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Posted On: 03/21/18 4:31 PM
The regular season is over and with that, a ton of seniors played their final high school games.
So many 2018 prospects have been overlooked by college programs.
Here is part two of 10 seniors (2018 players) that are underappreciated.
ICYMI: Part 1
Antonio Daye (Ft. Lauderdale)
It was quite a year for the 6’0″ point guard as he came down to Florida from North Carolina. Daye averaged just over 25 PPG along with 6.0 APG and 5.0 RPG as he flashed his determination and abilities to lead an offense. He holds offers from Temple, BYU and Abilene Christian.
DJ Henderson (Wharton)
Young for his age, Henderson has tendencies to find good spots on the floor. He hits the mid-range well and can get inside often. At 6’5″, the Wharton senior could be best served to play a post grad season. No offers have come yet for him but Yale, Brown, Princeton, Stetson, Penn and Rice have shown interest.
CJ Williams (Countryside)
A high IQ point guard with superb ball skills, Williams is still waiting for his chance. He has earned looks recently from Rider and Dayton. The 6’2″ guard is a pass first player, but his outside shot is polished and his combination of speed and handles hurt defenses. Williams averaged 17.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 6.3 APG.
AJ Johnson (Florida Prep)
There was no second straight state appearance for Florida Prep, but you can bet Johnson hustled all year long for his team. The 5’10” blazer performs at a high level often switching off the ball with fellow senior guard Dejuon Small. It is a real pick your poison situation with the guard duo as both can get it done.
Matthew Berry (Countryside)
Coming over from Oldsmar Christian, 6’6″ forward Matthew Berry provided a spark inside for the Cougars. He had some very bright moments. Berry is at his best when he puts his head down and attacks. He settles for jump shots instead of driving to the basket and drawing contact. Berry is a pure athlete with untapped potential.
Ricardo Clouden (Oldsmar Christian)
It was a revamped Oldsmar Christian squad that featured Clouden alongside fellow senior Tyrese Williams and junior Braxton Bartlett. Clouden, a 6’3″ guard transferred from Lennard to play at Oldsmar. He leads by example with his hard work and dedication. He gets to the paint and can strike from outside.
Jonathan Dos Anjos (Victory Rock)
Seton Hall, VCU, College of Charleston and South Alabama have all offered Dos Anjos. The 6’8″ forward was often the best outside shooter for Victory Rock this season. He grew into his increased role in a big way. His length is key for him defensively and helps him as a shooter.
Zay Stevens (Rockledge)
A mainstay for Rockledge as a four-year starter, Stevens was part of a deep group of athletes for the Raiders. The 5’10” point guard shoots at a high clip and gets everyone involved in transition. No offers have come yet for Stevens, but he deserves a chance with his high IQ game.
Michael Lankford (Atlantic)
Strong and lengthy, Lankford has a chance to be a really special player at his 6’6″, 200-pound frame. He played consistently for Atlantic this season as the Sharks made a deep run in the regional tournament. He hasn’t earned an offer, but Lankford has drawn interest from Navy, Stetson, Eastern Washington, Yale, College of Charleston and Texas-San Antonio.
Denari Garrett (Sickles)
It wasn’t the best season for Sickles coming off a state title. Garrett spent much of the summer recovering from an ankle injury. He showed flashes during the regular season. At 6’6″, he is long and athletic and can mix it up inside. If he can add muscle, Garrett will certainly be playing somewhere this fall.
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