For Immediate Release
MIAMI, Fla.– Momentum and heightened anticipation are growing in South Florida as they wait for the most prestigious High School All-star Basketball Event all to take place. With a reputation for producing quality sporting events in South Florida, Tournament of Champions, Inc. will present their 21st Annual South Florida All-Star Basketball Classic at Grandview Prep Arena (336 Spanish River Blvd- Boca Raton, FL 33431) on Sunday, March 13, 2016. This is the 21st year that Tournament of Champions, INC has held this all-star game that’s has produced most of the local South Florida born NBA players (Haslem, Jones, Hardaway, James, Dooling). The game includes some of South Florida’s most elite players including McDonalds All-American and UM Signee Dewan Huell of state champion Miami Norland, Mater Academy Point Guard, Dylan Frye and Boyd Anderson, Guard Brian Patrick. For a schedule of games and names and college choices of all participating players please log on www.rmfmag.com or call 305.910.9019. Admission to the game is $12.00. Star players are competing for bragging rights and scholarships, many Division two, three and JR College recruiters annually attend the classic searching for talent.
TOC, Inc. is a sports management company whose core community philosophy is demonstrated in their outreach initiatives that also include their annual South Florida Student-Athlete Academic Human Development Symposium, Dade vs Broward All-Star Football Game, Dr. MLK Basketball Classic. “This is an excellent opportunity for the elite basketball players of South Florida to showcase their talents and skills. For the first time, all three counties will be competing on the same night. We will continue to foster the academic and athletic growth of our community’s young aspiring athletes. We hope the players will take this experience through their college careers and beyond”, states Wesley Frater, Founder & Executive Director of Tournament of Champions, Inc.
*Slam Dunk Contest 7:30 pm
*Awarding of the South Florida High School Player of the year
For additional information, please contact Tournament of Champions, Inc. at 305.910.901. For media inquiries please contact: Tyler Frater at 407.600.8497 or TylerAFrater@gmail.com
All players must attend an all-star meeting on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21ST. Palm Beach players at 12:00 Noon at Palm Beach Lakes High School (3505 Shiloh Dr.) and 3:00 PM for Dade and Broward at Miramar Youth Center (7000 Miramar Pkwy).
About TOC Inc.
Tournament of Champions, INC, an organization that has a legacy of conceptualizing and executing sporting events in the United States. Founded in 1992, TOC has partnered with Nike Corporation and other leading national corporations to produce a myriad of sporting events inclusive of the premier football and basketball events for high school student athletes. Since 1992 TOC events have been financially rewarding to local schools and communities. Most recently, during the 2009 All-Star Football game, Nike under the encouragement of TOC donated $100,000 to the Miami-Dade and Broward Counties’ School Board Athletic Programs this has continued still in 2016.
Special Note to Media: The practices are free and open to the public. Please let Tyler Frater know you will be attending a practice before hand, there is not a confirmed schedule yet. Dade Private Girls at Pace High School and Public at Miami High. Dade Public and Private Boys at Matter Academy. Broward Private at Zion Lutheran. Broward Private Boys at Zion Lutheran and Public at McArthur High School
- Please check in under media before entering
- No flashes DIRECTLY under the rim
- Dress code must be formal attire if standing on baseline/court (NO OPEN TOE SHOES)
- Wear company badge at all times
Dade Public Men’s Roster:
The University of Miami signee averaged 16.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 1.8 BPG in his senior season at Norland, where he won three state titles in what was a magnificent career under Lawton Williams. Huell will also represent South Florida at the McDonald’s All-American game.
Dominated his senior year at Central, averaging 20.6 PPG and 14.4 RPG to help lead the Rockets to the regional semifinals.
The Senior guard averaged 13.1 PPG and 5.8 RPG for the Cavaliers in 2015-2016.
A four-year varsity starter, Sierra led Miami High to the regional semifinals in his senior season.
The point guard dominated his senior year at Southridge, recently picking up an offer from Memphis.
The Senior point guard helped Miami Christian win the state championship last season, and although fell short with Mater Academy this year, was still excellent, averaging 15.2 PPG.
The senior wing averaged 16.7 PPG, 8.9 RPG, and 4.0 APG, leading Dr. Krop to a 14-7 record and an appearance in the regional playoffs.
Teaming up with Frye to form an outstanding backcourt duo, Diaz averaged 11.7 PPG in his senior season at Mater Academy.
