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Weekly Recruiting Blog: 2020 Sleepers

By HoopMIA, 02/07/20, 2:45PM EST


This is our weekly series of underrated prospects in the 2020 recruiting class in South Florida. Each week we will profile three prospects in need of more attention and recognition.


Brandon Sanders, 6’11 Center, South Miami


It is common nature for scouts and schools to worry about the things an athlete does not excel at or needs to improve upon, but sometimes that leads to them missing the value a prospect brings. Sanders is not a great scorer, but he is an elite level defensive prospect. He is phenomenal at protecting the rim and is an extremely active defender. The senior has elite movement for a player his size and plays with a great motor. Offensively, he provides vertical spacing as a lob finisher and is a presence rolling to the basket. He is a legitimate Division 1 prospect. 


Erik Pratt, 6’3 Guard, Park Vista


The senior guard is one of the biggest sleepers in South Florida. He is a knockdown shooter that can fill it up in a hurry. The lefty has a quick release on his jump shot and is capable of shooting on the move and off the bounce. He has great length for a guard and as his ball handling and strength improves he is more than capable of developing into a big college point guard. Pratt is a good defender that causes a lot of deflections. He is a good rebounder, which leads to him starting plenty of quick transition opportunities for his squad. He is having a big senior campaign and a deep playoff run will only help him gain exposure as a college prospect.

Brendan Golden, 6’4 Wing, Christopher Columbus


Golden is having a great senior season for the Explorers. The senior has had multiple 20 point games and is performing well against a treacherous Columbus schedule. He does a great job defending bigger opponents and is one of the best players in South Florida at taking charges. Golden is a good athlete that is capable of making perimeter shots. He would be a great get for Division 3 programs and if his ball handling improves it can help him develop into an even better college prospect.