OTR Elite 32 – Day 3 EXCITEMENT – July 8, 2023

MARIETTA, Georgia, – After two days of solid action at the OTR Elite 32, day three gave us more than our fair share of great basketball action. More overtime finishes, last second shots, and come from behind wins all highlighted today’s action. And of course, there are players earning offers and looks from the college coaches sitting court side. Here is a rundown from day three.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

AOT and Ace Bailey Do it AGAIN

Court four was packed. With the game running more than thirty minutes behind, spectators squeezed in to watch AOT, the SW Illinois Jets, AND Ace Bailey.  Dozens of college coaches were in attendance. The crowd, the humidity, and the competitive atmosphere created one of those moments this afternoon.

Ace Bailey delivered another signature performance notching 30 points and a handful of memorable dunks and fallaway jumpers. The Jets could not hold off the momentum that the hometown team generated on this night.

However, this game came with a surprise. It would not be Bailey who sank the go-ahead buckets in the final minutes. Jahkias Jones, a two-sport star from Thomson High School, would be the man of the hour. Four straight buckets, which included three 3-pointers, proved the difference, and secured the win for AOT.

Double OT Excitement at Kell HS

Team Breakdown DMV and Colorado Prospects went back and forth with a to a wire finish. Colorado Prospects played the game short handed with only six players. All that meant was that Blake Weslin had to pick up the slack and he did precisely that to the tune of 26 points. DMV would trail most of the game, but would scrap back to put the game into overtime and then squeeze out a lead late in the first overtime before the Prospects would tie the game at the buzzer sending it to sudden death. DMV wins the tip in double OT and Sulaiman Shackleford would finger roll it in for the game winner. The 2024 guard would also finish with 26 points in this thriller. See Keith Agran’s coverage below:

McLargin Sinks Game Winner Giving Pressure Elite the ‘W’

Pressure Elite found themselves trailing early against a red-hot Team Forrest squad. However, the poise ball-handling of Daniel McGregor, timely scoring of Ace Taylor (31 points), and finally a clutch 3-pointer from Ian McLargin flipped the script in favor of the young men from the Sunshine State.

Taylor has been a consistent performer at OTR events this spring delivering shooting and playmaking. McGregor created the play which led to the 3-pointer. He earned praise from our evaluators following the game (see below).

High IQ Point Guards

Not all point guards are created alike. Some play with flair, others like to score, others are facilitators of the offense. Here is a list of high basketball acumen guards who make the right play and give their team the best chance to win.

Class of 2024 Daniel MacGregor (Pressure Elite)

Class of 2024 Maddox Bodenhamer (Team Mookie 2024)

Class of 2024 Ryan Williams (Wood Elite Sewer South)

Class of 2024 Brandon Peters (Big 4/WACG)

Trending Names

Here are players who have reported offers since the event began on Thursday.

Class of 2024 guard Desmond Williams of Team Speights

Class of 2024 forward Daniel Thomas of Lone Star Elite

Class of 2024 Elijah Lewis of Team Forrest

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.