Fort Lauderdale (FL) On January 19th and 21st I attended the Tournament of Champions’ MLK Classic at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale. The event, in its 24th year is hosted by Wesley Frater, the founder of Tournament of Champions. Each year his organization hosts events in South Florida and the Caribbean which serves to educate youth and to provide a platform for them to display their athletic prowess before the community. Frater is assisted by Jean “Doobie” Dubuisson, the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at ASA College in Miami and co-founder of RMF (Respect My Face) Magazine which covers the South Florida High School Basketball scene.
West Oaks Academy 86
Sarasota (FL) Booker HS 55
It didn’t take long for SIAA powerhouse West Oaks Academy to solve Sarasota Booker’s zone defense. They did it by increasing the tempo and push the ball at the Tornadoes before they could set up. The three headed guard tandem Tyrell Jones (6-1 SR), Selton Miguel, (6-5 JR) and A.J. Neal, (6-0 SO) disrupted the Tornadoes offense and turned them into east buckets on their end. If not for a quiet 25 points from Jordan Clark (6-3 SR) of Sarasota Booker, the outcome would have been worse as the flood gates opened early and often. The Tornadoes were down 62-32 after 3 quarters and could only muster baskets when West Oaks got sloppy.
PORTLAND (OR) – 27 elite high school basketball players descended upon the City of Portland on April 8 for the 21st Annual Nike Hoop Summit. The players would be split up into two groups, the USA Junior National Select Team (players born in the United States) and the World Select Team (players born in other countries). The week began with 4 days of workouts and practices which culminated with one of the most prestigious post season elite high school basketball events of its kind.
INDIANAPOLIS-On Friday evening April 27th I sat in on an Under Armour Association 17U game at Best Choice Field House in Fishers, Indiana. Undefeated DC Premier barely got by Sports U (NJ) 57-55 in a hard fought contest.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for visiting icmplay.com. You have many choices when it comes to high school basketball recruiting information so I’m happy that you took the time to stop by. Most would agree that evaluating talent is an inexact science. As you know there are many factors to consider when determining an individuals intrinsic value. One must somehow foresee what should be based on what is. Although we all use certain metrics to reach the conclusions we do about the level of competition an athlete is projected to excel on in college. There are many variables in the equation which can alter the trajectory of a player’s development. Some human, and some just circumstance. Still we get too hung up on rankings. Each year some of the most highly regarded student-athletes fall short of their unrealistic expectations, while lightly regarded prospects ascend from virtual obscurity to go on to celebrated college careers. And in some cases professional careers.
The Class of 2000 produced a little known guard from Richards High School, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, who entertained offers from a handful of suiters before committing to Marquette University. He went on to lead the Golden Eagles to the 2003 NCAA Men’s Final Four, after which Dwyane Wade went on to become a perennial NBA All-Star and 3 time NBA Champion with the Miami Heat. In 2006 a rail thin 6-2 guard from Charlotte (NC) Christian School began his freshman year at Davidson, the only school that recruited him with any real conviction. Today, Steph Curry is a 2 time NBA Champion and former league Most Valuable Player as a member of the Golden State Warriors. As a former elite travel team and tournament director I will offer my unique perspective while delivering an honest and unbiased journalistic assessment of high school basketball talent. And let there not be any doubt that ICMPLAY. I hope to see you on the circuit.
Yours in Hoops,