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 6A (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)
2019-20 state champion: Bartow
Region 3 - District 9
Dean GabrelcikDeanGabrelcik6'4" | CGEast Lake | 2021StateFL
A season after posting a 26-4 record and losing in the state semifinals, East Lake is poised for another deep run with a talented squad. At the forefront is Gabrelcik, a 2021 6-3 guard who earned offers from American and Stetson after a breakout summer with Team Speights. He was red hot as a shooter and has improved as a ballhandler and driver. Gabrelcik also furthered his leaping ability. He will be the top scoring option alongside two 2021 transfers from Countryside, 6-4 guard Anthony BittarAnthonyBittar6'4" | CGEast Lake | 2021StateFL
, an athletic ballhandler and scorer and 6-0 guard Mikey ShaneMikeyShane6'0" | CGEast Lake | 2021StateFL
, a talented deep ball shooter. 2023 6-0 guard Henry HurstHenryHurst6'3" | CGEast Lake | 2023StateFL
will be tasked to do plenty alongside this senior trio and he is a strong athlete.
Khamari SmithKhamariSmith5'11" | SGMitchell | 2021StateFL
Doubling as a defensive back for the football team, Smith is one dangerous athlete. The 2021 5-11 guard averaged 18.7 PPG for Mitchell was a consistent scoring threat night in and night out as a junior. He should command a lot of attention from opposing defenses this season. His counterpart, 2022 6-2 guard Alec HilliardAlecHilliard6'2" | SGMitchell | 2022StateFL
is in line for a key role once again as a slasher and leader.
Quincy SmithQuincySmith5'11" | CGWiregrass Ranch | 2021StateFL
Wiregrass Ranch seems to always have talented guards and Smith is no different. The 2021 6-0 guard will be the vocal presence for this offense. His ballhandling and shooting touch are true assets.
Other names to know: 2022 G Noah ChatmanNoahChatman6'1" | CGEast Lake | 2022StateFL
(East Lake), 2023 G Justin KruszewskiJustinKruszewski5'11" | SGEast Lake | 2023StateFL
(East Lake), 2021 G Jack Stone (Freedom), 2022 G Josh Germain (Freedom), 2021 F Javon Nelson (Gaither), 2021 G Tahj Hunter (Gaither), 2021 G Nic Fairbank (Mitchell), 2021 G James Hill (Mitchell), 2021 G David Barr (Sunlake), 2021 Brayden TuelBraydenTuel6'7" | PFSunlake | 2021StateFL
(Sunlake), 2022 G Josh MartinJoshMartin5'7" | PGWiregrass Ranch | 2022StateFL
(Wiregrass Ranch) and 2021 G Daniel Disalvo (Wiregrass Ranch).
Region 3 - District 10
Xavier WashingtonXavierWashington6'6" | PFPalmetto | 2021StateFL
Holding an offer from Stetson, Washington is one of the most promising prospects in the entire state. He averaged 18.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 2.0 BPG as a junior and had a season-best 30 point outing against Southeast. Washington should improve even further this season for Palmetto.
Ray PerryRayPerry6'0" | CGSt. Pete | 2021StateFL
& Omarie SherrodOmarieSherrod5'11" | CGSt. Pete | 2021StateFL
It will be all about the guard play per usual for St. Pete. With 2021 duo Perry and Sherrod there should be a lot of success and different looks. Perry is a 5-11 guard who is built like a boxer and simply doesn’t back away from the contact on either end. Sherrod is a 5-9 guard who is a leaper and someone who has a lot of athleticism and speed to his game.
ther names to know: 2021 F Owen Robinson (Largo), 2021 F Ethan Maidenberg (Largo), 2022 G Joel Jerry (Dixie Hollins), 2021 F Charles Armstrong (Manatee), 2021 F Josh Siplin (Palmetto), 2021 G/F Zorian Geathers (Palmetto), 2021 F Stevmoney Medaries (Pinellas Park), 2021 G AJ Boyd (Pinellas Park), 2021 G Angus Almond (Pinellas Park), 2023 F Sam DucksworthSamDucksworth6'1" | CGSt. Pete | 2023StateFL
(St. Pete) and 2023 G Quez CurryQuezCurry5'9" | PGSt. Pete | 2023StateFL
Region 3 - District 11
Tre CarrollTreCarroll6'7" | PFCharlotte | 2021State#154NationFL
& John GambleJohnGamble6'4" | SGCharlotte | 2023State#112NationFL
Charlotte has one of the most gifted duos in place in Carroll and Gamble. Carroll is a 2021 6-7 forward who recently committed to FAU. He is special as a driver to the rack and his combination of speed and length are too much for defenses. Alongside him again is a more seasoned guard in Gamble. The 2023 6-5 athlete is a superb ballhandler, speedy downhill attacker and a bouncy athlete. He holds offers from Ole Miss, Stetson and Mississippi Valley State.
