Florida is historically a hotbed of high school basketball. The Sunshine State has produced 122 players who have played or are currently playing in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas, Vince Carter, Artis Gilmore, Tracy McGrady, Mitch Richmond, David Robinson, and Amar’e Stoudemire among many others.
The Sunshine State also produced the No. 3 high school basketball team this year at Calvary Christian Academy, which went 26-2 en route to the inaugural State Champions Invitational.
Top 10 Florida teams since 2000
National Ranking: No. 2
Notable players: Scottie Barnes, Vernon Carey Jr., Trey Doomes, Drue Drinnon
Tiredness: Led by first-team Sophomore All-America, Barnes selection and MaxPreps National Junior Player of the Year Carey, the Sharks are the only state champion to reach the GEICO Nationals title game in 14 years. history of the event. The university also won the City of Palms Classic and John Wall Holiday Invitational Tournament titles before winning the 5A state title.
National Ranking: #3
Notable players: Marvel Allen, Carl Cherenfant, Gregg Glenn, Taylor Hendricks, Brenen Lorient
Tiredness: Behind a balanced offensive offense that saw four players average 10.5 or more points, the Eagles went 8-2 against teams that appeared in the national standings at some point in the season. Calvary Christian Academy capped off their season with a pair of blowout wins to win the inaugural State Champions Invitational, beating Sidwell Friends (Washington, DC) 59-37 and Auburn (Wash.) 71-44.
National Ranking: Number 4
Notable players: Kenny Ingram, Brandon Johnson, Jeremie McClendon, Quintin Thornton, Darius Washington
Tiredness: Washington, a McDonald’s All American, led the Eagles to the 6A state title, scoring 29 points in a 72-51 championship win over South Miami. Edgewater earned a signature win over top 10 opponents Mount Vernon (NY) 69-67 to win the McDonald’s Classic in January behind 28 Washington, who outclassed Sebastian Telfair.
National Ranking: Number 6
Notable players: Alex Bodney, Will Cummings, Stacey Poole, Patric Young
Tiredness: After losing an overtime thriller 66-63 to Montverde Academy (Montverde) – their only loss, the Stallions went on to win 27 straight to close the season. Providence won in-season tournament titles at the Hawk Kruel Classic and Kingdom of the Sun before claiming the 2A state title with a 63-46 win over Tampa Prep (Tampa).
National ranking: No. 7
Notable players: Trevor Goodrum, Therrell Gosier, Javon Heastie, Laquincy Rideau, Diandre Wilson
Tiredness: After closing an undefeated run at the 7A State Championship, the Tigers fell to national powerhouse Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada) 63-50 in the first round of the Dick Nationals (now GEICO). Gosier and Rideau led the team with 16.2 points while three other players contributed 9.1 points or more. The Tigers outscored their opponents by 27.6 points per game.
National Ranking: No. 8
Notable players: Victor Adams, Jacoby Brissett, Terrell Harris, Joel James, Gregory Louis
Tiredness: Led by future NFL quarterback Brissett, the Panthers pulled off a major first-round upset against defending champion Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada) 63-50 at the National High School Invitational. Dwyer went 27-1 against in-state opponents and 6-1 against out-of-state foes.
National Ranking: No. 8
Notable players: Darrion Allen, Dallas Cameron, Richard Lee, Lance Tejada, Khalil Thomas
Tiredness: Both of the Tigers’ losses have come to out-of-state opponents, falling to St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) at the Chick-fil-A Classic and Prime Prep (Dallas) at the National High School Invitational. Blanche Ely had five players averaging 10.4 or more points led by junior Lee.
National ranking: No. 8
Notable players: Sammy Hernandez, David Huertas, Joshua Soto
Tiredness: After a three-year trial period during which they were unable to compete in the state tournament, the 2004-05 Arlington Country Day group capped off an impressive season with their first of five consecutive 2A state championships. . The Apaches were led by tournament MVP Hernandez, who had 16 points and nine rebounds in a 55-33 win over Maclay (Tallahassee).
National Ranking: No. 11
Notable players: JJ Barea, Sammy Hernandez, Ivan Lopez, Carlos Rivera, Jesus Verdejo
Tiredness: Won his second 1A State title in three years, beating Bronson 79-49 to end the season on a 29-game winning streak. Miami Christian also broke the state record for most wins in a season with 38 and featured future NBA player Barea.
National Ranking: No. 16
Notable players: Prince Ali, Lance Crawford, GG Goloman, AJ Jurko, Joe Kirby
Tiredness: Ran the board and won the 3A state title before falling to Montverde Academy (Montverde) in the first round of the Dick Nationals. Connecticut’s commitment Ali and UCLA-bound Goloman led a talented starting five that edged opponents by 26.4 points on average.
To note: Academies were on that list.