In this final report we will again focus on the teams and players that are a bit more high-profile.
With a couple of exceptions, 1Family gathers together many of the top players from the northern part of the state as well as the Panhandle region to put together a very formidable team. Jalen Gilmore, a 6’2 junior out of Jacksonville Bishop Snyder, was solid in his running of the team. He took care of the basketball, quickly got the rock to open teammates in the lane or on the perimeter for scores and defended zealously. Jayden Williams, a 6’4 junior out of Windermere Prep, has become an increasingly dynamic scorer on the wing. More know for his ability to drop in shots from beyond the arc, he showed more finishing ability around the basket this weekend. Alvin Tumblin, a 6’6 senior out of Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, was one of the more high-flying athletes at the Tip-Off. Between his scoring above the rim, blocked shots, and high level of energy, he quickly became a crowd favorite. Elijah Mahi out of Potter’s House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, was impressive in our first viewing of him. He scored in a variety of ways, relentlessly attacked the defense, and was quick to get out and finish on the break. Trey Lane, a 6’2 guard out of Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic, played with a high basketball IQ. He found open teammates for good shots, knocked down perimeter shots, and played hard at both ends of the floor. Ashton Lovette, a 6’5 junior wing from Gainesville St. Francis did a little bit of everything for the team. He spent time both running the offense and being a main scoring option. Lovette knocked down open perimeter shots and put in work at both ends of the floor when it came to rebounding. Choctawhatchee teammates, 6’6 junior Jalen Newell and 6’8 junior Brian Grant, both made contributions. Newell stepped out and scored from the perimeter and defended multiple positions. Grant is an active post player with a strong frame, good athleticism, and a relentless approach to the game. A pair of players from Potter’s House, Paul Green and Ayang Angele were both active on the glass as well as on the defensive end of the floor.
Judah Nation 17U
Judah Nation brings players from various areas of the state together to play an exciting brand of basketball. Eddrin Bronson, a 6’3 sophomore out of Tampa Catholic, played up and excelled this past weekend. He’s a scoring guard that sees the floor and gets others involved. Caleb Young, a 6’4 wing out of Pensacola, impressed with his overall high skill level. A versatile player, Young can run the offense or be the primary scoring option. He defended multiple positions this past weekend and proved to be a guy that can grab rebounds and push the ball up the floor. Dozie Okuruji, a 6’5 junior out of Tally Maclay has improved his skill level a great deal since we last saw him. He has become a much more consistent three-point shooter and more confident in attacking the basket with the dribble. Clarence Pierre, a 6’7 junior from Central Florida Christian Academy in Orlando, impressed with his ability to come out of nowhere and either challenge shots or block them outright. His length, quick leap, and energy level make him a terror on the glass as well on the defensive end of the floor. CFCA teammate, Jamar Houston, a 6’3 junior, is an athlete on a totally different level. Explosive is an understatement for Houston. He showed a solid perimeter shot this past weekend and played much bigger than his size when it comes to rebounding and playing defense. Adrien Roberts, a 6’5 junior out of Somerset Canyons in South Florida, was a bit of a revelation. He knocked down a three-pointer but was most impressive cleaning up around the basket and turning teammates’ misses into points of his own. Jah Quinones, a 6’2 junior from Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, did a solid job of running the club. He has good court vision, delivers easily catchable passes and has a reliable perimeter shot. Blaise Wallace, a 6’7 junior out of Tally Maclay, brough energy and activity to the rebounding department and defensive end of the floor. He made open perimeter shots as well as put the ball on the deck for a dribble or two from the high post or short corners to score in traffic at the basket. Noah Van Beiber, a junior from Deland, spread the defense with his outside shot. Lajae Jones, helped the team out on the boards and finished in transition, either at the rim or earning trips to the foul line.
CP25 National 17U
This squad may have been low in roster number but not talent. Javaughn Thomas, a 6’2 junior, was highly accurate from behind the arc. A solid athlete and a USF football recruit, Thomas did a good job of not just scoring at the Tip-Off but also getting and keeping his teammates involved. Jah Nze, a 6’3 junior from Hagerty in Oviedo, continued to show his prowess as a long-range sniper. He also scored inside the arc, connecting on mid-range pull-ups and finishing at the rim in traffic. Alex Perry, a 6’5 junior from Port Charlotte made plays all over the floor. His points come mostly from drives, putbacks and in transition. He is a high-end athlete that makes an impact playing inside or on the perimeter. Drew Kousie, a 6’1 junior from Windermere Prep, shot the ball well from deep and also got the ball quickly to open perimeter shooters. He proved to be a crafty penetrator and distributer when driving to the basket. Jerard Mosley from Cardinal Newman in West Palm had a solid outing. In the first few minutes of the contest, he had a bucket on the break, a rebound and a steal. A bit later, he connected on a three, then had a steal and assist. He looks to have a high ceiling and look forward to seeing more of him.