Breakout Utility Players at On the Radar’s Elite 32
Marietta, GA – On the Radar hosted the first of 2 NCAA Live Periods in July, Elite 32, from July 6-9th across multiple locations with over 150+ teams featuring age groups from 14-17U. Lots of new and old players made impressions on our staff as well as college coaches on the sidelines. Feature stories for Elite 32 will feature breakout posts, facilitators, scorers, shooters, and utility players.
By: Jennifer Brazelton
2024 | Julien Barnett | Pressure Elite
The 6’5″ wing may have been one of the more impressive players I saw this weekend. Barnett can score it in a variety of ways from scoring in transition, dunks off put-backs, hitting the 3 from outside; Barnett truly has a complete game with sneaky athleticism. Barnett has great decision making skills and can time blocks and rebounds well. This combo guard should see a significant uptick in his recruitment after a stellar weekend at On the Radar’s Elite 32.
— Julien Barnett (@julienbarnett12) July 7, 2023
2024 | Roc Lee | Showtime Ballers
It’s hard not to be impressed each time Roc Lee steps on the court. Lee has an ability to take over a game on the attack and can score going right into his opponents inside. Lee has incredible athleticism and can get high above the rim, as well as step outside and knock down jumpers at the 3-point line or at the mid-range. Lee is a quick and strong guard and makes it difficult for his opponents to take him 1-on-1. Lee has a very versatile game and will be well suited to make an immediate impact at the next level.
— On the Radar Hoops Events (@OTRHoops) July 9, 2023
2024 | Sam Maynard | Georgia Legacy
Sam Maynard’s confidence has sky rocketed early this spring and his game is only getting better. Maynard is a versatile player that can perform well at a wing spot or inside, and with his ability to read the game, is in the right spots at the right time. Maynard is a workhorse on both ends with a high motor and is rewarded with his constant engagement in plays on both ends. Maynard has gotten better attacking inside as well as extending the court with his outside jumper. Maynard is poised for a big senior season and should gain more interest heading into his high school season.
— On the Radar Hoops Events (@OTRHoops) July 6, 2023
2024 | Mekhi Turner | Wood Elite South
Mekhi Turner continues to turn heads every weekend he steps on the court. Mekhi is a true 6’9″ big with a very high ceiling. Turner is an asset on both ends of the court and with his uber athleticism, is able to turn heads with creative and big time plays. Turner is patient with the ball offensively and waits for the defense to make their initial move before scoring on them from the outside or making a quick move to the basket inside. Turner’s leaping ability is next level and is constantly dunking or blocking his opponents inside. Turner made a lot of noise on the baseline and more coaches are keeping tabs on his continued progress. Turner holds D1 offers from Jackson State and Kennesaw State.
2024 Mekhi Turner (@mekhi2_) has been a stock riser all Spring/Summer. Impactful on Glass/Defensive end and has continued to add pieces to his offensive repertoire
📌@WoodEliteSkillz @OntheRadarHoops @FUH3Athletix https://t.co/VbAf1DMQ6p pic.twitter.com/aoH0US0oMf
— Dr. Kris Watkins (@DrKrisWatkins) July 9, 2023
2025 | Aiden Weaver | Wood Elite
Aiden Weaver is a hidden gem in Georgia and has an incredibly high ceiling for only a rising senior. Weaver took over games in June for Etowah and that domination has only continued for the early part of July. Aiden is a double-double machine, scoring it from just about everywhere on the court and is one of the better rebounders in his class with his vertical. Aiden is a quick defender, constantly getting deflections and steals, and with his high motor and can get down the court and score in transition with limited dribbles. Aiden will be highly sought out the next few years from D1 college coaches.
2025 @aiden_weaver9 is ready to take his place in the spotlight. Athletic slasher who is explosive in transition. Can guard multiple positions @OntheRadarHoops @FUH3Athletix @coachjdasinger @EtowahHoops @WoodEliteSkillz pic.twitter.com/WIU7myJkrx
— Dr. Kris Watkins (@DrKrisWatkins) April 29, 2023
After serving on college coaching staffs and working at several universities in the Southeast, Jennifer Brazelton joined On the Radar Hoops as a National Evaluator in April 2022. She has been involved in the Georgia basketball community since 2015 and can be reached at JenniferRBrazelton@gmail.com or on Twitter @jenbrazeIton.
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