The senior averaged 6.2 PPG and 3.4 APG, serving as the facilitator for the Miami Norland offense.
Mejia, along with Frye and Diaz, helped Mater Academy win the district title by averaging 13.5 PPG during his senior campaign.
The Senior point guard helped lead the Tornadoes to a 14-9 record.
Stewart averaged 8.8 PPG, 12.2 RPG, and 3.9 BPG, helping South Miami capture a 22-8 record and a spot in the 8A state final in Lakeland.
Alderete averaged 14.4 PPG and 9.0 RPG, helping Miami Springs head to the regional playoffs in his senior season.
Johnson averaged 13.2 PPG during his senior season at American.
Dade Private Men’s Roster
Emmanuel finished off his career at Calusa Prep with an excellent senior campaign for head coach Derek DeLaGrana and the Colts.
Monell helped Westwood Christian get to the regional playoffs in his senior season.
Mark Syles, 6’10” Center, Miami Christian
The 6’10” big man has really come along the second half of the season, helping the Victors reach the regional finals before falling to Grandview Prep.
Leonardo Castillo, 6’6″ Guard, Miami Christian
Castillo joined forces with junior Eduardo Camacho to develop a stellar backcourt for Miami Christian during his senior year.
The senior wing played in a big role in Dade Christian capturing the district title in head coach Steve Fitzgerald’s first season.
The senior sharpshooter established himself as one of the best shooters in Dade County while winning his second district title of his high school career in his senior season.
Joshua Moncur, Forward, Northwest Christian
The senior helped the Eagles make an appearance in the regional playoffs.
Cruz — also a member of the Puerto Rican national team — came to America and took Dade County by storm, having a dominant senior year for LaSalle.
One of the best guards in South Florida, Brown dominated his senior season, including a 33-point performance on the road against Saint Andrews to send the Warriors to Lakeland.
Perez averaged 9.8 PPG, 2.0 RPG, and 2.1 APG, helping the Raiders reach the regional semifinals in senior season.
Jackson got the dirty work done, averaging 7.6 PPG and 7.7 RPG during a very good senior season for the big man.
Anglada had a phenomenal senior season, helping lead the Bulldogs to Lakeland for the 3A state’s final four.
The Bulldogs have a plethora of excellent guards, and Fred is another on that dominated his senior campaign to help ACC punch their ticket to Lakeland.
The big man, Jenoure, had a monster senior year for Champagnat, helping the Lions reach the regional semifinals.
Cruz was the facilitator and leader of the LaSalle offense, with his leadership helping the Royal Lions obtain a 12-8 record during his senior season.
Broward Public Men’s Roster
After transferring from Cardinal Gibbons, Patrick had a stellar senior season, averaging 17.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 4.4 APG. Patrick led the Cobras to the regional semifinals, nearly knocking off Lakeland bound Dillard.
Joseph was a key piece for Boyd Anderson, averaging 9.2 PPG and 5.0 RPG, doing all the gritty work for the Cobras in his senior campaign.
Johnson carried the Mustangs to the regional finals a year after taking McArthur all the way to Lakeland. Johnson — who is headed to play division one basketball — averaged 21.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 4.1 APG in an outstanding senior season.
Escobar, along with Johnson, helped lead a young McArthur team all the way to the regional finals, including a district title. Escobar averaged 9.5 PPG, 3.4 APG, and 2.9 RPG during what was a great senior season.
Dewar has been absolutely stellar in his senior season at Coral Springs. The 6’3″ guard is a player of the year candidate and has led the Colts to their first appearance in Lakeland in school history. On the way, Dewar had 37 in the regional semifinals and 40 in a comeback victory on the road at Wellington.
Fils has been Dewar’s right-hand-man this season, cleaning up the boards and dominating the boards and on the interior. Fils — a four-year player at Coral Springs — has been an integral part of this Lakeland bound Colts team.
Johnson was stellar this season for the Jaguars, leading Pines Charter in scoring and doing his part in helping the team achieve an 18-8 record, including a championship in the Kreul Classic during the season.
The big man finished off a stellar career at Pembroke Pines Charter with an excellent senior season. Eugene and fellow big man Malik Harper formed a dominant force on the inside for the Jaguars.
Biggs surpassed the 1,000-point mark at Taravella in just two varsity seasons at the school. The 6’4″ senior established himself as one of the best scorers in Broward this past season — averaging 28.7 PPG — including a stretch of five-plus games with over 35 points each.
