Traveling Team: Team Breakdown

The guys at Team Breakdown don't get a lot of pub, but they always seem to exceed expectations - that is, other people's expectations.

They don't get a lot of respect, but they always seem to pop up in the playoffs of a major tournament each year.

This year won't be much different for Team Breakdown.

With a cast of unheralded players, the expectations on this group won't be all that high from others – but it's a different story within the organization.

``Every year we're underrated and I don't know why," Team Breakdown coach Kenny Gillion said. "Our record speaks for itself, but we just use it to our advantage. We're very hungry because our kids feel they're disrespected every year."

``We may not have the big names like other Florida teams do, but we're talented even though we're fairly unknown," said Tavares junior wing Jermaine Taylor, who will likely be the top scoring option on this year's club. "People will keep saying that we're not going to be very good, but we're going to surprise a lot of people."

Taylor can really fill it up, as evident by the fact that he led Central Florida – which includes Darius Washington, Jason Rich and Keith Brumbaugh – in scoring at 28 points per game. Adrian Thomas is a 6-6 junior who has drawn comparisons to P.J. Tucker because he is undersized, extremely athletic and does a lot of the dirty work.

Erik Atkinson, a 6-foot junior guard who attends Cardinal Newman, will likely start at the point and Dillard's Max Dubois, who transferred in from Flanagan prior to this season, should make a name for himself this spring and summer.

The final starting spot will probably go to athletic 6-7 junior wing Kyle Swanson, a senior from Hernando High who is slated to head to prep school next year.

``This year is our most talented team since our first year," said Kenny Gillion, whose organization enters its fifth year. "That was when we had Jamal Levy and won Spiece. We're going to be able to go 11 deep. My biggest problem will be getting all these guys playing time."

Team Breakdown (South Florida, Fla.)

Coaches: Kenny Gillion, Corey Rollins, Darrance Gillion, Zach Gillion, Larry Balfour

Affiliation: Independent

Top Prospect: WG Jermaine Taylor (6-4, 185, JR)

Projected Starters: F Adrian Thomas (6-6, 220, JR); WF Kyle Swanson (6-7, JR); WG Max Dubois (6-3, JR); PG Erik Atkinson (6-0, 185, JR)

Others: Joey Cantens (6-0, JR); WG Jeff Brown (6-3, JR); PG Tyler Marsh (5-8, JR); G Trevor Ferguson (6-5, JR); PG Deandre Boynton (6-2, JR); F Christian Soto (6-7, JR); C Sonny Salmons (6-8, JR)

Opening Tourney: Kingwood Invitational (April 23-25)

Famous Alum: Jamal Levy


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