Conference Preview

Posted On: 12/17/15 1:07 PM

Review of 2014-2015

Wellington took down McArthur and Hagerty in the state tournament behind phenomenal play from Trent Frazier, Alex Dieudonne, Lester Gates and Aaron Kwiatek. 

TEAMS TO WATCH IN 2015-2016

Wellington- The defending champs, Wellington returns a lot of players from their run last year, including junior Trent Frazier, and senior Alex Dieudonne. 

Lake Brantley- Lake Brantley is a squad that we expect to get a lot of wins behind the play of Johnny Mooney, the Notre Dame commit. However, Lake Brantley isn't just Mooney, he has a strong supporting cast that can help him out down the road in the playoffs. 

Riverview- Riverview added another piece this year in Brion Whitley, that will help take some pressure off of AJ Caldwell to provide the scoring. UT-Arlington signee D.J. Bryant is a player who we will have a close watch on as he is going for a state championship in his senior year after a big summer for Team Speights. 

Oak Ridge- The addition of Niko Oliver (transfer from Evans), will significantly boost Oak Ridge's chances of getting to Lakeland. Michael DeVoe is a year older, and will be running the team and we expect him to continue to only get better. 

St. Pete- With Darius Banks, Sorrell Smith and Travis Bianco returning as top options from last year's team for the Green Devils. They will be a fun team to watch, as Banks and Smith will not only be on this year's team, but next year's as well, so they are setting up back-to-back-to-back Lakeland trips. 

Winter Park- Any team that has Wyatt Wilkes returning will have a chance to do some serious damage and will have a shot to get to Lakeland. Kevin Buckley is returning as well, but this is a relatively new team compared to their past squads. 

BEST 8A PLAYER IN 2015-2016

Trent Frazier- An elite point guard, Frazier has picked up offers from Baylor, Illinois and many others over the summer, going into his junior year, we expect his PPG to take a jump. 

SLEEPER TEAM IN 2015-2016

Apopka- Apopka is loaded with young talent this year, led by Jai Clark, who burst onto the scene this summer for E1T1 15U, we expect Clark to have a big year scoring the ball, alongside sophomore Shaquan Joules, who is a big who will be a difference maker in the long term. 

 

PREP HOOPS FLORIDA’S PRESEASON TOP TEN TEAMS IN 8A

1. Wellington

2. Winter Park

3. St. Pete

4. Sarasota Riverview

5. Lake Brantley

6. Oak Ridge

7. Boone

8. Wharton

9. South Miami

10. Apopka