Javian McCollumJavianMcCollum6'0" | PGFt. Myers | 2021StateFL
Headed to Siena next year, McCollum has his recruitment behind him and will continue to shatter scoring records at Fort Myers. The 2021 6-2 guard is a dangerous outside shooter and a player who has matured as a slasher and an all-around vocal leader. Another important guard in place is 2021 6-0 guard Jamin PrimusJaminPrimus6'0" | CGFort Myers | 2021StateFL
. He is a fast and athletic player who gets a lot done on his own and as a transition pusher.
Karmani GregoryKarmaniGregory5'11" | CGBraden River | 2022StateFL
Braden River has a rising talent in Gregory. The 2022 6-0 guard is hitting his peak right now and should break out in a major way for his side this season. He is a very quick and athletic point scoring guard.
Other names to know: 2022 G Josiah Daniels (Braden River), 2022 G Brandon SwannBrandonSwann6'1" | CGBraden River | 2022StateFL
(Braden River), 2022 G Ethan Mills (Braden River), 2021 F Nnamdi EdeodaNnamdiEdeoda6'6" | PFCharlotte | 2021StateFL
(Charlotte), 2022 G Jordany Reyes SanchezJordanyReyes Sanchez5'11" | PGCharlotte | 2022StateFL
(Charlotte), 2023 F Tynan BeckerTynanBecker6'5" | SFCharlotte | 2023StateFL
(Charlotte), 2021 G DaMani Brown (Fort Myers), 2023 G Atavious WeaveAtaviousWeave6'3" | CGNorth Fort Myers | 2023FL
r (North Fort Myers), 2021 G Aiden Malone (North Fort Myers), 2021 G Brett TraversBrettTravers5'11" | PGSarasota | 2021StateFL
(Sarasota), 2022 F Desmen LeeDesmenLee6'2" | CGSarasota | 2022StateFL
(Sarasota), 2021 G Connor Flynn (Venice) and 2021 F Brian Boucher (Venice).
Region 3 - District 12
Caleb JonesCalebJones6'2" | CGDunbar | 2021StateFL
Officially committing to Division II Florida Southern this past week, Jones is ready to have another steady season. The 2021 6-2 guard is the heart and soul of the Dunbar backcourt and he is a very talented two-way guard. Surrounding him are 2021 6-6 forward Ahmad WatkinsAhmadWatkins6'4" | SGDunbar | 2021StateFL
who can fly down the floor and 2023 6-2 guard Shaun Russ, who is a gifted shooter and slasher.
Ronnail TapeRonnailTape6'6" | PFLehigh | 2021StateFL
Lehigh always has hard workers and Tape fits the bill. The 2021 6-6 forward has added muscle and become stronger at the point of attack. He is going to be fed the ball plenty offensively. Also, 2021 6-6 forward Nate Cadet will play off of him well in the paint.
Other names to know: 2021 F David LiasDavidLias6'2" | CGDunbar | 2021StateFL
(Dunbar), 2022 F Cargan MurrayCarganMurray6'5" | PFEast Lee County | 2022StateFL
(East Lee County), 2021 G Johnny Brown (East Lee County), 2021 F Carlos Santos (East Lee County), 2021 G Markel Carter (Lehigh), 2021 G Marvel Carter (Lehigh), 2023 F Eugene AlvinEugeneAlvin6'5" | SFLehigh | 2023StateFL
(Lehigh), 2022 F Caleb Cousins (Palmetto Ridge), 2021 G Kamonte Grimes (Palmetto Ridge), 2021 G Malique Dieudonne (Palmetto Ridge), 2021 F Zach McLeod (Riverdale), 2021 G Antonio Paulino (Riverdale), 2021 G Naijah White (South Fort Myers), 2021 G Cade Daughtery (South Fort Myers) and 2022 G Carson DaughteryCarsonDaughtery6'1" | CGSouth Fort Myers | 2022StateFL
(South Fort Myers).
