Typically I leave the writing to our Director of Scouting Connor Quigley, but this Saturday our staff had the opportunity to bring a number of talented travel organizations together to compete in front of local and regional media. With the help of the Junior Orange Bowl and Source Hoops the founders of the event, we were all able to collaborate and produce an electric and competitive atmosphere for travel team exposure.
Below is a list of SOME prospects who impressed our staff on Saturday.
Omar Payne(6'9/PF/2019) CP25 Gauntlet
Payne and his mega talented Adidas Gauntlet CP25 team came to Miami Summer Hoops Festival and took care of business against a super talented UAA Team Breakdown group. Payne was all over the place proving why HM's are salivating over the talented long big man. He can jump, he can run and more importantly he can finish around the basket and seems to only be scratching the surface when it comes to developing an offensive skill set. With that being said he scored 13 points while grabbing 11 rebounds and getting 4 blocks in 60-53 win over Breakdown.
Jamal Mashburn Jr. (6'0/CG/2020) Team Breakdown
Mashburn Jr. was definitely the best scoring guard in the event. Although they struggled as a unit Mashburn was able to get himself going scoring 16 in his first game and 18 in his second game against CP25 averaging 17ppg over the course of the day. Mashburn continues to add more to his game while already showcasing one of the deadliest mid range games in high school basketball. Expect for his recruitment to REALLY take off in July of this summer.
Brian Dugazon(6'0/PG/2020) South Florida Rockets
Dugazon was electric over the course of his two games. Dugazon scored a game high 23 points in a defeat to a talented 305 Elite practically making things look effortless for a majority of the game. Watch for Dugazon this summer as the Rockets boast a number of college prospects, Dugazon being the headline.
Kario Oquendo(6'5/SG/2020)CP25 16U Gauntlet
Oquendo the feature player of the CP25 16U team did not go bananas scoring the ball only registering 12 points in the game he played but his athletic ability affects the entire game in so many ways. Oquendo was rebounding out of his area, changing shots at the rim and even demonstrated an improved wing skill set. This CP25 program is loaded, look for them to headline most events they attend moving forward through travel basketball season.
JoJo Nunez(6'1/PG/2019)Florida Gold Coast
Nunez who is coming off a state championship playing for Doral Academy is a staple for this Florida Gold Coast team. Nunez who I like to call a "swiss army knife" does a little of everything which includes the responsibility of guarding the others team's best or biggest player and also scoring, rebounding and distributing. For coaches who truly value guys who make winning plays make sure you see Jo Jo Nunez.
Isaad Solano(6'2/CG/2019)Florida Gold Coast
Solano is a talented guard who thrives in transition. Solano & Nunez led Florida Gold Coast to a 3-0 record during the event beating Miami Rebels, Wellington Wolves & Team Breakdown. Solano averaged 14ppg and was among the multiple double digit scorers for Gold Coast.
Tyrell Jones(6'6/F/2019) Showtime Ballers
Jones the gifted scorer who runs with Showtime Ballers was up to his usual tricks scoring 20 points in a win over the SF Kings. Jones scoring hasn't gone unnoticed where he has picked up multiple offers this spring. Watch for his recruitment to explode this spring, travel coach Diane Gillion does a tremendous job of getting her players seen on a national stage.
Alex Rodriguez(6'6/PF/2019) Triple Threat Basketball
Rodriguez is a player that makes you scratch your head. He does not look like your traditional basketball player but once he starts playing you are quite amazed. Rodriguez sports a sneaky but exciting vertical which allows him to play well above the rim and sky for rebounds which seem out of reach. Rodriguez offensive skill set is developing nicely as he shows flashes of vast improvement. Rodriguez scored 18ppg over Saturday leading Triple Threat to a 2-0 record.
AJ Neal(6'1/PG/2021) Showtime Ballers
Neal a young prospect was noteworthy performer because of his age and the poise he posses for that age. Neal did not fill it up until his last game scoring 19 points on five made three point baskets. Neal continues to prove he is steady, comfortable and wise beyond his years for his age.
Josmel Martinez(6'6/F/2019) Miami Rebels
Martinez is an interesting prospect who had an up and down day Saturday. He began scoring 25 in a loss to FL Gold Coast but demonstrated his ability to finish and play with the ball in his hands and without. Later on in the afternoon he struggled to assert himself in the game. If Martinez could figure out how to impact the game on a play to play basis he will be a tremendous college player.
Carl Bigord(6'6/F/2020) Triple Threat Basketball
Bigord who is very gifted athletically is someone that should be on everyone's radar. Bigord can shoot it comfortably from behind the 3-point line and plays above the rim consistently. We will continue to watch how his ball skills develop but he is a sure fire division 1 prospect heading into the summer.
Marcus Montalvo(6'1/CG/2019) Florida Gold Coast
Montalvo who LIT IT UP from beyond the arc showed why he can be a good player at the next level. Montalvo hit shots consistently, made plays for others without forcing the issue. If Montalvo consistently guards he will be a guy that has a lot of success at the right level when he gets there.
Ronique Spencer(6'6/W/2018) South Florida Kings
Spencer who is debating a reclassification to the class of 2019 had himself a great game early in the day. Played hard, attacked the rim and the glass showing how hard he has worked too improve his skill set. Unfortunately he injured his shoulder during his last game but if Spencer were to reclassify to 2019 it would do wonders for his recruitment and allow him to continue to get more fluid on the perimeter.