5 Impressive Out-of-State Guys – Spring/Summer
ATLANTA, GA – An incredible spring and summer travel season has come and gone, and through the doors of OTR events and other tournaments walked many players from the Southeast Region and beyond who impressed.
Here are 5 guys that stuck with me as players begin to turn their attention to their HS seasons.
By: Keith Agran
Amari Allen | 6-7 | SG | BMaze Elite | 2025
While I didn’t catch Allen until July’s Tipoff Classic here at Suwanee BMaze had been through our OTR doors several times with an abundance of talented guys, playing up with the 16’s was no problem whatsoever for this talent as he was fluid and explosive and filled with offensive moxie, at either end it appeared there wasn’t much he couldn’t do even as a sophomore, now off to IMG from TN where his profile will raise for sure with more eyeballs but this was a high major talent even had he stayed in the Volunteer State, already boasts offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Georgetown among many.
This spring’s 16U Game Elite team was as good as any we saw through our season and we had 3SSB and EYBL teams in from states in the Midwest, Southwest and West Coast, Hunstville AL’s Holt was like Allen playing up not one grade but two, it amounted to little dropoff for this absurdly talented athlete as he guarded 1 thru 4 and added to his high-flying antics with some impressive below the rim deep shooting and clever driving, another monster high D1 as SEC schools Alabama, Auburn and Georgia among others jumped in with early offers in the spring.
A physical brand on inside-out guard play has become the staple of Branch’s consistent production, playing on a deep Pro Holmes roster out of FL he seemingly always stood out for some aspect of how he was contributing to the game, can be a big point guard for you or play a wing where he can be a specific launcher from distance or go in closer and willingly mix it up through contact, among those showing serious interest include Winthrop, Chattanooga and NC A&T among others.
Asa Newell | 6-9 | PF | 1Family | 2024 (pictured above)
Joining a Montverde Academy roster that is monumentally stacked won’t take anything away from the talents this Destin FL product will bring to the table, LSU, Seton Hall and Florida St are recent offers which gives you an idea of where his recruitment has gone since March, brutal mismatch issues with his face-up shooting and agility around and to the basket, a catch in close is a deuce and the quickness and variety using the bounce can be lethal, will be watching a lot of him on ESPN in 2 years.
So much fun and so impressive was the entirety of the Showtime Ballers org as they were regular and loyal participants with OTR, seeing them in so many different environments against such a wide variety of competition nationwide was how and why Mubiru stood out, a physical beast playing the 2 but more than stout enough to play an undersized 3 he showed off vertical feats as well as shooting range and power in the drive-game, St John’s has wisely jumped in late summer and high-profile Florida schools in particular would be downright negligent to not throw their hat in as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.
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