FLORIDA INSIDERS UPDATE (Week of Jan 28.)
ADIDAS Basketball Shootout (Orlando, Fl)
The featured match-up had small school power Miami Christian, rated #1 in Class 1A, facing the host and large school power Edgewater HS, rated #2 in Class 6A. The visitors from south Florida lead by 5 at halftime and went up by 10 in the 4th period, but EHS isn't known for quitting, and rode the shoulders of a very talented sophomore trio of Darius Washington, BJ Johnson and Kenny Ingram. Edgewater rallied from 10 down with a little over 4 minutes to go and actually took a 4 point lead, but MC's highly skilled backcourt wasn't going to let this one get away.
Miami Christian sharpshooting guard Carlos Rivera scores the winning basket with 7 seconds remaining, his 20th and 21st points. Rivera's a mid-major target that is rated among the Top 10 prospects in the state. Underrated PG Jose Barea led with 22, and rising junior big man Ivan Lopez added 9. Darius Washington scored 19.
Ovideo HS escapes with a 79-77 win over The Pendleton school (Bradenton,Fl). Mid-major recruit Shawn Witherspoon put on show with 37 points for the winners, scoring in a variety of post moves and mid-range jump shots. Not to be outdone soph, Danny Morrissey led Pendleton with 36 on 8 three-pointers. Rising junior Renaldo Balkman continued to look good as well, and has been labeled as the next High-Major prospect in this class!
FYI: The Pendleton School
Florida's newest State-of-the-Art basketball Academy is owned and operated by IMG Inc. Pendleton opened in fall 2001 to educate and train present and future star athletes in the same manner as the Tennis Academies that were also started by IMG. The school is looking to recruit the top talent nationally and compete with the likes of Oak Hill Academy (Va). Stay tuned for more updates on Pendleton.
Match-up of the Week!
This one turned into to an embarrassing loss for two-time defending 6A champs Dillard HS as the #1 2A school Westminister Academy, also of Ft. Lauderdale, routed the Panthers 93-69. Rising sophs Taurean Green (son of former NBA player and current FAU coach Sidney Green) scored a career high 38 pts (8 3's), and wing Jack Berry had an all around performance with 15 pts., 8 rebounds and five assists. WA has a 23-2 record with both losses being to national power Lexington Catholic (KY).
Rising junior guard Ryan Exter (6-1) Winter Springs HS scored 43 pts with 10 3's. The sharpshooting guard is averaging 24pts. … St.Joseph's signee Chet Stachitas (SG) scores 32 points but the #1 3A school, Nease High, is upset by rival Trinity Christian (Jacksonville). … Desmond Copeland leads Bradenton SE High over rival Sarasota with 25pts. Copeland signed with Jacksonville University and coach Hugh Durham.
Calvin Henry of Cypress Creek HS had a triple-double (14pts, 13rbs, 12blks) against Gateway HS. Keep and eye on this rising soph! … Arkansas signee Wenbos Makubu of Miami Beach had 23 pts. and 9 rebounds in a victory over Southridge HS. … Mid-major recruit Darius Bee of FAMU HS scored 26 in a win over Chattahoocee. …
1. Roderick Wilmont, Miramar 32.3 2. Amare Stoudemire, Cypress Creek 30.2 3. Dwayne Jackson, Cape Coral Mariner 30.0 4. Daniel Sturgis, Palm Beach Berean Chr. 29.9 5. Bryan Quirch, Miami Horeb 29.5
T-1. Daniel Sturgis, West Palm Berean 16.8 T-1. Dady, Jefferson County 16.8 3. Amare Stoudemire, Cypress Creek 15.2 5. Robert Ferguson, Cape Coral Mariner 15.0 5. Michael Ford, Hollywood McArthur 15.0
1. Zabian Dowdell, Pahokee 10.5 2. T.J. McCullough, Chipley 9.3 3. Franz Schiebel, Miami Braddock 9.1 4. Adam Picow, Boca Raton Pope J.Paul 9.0 5. Patrick DellaPace, Cooper City 8.7