Florida Hot for Hoops

Florida has been a fish farm for the NFL’s future stars for decades. In fact, the University of Miami boasts the most alumni in the NFL. Beautiful, tropical weather nearly all year round is a luxury. These days, there’s also a magnificent scene unfolding indoors on the basketball hardwood. If you were to look at a chart right now, the line for basketball successes would show a progression upward approaching the line for football. Recently the Sunshine State has been heating up in hoops, from high school to the pros. In the past two years, the Miami Heat won the 2006 NBA championship and the Florida Gators won back-to-back titles (’06 and ‘07). Credit goes to savvy management (e.g. Heat president Pat Riley drafting Dwyane Wade) and efficient recruiting (e.g. UF coach Billy Donovan snatching up Florida’s best homegrown talent). On the amateur level, several local blue-chippers, such as Kenny Boynton (Florida bound) and Brandon Knight (class of 2010), have made the Rivals.com top 25 leaderboard, which ranks the best college recruits in the nation. AAU traveling teams in the state have gotten more competitive (e.g. Team Breakdown). Also world-class sports training facilities (e.g. IMG Academies) and an influx of independent boarding schools have been able to house international imports (e.g. last year Montverde Academy’s basketball team featured eight foreigners on a roster of 12). If you did some history research, Florida has produced some future NBA stars (e.g. Vince Carter and Eddie Jones), but the state is now a hotbed for basketball.

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