Halftime Sports US Games – Saturday Can’t Miss Guys

EMERSON, GA – The folks at Halftime Sports put on their annual US Games tournament at LakePoint, and once again talent from a variety of parts of the country both boys and girls came in to compete.

I wanted to use my time at the event to zero in on some of the Georgia teams represented, and from Saturday I got a chance to see some really strong rising Peach State talent.

By: Keith Agran

Taj Saragba | PF | 2027 | Woodstock


On what was probably the most purely talented team I saw all day and these were just all incoming freshmen, this was Round 2 for Saragba after he was also pretty dominant in June at OTR/SH Report’s team camp at NextPlay 360, so strong already and so tough to deal with around the basket, hovering around 6-7 and this youngster has all the makings of a high major future talent and I don’t just throw that stuff around lightly.

Brock Bass-Bonner | SG/SF | 2027 | North Cobb Christian


Speaking of physically dominating Bass-Bonner displayed the kind of versatility that he briefly put on display this summer when I saw him at June’s KSU Team Camp, has the all-around skills to play 4 spots from 1 to 4 and showed bits of all of them Saturday, the size for the backcourt is a real problem if he’s off the wing but he’s built like a Mack truck already so taking his game inside or above the rim at 6-7 should be a fast adjustment at the HS level.

Justin Payne | PG | 2024 | North Oconee


Entertaining group together with his NOHS teammate Byrd Carter and Athens Academy CG Isaac Rorey, Payne impressed with his controlled pace as he can get out and go but was never out of control, the perimeter stroke in particular was smooth and efficient, with definite next-level talent Carter alongside it’s a backcourt worth taking the trip to see in Bogart.

King Jones | SF | 2026 | Kell


Definitely one of the next in line for the Longhorns is Jones, had some impressive moments during this past travel scene when I saw him on the OTR circuit, another young SF/PF type who plays the bullish game and can impose his will from the open court and all the way down to the cup, soft touch from 15 ft and in adds to the options.

Kingston Whitty | PG | 2026 | Lovett


Quickly getting on this wagon as I’ve seen him a bunch in the last month or so and his cool and calm modern-PG game is growing on me for sure, the Lions say goodbye to dynamic Christian Anderson Jr and say hello to Whitty as he should take the ball and be an instant impact guy running the show, a name to get to know rapidly.

Niko Bratton | SF | 2027 | Wheeler


A third impressive member of the Graves roster and there were even more that stood out both in the frontcourt and backcourt, Bratton’s feet were huge and genetics generally tells us if he’s around 6-5 right now that he’s headed northward in the height department, that’s scary because his game is a lot to handle now especially using the bounce and as the shot gets more productive the inside-out combo could be fun to watch.

Jason Hill | PF | 2027 | Grace Christian Academy


The 2027 division had some real intrigue and Hill stood out for his refined low post work and willingness to plant himself down there and get to work, a lot of young bigs want to handle it toom much and would be better off staking a claim to the block and learning to catch and finish, he used good leverage and understood putting up a good target hand, about 6-3 now and if he gets to 6-6 or so things could really get a bump.

Keith Agran has lived in Georgia since 2011 and joined OTR as a National Evaluator in 2021. He previously scouted for Prep Hoops dating back to 2019, and also spent 3 years as a sports writer at two newspapers in New Jersey. After a championship-coaching background on the HS-level also in NJ, he accepted the Girl’s Basketball Head Coaching position in May 2022 at Mt Bethel Christian Academy and now balances scouting and coaching still with a keen eye on talent around the region. You can reach him at keithagran1@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.