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Posted On: 12/4/18 9:48 PM
I made the trip over to Seffner Christian on Tuesday night as the Crusaders played host to Jacksonville Providence.
Providence pulled away in the second quarter, eventually winning 73-47.
Here are five takeaways from the evening.
When you are 6’5″, strong, smart and athletic then you are pretty dangerous as a basketball player. Those are just some of the attributes of 2019 Providence guard Ahren Freeman. The leader of the Stallions, Freeman is so savvy with the basketball in transition and rarely makes a mistake. A New Orleans signee, Freeman finished with a game-high 19 points. He will be a truly versatile and unselfish guard at the next level.
The progression of 2021 6’10” Providence forward James Lee Repass from our event the Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo in September to this point is noticeable. The sophomore has very nimble feet, constantly moves around down low and commands endless attention from defenses. Lee Repass is a mismatch against any team and he’s just scratching the surface of his talent. He had 14 points on the night.
Landing at Seffner Christian, Willie Jones has the athletic body that college programs desire. At 6’5″, the 2021 guard/forward is hard to slow down when he comes into the paint. His shooting touch isn’t where he wants it to be, but he was still able to produce a team-high 10 points. Jones was red hot in the first quarter, scoring seven points.
A senior transfer from Bishop Snyder, 2019 5’11” guard Chris Bailey is certainly a nice guy to have alongside Freeman and Repass. He notched 13 points in this game. Bailey’s speed is undeniable and after seeing him work hard at the UCF team camp with Providence, it was obvious that his fit was ideal. Bailey is going to be counted upon to break down defenses in transition and score on lay-ins.
In a very deep Class 4A-District 4, Seffner Christian is certainly better suited for a real run this season than it was a year ago. Senior guards Corey Quarterman and Khalil Waleed, sophomore forwards Willie Jones and Mike Trigg and junior guard Dante Vaughn all represent versatile athletes for the Crusaders. Sophomore guard Isaiah Reed is also a player to watch. Head coach Sam Moorer has his team playing the right way and games like this against a tough Providence group will only help as the season moves forward.