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October 3, 2011

Florida on display at Superstar Showcase

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The adidas Superstar Showcase at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., has become an excellent place to catch talent from the Sunshine State. The 2011 edition was no different as several talented players, including Chris Walker, Joel James, Malik Price-Martin, Staphon Blair and several others impressed during the weekend event.

Staphon Blair, PF (2012)- The state of Florida's biggest cross country runner can play some hoop. A Rivals150 guy who is a well-built 6-foot-8 with athleticism, he's got endless energy, lots of bounce around the rim and when he doesn't rush things he can make shots to about 12 feet. He's the type of kid other guys like playing with because of his energy. Blair has already visited Wyoming and Marshall and has official visits to Georgia Southern and Missouri lined up for the next two weekends.

Chris Walker, PF (2013)- The event's highest ranked player (No. 8 in 2013), the 6-foot-9 forward didn't disappoint. His length and athleticism are in their own time zone and his skill game is coming along. Right now he excels because the game comes so easily and naturally to him, once his skill work starts to take over, his upside is tremendous.

Joel James, C (2012)- The four-star center hung around just long enough to show off a much leaner physique, beat some guys in the post and confirm that he's committed to North Carolina. A true back-to-the-basket big guy he's got big soft hands, pretty good touch and is relatively light on his feet. Once he's taught a few more post moves, things could get real interesting.

Malik Price-Martin, PF (2013)- The slender four-man has good hands, is swift and has improved his ability to attack the basket. He's essentially a slashing faceup four man who can run the floor and is a sneaky offensive rebounder. Listed Miami, Ohio State, Louisville and Florida State are among those showing the most attention this fall.

Nura Zanna, PF (2013)- A physical, bouncy and tough power forward, the 6-foot-6 Zanna is all competitor. Runs the floor, goes after every rebound and tries to dunk everything around the rim.

Paul Jones, PF (2012)- Jones is a springy 6-foot-6 combo forward with a good frame to work on. He excels in transition and on the glass as a finisher thanks to his bounce.

Amida Brimah, C (2013)- The thin center looks pretty new to the game and is very much on the raw side. But, he's a pretty good shot blocker (already blocks using either hand) can run the floor, works hard for rebounds and will surely get stronger.

Dallas Moore, PG (2013)- Moore is proof positive that you don't have to jack shots to get noticed at a showcase event. He's a solid floor general who is wise with the ball, gets others involved and will knock down an open jumper. College coaches like guys like that.

Adonys Henriquez, SG/PG (2014)- After watching him for two straight weekends, it's clear the 6-foot-4 combo guard has established himself as one of Florida's top sophomores. He sees the floor very well, has a sturdy frame and on Saturday unleashed a barrage of three-point jumpers.

Brandon Francis, SG/SF (2014)- On Saturday against the younger guys, the physical 200-pounder was a bully. On Sunday against the 2012 and 2013 kids he was still physically imposing but showed off his skill game. He's a clever player with a good feel on the offensive end.

Jose Campo, C (2014)- New to the country from Colombia, he's probably closer to 6-foot-9 than the 6-foot-11 at which he was listed, but the thin center is intriguing. Runs very well, has good hands and his basketball instincts are on point.

Justin Massey and Jason Massey, SG (2014)- The 6-foot-3 twin brothers are nice duo even though they played on separate teams. Justin is a righty while Jason is a lefty. Each has a nice, long frame, can make jumpers and is pretty good attacking the rim off the dribble.

Vieux Kande, C (2013)- The 6-foot-8 junior has a high motor, tracks down rebounds and has a frame that should explode once he hits a college weight room. His skills are a bit raw, but he's certainly a Division I athlete.

Jonathan Joseph, SF (2014)- The Orlando Christian Prep picked up right where he left off at The Workout a week ago. He's long, has a great first step and the 6-foot-5 sophomore wing will try to dunk everything.

Alaowei Talent, PF (2015)- A lean and wiry 6-foot-6 athlete, Talent played with as much competitive spirit and fire as anybody the entire weekend. A fine athlete, he has some fundamental skills with which to work.

Brennan Jones, PF/C (2015)- He's just a pup and still hasn't played a high school game, but the 6-foot-7 Jones has the size, athleticism and length that makes him one to monitor.


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