The FHSAA boys basketball season is just around the corner. The regular season tips off on Nov. 23.
We will be looking at the top players to watch in all seven classes.
Here is a peek at the top prospects to keep an eye on in Class 4A (Districts 9-16).
Players To Watch By Class: 7A (Districts 1-8)
Players To Watch By Class: 7A (Districts 9-16)
Players To Watch By Class: 6A (Districts 1-8)
Players To Watch By Class: 6A (Districts 9-16)
Players To Watch By Class: 5A (Districts 1-8)
Players To Watch By Class: 5A (Districts 9-16)
Players To Watch By Class: 4A (Districts 1-8)
2019-20 state champion: Stranahan
Region 3 – District 9
Jace CarterJaceCarter6'5" | CGAstronaut | 2021StateFL
Committed to Illinois Chicago, Carter is the most put together athlete over in Brevard County. The 2021 6-5 guard has been a pure scorer since his freshman season at Astronaut but every year, he adds something to his profile. He is very strong now and more aggressive as a driver and spot up shooter. It should be a fun year for Carter as he closes out his high school career.
...Two other prospects to watch at Astronaut are 2021 6-5 forward Kyle SmithKyleSmith6'5" | SFAstronaut | 2021StateFL
, a versatile threat who can handle the rock and hold his own down low. He earned an offer from Division III Dean College this week. Also, 2021 6-2 guard Joshua RuizJoshuaRuiz6'2" | CGAstronaut | 2021StateFL
transferred in from Archbishop Carroll down south and will provide an instant impact as a top ballhandler and tempo controller.
Jamariyae RobinsonJamariyaeRobinson6'0" | CGCocoa | 2022StateFL
& Kendal ParkerKendalParker6'4" | CGCocoa | 2022StateFL
Cocoa never goes down swinging and with a slew of bonafide athletes coming in every year, there is always a chance for a run. Robinson, a 2022 6-2 guard can flat out go. He scores in bunches as he averaged 18.2 PPG as a sophomore. It is only going to get better for him this season as he continues his improvements. Alongside him is Parker, a 2022 6-4 guard who has a slew of opportunities to drive and attack.
Cam Banks (Space Coast)
A reliable scorer, Banks averaged 15.7 PPG for Space Coast. He had just five games under double digits as a sophomore, all of them nine point nights. The 2022 5-9 guard shoots the ball well (39 percent from deep) and is going to continue to lead this group.
Other names to know: 2022 F Eumari Dixon (Cocoa), 2021 G Ke’Jon SummersKe’JonSummers5'10" | CGCocoa | 2021StateFL
(Cocoa), 2022 F Trace Sharpton (Port Orange Atlantic), 2023 G Cameron ReynoldCameronReynold5'9" | PGAtlantic | 2023FL
s (Port Orange Atlantic), 2022 G Brayden BellBraydenBell5'11" | CGSatellite | 2022StateFL
(Satellite), 2022 F Joseph Coston (Satellite), 2021 G Quintin Fulton (Space Coast), 2021 G Saige RobertsonSaigeRobertson6'2" | CGSpace Coast | 2021StateFL
(Space Coast), 2021 F Richard Hargrove (Titusville) and 2022 G Chase Jenkins (Titusville).
Region 3 – District 10
& Karter KnoxKarterKnox6'5" | CGTampa Catholic | 2024FL
Tampa Catholic just graduated a deep group of seniors who were a major part in this program reaching five straight state final fours. Last year, it was a loss to Stranahan in the state championship. Bronson, a 2023 6-3 is going to be the leader of this team after averaging around 6.0 PPG off the bench as a freshman. He is strong, shifty and a true athlete who controls the offense with patience and ease. The third of the Knox brothers, following in the footsteps of Kevin Knox (New York Knicks), Kobe KnoxKobeKnox6'4" | CGTampa Catholic | 2020StateFL
(2021 Grand Canyon commit), Karter KnoxKarterKnox6'5" | CGTampa Catholic | 2024FL
is next in line. Already standing at 6-5, the 2024 guard is already dunking easily and his IQ/athleticism is impressive. He will be special. 2023 6-4 guard Karmello BranchKarmelloBranch6'3" | SFTampa Catholic | 2023StateFL
transferred in from Wharton and provides a versatile option to score and defend the right way.
Oteman DelancyOtemanDelancy6'5" | SFLakewood | 2021StateFL
Delancy has the reigns at Lakewood after a state final four run two years ago and a region semifinal appearance this past season. The 2021 6-5 guard is an athletic shooter trait but when he puts his head down and goes to the cup that is when he is at his best. Expect a huge senior campaign from the long bodied guard over in St. Petersburg.
