Changing Places: Key Transfers and Pickups
Posted On: 06/29/18 2:02 PM
Tylor Miller, Forest Hill
After establishing himself as a knockdown shooter with bouncy athleticism, Miller bought into the featured piece role at Santaluces. He became more proficient at scoring from coast to coast and defending multiple positions. During the Suncoast tournament back in January, he showed an adeptness at defending the rim and really jumping with bigger players on their forays to the rim. Make no mistake about it, Miller is a natural competitor with athletic gifts.
Yet he never saw eye to eye with the coaching staff at Santaluces. There was a constant sideshow. Ultimately, he’ll have the opportunity to continue to thrive as a two-way threat.
Miller has the scoring, athleticism, and defensive know-how to play a prominent role this season. He’ll be a key player to watch in Palm Beach County. If he can keep his head on straight and continue to make plays during opportune times, he’ll ratchet up his chances to play high level basketball. He’s a monstrous athlete at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds.
Aiden Abell, Coral Springs Charter
(pictured above) The 6-foot-3 Class of 2022 prospect, who has elected to play at Coral Springs Charter, is already using his length and athleticism to make plays. He’s dunking with both hands regularly now and scoring against bigger, stronger guys in the post. Like countless other prospects who will cross the threshold into high school basketball, he must adjust his game to more of a guard’s skill set.
He made tremendous strides with Triple Threat Elite, making plays off the dribble and developing a dependable deep jumper. His shot release and form are impressive, albeit a quicker release is a necessity for longer defenders and hard closeouts at the next level.
Anthony Pellerano, Doral Academy
The transfer via Sunset has an inside/outside game that is still growing. He plays with a full throttle mentality, constantly going after 50-50 balls and applying tight defense. He’s become more reliable at creating his shot from all levels. In the Class of 2019, Pellerano is a very confident catch-and-stick option. He can play multiple positions and has shown the ability to catch, face, and hit the medium range jumper. Expect his scoring and leadership to take off at Doral.
Noble Crawford, West Oaks Academy
The 6-foot-5 wing transfer should provide immediate contributions on a team laced with tough, highly-touted guards. Skinny but wildly athletic, Crawford is an all three levels scorer. He’s constantly engaged in the game, which will align with Kenny Gillion’s bedrock principles of awareness and intensified pressure across all 94 feet.
Jimma Gatwech, Undecided
Several SIAA programs are trying to woo the 6-foot-3 Class of 2019 prospect, he of the electrifying hops and natural open court finishing ability. While he’s a bit thin and needs to pack muscle onto those toothpick arms of his, Gatwech has shown a reliable jumper and was very efficient shooting the ball from deep during Scott Golden’s All American Jamboree in Apopka back in October. He’s got all the tools as far as length, athletic ability, high efficiency. His killer instinct is still coming along.
Juwan Dawes, Undecided
The Class of 2022 prospect has a game that is so ahead of his time. He can really pass the ball and find cutters both in the half court set and transition. While his shot form needs some work, he showed an ability to really hit shots and score the ball in a variety of ways during the PBC Hoops fall league. He’s a competitor and has some fire in his belly out there. The best thing about him is his motor and his want/desire to be good. These are typically characteristics that translate into a stellar four year varsity career.
Mike Cooper, Undecided
The Class of 2022 prospect is a 6-foot-2 sniper. He’s got advanced level shooting from beyond the arc. As he proved recently during Palm Beach State camp, he’s able to get hot in the hurry. Defensively, he’s becoming better at really developing adroit on-ball instincts. He’s shown a knack for eliciting turnovers and converting them into transition buckets. As he continues to develop his body and play against higher level competition, expect him to generate buzz and headlines before you know it. The West Palm Beach native is currently weighing different possibilities as far as where he will attend high school.