De’Shayne Montgomery, North Lauderdale Somerset Prep: The 6’3 junior played much bigger than his listed size as he is quite long and angular. An instinctive defender, Montgomery disrupted the passing lanes and harassed ball-handlers. He got to rebounds quickly before taller opponents was quick to push the pace. Offensively, Montgomery was at his best when he could slash to the rim.
Jamai Tejada, Hialeah Mater Lakes: The 5’10 sophomore proved to be a strong driver and finisher in the two games we took in. He was fearless in getting to the rim in a crowd, drawing lots of “and one” opportunities. A good athlete, Tejada is more scorer than distributor when in charge of the offense. He only took one perimeter shot during those two games, a missed three, so that is a question to be answered at a later date.
Jasai Miles, Miami Country Day: The 6’5 sophomore proved to be an athletic and aggressive rim attacker. He also proved to be a good passer and decision maker when getting the ball in the middle of the floor. Miles made some open perimeter shots, making it tough for the defense to key on his drives. He rebounds well for his size at both ends and is improving as a defender both on and off the ball.
Pedro Brown, Boca Raton Grandview Prep: We had seen the 6’7 senior in the past but this time it was like the light had come on. He scored on drives from the high post and short corners, showed a nice touch around the basket and displayed an ability to stretch the floor, hitting enough perimeter shots to keep the defense honest. Brown rebounded his area at a high rate and challenged shots in close.
Ryan Sanchez, Hialeah Mater Academy: The 5’10 senior is what every coach loves and every opponent hates. Sanchez is a tough individual at both ends of the floor. He proved to be both fast and quick with the ball, getting into the paint, breaking down the defense and creating shots from teammates. Sanchez was a ferocious on-ball defender and made in extremely difficult for the opponent to get into any offensive flow.
Bobby Stewart, Boca Raton St. Andrew’s: The 6’8 senior showed a high basketball IQ that more than makes up for limited athleticism. He is an excellent passer from either post area and is a physical rebounder and defender. Stewart has a good touch around the basket, some basic post moves that he uses to score and an ability to pull defenders away from the basket with his perimeter shot.
Latrell Flenor, South Miami: The 6’8 freshman showed a lot of promise in the Cobras loss to Ely on Monday. Flenor has good size and athleticism for a young player. He ran the floor, pursued rebounds, and did not shy away from the physicality of the Ely defense. His offense is a work in progress, but he already has the physical tools to be a recruitable D-I player.
Micah Bell, Miami Archbishop Carroll: The 6’4 senior has a bit of a funky shot but it was falling consistently Monday night. Another high-level athlete, Bell got to the rim, both in transition and half-court sets and finished well above it. He played the passing lanes well and came up with a couple of blocks on the defensive end.