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Posted On: 09/13/18 1:55 PM
This year’s Prep Hoops Florida Top 250 Expo saw great talent from all over the state play with intensity, with grit, and with a determination to show who was the best on the court. Check out the underclassmen who splashed on the scene and made a new statement, for themselves.
Raquan Kelly 2022 – American Heritage Boca Delray: The 6’1” freshman made his presence on the defensive side of the floor. Whether in the post or out at the three-point line, Kelly was able to swat shots at the rim & get a couple fingers on the ball when some shot from outside. He can be a kid that grows to make a difference when it comes to perimeter D.
Bryce Johnson 2021 – Lake Nona HS: One thing I immediately loved about his game was the patience he played, with. Never forced anything, especially in the paint. Used head-fakes to draw defenders off-balance and score. When driving through the lane, he was able to control his body despite contact and finish strong.
Juan Navedo 2021 – Lake Nona HS: This sophomore is the only one I listed in my notes as a “fearless slasher”. He just didn’t care who was in the lane, Navedo was going to test you. Whether big or small, he was taking you to the rack. He got his buckets, in the process. Though just 5’11”, he played the game BIG.
Josh Mims 2021 – Melbourne HS: You could tell that Mims must only be studying the shooting forms of the greats. The sophomore wing can stroke it from deep, but had one of the best forms/releases of anyone I seen at the camp. If he can continue to build upon what he already has created, Melbourne High should have one of the purest shooters in the area.
Tavon Beard 2022- Booker HS: When it came to transition defense, he was the leader on his team, no matter the opponent. If players tried to leak out for easy scores off the rebound, he did a great job off sprinting back to cut them off, or would break-up the long pass in the air, altogether. It’s hard to teach hustle, but Beard has it down-pact.