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. Brown is super quick off the dribble and will make defenders lose balance quickly trying to keep him in front of them. For a smaller guard, one of Brown’s best skill sets is getting to the basket and finishing consistently. Brown is also a great defender, getting deflections and steals in the open court, and with his nice vertical, will always add in a few blocks and rebounds. Following #WhoWantsTheSmoke, Brown picked up a D1 offer from Georgia Tech, adding to his already deep list.
— On the Radar Hoops Events (@OTRHoops) May 1, 2022
Zane Restelli: Game Elite 3SSB – 2025
The 6’4″ Baylor School guard has one of the smoothest games I’ve seen from a 2025 player so far this season. Restelli is a very confident player that can hit from deep with his long stroke and just as easily take the defender inside off the dribble and finish. Restelli is a very crafty finisher, that makes finishing through traffic look easy. With Restelli’s vertical, he showed flashes of scoring above the rim as well. Restelli will be a fun player to track as his game continues to improve and his stock continues to rise.
— Zane Restelli (@RestelliZane) April 29, 2022
O’Brien Watkins: Team Forrest – 2024
The 6’1″ point guard out of Carrollton High really turned it on against Georgia Legacy this weekend. Watkins came out with a weekend high with 31 points. Watkins was a machine for his team, staying involved in every play, aggressively attacking the basket, and knocked down a few jumpers. Watkins makes it very difficult for the defense to stay in front with his speed and strength, and his strong-will to get to the basket almost each time he has the ball. A very high IQ point guard that just about always makes the right read.
Game highlights from last weekend pic.twitter.com/nRaUcU03WJ
— O’Brien watkins (@obwatkinss) April 29, 2022
Cam James: Georgia Legacy – 2024
Chattahoochee’s 6’4″ guard, Cam James, had quite the weekend at #WhoWantsTheSmoke. James is an elite and uber athletic guard that can score from just about anywhere on the court. James handles the ball well and showed that he can push the ball up the court to open teammates. Defensively, he makes the offense nervous with his wingspan and quickness, constantly making deflections when guarding the ball. James has quite a high ceiling and will be a fun prospect to continue to track going into the next Live Period.
— Dr. Kris Watkins (@DrKrisWatkins) April 30, 2022
Josh Langefels: Shooter’s Paradise – 2024
The 6’3″ guard out of Kell High School was causing havoc all weekend. Langefels is a very high-motor player that is always a step ahead for his team. Really understands where to be on the court and is constantly moving around offensively. A hardnosed guard, Langefels is good at attacking the basket and showing his athleticism finishing and grabbing missed boards. Langefels also showed he can hit from distance with a very nice jumper. Langefels puts just as much energy into his defensive possessions and gets steals with his speed.
After serving on college coaching staffs and working at several universities in the Southeast, Jennifer Brazelton joined On the Radar Hoops as a National Evaluator in April 2022. She has been involved in the Georgia basketball community since 2015 and can be reached at JenniferRBrazelton@gmail.com or on Twitter @thegirlinadidas.
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