Prospect Evaluation


Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic – Night 2 Standouts

NORCROSS, GA – We move to Night 2 of the Hawks-Naismith Classic for 2021, this group of games Saturday from Norcross HS. Some standouts: By: Keith Agran Malique Ewin | 6-10| PF | Berkmar | 2022  The Ole Miss-commit has the full array going against what is now a depleted Milton-team up front, finished with 25 pts and showed us some of the movement and smoothness that he brings as a finisher particularly when given space facing the basket, equally devastating is the catch-in-close deuces especially against teams that can’t match his......

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Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic - Night 1 Standouts

ATLANTA, GA – One of the season’s classiest and most anticipated events took place this past weekend in 2 locations, with girls and boys games in the Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic spread between Holy Innocents’ and Norcross HS. OTR was in both spots for boys action Friday and Saturday, and armed with NBA level stats provided by the Atlanta Hawks staff on hand, here are some standouts first from Holy Innocents’: By: Keith Agran Will Hopkins | 6-5 | SG | Holy Innocents’ | 2024 My first look at Hopkins and as advertised......

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Tournament of Champions - Capsule Look-Ins Pt 2

MARIETTA, GA – We finish our TOC coverage with capsules on the last two games of the evening: By: Keith Agran Milton vs Pebblebrook RESULT: Pebblebrook W 64-47 PEBBLEBROOK PLAYERS WHO SHINED: Kami Young (6-2, SR, G) Jordan Brown (6-2, SR, G), Jaiun Simon (6-6, JR, F) MILTON PLAYERS WHO SHINED: Seth Fitzgerald (6-3, JR, G), Kanaan Carlyle (6-4, JR, G) SUMMARY: Playing their first game back since the publicized off-court turmoil has left them without seniors Cam Walker and Jonathan Murray, it was not that surprising that the first 16 minutes......

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UA Hard in the Paint Give Back Classic – Can’t Miss Guys Pt 1

ATLANTA, GA – Let’s move to Part 2 of my can’t miss guys from UA Hard in the Paint’s first 5 time slots at Maynard Jackson HS. by: Keith Agran Jalen “Roc” Lee | 6-5 | SG | Solid Rock | 2024 Rapidly moving up the charts to the top of the 2024 class is the exciting Lee, who is a true bunches-scorer who gets into such a rhythm at times he almost seems in a trance, were it not for his great vocal nature and enthusiasm on the floor it would......

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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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