Posted On: 03/9/20 10:13 PM
Over the course of this season, I have come to witness first-hand the basketball talent that resides in South Florida. One team that jumped out to me on the court was the Northeast Hurricanes in Oakland Park. With the 8th highest strength of schedule in the state, Northeast amassed a 20-6 record and won a Class 5A-14 district championship.
With a stockpile of D-1 talent returning, the expectations will remain high for the Hurricanes next season. In building of this years success, 2023 point guard Greg SpateGregSpate6'5" | PFNortheast | 2023StateFL will look to take the reigns as the next superstar for the program.
While the budding 6’5″ talent is in midst of his high school career, Spate has been working for his moment long before lacing up his sneakers for the Hurricanes.
“I have been playing basketball since the age of three,” said Spate. “Basically, once I saw a basketball court at my school I asked if they had a team I could play on. While I started to play, I really got serious with the sport in the sixth grade. I focused more on basketball and quit playing football. After that, I began too play travel more.”
With years of development already under his belt, the rising sophomore already has a terrific skill set that he looks to implicit onto the high school level. From a physical standpoint, Spate brings all the tools you look for at the point guard position at a young age.
“I think the strengths of my game are creating opportunities for my teammates,” said Spate. When that’s not available, I am confident I can knock down shots and make smart plays on the basketball court.”
Certainty, Spate is in a good situation at Northeast. From my perspective, the Hurricanes will have one of the more talented teams returning next season and should be hungry after a loss to Pembroke Pines Charter in the state tournament. Returning for Northeast will be (2021) guards Wesley Cardet and Jameon HarrisJameonHarris6'5" | CGNortheast | 2021StateFL as well as 2023 forwards Matt and Ryan BewleyRyanBewley6'9" | PFNortheast | 2023StateFL. With those players locked in, Spate has a tremendous opportunity to grow his game with those players on the floor beside him.
“I am really trying to work on my defense and put pressure on my opponent,” said Spate. “While I think I am a pretty good ball handler, I can always improve in that area as well. On top of that, I am going to continue to work on my shot. On this level, you really have to be strong physically as well as mentally so I am always trying to improve in that aspect. It is really helpful getting to play with those guys everyday and train with them. They are all high major players and that helps me gauge the level of my game against them.”
With this season is at a close, Spate plans on staying busy throughout the summer with Team Breakdown on the Under Armor Circuit. As has become custom around the country, basketball is a year around sport for players looking to take their games to the next level. In this case, Spate is looking to emerge in the South Florida area.
While you might have a better description of his skill set, Spate has plenty of role models in the NBA he looks to mold his game after. It is safe to say if he can pick up anything from these players, opposing teams should be on alert next fall.
“I look up to people in the league that have a similar body build to me and play similar,” of said Spate. Of course, I am a big fan Kevin Durant, Brandon Ingram and I also like Cam Reddish.
Watch out for Northeast…South Florida.
And for Greg SpateGregSpate6'5" | PFNortheast | 2023StateFL as well…because he is coming…soon.
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