Two days ago, Fightin’ Gators covered the junior and senior standouts from last weekend’s Nike Team Florida event, The Workout. Today, we complete our coverage of The Workout by highlighting the top freshman and sophomores in attendance. While these guys are still young and lots will change between now and when they first step foot on college campus, there were a handful of potential high major prospects and some guys that Gator and college and high school hoop fans all across the state of Florida will become familiar with.
Freshman/Sophomore Day Standouts At The Workout
Kasey Hill- It’s scary to think, but Hill already has a pretty well developed reputation for a freshman. A super athletic six footer, he’s currently a slashing combo guard who can simply get to the rim at will against his peers. He’ll drive right or left, sees the floor pretty well and is unstoppable at times. Clearly a high level prospect at this point, it will be important for him to put in some serious work on his jumper.
Demarcus Croaker- Likely the top athlete in the event, the freshman is a high flying shooting guard who finishes with dunks whenever possible. Capable of creating his own shot off the dribble, he’s also got a nice looking pull-up jumper and range that should make him a threat to the three point line. Long and wiry, it looks like he’s got plenty of growing left to do and like Hill he’s a very high level prospect at this stage.
Devonte Morgan- The more you watch Morgan, the more you appreciate the 6-foot-3 sophomore combo guard from Tampa Prep. An athletic driver who creates separation on the dribble thanks to a quick first step and slick crossover, he loves to attack the rim. His jump shot is a bit spotty, but it isn’t beyond repair and he’s not afraid to use it. Likes to play physical and will draw looks on the mid to maybe even high major level before it’s all said and done.
Quinten Payne- His older brother Culley is a freshman at Iowa and a high major future awaits this freshman if he continues along the path he’s started. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard, Payne was among the top athletes at the event and rocked the rim with several two handed jams off the dribble. Once he gets defenders on their heals, he lets jumpers fly from between 12 and 22 feet and is a dangerous net stripper. He’s a tough, skilled and talented young man.
Jordan Montgomery- Playmaker. Pure and simple, the 6-foot-3 sophomore wing from Orlando Christian Prep makes plays. He dishes off the dribble, uses his athleticism to score in transition and knocks home just enough jumpers to keep defenders honest. A fine athlete, much of what he does will never show up on a stat sheet. But, his efforts will be noticed by college coaches down the road.
Bradley Christian- This lean freshman wing from Florida Air Academy actually competed during both days of The Workout. A fine athlete with the ideal build for a young wing, the 6-foot-4 small forward can shoot it with some range, slash to the cup and plays with lots of energy. He looks like he’s got room to grow and has all the signs of developing into a high major prospect.
More Notables From Freshman/Sophomore Day
Sometimes the best moments of an event happen kind of unexpectedly and from the least likely of sources. That was the case with the young guys. Credit North Marion sophomore Travis Fletcher -- all 5-foot-8 and 137 pounds of him -- for throwing one of the most aggressive low post moves seen all weekend. Tossing another little guard out of his way drew him an offensive foul, but the effort and desire were very much appreciated. … One of the event’s top athletes was 6-foot-4 small forward Billy Williams. A sophomore from Orlando Evans, he’s an explosive straight up leaper who loves to challenge defenders with strong drives to the cup. … It’s a lot of fun to watch freshman Dre Kalo Clayton from Orlando Evans go to work in the low post. The 6-foot-5 insider is strong, athletic and knows how to use his rear and shoulders to clear space near the rim. Also impressive was his willingness to find something to do throughout the day. Even during his designated break time, Clayton jumped into drills and maximized his experience. Effort like that doesn’t go unnoticed. … Finally, it’s going to be interesting to watch the development of 6-foot-5 face-up four man Brendan Mooney. A freshman at Lake Brantley, Mooney is a skilled shooter with range to the three point line. Also a clever scorer in the post, he was one of the most skilled players to take the floor throughout the entire weekend. …