Coach Jeremy Shulman has done another great job of assembling a team full of Division 1 prospects at Eastern Florida State College. They are coming off of a Runner-up finish in Region VIII and from the looks of their play at the Southeastern Jamboree this year they will be a contender this season. 2016, 6’9”, power forward Zavier Peart is a returner and let everyone know Saturday he would be a force to be reckoned with. Zavier is a strong physical post player that can score back to the basket and moves very well for his big frame. 2016, small forward, BJ Gladden is playing his first season at Eastern as he transferred in from Akron University. Gladden was rock solid all day both on the boards, and with timely buckets. He is very effective from the mid post as he can face up and finish well through traffic and contact. Freshman qualifier, CJ Jackson joins the team from high school power house Montverde Academy and showed he was ready to lead this team at the PG spot. CJ shot the ball well from deep and made it tough for defenders to keep him out the paint.
Bret Campbell in his first year at the helm of Chipola College has his first recruiting class in and had a great showing this weekend at the Southeastern Jamboree. Freshman qualifier Antwain Johnson of Malone HS (FL) got his college career off to a great start putting his athleticism and skill set on full display. Johnson hit a huge game winning three for the Indians in their first game versus Saint Pete College. Clemson transfer Patrick Rooks got his first JUCO action this weekend as well and he wasted little time showing he could score in bunches. The left handed combo guard plays with a ton of energy and knocked down shots from all over the floor. 2016, wing, Junior Saintel is one of the top returners to Region VIII as he averaged 14ppg last season as a freshman for the Indians. Saintel shot the ball well over the weekend and was effective off the dribble. With the talent these guys have at the guard spot, expect them to make a ton of noise in conference play.
Coach Pete Pena has led Pensacola State College to back to back appearances in the Region VIII State Tournament. After seeing the talented group play together this weekend at Southeastern Jamboree, it’s safe to say they will make another strong run at the State Title. 2016 point guard, Hassani Gravett, transferred into Pensacola from Louisiana Lafayette and made it clear he was a competitor with loads of talent. Gravett has a tight handle and seems to always be in complete control of his team. He can knock down shots with consistency and has a great feel for the game. Another player that made a big impact for the Pirates this weekend was 2016 guard, Jonell Ginnie, who is a returner from last year’s team. Jonell has good size and seems to always put pressure on defenders by attacking the rim. He was able to knock down some three’s, but was most effective off the dribble. Freshman newcomer 2017, forward, Kani Coles showed he could finish around the rim, and has a great frame with decent athleticism. Expect this freshman to start leaving his mark very early in his career for the Pirates.
Coach Martin MacCann has one of the best recruiting classes Palm Beach State College has had in a number of years. Palm Beach struggled this weekend overall, but showed to have one of the more talented teams in the Region. Hawaii transfer Sammis Reyes played at a high level all weekend on both the offensive and defensive end. The 2016, 6’7 forward, has great versatility and showed the skill set to score back to the basket as well as facing up and attacking. 2016, 6’7 Joseph Williams-Powell is another talented forward on roster for the Panthers. Powell played with more energy and intensity than anyone we saw at the Southeastern Jamboree. He is an aggressive rebounder and finds ways to make a big play when his team needs it. Palm Beach however is led by 2016 point guard, Ivan Canete, who some consider one of the most talented guards in the entire Region. Canete at 6’3” has great size for the PG spot and can survey the floor with poise like a savy Division 1 PG. He has good athleticism and he is a lights out shooter with range.
Coach Steve DeMeo has Northwest Florida State College primed to make a run at defending their National Championship, even though they only have one returner. After watching NWF this past weekend I walked away most impressed with their depth at every position. 2017, Combo Guard, Jared Wilson-Frame is a Notre Dame Prep kid that sat the second semester at Hutchinson CC(KS) last year. He busted onto the JUCO scene this weekend with his scoring ability from all three levels. Frame is a bigger guard at 6’5 235 lbs that can create his own shot, and is capable of being one of the most efficient scorers in the country. 2017 power forward Moustapha Diagne (ESPN #58) was originally committed to Syracuse before being ruled ineligible by the NCAA this summer. Moustapha has the skill set and scoring ability to be one of if not the best power forwards in the country. He did a great job of rebounding high with two hands, and has great footwork for a 6’9 big. Southern Mississippi transfer Shadell Millinghaus is another new comer to JUCO scene that wasted no time making his presence felt. The lightning quick guard was making plays all over the floor this past weekend proving to be very difficult to contain especially in transition. Millinghaus is about 6’2, 205 lbs and put his athleticism on full display at the Southeastern Jamboree.
Junior Saintel Returns to Chipola
Region VIII is arguably the top Junior College Region in the country. Each year Region VIII produces several Division 1 players and some of the nation’s most sought after recruits. Class of 2016 Junior Saintel is one of the top returning sophomores to the region as he averaged around 14 points per game and around 3 assist per game as a freshman for Chipola College.
Several division one schools have expressed to us how intriguing he is as he can score the ball from the perimeter at 6’7”. He showed the ability last year to knock down shots off the catch with consistency and he was able to create his own shot. Saintel exploded for his season high of 30(+) points last year at home against Motlow St College (TN).
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Standout PG's Elite 80
In this portion of the Select 80 #FloridaChallenge Recap we will mention a few of the Top PG’s that competed this past weekend.
#FloridaChallenge Point Guards
Deric Patton is a 2016/6’2/PG out of Carroll High School that catches your eye very quickly. Patton has an unofficial vertical of 40(+) inches and s very explosive off the floor. He breezed his way into the Top 20 All Star Game with scoring in a variety of ways. Patton knocked down the deep ball, and blew past defenders the whole weekend.
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Select 80 Florida Challenge MVP
Class of 2017 Ibrahim Doumbia played last season with Arlington County Day, but after one season he has decided to make the move down to Miami Country Day. At 6'8" he is still one of the most athletic guys in any gym he steps in. Including the Select 80 Florida Challenge,
Doumbia had a very strong showing last year in the #FloridaChallenge , but he really dominated this year from start to finish. Early in the skill development drills we noticed much improvement in his jump-shot, as he looked comfortable knocking down shots off the dribble. He used his versatility to go by defenders and finish at the rim in the 1on1 competitive drill stations.
In the showcase games, both days, Ibrahim impressed us with how much energy he plays with. His perimeter skill set is developing at a fast pace and we could see him moving his way into the top 50 in country as wing recruit.
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Jamari Wheeler is "Moving" His Way to Success
Very few knew who Class of 2017 PG Jamari Wheeler was before the start of this AAU season. As we are getting the July live period rolling there is starting to become more of a BUZZ surrounding Wheeler. We have spoken to several college coaches lately that have all been asking about this young Point Guard.
Wheeler recently made the decision to transfer about 45 minutes up the road from Suwannee High School to well known, basketball power, The Rock School (FL). When asked about his decision to transfer Wheeler said, " I felt like I would benefit from playing against better competition, and I was confident The Rock would prepare me to make an impact at the next level." With the skill set he has and his aggressive nature you can expect Wheeler to make an impact at The Rock right away.
Jamari currently holds a 3.2GPA and is planning to major in Business in college. He stated that the schools business program would factor into his college decision. Jamari told us some of his goals for the upcoming season was to improve the 16 he made on the ACT to a 20(+), continue to become better on and off the court, make everyone around him better, and be apart of a team that makes it to the National High School Tournament.
To this point he holds two offers , which come from Bowling Green and Tennessee Chattanooga. He has received interest from UF, UCF, Troy, UNC Asheville, Stephen F. Austin, Ohio, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, Wyoming and a few others.
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