TAMPA – Skills Center Elite, perhaps the deepest 10th grade basketball team in the entire Tampa Bay area captured the crown at the 2016 May Day Hoopfest at host Tampa Catholic on Sunday afternoon. Head coach John Arroyo always has his players prepared and boy were they hustling.
While most families were celebrating Mother’s Day this group of 12 players among other teams around the state, played to win an important tournament. Skills Center Elite beat the Tampa Bay Bayhawks 59-47 in the final after playing just two hours prior, defeating Red Storm Elite 72-40 in the semifinal round.
Tyrese Williams (Spoto) posted a team-high 17 points along with 11 boards in the final giving him a double-double. He also had 17 points and eight rebounds in the first game of the day. Below is just one of many great plays he made on the afternoon.
This kid is lengthy at 6’6″ and can run with the best of them. The second Williams grabs a rebound, he gets down the court to attack offensively in a hurry. He had multiple dunks in the second half of the final and already had nine points and seven boards at the break. Williams is a fun player to watch and will be a breakout star for Spoto in 2016.
Another standout on the day was Christian Schach (Steinbrenner). He had 14 points in the final and 12 in the semifinal. Schach plays tough defense, shoots the ball well and isn’t afraid to attack when needed. He is a vintage player who can shoot from outside and do what he needs to get the job done.
Perhaps the strongest player in this entire group is Trey Sibert (Tampa Prep). In the two games, he combined for 15 points and 13 rebounds. Sibert has the ability to get just about every rebound under the rim. He plays very physical in the paint and will only get better as he develops his outside shot. Sibert has endless upside.
The other two bigs on Denari Garrett (Sickles) and Jordan Roundtree (Lennard) proved they can be solid interior guys. Garrett finished with 10 points in the semifinal while Roundtree battled in both games when he earned playing time.
One player that seems to always make a couple of plays a game that flash his athleticism is Thierry Moliere (Jesuit). He finished with only 10 points combined for both games, but he hustles on defense and is a top notch passer. Moliere blocked Bayhawks guard Josie Davis with time expiring in the first half (video below). He is still growing and with that, he is gaining strength which will only further his overall game.
A pair of Tampa Bay Tech sophomores Tyrick Brascom and Jovan Dilworth both flaunt big-time potential. Brascom had seven points in the first game and Dilworth had five. They didn’t play as much in the final, but both players are quick and find ways around defenders. Playing together for Skills Center Elite will help them tremendously when this upcoming high school season rolls.
Austin Meloche (Palm Harbor University), Michael Fruit (Berkeley Prep) and Kijah Kelly (Jesuit) are three guards that quietly make plays for this team.
Meloche had eight points in the first game and gives you 100 percent on offense and defense. Fruit had three points combined in both games but he knows his role and thrives as a tough defender and complete passer. Kelly gives you an added advantage as a speedster since he doubles as a football player for Jesuit.
Other notables from the tournament:
Ryan Black (Red Storm Elite)
The rising junior at Newsome averaged 18 points in the three-day tournament. He dropped 24 points against the Tampa Bay Bayhawks in a 54-47 win on Saturday morning. Black had eight points against Skills Center Elite in the semifinal on Sunday. A 6’0″, 165-pounder, Black can shoot from all over. He hustles on both ends of the floor and doesn’t give up much space defensively. The video below proves his long range.
Video: Ryan Black 3-pointer
Akmee Burton (Tampa Bay Bayhawks)
Burton plays beyond fast. In the final on Sunday, he added 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists. The rising junior at Plant City averaged just over 15 points and five rebounds per game in the tournament. At 6’1″, 165 lbs., he’s only going to get stronger and that is a dangerous thing if he keeps on attacking. In the video below he knocks down a triple with two defenders in his face.
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