As we head into the evaluation weekend I think it is a great time to look back on what is happening here in our own state as far as recruiting and some of the top players to watch headed into the fall weekend. Clearly the fall is a time where if you had a great summer you can continue to build on your recruiting capital and with the new NCAA rules 2015 prospects should feel very comfortable knowing where they are headed into the weekend. In addition there are still several 2014’s still on the board who for the lack of exposure in the summer or whatever reason could still impact a program.
Of course if I was looking for most of the top talent in Florida there is no other place to go than the Miami Suns Fall Exposure Weekend to see Florida’s top talent. The Suns event in it’s fourth year has skyrocketed to be one of the top events nationally during this period each fall. Along with Florida talent at the Miami Suns Event you also can see nationally recognized programs like New Jersey Sparks, Philly Triple Threat, and Michigan Storm to give a real national feel to the fall in South Florida.
Class of 2015 – One thing you will see with Florida’s 2015 class it is very top heavy. There is a well defined top which includes (No Order)
- Beatrice Mompremier – MIami High
- Jonell WIlliams – Palatka
- Crystal Primm – Oxbridge Academy
- Keri Jewett – Dunbar
- Destiny Walker – Lake Highland Prep
- Zada Williams – Lake Wales
- Kiara Desamours – Dunbar
- Kiani Lurry – Nova
Of those top prospects all but Zada Williams will be at the Miami Suns Fall Event. Jonell Williams has already had a home visit with South Florida, and Dunbar High School has become one of the most visited high schools in America with at least 5 Division 1 prospects spread across several classes. The most recent school to visit Dunbar was Kentucky yesterday. We can consider those players our “elite 8” in Florida and while not many national services have a great grip on Florida talent expect each of the aforementioned to be recruited at a very high level coming into the spring.
As for stock gainers this summer once again we have to look at the Miami Suns Fall Event to talk about 2015 PG Deja Swinton. Swinton was one of the more highly regarded players coming out of middle school who in a lot of eyes had not capitalized on her potential, well that was until this summer where she showed why she is one of the top point guard recruits in the South. This summer at point in the absence of Aisha Edwards, Swinton was able to lead the Miami Suns from the point guard spot to the championship game of Fila Nationals and the championship at the Fila 64. Look for this St Pete product to increase her stock significantly over the next 6 months.
While we all thought 2014 was a great point guard class in Florida, Swinton and Jewett are both winners at the high school and travel ball level. Swinton was big for the Suns this summer at Jewett already has one state championship under her belt as well as leading FGB to the Deep South Classic Championship this past spring.
Two other players who have been somewhat under the radar in Florida have been 5-10 F from Colonial HS Astaja Tygher. Tygher is a power player at 5-10 who can play shooting guard or either forward spot. Tygher uses her strong frame inside and outside to score the ball as well as anyone in the state. While mainly lesser level Division I schools have been after her as of late my feeling is her play this fall and spring will out class them and attract some major Division I attention before signing day roles around. The second player coming off a good summer is Emily Lines who will suit up for the Tampa Thunder this fall and instantly becomes a draw for their program this fall. Lines’s size and skill make her unique nationally in the 2015 recruiting conversation where she is getting interest from all over the board. Her necessity to play point guard at her high school this year will certainly up her stock as she can continue to show more to college coaches. Lines’s Florida Vision teammate McKenna Beach who had a strong summer as well will suit up for FGB Baxter at the Miami Suns Event, Beach is one of the best true point guards in the south out of Cape Coral HS>
Unknowns in 2015? Kiana Hardy 5-9 G from Clewiston I have yet to see but is regarded as one of the best athletes in the entire state as well as superb point guard Darlah Cypress and long athletic wing player Cintrell Johnson of Kissimmee, Fl who already has some attention nationally from recruiting services.
2016 is also shaping up to be another strong class in Florida. While most of the top level talent statewide will travel north with FGB to the Insider Exposure Fall Jamboree (Delicia Washington, Jade Lewis, Baileigh Larson, Kasha Austin and Sydney Searcy) there is still plenty of talent in Miami with Puerto Rican National Team Member Yamaris Guevarez of Sarasota Booker who had two double digit games already this fall in the FIBA Centro American U18 Championships. Along with Guevarez, Respect Leaphart went from being an unknown this high school season and last travel season to a player attracting national attention after a strong season with FGB. Leaphart has established herself as a Top 10 Florida prospect by me in 2016 and already has heard from several BCS programs.
Along with Leaphart and Guevarez, Kornelia Wright of Orlando Jones makes the Orlando Yellow Jackets a premier team nearly by herself leading them deep into several tournaments this past year. Wright is one of the top point guards nationally and will be in South Florida at the Miami Suns Fall Exposure event. One thing certainly to look for is development in post players, without a doubt Tyanna Williams 6-3 C from Miami Norland potentially could be the best player in this class and Carla Harris Curry has a long history of developing talent at Norland now the question is what will she be this fall. In the spring it was hard not to notice all the potential with Williams and as she continues to work and mature she will start to get major attention nationally. Along with Williams, the Miami Suns have a trio of top flight 2016’s which include two from Northeast High School Ashley Saintegene 6-1 F and Nailah Delinois 5-10 W/F as well as Mikieah Harrigan a fluid 6-2 forward from Flanagan. All three plus Williams are national level recruits in 2016 and have already been attracting plenty of attention this fall.
There is the potential that Florida could have four All American candidates in 2017 and if you are in Coral Springs this weekend you can judge for yourself. Four 2017’s to watch are:
- LaDaziah Williams 6-‘3 F [FGB Brown] Long athletic forward from Bradenton is one of the most talented players in teh country. Look for her length as well as skill to propel her into the national spotlight very soon.
- Chelsie Hall –5’7 G [Miami Suns Larkins] Was the point guard on Coral Springs Charter’s state runner up team this past year and had another strong year of travel ball. One of the most intelligent and skilled guards in the country.
- Dekeriya Patterson 5’8 G [FGB Brown] A special talent who already has an offer at Louisville was highlighted at every major tournament in the country this summer by national media. As far as the national conversation she’s the feature player in Florida from this past summer.
- Cabria Lee 5-8 G [Miami Suns Larkins] already has garnered some national top 20 ratings from major scouting services and is one of the most fun players to watch with the ball because she does things no one else can do. Keep an eye on her she is worth the price of admission.