Media Look: Team Parsons (CP25)

Orlando, FL – We accepted an invitation from Team Parsons to partipate in their Media Day team practice this past weekend. Director/Coach Anthony Ricks and his staff, did a fantastic job of orchestrating media into their practice and scrimmages.  Having the opportunity to view and speak with the players, gave us a chance to let Coaches know what to expect.  Director Anthony Ricks stated “Our thoughts on this travel season,  is we believe this is the most collection of talent we’ve had in our program at once. We’ve had memorable and talented classes such as our 2017 and 2019 classes. Our 2020, 2021, and 2022 classes all have a chance to be as good as those previous groups.

Their 2020 class is strong, quick and explosive, with the likes of 6’6” Isaiah Adams, 6’5” Kario Oquendo, 6’5” Joe Bamisile, 6’9” Yussif Basa-Ama and 6’5” Michael Eads to name a few and fundamentally sound guys such as 6’3” Eric Butler, 5’10” Jordan Sears and 6’5” Van Wilkes show signs high level skill and IQ.  6’8” Jonathan Aybar who already holds an offer from FGCU is a long, skilled stretch forward that will create mismatch problems.

Coach Ricks mentioned “Isaiah Adams currently of Paxton HS has offers from USF, UMass, FAU, FGCU.  Florida, FSU, Iowa St. and UCF are actively recruiting him hard. Coming off of leading a young team to state FHSAA final four, I would encourage high majors who are have a need for a player of his type to get involved in early spring.”  Missing athletic SG Kario Oquendo who was not present, has offers from Wake Forest, FGCU, FAU. with UCF, USF, Iowa St, FSU, UF and University of Texas are actively recruiting him.

Alex Fudge who is very eye catching, he’s a 6’5” SG with distinctive attributes.  Fudge has arms that nearly touch his shins and he looks the part of a high major kid.   Darius Johnson a 6’0” PG has a chance of becoming much better then his brother Xavier Johnson (George Mason commit).  Johnson looks strong physically and  processes a high IQ.  Ramses Melendez is another 6’5” high major prospect. Melendez has length, shows athleticism, shoots well and causes disruptions in the passing lane gap for possible turnovers.  Plus, I see potential in 6’2” lefty shooter Charles Crews and 6’4” linky scorer Tyrone Baker.

Finally, the 2022 team has potential.  Up and coining 6’9” Kevin Zeng is said to be the best overall prospect to ever come through the CP25 program.  Zeng processes a package of skills which includes passing, shooting and a knack for the unexpected impact play.   He plays with patience and has a great motor. “I’m excited to see how he measured up to other top 2022 kids across the country. I can’t imagine many with his upside” Coach Ricks said.  With added additions such as 6’3” Jah Nze of Hagerty HS who may have been their best overall player regardless of class at the scrimmage, he’s a true gamer that competes.  Ven Lubin who is 6’6” does whatever is needed in the game, he’s a very athletic small forward who can shoot the 10-15 foot shot but he has range that can extend further.   Coach Rick said “This class maybe the best of them all. I feel that we have the 3 best freshman in Central Florida. All three were the focal point for their varsity teams and had high level success.

We appreciate the invitation to Media day and we anticipate seeing more of them as they progress and further develop.

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