ESPN Best Of The Best Recap

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Best of the Best Showcase is put on by the Each 1 Teach 1 travel team and featured many of the top prospects in the Central Florida area. Here’s a look at what we saw.

Best prospect: SG Brion Whitley, 2017
Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Christian

Whitley is an athletic, young scoring wing who plays great in transition. He scored at will on the break. He also showed a streaky jump shot with range up to 22 feet. He was recently offered by Florida, one of many high-major offers coming his way.

Best scorer: SG Darius Banks, 2017
Saint Petersburg, Fla./Saint Petersburg

Banks is a big-bodied wing who has a great feel for putting the ball in the basket. He’s coming off a recent injury and showed a little rust on the first day of the showcase. By Day 2 he was routinely scoring in bunches either by “big bodying” his opponent in the paint, making strong drives to the cup or hitting catch-and-shoot 3s.

Best big: PF Jean-Michel Tine, 2016
Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian

Tine is a solid big man who can do all the dirty work in the paint and step out and hit face-up shots to 15 feet. He may be slightly undersized, but he has a nose for rebounding in the paint. He should be a mid-major priority in the South over the next 12 months.

Best big guard: SG Jeff Prophete, 2017
Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Coral Springs Christian

Prophete is a big-bodied combo guard. He has a very good basketball IQ that allows him to be an excellent facilitator. He can score and is too big and strong for most high school guards to keep out of the lane. His jump shot is streaky and needs work, but he is very good as an overall prospect.

Best small guard: PG Nick Honor, 2018 
Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland

At 5-foot-8, Honor is a very solid scoring point guard. He may not fit the perfect body type, but he is very good from the shoulders up and he knows how to play. He is strong and knows how to use his body to get in the lane to score. He is also a solid shooter and a productive player.

Best skilled big: PF David Nickelberry, 2017 
Orlando, Fla./First Academy

Nickelberry is a skilled lefty 4-man with good ball skills for a power forward. He prefers to play on the perimeter and may project to be a 3-man in the future. He is best as a 4 who operates inside 15 feet. His shot is streaky and needs work, but his ability to pass and get to the basket makes him very effective offensively.

Best low-post scorer: PF Abule Abadi, 2017 
Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs Christian

Abadi is a big, strong beast in the paint. He has good feet and a few post moves that allow him to maneuver well inside. He can finish with both hands and knows how to use his strong frame in the lane to score and rebound.

Biggest surprise: SG Alberto Moreno, 2016 
Sanford, Fla./Liberty Christian

Moreno is the ultimate glue guy who just knows how to win. He’s a jack-of-all-trades who simply outworks his opponents.