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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|
After a one year absence, the state of Florida will be represented at the prestigious McDonald’s All American Game. The rosters were unveiled yesterday on ESPNU for the 36th Annual Boys All American game. Montverde Academy teammates Kasey Hill and Dakari Johnson were chosen along with Bonifay Holmes County standout Chris Walker. Texas and California edged out Florida for the most All American selections with each state having four players selected for the game.
2013 McDonald’s All American Boys Teams
|Anthony Barber||Hampton (VA)||NC State|
|Keith Frazier||Kimball (TX)||Undecided|
|Kasey Hill||Montverde Academy (FL)||Florida|
|Demetrius Jackson||Marian High (IN)||Notre Dame|
|Andrew Wiggins||Huntington Prep (WV)||Undecided|
|Isaiah Hicks||J F Webb (NC)||North Carolina|
|Rondae Jefferson||Chester (PA)||Arizona|
|Wayne Selden||Tilton School (MA)||Kansas|
|Noah Vonleh||New Hampton School (MA)||Indiana|
|Chris Walker||Holmes County (FL)||Florida|
|Dakari Johnson||Montverde Academy (FL)||Kentucky|
|Kennedy Meeks||West Charlotte (NC)||North Carolina|
|Isaac Hamilton||St. John Bosco (CA)||UTEP|
|Aaron Harrison||Travis (TX)||Kentucky|
|Andrew Harrison||Travis (TX)||Kentucky|
|Matt Jones||DeSoto (TX)||Duke|
|Nigel Williams-Goss||Findlay Prep (NV)||Washington|
|Jabari Bird||Salesian (CA)||California|
|Aaron Gordon||Archbishop Mitty (CA)||Undecided|
|Jarrell Martin||Madison (LA)||LSU|
|Jabari Parker||Simeon (IL)||Duke|
|James Young||Rochester (MI)||Kentucky|
|Marcus Lee||Deer Valley (CA)||Kentucky|
|Bobby Portis Jr.||Hall (AR)||Arkansas|
One of the fastest rising post players has made his college decision. 6-foot-11 Joel Embiid of Gainesville The Rock tweeted “Proud to be a Jayhawk” on yesterday in reference to his decision to sign with Kansas today. Embiid who was a seldom used reserve last year at Montverde Academy and was overshadowed by higher profile players on the summer circuit with the Florida Rams shot up the recruiting charts late last summer.
His ascension no doubt was due to better performances and the lack of quality centers in the 2013 class nationally. We saw Embiid dominate this fall at a showcase event and displayed the skills that will see him rise in all the rankings. Embiid is an aggressive rebounder, runs the floor, scores well in the post, challenges shots and is a good passer. He has the tools to become a member of “The Association” (National Basketball Association) one day.
He chose the Jayhawks after visiting and heavily considering Florida, Texas, Virginia and Marquette.