Starting in 2017, Issa Bucket Productions LLC and Bay Area Hoops LLC have teamed together to provide an in-depth analysis of Hillsborough County's top high school basketball performers. Over a two year span we have had over 20 college athletes, 1 professional athlete, and a NBA draftee grace the list of our top county players. With our vast team of videographers we are able to cover up to 12 games a week, which allows us to get multiple looks at most teams and players throughout the year. With this database of games we then breakdown our footage with national scout, Reggie Burke of Bay Area Hoops LLC, to provide you with a detailed breakdown of the players in the area. Each team is broken down to have a traditional format of two guards, two forwards, and a center. Key factors in making our team are not only stats but how well they lead their team throughout the season and into the playoffs. With each selection we will also provide a short video to showcase how each prospect played throughout the season.
Here is our 1st Team and Player of the Year selection:
2021 G: Charles "CJ" Crews Jr.
Stats: 22.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.3 SPG
School: Bayshore Christian
Breakdown: Scoring the ball has always come easy to CJ Crews. In his first two years at Strawberry Crest, Mr. Crews led the Chargers in scoring and his junior year at Bayshore Christian was no different. CJ was the 3rd leading scorer in the county with 22.2 points per game and led the county in threes made for the year. What was most impressive about CJ's junior year was his transition to the PG position. With the loss of starting guard, Jeremiah Wicks, due to injury, Crews had to learn how to handle and facilitate the team with just a few games into the season. CJ excelled by leading the faith warriors to the final 4 for the first time in over a decade. Be sure for Mr. Crews to lead Bayshore back to Lakeland and possibly take home the scoring title for the county.
2020 G: Kobe Knox
Stats: 16.9 PPG, 3.7 APG, 3.3 RPG
School: Tampa Catholic
Breakdown: 6'5 guard Kobe Knox has built a name for himself over the years. Knox led Tampa Catholic in threes made while averaging nearly 17 points per game. Although he was known to rain down threes, Knox's length helped him score at the rim and defend at a high level. Knox will also catch you at the rim coming down hill if he gets an opportunity. Kobe is a very efficient player, always brining consistent stats night in and night out and is known to be a winner. Kobe has been to Lakeland all 4 years as a varsity player, and led the crusaders to a runner-up position in the state championship game.
2021 G: Mike Trigg
Stats: 22.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.6 APG
School: Seffner Christian
Breakdown: Mike Trigg is hands down the best two sport athlete in the area today. With over 45+ offers on the football field, Trigg also showed success on the basketball court finishing as the county's 2nd leading scorer with 22.6 PPG. The biggest translation Trigg brought from the football field to the basketball court was his aggression. Mike bullied his way past smaller guards and also led his team in rebounds at the guard spot with 8.3 RPG. Although the Crusaders did not have the best regular season, Mike Trigg was able to help lead Seffner to the regional finals. Mike currently holds a basketball offer from USF.
2022 G: Emanuel Sharp
Stats: 31.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.5 SPG, 2.4 APG
Breakdown: Taking home this years scoring title, was none other than sophomore Emanuel Sharp. Scoring almost 32 points per game and finishing as the states leading scorer, Sharp can straight up GET BUCKETS! At just his second year at Blake, Sharp reached his 1000 point milestone. Sharp is an exceptional shooter and is also brilliant ball handler at 6'4. Emanuel was also able to improve his athletic ability this year and began to finish above the rim. With his added footwork skills, Sharp serves for the perfect scoring machine. The biggest improvement from Sharp's freshman year to his sophomore year was his ability to win. Emanuel was able to go from an 11-12 record to a 22-6 record his sophomore year. The last two years of Sharp's high school career are bound to be a scoring frenzy.
2020 F: Cantia Rahming
Stats: 20.8 PPG, 17.3 RPG, 2.6 SPG, 2.2 BPG
Breakdown: Arguably the most unforeseen candidate for this years first team selection is Cantia Rahming. Cantia exploded on the scene averaging 20 points and 17 rebounds per game, finishing as the states leading rebounder. Rahming is one of the hardest workers in the area and always seems to be at the right place at the right time. With the loss of 8 seniors, Cantia was a willing learner who was able to assimilate a leadership roll his last year and bring his team to the regional championship. Cantia plans on making his commitment this week, and he is sure add value to any program on and off the court.
2020 C: POY Johni Broome
Stats: 19.6 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.2 BPG
School: Tampa Catholic
Breakdown: This years player of the year goes to Johni Broome. Johni was one of two players to average a double-double and did so in a dominate fashion. Broome solidified himself as the top big in the area with his mastery of post moves. Broome hit career highs with 36 versus Naples and 32 versus national powerhouse IMG. Johni has the ability to knock down the open shot, play with his back to the basket, and has soft hands to catch and finish at the rim. Johni was the front line for Tampa Catholic that surged them into the state championship. Broome is signed with Morehead State, a D1 University in Kentucky.