Posted On: 01/8/18 5:25 PM
Mclenby Geffrard, Suncoast
While Suncoast struggled mightily against Sickles (Tampa) in the tournament opener on Friday night, the hosts bounced back against Potter’s House Christian of the reputable SIAA conference on Friday night.
Geffrard’s perimeter shooting and knack for dialing in from downtown paced Suncoast, which is off to a sizzling 9-2 start this season. A key spot-up threat, Geffrard brings veteran experience in a guard-laden lineup.
Miles Coleman, Dwyer
Against four high major Division-1 players on University School, Coleman made a statement. In pioneering Dwyer’s upset bid of the No.3 team in the country, Coleman hit deep 3-pointers and displayed an effective off the dribble and pull-up scoring acumen.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard catalyzed Dwyer’s early onslaught with 13 first half points. He comtinued to keep his foot on University’s neck in the second half, albeit Vernon Carey’s presence inside ultimately staved off the scare while subsequently helping gut out a pulsating win for University School.
Coleman, who has an offer from North Florida and interest from programs such as Stetson and Lipscomb, cemented his Division-1 status with an eye-opening performance during a game of this magnitude.
Chase Johnston, Westminster
The Class of 2019 3-point ace has validated head coach Ehren Wallhoff’s pre-season assessment of him as “the best shooter in the state.”
In Westminster’s pulsating come from behind overtime victory over Florida Prep, Johnston hit 4-of-6 in the first quarter, scoring the Lions first six points.
After getting free for short range jumpers and using the glass effectively, Johnston flashed a quick release 3-point shot in the second half.
Fitting, as Johnston holds offers from Florida Gulf Coast, Stetson, Bucknell, and several others.
Johnston’s touch and bolt-quick release are translatable to Division-1 basketball.
A certified gym rat, Johnston has hit numerous timely treys in high pressure situations this winter.
Jimmy Beane, Potter’s House Christian
With his ability to levitate above defenders and get his shot off on the fly, Beane has a hard to guard quality to his high-arching jumper.
A smooth jumper and his knack for creating space for his shot give him a notable upper hand which greenlights him as a featured scorer.