2014 Rising Phenom Middle School Showcase

The first annual Rising Phenom Middle School Showcase took place at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida on November 22nd. International Basketball Training and their staff put on a first class event sponsored by Under Armour. Below are the standout rising performers, as evaluated by Coach Jim Haley– who created and directed the Kingdom of the Sun tournament for 40 years– and Carlos Morales who founded International Basketball Training.     Titus Baggs 2019 6’2” PF of Discovery Middle School– Baggs was strong inside and demanded the ball in the paint and made it count. Baggs has lots of bulk and a strong upperbody; loves to defensive rebound; needs to develop his finish game inside the paint; good speed for size and runs the floor in transition; could be a power forward in the future with growth.         Trent Whittemore 2019 6’2” SG of Cornerstone Christian– Whittemore was the most skilled player with great size and shooting. He’ll need to work on quickness. All out hustler in transition; excellent dribble driver to the hoop; can play point guard for his size; “Do It All” type player; most skilled in the camp.         Cesar Barrios 2019 6’0” PG of Orlando Christian Prep- Great skills and size. Did it all at the camp, scored going both ways at will. Needs to improve three-point shot. Barrios was one of best scorers and passers at camp. He was very impressive when attaking with contact at the rim. Defense was his key to a successful camp; many of his steals on the wing led to fast break baskets; showed a...

Nike Team Florida #THEWorkout

On September 27th and 28th, Nike Team Florida held their 9th annual THEWorkout at Sarasota Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida. Two days of drills and scrimmages between some of the best individual talent in Florida’s 2015-2019 classes. Hardwood Hoops Central was on hand for Sundays’ festivities, which put the spotlight on rising sophomores, freshmen, and even a few eighth graders. While the talent level among the upperclassmen is in good hands, the underclassmen proved that Florida’s hoops future is bright. Here is who stood out. 2017 6’9″ wing forward Daniel Mading of the Rock School was by far the most eye opening presence on the floor in every game that he performed in. Mading show high-major athleticism as well as a skilled inside-out scoring ability. He has a high, smooth release on his jumper. He gets good elevation, which combined with his long arms will make him tough to guard on the perimeter– especially because if you close out on him he can slash to the rim and finish high above it. His ball handling needs to get better, as he is more of a straight line dribbler, but he has enough shift in his handles to be dangerous to hard close on. Mading will need to fill out more and certainly has the room to do so. He’s a good rebounder thanks to his athleticism and length. When he grabbed the board, he looked to push the pace and attack in transition. You could tell a high-flying dunk was coming and he didn’t always pass half court before it was clear a highlight was on its way. Needless to...

Dodge Florida Shootout

This past weekend– September 27 and 28– at the Lake Brantley Field House in Altamonte Springs, Florida was home to the 19th annual Dodge Florida Shootout. Two days of individual and team competition showcased some talented prospects from Florida’s 2015 through 2019 classes. Here is the talent that stood out from the event. 2017 5’10” point guard Jamari Wheeler of Suwannee High School was our favorite player to watch at this event. He explodes to the rim and has excellent shiftiness to his handle that allows him to blow by his man. He left guys standing in place with one crossover move after another. He plays with great pace and can change gears in a hurry. He plays a high octane, up-tempo style that demands control. It’s like watching your dream car hit top speed and then turn on a dime. Needless to say, Wheeler made plays whether it was with excellent court vision and decision making or by finishing plays at all three levels. He will need to add strength and fill out more as he is very thin-framed, but his quickness– at least for now– will help make up for that. Jamari played with an great motor and always seemed to be around the ball. Wheeler is the type of guard that can make things happen and if he continues to play like this, he should make a lot happen for his recruitment going forward. 2015 6’9″ power forward Yankuba Sima Fatty is a Spanish-import who now plays for Arlington Country Day. Sima is a long, lanky big man who proved to be very athletic, mobile, and...

Each 1 Teach 1 Best of the Best Showcase

Each One Teach One’s 2nd annual “Best of the Best Showcase” saw some of the best 2015-2018 prospects in the state of Florida under one roof, as over 200 student athletes packed Lake Brantley Field House in Altamonte Springs, Florida to test each other’s skill on the hardwood. Saturday saw the juniors and seniors battle it out, while Sunday pitted the sophomores and freshmen go at it. 2017 6’7″ small forward David Nickleberry of First Academy was the best player on the floor at the event regardless of class. Nickleberry impresses with his versatility and ability to make an impact on any part of the game you can imagine. He can defend multiple positions and is vocal on the defensive end. He will get blocks using his length and athleticism coming over to the weakside. He is a capabale rebounder in or out of area and can start the break and finish on the other end. We feel like he could and should be more active and assertive on the glass. David handles the ball like a point-forward and is a very skilled passer and playmaker for others at 6’7″. He has a smooth skill set that is very natural and ahead of his years. His shooting ability is solid, but could be better. He shoots a good looking ball, but with more reps should get better. While his speed and athleticism are good for where he is right now, these areas will also need to improve if he’s to be the player we think he can be. Overall, there’s no doubt Nickleberry is a future high-major. With some more fine...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 11

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part write-up, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 10

