Florida Workout: The Young Guns

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The third annual Team Florida Fall Workout closed Sunday with a glimpse into the Sunshine State's future. Members of the 2011 and rising freshman classes were on display.

The Nike Team Florida Fall Workout and Exposure Camp wrapped up on Sunday as some young of the top young talent in the state of Florida took the floor. After the juniors and seniors did their thing on Saturday it was time for the freshman, sophomores and even a handful of eighth graders to show off their talents. As expected, it was a good glimpse at some of the young talent that the state has to offer and a chance for a lot of young guys to put themselves on the radar as college prospects at one level or another.

Jonathon Holton, PF/SF- A long and athletic forward from Miami (FL) LaSalle, he's a kid who has high major potential at some point. He elevates quickly for dunks, uses his long wingspan to swipe boards off the glass and even has shooting range to the three point line. Nicknamed "Sponge", he's got good enough lateral quickness for the wing but will need to work on his ball handling if he wants to end up as a three man.

Jason Pimental, PF- Very young for his class, the 6-6, maybe 6-7, West Port High product just turned 15 in June but shows plenty of poential. A good athlete who can already finish above the rim, he has some skill scoring the ball out to around 12 feet. His motor isn't bad and neither is his ability to finish with his off (left) hand in traffic.

Kasey Wilson, PF/SF- A hard working 6-5 tweener from North Port High, he's a guy who is easy to like because he plays so hard on each end. A fine leaper who had several slams in traffic, he also looks like he's got the tools to develop into a reliable spot up jump shooter. A good mid level prospect, he is a bit of a tweener and will need to grow a little for the four or work on his ball handling skills to play out on the wing full time.

Evin Graham, SG/PG- The Ft. Myers High product did a great job of getting into the lane and converting around the rim. A wispy kid with long arms, he changes directions well. He likes to shoot one and two dribble pull-up jumpers but could afford to extend his range a bit more. He's got upside in that he's yet to mature physically and can already create his own offense.


Alton Gattling, PG- The Palm Beach Gardens youngster is a fine looking lead guard prospect. A lengthy six foot ball handler who likes to get to the rim, he's got a great motor, pretty good feel and is unselfish with the ball. He also shows promise as a jump shooter and hit several pull-up jumpers from between 12 and 15 feet.

Devontae Morgan, SG/PG- As the day wore on it became pretty apparent that 6-2 product of Tampa Prep was among the best players in the gym. With excellent length, a good feel for the game and an accurate jumper to 20 feet he was able to score pretty much at will off the bounce. A personable kid, he made multiple visits to the assembled scouts to ask what he should be working on and actually appeared to be paying attention to and appreciative of any feedback he received.

Javon Price, PG- A skinny and quick 5-11 playmaker from South Dade high school, Price put together a nice afternoon. He used his first step to get to the rim, took good care of the ball and knocked down some looks from deep. Time and how he matures physically will be a big part of where he ends up as a prospect, but for now Price is off to a good start.

It's really important to make it clear that we are going to be extremely cautious in mentioning a few select 8th graders from the Workout because of their age and how much will change. That being said, 6-1 combo guard Kasey Hill from Mt. Dora was among the most productive players in the camp. Blessed with terrific straight line speed, bounce and ability to score off the bounce he was tough to stop. At 14 years old he's already capable of finishing dribble drives with dunks or pulling up for sweet 12 foot floaters.

Another 8th grader making a pretty strong impression was D.J. White. A 6-1 combo guard from Miami, White already has a good frame, excellent quickness and can really get to the rim off the dribble. Understandably, his shot is a little bit of a push shot but he should shoot more of a traditional jumper as he develops more strength and maturity. With size 15 feet, long arms and a baby face, it's a pretty safe bet that he's got some more growing left to do.

6-8 Center Josh Brown from Clearwater High is going to be an interesting kid to watch. The skinny big man isn't all that athletic or strong and hasn't come close to growing into his long frame. However, he seems to find ways to put the ball in the hole and at the end of the day that's the name of the game. …

Scottie Wilbekin is proof that you don't have to play flashy to earn some attention. A solid 6-2 combo guard from the Rock School, the sophomore was among the most well rounded and fundamentally sound guys in attendance and could have a future somewhere on the division one level with continued development. … Jonathon Holton is the classic tweener at this point. His athleticism and 6-6 frame are that of a wing player. But, his comfort zone is closer to the rim. More than anything, though, the most important thing for him is learning how to get after it on each and every possession. …

As a 6-3 SG/SF, Deland High sophomore Dennis Diaz makes a nice impression with his jumper that is good to the three-point stripe. He's also got a good frame and a great attitude. Kids are notorious for dogging it through the skill sessions of exposure camps like the workout but Diaz was easily among the camp's hardest workers and that trait will mean positive things for him down the road. …

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