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Top 16U-17U Standouts From Pressure Athletics Event

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Over 16 teams came together last Saturday at DS Sports Plex for Saturday’s Pressure Athletic event, showcasing some of the top prospects in the South Florida area.

Ranging from all ages in high school, 305Sports had the chance to evaluate each session thoroughly and extensively. Full of new and familiar faces, Pressure’s event was nothing short of a success.

Here are a few standouts from the 16U and 17U sessions:

F Scotty Middleton, N/A:

Having played in 16U, 17U and the Main Event, Middleton’s length and size were factors to his successful outing. Notching 28 points against a talented Bad Boys squad, the 6-foot-5 forward has the confidence to shoot from outside and attack the basket when the opportunity strikes.

Middleton last played at Christopher Columbus High School, averaging 15.2 points and 5.5 rebounds en route to a regional quarterfinals appearance. As he continues to improve his skillset and develop his leadership mindset, expect the class of 2023 prospect to land the respect he desires.

CG Kenny Aubin, Atlantic:

I had the opportunity to watch Aubin against Wellington in his first game of the afternoon. Making 22 of his team’s 61 points, the 6-foot-3 combo guard is an impressive scorer, to say the least.

Helping his squad pick up back-to-back double-digit victories, Aubin’s athleticism and knowledge for the game were key for the SFL Sonics, who’s impressive run is deserving of a spot on the Main Event card.

G Gabriel Gonzalez, Divine Savior Academy:

A leader at its finest, Gonzalez’s voice was heard at all times when Miami Dynasty was on the court.

Adding a smooth jump shot mixed with his speed and versatility, the rising senior is a reliable player at all times. He’d go on to average 18.5 points per game in his two 17U games, in which he totaled a 1-1 record.

The 6-foot guard clearly gives it all he’s got, something that’ll benefit Divine Savior Academy down the line.

G Chris Walker, Wellington:

A high-flyer, Walker played a crucial role in Wellington’s 1-1 stretch last week. Although he took time to adjust his shot, the 6-foot-6 guard didn’t shy away from picking things up in Game 2.

Overall, Walker has solid traits all-around, having the ability to benefit his team on both ends of the court.

Holding an offer from Rider University, Walker’s raw potential makes him an interesting to look out for.

G Jose Vargas, Southwest Senior High:

Having watched Vargas play at Miami Christian last season, his performance at last weeks event doesn’t surprise me.

An impressive shooter from beyond the arc, Vargas, who’s listed at 6-foot-3, knows how to find himself open and provide for his teammates when needed.

Averaging 21 points per game in his two games played, Vargas will surely play a factor in Southwest’s success this season.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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