OTR Hoops – Available 2024 Guards – January 22, 2024

Here is a list of guards that we project that can contribute at the next level. The list of names ought to give college coaches plenty to watch heading into the final months of the high school season.

By: Bilal Benjamin

Justin Payne | 5’9” | North Oconee (pictured)

Payne is a highly regarded lead guard in the state. He has led his ball club to one of the best records in all of Georgia at 15-3. The unsigned prospect is averaging 13 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds per contest. Payne has recently received an offer from LaGrange. With Payne at the point of attack this group has a shot at the 4A state championship. Coaches looking for a true leader should take a peak at his game. Payne is looking to major in Architectural Engineering or Sports Management.

Kymel Williams | 6’1” | Athens Academy

Williams plays an up-tempo style of basketball that bodes well in this generation of hoops. He’s a slasher but can also step outside and knock down jumpers. He is averaging 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per game. He stuffed the stat sheet in a breakout performance against Mt. Zion, posting 23 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Williams is looking to major in psychology or sports psychology.

Isaac Rorey | 6’2” | Athens Academy

If you are looking for a strong lead guard to run your team on offense and defense look no further than Rorey. He puts his teammates in position to succeed and can defend positions 1-3. Rorey is a true two-way prospect that holds an offer from Covenant College. His stats for the season are 10 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 1.5 steals. Ten of the 14 wins have been blowouts, so he hasn’t played much if any in the 4th quarters. Rorey is looking to major in Education and Media Production/Communication.

Devin Larry | 6’0” | Loganville Christian

Larry is a highly skilled scoring guard. He can score from all areas of the court. Larry’s consistent pursuit to put the ball in the basket and do so at a high clip speaks volumes. Whether he is taking mid-range jump shots, driving to the basket for layups, or shooting from beyond the three-point line, he’s an effective scorer on all three levels. Larry is averaging 17.1 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game. In addition to his scoring, he is making his presence felt all over the floor. His best statistical performance of the season was an all-around game with a scoring outburst against Flowery Branch where he posted 26 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. He’s looking to major in Engineering. Any school that takes a chance on him will not regret it.

Ryan Ranel | 6’4” | Loganville Christian

Ranel has good size for a guard. Ranel is known for his versatility and ability to play both ends of the floor. On offense, he is a skilled scorer who can finish at the rim and knock down shots from the perimeter. Defensively, he is a tenacious on-ball defender who can stay in front of his opponents and force turnovers. Ranel’s size, combined with his skill set, makes him an asset to recruit. He’s averaging 12.3 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals per game. Ranel wants to major in communications and minor in education.

Richard Dunston | 5’9” | Meadowcreek

Dunston has a unique ability to lead the team on the court. As a floor general, he has a deep understanding of the game and excels at making smart decisions that benefit the team. One of his standout qualities is his consistent ability to hit open jumpers. This makes him a reliable scoring option for his team and adds another dimension to his game. Dunston is shooting 43% from 3-point range on the season. He would like to major in Accounting or Sports Medicine.

Daron Sturdivant | 6’0” | Meadowcreek

Sturdivant is an athletic and skilled combo guard. Already holds offers from Garrett College and Monterey Peninsula College. As a lefty guard, he possesses a unique advantage on the court. His ability to slash through defenses and finish at the rim at a high clip will transition to the next level well. Sturdivant’s on-ball defense is also a huge attribute of his, as he consistently disrupts opponents’ plays and forces turnovers. On the season he’s averaging, 12.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He’s looking to major in Cybersecurity or Sports Medicine. We are all interested where Sturdivant will decide to go.