OTR Coverage – Southern Hoops Report Showcase – September 14, 2023

CANTON, Georgia, – More than 150 high school aged prospects piled into the Etowah gyms to showcase their skills at the annual Southern Hoops Report Showcase last weekend. Kris Watkins, the event organizer, does a first-class job of organizing and promoting players from the event. For all evaluations, video, and recaps follow him at @SHReport or @DrKrisWatkins. Below are a handful of players who made a positive impact at the camp.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

Noah Pederson – The Walker School – 2024

Pederson is on a trajectory to become one of the biggest stock-risers this high school season. He is a 6-foot-4 prospect who can play as a lead handler or on the wing as an attacker and scorer. He presents poise as a ball handler and because of his size, perimeter defenders are not able to speed him up or pressure him into mistakes. We were impressed with physicality when he got into the lane to make plays. His jumper looked equally as effective.

Brennan Wansley – Buford High School – 2024

Some onlookers at the event tabbed Wansley as the top guard in the building on Sunday afternoon. It is hard to argue to the contrary given what the 6-3 prospect proved he could do in this setting. He is a defensive menace because of his ability to anticipate in the passing lanes and create turnovers. Offensively he was explosive getting downhill and finishing in traffic. We look for him to be a go-to player for the Wolves this high school season.

Cassius Watkins – Maynard Jackson – 2024

Watkins was another guard who made a bid to be considered among the top of the camp. The 6-foot guard spends most of his time at the point directing and leading. The ball has energy when he handles. He is quick to pitch ahead or drop a bounce pass to a cutting wing. Watkins is also a proven scorer. He backed up that evaluation by dropping buckets, in a variety of ways, at the camp. We also took note of his hard-nosed defensive presence. His quick hands and agile feet allowed him to be one step ahead of the opposing ball handler.

Kameron Plummer – Houston County High School – 2025

In a gym full of talented seniors, Plummer set himself apart as one of the top juniors on the stage. Plummer’s reputation as an impact two-way athlete is documented. However, we got to see another side of the Houston County prospect last weekend. He is proving to be a capable ball handler and a very fine playmaker in transition. At 6-2 he has the size needed to battle and his skill set is flourishing as well.

Preston Tuggle – Trinity Prep – 2024

Tuggle emerged as a top name from the event. The 6-7 forward has a high athletic ceiling given his length, agility, and ability to finish above the rim. This combination of skills will be intriguing for college coaches who are looking for a prospect who has potential. Tuggle works primarily along the front line currently. However, he flashed wing skills especially in transition where he led the break and finished with dunks.

Jonathan Hemingway has been a National Evaluator for On the Radar Hoops since 2013. He has been involved in the basketball community since 1995 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him at JLHemingway@gmail.com and follow him on twitter @JL_Hemingway.