|Balsa Koprovicia, Bryan Saunders, Vernon Carey & Marquise Walker|
They were good last year, but this season, Team Florida has enough pieces and is constructed well enough to win the NYBL National Championship trophy. Halfway though the 2015 NYBL season, Team Florida stands 9-1 with a single loss to DC premier (47-42) in the opening session in Washington DC. In session II, despite being taken to the wire by a scrappy SWO Elite squad, Team Florida finished a perfect 5-0.
Team Florida is led by super prospect Balsa Koprovica (6’9/C/2019/FL) who dominated the competition at the NYBL’s session II in Richmond, VA. Over the course of the weekend Koprovica displayed an excellent skill set and the ability to score around the basket with a soft touch. Not only can he ring up the scoreboard, Koprovica is a rim protector as well as a high volume rebounder. If that wasn’t enough, Koprovica is an excellent passer who will make teams pay for double-teaming him. High major college ball is a no brainer, and a professional career is highly likely for the Florida big man.
Sharing to post duties with Koprovica is Vernon Carey (6’7/PF/2019/Ft. Lauderdale, FL), who represents another high major D-I prospect. This past weekend was the first time we really had an opportunity to watch and appreciate Carey, who already has great size for his position, is athletic and offensively skilled. He also runs the floor well and finishes at a high rate. According Coach Adrain Sosa, Carey is still very young and is not a grade exception. He was a NYBL All-Star last year and Byran Saunders’ (6’1/WF/2019/Fellsmere, FL) performance in session II has him on pace to get another all-star game nod. Saunders mans the wing for Team Florida and uses his football-equipped frame and elite handle to bully his way to the cup. Saunders is strong with the ball and can put up good numbers if required to do so.
Already one of the elite programs in the class of 2019, Jeremy Alters went out and upgraded the roster with Marquise Walker (5’10/PG/2019/Bowling Green, KY), arguably one of the top 5 floor generals in the class. His NYBL debut was as expected, productive. Walker is a problem in the backcourt and is near unstoppable from getting into the paint. His game is equipped with a jump shot and the 3 ball, but he makes his money beating defenders off the dribble and either driving for the score or the kick out pass to a teammate. Walker’s game is D-I caliber and should land him a high major gig in a few years. Until then, Walker was impressive and will quickly establish himself as one of the top 2 guards in the NYBL. Not only is team Florida loaded with D-I prospects, the team is well coached, disciplined, and they play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. If this team is not in the NYBL Championship Game in Columbus in June, we will be very surprised!