King WinkfieldKingWinkfield6'1" | CGBooker | 2021StateFL
& Paul McLeodPaulMcLeod6'2" | CGBooker | 2021StateFL
Booker is always a top team out of Sarasota and it won’t be any different this season with a very senior heavy core. Winkfield, a 2021 5-11 guard is a really sound ballhandler, shifty athlete and a player who can set the tone for his side in the right way. McLeod, a 2021 6-3 guard is the most dangerous scorer for this team with his smooth jumper and two-way ability. Don’t forget about 2021 6-7 forward Treyvon HinsonTreyvonHinson6'7" | PFBooker | 2021StateFL
who simply battles down low on both ends of the court.
Shea CullumSheaCullum6'3" | CGLemon Bay | 2022StateFL
At Lemon Bay, Cullum has a chance to prove his worth from the jump. The 2022 6-3 is a maturing guard who is dangerous out on the break and should get buckets early and often in game.
Other names to know: 2021 F Demario EvansDemarioEvans6'4" | CGBooker | 2021StateFL
(Booker), 2023 G Joey WinterJoeyWinter6'0" | SGBooker | 2023StateFL
(Booker), 2021 F Jason PalavraJasonPalavra6'5" | SFBooker | 2021StateFL
(Booker), 2022 F Tavon BeardTavonBeard6'3" | CGBooker | 2022StateFL
(Booker), 2021 G Carlos PenaCarlosPena6'1" | SFDunedin | 2021StateFL
(Dunedin), 2023 G Marcus CalvinMarcusCalvin6'1" | CGGibbs | 2023StateFL
(Gibbs), 2021 G Chris Levy (Gibbs), 2023 G Carmine Thomas (Gibbs), 2023 G Montravious LloydMontraviousLloyd5'11" | PGLakewood | 2023StateFL
(Lakewood), 2021 G Anthony PerkinsAnthonyPerkins5'11" | CGLakewood | 2021StateFL
(Lakewood), 2021 G Elijah StephensElijahStephens6'3" | CGLakewood | 2021StateFL
(Lakewood), 2022 F Roderick Watson-PearceyRoderickWatson-Pearcey6'4" | SFTampa Catholic | 2022StateFL
(Tampa Catholic), 2024 F Jackson RobertsJacksonRoberts6'8" | SFTampa Catholic | 2024FL
(Tampa Catholic) and 2022 F Derrick MitchellDerrickMitchell6'5" | CGTampa Catholic | 2022StateFL
Region 3 – District 11
Marquise RueMarquiseRue6'5" | PFWinter Haven | 2021StateFL
Headed over to the newer program that is Discovery, Rue left Winter Haven to be the guy here. The 2021 6-5 forward is a jack of all trades player who goes hard, has a nice mid-range jumper and simply understands how to use his lengths to his advantage on both sides of the ball. He should flourish in his senior season. 2021 5-9 guard Anderson Exantus is a fine pairing with his attacking ability and quick wheels.
Other names to know: 2022 G Cooper EllisCooperEllis6'2" | CGMcKeel | 2022StateFL
(McKeel), 2024 F Sylvester Lewis (Avon Park), 2021 F Kamarri McGhee (Avon Park), 2022 G Nazir Gilchrist (DeSoto County), 2021 F Kiemar Richardson (DeSoto County), 2021 G Jeremiah Charles (Discovery), 2022 F Mason Jenkins (Discovery), 2023 G Lazavion BrownLazavionBrown6'1" | SGLake Placid | 2023StateFL
(Lake Placid), 2021 F One’ Sholtz (Lake Placid),
Region 3 – District 12
Jason BranchJasonBranch6'3" | SFLaBelle | 2021StateFL
In 3A-12, Branch is the top player hands down. He averaged 16.2 PPG and reached double digits in all but four games as a junior which featured a 32-point showing against Ida Baker. The 2021 6-3 guard is simply an athlete who can score in the blink of an eye with his burst.
Other names to know: 2021 F KeUntay Felton (Clewiston), 2022 G Liam DavisLiamDavis6'2" | CGClewiston | 2022StateFL
(Clewiston), 2022 F Ja’Kavion Nonar (Glades Central), 2022 G Colton Bass (LaBelle) and 2021 G Keith Banate (Lincoln Park).
Region 4 – District 13
Amen ThompsonAmenThompson6'5" | SGPine Crest | 2022State#147NationFL
& Ausar ThompsonAusarThompson6'5" | SGPine Crest | 2022State#151NationFL
It was just a matter of time before the Thompson twins, Amen and Ausar garnered national attention. The 2022 6-6 guard duo hold offers from LSU, UF, FSU, Kansas, Alabama, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, FAU, Howard, USF, Stetson, Arizona and Dayton. Nine of those came this summer. The Thompson are freakish athletes who can defend hard, shoot well and get to the rim with confidence and quick moves. The sky is the limit for this pair with two seasons left in high school at Pine Crest. Another name here is 2021 6-4 guard Eros CarpioErosCarpio6'4" | CGPine Crest | 2021StateFL
, an all-around floor setter and shooter.
