Posted On: 01/17/18 2:07 PM
Tyrese Williams, Oldsmar Christian
The 6-foot-8 forward has been a bullish scorer who always sparks the team with thunderous, explosive dunks. Beyond his above the rim game and superior bounce, Williams has been a threat on both sides of the ball.
He’s constantly raising his level of play despite playing out of position due to shortened personnel. A walking double double, Williams is a natural scorer and as high percentage a threat as you will find in the reputable SIAA conference.
Ricardo Clouden, Oldsmar Christian
Few players at 6-foot-4 can do a little bit of everything, which is the role Clouden subscribes to on this team.
He’s a hard-slashing guard who gets by people and finishes at the rim. He’s also an adequate at the rim defender and a ball handler who can orchestrate offense. He’s made strides as a consistent pull up shooter and a guy who can create his own shot and pick apart a defense.
Assane Diouf, DME Academy
The 7-foot-1 Class of 2018 Center has a wealth of upside with his ability to block, manipulate, and alter the trajectory of shots in the paint. Yet a focal point for his day-to-day progression has been his offensive game and his footwork.
Diouf exemplified his growth in this area with a 17-point performance during DME’s 55-53 victory over The Rock School of Gainesville. Sold on his upside and mountain-man build at 7-1, Diouf currently holds offers from Georgia Tech, UMass, and Rutgers.
Tyrieke Blakeney, West Oaks
The 6-foot-2, Class of 2018 guard poured in 23 points on an 8-for-16 clip during West Oaks’ 79-70 loss to Victory Rock Prep on Tuesday night.
Blakeney, who has shed a reputation has a gunner, has become more developed in his one-on-one game. He’s also evolved as a pull-up threat and gained a knack for taking defenders off the dribble and getting into the lane and scoring.
Though he is the known younger brother of former Oak Ridge star (and current Chicago Bulls guard) Antonio Blakeney, the senior guard is actually flying under the radar recruitment-wise.
Madut Akec, Victory Rock Prep
The Class of 2018 forward has grown exponentially as a featured scorer. At 6-foot-7, Akec has evolved into a key piece alongside South Florida-signee Michael Durr in the post.
Akec, a two-star recruit who is starting to open the eyes of high-major programs, scored 20 points to lead Victory Rock over a formidable SIAA foe in West Oaks on Tuesday night.