AAU Workout Visits – Redline Basketball Club 2026
ATLANTA METRO – A new format for my weekly AAU Workout Visits, as we dig deep on some of these rosters before, during, and after tournaments throughout the remainder of the travel season.
By: Keith Agran
Redline Basketball Club 2026
INTRO: Seeking a build from the ground-up approach with a hard focus on Forsyth County, Brian Burns together with southeast basketball staples Gordon & Jay Gibbons has these two Redline groups on an upward trajectory both on the travel scene as well as projecting their futures as these kids seek to impact the Forsyth HS landscape in the years to come. The 2027 group was working out as well, but we’re focusing in on the freshmen-to-be.
IMPRESSION-MAKERS: No one Forsyth school dominates the 2026 bunch, as it’s a mix of names you’ll be hearing from across a wide swath of the county. 6-6 South Forsyth forward Charlie Gersmehl appears the most likely to have a chance to be an impact freshman this fall as the highly regarded baseball player has the measurables and the movement to be a player to watch. As he gets stronger the package increases in intrigue as right now he’s a force in close for this age group but that matured strength and a consistent game from out to the arc inward will really tell the tale about his basketball prospects. With some of the top guards north of the perimeter coming back, Lambert could certainly use some athletic size, and 6-4 Will Dopfer has a skillset that fits what the Longhorns like to do, as he can get up and down the floor and finish with a flourish. The high motor and a little back-to-basket game at an early stage will be assets should Lambert look to add some young flavor to their fun up-tempo push game. Another South Forsyth product was the night’s standout both from a pure hustle standpoint to the advanced acumen he showed as a lead guard. Keep an eye out for Payne Smith for the War Eagles, he fits nicely in a mold similar to the now-departed Ethan Underwood, a scoring point who plays sound defense and makes solid decisions. A trio of East Forsyth kids may not be super impactful as freshmen but will be names to know in the Broncos system to come. Tyler Lesch, younger brother of 2022 West guard Caleb, has a chance to be really good, possessing a lot of what we saw with his older brother from a shooting standpoint with a hint more of athleticism and perimeter variety. Brennan Burns too is a really good-looking athlete who can play either guard spot and plays with a heady, refined style while also physical on the attack that is ahead of many of his peers, while Blake Bracco (younger brother of 2023 East star Bryce) may be a diminutive figure out there at the moment but has those signature Bracco instincts coming from a Coach’s son that will surely develop further as his body does as well. Max Walraven, a highly-touted 6-4 QB-prospect out of West Forsyth, wasn’t present at the workout, but is a name to know both on the hardwood as well as potentially as the starting QB this fall for the Wolverines.
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.