Florida PRO "The Warm Up" Tournament Recap April 6-7 2019
Year two of "The Warmup" by Florida PRO once again proved that teams in South Florida don't need to travel far to get good competition and prepare themselves before hitting the road this April Live Period.. In all 14 teams participated allowing us to get a look a wide variety of players looking to make a mark. Their were quite a few stand outs, here's our view from the weekend:
Florida PROThis is a 16U team made up primarily of 2021's and a couple key 2022's. This group was extremely impressive, nice size and ended up being the class of the event putting up big numbers in two wins on the weekend. 6' 4" C/O 2022 twins Amen and Ausar Thompson may look the same but their games show differently. Ausar is a knockdown shooter that can light it up from behind the arc, while Amen is a slasher and attacker that plays above the rim. Running the show is a trio of point guards led by Gulliver Prep's Frankie Idlett and Santaluces' Justin Roseme, both are super explosive and can score at will breaking down defenders off the dribble. Oxbridge Academy's Jason Simpson provides a nice balance of toughness and really gets after it on the defensive end. 6' 5" sharp shooter Christopher Walker had it going, putting up 25 in a win Sunday over the South Florida Sonics. 6' 3" Oteman "OT" Delancy is a load to deal with for most guards, not only is he physical but can handle the ball and knock down shots. While the group looked solid "As Is" Program Director Marcus McGee mentioned they were still missing a few key pieces, which will make this a team to watch on the EYBL 16U circuit this spring.
Top 5 Performers
De' Ante Perez
Christopher Walker (Wellington) - Florida PRO
Luis Young (Miami Springs) - Suns Team Harris
Suns Team HarrisThe Suns had a solid weekend finishing 2-0 with impressive victories over the South Florida Kings and Elite Nation. While the team may not have a "star" player they play very hard as a group and play total team basketball making them a tough match up for any opponents they will face.
Jupiter JaguarsThe Jupiter Jaguars displayed unbelievable toughness in their two games Saturday, finishing 1-1 but the players showed the type of grittiness college coaches crave in their players. After falling behind by high double digits in both games early, the Jaguar team came storming back to defeat the South Florida Kings and make it a close game with Florida PRO. The eye opening performance of the day had to came from 6' 8" wing Josh Glesil. Glesil had it going from three point range all day and in the matchup with Florida PRO went toe to toe with Ausar Thompson knocking down shots. The toughness came from the guards Larry Scott Jr, Kyle Feldman, Sean Gormley and Eduardo Diaz. We are very familiar with Diaz who was a standout at our #PBCHOOPS "Showtime" event in October. During the high school season we did have a chance to see Scott, Feldman and Gormley at Jupiter High but it was nice to see them in a different element against elevated competition. They performed and performed well in both games. The Jaguars should be on a lot of college coaches watch list this spring.
South Florida KingsThe Kings struggled for the most part as a team due to a lack of cohesion, yet their roster has some very nice pieces that performed well in spurts Saturday. 6' 4" 2019 Aamir Justice is unsigned but has various levels of interest and used the weekend to continue to improve his stock. Justice has a nice mix of athleticism, skill and shooting that makes him a difficult task for the opposition. 2020's Justin Allen and Jean Francios had it going for the Kings and showed promise for what could be ahead. Kings still have so work to do but will be a group to keep an eye on.
South Florida SonicsThe Sonics were in the gym for two games Sunday and took on a pair of talented programs in Florida PRO and Team Breakdown, going 1-1 on the day. A player making a name for himself is De'Ante Perez the 6' 3" guard from Wellington High. Perez had a big game against Team Breakdown going for 24 points. Sonics are off to a good start and have players that need to be on the radar of college coaches this spring.
Elite NationElite Nation pulled a tough draw faces two difficult opponents. The group plays hard but lacked size to truly compete at 17U level. This is a squad we would like to see later on in the summer.
Landfall EliteThis a team to watch closely that is loaded with 2021 talent. Coming into this spring Landfall has made some big time additions to bolster and already solid team. 6' 3" Devin Hines and 6' 5" Makye Boles join the squad to go along with 6' 3" slasher Micah Octave and 6' 7" versatile wing Josh Minot. This group will no doubt have a bevy of college coaches following them, chances are they will like what they see. Very strong guard play and long, athletic play makers on both sides of the ball. Landfall went 2-1 on the weekend without Minot and really impressed.
Top 5 Performers
Tyshaun Daniels (Everglades) - Team Swoop
Trey Perry (Wellington) - South Florida Sonics
Team SwoopFirst time seeing Team Swoop and they were tough. It all started on the defensive end with full court man to man pressure and multiple athletes to through at the opposition. 6' 6" Tyshaun Daniels and 6' 2" lefty sharp shooter Matthew Robinson are two of many to watch on this squad.
South Florida SonicsSonics 16U pulled off a big win over Team Breakdown and finished the day 1-1. 6' 3" Wellington shooter Trey Perry will be a player to watch closely as this group continues to come together.
15UThe 15U division featured talented trio of Team Swoop Supreme, Wellington Wolves Gold and Florida PRO. Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to catch up with these groups as expected, they will definitely be on our watch list this spring.
Wellington Wolves GoldGold went 1-1 on the day with a win over Team Swoop Supreme and loss to Florida PRO. Olympic Heights guard Caleb Mackrey led the scoring 14 points in the win, while Brenden Williams hit 3 three pointers in the last 3 minutes to close out the game. 6' 5" Wellington High forward Keon Kindred had 8 points and 10 rebounds before suffering an injury that kept him out the remainder of the game. In game 2 Hayden Eugene finished with 10 points. Dwyer guard Richardson Noncent averaged 11.5 on the weekend.
Before ending this recap I just wanted to touch on why events like "The Warmup" need to continue to happen and why teams should jump at the opportunity to play in them. South Florida is filled with talent and travel teams to match but it's very difficult to get them all on the same court. Take for example the c/o 2021 there are more than 5 teams that can stake claim to be the best, they are: Florida PRO, Team Breakdown Black, Palm Beach Garden Starzz, Landfall Elite, Lake Worth Pride, Ball4Lyfe and the list can go on and on. From the Palm Beach County perspective (of course this is #PBCHOOPS) alot of county players fill the rosters but yet you rarely see them match up. c/o 2021 is just an example the same can be said for 2020 all the way down to 2023. Competition is good, program directors and coaches need to do a better job playing between the lines especially when there is excellent competition in your class and area.
Well that's a wrap for "The Warmup" year two, Florida PRO's Marcus McGee has done a great job elevating the level of competition in the area. This event is here to stay and we look forward to seeing even more teams participate next year to "Warmup" for the Live Period.
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