Region 4 - District 13
Christian BaquerizoChristianBaquerizo6'3" | SGOlympic Heights | 2021StateFL
, Marc SteigMarcSteig5'10" | CGOlympic Heights | 2021StateFL
& Caleb MackreyCalebMackrey6'2" | CGOlympic Heights | 2022StateFL
Olympic Heights has plenty of young talent in place. Baquerizo is a 2021 6-3 guard who averaged 14.3 PPG last season and was as consistent as they come. Steig, a 2021 5-10 guard was equally as impressive averaging 12.1 PPG and finding different ways to score all over the floor. The youngest of the trio is Mackrey, a 2022 6-2 guard who is ready to add even more to his plate after averaging 11.2 PPG.
Ryan DavisRyanDavis6'3" | CGMartin County | 2022StateFL
Davis is fresh off a season where he averaged 14.5 PPG and 7.4 RPG. He is versatile at his 6-4 frame and doesn’t lack speed or toughness. An elusive forward, Davis is going to be the bonafide leader of this group once again.
Conner WestonConnerWeston6'5" | CSouth Fork | 2022StateFL
, DJ LeighDJLeigh6'0" | PGSouth Fork | 2022StateFL
& Darnell JohnsonDarnellJohnson6'3" | SFSouth Fork | 2021StateFL
There is a true steady trio in place at South Fork. Weston, a 2022 6-5 led this group with 13.4 PPG which featured a 31-point outing in a win over Centennial. He is hard nosed undersized big. Leigh is a 2022 6-0 point guard who can shoot well and dish it out in creative ways. Lastly, there is Johnson, a 2021 6-3 guard/forward who simply uses his speed and toughness at the point of attack.
Other names to know: 2022 G Braydin SamuelsBraydinSamuels6'2" | CGMartin County | 2022StateFL
(Martin County), 2021 F Nathan Mikkelson (Martin County), 2021 F Nick Peart (Olympic Heights), 2021 F Gio Vilbrun (Olympic Heights), 2021 G Tylar CerezTylarCerez6'0" | PGSeminole Ridge | 2021StateFL
(Seminole Ridge), 2021 G Nick Wille (South Fork), 2021 F Tydarius Simpson (South Fork)
Region 4 - District 14
Andrew AkuchieAndrewAkuchie6'8" | PFSt. Thomas Aquinas | 2022StateFL
(St. Thomas Aquinas)
Akuchie is a 2022 6-8 big man who has improved a ton over the last year in his progression. A serious kid in the classroom, he’s drawing interested from various Division I programs including Yale. He can handle the rock, stretch the floor and shoot it from anywhere on the floor. He’s next in line down south at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Derrick LovettDerrickLovett6'5" | SFBlanche Ely | 2022StateFL
Blanche Ely will be a much different looking team this year but one name that is familiar is Lovett. The 2022 6-5 forward showed a lot of promise as a sophomore and expect him to continue to get better this fall. He’s a determined ballhandler and a gifted and long athlete who attacks smoothly.
Jordan JohnsonJordanJohnson6'3" | CGFt. Lauderdale | 2021StateFL
A very talented outside shooter, Johnson is going to have every opportunity to run the show for Ft. Lauderdale. The 2021 6-3 guard is a very mature ballhandler and can get going in a hurry as a high-volume scorer.
Other names to know: 2022 G Jaylen Black (Blanche Ely), 2021 G Dimitri Bernot (Dillard), 2021 F Kyle BrownKyleBrown6'5" | PFNova | 2021StateFL
(Dillard), 2021 G Jordan JohnsonJordanJohnson6'3" | CGFt. Lauderdale | 2021StateFL
(Ft. Lauderdale), 2021 F Sebastian Gall (South Plantation), Zachary ZibelliZacharyZibelli5'11" | PGSt. Thomas Aquinas | 2021StateFL
(St. Thomas Aquinas), Matthew Cadogan (St. Thomas Aquinas) and 2021 G Jontae McClain (Ft. Lauderdale).