Justin AbsonJustinAbson6'9" | PFNorth Broward Prep | 2022StateFL
(North Broward Prep)
North Broward Prep has been building this thing up for years. Abson, a 2022 6-8 forward is as mature as they come as an offensive and defensive standout. It is quite scary how much better he can get over these next two years of hooping. Holding offers from FGCU, Troy and Stetson, Abson should build on his 15.9 PPG and 12.8 RPG sophomore averages here this upcoming season. A couple more names here are 2021 6-6 forward MK AshmoreMKAshmore6'6" | SFNorth Broward Prep | 2021StateFL
, a steady scorer and a long body to take up space, 2022 6-2 guard Maximus FuentesMaximusFuentes6'2" | CGNorth Broward Prep | 2022StateFL
, a confident ballhandler and nice jump shooter and 2021 6-7 forward Art FrigoArtFrigo6'7" | PFNorth Broward Prep | 2021StateFL
, a true interior battler and fighter on the boards.
Other names to know: 2022 G Brayden Schleifer (North Broward Prep), 2022 G Stanley DoubletteStanleyDoublette5'7" | PGDelray Beach American Heritage | 2022StateFL
(Delray American Heritage), 2021 G Nicolas DeMartinis (Delray American Heritage), 2022 F Wesley Aurelus (Cardinal Gibbons), 2022 F Gabe Elmaadawy (Coral Springs Charter), 2021 G Ben BrodskyBenBrodsky6'1" | CGPine Crest | 2021StateFL
(Pine Crest) and 2022 G/F Adren RobertsAdrenRoberts6'4" | SGSomerset Canyons | 2022StateFL
Region 4 – District 14
Maximo MoratinosMaximoMoratinos6'6" | PFMater Lakes | 2021StateFL
& Kareem BarnettKareemBarnett6'2" | CGMiami Lakes | 2022StateFL
Mater Lakes is set up for success this season down south. There is a plethora of talent in place including upperclassmen Moratinos and Barnett. Moratinos, a 2021 6-6 forward transferred in from American and is going to make an instant impact as a versatile slasher. Barnett, a 2022 6-3 guard transferred in from North Miami Beach and is a heck of an athlete who can get up and down the floor in a flash.
...Other key pieces are 2021 6-8 forward Craig StarksCraigStarks6'6" | PFMater Lakes | 2021StateFL
who transfered in via Miami Beach. He is a bog bodied who simply moves people around inside. 2023 guard duo Jamai Hager-TejadaJamaiHager-Tejada5'10" | CGMater Lakes | 2023StateFL
and Anthony FloydAnthonyFloyd5'7" | CGMater Lakes | 2023StateFL
both stand around 5-10 and averaged just about 14.0 PPG last season as freshmen. The sophomore pair are essential to the cause and players who flourish as attackers.
Jonathan RenoisJonathanRenois6'0" | CGSomerset | 2021StateFL
& David DelancyDavidDelancy6'4" | CGSomerset Pines | 2023StateFL
Renois, a 2021 6-0 guard is back at 100 percent health and that is a huge deal for him and Somerset Pines. He dropped 46 points on Thursday night in a 3-point preseason loss to Pine Crest. Renois is quick, surprises you with his absolute finesse and his all-around athletic game. Delancy, a 2023 6-4 guard is growing and maturing quickly. I expect him to take a big leap forward as he as focused as anyone with his impressive skillset.
Thaddeus SquireThaddeusSquire6'5" | CGStranahan | 2021StateFL
& Houston CulpepperHoustonCulpepper6'3" | CGStranahan | 2022StateFL
Stranahan has won two straight state titles. The main core has graduated but athletes are always in place at this Ft. Lauderdale school. Squire, a 2021 6-5 guard is a core ballhandler, shooter and a lengthy athlete who provides versatility on both ends of the floor. Culpepper, a 2022 6-3 guard developed his identity last year as a brute slasher and he will be a key focal point as a junior this season.
Duncan AlevokDuncanAlevok6'11" | PFNSU University | 2021StateFL
NSU University lost four players to transfer due to COVID-19 and concerns about the season happening. However, there are still prospects to like a lot here. Alevok, a 2021 6-10 forward committed to Division II Barry this week and has the looks of a top interior piece down south with his IQ and footwork. 2021 5-10 guard Jaden GrantJadenGrant5'11" | PGNSU University | 2021StateFL
is a fine prospect who will handle the rock a lot this season. 2024 6-3 guard Julian GranvilleJulianGranville6'3" | CGNSU University | 2024FL
is one of the best freshman in the state with his confident jumper and overall scoring prowess. 2022 5-11 guard Jabral RayJabralRay5'11" | CGUniversity School | 2023StateFL
is a mature gamer who can get to the cup quick and often.
