Posted On: 01/1/18 4:28 PM
Turo Dean, South Miami
As a facilitator and a scorer, Dean is staking his claim as one of South Florida’s most unheralded guards this winter. Though he may not have the same lofty expectations and high-profile status as more well-known (and heavily recruited) local products such as Neftali Alvarez or Jamal Mashburn Jr., Dean has put up 21 PPG while turning in several double digit assists games.
Dean scored 18 points and seven assists, helping catapult South Miami to a thorough 81-55 pummelling of Western back on Dec.28. Dean averaged 22 points and five assists in earning a spot on the All-Tournament team of the Junior Orange Bowl Classic in Miami.
Richard Nunez, North Miami Beach
At 6-foot-8 and capable of handling the ball and playing some point forward, Nunez wears a lot of jerseys for this North Miami Beach squad. While he’s multi-positional and the jack of all trades type, Nunez is best known for his reliable scoring. He’s emerged into one of Miami’s top go-to options, averaging a robust 22.9 points.
Also a threat on the offensive glass and showcasing a vastly improved back to the rim game, Nunez has been the centerpiece of North Miami Beach’s souped-up, baseline to baseline attack.
A steady stroke from 3-point territory has accelerated Nunez’ rapid evolution as an all three levels’ scorer. With Nunez’ knack for triggering the transition game and outfitting the ball fresh off a defensive rebound, his presence is imperative in North Miami Beach’s tendency to keep the defense on its heels.
A double double threat who is additionally adept at creating offense, a recent stat line is symbolic of the versatile imprint Nunez leaves on the game. Nunez went off for 37 points, eight boards, six assists, and five blocked shots against Winter Park.
John Square, Florida Christian
Many have Square pegged as one of the more overlooked prospects in Florida. In averaging 22 points per game thus far, he’s been proving their words prophetic. A dynamic finisher and versatile shot blocker on the other end, Square has incorporated a one-on-one game into his arsenal as a scorer. His ability to elude defenders off the dribble and create his own shot and finish in crafty fashion has paralleled his emergence.
Capable of scoring on the mixed bag of 3-pointers, nifty floaters. up-and-under finishes, and in transition, the Class of 2020 Square is manufacturing points at a torrid pace. The 6-foot-6 forward has been physical, relentless, and a sheer workhorse.