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1st Annual Give Thanks Middle School Jamboree Standout Performers
Jeffrey Prophete (7th) Coral Springs Christian Academy – We got a chance to see Prophete as a rising 6th grader and thought he was very good post player. He has improved his perimeter skills over the past year and is now a bona fide combo guard. He played the point guard position for CSCA at the event and showed sure handles and great court vision. As good as Prophete was orchestrating the team, he was even better at scoring. He scored using drives to the basket, pull up jumpers and connected on deep three’s. Even though he connected on several three’s, we would like to see him improve the mechanics on his shot for long term consistency. His athleticism and quickness allow him to be a good on ball defender. He is poised and strong enough to compete at the high school level and will probably get opportunities this season.
Ray Robinson (8th) Coral Springs Christian Academy – The long and lanky forward oozes potential. Robinson is a legit 6’6 and appears to have several more inches to go. He is very active on the glass and runs the floor well. He keeps the ball high on rebounds and finished through contact. We loved the way he is able to finish with either hand around the basket. He has nice form on free throws which leads us to believe that he will be able to step away from the basket and knock down mid range jumpers in the future. Robinson will only get better as his body develops and adds strength.
Abule Abadi (7th) Coral Springs Christian Academy – Very few youngsters have the strength of Abadi. The 6’3 forward is a fierce competitor and knows what he does best. He is a rebounding machine and low post scoring threat. Abadi does a great job of rebounding in and out of area. Once he gets deeps position on the block he has a go to drop step that is automatic. Increasing skill level is key for the future.
Brett & AJ Haeffner (7th) Coral Springs Christian Academy – The Haeffner twins not only have identical physical features but similar games. AJ did a god job of playing post defense and got his hands on several loose balls. We didn’t see him take any shots but the lefty has a smooth stroke at the charity stripe. Brett was very active defensively and grabbed a fair share of rebounds. We did see him knock down the one mid range shot he took. Like most players in the 7th grade the twins will benefit from strength and footwork.
Daniel Romeu (8th) Belen Jesuit – Steady and dependable were the two words to describe Romeu. Whenever Belen needed a big play or a basket, Romeu delivered. He isn’t an explosive leaper but he outworks his opponents on the glass and blocked/altered several shots. Once he catches in the post Romeu usually scores or gets fouled. He is a player that will have to make transition from being a back to the basket player in middle school to a wing in high school.
Armand Del Castillo (8th) Belen Jesuit – Castillo is a heady point guard that understands how to play at different speeds. He displayed the ability to push the ball for transition buckets and controlled the tempo when the numbers weren’t in his favor. He also has great court vision and a solid handle. When he wasn’t distributing the rock, Castillo connected on “runners” in the lane. Improving defensively will certainly be a plus.
John Powell (8th) Belen Jesuit – Looked comfortable as a combo guard. Powell has very good ball handling skills and is an excellent shooter with time and space. He also displayed a good feel for the game on both ends of the floor.
Ralph Clermont (8th) Forest Glen – A crafty point guard that has a high basketball IQ. Clermont does a great job of getting others involved on the offensive end. He was able to get inside the lane on a consistent basis which resulted into easy points for teammates. As a matter of fact, he was probably a little too unselfish. There were times when he should have scored in front of the rim instead of passing to teammates. He plays good position defense but will need to improve quickness to become a better on the ball defender. Overall, one of the top point guards in attendance.
Worrell Gordon (8th) Sunrise Middle – We’ve noticed several players like to use the term “Get Buckets” as part of their name on social media sites. In the future we see Gordon incorporating the phrase with his name. Worrell is wired to score and loves to be in attack mode. He isn’t the most skilled player but he has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. He hit mid range jumpers and drove hard to the rim. He averaged 14.6 points per game for the day. Worrell will be an even better prospect once he makes the same commitment to both ends of the floor.
James Harris (8th) Sunrise Middle – The slender combo guard has a smooth midrange game. He’s excels at using the shot fake and one dribble pull up. In the opening game Harris calmly knocked down free throws late in the game to secure the win.
Elisha Daniels (8th) Westminster Academy – A tough hard-nosed guard that thrives attacking the rim. Once he makes up his mind, he is full steam ahead. On Saturday he found much success being aggressive as he was able to make positive plays for himself and teammates. We thought he may be one dimensional but he countered with a few shots from three. Daniels toughness makes him a good rebounder and finisher around the basket as well.
David Curlee (7th) Westminster Academy – The pint-sized gunslinger was exciting to watch. He first caught our attention with his ability to handle the basketball. Curlee has the ability to get to most spots on the floor even though he is much smaller and weaker than his opponents. His size also doesn’t stop him from being a confident shooter. He answered Prophete trey for trey in an entertaining exchange during their matchup.
Wicliff Fleurizard (8th) Coral Springs Middle – The athletic guard was the catalyst behind his team’s transition game and defense. Fleurizard caused problems for other guards with his quickness and aggressive on the ball defense. He converted countless turnovers into easy layups throughout the event. He also made some nice passes in transition. Fleurizard could possibly be a full time point with improved handles.
Gordon Jupiter (8th) Coral Springs Middle – Played with great energy and bounce. Jupiter used his athleticism to get several put backs on the offensive end. He also challenged shots and rebounded well defensively. Played well even though he has only being playing for a very short period of time.
Valentino Gifford (8th) Coral Springs Middle – The physical guard imposed his will on both ends of the floor. Gifford was arguably the strongest player at the event, which means he snatched rebounds out of the opponent’s hands, bumped people off the ball for steals and drove hard through the lane for buckets. Gifford almost led his team to a victory over neighborhood rival CSCA but fouled out late in the game.
Once again, we really enjoyed the event and look forward to tracking prospects of all ages throughout Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama.