October 1, 2015 It was an eventful offseason for Lake Highland Prep point guard Jose Placer, which included stints with Nike Team Florida and the Puerto Rican 16U National Team. The Puerto Rican-born sophomore spent his spring playing on the…
October 1, 2015
It was an eventful offseason for Lake Highland Prep point guard Jose Placer, which included stints with Nike Team Florida and the Puerto Rican 16U National Team.
The Puerto Rican-born sophomore spent his spring playing on the grassroots circuit with Nike Team Florida, then he spent his June in Argentina, after he was invited to play with his native country’s national team.
“I was born there (Puerto Rico) and my family is all from over there, so they basically just called my dad and told him they wanted me to come try out for the team,” said Placer.
“I was starting point guard for the team so I ran the offense for them and just got my teammates involved. I was second leading scorer. And it definitely made me stronger, and more physical.”
With all the exposure he received this offseason, the 6-foot 2018 says he’s starting to receive some Division I interest.
“Over the month of July I got a little but of interest from East Tennessee State and Colgate, Denver University also,” said Placer. “And then I’m planning some unofficial visits to Villanova and Boston College to talk to their coaches.”
The talented point guard – PHF’s 29th-ranked 2018 – described his style of play.
“I definitely shoot the ball very well, you could say I’m a shoot first point guard in a way, but I like to facilitate at the same time — so I do both,” said Placer.
“I need to start dunking consistently, explosiveness off one foot is something I’d like to see improve.”
As he heads into his sophomore season, Placer says scoring and leadership will need to increase.
“I started last year as a freshman, but definitely this year my role is going to change a lot,” said Placer. “I’ll need to provide a lot more offense this year, especially losing our seniors from a year ago. I’ll need to be a leader and be more vocal, stuff like that.”