OTR Hoops: Birmingham Classic Day 1 Standouts – March 23, 2024

ALABASTER, Alabama, – On the Radar Hoops returned to the greater Birmingham area to host the Birmingham Classic. Nearly sixty teams from the Southeast are lined up to compete at the top tier facility at Thompson High School. Here is a look at the names of those who caught our eye on Saturday at the event.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

Asa Price – Noble Knights – 2024

Price caught our eye early in the morning with a terrific hesitation and go move at the top of the key. He is a guard that looks to measure around 6-foot-3 and has a wingspan that surpasses that. He scored 23 points in a win, which included several from beyond the arc. Price also showed quick hands as a perimeter defender to get steals and create turnovers.

Gray Smith – Georgia Legacy – 2025 

Smith had his game kicked up into another gear this afternoon in Alabama. He attacked the rim with confidence and decisiveness. His ability to slink past defenders and attack momentum was a big reason why he scored a game high 21 points in a win. Look at Smith’s highlights from last weekend below.

Ar’Mari Towns – SMB – 2026 

Towns put an exclamation mark on a SMB win this afternoon. He is an elite athlete who is a threat to punch a dunk on the break on a lob in traffic. He has an ideal build to play along the front line and possesses exceptional mobility for his size. There is still plenty of room left for growth in his game, but all the earmarks of stardom are present.

KJ Banks – AJ Bouye – 2025 

The lefty junior caught fire in his first game of the weekend. He nailed seven 3-pointers in a win for A.J. Bouye over the T-Town Kings. Banks is a player who plays with confidence and does a good job of finding space along the arc. His shooting ability next to the other playmakers on this squad make a tough combo to defend.

BJ Plummer – Equal Shot – 2025 

If you are looking to invest in a player with the highest ceiling, you ought to evaluate Plummer this spring/summer. He has the prototypical body and frame that is found for college wings. He plays with poise with the ball in his hands. His game is finesse in style. Plummer likes to size up his defender and take them off the dribble with an assortment of dribble moves. However, he proved he has range on his jumper and can also bump bodies in the lane. If Plummer sticks with his training on the court and weight room, he will be a sleeper prospect ready to wake up on everyone’s radar.

Gaas Herman – Rocket City Suns – 2025 

Herman was a bright spot at the end of the day for our staff. His enthusiasm for the game and explosiveness with the ball drew the attention of all onlookers. He scored 20 points, which led all scorers in a match-up versus Team Dr1ven. Herman is an explosive ball handler and can score the ball in transition and in isolation situations. Keep watch for Herman this spring and summer.

Tee Brown – Team Dr1ven – 2025

Brown is an electric ball handler. He can control the action at the top of the key and get others involved. He is equally as effective as lead creator and scorer. We were impressed with his ability to shake the defense laterally and then turn downhill hill with an explosive first step. Brown is primed for a big year on the travel circuit.

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.