OTR Hoops: Birmingham Classic 2026 Standouts – March 24, 2026

ALABASTER, Alabama, – On the Radar Hoops returned to the greater Birmingham area to host the Birmingham Classic. Nearly sixty teams from the Southeast lined up to compete at the top tier facility at Thompson High School. Here is a look at 2026 prospects who caught our attention over the weekend.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

Turner Clayton– 423 Elite – 2026

Clanton showed his skills and fundamentals in the opening game of the morning. He is a crafty ball handler who can shake defenders in the open court to create space. And he is capable shooter from range either off the bounce or the reversal pass within the flow of the offense. His poise late in the game versus No Excuses Elite was a big reason why 423 was able to hang on to their lead and secure a win.

Jorden Edmonds – ECP Haynes – 2026

Edmonds is a high-flying athlete who can change the momentum of the game with a fast break dunk or an alley-oop slam in the half court. His future might be tied to the gridiron as he is a recently ranked 4-star wide receiver who picked up an offer from the University of Alabama before lacing up his sneakers this weekend. Look for the sophomore from Sprayberry High School to continue to make headlines in both sports for the next two years.

Terrance McFadden – Noble Kings – 2026

McFadden won over our staff with his consistent effort and production during a Sunday morning game. He is a 6-foot-5 power forward with a strong upper body and nimble feet. He is not the type of prospect who is going to fly over the opponents, but rather he is likely to bulldozer through the opposition. His hands and sense of the game also stood out in the morning game. He can get an angle and finish in the paint. And his ability to dish to open teammates gives his skill set a well-rounded feel.

Malik Hand – Team Forrest – 2026

Hand paced his team to an easy win on Sunday morning at the Birmingham Classic. He changes speeds and will blow past defenders with the ball in his hands. This is one of the big reasons why he scored a game high 18 points in a matchup versus Noble Kings. The junior is well built and possesses above average athleticism. As he gains experience in high-pressure situations, we expect to see his game grow.

Nate Robinson – Georgia Legacy – 2026

We noted Robinson as a stock-riser in a Saturday win. We caught up with him on Sunday morning with his Legacy squad and he was back to his playmaking ways. He plays the game with a streak of poise that is uncommon for underclassmen ball handlers. He demonstrated an almost expert level use of the ball screen, which allowed him to create space for himself and others. Robinson is not a shoot-first point guard, which is a positive thing. He does a good job of sharing the ball and making sure that his teammates get good looks.

Ford Felton – Georgia Legacy – 2026

Felton’s length is what immediately stands out when he steps onto the floor. With a lean 6-7 frame, he possesses long arms that allow him to affect the game in the paint on both ends of the floor. But there is a sense that there is more to Felton’s game than just being tall. He shows touch on jump hooks in post up situations and he can facilitate the offense from the high post area. We took note of the timely passes that he dropped off to cutting teammates who ran around him in the half court offense. We predict that his best days on the hardwood are still in front of him.

Joel Bulis – 423 Elite – 2026

Equipped with a 6-6 frame, Bulis is readymade to make an impact in the lane. He moves well for a big man. He runs the floor without laboring, and he even flashes some open court handling with both hands that is rare for a kid his size. We watched Bulis finish power moves and grab rebounds through traffic. There are rough edges that will need to be smoothed out, but such is the case for most big men who are still growing into their body. There is plenty to be optimistic about for the future of Bulis’ game.

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.