Advertisement
  1. HomeTeam

Inaugural Prep Hoops Sun Bash kicks off this weekend

Senior Dylan Wilson, right, and Plant are playing in the first-ever Prep Hoops Sun Bash, which starts Friday. (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)
Published Jan. 2, 2018

TAMPA — As far back as he can remember in his 26 years, Jake Perper attended the City of Palms basketball tournament, which basically was held down the street from his family's home in Fort Myers.

Perper loved everything about it.

He loved seeing some of the biggest names in basketball file into the gym — guys like Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, former NBA star Larry Bird and media personality Dick Vitale.

He loved the electricity of the highest ranked teams in the country, sometimes from opposite ends of the country, meeting in south Florida, sometimes with a high school national title hanging in the balance.

Perhaps most of all, he loved seeing the talent, many of whom went on to stardom in college and the pros. When he was just in elementary school, Perper often acquired the high schoolers' autographs, hoping that one day their names would be in NBA lights (which has actually happened).

Fast forward to this week where Perper has put together a big high school basketball tournament, the Prep Hoops Sun Bash, held Friday and Saturday at Carrollwood Day School.

It is the culmination of more than six months of near non-stop work that included a surprising amount of attention to detail in a wide variety of areas, including: signing up 21 teams from the area, the state and two from Georgia; creating and making tournament shirts for all participants; designing, assembling, writing and marketing a tournament program; making the schedule; procuring donations, water, officials, and so on.

"I'm pretty proud of what we've done for the first year," said Perper, who works full time for the Florida division of prephoops.com, a website dedicated to high school basketball news in 30 states. "I think it's a good start and gives us a strong foundation to build on."

This year's first version is a shootout format with teams simply playing games against each other. Ultimately, the goal is to make it a 16-team bracketed tournament involving the top teams in the country.

As for the host venue, Carrollwood Day, Perper couldn't be any more pleased, and vice versa.

"(Perper) saw our (new) gym for the first time over the summer and when he saw it he immediately said, 'We need to have a tournament here,' " CDS athletic director Baker Mabry said. "We said, 'Let's talk because we've been talking about hosting some tournaments.' Then we met and everything has gone pretty well from there."

"It has been a lot of work," Perper said. "But it has been fun. I look forward to building on this for many years."

Prep Hoops Sun Bash

Where: Carrollwood Day School

Friday: Alonso vs. Carrollwood, 5:30; South Miami vs. Holy Spirit Prep, 7; Pebblebrook vs. Edgewater, 8:30

Saturday: Nature Coast vs. Canterbury, 8 a.m.; Superior Collegiate vs. Anclote, 9:30; Alonso vs. Santa Fe Catholic, 11; Palm Glades vs. Bayshore Christian, 12:30; Newsome vs. Lake Gibson, 2; Durant vs. Carrollwood, 3:30; Plant vs. Creekside, 5; Lake Wales vs. South Miami, 6:30; Holy Spirit vs. Vanguard, 8; Lakewood Ranch vs. Pebblebrook, 9:30

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Hezekiah B. Walters, 14, collapsed while participating in football conditioning drills at Middleton High School on June 11. TONY MARRERO  |  Men of Vision
    Incoming freshman Hezekiah B. Walters collapsed during conditioning drills in June.
  2. Armwood's Eric Wilson runs the ball for a touchdown on the Hawks' first possession of the first quarter at Tampa Bay Tech. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    Armwood, ranked fourth overall in the state, is at another level among area teams.
  3. The regular season was full of standout performances by volleyball teams across Tampa Bay, like Keswick Christian. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    With district play this week, these are the final stats for the regular season.
  4. Members of the Gulf High football team march during school's Homecoming parade held Oct. 8 in New Port Richey. Special to the Times
    The Buccaneers, with no junior varsity to fall back on, had three games remaining on their regular-season schedule.
  5. Aaron Murray played in seven games earlier this year for the Atlanta Legends of the AAF. He passed for 1,048 yards and threw three touchdown passes to seven interceptions. RICK SCUTERI  |  Associated Press
    Murray won a state title in 2008, started for four seasons at Georgia and played briefly in the NFL.
  6. Clearwater Central Catholic junior Kylie White, left and junior Aubrey Geis are gearing up for a long postseason run. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    Not much change at the top as teams head into postseason play.
  7. Anthony Roussos enjoys his breakout game of the season on offense, scoring four touchdowns for River Ridge against Wesley Chapel. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    Sunday Morning QB: After several turbulent months, including the offseason, Tarpon Springs breaks through for first win.
  8. Newsome receiver Deandre Perez breaks off a long run after a short pass against visiting Haines City. SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times
    The Wolves’ focus is slightly off against winless Haines City, but their unbeaten district mark is never in danger.
  9. High school football players around Tampa Bay were in action Friday night in Week 8 of the season. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    Thanks to a tough schedule, the playoffs aren’t off the table yet for the Panthers.
  10. High school football players around Tampa Bay were in action Friday night in Week 8 of the season. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    Lawrance Toafili scores four times for the Patriots, who control their playoff destiny.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement