#OTHoopsReport: Hard in the Paint notebook – Nov. 29, 2018

Malachi Rhodes has been a force on the interior for Wheeler (GA) this season. Photo – Ty Freeman

Atlanta, Ga – This past weekend, our staff checked in to see the talent being held at the Hard in The Paint Give Back Classicat Benjamin E Mays High School. Games were competitive all day and it seems as if every school is starting to find their identity as the season approaches region play.

There was some of the top talent in GA being displayed along with arguably the best player in the country out there putting on a show. Let’s take a look at some of the top talent from this weekend!

2019 forward Jaykwon Walton – Carver (AL)

 Walton is a skilled forward who played every position on the perimeter over the weekend. At 6’7 his athleticism and size gave him a clear advantage to go along with his great finishing ability. Walton was able to connect on jumpers from behind the three-point stripe and from the mid-range area.

 2019 guard Lance Terry – The Heritage School (GA)

This Gardner-Webb signee is an athletic guard who can score from anywhere on the court. He is a crafty player who does a great job of picking his spots and knocking down shots at an efficient rate. Terry finished up with 27 points leading the team in scoring.

2019 forward Malachi Rhodes – Wheeler (GA)

Rhodes is a physical 6’7 forward who can play at a high level. He has a good motor and is active on both ends of the floor. He scores well going downhill finishing around and above the rim. He’s athletic enough to defend positions 3 though 5 in some line up’s because of his length and mobility.

2021 guard Payton Daniels – Tri-Cities (GA)

Daniels is a powerfully built point guard that should see his recruitment pick up this spring. He has a tight handle and with good quickness that allows him to get into the paint at will. His strength allows him to take a bump and finish at the rim which gives him many and one opportunities.

2020 guard Brandon Stroud – East Coweta (GA)

Stroud’s size for his position is one of his major strengths. At 6-foot-5, he showed the ability to play multiple positions along the perimeter. He has the ability to create his own shot. Stroud lets the game come to him, never forcing the issue. He connected on jumpers from multiple levels and did a good job breaking down the defense to get teammates easy baskets.

2020 guard Cam Bryant – Dutchtown (GA)

Bryant can play either the shooting guard or small forward position due to his college ready body. He is able to overpower most defenders when he attacks the basket and is able to knock down a mid-range jumper or finish through contact. He has the ability to shoot the ball with range either off the pass or dribble.

2020 forward Jamanie Mann – Starrs Mill (GA)

Mann is a forward that is aa high-level athlete that can score around the basket utilizing his quickness to get off the floor. He also shows that he was capable of driving to the basket in a straight line from the perimeter and even connected on a several shots from behind the three-point line.

On the Radar

Damion Baugh was clearly the best player on the court when he squared up against Lamelo Ball. Baugh has more upside than any point guard available on the east coast. His strength, athleticism, and blossoming skills are special. At this stage he is far from a finished product, but his upside his significant. He can get to the basket at will and hang in the air to finish around the basket. Defensively, he forced several turnovers due to his constant on the ball pressure. 

Paul Evans is a contributor to On the Radar Hoops

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