Posted On: 09/19/16 6:30 PM
There were a TON of players that stood out at the Expo on Saturday, but here were the 10 who stood above the pack to the staff evaluators at the Big House on Saturday.
MVP: Ivan Smith- Oviedo- 2017- Smith put together the most complete day at the Expo that we saw. He had quite a few highlight reel dunks and near misses that made teammates and the crowd go crazy as well. Smith currently doesn’t hold any offers, but that should change quite quickly after this weekend. Florida Southern College was there watching Smith, and he put on a show all weekend. Played the game the right way showed off touch on passes, as well as finished at the rim.
Ricardo Clouden- Lennard- There was quite a push from some of the staff of the event for Clouden to win MVP, but Smith just edged him out. There was a scout who said that if Clouden continues to focus on basketball, he could end up at the LM+ area with improvement. He got to the rim well, and he was efficient on the offensive end. He has a great frame for the perimeter on the defensive side of the game as well.
Michael Forrest- Blanche Ely- Forrest wasn’t the quickest or most athletic in the gym, but he was by far one of the most successful. He played great defense, using his hands to get into traffic and poke the ball loose, leading to a breakaway and an easy bucket. He had a very good sophomore year last year for the state champs, and he will be right back in the same situation this year in Pompano Beach.
Jose Placer- Master’s Academy- Placer had a great motor the whole day and played all the way through to the final whistle. He’s tenacious finishing at the rim, and he shot the ball quite well from deep. He’s establishing himself as one of the top mid level point guard prospects in the state. Potential to be a mid major PG.
Caleb Edwards- South Fork- Edwards separated him this past summer for CP 25 SE Elite, and his length was very problematic for opponents on the defensive end this year. He needs to continue to add weight, but he has an extremely high ceiling in the long run, and at 6-foot-7, he can play multiple positions.
Josh Charlery- Oviedo- Charlery was a difference maker for his team, playing great defense down low blocking quite a few dunk attempts, and he was a beast on the block throwing down multiple vicious two handed dunks. He may not get the same amount of buzz as Smith, but he’s going to be a big help down low for Oviedo.
Shaquille Harris- American- Harris was very good all day on Saturday, he was a big factor on both ends of the floor, and showed off his significant athleticism consistently in transition, and he played extremely hard the whole day.
Nick Santos- Lake Howell- From a coach at the event- “I thought he was the hardest playing kid out there that I saw all day. took it like an in-season game, picking up defense full court.” High praise for the starting PG from Lake Howell. He’s bound to have a very solid season this upcoming year.
Luke Anderson- Lakeland- Despite being one of the younger players at the event, there were few players who had the blend of size, quickness and strength that Anderson possessed. There were times where he led the break, and was extremely efficient the whole day on both ends of the floor.
Tyler White- Durant- White is about as smooth as it gets from the perimeter. Armed with a smooth lefty stroke from deep, White filled it up consistently, and earned quite a bit of praise from the schools that came out to watch him. He’s a guy who can play the two and get you some serious points in a hurry.
Others mentioned: Joe Russell (Titusville), Thierry Moliere (Tampa Jesuit), Josh Williams (Choctaw), Tommie Luke (Dwyer), Damien Marquez (Lake Howell), Matt Simpson (Plant City), Justin Johnson (Boyd Anderson), Nick Jiles (Lake Gibson), Dorian James (Chain of Lakes), Lavorris Givins (Palm Beach Lakes).