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#OTRHoopsReport: Sweet 16 Session II Wrap-up – May 4, 2017

Prospects emerge after a strong showing at the Sweet 16 Session II.

By: @Hypesouth_

Powder Springs, GA – It is a wrap for April’s evaluation period and college coaches have made note of their primary targets. Here are a couple of impressive prospects from session II that need to be stashed away and revisited during the July live period.

Before I get to the highly touted prospects, I’ll take a look at a couple of undervalued hoopsters that worked hard this weekend and deserve some ink. First is Q6’s Ronderick Perry. He is a patient point guard that is poised beyond his years. His box score stats will not wow you, but what he does for his team is golden. Perry is essentially a coach on the floor. He gets the team into its offense and finds teammates in their sweet spots. Most important, he does not turn the ball over. Lower-level programs looking for a heady point guard, Perry is one to consider. Team Speight’s Tyler White is an interesting player with a good offensive feel for the game. On day two, his aggressive approach and subtle confidence piqued my interest prompting me to show up early on day three to evaluate him again. The 6-foot-3 lefty guard picked up where he left off and finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Like Perry, I am convinced that White can be a valuable asset to a lower-level collegiate program. At 6-foot-4, Jarred Godfrey gives opposing guards trouble with his length. The long-armed point guard harasses opponents defensively out on the perimeter. I’ve had a chance to watch him for two weekends in a row at On the Radar’s Sweet 16 events and have come away sold on his defensive prowess. During the first session, he was impressive in neutralizing one of Georgia’s hottest prospects en route to lifting his team to a tournament championship. He also has some scoring ability, but colleges in need of a defensive stopper should check up on Godfrey.

Jaden Springer | B.Maze Elite, TN | 2020 Guard – One word explains this Charlotte (NC) hoopster, GAMER! This kid played at a very high level the entire weekend and opened some eyes in the process. He opened tournament play with a 32 point outburst. The 6-foot-5 combo guard plays both ends of the floor with the same effort and intensity. He has seemingly transitioned from a mid-major guy to a high-major prospect. Through five games he averaged 24.7-points, 3.4-rebounds, and 2.9-assists per game. The wide-eyed freshman is just tipping the iceberg in his game. He currently holds offers from New Mexico State and Stephen F. Austin.

Isaac Okoro | A.O.T., GA | 2019 Guard/Forward – Okoro was up to his usual tricks this past weekend. The 6-foot-5 wing made his presence felt on both ends of the court. Okoro is a prototypical slasher that utilizes his athleticism to his advantage. He plays well above the rim and showed the all-around ability to produce offensively and rebound at a high rate, but what stood out the most was his ability to defend bigger guys on the block. Although he is an average ball handler, Okoro needs to improve in this area moving forward. The sophomore from McEachern (GA) holds offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, and Tulane.

David Pierce | SEBA, FL |2018 Shooting Guard – Deadeye. Check. Marksman. Check. Sniper. Check. All of the aforementioned explain Pierce’s shooting ability. The 6-foot-2 off-guard can absolutely shoot the cover off of the ball. He has a textbook shooting form and technique that was beautiful to watch. He connected on a tournament leading 21 trifectas. The junior from Saint Petersburg (FL) is projected to be a mid-major player, but I truly believe that if he can perfect another dimension of his game, he will force high-majors to do a double take. Right now, Pierce holds offers from Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida, James Madison, Stetson, and Western Carolina.

Blake Preston | PSB Select, NC| 2018 Forward – Following this weekend, Preston committed to Liberty University giving them a much needed post presence. Preston showed he can stretch the floor off the pick and pop several times this weekend. His length inside allows him to grab rebounds and cash in on those easy points off the glass. Look for Preston to make a splash at Liberty University

Ikcaven Curry | Team NLP, TN | 2018 Forward – There was a little buzz going on all weekend about the high-ceiling of the Cleveland (TN) High School standout. With his athleticism and soft touch around the basket, Curry has the tools to become a star at the next level. On the flip side, the 6-foot-5 swingman needs to improve on his secondary creativity after the defense takes away his initial move. Overall, Curry was among the top wing players at the tournament and looks to be a high mid-major player at this juncture in his young career. Currently, he holds offers from ETSU, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama, and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

CJ Walker | E1T1, FL | 2019 Forward – Walker was one of the more versatile players this weekend. At 6-foot-8, he handled the ball, knocked down the 18-footer, and played with his back to the basket. The lanky forward from Orlando (FL) Christian Prep is clearly a HM D-1 prospect, but he is still a bit raw in some areas of his game and will need to continue in his development before moving on to the collegiate ranks. Georgia Tech, LSU, UCF, and Virginia Tech have all offered Walker.

CENTERS OF ATTENTION

TMP’s (SC) Jake Lanford is a throwback big-man that made his presence felt. The 6-foot-9 post player is rugged on the offensive interior. He was strong with the ball and showed nice touch around the rim. In addition, he proved to be a great rebounder and physical defender making opponents work for every basket they scored. At this point, Lanford holds offers from several mid-majors such as Cal-Poly, Mercer, North Florida, Winthrop, and Wofford to name a few. Babatunde Akingbola patrolled the defensive interior superbly. The 6-foot-9 forward from McEachern (GA) erased shot after shot this weekend as well as made the opposition uncomfortable driving to the basket. His length, energy, and effort will make it easy for high-majors to take a chance on him. Akingbola, “Stretch,” as he is called, has offers from Georgia Tech and Rutgers. Jason Jitoboh, 6-foot-10, is a project right now. However, since size is something that you cannot teach, high-majors have fell in love with his potential. The big-bodied sophomore clogs the paint and moves fairly decent laterally. Jitoboh is an above average rebounder and good shot blocker. On the offensive side of the ball, he showed steady improvement from day one to day three, but still needs to focus on polishing his skills. Auburn and Florida have already pulled the trigger and offered Team NLP’s (TN) young post player.

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