This Week In Florida With Delton Hayes

FLORIDA -- Delton Hayes, in his weekly feature, keeps us up to date on the happenings in the Sunshine State.

Florida Insiders Update (Week of Jan 21)

Round II for Florida's Top Two

The match-up between # 1 Evans HS and # 2 Edgewater HS followed the same script as Round 1,with the bigger more experienced Evans team taking care of business. Top 100 senior Yusef Baker, a South Florida signee, led the winners with 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Talented sophomore Darius Washington had 22 for Edgewater.

Martin Luther King NIKE Classic (Miami,Fl)

Rice HS (NY) stole the show this weekend defeating two of Florida's giants. Two-time defending State champ Dillard HS fell 74-58 and Miami Northwestern 69-51.Rice backcourt tandem of Jason Wingate and Keydren Clark were the best I've seen in many years of following HS basketball, totally dominating on both ends of the floor. 7-2 junior Shagari Alleyne nearly recorded a triple double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks. I'll go out on a limb and say that Shagari will be a lottery pick one day.

Arlington Country Day School (Jacksonville) led by Top 75 juniors Dwon Youmans and TJ Bannister 63-53 over Pace Catholic (Miami) and Oklahoma St. signee Julian Richardson.

Dillard HS 93, Cypress Creek 92: As Amare Stoudemire entertained the 3,000+ crowd to 41 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks. The Dillard fans turned against their own team and started cheering for Amare and Cypress Creek. Many famous and infamous folks were in south Florida for the holiday and hoops classic, including Mark Jackson (ESPN), Miami Heat coaches, Rob Wilkes (FSU), Ed Pinckney (Villanova/NBA), George Raveling (NIKE), Leonard Hamilton (UM/NBA), and yours truly Delton Hayes.

Diamondback Challenge

UNO recruit Billy McDade led Largo HS to a 64-58 win over a young, but very good Vanguard HS (Ocala, Fl). McDade scored 28 for the winners, while rising sophomore Jordan Carrier led the Knights with 18.

Santa Fe HS 74, Champagnat Catholic 58: Wing James Shuler (Winthrop) tallied 18 for the winning Raiders.

Small school power Faith Christian (Orlando) embarrassed the large 5A school North Marion High 81-38. Ivy league recruit Nathan Artt scored 24.

Top junior Wesley Green – 6-8, 260 – had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks in a losing effort against state power Lakewood HS (St. Petersburg).

Recruiting News

 Two of the nation's better-unsigned wing players have made some advances in their recruiting situations. Marcus Morrison of Lakewood and BJ Leath are receiving more interest. Morrison has had his share of visits from college coaches, phone calls Tulane and UMASS saw him play recently, and Auburn is scheduled to visit this week. He is scheduled to visit Fresno State January 26.

While Leath, a 6-6 point-forward from Lake Wales, Fl, is in contact with Miami (FL), UNC-Wilmington, FSU, Seton Hall and others. Leath is averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Terrance Kinsey (Tampa, Fl) Kinsey is a 6'6 wing guard is averaging over 25 points and 10 rebounds a game. He is currently receiving attention from University of Miami, Boston College, Florida Southern, University of Massachusetts, University of Central Florida, and Butler University.

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