (Source Hoops #7 junior)
5) Amida Brimah, 6’11 Sr C, Miami Archbishop Carroll (Source Hoops #16 senior)
6) Justin Gray, 6’5 Jr G, Tampa Berkeley Prep (Source Hoops #15 junior)
7) Justin McBride, 6’9 Sr C, Starke Bradford (UCF commit, Source Hoops #26 senior)
8) Denzel Davis, 6’7 Sr F, Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Rice commit, Source Hoops #27 senior)
9) Jose Morales, 5’9 Soph G, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (Source Hoops #19 sophomore)
10) Tre Clemons, 6’6 Fr. F, Marianna (Source Hoops 2016 Player to Watch)