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Area loaded with players on all-state boys basketball teams

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Johni Broome

The Tampa Bay area had plenty of players on the all-state boys basketball teams put together by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and Source Hoops. Players were selected based on evaluations, reviews of all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the FABC. In all, there 12 players from the area who made all-state in their respective classifications, including five who were first-team selections.

East Lake’s Dionte Bostick
East Lake’s Dionte Bostick

Class 6A 

First team

G Dionte Bostick, Sr., East Lake

The Murray State signee averaged 24.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game while leading the Eagles to the state semifinals for the first time. 

RELATED: East Lake’s Dionte Bostick named Class 6A player of the year

Second team 

F Cantia Rahming, Sr., Hillsborough

The Saint Leo signee finished first in the state and seventh in the nation in rebounds with an average of 17.3 per game. He also was second in the state in double-doubles with 27. 

RELATED: Western Conference boys basketball teams announced

Class 5A

First team

G Max Jones, Sr., Clearwater

The versatile star averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists to lead the Tornadoes to their first region final appearance since 2010. 

RELATED: PCAC boys basketball teams announced

G Emanuel Sharp, So., Blake

A dynamic scorer, Sharp finished fourth in the state with an average of 31.9 points per game and helped the Yellow Jackets make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. 

RELATED: Blake’s Emanuel Sharp voted Class 5A player of the year

Third team

G Mekhi Perry, Sr., Land O’ Lakes

The Eckerd signee averaged 21 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a senior and helped the Gators reach the playoffs every year of his high school career. 

RELATED: SAC boys basketball teams announced

Class 4A

First team 

Johni Broome

F Johni Broome, Sr., Tampa Catholic

The Morehead State signee averaged 19.6 points and 10. 9 rebounds per game. Those numbers were a big reason the Crusaders advanced to the state semifinals for the fifth straight season and reached the final for the second time during that span. 

RELATED: TBBCA winners announced

Second team

Anclote's Jalen Cooper
Anclote’s Jalen Cooper named SAC West Division player of the year.

G Jalen Cooper, Sr., Anclote

The Palm Beach Atlantic signee averaged 22.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while leading the Sharks to their first playoff win in school history. 

Third team

Jamille Reynolds

F Jamille Reynolds, Sr., Lakewood

The UCF signee was dominant inside, averaging 15.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He also led the Spartans to a conference title and a region semifinal appearance. 

Class 3A

Second team

G Mike Trigg, Jr., Seffner Christian

The two-sport star, who is one of the country’s top recruits in football, played a role in getting the Crusaders to the region final for the third time in the past four seasons.  

Third team

G Kegan Karnes, Sr., Berkeley Prep

One of the area’s top shooters, Karnes averaged 15.8 points per game and connected on 40 percent of his 3-pointers and 78 percent of his free throws. 

Class 2A

First team 

G CJ Crews, Jr., Bayshore Christian

The long-range specialist averaged 22.2 points per game. In the 2A state semifinals, Crews scored a team-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers. 

Third team

G Percy Pederson, Jr., Canterbury

A prolific scorer, Pederson ranked 13th in the state with an average of 25.5 points per game. He also finished the season with three 40-point games.

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Schedule for Kevin Durant National Hoopfest released

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The Kevin Durant National Hoopfest series will make its way to the Tampa Bay area on Jan. 28-29.

The tournament, now being held at St. Petersburg High, is the last of four stops that have already been announced.

What makes the event noteworthy is that it matches teams from the area against nationally-ranked teams from across the country, giving fans a chance to root on their local school as well as check out players who will be playing for major colleges and NBA teams in the future.

Here is the schedule, which was released this weekend.

Jan. 28

AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 5

IMG Academy vs. Oldsmar Christian, 6:30

St. Pete vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 8

Jan. 29

Windemere Prep vs. Wasatch Academy (Utah), 1

Orlando Christian Prep vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.), 2:30

Oldsmar Christian vs. Ischool of Lewisville (Texas), 4

Tampa Catholic vs. AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.), 5:30

IMG Academy vs. St. Petersburg, 7

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Dillon Mitchell transfers to Montverde Academy

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Dillon Mitchell, a four-star recruit who helped Bishop McLaughlin reach the state final for the first time this past season, has transferred to boys basketball powerhouse Montverde Academy. 

Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 senior small forward, made the announcement Thursday night on his Twitter account. 

In 2017, Montverde was named the nation’s top basketball program of the decade by USA Today. Several current NBA players went there, including Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and R.J. Barrett. Two more notable alumni, Oklahoma’s Cade Cunningham and and FSU’s Scottie Barnes, are expected to be among the top five picks in this year’s NBA draft. 

The ability to mold such high-profile stars prompted Mitchell to make the move. 

“They have developed great players to be successful at the next level,” Mitchell said of Montverde. “The competition is awesome,and being able to play against the best even at practice will help me become better. I believe it’s a great move.”

This is Mitchell’s third school in as many years. 

During the 2019-20 season, Mitchell played at Sickles, averaging 12.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game with the Gryphons.

He left this past season to attend Bishop McLaughlin, where he teamed with another four-star prospect, Emanuel Sharp, to form a dynamic 1-2 scoring punch. Mitchell (featured photo above by Willie Kelly) finished the season averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while leading the Hurricanes to the Class 3A state final. 

Mitchell is rated fourth in the state and 29th nationally in the Class of 2022 by ESPN. He has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.  . 

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FHSAA releases boys basketball class and district assignments

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The Florida High School Athletic Association released the classifications, districts and regions for boys basketball this coming season. The assignments are based on student enrollment numbers from October 2020. This is a one-year cycle that the FHSAA board of directors voted on. There likely will be a two-year cycle starting with the 2022-23 calendar year. The classifications and districts for the other sports will be released at a later date. Below is the list for area teams. For the full  boys basketball list click here.  

Class 7A, District 6

Alonso

East Lake

Palm Harbor University

Plant 

Sickles

Steinbrenner

Class 7A, District 7

Durant

Lakewood Ranch

Newsome

Plant City

Riverview

Class 6A, District 9

Gaither

Land O’ Lakes

Largo

Leto

Mitchell

Pinellas Park

Sunlake

Class 6A, District 10

Armwood

Hillsborough

Strawberry Crest

Tampa Bay Tech

Wharton

Wiregrass Ranch

Class 6A, District 11

Bloomingdale

Bradenton Manatee

Braden River

East Bay

Lennard

Palmetto

Sumner

Class 5A, District 5

Belleview

Citrus

Lake Weir

Lecanto

Leesburg

Ocala Vanguard

Springstead

Class 5A, District 6

Cypress Creek

Fivay

Gulf

Pasco, River Ridge

Wesley Chapel

Zephyrhills

Class 5A, District 8

Blake

Brandon

Freedom

Jefferson

Jesuit

King

Middleton

Robinson

Class 5A, District 9

Clearwater

Countryside

Hollins

Osceola

Seminole

Class 5A, District 10

Boca Ciega

Bradenton Bayshore

Bradenton Southeast

Northeast

St. Petersburg

Class 4A, District 9

Central

Crystal River

Hernando

Nature Coast

South Sumter

Weeki Wachee

Class 4A, District 10

Anclote

Chamberlain

Dunedin

Hudson

Tarpon Springs

Class 4A, District 11

Gibbs

Lakewood

Parrish

Sarasota Booker

Sebring

Wauchula Hardee

Class 3A, District 5

Bell Creek

Bishop McLaughlin

Brooks DeBartolo

Carrollwood Day

Seffner Christian

Tampa Catholic

Tampa Prep

Class 3A, District 6

Admiral Farragut

Berkeley Prep

Calvary Christian

Clearwater Central Catholic

Shorecrest

St. Petersburg Catholic

Class 2A, District 9

Academy at the Lakes

Classical Prep

Hernando Christian

Seven Rivers Christian

Zephyrhills Christian

Class 2A, District 10

Bayshore Christian

Brandon Academy

Cambridge Christian

Foundation Christian

Lakeside Christian

Universal Academy

Class 2A, District 11

Bradenton Christian

Bradenton Gulf Coast HEAT

Canterbury

Indian Rocks Christian

Keswick Christian

Port Charlotte Community Christian

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