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Boys basketball: The week in review

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Tuesday

Scoreboard

Durant 64, Plant City 57

Alonso 72, Newsome 27

Sumner 53, Jefferson 51

Blake 82, Spoto 57

Hillsborough 65, Leto 59

Steinbrenner 73, Freedom 51

Tampa Bay Tech 81, Brandon 57

Clearwater Central Catholic 48, Winthrop College Prep 43

Hudson 60, River Ridge 41

Wiregrass Ranch 76, Cypress Creek 53

Countryside 70, Palm Harbor University 44

Fivay 77, Land O’ Lakes 62

Wesley Chapel 57, Nature Coast 41

Oldsmar Christian 89, CPCA 51

St. Petersburg 58, Largo 55 (OT)

Prime time performers

F/G Justin Anderson, Jr., Hillsborough: Scored a team-high 12 points in a win over Leto. 

F Javon Ashley, Sr., Blake: Led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points in a loss to Spoto. 

F Ezereke Dawson, Sr., Plant City: Had 24 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to Durant. 

G Derek Delgardo Jr., Fr., Leto: Finished with a team-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers, in a loss to Hillsborough. 

F Trey Johnson, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Had 15 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Winthrop College Prep. 

F/G Jeremiah Long, Fr., Fivay: Finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Land O’ Lakes. 

G Josh Martin, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Led the Bulls with 24 points, four rebounds and three assists in a win over Cypress Creek. 

F/G Adrian Moore, Fr., Largo: Had 22 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to St. Petersburg. 

G Robert Sanders, Sr., Durant: Finished with a team-high 23 points in a win over Plant City. 

G Nate Santana, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Scored a team-high 29 points in a loss to Fivay. 

G Israel Vargas, So., Sumner: Scored a team-high 19 points in a win over Jefferson. 

Wednesday

Scoreboard

Newsome 36, Brandon 32

Wharton 55, Hillsborough 42

Middleton 59, Spoto 56

Robinson 59, Spoto 53

Alonso 46, Bloomingdale 39

Hollins 68, Lakewood Ranch 67

Tampa SLAM 66, Pinellas Park 55

Mitchell 80, Hudson 76

Winthrop College Prep 77, All Saints’ 57

Springstead 80, Gulf 41

St. Petersburg 55, Boca Ciega 38

Clearwater 80, Tarpon Springs 33

Prime time players

G Donte Forrester-Jhagroo, Sr., Tampa SLAM: Led the Spartans with 18 points in a win over Pinellas Park. 

G Tyrel Gray, Sr., Robinson: Finished with a team-high 23 points in a win over Sumner. 

G CJ Lee, Sr., Clearwater: Had 21 points, five rebounds and four assists in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

G Brandon Stokely, So., Winthrop College Prep: Scored a team-high 19 points in a win over Winthrop College Prep. 

G Unique Torain, Sr., Springstead: Recorded a team-high 16 points in a win over Gulf. 

Thursday

Scoreboard

Seffner Christian 91, Keswick Christian 50

Berkeley Prep 76, Mitchell 46

Wesley Chapel 71, Gulf 52

Prime time performers

F CJ Hawkins, Jr., Berkeley Prep: Scored a team-high 20 points in a win over Mitchell.

F/G Willie Jones, Sr., Seffner Christian: Had 29 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Keswick Christian. 

Friday

Scoreboard

Tampa Catholic 71, Brandon Academy 29

Robinson 57, Plant 44

East Lake 75, Calvary Christian 71

Sickles 62, Steinbrenner 54

Leto 72, King 64

Durant 64, Jesuit 51

Springstead 50, Central 47

Clearwater Central Catholic 54, Palm Harbor University 27

Berkeley Prep 79, Academy at the Lakes 49

Tampa Prep 54, Chamberlain 41

Countryside 53, Largo 45

Palmetto 54, Jefferson 44

Prime time performers

G Noah Ashe, Jr., Tampa Prep: Had 12 points and nine rebounds in a win over Chamberlain. 

G Karmello Branch, So., Tampa Catholic: Finished 6-of-7 from the field to lead the Crusaders with 13 points in a win over Brandon Academy. 

G Jaquan Carswell, Jr., Springstead: Had 19 points and nine rebounds in a win over Central. 

G Derek Delgardo Jr., Fr., Leto: Finished with 27 points, including 16-of-20 on free throws, in a win over King. 

G Dominic Gooden, Jr., Sickles: Had 25 points, five rebounds and three assists in a win over Steinbrenner. 

G Tyrel Gray, Sr., Robinson: Scored a team-high 12 points in a win over Plant. 

G Mikey Shane, Sr., East Lake: Led the Eagles with 24 points, including five 3-pointers, in a win over Calvary Christian.

G Javohn Thomas, Jr., Sickles: Finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Steinbrenner.  

Saturday

Scoreboard

Northside Christian 76, Canterbury 68

Jefferson 46, Brandon Academy 38

Carrollwood Day 82, Seffner Christian 61

IMG Blue 56, Clearwater Central Catholic 25

Sarasota Booker 69, Brooks DeBartolo 58

Plant 53, Chamberlain 44

Jesuit 57, Tampa SLAM 46

Bishop McLaughlin 80, Admiral Farragut 60

Tampa Catholic 92, Palmetto 73

Naples 90, Sickles 65

Robinson 56, Tampa Prep 54

Clearwater 76, Calvary Christian 69

Berkeley Prep 56, Blake 34

East Lake 68, Jacksonville Lee 52

Wharton 66, Mitchell 58

Prime time performers

G Anthony Bittar, Sr., East Lake: Had 27 points and nine rebounds in a win over Jacksonville Lee.

