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HoopMIA #TheWarmup

By Rodger Bohn, 10/26/18, 9:30PM EDT


In its fourth year, the Hoop MIA Warmup has served as high school basketball's unofficial kickoff in the sunshine state. Having produced more than 35 D1 players, it is a one stop shop to see the vast majority of top hoopers that the Miami area has to offer. While there have been some stud guards that have come through the event over the years (MaCio Teague is now at Baylor, LJ Figeroa went to St. John's, and Andres Feliz went to Illinois, but is now at USF), but where the event has really stood out is with the big's.

Having produced 7 high major players standing 6'7 or bigger in The Warmup's short few years, it has proven to be a launching pad for bigs. Ibrahim Doumbia showed everyone that he wasn't just an energy guy and was actually able to step out and shoot the rock. McDonald's All-American Simi Shittu showed everyone the ridiculous potential that he offered as a youngster at Montverde and now he is looking like a potential one and done candidate. Current high schoolers Vernon Carey and Balsa Koprivica both showed unique skill sets for players standing over 6-foot-10 well before they became household names in recruiting circles. Toss in players such as 7'2 Zach Brown, VCU commit Sean Mobley, and Purdue bound Emmanuel Dowouna and it's easy to see why this is where college coaches look to be if they are in need of a big man.

This year's edition of the Hoop MIA "The Warmup" will run October 27-28 at the Miami Springs Rec Center. There will be plenty of coverage from SLAM, ( " )just as there has been in years past. Numerous other NCAA approved scouting services and mixtape companies will be in the building, so if you went to get a glimpse of MIA's future, The Warmup is where you have to be.