Frostproof moved down from Class 4A to 1A with re-districting but a lot of the competition will be looking up at them — especially at rising eighth-grader Gervon Dexter.
The Frostproof post player is towering the above the competition, checking in at 6-foot-6 for the East Polk summer league competition.
“My seventh-grader, Gervon, is one of the top seventh-graders in the nation,” Frostproof head coach Herb Johnson said. “At Frostproof we are considered forever young. I don’t have any upperclassmen on the roster.”
Dexter, who grew three inches in the past year, is already taller than his parents but he still has a 6-foot-8 uncle to catch.
“I’ve always been tall,” Dexter said. “But I don’t think about it because I have always played up. Playing against older guys gets you better.”
Johnson also points to a pair of rising-sophomores, his son Hamilton and Trevion Marlow, which gives Frostproof a very talented but young roster.
“Hamilton is one of the top freshmen in the state and Trevion is a very athletic guy. I love all my guys and I really can’t single one out because they’ve all done well,” Johnson said. “I would say that these guys have heart. Bulldogs always have heart. We are not the most skillful team and we are not the most athletic, but our guys will never give up and they always continue to compete.”
Johnson also likes his young roster competing in the East Polk league with established larger programs like Winter Haven and Haines City, which he believes is improving his Bulldogs on a faster track.