Midwest Mayhem – Long-Range Bombers
WILDER, KY – The inaugural trip to the Midwest for OTR was a terrific success, as some of the top teams from the region descended on Town & Country Sports & Health Club and its 5 courts for two rousing days of action.
With a second OTR trip looming over Memorial Day weekend back to the same location, we got an opening taste of some of the talent from Ohio, Kentucky and points further east and west.
Some long-range bombers highlighted the weekend, here are a few.
By: Keith Agran
James Nowell | G | 2024 | Buckeye State Elite
Connected on six 3-balls in an entertaining Saturday contest vs Griffin Elite, confident with the ball in his hands controlling pace as a scoring PG, ace defender with hands and eyes in the shorts and passing lanes.
Maddox Huff | G | 2025 | Griffin Elite (pictured at top)
One of the weekend’s shooting stars playing up with the 17s, a primary option despite being a year younger than his teammates because they knew well the range was next-level deep, showed some nice shake to get free for the deadly stroke and can play the 1 or the 2 going forward.
Cedric Haynes | G | 2025 | Team Dickerson
This group of 2025’s was playing up as a team all weekend, Haynes some superb stretches despite dealing with a leg injury which he played through most of the tournament, can absolutely knock them down when unattended and has plenty of burst to open up freedom when looked after more closely, a top riser in the state of Georgia’s sophomore class.
James Clark | G | 2026 | Louisville Legends
Had the multi-level scoring element going getting at the rim with a good frame and some smooth movement, but the stroke from distance was too pretty to ignore and he was guarded closely most of the tournament as an obvious threat from long-range, good-looking athlete with a bright future.
Jacob Medhane | G | 2026 | Ohio Hoopsters
Brimming with confidence in that same game vs Clark and the Legends, at first it was the wiggle and the push out in space which impressed but later in the contest his 3-point bombing was key to the close W, like what this full package could look like in a couple of years.
Jakhi Calloway | G | 2026 | Nova Village
Had some impressive overall averages for the entire weekend as an all-around threat to know but knocking down eleven 3’s total stands out, highly regarded 2026 out of the Columbus-OH area.
Alex Bruskotter | G | 2024 | Ohio Buckets
Another impressive multi-level shooter whose arsenal was versatile at 6-7 but you love the stroke from distance, nose for buckets and shot-making all over the floor the proof of which is in his 1,000-point HS career which has yet another season in it.
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Amari Owens | G | 2026 | Griffin Elite
Perhaps more lethal as a creative driver but the lefty can heat up from 3-land as well, uses that threat of the drive to back defenders off for a sweet release, has the look of a future top all-around PG prospect out of the state of Kentucky.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.
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