Posted On: 04/3/18 3:18 PM
High school season has been in the books for a few weeks now and AAU tournaments are already underway here in Florida.
Here is a look at 10 prospects in the 2019 class that could see their stocks rise here this spring.
Luke Anderson (Lakeland)
Georgia Tech, Xavier and Ole Miss represent Luke Anderson’s latest three offers. The 6’7″ big man has developed into a point man this season while tacking on muscle. He’s found a home at Team Knight and he should only boost his stock this summer with them.
Samuel Griffin (Westminster)
Transferring to Westminster after playing at Norland, Sam Griffin made giant strides as the Lions captured back to back state titles. The 6’1″ guard is a talented outside shooter but his aggressiveness and attacking ability shined often this season. He’s running with Team CP25 once again which is a good thing.
Johnnie Williams (Booker)
Bouncy and athletic, Johnnie Williams was part of a deep Booker group that nearly dethroned defending champion Leesburg in the state semifinal. The 6’5″ forward is a slasher who has a nice inside touch. He’s playing for E1T1 United this summer and should draw the attention of plenty of college programs.
Kmani Doughty (Florida Prep)
The move to Florida Prep for Kmani Doughty gave him more seasoning and instinct. A natural athlete with a strong physique and high IQ, the 6’5″ guard/forward became an aggressor this season. He’s playing for Team CP25 this summer which is a solid fit for his skillset.
Jaden Campbell (The Rock)
Shooting at a high clip and creating on his own are two attributes of Jaden Campbell. The 6’4″ guard helped The Rock win the SIAA title over Victory Rock last month. He’s not done growing, has endless confidence and seems to just to be hitting his stride. He’ll play for UPlay Canada back home this summer.
Byron Smith (The Villages)
Alongside Terry Ivery and Tre Mann, Byron Smith and The Villages have a good trio of athletic guards to make plays. Smith, a 6’0″ guard is not the strongest player, but he has a quick hitch and his movement to the rack is impressive. Smith is playing for Nike Team Florida this summer.
Tyrus Jackson (Riverview)
When healthy this past season, Tyrus Jackson was hands down the most consistent piece for Riverview. The 6’3″ guard battled through injuries. He has a bright basketball IQ that helps him make plays along with his athleticism and long arms on defense. Jackson will play for Nike Team Florida this summer.
Robert Gomez (Nature Coast)
One of the purest shooters in the Tampa Bay area, Robert Gomez is fresh off another solid season. The 6’3″ Nature Coast guard can take the next step forward if he becomes more assertive as an attacker to the paint. Gomez will play for Balkman Elite this summer.
David Cexil (Tampa Bay Tech)
Due to take over the point guard role with 2018 starter Tyrick Brascom graduating, David Cexil performed well in his place at times and alongside him. Standing at 5’8″, Cexil won’t intimidate you with his size, but his shooting touch and vision as a passer is fun to watch. He’ll play for Skills Center Elite this summer.
Malcolm Whitlow (Carrollwood Day)
Scoring in bunches is something Malcolm Whitlow did consistently for Carrollwood Day this season. The 6’2″ guard came down to Florida via Nebraska and wound up averaging 31.8 PPG for the Patriots. Whitlow dropped 47 points in a win over Durant at the inaugural Prep Hoops Sun Bash in January. He’ll get his chance this summer with E1T1 United.