St. Petersburg, Fla.- Now in it’s fourth year of existence, Nike Team Florida’s annual Fall event “The Workout” has become a must see event for scouts from not only Florida, but across the country. The brainchild of NTF boss Tom Topping, the event is broken into two groups each year. Juniors and seniors go on Saturday, while the freshman and sophomores go on Sunday.
Fightin’ Gators was on hand for the 2009 edition held over the weekend on the campus of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. While the first installment of our coverage doesn’t necessarily feature any Florida targets, it’s a great chance for fans of hoops in the Sunshine state to get a look at how some of the top players in the area are doing.
Junior/Senior Day Standouts From The Workout
Chris Bryant- A 2011 prospect out of Tallahassee Rickards, the super bouncy Bryant looks like he could be a legitimate high major target down the road. A bit of a tweener, he’s most comfortable dunking, rebounding and changing shots around the rim. However, with 6-foot-6 size, he’s built to play on the wing. His long arms and explosive hops make up for a lack of size on the interior, but he also shows signs of being able to play on the wing down the road.
Will Yeguette- He’s not the biggest guy on the blocks, but the lengthy 6-foot-6 power forward from Florida Air in Melbourne was a total beast on Saturday. During the final game of the day, he corralled an incredible 19 rebounds in just over 12 minutes of actual game time. Quick off the floor, determined and willing to bang, he’s deserving of much more recruiting attention than he’s received and could be a difference maker on the glass at the upper mid major level.
Dennis Mavin- Blossoming athleticism and much improved ball handling and decision making marked a strong performance for the 6-foot-2 combo guard. Still on the open market, Mavin should develop into one of the most sought after seniors in the state during his final high school campaign.
Scottie Wilbekin- Some guys stand out for freaky athleticism, some guys stand out for incredible shooting and others do so with flashy ball handling. Wilbekin, on the other hand, is the kind of guy who is going to stand out to coaches because he knows how to play the game. He passes when he should, takes the shots that are available to him and the 6-foot-2 guard is versatile. Capable of playing as a point or sliding off the ball to play the two, the class of 2011 prospect looks to be at least a mid level prospect.
Evin Graham - A long and lean shooter from Fort Myers, Graham cemented his spot as one of the state’s top perimeter marksmen. Comfortable shooting off of screens, curls or the bounce, he’s got a quick release, good form and deep range on his trusty jumper. With his upgraded handles and improving explosiveness, he’s becoming an intriguing backcourt prospect. With two years of high school to go, it's going to be fun to watch his development.
Other Junior/Senior Day Notables
He may be a little bit undersized, but Kuamaine Osborne understands how to put the ball in the hole. Standing six feet tall at most, Osborne is an unabashed gunner who can really let it fly from deep. His trigger is quick, his range is virtually unlimited and the kid is wired to score. His shot selection needs some work, but there has to be a division one program looking for a scorer who can find room for him. … Shooting guard Keith McDougald celebrated a fine effort at The Workout by committing to Louisiana University on Sunday. Saturday, the powerfully built off guard showed that he can get to the bucket or stroke it from deep. He’s very physical and should be a good defender on the next level. … It’s tough to watch 2011 SG/SF Dennis Diaz and not appreciate his approach. While not flashy, the 6-foot-4 wing from Deland gets a lot done and consistently puts together tremendous effort. … Georgia State looks to have found themselves a player in Harold Doby. At about 6-foot-5, he’s a well built and athletic guy capable of playing all over the floor. He’s strong and bouncy enough to play as an undersized four, slashes from the wing and is a surprisingly good ball handler. He’s a little out of control at times, but he clearly has ability to contribute early on during his college career. … Finally it was good to see the progress that Trinity Catholic junior Jason Pimental has made in his game over the last year. Checking in at around 6-foot-7, he’s a good looking athlete who can play above the rim in transition. The most surprising and impressive part of his game? His passing. …