#OTRHoopsCombine – Tantalizing Talents
MARIETTA, GA – Following up our highly successful OTR and SH Report Team Showcase a day earlier, we returned to NextPlay 360 a day later for an individual Combine, a chance for players to get one last day of drills and live play in before heading back to their travel programs to gear up for the July Live Periods.
I’ve broken it down by “Top Dawgs” (prior), “Tantalizing Talents” (below) and “Names To Know” still to come:
By Keith Agran
Terrell Reeves, 6-7, 2023, Forward, North Cobb >> Looking bigger from work in the weight room he threw some of that weight around at the offensive end with more assertiveness near the basket than we’ve seen from him in years past, a solid rim-protector for 2 years running now this whole NCHS team will be one to watch if their maturity going forward matches their play this spring.
Anthony Neil, 6-0, 2025, Guard, Rockdale County (pictured at top) >> More from the Rockdale program as guys have been tearing it up all over town the last 4 months, Neil was really impressive in the all-around sense as he got things done as a scorer with quickness and aggressiveness & as a passer with some heady finds both on the break and in the halfcourt, specifically early in drills he was a top defender and continued to be in pure lockdown mode all day.
Donovan Hand, 6-7, 2023, Forward, Speights Academy >> Great call going to Speights for another developmental year even after having a noticeably good first 3 months on the travel scene with GA Canes, if he can add a little more variety away from the basket to the explosion and agility closer in it should translate into more substantial looks.
Evan Daniel, 6-7, 2023, Forward, North Cobb >> Speaking of North Cobb guys to watch Daniel has always teased and has such flashes of brilliance he has remained a name to watch for sure, he like Reeves looks to have taken a step on the mental side and has always had the measurables to draw eyeballs and wows, chance this fall to really turn the tide and imprint his name on the recruiting scene.
Jake Whitaker, 6-5, 2024, Forward, Kennesaw Mountain >> On fumes he followed up a really good day Saturday with another one Sunday, banged up and worn out after going 100% the day before at our Team Showcase he still put in the max effort against some good and mobile bigs on hand and actually had a better day shooting it from distance on Day 2, was on my radar prior through his solid work with Wood Elite but has become firmly entrenched as a small forward with intriguing upside in the class.
Trevone Palmer, 6-3, 2024, Forward, Park Crossing (AL) >> Plays a whole lot bigger than his 6-foot-3 and most of that comes from how hard he goes at both ends, runs the floor really well again looking more like a guy 6-7 and is an instant bucket when he catches it in close, part of a really solid Auburn Raptors 16U bunch that included his Park Crossing and Raptors teammate KJ Graves who was on hand and played really well all day too.
Keith Agran has lived in Georgia since 2011 and joined OTR as a National Evaluator in 2021. He previously scouted for Prep Hoops dating back to 2019 and has both a championship-coaching background on the HS-level and daily newspaper writing experience, both from New Jersey. You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.