Traveling Team: Team Florida

Team Florida is going to go as far as one man can carry them this year. That's right, Keith Brumbaugh returns not only as his squad's top dog, but as one of the elite talents in America.

Team Florida head coach Tom Topping won't have to worry about junior forward Keith Brumbaugh when his team takes the court this spring and summer. Topping knows what's driving his talented star.

"He wants to be the best player in America at the end of the summer in his class," Topping said. "Those are his words. He doesn't want to see anyone else's name ahead of him on any lists. I think it's good. It's not selfish; he just wants to go out with a bang."

The 6-9 Brumbaugh is part of a stellar perimeter package that will drive Team Florida all spring and summer long. "I think the strength of our team is definitely on the perimeter," Topping said.

"No. 1, between Vytautas Valiulis and Walter Hodge I think we have two of the premiere guards in the southeast. If you move over to the two you have Keaton Grant who is a poor man's Jason Rich. At the three you have Jeremiah Rivers who is a Jason Rich clone.

"Brumbaugh, he brings inside out and can do it all."

There is no Alexander Kaun to man the middle. Forward Zarron Cann injured his knee so he's out. Manning the post will be Arminus Urbutis and Raymond Sykes. Urbutis is a guy that college recruiters will be eager to check out this spring.

Topping's group will be a big draw on the circuit because of the diversity of the players. For instance, recruiters will be anxious to see the foreign contingent that arrived this year at Montverde School. They'll also pay close attention to Hodge whose star just might be on the rise and of course, Brumbaugh will be one the main attractions of the summer.

Team Florida – Clearwater, Fla.

Head Coach Tom Topping

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect Keith Brumbaugh

Projected Starters PF/SF Keith Brumbaugh (6-9, 180, JR), PF Arminus Urbutis (6-9, 215, JR), PF Stanley Hodge (6-0, 160, JR), SG Jeremiah Rivers (6-4, 170, SOPH), SF Keaton Grant (6-4, 175, JR).

Others SF Luc Mbahamoute (6-7, 185, JR), PG Vytautas Valiulis (6-1, 165, JR), Giedriuis Knysas (6-6, 160, JR), C Raymond Sykes (6-9, 185, JR), SF Stephane Bakinde (6-8, 185, JR)

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