While it definitely wasn’t the busiest, the South Florida high school basketball scene featured notable headlines. Check out the top stories from July 20-26.
South Florida 2022 Stars Land Spots On 247Sports’ Latest Rankings
With numerous recruits surging during the high school basketball season, mixed with some AAU play in the spring and summer, 247Sports has updated its ‘Top 150’ list of 2022 prospects.
Seven players from the South Florida area were featured, with the highest-ranking above the top 30.
- Calvary Christian’s Gregg Glenn: No. 28
- Mater Academy’s (Former) Malik Reneau: No. 56
- University School’s (Former) Jett Howard: No. 65
- Westminster Academy’s Ben Middlebrooks: No. 82
- Pinecrest’s Amen Thomson: No. 134
- Miramar’s Faheim Meran: No. 135
- Pinecrest’s Ausar Thomson: No. 140
The St. Andrews School (Boca Raton, FL) forward listed Memphis, Baylor, Florida State University, Maryland and Texas in his top five schools list.
The 6-foot-8 forward notched 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest, being a key contributor to the Scots’ first state championship run, capping off their 26-5 season.
Ben Middlebrooks Collects Offer From Notre Dame
Westminster Academy rising junior Ben Middlebrooks added to his long list of offers, with Notre Dame becoming the most recent.
Averaging 17.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 1.4 rebounds per game, the class of 2022 forward led the Lions to another district title while also earning a spot on the 2020 Broward 1A-5A First-Team.
The Fighting Irish aren’t new to the South Florida pipeline, grabbing Gulliver Prep’s Tony Sanders in the 2020 class.
Some other programs to offer the 2022 forward include Auburn, Florida, Maryland and Clemson, among others.
Former Stranahan guard Chayse Culpepper committed to Ave Maria University on Tuesday.
In his senior campaign, the 6-foot-1 guard averaged 13 points, five assists, and two steals per game, leading the Mighty Dragons all the way to a 4A state title, where they defeated Tampa Catholic by a score of 71-64.
The guard will be coming into an Ave Maria program that finished the 2019-Culpepper will be joining a Gyrenes squad that finished its 2019-20 season with a 20-10 record, falling to Southeastern University (SEU), 81-69, in the semi-finals of the Sun Conference tournament.
Nate Sasser Transfers To Suncoast Community High School
Class of 2023 guard Nate Sasser will be competing with the Suncoast Chargers for his sophomore campaign.
Sasser helped his former team, Grandview Prep, claim a successful 20-8 record in the 2019-20 season, including their 17th district championship in a 73-56 victory against Village Academy.
The No. 46 ranked sophomore will be joining two standout class of 2024 prospects in guard Stone Bureau and 6-foot-7 forward Ian Smikle.
Class of 2022 center, Edward Nnamoko, will be playing his junior season at Riviera Prep.
In his sophomore campaign, Nnamoko and the Wolfpack finished with a 20-9 record, including a trip to the Class 2A state semi-finals, falling to Impact Christian Academy in overtime, 54-56.
The 6-foot-9 center will join the nation’s No. 122 rising sophomore in Osmar Garcia Araujo along with another rising junior with captain experience, Esteban Luberes.