Jean Prophete, Summit Christian: Post All-Area small school boys basketball player of the year
Friday, March 26, 2010
by Jason Lieser
Jean Prophete (right) and Jacoby Brissett. (Photo by Ray Graham / The Palm Beach Post
Jean Prophete's measurements and methods make him an anomaly in high school basketball.
He uses his 6-foot-4, 260-pound bulk to facilitate his old-school approach to scoring, yet he is surprisingly quick. He can muscle his way into the post and loft hook shots with ease, but also has the ability to drift out and hit fade-aways from 15 feet.
In his junior season at Summit Christian, Prophete averaged 15.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He also was one of the area's most efficient offensive players, thanks to his stunning 58 percent shooting from the field.
"There's not a lot of Jeans out there," Saints coach Murray Smith said.
Prophete posted impressive numbers despite limited playing time. Smith said he rested his star for the second half of 10 to 12 games this season and believes Prophete could have led the area in scoring if he had played more.
Prophete also adapted to the emergence of teammates Brice Jenkins and Farad Cobb as major scoring threats and gladly allowed them to take on some of the offensive load.
"I don't think the stats mean anything," Prophete said. "I have kids on my team that can score that I dish the ball out to. As long as we're winning, I don't care."
The Saints did plenty of that this season. They went 27-4, had a winning streak of 20 in a row and reached the state final four for the second consecutive year.
The season ended with a disappointing loss to Jacksonville-Arlington Country Day in the state semifinals, but that loss already is driving Prophete as he turns his attention to his senior year.
"That's my motivation," he said. "My main goal is to get that ring."
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Joe Dawson, Grandview Prep
Despite a young team, took the Pride to fourth straight final four. Summit Christian's Murray Smith and Cardinal Newman's Brian Mullican also were strong candidates.
Guard: Vic Adams, Cardinal Newman, Jr.
An instrumental part of the Crusaders' 12-win improvement, averaged 19.3 points per game and hit 56 three-pointers.
Guard: Demetris Allen, Clewiston, Sr.
Led the Tigers with 20.2 points and chipped in 4.2 rebounds and three steals per game.
Guard/forward: Brice Jenkins, Summit Christian, Sr.
One of the area's most versatile players, averaged 14.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shot 52 percent from the field.
Forward: Clive Walford, Glades Central, Sr.
A chiseled post player who averaged 13.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4.5 blocks. Signed a football scholarship with Miami.
Center: Ismaila Dauda, Grandview Prep, Jr.
Dominant presence at 6-foot-9. Averaged 19.7 points, 15.6 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. Committed to Miami.
G: Colin Gates, Sr., Grandview Prep
G: Farad Cobb, So., Summit Christian
G: Brandon Ganesh, Sr., American Heritage F: Troy Lieb, Sr., Pope John Paul II
F: Kalvin Cline, Fr., American Heritage
Guards: Damian Bivens, Summit Christian; Antwon Chisholm, Glades Central; Gary Gladden, St. Andrew's; Isaac Guillaume, Dreyfoos; Michael Kaufman, Berean Christian; John Lantz, Berean Christian; Jake Lockhart, St. Andrew's; Mike Nestler, Benjamin; Daniel Paez, Wellington Christian; Eric Peterson, Grandview Prep; Tanner Redish, Glades Day; Jared Richardson, Jupiter Christian; Brett Rosenthal, Benjamin; Juan Smith, Village Academy; Kyle Yong, Summit Christian.
Forwards: Kedric Bostic, Jupiter Christian; Brian Fiedler, Inlet Grove; Dylan Haskell, Trinity Christian; David Jones, Trinity Christian; Ray Jones, Jupiter Christian; Jason Kolar, King's Academy; Alix Moise, Berean Christian; Jamarian Phillips, Glades Central; Alex Roberts, Community Christian; Erik Sanders, St. Andrew's.