Prospect Evaluation


#RockyTopInvitatational - Top Bangers

GATLINBURG, TN – A tremendous field traversed the surrounding Smoky Mountains to converge on a little village in Tennessee, but with big goals in mind to improve as basketball players and gain exposure from the finest circuit in the Southeast. From OTR’s Rocky Top Invitational, an event growing in stature in the region, we look next at Top Bangers I saw from the weekend (Georgia guys have high schools in parentheses). By: Keith Agran Jelani Thurman | AJ Bouye 17U | 2023 (Langston Hughes, pictured at top) As Wu-Tang Clan used to......

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#RockyTopInvitatational - Top Shooters

GATLINBURG, TN – A tremendous field traversed the surrounding Smoky Mountains to converge on a little village in Tennessee, but with big goals in mind to improve as basketball players and gain exposure from the finest circuit in the Southeast. From OTR’s Rocky Top Invitational, an event growing in stature in the region, we look first at Top Shooters I saw from the weekend (Georgia guys have high schools in parentheses). By: Keith Agran Jordan Burdette | Next Level Elite 17U | 2023 Right out of the gate in block 1 on......

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#RockyTopInvitational - 2025's to Watch

Gatlinburg, TN – There was a lot of talent to be seen at the On the Radar Rocky Top Invitational in Gatlinburg. Independents and shoe teams collided which showcased some new talent to begin tracking heading into the summer live period. By: Jennifer Brazelton Deondrea Lindsey: BMaze Elite – 2025 The 6’7″ power forward out of Knox Catholic, Deondrea Lindsey, captures you with size, and then makes big time plays seem effortless. Lindsey has already made a name for himself having picked up a couple D1 offers from Georgetown, Georgia Tech, and SMU.......

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RYZE Live Showcase II - Saturday Eye Catchers

EMERSON, GA – Took in some Saturday action from LakePoint this past weekend at the 2nd of RYZE’s three Live Showcases, and got a chance to look in on some teams I hadn’t seen a lot of so far this spring. Here are some eye-catchers from the day: By: Keith Agran Jakenes Heard | 6-5 | SF | ENG United | 2023 (pictured above) Looking bigger, stronger and more well-rounded this Model HS product is not only having a noticeable spring for ENG but is set for a breakout senior season even......

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#WhoWantsTheSmoke - Marietta HS Quick-Hitters

MARIETTA, GA – Switched over to Marietta HS from Next Play 360 for some Sunday action from Who Wants The Smoke. Here are some can’t-miss, quick-hitters who shined: By: Keith Agran Ethan Carter (pictured above) >> One of the weekend’s most complete players for his age, the Game Elite 360 G/F can do just about anything he wants out there at 6-6 with tremendous natural gifts and a court awareness that is steps ahead of his peers, plays spatially like a PG and then quickly morphs into an interior force with both hands......

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AAU Workout Visits - Elite Playmakers & Team Harpring

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 next 4 months. By: Keith Agran Elite Playmakers 15U/16U INTRO: This Douglas County-based group led by Shawn Phillips has been a great vehicle to get kids from that portion of the ATL-Metro noticed, does a good job of building from the younger ages on up, and plays hard-nosed basketball on whatever circuit you catch them on. IMPRESSION-MAKERS: Holdover Jermaine Hines out of New Manchester......

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#WhoWantsTheSmoke - Saturday Can't Miss Guys (Next Play) Pt 2

MARIETTA, GA – Four courts of action provided some great juice last Saturday at OTR’s Who Wants The Smoke tournament, as a deep field of top teams from Georgia and beyond descended on the Marietta-area for some high level, post-live period action. Again we had the gym covered with scouts, here’s Part 2 of 2 on some guys who couldn’t get by me. By: Keith Agran Cassius Watkins | CG | GA Canes | 2024 Getting difficult when watching the Canes 16U version to decide who’s looking better between Watkins and 2025......

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#WhoWantsTheSmoke - Saturday Can't Miss Guys (Next Play) Pt 1

MARIETTA, GA – Four courts of action provided some great juice last Saturday at OTR’s Who Wants The Smoke tournament, as a deep field of top teams from Georgia and beyond descended on the Marietta-area for some high level, post-live period action. Again we had the gym covered with scouts, here’s Part 1 of 2 on some guys who couldn’t get by me. By: Keith Agran Gabe Bolden | SG | Georgia Legacy | 2024 Has put the work in on the body and more importantly on the full-court game as this......

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On The Radar - #WhoWantsTheSmoke - Standouts - Part 1

MARIETTA, Georgia – This is the first installment of #WhoWantsTheSmoke standout performers from Jennifer Brazelton’s notebook. Below are names from the classes of 2024 and 2025 who caught the attention of our evaluators. By: Jennifer Brazelton CJ Brown: Game Elite 3SSB – 2024 The 6’2″ guard out of The Walker School has been on a tear the last few weeks. Easily one of the most athletic guards in the class of 2024, Brown continued to make big plays (including this baseline dunk below) that immediately got the crowd up out of their seat.......

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#OTRSweet16 Session 2 - 12 McEachern Quick-Hitters

POWDER SPRINGS, GA – Spent portions of both Saturday and Sunday at McEachern’s 5 courts during Sweet 16 Session 2, here are some quick hitters on guys who were hard to miss: By: Keith Agran Rashard Doyal >> The AOT and TD Prep 2023 guard was really impressive playing alongside Buford star Malachi Brown, quick out in space and smooth as silk in the mid-range with a J that can definitely travel, comfortable at either guard spot this is a name to know. Jevin Muniz >> Team Speights out of FL has a gem......

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