Posted On: 09/5/18 1:29 PM
Florida has endless prospects that can score the rock. Shooters are all over the big state and we are always looking for top notch players with a seasoned jumper.
Here’s a look at eight underappreciated shooters from the Class of 2020 across Florida.
Javon Bell is a pure athlete who has a chance to throw down dunks early and often. However, he has grown as a shooter especially from the mid-range. Backtrack to June when his Santa Fe Catholic team, playing with only six players. In that game, Bell scorched Oldsmar Christian, making it from anywhere on the floor. The 6’3″ guard couldn’t be slowed down and his confidence as a shooter is impressive.
3-point shooting has always been Christian Shaneyfelt’s top strength. Dating back to his freshman season at Countryside, the 6’6″ forward was drilling triples often. He transitioned to a deep Lakewood Ranch team last season and is now poised to be a top piece in his junior year. Shaneyfelt did plenty for SEBA this summer in AAU ball, shooting at a high clip and driving to the rack to draw contact. He holds offers from Stetson, UNF and Canisius.
This is a kid who averaged just over 18 PPG as an 8th grader. Last season at Gibbs, he had three 40 plus point games with a high of 46 while averaging 24.9 PPG. Gilliam shot nearly 40 percent from deep. At 5’10”, the undersized point guard is the man for the Gladiators and he could easily replicate his success from last season and then some.
Stetson extended an offer to sharpshooter Van Wilkes in mid-July. It marked the first offer for the Winter Park junior guard. At 6’4″, Wilkes has attributes colleges enjoy seeing in terms of natural leadership, a seasoned outside touch and floor stretch ability. Look for his best and most reliable season yet coming up.
Berkeley Prep has a lethal shooter in guard Kegan Karnes. As a freshman, the 5’8″ Karnes was able to make an impact from 3-point land. He took it to another level as a sophomore with drives to the rack and knock down jumpers. He got a chance to run with E1T1 16U this summer and flashed. Karnes is going to be seen with a new light as a junior and it should be fun.
Spending his freshman season at Sebring, Eric Brown went to Avon Park last fall. He’s now back at Sebring. The 6’6″ guard/forward can get going quickly and is going to be asked to do a lot for the Blue Streaks. Brown spent this summer with Team Knight showcasing his ability. When he is open, he will pull the trigger and defenses need to take notice.
Experiences have come aplenty for Victor Rosa who has suited up for the U17 Puerto Rico squad in this summer’s FIBA U17 World Cup. The 6’5″ guard is a steady contributor and when he’s able to create for himself, there isn’t much to do to stop him. Rosa is the top guy at Central Pointe Christian, a hardworking program that is all about promoting its players.
Last but not least might be the most underrated guy on this list. This summer, Torey Buie suited up for the Central Florida Rising Stars and really stood out as a sound mid-range shooter. Buie has grown a bit in size and confidence since I saw him last at the Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo in 2017. The 6’3″ guard is starting to get it going consistently.