Should Tampa Prep beat Port St. Joe on Friday in the Class 2A state boys basketball semifinals (and that alone should be quite a task), the Terrapins will face either Jacksonville Providence or Weston Sagemont in Saturday’s final.
And both of those squads are loaded with prospects.
The Rivals.com Class of 2010 rankings list is littered with players from each of those programs. Here’s a look at the top ones, along with their Rivals.com ranking:
No. 16: Fabricio de Melo,7-0, 270, C, Sagemont: Melo, a consensus five-star recruit, picked Syracuse over Florida, Kansas and UConn. Scouts believe he has an incredibly high upside. A reporter from South Florida told the Times last week that Melo is still a tad raw at the moment, however.
No. 27: Stacey Poole, 6-5, 200, F, Providence: A Kentucky recruit, Poole is the son of the former Florida Gators standout (also named Stacey). Poole has the ability to score inside and out. He scored 20 in the team’s elite eight win last week.
No. 28: Patric Young, 6-8, 220, PF, Providence: Young, who will play for Florida, is a physical specimen who also had offers from programs such as Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest.
No. 131: Will Sheehey, 6-5, 190, SF, Sagemont: The Indiana recruit is a Rivals.com three-star prospect. Sheehey is a solid, athletic, all-around talent but primarily is a slasher who attacks the rim.
It’s also worth pointing out that Sagemont forward Rod Days is rated as the state’s No. 2 junior prospect by Floridahoops.com.