Being successful at this game of basketball starts with solid fundamentals, perfecting your skill and a drive that’s unmatched! So Bay Area Hoops and Big County Preps started our All-Access travel basketball exposure outing with a glance at the Tampa Titans of the East Tampa Youth basketball Association (ETYBA). We are trying new ways to reach our athletes in the Tampa Bay area.
Coach Robert Walker is the Founder, President of the East Tampa Youth Basketball Association’s (ETYBA) Board of Directors, and Head Coach of the Tampa Titans 2017 boys travel team. The collaboration of coaches (Coach Webster and Coach Freeman) the Titan players are pushed in their fundamental drill sets. The devotion of their time and resources to create an organization has been a stand out focus for the coaches. Titans are built with a strong family structure and keeps the well-being of each student-athlete a priority.
The players showed discipline, hard work and the eagerness to become better athletes. So with this access we got, we were able to watch some of the 9th and 10th grade student-athletes perform and noticed a few standouts.
6’4″ freshman Derek Webster of Seffner Christian Academy plays with power and attacks the basket. After watching him at the The Workout Showcase (Nike) this past summer we noticed that he processes some tools to becoming a solid player in the area.
Drew Bethoney of Bloomingdale HS is a active player that can shoot the ball consistently. A high IQ player.
6’0” Jonah Johnson of Armwood HS was the most interesting player there because is athleticism, potential is HIGH! Cant wait to see this youngster this summer!
6’0” Tykeal Nelson of Bloomingdale HS as a smooth game. A raw talent and finish well with both hands
6’1” Reid Walker of SCA is another player that will surprise people next season. As good size, strong and he’s fundamentally sound.
Darius Lue of Tampa Catholic HS is very talented and he’s growth this year will determine how good he can be. Aggressive and athletic .
9th grader Nick Lewis of Bloomingdale HS caught our eye during 3 on 3 drills and showed a knowledge of the game. Attacks the basket.
6’1″ 10th grader Johnny Lumpkin of Tampa Catholic showed to be a both ends type of player…..Stat Filler!