In other action Orlando Edgewater who produced two of the five starters at Wake Forest in Brooke Thomas and Brittany Waters continued to roll this week winning three games by an average of 30 points per game. Alexis Prince dropped 72 points in three games with wins over Ocoee, Olympia and Rockledge. Against Ocoee, Edgewater was led by FAU signee Kalyn Dinkins with 34 points. Ocoee was led by Claudette Maurice a 5’9’’ senior who will likely attend junior college with 19 points. Kamari Smith who has signed with the University of Tampa and is the daughter of Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith also added 19 for Ocoee. Against Rockledge, Edgewater faced Virginia Tech bound guard Ariel Wilson who played with Team Breakdown this summer. Wilson scored 25 points but it was enough for the Rock who fell 71-41. In their last game of the week Edgewater annihilated Olympia leading 52-18 at halftime on the way to a 73-30 win to clinch the regular season district championship. When talking about the 2012 players nationally at mid season here is the FCP-FAB 5 Frosh.
FCP National Fab 5 Frosh
Alexis Prince 6’1’’ Wing – Orlando Edgewater (FL)
Morgan Tuck 6’2’’ Forward – Bolingbrook (IL)
Alexis Jones 5’9’’ Point Guard – Douglas Macarthur (TX)
Jordan Adams 6’0’’ Point Guard – Mater Dei (CA)
Andraya Carter 5’9’’ Point Guard – Buford (GA)
Winter Park (FL) beat both Ocoee and University in battles of local teams this week. Winter Park led Ocoee the entire game and was paced by Charo Fowler’s 21 points. Against University, Winter Park trailed 30-17 in the first half before applying full court pressure which sparked them on a 22-2 run. University answered and led by four with less then a minute to go before Winter Park put the press back on and ended up winning 63-57 in overtime. Charo Fowler led Winter Park again in the win with 25 points. For University, they are carried by freshman January Miller who is not in our Fab 5 list but is one of the top freshmen guards in the south. Miller is one of the main reasons for University’s 12-3 record this season.
Pine Castle Christian went 1-1 this week in junior Shawn Randall’s return. Randall struggled in her first game against Lake Mary Prep in a 50-44 loss. Against Dr. Phillips Randall played well leading Pine Castle in scoring with 11 points on the way to a 50-43 win. Pine Castle won the Class 1A State Championship in 2007 and with Randall back in the lineup looks poised to make a playoff run. Randall is one of the top junior point guards in Florida and is being recruited by Miami, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, and Kentucky. Dr. Phillips was led by athletic forward Breanne Davis who is a range 5’11’’ sophomore. Davis score 9 points to lead Dr. Phillips.
In other action at the Dr. Martin Luther King Showcase at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fl, Orlando Bishop Moore defeated young and talented Titusville High School 62-40 in a battle of 4A teams. Florida bound Jennifer George tallied 14 points for Bishop Moore as Titusville was led by Freshman Vyanna Prince with 12 points. Prince is another athletic talented guard from Florida’s east coast. Defending Class 5A State Champion Barron Collier made the four hour trip to take on 2008 Class 6A Final Four participant Apopka. Barron Collier pulled out the win 57-54. In the nightcap, Freedom squared off with Gainesville Buchholz in a rematch of last year’s Class 6A Region 1 championship game. Buchholz avenged their loss from last year with a win over Freedom on Saturday night. Buchholz looks to be a favorite to make it to the Final Four this year depending on if sophomore guard Jessica Goble will return to the team. Goble started at point guard for Buchholz last season and is one of the top sophomore guards in Florida but has not played this season for undisclosed reasons.
Today I made the trek down interstate 4 to watch a workout with some of the top young players in the south in Tampa, Fl. Two of the top kids I was able to see were 5’10’’ wing player Jaitesha Hanson. Hanson is currently an eighth grader but will be one of the most sought after players in the country in 2013. Right now Hanson has played a lot of post but is making the transition relatively easy to the wing because of her excellent skill set. Hanson likely will play the wing position in high school and at the next level. Hanson has not decided as of yet where she will attend high school. Hanson is the daughter of former Kentucky star and current USF men’s assistant coach Reggie Hanson. Another player which caught my eye in Tampa was 6’1’’ wing Ronnie Williams of Daytona Beach, Fl. Williams like Hanson has played a lot of post but has a great skill set. Right now Williams is taller and longer but doesn’t have the scoring ability that Hanson does on the perimeter. Williams is a tough match up on the perimeter because of her length or inside because of how quick and athletic she is. Look for both Hanson and Williams to be national caliber players in the class of 2013. Sometimes it is hard to say how far to look ahead but 6th grader Deija Swinton is an excellent guard who is athletic and very skilled for her age. Keep an eye on Swinton as she gets older; it is likely we will hear more about her as her game evolves.
Next week’s notebook will feature the Peach State Battle of the Southeast Session II at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Atlanta, Georgia. Stay tuned for updates on FCP from Atlanta next week!