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Posted On: 01/7/18 2:49 PM
While Suncoast entered its 9th Annual Charger Classic on an 8-1 tear, it withered against a formidable foe in Tampa’s Walter L. Sickles High School.
While the thinner frontline and an 0-12 funk they started the game in built an early hole, the raised competition level is an important factor for a program of Suncoast’s caliber.
They were able to play against a top-shelf program. A thorough 30-point throttling though it was, Suncoast did take some positives from the game and find areas for improvement.
The Class of 2021 forward is big, physical, and plays within the confines of the system. He’s improved as a defensive presence. A game of this magnitude against Sickles, when matched up against a hotly pursued recruit of 6-foot-8, 240 Bryce Workman’s caliber was quite the learning experience for him. Though he was saddled with foul trouble, Bowles showed promise in scoring nine of Suncoast’s 17 first half points as they overcame an early rut.
The 6-foot-4 Bowles is often tasked with playing bigger than he is at times. With a steady and growing back to the rim game, Bowles has also improved as an interior passer. There is plenty of upside and promise associated with his game. If he develops a consistent shooting touch and can bring a three-man’s skill set, he has the potential to be special.
The 5-foot-10 guard has a nice little stroke and an evolving pull up game, as he displayed during the second half of the loss to Sickles. A key aspect that differentiates Foden is his ability to attack the rim and take bigger defenders off the bounce. He’s relentless in attacking the post and has a bit of a swagger/mental moxie that parallels his game. He’s got a 3-point game to him and continues to savor the game management role, as he showed against a short-handed Potter’s House team.
A 6-foot-1 guard, Rolle has the potential to be an elite on-ball defender. He’s got the athleticism and the quickness that mirrors Suncoast’s baseline to baseline attack and emphasis on pressure all across the court. Another attack the rim threat who loves to go inside and finish.
Strong, well-built guard has an effective offensive game underscored by a smooth touch from beyond the confines of the arc. Showed a scoring aptitude in the second half against Sickles, albeit Suncoast had dug itself an insurmountable ditch at that point. He again showed the stroke beyond the arc against Potter’s House, a game in which he got free for tip-ins and was active all across 94 feet.
The 6-foot-6 forward has sneaky bounce, an attribute which parallels his ability to be a high percentage threat around the rim and at point blank.