East Polk County League: Tuesday Night Notes

High School

Posted On: 06/13/18 7:34 AM

On Tuesday night, three games were played at Lake Wales High for the East Polk County Summer League.

Here are the results:

Sebring 51, Avon Park 31
Sebring 33, Liberty 25
Lake Wales 66, Haines City 42

These are the top performers on the evening.

Eric Brown (Sebring)

Eric Brown played at Sebring as a freshman before transferring over to Avon Park last season. Now, the 6’6″ 2020 forward is back with the Blue Streaks and he looks more polished than ever. Brown is active on the glass, chases down blocks in transition and is beyond athletic. He makes strong moves off one dribble inside, out muscles players for the ball and eludes defenders often.

Bonus: 2021 Sebring guard Shemar Hawthorne is a talented outside shooter. He netted 18 points in the win over Avon Park, all on 3’s that he buried off quick passes.

Walter Clayton Jr. (Lake Wales)

Walter Clayton Jr. is a confident 2021 point guard. The 6’3″ athlete was hitting outside looks with ease, making smart decisions with the ball and he served as a floor general by creating space for his teammates. Clayton Jr. has gotten taller and more mature on the floor. The sky is the limit for his progression.

Bonus: 2020 Lake Wales guard Javon Holt proved to be a scrappy guard who loves to snag boards and put in the work as an attacker.

Rickey Lovette (Avon Park)

Ready to take a big jump for Avon Park this season, 2021 forward Rickey Lovette has a chance to be a nice piece. The 6’6″ wing scored 14 of his team’s 18 first half points in the loss to Sebring. He hit four 3’s in that opening half and took advantage of his outside looks. He certainly has room to improve his shot selection and his overall conditioning, but Lovette is coming along.

Jaylen Williams (Liberty)

The shots weren’t falling on the night for 2020 forward Jaylen Williams in the loss to Sebring, but he handled the rock well at his 6’5″ frame and kept battling. Williams stays in his zone defensively, blocks shots when squared up and uses his quick feet and long arms to score inside. He also has a nice spin move when driving into the lane.

Bonus: 2019 forward Joel Pena-Gonzalez is a hard nosed defender, who grabs boards and gets putbacks to go when down low.

Tarik Williams (Haines City)

Tarik Williams is the clear No. 1 option for his team. The 6’2″ 2019 guard scored in bunches and hit from the mid-range and 3-point mark. He’s hard to slow down at times when he has the ball in his hands.