Top 30 players to watch – Tampa Bay

November 25, 2014
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G Darius Banks, So., St. Petersburg: The 6-foot-4 guard is among the area’s best in the 2017 class and will be one of the Green Devils’ top scoring options this season.

G Marco Behori, Sr., Seminole: Last year, he was given player of the year consideration in Pinellas County after leading Warhawks with 19 points per game. He is even more of a scorer this season, averaging 30 per game.

G Barry Brown, Sr., Gibbs: The Kansas State commit averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and six assists in two convincing wins this season.

G Terrell Burney, Sr., Boca Ciega: With two starters out because of disciplinary reasons, Burney is carrying the Pirates with an average of 20 points per game.

G Jonathan Crawford, Sr., Largo: The standout football player teams with Hale for solid one-two scoring punch. Last season, Crawford averaged 12 points per game.

G Daniel Darst, Sr., Jesuit: Last year, he developed into a dependable scorer and helped the Tigers win the SEBA summer league. He is averaging 11 points in two games.

G Daniel Davis, Sr., Tarpon Springs: After a sensational season in football, the Gibbs transfer is showing his athleticism with 18.3 points, 5 assists and 4.3 steals per game.

F Juwan Durham, Jr., Tampa Prep: Ranked third in the state and 21st nationally in the 2016 class by ESPN.com, Durham has offers from most major Division I schools and is the reason the Terrapins are a strong state final four contender.

G Thomas Dziagwa, Jr., Tampa Catholic: The son of Crusaders coach Don Dziagwa is the team’s top returning scorer at 16.3 points per game.

F Sajon Ford, Sr. Gibbs: The Northeastern recruit is one of the tallest players in the bay area at 6-foot-11 and had four rebounds in the one game he’s played in so far this season.

F Jack Frank, Sr., Steinbrenner: Though his team is struggling, the 6-foot-8 Tampa commit is doing his part by using his height to rebound and score inside,

G Michael Fridella, Sr., Tampa Prep: A two-year starter for the Terrapins, Fridella complements the inside presence of Durham with an outside shooting touch.

G Brady Grimm, Sr., Shorecrest: The long-range specialist led the Chargers to the Class 3A state semifinals last season and is averaging 21.5 points this year.

G Donavan Hale, Sr., Largo: The two-sport star has an offer from FSU in basketball but still is considering whether to play football in college. On the court, he can do it all, averaging 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

G Trai Halton, Sr., Tarpon Springs: The perimeter shooter is averaging 19.7 points and four 3-pointers per game.

G Ethan Haslam, Sr., Academy at the Lakes: The team’s leading scorer the past two seasons is averaging 19 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games this year.

G Vernon Jackson, Sr., Jefferson: One of the best pure point guards in the bay area, Jackson is averaging 12 points and eight assists per game.

G Scottie James, Sr., Tarpon Springs: The 6-foot-7 wing player is the Spongers’ top collegiate prospect and is averaging 17 points and 8.7 rebounds.

G Jonathan Jean, Sr., East Bay: A prolific scorer, Jean already has surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for his career and needs fewer than 400 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer.

G Kevin Knox, So., Tampa Catholic: This underrated player is poised for a breakout after averaging 8.4 points per game last season.

G Anthony Lawrence Jr., Sr., Lakewood: The Miami recruit already has 1,500 points in his career and should get to 2,000 considering he will be the Spartans’ top scoring option.

G Maurice Moore, Sr., Jefferson: One of the top performers in the SEBA summer league, Moore has continued to be a reliable scoring option, averaging 20 points for the Dragons.

G Bryant Searcy Jr., Sr., Brooks DeBartolo: The 6-foot-5 point guard is a Northern Arizona signee, becoming the school’s first Division I recruit in boys basketball. He was held out of last week’s season opener because of tendinitis in his knee.

G Trevor Schnell, Sr., East Lake: The Eagles’ top scorer had 16 points in a season-opening win over Clearwater Central Catholic.

G DJ Ward, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: The Bulls’ top returner has done it all, averaging 25.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 steals.

G Lawrence Watt, Sr., Mitchell: The Saint Leo recruit was the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons and is averaging a career-best 25.5 points so far this season.

G Mark Wilson, Sr., Hernando: Though his team lost to rival Nature Coast in overtime last week, Wilson did his part with 27 points, seven steals and four assists.

F Pro Wells, Jr., St. Petersburg: Known for his tenacity, Wells is starting to draw the attention of recruiters after a strong offseason.

F Christian Whidden, Sr., Jesuit: The 6-foot-5 forward returns as the team’s leading scorer and is averaging 18.5 points and five rebounds for the undefeated Tigers.

G Kevon Woods, Sr., Lakewood: The 6-foot-5 St. Petersburg transfer could get some offers with a strong performance this season.

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