South Florida basketball is on the map again.
On Tuesday, ESPN and Prep Hoops released their Class of 2023 basketball rankings. Let’s see where the rising sophomores in South Florida faired in the ESPN 25 and Prep Hoops 150.
Matthew Bewley: Northeast
ESPN 25 Rank: No. 9
Prep Hoops 150 Rank: No. 5
The 6-foot-8 Northeast forward had a dominant freshman campaign. Averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks per game, Bewley was named onto the Maxpreps’ Freshman All-American team. He was the only player from the South Florida area to do so this season.
Bewley helped lead the Hurricanes to a 21-7 record, finishing with a second-round Class 5A state tournament exit to Pines Charter by a score of 76-69.
The All-American currently holds offers from Alabama, DePaul, USF, and FSU, among others.
Ryan Bewley: Northeast
ESPN 25 Rank: No. 14
Prep Hoops 150 Rank: No. 10
Ranked just five lower than twin brother Matthew Bewley, Ryan Bewley is sure to be one of the next South Florida greats.
Ryan’s physical stature and strength make him a powerful player on all ends of the court. One of his top games of the season included a 17 point and eight-rebound performance against Fort Lauderdale High School.
Marvel Allen: Wellington
Prep Hoops Rank: No. 46
The next player to fall into the ranks is Wellington star, Marvel Allen. Allen helped lead the Wolves to a 21-7 record, putting up 18.2 points, 4.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds a night.
“I feel like it’s a blessing from God,” Allen told 305Sports. But I’m not satisfied. I’m going to continue to work.”
One of Allen’s main goals is to gain an offer from Coach Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats. Besides getting high major offers, the 6-foot-4 guard is looking to “create better opportunities for my family and the less fortunate.”
The Wellington freshman’s scoring ability was able to land him an All-Palm Beach County selection by 305Sports.
Nathaniel Sasser: Grandview Prep
Prep Hoops 150 Rank: No. 60
Ever since his famous HoopDiamonds video, ‘Nate Sasser Is The Best 8th Grader In All Of Florida,’ it was known that he would soon become a nationally ranked prospect.
Listed at 6-foot-5, Sasser is extremely athletic, versatile, and has great ball control along with an ability to hit shots from the perimeter.
The young forward helped lead Grandview Prep to a 20-8 record, securing their 17th district championship against Village Academy by a score of 73-56. Sasser also competed on the Peach Jam winning Nightrydas team.
Scotty Middleton: Columbus
Prep Hoops 150 Rank: No. 75
Middleton totaled 15.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per contest in his freshman year at Christopher Columbus High School. Middleton helped lead the Explorers to a 15-12 record, falling to Miami High School in the District Finals.
The 6-foot-6 combo guard has a tremendous upside. His length will cause havoc against all opponents he faces.
Jaylen Carey: University School
Prep Hoops 150 Rank: No. 105
Son of former Miami Dolphins star, Vernon Carey, and brother of ACC Rookie of the Year, Vernon Carey Jr., Jaylen Carey has big shoes to fill.
The University School big clearly knows how to stand his ground in the paint. Coming off the bench for a talented 19-7 University School team, Carey averaged 4.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks a night.
Carey demonstrated his post presence best in a 16 point, nine-rebound performance against Mater Lakes.
Osmar Garcia Araujo: Riviera Prep
Prep Hoops 150 Rank: No. 122
As a freshman, Osmar Garcia-Araujo put people on notice with his toughness on the court. Averaging 17.0 points and an impressive 13.7 rebounds, Garcia-Araujo helped lead the Bulldogs to a 24-7 record, ultimately claiming a 3A District 15 Championship.
Besides his offensive talents, the 6-foot-6 big was also efficient defensively, adding 1.6 steals and 2.3 blocks a night.
Garcia-Araujo’s impressive freshman campaign earned him a spot on the 305Sports All-Dade team.
Justin Johnson: Doral Academy
Prep Hoops 150 Rank: No. 127
While playing alongside South Carolina commit Devin Carter, Justin Johnson made it know that he can hang with the best of the best.
As a freshman, Johnson averaged 12.4 points, 1.1 assists, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game, helping the Firebirds to a 17-8 record.
Johnson is looking to become the next Doral Academy star with his guard skillset.