The article below is courtesy of Reggie Rankin of ESPN.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Florida Fall Festival is a team tournament and individual camp presented by Hoop Exchange. Event directors Scott Golden and Brad Winton assemble elite talent and coaching from throughout the Sunshine State to participate in the event held at the Orlando Sports Center. Here are a few players that stood out this weekend.
Pape Diatta (Gainesville, Fla./The Rock)
2014, SG, 6-foot-7, 189 pounds
Offers: Texas, Virginia, Florida, Wichita State and Marquette
Diatta is a long and athletic wing who has excellent skill and feel for the game. He attacks the basket on the break and can finish at the rim with length, touch and body control. Diatta is an excellent ball handler, passer and shooter with range out to the arc when his feet are set. Diatta can easily excel at all three perimeter positions. He attempts to do too much at times, which results in turnovers, but you can give him a bit of a pass as he is attempting to make a positive play. Diatta is a versatile playmaker who competes and is very productive. His upside is tremendous.
Reggie Rankin/ESPN.com Dante Buford is a 6-foot-8 post with huge potential and offers from Cincy and Indiana, among others.
Dante Buford (Jacksonville, Fla./Arlington Country Day)
2014, PF, 6-8, 209
Offers: Indiana, Cincinnati, South Carolina, FIU, Charleston, UNC-Wilmington, Radford and Old Dominion
Buford is a strong and athletic forward with an excellent motor. He finishes drop-off passes along the baseline above the rim in traffic with power. He is versatile and can make open shots mostly from the midrange area out to the arc. Buford is a good rebounder in and out of his area and can block shots and run the floor to beat opponents for easy baskets. He will need to continue to hone his ball handling skills, but this competitive forward makes his presence felt on both ends of the floor.
Nikola Jovanovic (Jacksonville, Fla./Arlington Country Day)
2013, PF, 6-11, 201
Committed to USC
Jovanovic is a lengthy, lean power forward who runs the floor with long strides, which can lead to easy transition baskets on a consistent basis. He can post to score or get baskets via his turn shot. He can also face up and stretch the defense from the mid range area off the catch. Jovanovic plays with energy and urgency and competes on both ends. He has good hands and touch with his length, allowing him to finish over defenders as opposed to just using strength. Packing on more muscle will take Jovanovic’s game to the next level and increase his already good production.
Matt Milan (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo)
2015, SG, 6-3, 175
Offers: Georgia Southern, Central Florida, Purdue and George Mason
Milan is a true shooting guard. This lefty has a Chris Mullin-type stroke and can knock down open 3s off the catch by spotting up on the break, spacing to the open area on the side of dribble penetration and coming off screens. Milan has excellent shot preparation as well. He attacks bad closeouts with shots fakes and displayed the ability to drive both ways, although going left is clearly his strength. He has a great feel for the game and matching basketball IQ. Milan will have to work on finishing better through contact and continue to develop his range to add to his already fluid midrange game. Milan plays hard, competes and is fun to watch especially when he gets into a groove.
Amida Brimah (Miami/Archbishop Carrol)
2013, C, 6-11, 210
Offers: South Carolina, Auburn, LaSalle, Southern Mississippi and Florida International University
Brimah is an extremely active and mobile post player. His defense is ahead of his offense at this stage of his game, but he impacts the game with his ability to rebound and block shots on the ball or coming to help from the weak side. Brimah covers the court with quickness and great effort. He is an exceptional finisher at the rim and does a good job getting his share of putbacks. He will have to continue to add strength and work on his post moves and footwork. Brimah would be a great redshirt candidate, but his effort and energy could earn him playing time.
B.J. Taylor (Orlando, Fla./Boone)
2014, PG, 6-2, 177
Offers: Virginia Tech, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida State, Cincinnati, Butler and Miami (Fla.)
Taylor is a smart and crafty point guard with a good basketball body and stellar playmaking abilities. He has a tight handle, very good court vision and is an excellent passer with either hand. He can make open shots behind the arc and get in the lane for his pull-up jumper. He is not super athletic, but strong and super efficient. Taylor get's the ball where it needs to go, using good burst of speed and change of direction dribbles. He can break pressure dribble through contact and make the right decision. Taylor also does a good job of setting up the offense, keeping the ball moving and communicating with teammates. You have to really like his feel and command of the game.
Reggie Rankin/ESPN.com UCLA, Baylor and Florida are three of the schools interested in play-making combo guard Haanif Cheatham.
Haanif Cheatham (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Pines Charter)
2015, PG/SG, 6-5, 175
Strong Interest: UCLA, Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, Murray State. South Florida and Miami (Fla.) have offered.
This smooth lefty is productive on and off the ball. He does a great job of passing on time and on target and he sees the floor well thanks to his basketball IQ and decision-making. Cheatham can get to the basket and finish with touch or hit open midrange shots when his feet are set. His versatility is his calling card. He will need to continue to hone his ball handling skills and handle pressure defense better but this young man has all the tools to help his team be successful.
Lance Tejada (Pompano Beach, Fla./Blanche Ely)
2014, PG, 6-0, 165
Offers: George Mason, Miami (Fla.), South Florida, Florida International University, Virginia. Strong Interest: Marquette, Virginia Tech and Tennessee
Tejada is a lead guard who plays with good pace and is an excellent passer especially when going to the basket. He can draw and kick or dish out of deep penetration situations. He does a good job of finding the open man when attacking at high speeds. Tejada can make open shots when his feet are sets but he seems at his best when he is in attacking mode, surveying the floor and making the right play.
Player to Watch
Jonathan Jean Laurent (Orlando/Freedom)
2015, SF/SG, 6-5, 175
Schools: Kansas State, South Carolina, Miami (FL), Central Florida and Florida
Jean Laurent is a terrific athlete with very good ball skills. He is long, athletic and attacks the rim in transition. In the half court, he displayed a smooth midrange pull-up and ability to slash in between defenders. He can rebound and lead the break. He will need to continue to work on his jumper in order to complete his offensive package. Jean Laurent is an active defender who will need to work on his on-ball defense but this versatile wing can make high-level plays. It is very easy to see that this kid’s game is under construction but coming together at a steady pace.
Glenn Feidanga (Gainesville, Fla./The Rock)
2013, PF, 6-8, 240
Feidanga is a competitive and productive power forward. He is strong and physical and will finish above the rim in traffic. He has a great motor that allows him to rebound in and out of his area and block shots. Feidanga can score with turn-around shots or can face up and straight-line drive from the low wing or along the baseline. Feidanga is tough and simply attacks opponents on both ends. He continues to improve at a steady rate.