It's Florida's Turn On The National Stage
On September 8th, 250 of the best hoopers in Florida came out for the 4th Annual Florida Prep Hoops 250 Expo at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, FL. The event, put on by PrepHoops.com, one of the most notable recruiting sites in the United States, was open to high school players across all of Florida and featured 25 college coaches from D1, D2, D3, JUCO, and NAIA schools from 3 states as well as 10+ media outlets and videographers from Florida.
So, J Squared Hoops had to be there.
After 7 hours of basketball, myself and J Squared Hoops Event Photographer Efren Vasquez learned one thing: Florida High School Basketball is in good hands. Here are some of the moments and players who caught our eye at the FL Prep Hoops 250 Expo.
One of the fun parts about Prep 250 was the incredible show of athleticism. All day, players were dunking and showing off incredible bounce for players at the high school level. Above, Santa Fe Catholic High’s Joe Stubbs wowed scouts and his fellow players with his electrifying dunks and freak athleticism. Stubbs, a Senior, was one of many high-flying players who caught J Squared Hoops attention. Among others was 2021 Forward Alex Fudge from Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fudge, a standout for Chandler Parson’s AAU team CP25 Elite, dunked the ball like a pro in almost every game. Fudge, pictured below, has 6 D1 offers, ranging from schools like TCU, Wake Forest, and Iowa State. Fudge proved this weekend that he deserved every one of those offers, and that more may be on the way.
Outside of the athleticism, many players showed their elite skillsets during the day.
One of these players was Zachary Anderson, a 6’7″ forward from Apopka High School in Apopka, Florida. Anderson recently committed to play college basketball at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he will team up with another Central Florida commit Dakota Rivers, who graduated from Windermere High School last year. Dunk City’s newest member showed his skill set on Sunday, ranging from his lengthy reach on defense to his automatic 3-point jumper. Anderson played alongside notable Florida prospects such as 6’10” Junior James Repass from Providence High School in Jacksonville. Anderson showed out and led his team with ease, an exciting sight for FGCU Eagles fans.
However, easily the most impressive prospect of the day was 2022 Guard Eric Dailey Jr.. Dailey, the son of former WNBA coach Shell Dailey and Founder of Dailey Training International Eric Dailey Sr., attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, a school known for its high-level sports programs and victory at the GEICO High School National Championships last season. At 6’6″ (and 15, might I add), Dailey perfectly represents the “big guard” ideology which is becoming more and more prevalent in this era of basketball.
Dailey showed his why he’s one of his class’ highest prospects during a private workout with NBA analyst Rashad Phillips before the event’s start. Dailey showed his tight ballhandling, knockdown mid-range jumper, and elite athleticism during the workout, throwing down a host of alley oops and freak dunks for the cameras. Dailey is on course for a breakout year with IMG Academy this year, hoping to keep the IMG legacy of excellence up. He’s got big shoes to fill, but with his devoted family and elite work ethic for his age, there’s no doubt that Dailey will live up to the expectations that have been set for him.