OTR Hoops – 2026 Prime Performers from The Gauntlet – April 16, 2024

Here are the Prime Performers in the class of 2026 who opened eyes at The Gauntlet with consistent play.

By: Bilal Benjamin

Demari Bailey | Team Forrest | 6’0” | Griffin HS (GA)

Bailey has been remarkable early in the travel season. He’s been a force for Team Forrest. Bailey is a crafty guard with good slashing abilities. Bailey has a habit of taking games over and not settling for the jumper but keeping pressure on defenses and relentlessly attacking the cup. Bailey has two years left and we expect him to be highly sought after.

Zachary Burrow | Limitless | 6’3” | American Heritage (FL)

Burrow is a hard nose player. He averaged nearly a double-double throughout the weekend. Burrow has a knack for crashing the glass. He has sound fundamentals and good shooting mechanics. Every team needs a player like Burrow. He’ll run through a wall for you.

Terell James | FAA Kings | 5’11” | Winter Springs (FL)

James is a hawk on the defensive end. He is a playmaker that has a good feel for the game. Even when shots aren’t falling for James, he can impact the game. He creates shots incredibly well on the perimeter with good hesitation moves. James is a quick guard on the rise.

Daniel Hollis | Team Smash | 6’6” | Cedar Shoals (GA)

BREAKOUT PLAYER! Get to know 2026 Daniel Hollis if you don’t. He posted multiple 30-point games over the weekend and could not be stopped in the open floor. Hollis is effective with or without the ball and a true defensive stopper. His athleticism is through the roof which allows him to defend 3-4 positions. Another impressive thing he displayed at the Gauntlet. Hollis is somebody that should be on your recruiting board with his size, athleticism, and versatility.

Nykim Taylor | Team Smash | 5’11”

Taylor’s a fantastic lead guard for Team Smash. He demonstrated exceptional control over the pace of play during every game. Whether in a half court setting or employing a run and gun strategy, Taylor consistently made strategic decisions that benefited the team. His ability to make the right plays at crucial moments with the ability to hit shots make him highly recruitable.