The Miami Beach Hi-Tides boys’ basketball program on Wednesday will retire the No. 5 jersey of former point guard Marquise Warren, who was shot and killed last July.
He was 20.
Miami Beach coach Jacob Shaw said Warren had been out of high school for a year and was in the process of getting his test scores so he could play college basketball. He was drawing interest from a junior college (Palm Beach State) among others.
“He was killed on a Thursday, and he would have gone on his first visit the following Tuesday,” Shaw said.
Warren was shot in the leg while taking out the trash outside his home in North Miami.
“It was a random thing,” Shaw said. “He wasn’t in a gang. I can vouch for that.
“The bullet hit an artery, and he died on his mother’s living room floor. The ambulance took over an hour to get there.”
Shaw said the shooter was never found, and the incident sent shock waves through the Hi-Tides community. Warren had led Miami Beach to a district title in 2013-2014.
Wednesday will mark Miami Beach’s last home game of the season. The game against Hialeah starts at 7:30 p.m., and the ceremony for Warren will take place at halftime.
This Saturday, Miami High will host what it hopes will become an annual tradition for girls’ basketball —the Miami Suns New Year’s Classic.
It’s a one-day extravaganza — eight games in a row.
Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten said the Flanagan-Northeast matchup figures to be “the biggest game of the night.”
Several seniors who have signed with colleges will compete in the tournament: Flanagan forward Mikiah Harrigan (South Carolina); Cardinal Newman guard Tytionia Adderly (Florida Gulf Coast); Vero Beach forward Megan Gorman (Yale); and American Heritage center Haley Duran (Pepperdine).
Three players at the event are being recruited by the Miami Hurricanes: junior guard Keyanna Warthen of Fort Lauderdale, freshman guard Aaliyah Stanley of Oxbridge; and junior guard Cabria Lee of Northeast. In addition, junior guard Reagan McCray of McCarthy is being recruited by FIU.
Tournament schedule: 10 a.m. — Westminster Academy vs. Archbishop McCarthy; 11:30 a.m. — Hallandale vs. Grandview Prep; 1 p.m. — St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Cardinal Newman; 2:30 p.m. — Vero Beach vs. American Heritage; 4 p.m. — Lourdes vs. Miami High; 5:30 p.m. — Fort Lauderdale vs. Oxbridge Academy; 7 p.m. — Northeast vs. Flanagan; 8:30 p.m. — Nova vs. Ferguson.
Flanagan and North Broward Prep will represent South Florida this year in the fifth annual USA Baseball National High School Invitational in Cary, North Carolina.
The 16-team, single-elimination tournament will run from March 23-26, and it will include some of the top baseball programs in the nation. Each team is guaranteed to play four games.