It’s that time of year again, where travel basketball is King! R.M.F. Magazine will cover a couple of events throughout South Florida this summer and throughout the state of Florida. First stop The Florida Vipers “Super Showcase” in Deerfield Beach. The Viper Pit as it’s been called is equipped with six full courts that were loaded with talent from third grade (9U) to eleventh grade (17U).
Florida Vipers Owner/Coach Brandon McThay put together a talented group of organizations to compete throughout the weekend. We took a few minutes to speak with McThay about the “Super Showcase”. He expressed the need for South Florida to have these types of events for competition, exposure and to educate South Florida parents on what a quality event should be like. McThay didn’t disappoint with the amount of competitive games that were taking place.
2022 (7th Grade) Gunner Walters (Grandview Prep/Florida Vipers) Point Guard
If you are a Big Kansas Jayhawk fan or avid Heat fan the name Walters should ring a BELL ! Gunner Walters is son of former Miami Heat/Kansas Jayhawk point guard Rex Walters. Being a coach’s son is always one of the hardest jobs a kid can have. Coach Walters should have a smile on his face when it comes to Gunner.
Respect Factor: Gunner is a lefty with a high IQ for the game, a pass first pg, lets the game come to him. Understands the pick and roll game very well for a player his age. Good with the basketball, very crafty, sees the floor, knocks down open shots.
2022 (7th Grade) Houston Culpepper (Dillard Middle/South Florida Rockets) Guard
Another name that should ring a BELL! Culpepper! Yep that’s right Culpepper remember him, the QB for the Minnesota Vikings, Mr. Daunte Culpepper! Well Mr. Culpepper has a son that can hoop as in Houston Culpepper. Following in Dad’s basketball steps.
Respect Factor: For his size he is very crafty with the ball in hand, solid lead guard with good strength, capable scorer, not overly athletic but gets the ball where it needs to go.
2022 (7th Grade) Jahazre Jackson (William Dandy Middle/South Florida Rockets) Forward/Center 6’6
At first glance when you see Jahazre Jackson you can’t help but think that this kid will be the next Shaquille O’Neal. Jackson is a tall, soft spoken young man, with a world of POTENTIAL ahead of him.
Respect Factor: runs the floor well for a young player his size, good hands, rebounds well, capable inside scorer, very raw, still in the early stages of his career.
2021 (8th Grade) Todrick Rambo (Oak Park Middle/Thunderstruck) Guard
Rambo had an excellent weekend for Thunderstuck; we took notice right away. His energy on both ends of the floor offensively and defensively was untouchable.
Respect Factor: athletic, gets to the rim with ease, defenders could not stay in front of him, quick first step, solid on ball defender, quick, creative finisher in the lane.
2021 (8th Grade) Steven Laurent (J.F.K. Middle/Florida Vipers) Guard
Laurent showed off his athleticism all weekend, has a Russell Westbrooke approach, RELENTLESS!
Respect Factor: athletic, super quick first step, finishes with contact, plays above rim, scorer, solid mid range game, solid on ball defender.
2021 (8th Grade) Corey Blisset (Highlands Christian Academy/Florida Vipers)
Blisset might have been the best 2021 player in the gym this weekend. Blisset was able to score on all 3 levels with ease as well as defend.
Respect Factor: Quick, slashing, at his best attacking the rim, mid range, solid perimeter shooter, rebounds in traffic, solid defender, good feel for the game, very heady player.
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