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High School Basketball News And Notes: South Florida Receiving Recognition

Michael Laughlin/ South Florida Sun Sentinel

It was an extremely eventful week around South Florida high school basketball. With a top player transferring and tons of top talent receiving offers on a daily basis, we made it easy for you to keep track of this week’s top stories (June 15-21).

South Florida Rising Juniors Receive Division-One Offers

On Monday, June 15, college coaches were granted permission to directly contact class of 2022 recruits. Immediately, South Florida’s top rising juniors received offers from some of the nation’s top programs.

Greg Glenn

The Calvary Christian rising junior received five offers this week: LSU, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Maryland, Georgia Tech.

Glenn averaged 14.6 points, 2.3 assists, and six rebounds per contest, leading Calvary Christian to a 21-8 record.

Rickey Ballard

Rickey Ballard heard from Loyola-Chicago, Appalachian State, Liberty, Marshall, and FAU, all last week.

The 6-foot-6 guard/forward put 13 points and 6 rebounds per game last season, while shooting 47 percent from deep. Ballard’s shooting, along with his lockdown defense helped lead Sagemont total a 19-9 record.

Ben Middlebrooks

Virginia Tech, Auburn, LSU, and Maryland were all added to the Westminster Academy forward’s already impressive list.

Middlebrooks is known to be one of the area’s best two-way players. averaging 17.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 1.4 rebounds per game. Middlebrooks led his squad to a district championship victory last season.

Taylor Hendricks

Taylor Hendricks was awarded two Division I offers this past week: Iona and LSU.

Before deciding to transfer to Calvary Christian, Hendricks had a spectacular sophomore season at University School, averaging 14.2 points, 1.2 assists, and 8.6 rebounds a game.

Hendricks currently maintains other offers from Miami (FL), USF, Iowa State, Florida, Florida State, and Wake Forest.

Malik Reneau

Oklahoma State, LSU, FSU, and Miami (FL) all offered the top Miami-Dade prospect this week.

Reneau averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds, carrying his team to a 25-5 record. The 6-foot-7 big ranked as the No. 48 rising junior by ESPN. In addition, Reneau was named to the 305Sports All-Dade Team.

Justin Abson

North Broward Prep’s Justin Abson was awarded an offer from Troy University.

Abson notched 15.9 points, 2.6 blocks, and 12.8 rebounds per game last season, leading North Broward Prep to an 18-11 record.

The 6-foot-8 forward has also heard from Florida Golf Coast, USF, Georgia State, and NJIT throughout the week.

Deshawn Jean-Charles

Deshawn Jean-Charles was one of two Miramar players to receive a Division I offer, as New Orleans University was the first to offer the rising junior.

Averaging 12.1 points, 1.4 assists, and 6.2 rebounds, Jean-Charles was a big factor in the Patriots’ championship run. In the state title game, the 6-foot-6 wing put up 25 points, eight rebounds, and one assist, leading his team to a 66-51 victory against Seminole High School.

Faheim Meran

Samford recently offered Miramar guard Faheim Meran.

Meran averaged 9.6 points, 1.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.3 steals last season with the Patriots. One of Meran’s biggest games came against Dr. Krop, totaling 15 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals in a 72-54 victory.

Bewley Brothers Claim Offer From Auburn

After Northeast brothers Ryan and Matthew Bewley were listed on ESPN’s top 25 class of 2023 list, Auburn came offering the brotherly duo.

The 6-foot-8 Northeast forward, Matthew Bewley had a dominant freshman campaign. Averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks per game, Matthew was named to the Maxpreps All-Freshman team.

Twin brother Ryan Bewley also had an extremely successful freshman campaign, putting up 10 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks a game on the 21-7 Hurricanes squad.

Calvary Christian Scheduled To Face McEachern High School (GA)

Calvary Christian and McEachern are scheduled to play on January 16 as part of the Southern Showcase in Atlanta (GA) next season.

Calvary Christian’s duo, consisting of Taylor Hendricks and Gregg Glenn will have to face a tough test on the road against McEachern’s best, including Cam McDowell, Randy Brady, and Chance Moore.

Both schools are coming off extremely successful seasons, with Calvary Christian garnering a 21-8 record while McEachern ended their season with a 22-6 record. This matchup between some of the top teams in their respective states should definitely be one to mark on your calendar.

3 South Florida Teams Will Play In This Years City Of Palms Classic

Blanche Ely, Northeast, and Westminster Academy have all been selected to participate in this year’s City of Palms Classic.

Each South Florida program has its fair share of success and top prospects.

For Blanche Ely, it seems like being one of the top teams in South Florida always happens year in and year out. This will not be the first time the Tigers participate in the Classic, as they took part in it last season.

As for Northeast and Westminster Academy, they will be putting their highly talented rosters on full display in front of the national stage. Westminster Academy is coming off a 20-9 season, led by highly recruited forward Ben Middlebrooks.

Northeast High School will be competing in the Traditional Bracket along with South Florida powerhouse school Blanche Ely. The Bewley twins, along with four-star Wesley Cardet will have the opportunity to prove they are some of the top players in the nation while competing against teams such as IMG Academy and Montverde.

Malik Reneau Heading To Montverde

Class of 2022 four-star forward Malik Reneau announced on Thursday that he’ll be transferring to Montverde Academy for the 2020-2021 basketball season.

Last season, Reneau averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game, leading Mater Academy to a 25-5 overall record and a 6A regional finals berth.

The 6-foot-7 power forward is the No. 48 ranked player in his class, according to ESPN.

Montverde Academy comes off of a prestigious 25-0 season and was named the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation. The 2019 squad is highly regarded as the best High School Basketball team of all time.

Reneau will join an extremely talented roster, including three 2022 five-star recruits in Caleb Houstan, Justice Williams, and Jalen Duran.

Tyrecke Francois Commits To Northwest Kansas

Former Northeast High School guard and captain Tyrecke Francois, announced his commitment to Northwest Kansas on Thursday.

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Franscois was a big part of the Hurricanes core, helping them total to a 21-7 record. In their final game of the season, Francois was able to post 16 points, eight assists, and three rebounds against Pines Charter.

The former Northeast point guard will be looking to turn the Northwest Kansas program around after finishing their 2019-20 campaign with a 4-24 record.

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