Florida Prospects 2016 (Part 2) : Shining lights from in-state match-ups
By Bob Corwin
In this section, we salute some of the top performers outside of the Miami Country Day – Jacksonville Ribault match-up covered in part 1.
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One goal of the Florida Prospects event was to pair Metro Orlando teams with out-of-area opponents. In 14 such match-ups, the locals did not win one game! This did not mean these teams did not have noteworthy players.
Looking at some of the top performers…
Players below are listed alphabetically with listed height, position, graduation year and high school. School location is in parenthesis.
Brylee Bartram, 5-6, shooting guard, 2019, Seffner Christian Academy (Seffner, Florida)
Bartram is considered one of the best long range shooters in the Sunshine State. She posted six 3’s in one game at the event tallying 26 points. She has several non-Power 5 offers in hand but still needs to add more to her game if looking to get offers from the Power 5 schools.
Emari Bell, 6-0, center/power forward, 2018, Edgewater High School (Orlando, Florida)
Bell is a high motor, athletic, around the basket scorer, who will step out occasionally hitting a shot. In one contest she posted 31 points and 19 rebounds. Division 1 schools should be monitoring her progress.
Ariel Colon, 5-8, guard, 2017, Ocoee High School (Ocoee, Florida)
Committed to Elon, Colon appears to be a steady hand playing both guard slots. In the two games at the event, she totaled 27 points on a combination of drives and three-balls.
Tyra Cox, 5-6, point guard, 2017, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Florida)
Cox has a good motor and is relentless at trying to get to the rim. An unsigned senior, she should be getting looks from D1 or D2 schools willing to take a hard-nosed lead guard be she one who needs to improve her shooting range. In the 80-70 loss to nationally ranked Ribault, she posted 28 points hitting 16/16 from the charity stripe.
Zanoria Cruz, 5-8, forward, 2020, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Florida)
Cruz plays hard with an impressive physicality for a freshman. She loves to attack the basket but needs to build shooting range. Division 1 schools should be monitoring her progress.
Alise Davis, 6-0, center, 2017, Tampa Catholic High School (Tampa, Florida)
Davis, committed to Coastal Carolina, has a good motor and high work rate around the basket not backing down from anyone. She posted games of 24 and 17 points and if rebounds had been kept, had a double double in each victorious contest.
Emma and Sarah Fazio, 5-0, guards, 2018, Lakewood Ranch High School (Bradenton, Florida)
These height-challenged twins show that if you love the game, play hard and are willing to work at it, there is a place for you in the sport. They hope to play beyond high school even if it is not at the Division 1 level.
Chelsie Hall, 5-7, point guard, 2017, Seffner Christian Academy (Seffner, Florida)
Hall, a Vanderbilt commit, is considered one of the best point guards in the 2017 class. Her style is to look to distribute (good basketball IQ) but will attack the basket going to her right if the opportunity presents itself. Adding more shooting range should be her number one priority for the next level. She posted 25 points in one contest on Orlando.
Kharis Idom, 5-7, guard, 2018, Colonial High School (Orlando, Florida)
Colonial is a “we try harder” squad relying on perimeter play but none give more than this junior. She attacks the basket from the perimeter, will fight for rebounds despite her modest build and can hit the three. She posted 27 points on a losing effort on Saturday versus Tampa Catholic. D1 programs should be monitoring her progress.
Tameria Johnson, 5-3, point guard, 2017, West Port High School (Ocala, Florida)
Johnson, committed to Florida, likes to play fast (sometimes too fast) and attack the basket. She can hit the three be it not option one posting 25 points in one contest in Orlando.
Emmy James, 5-7, guard, 2020, Wekiva High School (Apopka, Florida)
James was the most impressive of a very young Wekiva squad. She ran her team with poise, shot the three and was light on her feet. A Division 1 future probably lies ahead with continued maturation. Emmy thinks she is really a shooting guard but with the poise she displayed, she should consider working on being a point guard as that area is generally in shorter demand at the next level.
Chardell Jones, 5-7, guard/forward, 2018, Jones High School (Orlando, Florida)
Jones is a persistent attacker perhaps a bit small to do the same things on the Division 1 level. Although right handed, she often drives going left. She posted games of 24 and 20 points at the event. Adding shooting range should be a high priority to maximize her potential for college ball.
Mackenzie Sadaka, 5-10, small forward, 2017, South Broward High School (Hollywood, Florida)
Sadaka, committed to Embry-Riddle (a school transitioning to NCAA D2 from NAIA ranks), wanted to go Ivy but had no takers. Passing on some out of state D1 interest, she decided to take the offer from the Daytona Beach school. Sadaka is a good generalist (probably passes creatively best and plays within the system but needs to improve her ball handling). In her team’s two wins, she posted 19 points on Friday and 9 points on Saturday but also made several big plays in the fourth quarter to pull out a 47-44 win over Ocoee.
Jalaysha Thomas, 6-2, power forward, 2017, West Port High School (Ocala, Florida)
Thomas, committed to Florida, posted 29 points in the second day’s contest at the event. With strong body and good hands, she can be a force posting and facing up in the paint. In some games, she does not get involved not moving without the ball. Interestingly, the word in the gym was that low production games (like first at the event) are often followed by an outing such as the one in game two.
Tatianna Thompson, 6-1, power forward, 2017, Winter Haven High School (Winter Haven, Florida)
On a team considered top 5 in the state and loaded with prospects, Thompson stood out for her steady play during two victorious outings in Orlando. Committed to Georgetown, Thompson will post up with her strong build but also step out on occasion to hit a perimeter shot.
Tanyia Gordon, 5-8, small forward, 2019, Tampa Catholic High School (Tampa, Florida)
Gordon has a body that reads Power 5 all over it. She has good body control in attacking the basket. She posted games of 19 and 24 points at the event. Adding shooting range should be a major priority over the next year.
Tiffany Tolbert, 5-6, point guard, 2017, Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando, Florida)
Dr. Phillips may not be the team of a few years ago but do not blame Tolbert for that. This North Florida commit runs the offense and often winds up taking the shot at the end of the possession. If anything, she tries too hard forcing up inappropriate shot. She posted 19 points including three threes in her team’s one game as host school.
Shante Walker, 5-11, forward, 2017, South Broward High School (Hollywood, Florida)
Walker is powerful with touch in the key but also has the ability to step out and hit the perimeter shot. A definite D1 talent, she just needs to watch her conditioning. She posted 13 and 22 points in the two games in Orlando.
Ladazhia Williams, 6-3, power forward, 2017, Lakewood Ranch High School (Bradenton, Florida)
One of the top seniors in Florida, the South Carolina commit has a way of gliding through the key from the high post to the rim. A decent passer, she keeps the ball high on rebounding defensively. Her 39-point showing in a win over Orlando Colonial (71-61) was the top scoring performance of the weekend.