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Class of 2006 Prospects

  • Jason Bennett - 7'0 - Arlington Country Day - MVP of 2006 All-Star game. Wreaks havoc defensively due to height and coming along offensively. Needs better go-to move in post than old-fashioned hook and stop putting ball on the floor in the post.
  • Roy Brunn - 6'0 - South Dade - Point guard applies solid pressure defensively, runs the break and half-court sets well, and can knock down shots when he has to. "Very under-rated."
  • Tyrone Curnell - 6'6 - West Orange - Probably the most potential of any one in the class. He is athletic, gets to the rim quickly, and is a good passer. Needs to develop mid-range jumper off the dribble and make quicker decisions with the ball.
  • Princeton Curry - 6'4 - Poinciana - Can play either guard spot, but may be more effective off the ball. Great athlete with consistent 3 point shot. If he gets stronger, he will do good things for USF.
  • Cory Godzinski - 6'8 - East Ridge - Tall, thin shooter struggled with shot this weekend, but did display a greater willingness to mix it up inside. Needs strength and the right system to excel.
  • Tuboris Larkins - 6'6 - Dwyer - Average athlete has strong body that he uses effectively inside. He hit a couple of threes, but needs to improve his game between the arc and the block.
  • Ken Moore - 6'6 - Tallahassee Lincoln - Strong forward over-powers smaller foes on drives to hoop and for rebounds. Can hit the outside shot but is not wise with its use. Needs to upgrade court awareness and passing ability.
  • Josue Soto - 6'0 - Arlington Country Day - Best player at event. Can do everything you want on the basketball court. Has no weaknesses. Love his game.
  • London Warren - 6'2 - Raines - Unguardable with the basketball. No one can stop him from getting to the basket, although he doesn't always finish. Has a hitch in his shot that makes him inconsistent from deep, but they went in this weekend.
  • Jarvis Williams - 6'4 - Jones - Amazing what he accomplishes for his size. If he were 4 inches taller, he might be best in state. Doesn't display jumper, but finishes around rim better than anybody.

Class of 2007 Prospects

  • Adam Allen - 6'6 - Milton - Sleeper has solid body and skill set. Can rebound, bring the ball up the floor and has range to 15 feet on his jumper. Not a great athlete but overcomes it with fundamentals and smarts.
  • Isiah Brown - 6'8 - South Miami - Solid all weekend in leading team to title game. Excellent athlete finishes around the rim, runs the floor well and has a nose for the ball. Refining his game away from the basket will cause his stock to skyrocket.
  • Nick Calathes - 6'5 - Lake Howell - Camp MVP after leading team to title and should have been chosen MVP of 2007 All-Star game. Committed to Florida and has superior court vision, basketball IQ and skill level. Only lacks strength but that will come. Should be a McDonald's All-American game participant.
  • Adam Grimm - 6'7 - Titusville - Surprising athlete shows rudimentary but solid post moves and nice ability to challenge shots, rebound, and run the floor. Extending his range on offense and better positioning on defense are needed for improvement.
  • Jermaine Johnson - 6'6 - St. Thomas Aquinas - Wide body dominates in the lane and scores over bigger foes. Moves well for someone his size. Hit a good percentage of his threes this weekend, but that is not where he is most effective.
  • Dominique Jones - 6'3 - Lake Wales - Brought ball up the floor a lot this weekend but isn't a point guard and need to strengthen his handle. Scored inside on slashes to the hoop but was inconsistent with his jump shot. Very good athlete needs to stick with his man on defense and instead of playing for the steal.
  • Joseph Katuka - 6'10 - Montverde Academy - Offensive skills are rudimentary but runs the floor well, goes high for rebounds and blocks and works hard in the post. Needs to gain strength to hold position down low on both ends of the floor.
  • Edwin Rios - 6'0 - Chaminade - Still bothered by an ankle injury, he played off the ball quite a bit this weekend. Lefty with quick release, he wasn't always on target but still made enough to be more than a threat. Is a capable passer, but teammates were not always ready. When health and at full speed, there is no one better in the class in Florida.
  • AJ Stewart - 6'8 - Arlington Country Day - Explosive athlete gets to the rim and finishes. Gobbles rebounds at both ends and blocks a bunch of shots. Tends to fade away on his jump shot so that is an area for improvement.
  • Jean Michael Yotio - 6'9 - Montverde Academy - With skill development, he could become the best power player in the class. Muscular, solid body with athleticism to spare, he can make the 15 footer and is an okay passer. If he develops a mean streak, watch out.

Class of 2008 Prsopects

  • Afemi Akimpentide - 6'5 - Montverde Academy - Extremely athletic, he plays hard and wreaks havoc on the boards and defensively on the perimeter. Finishes with a flourish in transition but needs to upgrade his shot.
  • Dante Anderson - 6'3 - Eastside - Lithe athlete gets to the hoop very quickly and finishes. Did not show much in the way of a jump shot, but in this type of camp setting, that is not unusual.
  • Zack Bailey - 6'0 - Chaminade - Quick guard can shoot and handle it, then blow by you when played for the jumper. Will dunk with two hands on breakaways. Need to turn up the defensive intensity a notch.
  • Gaby Belardo - 6'1 - Montverde Academy - Solid point guard runs the team well and will bury the three ball when passed out from the post. Aggressively defensively, but quicksters can get by him.
  • Brett Chance - 6'2 - Lake Howell - MVP of 2008 All-Star game. He was very impressive as he played under control at a high speed all weekend. Finishes in transition, knocks down open jump shots out to three and gets after it defensively.
  • Kevin Foster - 6'6 - Auburndale - Athletically, it is all there. He can jump out of the gym, run all day and has a solid body. He hit a few threes, but to be elite he needs to upgrade his decision making and improve his mid-range game.
  • Andres Kilpatrick - 6'5 - Pope John Paul II - Skilled athlete has bright future as he finished drives, passed well on the break and scored from 18 feet and in. He is certainly one to watch.
  • Miguel Paul - 6'1 - Kathleen - Very polished guard seems to play older than he is. Is very skilled offensively and athletic enough to be effective on the defensive end. Does need to upgrade his decision making in terms of shot vs pass, but he has a high major future.
  • Adam Pegg - 6'8 - Palm Harbour - Most polished of the post players in the class, he has good moves on the block but sometimes drifts outside the lane. Is a good passer from the post and while not a great leaper, his body compensates for that on the glass.
  • Eloy Vargas - 6'8 - Chaminade - Lanky shooter is more about potential right now. Still getting use to his body and dribbles too much right now. He has big-time potential once he fills out and gains strength.

Class of 2009 Prsopects

  • Emari Bailey - 6'4 - Arlington Country Day - Shoots it well to three and is effective in transition. Does a good job on the boards but needs to improve his ball-handling skills to finish drives to the hoop.
  • Kenny Boynton Jr. - 6'2 - Ely - By far the best player in the class. He is polished, athletic, skilled, and does everything well. Only weakness may be he shoots too many threes, but he makes them.
  • Keith Clanton - 6'5 - Orlando Christian Prep - Tall and lanky freshman runs the floor and battles on the boards. Skills will come as he gets older.
  • William Green - 6'0 - Olympia - Very long and looks to still be growing. Has good hops and range to 18 feet.
  • Edward Stinson - 6'5 - South Dade - More athlete than basketball player, he still does a lot of good things on the court. Rebounds, runs well, and doesn't try to do more than he is capable of.


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