Prospect Evaluation


UA Hard in the Paint Give Back Classic - Can't Miss Guys Pt 1

ATLANTA, GA – Atlanta Xpress and Maynard Jackson HS hosted two days of hoops over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and OTR was in the house for the first blocks of Day 2. Generally smaller, lesser-known programs populate those early time slots, but there were plenty of guys who shined, here are 8 from the first 3 games alone: By: Keith Agran Keondre Jones | 6-2 | CG | Therrell | 2022 Was all over the place at both ends in giving Hapeville Charter all they could handle after the Hornets finally got......

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Holiday Hoopsgiving - Day 1 Standouts Pt 1

SNELLVILLE, GA – One of the country’s premier annual Thanksgiving holiday tournaments went off once again in Atlanta, and this time Holiday Hoospgiving was hosted by Shiloh HS in two gyms, and we were on site for Day 1 action predominantly in Gym 2. Here is Part 1 with my first 5 standouts from some excellent day-long action: By: Keith Agran Bryson Ogletree | 6-4 | SG | 2022 | Mundy’s Mill This Mundy’s Mill group was athletic and fun even at 10:30 in the morning, as they got up and down......

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Sage Speaks - Observations and Nuggets 11/29

CUMMING, GA – In a holiday week full of tournaments, “Sage Speaks” will cover two small Thanksgiving events from Woodstock and North Forsyth, as we braved the holiday traffic to get two locations in one day. We’ve covered Jared Cook, and we’ll do Holiday Hoospgiving and UA Hard in the Paint separately as well to come. Here are some notes below from my “2-for” on Tuesday: By: Keith Agran Centennial vs Pope (11/23/21, Wolverine Classic at Woodstock) WHAT HAPPENED: Centennial W 59-23 – A seriously perplexing afternoon final despite the stellar defense Centennial......

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Jared Cook Classic - Day 2 Roundup

SUWANEE, GA – The 3-day hoop fest that is the Jared Cook Classic was held once again at North Gwinnett HS last week, and OTR was in the house for Day 2’s matchups. Some impressions: By: Keith Agran Langston Hughes vs Lambert RESULT: Lambert W 64-59 GAME NOTES: New Longhorn Head Coach Clay Wages has picked right up where Scott Bracco now of East Forsyth left off, as this group is organized and well-drilled in both the fundamentals and execution. Against what is traditionally one of the better defensive programs in the......

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Sage Speaks – Observations and Nuggets 11/22

CUMMING, GA – From Woodstock to Alpharetta to Sugar Hill, let’s look back on the 3 regular season contests I dropped in on this past week, as we’ll cover Saturday’s OTR Tipoff Classic from Norcross HS in 2 separate pieces in the coming days. By: Keith Agran River Ridge at Etowah (11/16/21) WHAT HAPPENED: Etowah W 67-42 – Playing without senior guard Grant Portera (food poisoning) and unable to get 6-11 senior center Braden Pierce enough quality touches, River Ridge just didn’t have enough overall firepower to stay with an Etowah team quickly establishing......

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Faces of the Future Middle School Showcase: Round-Up

TAVARES, FL – The folks at Florida AAU giant E1T1 put on their annual Faces of the Future Middle School Showcase this past Saturday at The Big House just north of Orlando, and the talent and performances from the young Florida prospects on hand were highly impressive. Having traveled the country quite a bit this year on both the middle school and high school grassroots scene, the youngsters on hand in Tavares were as good or better than anything I saw in 2021 for the 14U and under set. Some Superlatives, as......

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OTR’s Player Watchlist – Part 3

Atlanta, Ga – As opening night closes in this evening, we’ve been taking a look at 15 players to watch and breaking down what makes them special. We’ve gotten through the first 10, we finish our list with the final 5 today (in no particular order). David Thomas | 6-2 | PG | Eagle’s Landing | 2023 Has been a fast-rising prospect for 2 years now, vaulting through Camps and Showcases and often playing up and starring on the grassroots scene. Surrounded by seasoned and talented veterans with the Eagles he can be......

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OTR Top 15 - #'s 10 to 6

OTR Top 15 – #’s 10 to 6

10. NORCROSS LAST YEAR: 21-8 (2nd in Region 7-7A, lost 38-37 to North Gwinnett in 7A Sweet 16) TOP RETURNEES: London Johnson (6-4, JR. G), Jerry Deng (6-7, SR F), Mier Panoam (6-3, Jr, G), Samarion Bond (6-4, Jr. G), Hezekiah Flagg (6-3, SR, G), Aiden Sherrell (6-8, SO, F) SUMMARY: The transfer loss to Donda Academy in CA of top 10 nationally-ranked 2024 forward Jahki Howard doesn’t quite feel like Scoot Henderson leaving Kell, but it’s a significant blow to a team that with him despite their youth had legit components......

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OTR's Player Watchlist - Part 1

Atlanta, Ga – As the opening weekend of action approaches, we’re taking a look at 15 players to watch and breaking down what makes them special. We start with 5 today, and will do 5 a day into Friday before the evening tipoffs (in no particular order). Stephon Castle | 6-6 | PG | Newton | 2023 With such size at the 1-spot it’s easy to be enamored with Castle’s measurables right out of the gate, but when you sit down and observe how he handles the ball and dissects defenses it......

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OTR Top 15 - #'s 15 to 11

Gaddis Heath will look to help lead Westlake (GA) into a deep playoff run.  15. PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN LAST YEAR: 23-5 (1st in A-Private Region 5, lost 62-50 to Mount Pisgah in A-Private Sweet 16) TOP RETURNEES: Chance Thacker (6-5, SR, G), Tony Carpio (6-8, SR, F) SUMMARY: This team will ride the talents of Thacker and Carpio, as the two seniors have taken the impressive road and put together quite the story as two developing prospects a couple of years ago when I first saw them into dynamic and physical next-level players......

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