Team Under Pressure: 2020 Prospects


Posted On: 04/4/18 10:17 PM

Team Under Pressure is gearing up for the summer ahead.

The 2020 group is a hard working one that shoots well and hustles on both ends of the floor.

I took in a practice under head coach John Bianchi’s command on Wednesday night. Here is some analysis regarding the players on the 2020 roster.

Josh Frazier (Solid Rock)

The best shooter in the practice was hands down 6’2″ Solid Rock guard Josh Frazier. He is a machine from outside. Frazier also has good handles which help him separate from defenders on jumpers. Frazier is deceivingly athletic and could further his game with more attacks to the rim.

Noah Tran (Palm Harbor)

An undersized but gritty player, Noah Tran stands at 5’9″ if that. However, Tran can shoot from all over the floor and his ability to slash to the basket and dish out passes in mid-air really help his offensive game.

Jose Romero (East Bay)

Confident and smooth, Jose Romero performed well throughout the night as an attacker, shooter and vocal leader. The 6’1″ East Bay guard has mature skills and uses his body well when headed to the rim.

Milos Merrick (IMG)

A high IQ guard, Milos Merrick is always keeping his side in check by calling out defensive help. On offense, the 6’3″ guard is served best when gliding into the paint. He is a good shooter, but his ability to weave past defenders is his best attribute.

Jordan Savage (Alonso)

It seemed as if Jordan Savage got his hands on every rebound. The 6’3″ Alonso guard was routinely grabbing boards on the offensive glass, putting his body on the line to do so. He has a nice jumping ability which gives him an advantage on layups and dunks.

Kolbe Alves (Gulf)

A sound ballhandler, Kolbe Alves knows how to lead an offense. When asked to drive inside, the 6’1″ Gulf combo guard can do that as well. Alves is a determined player who certainly brings a nice relaxing demeanor to this team.

Justin Honore (Superior Collegiate)

Quietly sound, Justin Honore has gotten better since the high school season ended last month. The 6’5″ Superior Collegiate forward is good inside. He uses his length to his advantage and knows how to get by defenders with his strength.

Jalen Ortiz (Oldsmar Christian)

A guy who likes to push the ball in transition, Jalen Ortiz is served best as a distributor and tough-nosed defender. If called upon, the 5’10” Oldsmar Christian guard has the ability to be a reliable two-way player for this group.

Jazaih Balark (Alonso)

One of three Alonso players on the roster, Jazaih Balark flashed his outside touch. The 6’2″ guard brings a ton of energy to the defensive end of the ball as well. He’s longer than his frame and plays with a purpose.

George Liandros (Countryside)

Skinny but poised, George Liandros had bright moments with his mid-range and 3-point shot. The 6’2″ Countryside guard represents the future for the Cougars, a team that will look a whole lot different next season.

Players not in attendance: Lakewood G Elijah Jackson and Alonso F Miguel Miranda