Forty-eight of 68 NCAA Tournament squads have Florida flavor


Posted On: 03/20/19 5:36 PM

High school basketball in the Sunshine State continues to be on the rise.

Forty-eight of the 68 programs that earned berths into the NCAA Tournament in 2019 have Florida connections on their respective rosters.

Only Colgate, Fairleigh Dickinson, Georgia State, Houston, Iona, Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Montana, Oklahoma, Old Dominion, Oregon, Prairie View, St. Louis, Utah State, Vermont, Villanova and Virginia do not have a player with Florida ties.

Tuesday night in the First Four, Belmont senior guard Kevin McClain — out of Hamilton County in Florida — went off for 29 points during an 81-70 victory over Temple. Other Sunshine State connections that will be playing in the NCAAs include:

Abilene Christian

Jaren Lewis (Sr.), Orlando Lake Highland Prep

Arizona State

Luguentz Dort (Fr.), Jacksonville Arlington Country Day; Kyle Feit (Fr.), IMG Academy


Chase Maasdorp (Fr.), The Out-of-Door Academy; Austin Wiley (Jr.), Calusa Prep


Darius Allen (Jr.), Chaminade-Madonna/Palm Beach State


Kevin McClain (Sr.), Hamilton County


Koch Bar (Jr.), West Oaks Academy/Jacksonville Arlington Country Day; Jayden Hodgson (Jr.), Arlington Country Day


Jeremy Harris (Sr.), Gulf Coast State; Davonta Jordan (Jr.), Cocoa/Montverde Academy; Ronaldo Segu (Fr.), Orlando Christian Prep; Tra’Von Fagan (So.), Florida Southwestern State; Antwain Johnson (Grad), Malone


Rashawn Fredericks (Jr.), Tampa Chamberlain


R.J. Barrett (Fr.), Montverde Academy; Antonio Vrankovic (Sr.), Pine Crest


Andrew Nembhard (Fr.), Montverde Academy; Gorjok Gak (Jr.), Bradenton Victory Rock Prep; Kevarrius Hayes (Sr.), Live Oak Suwannee; Isaiah Stokes (Fr.), IMG Academy; Dontay Bassett (So.), Oldsmar Christian; Keith Stone (Jr.), Deerfield Zion Lutheran

Florida State

RaiQuan Gray (R-Fr.), Fort Lauderdale Dillard; Trent Forrest (Jr.), Chipley; Ty Hands (Fr.), Palm Beach Lakes; Anthony Polite (R-Fr.), Boca St. Andrew’s; Travis Light (R-So.), Montverde Academy; Christ Koumadje (Sr.), Montverde Academy; Wyatt Wilkes (So.), Winter Park; Will Miles (R-So.), Orlando Trinity Park; 


D.J. Laster (Sr.), Pensacola Catholic; Brandon Miller (Grad), Orlando Christian Prep; David Efianayi (R-Sr.), Ocoee High; Nate Johnson (R-So.) Hollywood McArthur


Filip Petrusev (Fr.), Montverde Academy


Udoka Azubuike (Jr.), Potter’s House Christian; Silvio de Sousa (So.), IMG Academy

Kansas State

Barry Brown (Sr.), St. Pete Gibbs; James Love (R-So.), American Heritage


E.J. Montgomery (Fr.), Fort Pierce native/Montverde Academy


Scottie James (R-Jr.), Tarpon Springs


Ryan McMahon (R-Jr.), Sarasota Cardinal Mooney


Daryl Edwards (Sr.), Northwest Florida State; Darius Days (Fr.), Gainesville Rock School/IMG; Emmitt Williams (Fr.), IMG Academy/Orlando Oak Ridge


Eric Ayala (Fr.), IMG Academy; Serrel Smith Jr. (Fr.), St. Pete High; Bruno Fernando (So.), IMG Academy


Colin Castleton (Fr.), Daytona Father Lopez


Marcus Carr (So.), Montverde Academy

Murray State

Brion Whitley (Soph.), Sarasota Riverview; Brion Sanchious (Sr.), Oakland Park Northeast


Jordan Caroline (Sr.), Montverde Academy

New Mexico State

Berrick Jean-Louis (Fr.), Canterbury School

North Carolina

Nassir Little (Fr.), Orlando Christian Prep; K.J. Smith (So.), IMG Academy; Ryan McAdoo (So.), Boca St. Andrew’s

North Carolina Central

Larry McKnight Jr. (R-Sr.) Miami Norland/Palm Beach State

North Dakota State

Tyson Ward (Jr.), Tampa Prep


Shawn Occeus (Jr.) Park Vista/Grandview Prep; Jason Strong (R-Fr.) Cardinal Gibbons/Westminster Academy

Northern Kentucky

Silas Adheke (R-Soph.), Eastern Florida State transfer 

Ohio State

C.J. Jackson (Sr.), Eastern Florida State; C.J. Walker (Jr.), Florida State

Ole Miss

Blake Hinson (Fr.), Deltona High


Emmanuel Dowuona (Fr.), Westwood Christian

St. John’s

Josh Roberts (Fr.), Montverde Academy; L.J. Figueroa (So.), West Oaks

St. Mary’s

Malik Fitts (R-Soph.) University of South Florida transfer

Seton Hall

Ike Obiagu (So.), Florida State; Sandro Mamukelashvili (So.), Montverde Academy; Darnell Brodie (Fr.), Montverde Academy


Howard Washington (So.) Montverde Academy


Jasen West (Fr.), Orlando Lake Highland Prep


Lamonte Turner (R-Jr.), IMG Academy

Texas Tech

Brandone Francis (R-Sr.), Jacksonville Arlington Country Day/Florida; Norense Odiase (R-Sr.), Delray Beach Elev8 Sports Institute


Yuat Alok (Jr.) Impact Academy/Chipola CC; B.J. Taylor (R-Sr.) Orlando Boone; Dre Fuller (Fr.) Admiral Farragut; Dayon Griffin (R-Sr.) St. Pete; Xavier Grant (Fr.) American Heritage; Levy Renaud (Fr.) Davie University School; Ibrahim Doumbia (So.) Miami Country Day; Chad Brown (Sr.), Deltona; Chance McSpadden (R-Jr.), Winter Haven; Tacko Fall (Sr.), Liberty Christian Prep; Ryan Anders (Fr.), Tampa Wharton; Anthony Catotti (R-Sr.), Seminole; Collin Smith (R-So.), Jacksonville Bolles


Spencer Rivers (Sr.), Winter Park


Corey Douglas (R-So.), Tallahassee CC; Sean Mobley (So.), Cocoa Beach/Montverde Academy; KeShawn Curry (Fr.) Jacksonville Andrew Jackson; Michael Gilmore (R-Sr.), Jacksonville native/FGCU

Virginia Tech

Kerry Blackshear Jr. (R-Jr.) Orlando Evans


Noah Dickerson (Sr.), Montverde Academy


Tai Strickland (Fr.), Tampa Catholic/St. Pete High 


Fletcher Magee (Sr.), Orlando First Academy


Paul Atkinson (So.), Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy; Austin Williams (Jr.) Jacksonville Bolles

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