G Eddrin Bronson, So., Tampa Catholic: Led the Crusaders in scoring with 32 points in a win over Palmetto. 

F/G Lazzaro Ford, Fr., Jefferson: Scored a team-high 20 points in a win over Brandon Academy. 

G Dominic Gooden, Jr., Sickles: Led the Gryphons in scoring with 20 points in a loss to Naples. 

F Valentino Hart, Sr., Tampa Prep: Had 18 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Robinson. 

F Trey Johnson, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Scored a team-high 17 points in a loss to IMG Blue. 

G Skyler Scull, So., Northside Christian: Finished with 26 points and seven assists in a win over Canterbury. 

G Mikey Shane, Sr., East Lake: Scored 20 points in a win over Jacksonville Lee.

F Max Sims, So., Jesuit: Led the Tigers with 14 points and six rebounds in a win over Tampa SLAM. 

G Emanuel Sharp, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin: Finished with a team-high 25 points in a win over Admiral Farragut. 

G/F Nelson Taylor, Sr., Clearwater: Recorded 15 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Calvary Christian. 

G Troy Watkins, Sr., Robinson: Had 17 points and five assists in a win over Tampa Prep.

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Bishop McLaughlin’s Emanuel Sharp commits to Houston

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Bishop McLaughlin’s Emanuel Sharp, who led the program to its first state title game appearance, made his college plans official by committing to Houston on Thursday. 

Sharp publicly made the decision on social media. The four-star recruit, who was rated as the 11th-best shooting guard in the nation by ESPN, picked the Cougars over offers from Florida, Georgia Tech and Louisville, among others. 

Last month, Sharp was named the state player of the year in his classification for the second straight season by the Florida Dairy Farmers.

A year ago, Sharp (featured photo above courtesy of Willie Kelly) took home 5A honors after finishing as the state’s fourth-leading scorer and ranking among the top 20 in the nation with an average of 31.9 points per game. Better still, he helped Blake go through a remarkable turnaround. The Yellow Jackets went from a losing record during the 2018-19 season to finishing 22-6 and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011 last season. 

In the offseason, Sharp switched schools, transferring to Bishop McLaughlin to join his father, Derrick, who took over head coaching duties. After missing the first six games of the season with an injury and enduring a 17-day layoff for contact tracing related to COVID-19, Sharp found his groove. 

The junior guard finished with a team-leading 24.7 points per game and led the Hurricanes to their first state title game appearance in school history. Those numbers, coupled with the playoff run, were the main reasons Sharp won again, this time as the 3A state player of the year. 

He is the first male at Bishop McLaughlin to win a state player of the year award in the school’s classification.

Sharp is one of the prized prospects in the 2022 class for Houston, which went 28-4 and lost to eventual national champion Baylor in the Final Four this season.

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Former St. Petersburg star Serrel Smith Jr. commits to USF

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For years, the USF men’s basketball program has tried to land a prized prospect from the bay area, extending offers to local stars such as Tampa Catholic’s Kevin Knox and Thomas Dziagwa, Tampa Prep’s Juwan Durham and St. Petersburg’s Serrel Smith Jr..

All went elsewhere.

On Friday, one of those standouts decided to give the Bulls a chance. 

Smith Jr., who played two seasons at Maryland before transferring to East Tennessee State, announced on his Twitter page that he was committing USF.

The move comes exactly two weeks after Smith Jr. entered the transfer portal. This is Smith Jr.’s third school in as many seasons. Still, the latest stop gives the Bulls a homegrown star, something that has eluded the program for years. 

Only three other locals — Hudson’s Mark Calleja, Seminole’s Henry Beard and Oldsmar Christian’s Troy Holston, have made the USF roster in the past five seasons. Calleja and Beard were walk-ons. 

Smith Jr. was a coveted recruit who continued to receive interest from the Bulls a year ago when he transferred to East Tennessee State. 

“The way the transfer portal is now, players are constantly coming and going,” Green Devils coach Chris Blackwell Jr. said. “Their journeys are always evolving but eventually they end up playing where they should have been all along.

“I’m happy for Serrel. He’s back home, and it should be a good situation for him.”

During his two seasons at Maryland, Smith Jr. played sparingly, averaging 10 minutes and 2.6 points per game. Last season, Smith Jr. averaged seven points and 2.3 rebounds per game at East Tennessee State.   

He was a star throughout his high school career at St. Petersburg. As a senior, Smith Jr. was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 8A state player of the year after averaging 29. 3 points per game and helping the Green Devils reach the state semifinals for the third time in his four seasons with the program. 

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Tony Livingston transfers to King

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Tony Livingston, a two-sport star who committed to Florida earlier this month, has transferred from Carrollwood Day to King. 

The rising senior will play football and basketball for the Lions. 

“We’re happy to have him for his last year,” said King basketball coach Chris Senoga-Zake, who previously coached at Carrollwood Day. “He’s grown a lot from the time I had him as a freshman and has been working hard this off season. I’m hoping we can change the culture at King and give him the opportunity to showcase his true talent on the court.”

Three weeks ago, Livingston became the first area player in the 2022 class to commit to the Gators. . 

Livingston (featured photo above courtesy of JJ Battle/Battle Tested Photography) is a 6-foot-6, 250 pound offensive tackle who is athletic enough to play tight end, too. The four-star recruit is rated as the 18th-best player in the state and 19-best offensive tackle in the nation in the 2022 class according to 247 Sports’ composite list.

Though Livingston’s primary sport is football, he also played a key role in helping Carrollwood Day’s basketball team win a district title and reach the Class 3A region semifinals. Earlier this month, Florida became the first school to extend offers to Livingston in both sports. 

He could end up playing both in college, much like his former Carrollwood Day teammate Mike Trigg plans to do at Southern California this coming fall.   

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