The Prep Hoops staff is taking a closer look at the reigning state champions in all seven classifications, as we preview the 2022-2023 high school basketball season in the state of Florida. Our next feature is the three-time reigning Class 2A champion Orlando Christian Prep Warriors. The Warriors defeated Sagemont (Miami) 66-49 to capture the school’s 10th basketball state title in school history last March.
HC: Treig Burke, 4th Season
2021-2022 Record: 26-4
Key Returners:6-0 PG (2024)
Ramadan is one of the top point guards you will find not just in the Central Florida area, but maybe the entire state. Ramadan plays with a physical presence and can knock down shots in a variety of ways. Last season for the Warriors, Ramadan averaged 7.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Ramadan can also be viewed as an accurate passer with great court vision.
Key Returners:6-4 CG (2024)
Brown has an aggressive attribute to his game where he can score off the dribble or in transition. The lefty has a sweet stroke from beyond the arc and he will make you pay if he’s left with time to shoot. In our latest Prep Hoops rankings, Brown is viewed as the 6th ranked combo guard in the state of Florida for the upcoming junior class. Brown has received offers from FAMU, Florida Atlantic, Kennesaw State, Louisiana Tech, High Point, Hofstra, Ohio, South Florida, Stetson, Tulsa and VCU.
Key Returners:6-5 SF (2023)
Sutherland, is listed as a 6-6 wing who can stretch the floor whether he is down in the post or knocking down shots from beyond the arc. One highlight from over the summer, Sutherland had a game-high 21 points on seven made three-pointers while playing for 1Family Hoops at the On The Radar Power 24 Tournament in Atlanta. Sutherland has also been viewed as a prolific rebounder with length. Expect a big season for Sutherland, as he looks to fill in the role of the starting small forward this upcoming season for the Warriors.
Sleeper Prospect: Marc Ekiri 6-6 SF (2024)
Ekiri is another prospect with huge upside this upcoming season for the Warriors. Ekiri provides a ton of rim protection, whether it’s getting rebounds or blocking shots on the defensive end. The 6-6 forward provided a huge spark in the state semifinal game against First Baptist Academy last season with three blocks in a four-minute stretch whilewas on the bench in foul trouble.
Sleeper Prospect: RJ Tolbert 6-2 CG (2023)
Tolbert plays with high energy and has sneaky athleticism. The 6-2 guard played a limited role last season for the Warriors, as he averaged just 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game as a junior.