Longhorn 5-Star Showcase – Top Out-Of-State Guys
MILTON, GA – Milton Basketball and Longhorn Steakhouse hosted the 5-Star Showcase this past Saturday, and 3 out of state teams came into town to participate.
Here are some of the guys who impressed from that group:
By: Keith Agran
Styles Phipps | 6-2 | PG | 2024 | St. Mary’s (AZ)
From the Phoenix-area the Knights ran into a host Eagles team playing really good basketball right now and dropped a 65-55 decision, Phipps though made a statement as a sophomore going up against the future D1-trio of Milton guards Bruce Thornton, Kanaan Carlyle and Chase Cormier dropping 23 points on the game, he was quick and creative off the bounce and thrived in the mid-range, had the look of a true floor general with excellent vision and a real understanding of how to find his wealth of wing and post options, surely one to watch out West.
Garrison Phelps | 6-6 | SF | 2022 | St. Mary’s (AZ)
Seriously athletic wing player who even when he wasn’t converting dunks still wowed the crowd, the still available senior is built really well and glides up and down the floor, he can give you some great defensive versatility with the way he can move and jump, the shooting is likely why he’s still out there as he didn’t look super comfortable from beyond 10 or 12 feet, still with the kind of athleticism he possesses you sign him on the other traits and develop the shooting later with hard work.
Jordan Crawford | 6-2 | SG | 2022 | North Mecklenburg (NC)
An athletic bunch across the board for North Meck and Crawford had the most complete skill package and is headed to College of Charleston with them, another great leaper he showed off some tight explosiveness both on the break and in the halfcourt getting up to the rack, smooth stroke from 3 as he was able to back off defenders with the threat of that pace and speed, like the whole North Meck team got after it on D, should be a really solid Colonial Athletic ballplayer.
Isaiah Evans | 6-6 | SF | 2024 | North Mecklenburg (NC)
Didn’t stuff the stat sheet per say Saturday vs a really good North Gwinnett team but impressed back at our OTR Breakout Camp (https://ontheradarhoops.com/otr-breakout-camp-bigs-who-impressed/) in the fall and has all the D1 measurables, he doesn’t have to handle it and use all of his offensive versatility with what appears a strong group of upperclass guards doing the lion’s share of handling and distributing, but we know from Breakout that he can handle it and create and be a real weapon in the open floor and on the drive, has been contacted by the likes of Kansas, Indiana, Arizona St, Boston College and Ohio State in the early stages of his recruitment.
Tory Kelly | 6-0 | PG | 2022 | Gray Collegiate Academy (SC)
So physical and bruising at both ends was Kelly as was the whole crew of guards from Columbia, SC, he just wouldn’t quit going at the basket no matter how much physical pounding he took from Hillgrove as the War Eagles got the 11-point win, Gray unlike most teams you watch these days seemed a lot less interested in the 3-ball than in the bullish get at the rim approach and Kelly and his running-back build did just that all game in leading all scorer’s with 18 points.
Avantae Parker | 6-8 | PF | 2023 | Gray Collegiate Academy (SC) (pictured above)
Of the three out of state teams perhaps no one more than Parker intrigued with their next-level potential, a great mover who puts in a lot of work around the rim scoring, rebounding and defending, his 12pts, 7 rebs, and 2 blocks may not blow anyone away but he was a factor nearly all the time he was on the floor, the jump shot is on the come and when that falls with more regularity his stock gets even higher than it already is.
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 has both a championship-coaching background on the HS-level and daily newspaper writing experience, both from New Jersey. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.
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