OTR Freshman Academy – Names to Know – October 11, 2023
As the high school season approaches, we continue to learn more and more about this 2027 class and OTR’s Freshman Academy provided a great look at the top freshman across the southeast. We saw some new guys jump onto the radar as well as several top players cementing their spot at the top of the class. These are a couple of Sunday’s top performers and must-see prospects.
By: Cam Rickers
6’0 PG Nasir Anderson – Savannah Country Day (Pictured Above)
Exposure camps like the Freshman Academy have come to be a springboard for many younger prospects and that’s exactly what we saw happen with Nasir Anderson. While he was a new name to many entering the day, Nasir Anderson took over Sunday’s camp and stood head and shoulders above the rest. Anderson combines some scary physical tools with an advanced skillset. Strong drives to the cup, transition dunks, pocket passes, you name it. Nasir Anderson was the unanimous MVP of the Freshman Academy.
6’3 SG Isaiah Chandler – North Cobb Christian
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Isaiah Chandler as he enters his freshman year at North Cobb Christian, and we saw him go head-to-head with some of the best on Sunday. Chandler didn’t waiver one bit. While it took a game or two for his offensive game to get going, Chandler’s impact exceeds his scoring ability. His motor is what separates him from a lot of the other top talents and when he’s not scoring, Chandler’s ability to rebound and defend can still change the game. He’ll be the ultimate swiss army knife for North Cobb Christian this season.
6’5 SF CJ Jordan – Walton
CJ Jordan has raised eyebrows at nearly every camp this fall, his combination of size and skill making for a very unique package. At 6’5, Jordan is comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter and can punish defenses with his rangy three-ball. He looks to still be growing and if Jordan reaches 6’7-6’8, we could easily be talking about the next D1 prospect to come out of Walton. Jordan will have to work on his motor if he wants to see early minutes with the Raiders but the skill and upside are certainly there.
6’3 SG Justin Wise – North Oconee
Justin Wise came into Sunday’s camp as one of the most highly touted prospects, his stock continually rising since this summer. While we never saw Wise completely take over, his efficiency and unselfishness are also much appreciated. He’s a knockdown shooter from three, most effective in catch-and-shoot scenarios but we also saw him running the point on Sunday and handling the ball like a true guard. Expect Wise to make an early impact at North Oconee.
6’4 SF Braydon Langston – East Hall
The more I watch Braydon Langston, the more I fall in love with his game. Lansgton was all over the floor on Sunday, showcasing the versatility and making plays on both ends of the floor. Not only does Langston possess good size and athleticism, his motor typically exceeds that of anyone on the court. We’ve seen him guard every position on the floor, even battling with the 6’9 forwards this Sunday and causing them grief. The sky is the limit for Langston and he belongs near the top of this 2027 class.
Cam Rickers has lived in Georgia his whole life and joined OTR as scout/evaluator this spring. He spent the year prior scouting for PrepHoops, working hard to make a name for himself within the grassroots scene. In addition to his work for OTR and PrepHoops, he is also the Recruiting & Scouting Director for Wood Elite. You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @CamRickersHoops
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