Region 4 - District 15
Tyshuan Daniels & Hasmar FrancoisHasmarFrancois6'1" | CGMcArthur | 2022StateFL
McArthur has a very nice 2021 pair in Daniels and Francois. Daniels is a true x-factor at his 6-7 frame and he makes defenses pay as a inside finisher and key rebounder/shot blocker. He will have a very crafty point guard joining him in the back court via transfer from Flanagan. Francois, a 6-1 guard is a blazer and a true distributor and bucket getter.
Ronaldo VescineRonaldoVescine5'11" | CGNorth Miami | 2021StateFL
& Johnsky SaintsurinJohnskySaintsurin6'4" | SFNorth Miami | 2021StateFL
Another year and another good cast is in place for an always stout North Miami group. Vescine, a 2021 5-11 guard will run the show after averaging just shy of 11.0 PPG a season ago. He makes plays and is a consistent threat to score. Saintsurin, a 2021 6-4 guard/forward has the versatility that any team would love. He thrives driving inside and drawing contact.
Other names to know: 2022 G Issac Harney (Goleman), 2021 F Maximos Moratinos (American), 2022 G Leo Suarez (Goleman), 2021 G Gary AdamsGaryAdams6'0" | CGHollywood Hills | 2021StateFL
(Hollywood Hills), 2021 G Josiah GarciaJosiahGarcia5'10" | PGHollywood Hills | 2021StateFL
(Hollywood Hills), 2021 G Kaleb SaintilKalebSaintil5'9" | CGHollywood Hills | 2021StateFL
(Hollywood Hills), 2021 G Isaiah GissendannerIsaiahGissendanner5'11" | SGMcArthur | 2021StateFL
(McArthur), 2021 F Chamon MetayerChamonMetayer6'6" | PFNorth Miami | 2021StateFL
(North Miami), 2021 F Joel Mora (North Miami) and 2021 G Wade Edema (South Broward)
Region 4 - District 16
Kameron JohnsonKameronJohnson6'6" | PFDoral | 2021StateFL
& Justin JohnsonJustinJohnson6'7" | PFDoral | 2023State#127NationFL
Doral will be working the lengthy Johnson brothers inside and out on both ends of the floor. Kameron JohnsonKameronJohnson6'6" | PFDoral | 2021StateFL
, a 6-6 forward is a stout defender and has good feet to work down low offensively. Justin JohnsonJustinJohnson6'7" | PFDoral | 2023State#127NationFL
, a 6-7 forward has an extra speed to his game and his offensive prowess is nothing to ignore on top of his shot blocking ability on defense. The Johnson brothers are going to have big seasons ahead.
Christian PujalsChristianPujals6'3" | SFSouth Miami | 2021StateFL
& Koree CottonKoreeCotton6'4" | SFSouth Miami | 2023StateFL
There is never a doubt that South Miami will be well coached and ready to win any game. Pujals, a 2021 6-3 guard made a major jump last season averaging 11.2 PPG. His shooting ability will be looked upon plenty this season. Cotton has the looks of a breakout prospect at his 6-4 frame. The 2023 guard is strong as can be and should turn heads in South Florida as a sophomore.
Jimel LaneJimelLane6'7" | PFMater Academy | 2022StateFL
Transferring in from Coral Gables, Lane will be the feature piece at Mater. The 2022 6-6 forward is a lengthy athlete who is just hitting the peak. He is a high-volume scorer and a smooth attacker.
Other names to know: 2023 G Gabriel HernandeGabrielHernande5'10" | PGDoral | 2023FL
z (Doral), 2021 F Jacop Echavarria (Hialeah), 2021 G Jaylon Tolbert (Hialeah), 2021 G Javis Darby (Homestead), 2022 G Jerick Mejia (Mater), 2021 G Ryan Sanchez (Mater), 2023 G Michael BradleyMichaelBradley5'7" | PGMater Academy | 2023StateFL
(Mater), 2021 G Tyric FrancoisTyricFrancois6'2" | SGHomestead | 2021StateFL
(Homestead), 2021 G Omarion WilsonOmarionWilson5'11" | PGLyman | 2021StateFL
(Homestead), 2023 G Josh MiddlebrooksJoshMiddlebrooks6'2" | PFSouth Miami | 2023StateFL
(South Miami), 2021 F Floyd Ridgeway (Southridge) and 2021 G Jaylon Tolbert (Southridge).