2024 Six-Footers Making an Impression Heading to Spring
ATLANTA, GA – We took a look at some 2024 big guys who might be set for big breakouts this coming travel season, as exposure picks up and potential marquee head-to-head matchups intrigue coaches and scouts.
Here we’re going to grab eight 2024 guys who come in around the 6-foot height mark and illustrate how they can improve on the impression they’ve already made and perhaps vault themselves further up the recruitment ladder.
By: Keith Agran
CJ Hyland | 5-11 | PG | Grayson
Has battled back from a shoulder injury which sidelined for a good portion of the middle of the Rams schedule, but each night his health improves and he’s returning to the kind of sharpness that he showed early in the season after the transfer from Lanier, has taken a step offensively on a talented roster to show he can carry a team if needed in key situations, the lightning quickness with the ball is the first eye-popper.
Great start to the season for CJ Hyland (2024). Making plays for others while scoring it at a solid clip. His decision making has been even louder than his scoring@CJHyland11 @graysonhoops @CoachGP20 @JCook87Classic @Relentless_Hoop #SUVtv #ABACE #JaredCookClassic pic.twitter.com/iANpoCR2rb
— SUVtv (@SUVtv) November 25, 2022
Jakorri Arnold | 6-1 | CG | Salem
No longer running with fellow 2024 Clark Mastin but as usual Salem is packed with swift movers, with Promise Elite Arnold had an exciting spring and summer showing off the kind of athletic ability that you cannot ignore, with the hops and defensive prowess always looks to be playing bigger than his 6- foot-1, super ace defending sets him apart from a lot of guys in the class, great first step either as a driver or handling the ball for you adding to his versatile profile.
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— #datwurk (@datwurk_LLC) January 23, 2023
Cassius Watkins | 6-0 | CG | Maynard Jackson
Had I put together an All-Breakout team from last summer’s action Watkins surely would have been on it after dazzling with consistently strong performances for the GA Canes all throughout the travel campaign, hasn’t missed much of a beat for the Jags either as he and 2025 riser Yusef Bowyer comprise one of the more exciting backcourt tandems in the ATL-Metro, absolute bunches scorer combining slick ballhandling and a real nose for the ball as a defender, full package in a 6-footer.
We had a really good PG matchup in Round 1 at the 2024 Select 80. Cassius Watkins clearly wanted to prove himself and did just that, creating nonstop offense for Team 2 in their victory. Quick off the bounce, can score or distribute.@_cassiuswatkins @__jbowyer pic.twitter.com/BoQAVMIXy6
— Relentless Hoops (@Relentless_Hoop) September 25, 2022
Kymel Williams | 6-1 | PG | Athens Academy (pictured at top)
Not hard to make an argument he’s the most naturally gifted 6-footer outside the ATL-Metro, like Watkins above had so many exciting moments for Team Dickerson last spring and summer as the name quickly began circulating in the right circles, eye-popping natural athletic ability combines nicely with a good basketball acumen and multi-level scoring chops all of which are sure to take another step in this critical spring ahead.
— JMixtape Productions LLC (@jmixtape__) March 20, 2022
Luke Flynn | 6-1 | PG | Walton
The consistency of production despite constant pressure and double teams from opposing teams stand out as Flynn has carried a good Walton team this winter, with the ATL Timberwolves he was equally effective and had the kind of summer that resembled the move Etowah and Atlanta All-Stars 2023 guard Brandon Rechsteiner took prior to his senior season, it’s all there to play bits of either guard spot in college but as a scoring PG he can really develop into a terrific 4-year guy at the next level.
Luke Flynn is a complete point guard that can run the team, make plays off the dribble for himself or teammates and shots as needed.
— Shun Williams (@OntheRadarHoops) August 1, 2022
O’Brien Watkins | 6-1 | PG | Carrollton
First appeared on our radar at the 2021 fall version of our OTR Breakout camp along with the likes of Kell’s CJ Brown and many others currently starring around the state, he was noticeable then and has after a productive travel season with Team Forrest emerged on the other side into his junior campaign as a real climber to watch, explosive with the ball pushing pace but also a cerebral floor leader and passer, powerful lower half gets him off the deck on the rim attack and the defense is first rate.
In a duel w/ GA Legacy, ‘24 O’Brien Watkins (@obwatkinss) made his presence felt from tip-off. Secured the W for Team Forrest. He relentlessly attacked the defense by going down hill, finding shooters & forcing fouls. Watkins displayed complete game control. All-around lead guard pic.twitter.com/At28tlcnHe
— Bilal R. Benjamin (@1stloveb) April 30, 2022
Khalil Green | 6-1 | PG | Stratford Academy
Playing last summer with Kymel Williams in the same Team Dickerson backcourt was at times downright unfair but it sure made for some fun basketball, Green checks the boxes of the modern-day 6-foot PG who has all the savvy in the world as a game controller but all the burst in the world to use it for his own offense, were he part of a power program here in the ATL his name would be spoken a heck of a lot more often among the best true points in the class and another sterling spring and summer if that Dickerson group returns intact will have his phone busy for sure.
— jade👩🏽💻 (@unreportedbyj) December 30, 2022
Jaylen Colon | 6-1 | SG | Kell
Have enjoyed watching him the last 2 years develop from a young riser with a ton of talent into the more complete junior he’s become on a team with a lot of options, the deep shooting was his early calling card and it extended to ranges far beyond the average bomber, now you see him handling the ball more with confidence to add to his ability to stretch you from the wing, gotten physically stronger as well he has a great basketball mind and with a lot of these Longhorns coming back in ’23-24 he can parlay a big travel season into a special winter as well.
— Exposure University (@exposureu1) December 26, 2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.
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