Every year, players elevate their profile due to their play during the spring and summer. Several players that we saw the past few months have made the jump to that point. It will be interesting to find out if they are as good as they showed and have the ability to continue at that level or if we just caught them on a good day.
Flying under the radar, Carlos Hart has had quite a spring and summer playing for the Miami City Ballers. The 6’5 junior point guard has attracted offers from the likes of Arkansas State, Niagara, Mercer and Stetson. He is a pass-first player that picks his spots on when to score. While his shot is respectable out to the three point line, Hart is currently most effective when driving the ball to the basket. He also displays good court vision, the ability to grab and go with a defensive rebounds, and get tips and steals due to his length on the defensive end.
We identified Landfall Elite as the surprise 16U team of the season. However, Josh Minott, a 6’6 junior wing out of Boca Raton St. Andrew’s did not play with them when we saw the team at our Grassroots Summer Showdown. We had really hoped to see him play as Minott had a solid high school season and impressed us at the Travel Team Jamboree. In previous viewings, he seemed to be an athletic player with length and a versatile skill set.
We were very impressed by the play of 5’11 junior sophomore guard Tre Donaldson for Tallahassee Florida High at our Tallahassee Team Camp in June. Skilled and confident, Donaldson is solid in his role as distributor and bucket-getter come crunch time. He plays with a bit of a chip (okay, big chip) on his shoulder and loves nothing more than humbling an opponent, no matter how old or how big. He should be the catalyst to what many expect to be a big season for Florida High.
We missed a chance to see Punta Gorda Charlotte’s 6’4 freshman John Gamble in action at the FABC Camp in late June and by all accounts we missed a lot. Very bouncy and athletic for a first year high schooler, Gamble supposedly has enough skills and scoring tools to make a significant varsity impact this coming year. If he is as good as the Charlotte coaching staff believe him to be, Gamble will help Charlotte make a big statement down in Southwest Florida.