Other names to know: 2021 G Rashard Parms (Carol City), 2022 F Kendall Perry (Carol City), 2021 G Ashton SmithAshtonSmith6'0" | PGHallandale | 2023StateFL
(Hallandale), 2021 G Charles SmithCharlesSmith5'10" | PGHallandale | 2021StateFL
(Hallandale), 2021 F James PrudhommeJamesPrudhomme6'8" | PFHallandale | 2021StateFL
(Hallandale), 2023 G Isaiah AdrienIsaiahAdrien6'3" | CGSomerset Academy | 2023StateFL
(Somerset Pines), 2023 G Iverson YacintheIversonYacinthe6'3" | PFSomerset Academy | 2023StateFL
(Somerset Pines), 2021 F Jonathan NormanJonathanNorman6'7" | PFSomerset | 2021StateFL
(Somerset Pines), 2023 F Hykeem WilliamsHykeemWilliams6'4" | PFStranahan | 2023StateFL
(Stranahan), 2021 G Mario BynesMarioBynes6'0" | CGStranahan | 2021StateFL
(Stranahan), 2021 G Julian GarciaJulianGarcia6'0" | CGMater Lakes | 2021StateFL
(Mater Lakes), 2023 F Thomas Koski (Mater Lakes) and 2023 F Andruw Rondon-DelacruzAndruwRondon-Delacruz6'5" | PFMater Lakes | 2023StateFL
Region 4 – District 15
Jean LeclairJeanLeclair6'2" | SGEdison | 2021StateFL
Leclair is going to be tasked to do plenty once again for Edison after averaging 12.5 PPG and 12.1 RPG a season ago. A natural athlete, he is a worker and someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge.
Other names to know: 2023 G Lavant Gilbert (Miami Booker T. Washington), 2022 G Anthario Frederick (Edison), 2021 G William Garcia (iMater Charter), 2021 F Demetrius Hill (Miami Springs), 2022 F Shemar StewartShemarStewart6'6" | PFPace | 2022StateFL
(Monsignor Pace), 2022 G Tyrieke SterileTyriekeSterile6'0" | CGNorth Miami Beach | 2022StateFL
(North Miami Beach) and 2021 F Wilkenson Herve (North Miami Beach).
Region 4 – District 16
Emilio RamirezEmilioRamirez6'1" | CGLaSalle | 2021StateFL
LaSalle will lean on the scoring of Ramirez once again this season. The 2021 6-1 guard is one of the top shooters in the area and should reach close to the 20.0 PPG mark most nights.
Daniel ZaladonDanielZaladon5'11" | PGKeys Gate | 2022StateFL
& Zidan WaiteZidanWaite6'3" | CGKeys Gate | 2021StateFL
Efficient as they come, Zaladon and Waite are back to lead Keys Gate this season. Zaladon, a 2022 5-11 guard averaged 14.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 4.2 SPG as he shot a whopping 75 percent from the field and made defenses pay often. Waite, a 2021 6-3 forward averaged 12.7 PPG and 8.3 RPG and shot 76 percent from the field as a true inside power player.
Amare Sanders & Walter Ray Allen III (Gulliver Prep)
Gulliver Prep is revamped with an influx of young talent. Amare Sanders, a 2024 6-1 guard is the younger brother of former Gulliver Prep standout and current Notre Dame freshman Tony SandersTonySanders6'6" | SFGulliver Prep | 2020State#309NationFL
. Amare is going to grow more and already has a good feel for the floor and very natural ballhandling skills. Alongside him is 2023 6-1 guard Walter Ray Allen III, the son of former NBA great Ray Allen. Walter is a lightning bolt defensively and someone who is starting to become more aggressive offensively as well. Also, 2023 6-6 forward Denzel Dorn is an absolute brute inside and a big to watch closely over these next couple of seasons.
Other names to know: 2021 G Malik Hunter (Key West), 2023 G Ivan ZivenkoIvanZivenko6'4" | CGLaSalle | 2023StateFL
(LaSalle), 2023 G Gilbert SalazarGilbertSalazar6'0" | CGLaSalle | 2023StateFL
(LaSalle), 2022 G Chris Pulles (St. Brendan), 2021 G Justin HarrisJustinHarris6'1" | SGSunset | 2021StateFL
(Sunset), 2021 G Dylan HarrisDylanHarris6'1" | SGSunset | 2021StateFL
(Sunset) and 2022 G Cade BouzaCadeBouza5'10" | SGSunset | 2022StateFL