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UA Hard in the Paint - Friday Can't Miss Guys Pt 1

  ATLANTA, GA – Back to Maynard Jackson HS we went for this year’s iteration of the UA Hard in the Paint Give Back Classic, sponsored by The Sports For Champions and Atlanta Xpress. Friday’s action had quite a few terrific performances, in Part 1 of 2 we highlight some here: By: Keith Agran Malachi Harris | 6-2 | PG | Kipp Atlanta Collegiate | 2023 Physical downhill guard has always impressed with his fire and effort, can run a team or be and effective scorer off the wing with good range......

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#OTRHoopsReport - Holiday Hoopsgiving RECAP - November 28, 2022

SNELLVILLE, Georgia, – The Holiday Hoopsgiving kicked off last weekend with many of the top teams in the lineup. Our OTR staff got a firsthand look at the matchups and the prospects in the two day showcase format. Here is our offering of the top prospects from day one of the event. By: Jonathan Hemingway (@JL_Hemingway) Randy Latham – Langston Hughes – 2023 Latham’s third quarter fueled a Langston Hughes win over Meadowcreek. The 6-foot-2 guard came out of the locker room from halftime and led his team to a 20 (+)......

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Jared Cook Classic - Monday Impression-Makers

SUWANEE, GA – The annual Jared Cook Classic at North Gwinnett, held over 3 days, brought together another jam-packed field of talented clubs. Got a chance to take in Monday’s action, here were some Impression-Makers: By: Keith Agran Jacob Wilkins | 6-9 | SF | Parkview | 2025 After a strong outing in our OTR Tipoff Classic 2 days earlier back was Wilkins showing off some of the emerging brilliance in his game, certainly the dunks and activity around the basket harken back to his famous dad Dominique but more than that......

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"Deft Handle" - Road-Wise Roundup Pt 1

ATLANTA, GA – Following the opening weekend DT Invitational at Berkmar Nov. 12, hit the road for a variety of stops between then and Thanksgiving weekend. Here are some roundup thoughts from the treks, broken into 2 parts as it’s technically 2 weeks worth of action: By: Keith Agran CHEROKEE 62, RIVER RIDGE 58 (11/17/22) THE SKINNY: Entertaining Cherokee County non-region head-to-head as the visiting Warriors went into RRHS without 2023 starters Tay Owens and Dastin Hart and gutted one out. CHEROKEE NOTES: 2023 guard Cam Pope asserted himself in the absence......

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OTR Tipoff Classic - Unsung Guys Pt 2

NORCROSS, GA – Part 2 of some “Unsung” Guys from the OTR Tipoff Classic By: Keith Agran Boogie Morgan | 6-0 | PG | Lanier | 2024 The move of CJ Hyland to Grayson certainly put the ball in the hands of Morgan more and he’s always had gifts as a distributor and floor general, the scoring aspect of his overall contribution will be fascinating to watch as forwards Jayce Nathaniel and Osmar Garcia may do the lion’s share of bucket-getting night to night but Morgan more than his the ability to......

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OTR Tipoff Classic - Unsung Guys Pt 1

NORCROSS, GA – Back at it was OTR and its crew for the annual OTR Tipoff Classic at Norcross HS, and the slate of 6 games produced some top performances. First with Part 1 of 2, Let’s dive a little deeper at guys who did the little things or emerged as key “Unsung” producers toward a successful season for their clubs. By: Keith Agran Mier Panoam | 6-3 | CG | Norcross | 2023 Far from just a “role” guy Panoam affects the game in so many ways, can be your primary......

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Atlanta-Metro Programs to Watch in 3A & 2A

By: Keith Agran 3A A plethora of talent is back for SANDY CREEK, a program many have argued has underachieved the last few seasons, despite a finals appearance in ’20-21, and if you’re only metric is deep playoff runs and/or titles, I find the argument to be a bit harsh and incomplete. Consistently playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, and it jam-packed with non-region opponents in higher classifications, the Pats don’t shy away from high-level competition and have become a staple of superb defensive play and small school fight......

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4A Preview - Quick Capsule Look

By: Keith Agran A capsule look at 4A: TOP 4 CONTENDERS (ALPHABETICALLY): Baldwin, McDonough, Pace Academy, Westover NEXT 4: Lovett, Fayette County, Miller Grove, Westside-Macon SUMMARY BALDWIN has a mix of notable losses but also some steady returnees for a program that has a 4A title and Sweet 16 appearance under its belt over the last 2 seasons. Christian Baldwin’s move to prep school in Ohio hurts the most, but senior guards Rudolph Satcher and Isaiah Dennis are back to stabilize the backcourt while the Braves surely find new faces to fill key......

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5A Boys Basketball Preview - The Who and the What

By: Keith Agran A capsule look at 5A: TOP 4 CONTENDERS (ALPHABETICALLY): Eagle’s Landing, Hiram, Kell, Tri-Cities NEXT 4: Dutchtown, Mays, Tucker, Statesboro LURKING: Centennial, Chapel Hill, Creekside, Greenbrier, Lithonia, Maynard Jackson Eagle’s Landing (27-4 last year, lost to Tri-Cities in Final) KEY LOSSES: G AJ Barnes, G Jordan Fordyce, F Fabian Desilva Having won it all in ’20-21 over Tri-Cities only to have the Bulldogs take it back last year, the feeling down on the south side still has to be one of confidence with the kind of players who are back for......

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6A Boys Basketball Preview - The Who and the What

By: Keith Agran A capsule look at 6A: TOP 4 CONTENDERS (ALPHABETICALLY): Alexander, Grovetown, Jonesboro, Langston Hughes NEXT 4: Etowah, Lanier, St Pius, Marist LURKING: Alpharetta, Evans, Habersham Central, Paulding County, Sequoyah, Woodward Academy Alexander (24-5 last year, lost to Grovetown in Sweet 16) KEY LOSSES: G Zion Fruster, F Jah’Kim Payne, G Joffrey Nunnally, F Sean Ivory Losing the above four plus two other notable backcourt contributors would seem a tall hill to climb back to another 20+ win season, but ALX has proven itself to be more “reload” than rebuild in recent......

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