High-SchoolFlorida: Joel James

All-State Hoops: Florida

November, 8, 2011
See all 50 All-State teams plus D.C.

With the 2011-12 hoops season set to tip off, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top players in Florida.

We’ve broken down the state’s top 20 players into four teams based on their talent. Keep in mind, these preseason selections are based on past accomplishments and projected on-court performance in addition to recruit rankings.

For a list of the top senior basketball recruits in Florida, click here.

G: Michael Frazier, Montverde Academy, 6-5/195, Senior
Florida-bound SG is one of the nation’s best shooters.

G: Kasey Hill, Montverde Academy, 6-1/175, Junior
The state’s best point guard has been playing varsity since sixth grade.

F: Malik Price-Martin, Monsignor Pace, 6-8/187, Junior
Versatile All-State PF is state’s No. 4 junior is the ESPNU 60.

F: Chris Walker, Holmes County, 6-10/195, Junior
Hyper-athletic combo forward is nation’s No. 5 junior in the ESPNU 60.

C: Joel James, Dwyer, 6-10/260, Senior
UNC-bound big helped Panthers win state last year.

G: Torian Graham, Arlington Country Day, 6-4/200, Senior
North Carolina native is nation’s No. 38 senior in ESPNU 100.

G: Solomon Poole, Terry Parker, 6-0/180, Junior
Nation’s No. 22 junior in ESPNU 60; brother Stacey plays for Kentucky.

G: Shawn Smith, Faith Baptist, 6-4/180, Senior
Florida’s No. 3 senior in the ESPNU 100 is committed to Mizzou.

F: Jordan Goodman, Arlington Country Day, 6-9/210, Senior
Independent schools Player of the Year has committed to Texas Tech.

F: Demetrius Henry, Northeast, 6-8/200, Senior
State’s No. 5 senior in ESPNU 100 has offers from Clemson and Va. Tech.

G: Trey Boykin, Arlington Country Day, 6-5/200, Junior
Says one rival coach: “That boy can shoot it and can fly through the air.”

G: Dillon Graham, First Academy, 6-4/180, Senior
Florida commit led First Academy to state title game last year.

G: Mitchell Wilbekin, The Rock School, 6-0/165, Sophomore
Dynamic combo guard is brother of Florida sophomore Scottie.

F: Stephon Blair, Dillard, 6-9/240, Senior
A beast in the paint, Blair has offers from USF and UCF, among others.

C: Dakari Johnson, Montverde Academy, 6-10/250, Sophomore
Nation’s No. 4 sophomore is likely ineligible due to transfer rules.

G: Farad Cobb, Summit Christian, 6-1/165, Senior
Committed to Chattanooga; led Summit Christian to state title last year.

G: Traveon Henry, Pine Crest, 6-1/200, Senior
Committed to Northwestern for football, may be even better at hoops.

G: Devontae Morgan, Tampa Prep, 6-3/175, Senior
A three-year starter, Morgan looks to lead Prep to a state crown.

F: Junior Etou, Arlington Country Day, 6-7/210, Junior
Rated the nation’s No. 51 junior in the ESPNU 60.

F: Landry Nnoko, Montverde Academy, 6-11/220, Senior
Cameroon native “runs like a deer,” according to coach.

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Montverde Academy tops Florida preseason hoop rankings

October, 19, 2011
The pros may be locked out, but the preps are ready to ball. With hoops season fast approaching, we present the preseason Florida basketball rankings. Montverde Academy and Arlington Country Day are the state's two top squads — no surprise there — and both are ranked in the top 25 nationally in the POWERADE FAB 50. Dwyer, with its UNC-bound big man Joel James, is the top-ranked public school at No. 4.

The top five look like this:
1. Montverde Academy
2. Arlington Country Day
3. Orlando Christian Prep
4. Dwyer
5. Dr. Phillips

To see the full POWERADE Florida Weekly Rankings, including capsules on the top 25 teams in the state, click here.

Joel James commits to UNC, impresses at Superstar Showcase

October, 4, 2011
Dwyer big man Joel James revealed this week that he'll be going to North Carolina to play his college ball. James, the No. 1 senior recruit in the ESPNU 100, helped lead Dwyer to a state title last winter. He also impressed at this past weekend's Adidas Superstar Showcase in Boca Raton. Michael LaPlante writes:
With his commitment to the Tar Heels made public on Sunday, James created as much buzz off the court as he did with his play on the court. Although he was only able to participate in the morning session James looked great in the one game we watched him play. He has dropped 10 to 15 pounds and looked in good shape. He is a load in the low post who understands how to carve out space on the block and he showed nice agility and footwork when attacking the basket after the catch. He rebounded out of his area and ran the floor well, giving consistent effort even when he wasn't getting many touches in the "showcase" environment. North Carolina is getting a good one.

Other standouts included Holmes County's Chris Walker, the No. 5 junior in the ESPNU 60, and Stephon Blair of Dillard. LaPlante has full coverage of the showcase here.