Cassesa transferred from Piper to form a dominant duo with Biggs at Taravella. Cassesa averaged 20.5 PPG in his superb senior season, helping the Trojans reach the regional playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Harper and Eugene caused extensive damage on the inside during their season year for Pembroke Pines Charter. Harper was dominant not only offensively, but on the boards and defensive end, as well.
It wasn’t easy — with a young, inexperienced team — but Melvin Randall was able to bring Blanche Ely back to Lakeland again for states. A big reason was the play by Goodrum, who led the Tigers with 16.6 PPG. Goodrum, a stellar three-point shooter, had 24 points in the regional finals in a win over McArthur.
Lee — a four-year varsity player at Coral Springs Charter — helped lead the Panthers to two straight district titles in his sophomore and junior year. And in his senior year, despite an early injury, Lee was a key factor on both ends of the court as the Panthers reached the regional playoffs.
Fraser is a beast. His senior season was absolutely dominating, especially on the defensive end. Fraser led the district in blocks and had a game against Sagemont in which he drew six charges. The big man led Coral Springs Charter to regionals, and will go on to play division one basketball next season.
Davis — coming off of an injury in his junior year — had a breakout year in his senior season. Davis averaged over 20 PPG and led Cypress Bay to the regional semifinals and a district title. In the loss in the regional semis, Davis had 40 points as the Lightning came up just short.
Farquharson was the facilitator of the Dillard star-studded offense all season long and leader not only on the court but off the court, as well. The 5’11” point guard had an excellent senior campaign, helping lead the Panthers to Lakeland for the 6A state final four.
Broward Private Men’s Roster
Bornelus epitomizes ‘heart over hype’. Just 5’11”, Bornelus was still one of the best point guards in South Florida, leading the Lions offense and helping Zion Lutheran capture a district title and reach the regional semifinals.
Abaev was a dominant force on the interior for the Lions, as the senior formed a dominant inside duo with fellow big man Shaq Carter.
Carter transferred from Coconut Creek and made a huge impact for Zion Lutheran, with the Lions only losing two games since he was eligible (both at Grandview Prep). Carter dominated on the interior and had a stellar senior season. He will likely go on to play division one basketball next year.
The Boston College signee did all the dirty work for Sagemont. As Tyler Polley and others were getting all the big numbers, Popovic was steller on the interior, with lockdown defense and astute rebounding all season long; establishing himself as one of the premier big men in South Florida, and a force to be reckoned with inside.
Despite starting the season sidelined with an injury, Frazier was able to recover in December and become a key peice for the Lions as they reached the regional semifinals.
Although unfortunately in a very tough district, Malokwy was excellent on the interior for the Crusaders, averaging 9.3 PPG and 8.5 RPG in a great senior season.
Broadway excelled in his senior season, carrying the load for the Crusaders offensively. Broadway averaged 20.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 3.1 APG as the talented combo guard led the team in two of those aspects.
Morrow carried the Eagles throughout his senior season, averaging 17.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 4.3 APG as he helped lead Calvary Christian to the regional playoffs.
Athouriste was the heart and soul of the Sheridan Hills team, and he capped off a great career by averaging 11 PPG and 5 APG in a splendid senior season.
Francois had an imaculent senior season, averaging 16.8 PPG as he carried the Warriors to the regional playoffs.
Hunter finished off a stellar career at St. Thomas with an impressive senior season. Hunter established himself as a force on the interior, helping the Raiders win the district championship on the road at Blanche Ely.
Metzger paired with Hunter to develop a dominant duo on the interior for St. Thomas Aquinas. The Flagler College signee was vital on boards and the offensive end in the Raiders’ playoff run.
Everyone knows Darius Allen. From the crazy athleticism to his behind-the-back dunks, Allen is a monster. He is certainly the player-of-the-year favorite in 5A and below, and had a huge senior year to help the Lions capture a district title and head to the regional semifinals.
Allende was the robin to Allen (batman) as Allende also had a huge senior season. Allende averaged double-digit points, and was a key factor in their playoff runas the Lions lost a heartbreaker in the regional semifinals to Saint Andrews.
Jai Jai Ram was the anchor of the Lions, facilitating and running the Chaminade offense all season long. His numbers didn’t blow up the stat sheet, but a crucial part of Chaminade’s season success is due to their star senior point guard.