Bay Area Hoops and Big County Preps hosted the Backboard Breakdown Fall Showcase on Sunday at the University of Tampa. Nearly 70 prospects and various media outlets were on hand to see the action that included a variety of skill development drills and evaluation games. Lets take a look at some of the top performers.
Cody Carden (East Lake)
5’11 – SG – 2014
The Clearwater HS transfer has a great feel for the game and showed the ability to make his teammates better on Sunday. Carden is a reliable shooter with range and can be counted on as a secondary ball handler against pressure.
Malik Channer (Strawberry Crest)
6’0 – 2014 – SG
Channer is wired to score the ball and has the ability to but the ball in the basket at all three levels. He is strong enough to finish with contact in the lane and seems to have improved the consistency on his jump shot. Combine that with being able to create his own offense and you have a big time scorer at the high school level.
Hayden Harkins (Newsome)
6’3 – 2014 – SG
Harkins is very fundamentally sound and displays a very high basketball IQ. He is a consistent shot maker out to the three point line and has good vision at the offensive end. He will be a solid contributor at the small college level.
Sam Harris (Tampa Catholic)
5’10 – 2014 – CG
Harris is a strong, solid, combo guard who can be a scorer or distributor. He has a reliable midrange jumper and should be asked for a bigger role at Tampa Catholic this season with the departure of point guard Isiah Thomas.
Gary Hector (Lennard)
6’1 – 2014 – SG
Hector plays with plenty of confidence and always seems to be in attack mode at the offensive end. He has a college ready body to go with a scorer’s mentality. Hector is capable of playing both guard spots and has the characteristics of a capable defender.
Zach Rapaport (Mitchell)
6’6 – 2014 – C
Size is a difficult thing for college coaches to find this time of year and Rapaport combines good size and a good motor in the frontcourt. He is an effective rebounder and finisher around the rim. The senior is also a capable shot blocker and is active at the defensive end.
Andrew Sanders (Plant)
6’5 – 2014 – PF
Probably the most productive player on Sunday was Sanders who has the ability to score inside and outside. A power forward who has some perimeter skills as well, the Plant HS product is an effective rebounder and has very good hands. A high level performer in the classroom as well, Sanders should have plenty of choices when it comes to finding a home at the college level.
Jack Taylor (Wharton)
6’1 – 2014 – PG
The Wharton product plays at a great pace and always seems to be under control. He is quick enough to get by his defender and create offensive opportunities and also is a capable open jump shooter. Taylor will likely have a much bigger role for a young Wharton team.
Lawrence Watt (Mitchell)
6’3 – 2015 – SF
Watt is a big time athlete and above the rim finisher. Right now he is at his best in the open floor and when attacking the rim off the bounce. He looks to be a capable defender and should be a factor on the glass at both ends.
Caelen Watts (Lennard)
5’11 – 2014 – SG
As evidenced by his statistics last year, Watts is a long, lean, slashing wing who has a knack for putting the ball in the basket. He is an effective finisher in transition and is active on the defensive end. Improving the consistency and range on his jumper is the next step in his development.