14 Mar 2024

Hoop Exchange Spring Player Showcase – Junior Rpt II

Kaden Toure, Jacksonville Sandalwood: A 6’2 junior, we’ve seen Toure in this type of setting numerous times over his high school career and he never disappoints.  This time around, he displayed an accurate shot from deep, the ability to get to and score at the basket in a crowd, and some good passing skills.  Toure is a high-level athlete that plays with a non-stop motor.

Patrick Liburd, Weston Sagemont: A 6’6 junior, he had a bit of a slow start in the game we took in but eventually settled in.  He got going in transition, finishing above the rim and then his three-point shot began to fall on a regular basis.  A good athlete that has the ability to play and guard multiple positions, Liburd is a player that could see his recruitment take off this spring and summer.

Christopher Maxon, Fort Pierce Central: A 6’2 junior, he struggled early on to find his rhythm but once he did Maxon was productive.  He made some deep threes, got to long offensive rebounds, hit a couple of floaters in the lane, and was quick to outlet the ball once he grabbed a missed shot.  Maxon is quick with the ball and generally makes good shot vs. pass decisions on the move.

Jermichael Johson, Apopka: A 6’3 junior, Johnson is very athletic and explodes to the basket with the ball.  As quick as he is, Johnson makes perimeter shots with regularity and isn’t always in a “to the basket or bust” mode.  He uses his physical traits well when it comes to rebounding and defense.

Tijan Barrie, Jacksonville Potter’s House: A 6’8 junior, Barrie was a force around the basket with his ability to score against physical defenders.  He also ran the floor for scores and got some easy points on stickbacks.  Barrie rebounded his area and played physical without fouling on defense.

Evan Sterck, Gainesville The Rock School: A 6’3 junior, Sterck is a point guard that can score.  He looks to get others involved and has solid ball-handling and passing skills to go along with good court vision.  Sterck will complete tough drives at the basket and has deep range on his perimeter shot.

Trey Jackson, Lakeland HS: The 6’4 junior was dialed in from the perimeter, sinking five threes in the game we took in. However, that wasn’t all Jackson did.  He often took the ball strong to the basket, got out in front of the defense for scores in transition, and was a physical defender.

Myles Jones, Fort Myers Gateway Charter: The 6’3 junior had a solid showing Sunday afternoon.  He had a couple of steals, one turning into a highlight dunk, hit a couple of perimeter shots, and finishes some tough drives around the basket.

Arlindo Bernardo, Kissimmee Central Pointe: A 6’8 junior, his length and athleticism are enticing.  While he didn’t get many offensive opportunities, he made the most of them when they came his way.  Bernardo is quick off the floor to grab missed shots as well as challenge them on the defensive end.

Kelvin Vangeto, Gainesville The Rock School: A 6’9 junior, Vangeto missed some time in the game we watched after colliding with an opponent, bumping knees.  When he did return, he showed an ability and willingness to run the floor, pursue rebounds out of his area, and make shots facing the basket.

Cornel Wheeler, Jacksonville Wolfson: A 6’3 junior, this environment was tailor-made for a player with his athleticism.  He was relentless in attacking the defense, scored well from mid-range, and was a better-than-expected passer.  Wheeler rebounds well for his size and is quick to push the ball up the floor.

Sam Shoptaw, Windermere Prep: A 6’3 junior, Shoptaw does a good job of dictating pace, even in a chaotic camp setting.  He knows when to push it and when to slow things down and make the defense work.  Shoptaw is a good perimeter shooter but knows how and when to take advantage of a defender that plays too close.  He is good at scoring around the basket in a crowd.  Shoptaw quickly gets the ball to open teammates for good shots.

Mekhi Hudson-Dillard, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy: A 6’1 junior, Hudson-Dillard set the table for teammates for a couple of scores, then dropped in a pair of threes.  Later on, he showed his could drive and score in a crowd, completing a couple of “and one” plays.

Caleb Sanders, Riverview Bell Creek Academy: A 6’6 junior, Sanders is an athletic wing that will score in numerous ways.  He has three-point range on his shot, is quick to the basket, and has the leaping ability to finish over opponents at the basket.  Sanders handles the ball well, is a grab-and-go rebounder that can start the break, and an under-rated passer.

Tate Darner, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic: A 6’3 junior, Darner is know for his ability to connect on shots well past the high school arc.  He is becoming much more adept at handling the ball vs. pressure, attacking the basket off the bounce, and finishing through contact.  Darner plays with great energy and works hard on the defensive end.

Julien Rodriguez, Kissimmee Bi-Lingual Christian Academy: A 6’1 junior, Rodriguez showcased a reliable three-point shot, good passing skills and defensive instincts.



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