I had the opportunity to watch a handful of South Florida high school basketball contests, ranging from teams in the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach area.
Here are a few standouts:
- Cypress Bay (39) vs. St. Andrews (61)
- Calvary Christian (62) vs. IMG Academy (68)
- The Rock (81) vs. Cypress Bay (73)
- Cypress Bay (46) vs. Westminster Christian (49)
Kenneth Turner (2021) : St. Andrews
Right off the bat, St. Andrew’s Kenneth Turner was an important piece to their win against Cypress Bay. Turner showed a high level of engagement and leadership on the floor, communicating to teammates constantly. Another valuable skillset to the senior’s game is his body. At 6-foot-7, the forward is able to muscle his way and grab rebounds with ease. Turner ended the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Josh Minott (2021): St. Andrews
Memphis commit Josh Minott is looking like he’ll be stapling his name to a list of South Florida greats. Minott is a lengthy prospect who can really push the pace of the game due to his length and speed for his size. The four-star can play physically down low, making it very difficult for defenders to keep him in front. Minott wrapped up the game with 18 points, defeating Cypress Bay 61-39.
Gregg Glenn III (2022): Calvary Christian
After being excluded from the ESPN top 60 rankings, Gregg Glenn proved what the country is missing out on. Being down for majority of the game, Glenn’s leadership and body helped the Eagles comeback but eventually fall short to IMG. The forward’s body lets him finish in contact, helping him score at the rim. Glenn wrapped up the game with 20 points and was named as one of the players of the night.
Marvel Allen (2023): Calvary Christian
Being an underclassman, Marvel Allen really had to step up when facing the No. 2 team in the country, IMG, this past weekend. At 6-foot-4, the young guard still has a high ceiling, giving him the potential to be one of the top guards in his class when it’s all said and done. Allen can finish above the rim even against bigger defenders, is good in transition and can hit shots from beyond the arc with a hand in the face.
Taylor Hendricks (2022): Calvary Christian
The 2022 Calvary Christian junior continues to impress many game in and game out. Hendricks has been posting consistent numbers throughout the majority of his outings in the 2020 season, as he looks to carry the momentum over into the new year. Hendricks is a lengthy forward able to bang bodies with some of the nation’s best big men such as Moussa Diabate of IMG Academy. The junior ended the game with 15 points.
Sal Stewart (2022): Westminster Christian
In a come from behind win against Cypress Bay, Sal Stewart’s energy and shooting helped carry Westminster Christian to the top. With star big James Henderson having an off day, it took guys like Stewart to step up. The junior was lights out from three and made a few hustle plays for his team to help clinch a Warriors victory.
Kevin Pazmino (2022): Cypress Bay
Another 2022 prospect for the Lightning was shooting-guard Kevin Pazmino. Pazmino can really score the ball on all three levels, making him an offensive threat. A big factor in his explosive offensive performance is his ability to create shots for himself. Pazmino was named to the Kruel Classic All-Tournament Team.
Maxwell Gordon (2022): Cypress Bay
Maxwell Gordon is looking to blossom into a top guard in the South Florida area. Matching up against a tall and lengthy St. Andrew’s squad, Gordon’s finishing really came in handy. The junior guard is definitely a stock riser in the area. Besides being able to finish on the offensive side of the ball, the guard’s IQ allows him to be in the right spot at the right time, sometimes leading to charges taken and extra team possessions.
Jaylen Bernard (2021): Cypress Bay
Jaylen Bernard really impressed me most in his game against The Rock (Gainesville, Florida). Playing aggressively is when Bernard is at his best. Grabbing rebounds on both sides of the floor, finishing through contact and hitting occasional outside jumpers led Bernard to a 21 point outing.