CFCA Fall League: Thursday Standouts

ORLANDO, FL – I made the stop over to Central Florida Christian last Thursday, October 6 to watch four fall league matchups.

Here is a look at the top performers I saw on the evening.

2023 6-9 F Sam Walters – Villages

The progression that Sam Walters has made is beyond impressive. The Alabama commit did pretty much anything he wanted to on both ends of the floor against Apopka. He’s filled out his thin frame with muscle and his mix of handles and attacking ability were both on full display. Walters knows he is the senior leader of this youthful Villages group and he is in full command.

—Two 2026 lengthy athletes that had bright moments were 6-6 forward Kymani Weathers and 6-7 forward Chris Washington. Weathers put together a couple of really nice finishes at the rim and his speed on the break is evident. Washington is a keened-eye shot blocker and he hit a few jump shots offensively. Both are freshmen that need to be monitored.

2023 6-2 G Jalen Escontrias – Evans

Jalen Escontrias was in the zone against Mount Dora Christian in the opening tilt. He simply couldn’t miss and he was playing with a lot of poise. Escontrias has a nice combination of speed and shooting ability that should push Evans all season long. He was connecting from deep at the top of the key with ease.

—2023 6-6 forward Micah Blackmon served his role as a strong presence down low and a tough-nosed defender. He plays well off of Escontrias and doesn’t shy away from pressure.

2023 6-2 G Jizzle James – Olympia

Fresh off of his commitment to Cincinnati earlier last week, Jizzle James did his thing against Lake Minneola. He is so difficult to stop when he goes downhill due to his strength and pure speed. James connected from the mid-range and deep multiple times in this one as well. He’s been putting in the work and it is quite evident.

—2023 6-5 forward Kevins Charles is an intriguing prospect with very good leaping ability and smarts around the basket. He made some hard-nosed finishes at the rim.

2023 6-3 G Jaiydn Breville – Central Florida Christian

Perhaps the most gifted athlete point blank in the gym was Jaidyn Breville. He was scoring at the rim, pushing the ball in transition on his own and coming up with some highlight reels chase down blocks. Breville opened my eyes and certainly is someone colleges need to get after right now.

—2023 6-5 guard Ty Gustafson transferred in from East Ridge and immediately has given his new squad a locked-in deep ball shooter.

2023 6-2 G Dylan Diaz – Lake Minneola

Lake Minneola has pieces to make a deep run in Class 6A. Dylan Diaz has made tremendous strides since I’ve last seen him. He netted 13 points early on against Olympia as his side came out with a major lead. Diaz is super underrated and his handles, sneaky athleticness and all-around scoring ability will make a college program look smart.

—2023 guard 6-3 Ayden Nadler (video above) played a smart game next to Diaz and also took over when Diaz got a breather on the bench. The Windermere Prep transfer is a gifted shooter and he is playing confidently right now as a scorer.

2024 6-0 G Devin Leath – Apopka

The mid-range jumper for Devin Leath was working all game long against Villages. He is bursty and can create his own shot or hit off of quick feeds. Leath will most certainly be the top-scoring threat for this Apopka unit this season.

—2024 6-6 forward Carter Hankerson is another name to watch for Apopka. He is a big body who is a fiery rebounder and a guy who commands a lot of attention from opposing defenses.

2023 6-3 G Kycen Pruett – Mount Dora Christian

Coming in from Windermere Prep, Kycen Pruett certainly has the green light at his new stomping ground. He saw a lot of volume as a shooter in a loss to Evans, but he kept on working and tried to bring his team back. Pruett plays with a lot of confidence.

2026 6-10 F Sinan Huan – Windermere Prep

The fundamentals are in place for Sinan Huan. A legitimate 6-10 freshman, he gets in good spots around the basket on both ends of the court. His rebounding ability is already in place and you can see in the video below that his effort level is high. Huan is a 2026 prospect who could truly develop.

—2023 6-5 G Chandler Watts is a grinder. His strength and athleticness are fun to watch and defensively he works super hard. 2026 6-4 G Brandon Bass Jr. had some crafty buckets in the opening half and I can see why both Stetson and Wichita State extended offers this early. He has a chance.

Jake Perper has covered sports as a writer since 2010 and a basketball scout since 2015. He was the Southeast Scouting Director for the Prep Hoops Circuit and the lead scout for Prep Hoops’ Florida site for seven years. You can follow him on Twitter @thehoopvibe.