20 Underclass Guys Making Interesting Noise to Track – Pt 1

By: Keith Agran

Jaden Mattison | G | Dacula | 2024

DESCRIPTION: Shooter, slasher, combo guard

ASSESSMENT: Just emerging now as a junior, confidence abound, big travel season ahead.

James Raymond | F | Sprayberry | 2025

DESCRIPTION: Glass-eater, sleek interior scorer, plays bigger

ASSESSMENT: Some of the best hands I saw all year, a killer around the basket at both ends, set to open eyes.

KJ Garris | G | Centennial | 2025

DESCRIPTION: Scorer extraordinaire, powerful frame at the 2-spot

ASSESSMENT: Has the knack for knowing how to score and the IQ power to use it, sees the game, star power already.

Gabe Alterman | G | Mt Vernon | 2026

DESCRIPTION: Floor leader, heady, fearless

ASSESSMENT: Impressive freshman, like his 2022 brother Quentin can handle the rock, distribute and score from any level, recently handed reins for power program.

Derwin Hodge | F | Wesleyan | 2025

DESCRIPTION: Shot-eraser, nimble around the basket, jump shot on the come

ASSESSMENT: Productive and often fascinating sophomore season leads into a spring and summer filled with intrigue for this stretch-4 type.

Marcus Gillespie | G | Clarke Central | 2025 (pictured at top)

DESCRIPTION: Absolute do-it-all type, volume scorer in the classic sense

ASSESSMENT: Top 5 in the class after a fantastic season, has high major D1 traits all over the floor that not a lot of folks have seen.

Brent Williams | F | Loganville | 2026

DESCRIPTION: Bullish interior scorer, relentless on glass, good passer

ASSESSMENT: Just getting to know this frosh out of Walton County, will make waves this travel season with size and burgeoning ability.

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 also spent 3 years as a sports writer at two newspapers in New Jersey. After a championship-coaching background on the HS-level also in NJ, he accepted the Girl’s Basketball Head Coaching position in May 2022 at Mt Bethel Christian Academy and now balances scouting and coaching still with a keen eye on talent around the region. You can reach him at keithagran1@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.