On the Radar’s Summer Jam Standouts – Part 3

Marietta, GA – On the Radar was back home to host the annual Summer Jam showcasing 15-17U teams from across the southeast across in several host sites across Cobb and Cherokee County. The tournament featured noteworthy prospects from sponsored and independent teams who are college ready or on the verge of becoming a true college prospect within the next few years. This feature specifically highlights 2025 and 2026 standouts in a three part series.

By: Jennifer Brazelton


2026 | Dillon Nixon | Bo Bell Elite


2026 guard Dillon Nixon found himself as a standout for several evaluators after Summer Jam. Nixon is a prospect that can create shots quickly off the dribble and does well playing off two feet. Without the ball, Nixon does well spacing the floor and finding the holes for backdoor plays. Defensively, Nixon uses his quickness to get stops and deflections allowing his teammate to score in transition on the other end. Knock down shooter that will be a consistent name we hear over the next few years.


2025 | Jace O’Neal | MBAOSAG


2025 guard Jace O’Neal is a tough, crafty guard that will continue to make noise this spring. O’Neal led his team to a blowout win and used his high-motor to get several breakaway dunks. O’Neal is uber quick and athletic, and takes a minimal amount of dribbles to get to the basket to finish around or above the rim. In the half court set, O’Neal found his bigs inside and wings slashing to the basket. High IQ player that should see an uptick in his recruitment.


2025 | Jeremiah Ruffin | Norcross Heat


2025 G Jeremiah Ruffin has found a solid home with Norcross Heat. Ruffin is an explosive guard for his size and finished several big time plays above the rim. Ruffin stays engaged on both ends and plays hard non-stop. Ruffin caught my eye this time last year and his game has continued to develop offensively shooting well behind the arc and muscling his way inside.


2025 | Donald “Trey” Shephard | Team Scoot


2025 6’6″ guard Trey Shephard is a D1 prospect that should see an uptick in his recruitment this travel season. Shephard is a long, wiry guard with crafty handles that allow him to get past defenders down hill or create his own shot around the mid-range. Shephard is quick defensively, using his length to disrupt passing lanes for deflections and steals. Shephard had some nice dunks and lay-ups in transition. Stock riser in his class and following his performance at Summer Jam, Shephard picked up a D1 offer from Utah.


2025 | Gray Smith | Georgia Legacy


2025 6’4″ guard Gray Smith has been consistent in his play early this spring, catching the eyes of several evaluators. Smith is a knock down shooter from 3 with a high clip off the catch. Smith understands the game and when to slash towards the basket for an open look or floater. Smith is comfortable with the ball and can control his body through traffic to finish. Defensively, Smith does well reading his opponents taking charges or getting steals for his team. Smith is picking up his recruitment this off-season and had the Head Coach for Emory University in attendance for a game.


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 on Twitter @Proven_Prospect.