2014-15 Jacksonville Boys hoops preview

November 24, 2014
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TEAMS

Arlington Country Day: The Apaches are a national presence, ranked in the top 15 of three national polls. Six-foot-8 forward Tulio Da Silva (South Florida signee) is the most notable 2015 name for ACD, but most of its scoring comes from its junior backcourt. Lamonte Turner and Mario Kegler are major 2016 prospects and will guide the Apaches offensively. Coach Rex Morgan (477-83) is closing in on a milestone. He’s just 23 wins away from 500.

Potter’s House: The Lions, like ACD, will battle for a state championship in the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association. Five-star center Udoka Azubuike (17.2 ppg, 9.6 rpg) is one of the most sought-after 2016 prospects in the country and the most dominant big man around. Games against ACD (Dec. 16, Feb. 7) and Providence (Jan. 23) headline the Lions’ local schedule.

Providence: A senior-heavy lineup will lead the Stallions into the season. While there’s no Grayson Allen (two-time player of the year now at Duke) or Christian Terrell (Florida Gulf Coast), Providence has depth in the front court. Wyatt Walker (6-foot-8) is a four-year starter. LaDarien Griffin developed nicely in the second half of the 2013-14 season.

Ribault: After its run to the Class 4A state championship game last season, the Trojans have to rebuild nearly their entire team. Most of its key contributors graduated. Ribault’s challenge initially will be making it out of what should be a difficult District 4-4A that includes Jackson and Raines .

White: The Commanders were 25-5 last season — although later had it changed to 11-19 following forfeits for an ineligible player — and reached the Class 6A state semifinals. White lost players to graduation and transfer, although it still has a solid core in place. G Dalvin Storey (11 ppg, 7 rpg) is the leading returning scorer. How far the Commanders go is likely tied to the development of some of its role players from last season.

 

PLAYERS

F, Jason Burnell, Sr., Providence, Transfer from DeLand. The 6-7 forward averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game last year. His father, Frank, is the head coach at Edward Waters.

F-C, Collin Smith Sr., Bolles, The 6-foot-10 junior averaged 15 ppg last season for a Bulldogs team that finished with the area’s best record (26-1). He and fellow frontcourt junior Austin Williams (6-7) should form a stout Bolles defense.

G, Christian Carlyle, Jr., Bishop Kenny, A 6-foot-4 shooter, he averaged 19.7 ppg last season. Great range, too. Alongside G-F Chris Joyce (6.7 rpg) and G Shaggy Allmond, gives the Crusaders a core nucelus with an eye on a third trip in a row to regional finals.

G, Tyriek Railey, So., Wolfson, Finished in the top 15 in scoring last season (17.6 ppg) and was one of best shooters in the Gateway Conference. Will be relied on to help the Wolfpack return to the state playoffs.

G, Charles Ruise Jr., Sr., Baker County, A two-time All-First Coast selection, Ruise averaged 20.8 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 apg last season. The 6-foot-2 Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne signee is a force at both ends of the court.

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