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 9

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This doesn’t...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 8

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 7

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 6

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 5

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This doesn’t...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 4

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 3

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 2

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

“This is Our Summer” EYBL Player Breakdown– Part 1

Hardwood Hoops Central had the privilege to cover some great events over the 2014 spring and summer recruiting periods. Among those events were the four different regular season stops of the Nike EYBL, “The Eight” presented by Chris Paul, Nike Global Challenge– which we will have a full break down of next month– and of course  Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina. Because we were able to see so much of what the Nike circuit had to offer this AAU season, we decided to provide you with our brief thoughts of those players. This will be an 11 part series, so make sure to check our blog page for the subsequent parts. We decided to focus our write-up on the 24 teams that made the 17U 2014 Peach Jam. We saw over 50 17U games live in South Carolina alone and we went back and reviewed game film of several other games played at the events that were mentioned in the opening. When it comes to scouting it’s important to see players as many times as you can so that you feel comfortable about 1) their skill set, 2) what they can offer a program at the college level and 3) get a strong sense of what level best fits that prospect so that a recommendation can be made to a college coach. We broke down the Peach Jam qualifying team prospects in to two categories: standout players and others you must keep an eye on. 1) Standout players: Players who stood out above the rest in the games we scouted over the course of the events mentioned above. This...

From Floater to Jumper

It’s not what you do in practice, but what you do after that makes you a better player. A cliché many high school coaches can be heard saying to their players in gyms all over the country. Some take it to heart. Even fewer find a gym after a team practice to get extra reps. Even less have the gym keys to their local church and routinely push themselves every week for another full practice after team workouts while still maintaining a 3.97 GPA. For an exact example of this, meet Brighton High School’s Brock Miller. Those extra practice sessions at the local church gym– known as the Stake Center– is where Miller has spent hours putting up thousands of shots. Each one with the same expectation: perfection. “We end workouts out on the perimeter. We start close in– nothing above the key,” said Miller. “If you can’t make it from 12 feet and in, how can you make a shot from 17 to 20-plus?” 500 shots, Miller said, is the average workout. No, scratch that, 500 makes and 100 made free throws to be exact. Each time focusing on form, follow through, and arc.  Other days it can be a 1,000-plus shots. Dedication that has earned him the reputation of an excellent three-point shooter– no mater if it’s off the catch from deep or in the mid-range area. Before all of the endless hours of form, follow through, and arc; and even before the “perfect practice” mantra Brock said his dad has ingrained in him, the family basketball bloodline had to be established. His grandfather played at UNLV....

2014 Pangos All-American Camp

The 12th annual Pangos All-American Camp has become a basketball staple for highly touted recruits and for those still looking to get their names mentioned among the nation’s elite. Last weekend’s event was no different as prospects flew in from all over the country to leave their game and name on the floor at Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, California. Here is our full breakdown of over 70 prospects at this year’s showcase. Point Guards Isaiah Briscoe PG 6’3″ 215 lbs. 2015 Roselle Catholic HS-(NJ)- Briscoe holds offers from every top program in the country except KY and Kansas. Briscoe is a matchup nightmare with his sheer strength, power, and ball handling ability. He can get to anywhere on the court he wants with some old school moves, mid-range shots, drives to the basket. Combine skill with the physical attribute of huge hands and you have one skilled player. His drive to the basket is very effective with his power and he easily finishes through contact with his left or right hand. His perimeter shot is good– not great– and will need to get a tad quicker and lighter on his toes defensively. Briscoe was almost 50 pounds heavier than some guards in attendance, so he has the size down. Isaiah is an immediate starter at a top-tier program and is arguably the best unsigned PG left in the country right now. De’Aaron Fox PG 6’2″ 170 lbs. 2016 Cypress Hills HS-(TX)- Offered by Texas and others are recruiting him as well. Fox is an ultra athletic PG with deep range on his shot. He can attack the rim and flush it down easily with his impressive vertical leap. The lefty also has the ability...

Golden Mentality

With his team down seven with under two minutes remaining, point guard Brandon Chauca’s approach was exactly what was needed to help mount a possible comeback for his 22ft Academy team. “At one minute let’s be down five, at forty-five seconds let’s be down three,” said Chauca. Chauca and his teammates were able to do just that and the final possession would be their’s. “My coach basically asked me what we should do and my teammate had just hit a three. He hit two threes earlier in the game, fell off a little bit, but he just hit a three so I know he’s feeling it,” said Chauca. Chauca said he knew he had to find the hot hand. Chauca recalled coming off a double screen up at the top of perimeter, drove in, and passed it out to junior Jamar Ergas for the game-tying three pointer. 22ft Academy would go on to win the game in overtime by seven. The calm and game management displayed by Chauca during the comeback sequence is a key in what made him a high-major Division 1 basketball player and partly why he was able to commit to the University of California last Friday. The 5’10” senior form Alexandria, Virginia prides himself on learning the game mentally. “You really just try to observe while you’re playing, kind of slow it down in your mind,” he said. Chauca said he understands the game is moving fast, but being the point guard you have to be the floor general and stay even keel– you can never be too high or too low. He added that...
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