The Five-Star 2nd Annual Florida Super Session once again provided a great opportunity to see some of the special blossoming talent in the “Sunshine State.” The size and athleticism on display was been very impressive.
The program showcased the work and ability of a true 25 Division 1 prospects amongst the near 90 hopefuls that spent the better part of the weekend.
Oozing of potential are three upcoming sophomores that will burst onto the national scene:
Haanif Cheatham 6-6 2015 Pines Charter HS
Cheatham is a silky smooth point guard with a high basketball IQ. Shot has really improved in a year. Has the habits to succeed. Hearing from Baylor, UCF, Miami, Florida, FSU, FIU, FAU and Murray St.
Alaowei Talent 6-6 2015 Coral Springs Christian
Talent has talent. As gifted an athlete as there is in this class. The more court time he gets will result into exponential benefits, he is just starting to learn the game but he wants to learn and really works. Hearing from George Mason, Murray St, Miami and
Latarence Butts 6-2 2015 Suncoast HS
Butts has some toughness and explosion in his game. Shoots it reasonably well with maturation has true upside. Hearing from UCF.
Brandon Johnson 6-2 2016 American Heritage (Plantation, FL)
Emerging point guard that creates in space and makes those around him better. With continued development on his perimeter game, change of speeds, could be next big name out of the area. He is a big time football prospect as well.
Leandre Thomas 6-7 2016 St Petersburg
Solid four-man brings the lunch-pail and competes every time out. Lefty possesses a nice array of developing moves and an offensive willingness. If athletic quotient improves (foot speed, fluidity, bounce) could really take off.
Jean-Michel Tine 6-6 2016 Impact Academy (FL)
Raw talent that is just figuring it out with less than a year of structured basketball under his belt. He has serious wow factor. Once it starts to click and it will, he can be as good as any in the country.
The senior class represented well;
Amida Brimda 6-11 2013 Miami Pace
Tremendous defensive presence who has dramatically improved his offensive game in this past year. Plays extremely hard. He is a “mid-major plus” that can become a “high major” with continued offensive development and some bulk on his frame.
Kahlil Thomas 6-7 2013 Pompano Beach Blanche Ely (FL)
Great worker, plays with bounce and a smile. Mid Major + . If he can develop consistency with the outside shot and create separation with the dribble has a chance for ACC/Big East offers.
Nurra Zanna 6-7 2013 Coral Springs Christian
Plays extremely hard and aggressive. If he can shake the “tweener” tag (right now really an undersized four on the next level), is worth higher looks.
Breaking up the Florida party, was Jairus Holder a 6-6 2013 from Mt Zion (GA)
Rail-thin multi-dimensional athlete does it all well. Superb athlete that shoots it with the best of them. A 2/3 who stole the show and brought the house down. He holds offers from Ole Miss, UT Chattanooga, Jacksonville, Appalachian St and Tennessee St.
Others that impressed were
DJ Allen 6-2 2013 Blance Ely and Dallas Cameron 6-3 2013 Blance Ely HS
Both guards a big part of the State Champs. Dallas holds offers from N Florida, Stetson, American and Jacksonville. Cameron is a very good outside shooter with more credentials but look out for DJ emerging as the better overall prospect by the end of it. Hearing from Radford, Jacksonville, NJ Tech.
Two to Follow:
Gulliver Prep has two impact players to compete in the State’s best region; 4A Region 4.
Japhet Kadji 6-7 2013 has great length and athleticism. A true wing that displays nice perimeter touch and quality bounce. Best days are ahead of him. Brother, Kenny was a high major player and Japhet a little late to the game can end up as talented before too long.
Antonio Ralat 6’3” 2014 showed a high basketball IQ and skill set while leading his team to an undefeated record. A true point guard who played for the Puerto Rico Under-16 National team. Antonio showed great court sense and can score the ball as well. D1 colleges take note, he needs to be on your radar.
And Then There Is:
Cardinal Gibbons backcourt of Ryan Andino 6-2 2013 and Jose Morales 5-8 2015 will make the Ft Lauderdale school a destination for many D1 coaches this season. Andino is as good an outside shooter as there is in the State and Morales is a lightning quick penetrator who is impossible to contain. Currently, Andino has offers from Rider, Florida Gulf Coast and Morales is hearing from Alabama, Miami, FAU, FIU, Princeton, Murray St and Ivy programs.