Photo Courtesy Kimberly Toledo/ IG: @holytoledophoto
Our final report from this past weekend’s All American Jamboree will focus on a quartet of teams that we saw a couple of weeks ago at the Fall Festival. While we covered each one fairly in-depth, each showed a bit more with mentioning.
Once again, senior point guard Walter Clayton didn’t play, but he was on the bench and functioned well as an assistant coach. Still, the Buzz put up 94 points in an upset win, getting big efforts from 6’2 senior Amarion Frazier, 5’10 senior Malcolm Dewberry, and 6’2 sophomore Kjei Parker. This time around, the team got a lot from guys that will no doubt be key contributors, most likely off the bench. Tyrone Smith, a 5’9 senior and Larry Bagley, a 6’0 junior, both provide defensive quickness and perimeter shooting. The big surprise for the buzz was the play of 6’5 junior Jaden Wynn. He plays much taller than his listed size as he is a quick leaper, has a long wing span, and doesn’t shy away from playing physically in the paint. Wynn may have knocked down his lone three-point attempt of the game but his ability to finish around the basket and come up with putback points was big for the Buzz.
Shahbaz Elite (aka Miami Riviera Prep)
To no one’s surprise, 6’7 sophomore Osmar Garcia Arajuo was the “thunder” and 5’9 junior Esteban Llubres was the “lightning” for Shahaz. Arajuo scored well in the paint, got to the rim from inside the arc, and was a glass-eater at both ends of the floor. Llubres simply can’t be pressured, makes good pass vs. shot decisions, and plays with a high basketball IQ. Edward Nnamoko (pictured above), a 6’10 junior, showed much more in terms of offensive scoring skills this weekend. He connected on a couple of soft jump hooks near the rim. Still, his greatest impact is his rim protection and ability to put back misses by his teammates. Lucas Brenner, a 6’0 senior, and Landon Suarez, a 5’11 sophomore, were both highly effective and efficient long range shooters. Despite his size, Brenner was a big help on the defensive glass. D.J. Flowers, a 6’4 senior and Nick Flowers, a 6’3 junior, bring speed and quickness off the bench, providing a change of pace to which the opposition must adjust.
Kissimmee Central Pointe Christian
The White Tigers had to face Montverde Academy without 6’7 senior Ramses Melendez on Saturday morning, not a recipe for success. Melendez hurt his back in practice during the week and was still a bit stiff and slow. That being said, Central Pointe put up a good fight and received contributions from some unlikely sources. Jeremy Foumena, a 6’10 junior, battled well inside and came up with a few scores and against a tall and talented MVA front line. He’s got the size and athleticism to be a D-I recruit and the skill level should develop over the next couple of seasons. David Hermes, a 6’10 senior, has the size and strength to be a factor inside at both ends and has a solid shooting stroke from the perimeter. Kendrick Green, a 6’0 senior and Giovanni Baerga, a 6’4 senior, were consistent three points shooters when they could get open looks.
Arlington Lions (aka Jacksonville Impact Christian)
Truth be told, there wasn’t much difference from this past weekend versus when we saw the LIons at the Fall Festival. As 6’5 senior Calvin Johnson and 6’6 junior Kelvin Johnson go, so go the Lions. While neither will be mistaken for a perimeter threat, both find ways to score via dribble drives, offensive rebounds or in transition. Ivan Lawson, a 6’6 senior, showed a bit more offensive tenacity this time around, taking opponents off the dribble from the high post and challenging defenders inside. The glue guy for the team may turn out to be 5’9 junior Devean Knowles. He appears to have the tools and attitude to be the orchestrator for the offense while also being capable of knocking down open shots when the opportunity is presented.