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The Florida Opening – Top Backcourt "Gems" Pt 1

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – OTR brought its act on the road March 26-27 to Mainland HS for its Florida Opening, and the enormously successful weekend was highlighted by a strong talent and club turnout and two dynamite days of high-level basketball. We look here at Part 1 of 2 of some of the backcourt “gems” of the weekend, as it’s a guards world most days, and these guys were producing across the state sheet (in no particular order). By: Keith Agran Shyy McDonald | 6-3 | CG | FAA Kings Red 17U......

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OTR The Opening - On the Rise - March 23, 2022

CUMMING, Georgia, – The Opening gave the On the Radar Hoops staff a first glimpse of the players who are poised for a breakout spring. Here is a rundown of players we took note of at the 100+ team tournament last weekend. By: Jonathan Hemingway Amir Boyce – PSB Elite – 2023 It would be a chore to find a more productive big man at The Opening last weekend. Boyce averaged a double-double over the course of the tournament per Hudl stats. From a skill standpoint, Boyce possesses good feet and soft......

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Georgia Hardwood Classic – Top Forwards

ATLANTA, GA – We move to the big guys from the first 5 of 6 games played at Saturday’s Georgia Hardwood Classic at Mays HS. By: Keith Agran John McQueen | 6-5 | SF | Langston Hughes | 2024 Has benefitted nicely playing alongside powerhouse junior Jelani Thurman, McQueen has a little more wiggle and shooting range than the bullish Thurman and has begun to solidify himself as a fast riser in the class, a sleek mover at both ends he has a sweet touch on the mid-range jumper and the same......

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Lemon Street Classic - Day 2 Roundup Pt 2

MARIETTA, GA – We polish off our Lemon Street with 4 more capsules from Day 2. By: Keith Agran NORTH GWINNETT (10-3) W 64-56 vs Alexander >> These 10 wins for the Dawgs include wins over teams from 2 other states as part of their pre-holiday travels, and concluded after the Alexander win by capturing their bracket at Lemon Street Tuesday over Langston Hughes. Against the Cougars, it was once again a lot of RJ Godfrey showing off both the physical package as well as the expanded ballhandling he has taken on......

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Tournament of Champions - Capsule Look-Ins Pt 1

MARIETTA, GA – The Atlanta basketball eyes once again descended on Wheeler HS for another version of the Tournament of Champions, one of the early season’s most acclaimed tournaments. It was another packed day of marquee and under-the-radar programs, and OTR got there for the final 5 boys games. We take a look at top players from 3 games within the game capsules below: By: Keith Agran Salem vs Chattahoochee RESULT: Salem W 65-55 SALEM PLAYERS WHO SHINED: Brandon Kincaid (6-6, SR, F, pictured above), Clark Mastin (5-10, SO, G), Jeremiah Flournoy......

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Holiday Hoopsgiving – Day 1 Standouts Pt 2

SNELLVILLE, GA – We move to Part 2 of our Day 1 standouts from Holiday Hoospgiving at Shiloh HS. By: Keith Agran Caleb Harrison | 6-8 | SF | 2024 | Huntsville (AL) Guards Ja’Mari Arnold (2023) and Massiah Morris (2022) were excellent as well, but as a prospect Harrison definitely intrigued last weekend. Has the look and stroke of your modern stretch forward, right now as a sophomore he strikes the pose a little more of a small forward but that could change with time and weight on his frame. D’ante......

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OTR Top 15 - #'s 5 to 1

OTR Top 15 – #’s 5 to 1

5. EAGLE’S LANDING LAST YEAR: 27-1 (1st in Region 4-5A, beat Tri-Cities 81-69 in 5A Finals) TOP RETURNEES: AJ Barnes (6-5, SR, G), David Thomas (6-3, JR, G), Jordan Fordyce (6-4, SR, G), Fabian DeSilva (6-5, SR, F), Amari Jackson (5-11, SR, G), Kenneth Brayboy (6-5, JR, F) SUMMARY: With all this returning talent from a team that steamrolled its way past the likes of Sandy Creek, East Coweta and Greenforest in the non-conference and then took its act all the way through to the 5A title in Macon over a loaded......

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OTR’s Player Watchlist – Part 2

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 started with 5 yesterday, we continue with 5 more today and will finish up in time for the evening tipoffs Friday night (in no particular order). RJ Godfrey | 6-7 | SF | North Gwinnett | 2022 (Signed with Clemson) Just committed to the Tigers yesterday and it represents another terrific get for HC Brad Brownell and crew up there as he joins Grayson’s Chauncey Wiggins......

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E's Phenom Fall League - Team Impressions

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA – Meadowcreek assistant Eric Smith followed up his very successful E’s Phenom Summer League with an equally well attended and successful Fall League at ISA, which had its last weekend of play Oct. 16. A few snippets on teams I saw in the early portion of the day’s schedule: By: Keith Agran GRAYSON KEY PLAYERS ON HAND: Amir Taylor (6-7, FR, C), Laz Mason (5-10, SO, G), Corey Gatlin II (6-1, SO, G) KEY PLAYERS NOT PRESENT: Chauncey Wiggins (6-9, SR, F), Tyrese Elliott (6-3, SR, G), Chad Moodie......

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US Basketball Games: GA Standouts Pt 2 - August 11, 2021

EMERSON, GA – We continue our coverage of Halftime Sports’ US Basketball Games with Part 2 of standouts from the state of Georgia (in no particular order): By: Keith Agran Ryan Bellomy, 6-9, PF, Georgia (Johnson) 16U (Harrison, 2023, pictured above) In the GA vs GA game I caught Bellomy there were multiple bigs of note (Evan Daniel and Terrell Reeves of North Cobb and Soloman Mustafa-Reid of Paideia) but I found myself hitting my pad more than a few times to note Bellomy’s improvement in so many areas from even earlier......

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