I roamed around South Florida this week to spectate some of the best games we’ve seen this season – most notably at the I Have a Dream MLK Challenge, Legacy Shootout and Broward vs. Dade Challenge.
Here are my takeaways from those games, in terms of who stood out and helped their team best.
Cypress Bay vs. Doral Academy (54-49 Doral Academy)
Cypress Bay vs. Everglades (62-41 Cypress Bay)
Cypress Bay vs. Pinecrest (78-55 Pinecrest)
Calvary Christian vs. Westminster Christian (59-45 Westminster Christian)
Amen Thompson: Pine Crest
Four-star Amen Thompson was all business against Cypress Bay, putting up a team-high 28 points. The junior was virtually unstoppable because of his quickness and ability to drive gaps with ease. Fast break scenarios are when he can be a perennial force, having the ability to either catch lobs or throw them to his brother, Amen Thompson.
Both of them currently hold offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State and others.
Ausar Thompson: Pine Crest
Adding alongside his brother’s total, Ausar’s performance vs. Cypress Bay featured a 24 point outing. And after watching them dominate yet again, the real question that I got from their game was: what can these twins not do?
As previously mentioned, while they’re also good in the fast break and driving gaps, their improved shooting was something I quickly noted. To grant his team the early lead, Thompson’s shooting from beyond the arc was key to getting his team off to a hot start.
Eros Carpio: Pine Crest
The Panthers have been cruising past teams this season and Eros Carpio is a big factor in all of their successes. Carpio is an extremely strong player. With some sneaky athleticism in his arsenal, it’s difficult for teams to draw up a game plan to stop Carpio and the rest of the team.
Justin Johnson: Doral Academy
It looks like Doral Academy has a really impressive 2023 prospect in Justin Johnson. In a tight matchup, Johnson was lights out from the perimeter. Another big key to Johnson’s 19 point total was his size, being listed at 6-foot-7.
His body will continue helping Johnson expand his ceiling, making it easier to shoot over defenders and use his size to finish at the rim and in contact as well.
Taylor Hendricks: Calvary Christian
After being ranked the No. 20 team in the nation by MaxPreps, the Calvary Christian Eagles, headlined by a plethora of players, including Taylor Hendricks, had even more of a target on their back coming into the weekend. In an upset loss to a very composed Westminster Christian team, Hendricks was great, as usual, around the rim. A beast in the paint and great in post-up scenarios, it’s a laborious task to stay in front of him on the block. With a midrange shot that looks like it’s becoming a lethal part of his game as well, expect Hendricks to be making even more national attention soon. The 2022 prospect maintains offers from LSU, Miami, Memphis and Penn, amongst others.
Jordan Hinds: Cypress Bay
Jordan Hinds has been putting up numbers all week for the Lightning. In his two most recent games against Everglades High School and Doral Academy, the 2021 prospect scored a combined 40 points in both games. At his best, Hinds is an extremely athletic forward who is great at playing in the paint, grabbing offensive rebounds and being able to finish at the glass.
The senior is still unsigned.
Jayden Higgins: Westminster Christian
To wrap up the weekly standouts article, it would be wrong to not mention Jayden Higgins of Westminster Christian. When facing Calvary Christian on Saturday, Higgins was not afraid to step up when his team needed it. Finishing with 20 points against some of the nation’s top talent, the best asset of Higgins’ game was his driving abilities.
Committed to Eastern Kentucky as a wide receiver, it makes sense for Higgins to be extremely quick and bouncy. Facing Higgins and the Warriors next is Doral Academy on Wednesday.