2014 PG Tejada Likes Miami

2014 PG Tejada Likes Miami

Tito Benach
2014 Blanche Ely (Fla.) point guard Lance Tejada was a part of a tigers team that made it all the way to the national tournament last year including winning the state championship.

“Last season, we came into the season feeling that we weren’t being as respected as we felt we should be. We weren’t getting invited to all the big time events because we lost all five starters, but we proved a point. It made every thing fun.”

Despite the recent success he has had with the tigers, he is currently unsure about his future at the school.

“Right now, I’m not sure if I’m going back to Ely because our coach just got fired. The principal and him were going at it for a while. They’re trying to get his job back, but as of right now I’m not sure if I’m going back to Ely.”

The 6’1 170 pound guard is one of the top players in the nation and described his game type as a multi talented guard.

“I think I’m a true point guard, I can take over the game whether it take being more of a facilitator or a scorer. I can get into the lane and I’m a good passer; I can just change the tempo of the game. I’m just trying to improve my shot and keep it consistent.”

Tejada compares himself to a point guard that hurricane fans are very familiar with.

“Shane Larkin, thats what I get a lot of. We play hard and are very physical guards. He brings that defensive effort to the table and he is an all around leader.”

Tejada is one of top players in the nation and has multiple schools after him which includes Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Uconn, Texas A&M and USF.

“Yeah those have been the main schools in contact, Texas A&M has been my latest offer.”

The hometown hurricanes are a main school of interest for Tejada and he takes a liking to Head Coach Jim Larrañaga style.

“I like the way Coach L coaches; they’re comfortable under him. He doesn’t make his players feel like they have a rope on them and he lets them go after it. I like the way they send there point guard off a lot of screen and rolls with Shane (Larkin). I think I could fit in that system.”

Tejada took notice of the hurricanes run last season in the NCAA tournament and does admit their success does help.

“Yeah, especially that. You always want to be with a winning program. Anywhere you wanna go, you wanna have a chance at that title.”

The star point guard has also noticed how well Larkin has improved under Coach
Larrañaga and his potential in the NBA.

“That does, but I feel he worked hard for all of that success as well. I played against him my freshman year in the state finals. I feel like he earned all of that, but I just want to go to a school that fits my style of play and where I can get better.”

As far a decision, Tejada has no plans on reclassifying but does note he will not rush into any decision.

“No I’m not gonna reclassify. As of now, I’m not sure when I’m gonna make my decision. I want to take my visits and see all my options.”
 

Comments (8)

These next few years the state of florida has some great talent I hope we take full advantage of it.
 
Tejada was just moved into the bottom end of the ESPN Top 100 when they expanded yesterday, at #96. 247 has him at #132 in their latest. Rivals and Scout haven't updated recently, but he is #138 in Rivals and unranked 3-star on Scout. He's a good player with good offers, and I hope we can lock him down.
 
Very important to get these local kids and some Florida kids.

2014:

PG: Lance Tejada
SG: Adonys Henriquez (Committed)
SG: Dmitri Thompson (offer same school as Henriquez)
PF: Malik Price-Martin
 
Very important to get these local kids and some Florida kids.

2014:

PG: Lance Tejada
SG: Adonys Henriquez (Committed)
SG: Dmitri Thompson (offer same school as Henriquez)
PF: Malik Price-Martin
Just as a note, there are 8 players from Florida in the ESPN Top 100 (and 10 four-stars) - only 3 of whom are committed at this point. The remaining guys, all of whom we've been mentioned with, are:

PG: Tejada (#96)
SG: Brandone Francis (#34)
SF: Boubacar Moungoro (#99)
PF: Dante Buford (#56)
C: Dan Manzi (#93)

ESPN is not the be all to end all with rankings, but they are the newest - it is worth noting that they have MPM as a three-star unranked (they are the only one of the four major sites to not have him in the top 100), and Thompson dropped all the way down to a 2-star (he is three-star for Rivals and 247, which has him as top 150).

There is talent in Florida and talent we are involved with elsewhere as well. We need to get a good class that will be the baseline for 3 to 4 years of success, wherever they are from.
 
I'm a little surprised by how high he is ranked. He is a little small even at PG probably around 5'10-5'11. He has a little bit of an awkward show that takes some time to get off. He is also not the best athlete. Another knock on him now is he transferred from Miramar HS to go to Ely now Ely's coach get's fired and he's already talking about leaving.
 
I'm a little surprised by how high he is ranked. He is a little small even at PG probably around 5'10-5'11. He has a little bit of an awkward show that takes some time to get off. He is also not the best athlete. Another knock on him now is he transferred from Miramar HS to go to Ely now Ely's coach get's fired and he's already talking about leaving.
Has he grown at all? ESPN has him at 6'1", 175.
 
I'm a little surprised by how high he is ranked. He is a little small even at PG probably around 5'10-5'11. He has a little bit of an awkward show that takes some time to get off. He is also not the best athlete. Another knock on him now is he transferred from Miramar HS to go to Ely now Ely's coach get's fired and he's already talking about leaving.
He has been tearing up the AAU circuit recently
 
I'm a little surprised by how high he is ranked. He is a little small even at PG probably around 5'10-5'11. He has a little bit of an awkward show that takes some time to get off. He is also not the best athlete. Another knock on him now is he transferred from Miramar HS to go to Ely now Ely's coach get's fired and he's already talking about leaving.
Has he grown at all? ESPN has him at 6'1", 175.
I saw him play this past year a few times. There was no way he was 6'0 or taller. He very well could have grown in the past few months. Also if we do take him in this class let's hope there aren't any grade issues with him likely going to his 3rd school in 3 years.
 

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