All Florida Gulf Coast star forward Sherwood Brown has done since walking on as a freshman is skyrocketed to Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and led the Eagles’ improbable run to the Sweet 16.
College recruiting sites and scouts whiffed big time on Brown then and appear to be doing the same four years later with Blanche Ely’s Darrion Allen and Hialeah Gardens’ Adrian Gonzalez.
Even with three combined state titles between them and a body of work worthy of a college scholarship, Allen and Gonzalez remain unsigned.
Both seniors hope an impressive showing at the RMF Magazine Best of the Best Unsigned Senior Showcase at Cardinal Gibbons High School on Saturday gets them off the recruiting board.
“There is nothing more I could have done to get a Division I scholarship,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t know where I’m going yet, but I’m not frustrated. It’s not where you start, it’s where you end.”
Gonzalez’s résumé should speak for itself. A long 6-5 wing, Gonzalez averaged 18 points and 6.7 rebounds as a junior to lead the Gladiators to their first state basketball title, then 25 points and eight rebounds as a senior, despite constant double teams.
Already at a decided advantage as a lefty, Gonzalez gave opponents fits with his perpetual movement and ever-expanding scoring arsenal.
Other notables scheduled to compete include Miami American’s 6-3 Prince Foster, Pines Charter’s 6-7 Justin Satchell, Miami Norland’s 6-6 Maljhum McCrea, University School point guard Mikon Hewitt and Gibbons’ shooting ace Ryan Andino.
Allen averaged 10 points and five rebounds in helping lead MaxPreps No. 9 Ely (27-1) to its second consecutive Class 7A state title, but those numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Ely coach Melvin Randall called Allen’s number against Deerfield Beach, the No. 2 team in 8A for most of the season, and the 6-3 Allen unleashed the freakish athletic ability of a high division one talent.
Allen went for a career-high 27 points to spark a 72-60 victory.
“I think about what I could have averaged at other schools a couple times, but I’m just happy we won states again,” Allen said. “ I think I’m a Division I player. I can’t do anything about it. All I know is I’m going to use this as motivation. I love to prove people wrong.”
KISSIMMEE KLASSIC — CORAL REEF 13, PINE CASTLE 3 (5)
WP: Dayna Wilson (9-2). LP: K. Bitterman. Top performers: Carsyn Gordon 3-4, 5 RBI. Sarah Ortiz 1-3, HR, 2 RBI. Cristina Colli 1-3, 3 RBI. Michelle Ryan 2-3, RBI, 2 runs. CR 14-2
LATE THURSDAY — KISSIMMEE KLASSIC — CORAL REEF 11, FROSTPROOF 1 (6)
WP: Michelle Mesa 5-0. LP: K. Noris. Top performers: Kylan Becker 4-4, 2 RBI, 3 runs. Carsyn Gordon 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Denver Keller 1-4, HR, 2 RBI. Alex Garcia 1-2, 2 RBI. CR 13-2
Selective Recruiting/Sir Pizza Invitational - Championship at University of Miami: 7:30
R.M.F. Magazine unsigned senior showcase - Cardinal Gibbons, 3 p.m.
Columbus at Ransom Everglades, 1