OTR Hoops: Battleground Gauntlet Session I (Day 1) Standouts – March 3, 2024

The Battleground Gauntlet series kicked off this weekend with the first of three middle school sessions. Here are the top standouts from the opening day of the event.

By: Ross Van De Griek

2028 6-3 SF Nijaun Harris (Tre Mann Elite)

I was impressed with Harris’ athleticism and his ability to stretch the floor offensively. Harris played and made an impact in both wins over South Florida Elite 2028 and Powerhouse 2028. Harris scored in double figures each game as well as impacting the game on the defensive end with his length and ability to make the opposition into taking a tough shot.

2029 5-7 PG Bryce Turner (Nassau Ballerz)

The 5–9 point guard played under control and did a great job when it came to dictating the pace of the game. His offensive game continues to flourish every time he steps onto the floor and doesn’t take many bad shots. Turner’s upside will continue to rise as he plays with more confidence.

2029 5-8 CG Armani Morris (Tre Mann Elite 2029)

Morris played with a ton of activity whether it was around the rim on both ends of the floor or creating for his teammates with his court vision. In the win over F.A.M.U 2029, Morris finished with a game-high 23 points including four 3-pointers.

2028 5-7 PG Max Code (ABG All-Stars 2028)

Code was the true definition of a floor general as he’s starting to make a name for himself. In the win over Florida Blaze 2028, Code finished with a game-high 26 points including four 3-pointers as well as dishing out five assists.

2030 5-5 PG Darian Randolph (Tre Mann- 6th Grade)

Randolph was impressive not just with his ability to score on a dime, but also with his creativity for his teammates. Randolph has a smooth touch to his game whether he can score with or without the ball in his hands. His defensive game also spoke volumes where he applied great pressure in the passing lanes as well as turning his defense into offense. Keep an eye on this kid, as he will be a name to know for years to come.

2028 5-10 SF Brian Fernandez (BTI Pressure Elite 2028)

Fernandez, listed as a 5-10 eighth grader continues to show his upside whether he can distribute the ball for his teammates or score on his own. Fernandez was at his best when he scored in attack mode as he did a great job at finishing around the rim while absorbing contact. On the defensive end, Fernandez will be a name worth keeping an eye on for the next 4-5 years.

Ross Van De Griek has been a Regional Scout for On the Radar Hoops since January 2024. He has been involved in basketball scouting since 2022 and coaching since 2015. You can reach him via email at rossvdg14@gmail.com and follow him on X/Twitter @RossVDG14.