OTR Hoops: Day 2 Spotlight from Proven Grounds – April 28, 2024

FULTONDALE, Alabama, – On the Radar Hoops returned to the Birmingham area for a second time this spring to host the Proven Grounds. Teams from around the Southeast met up to compete and showcase their talent. Our media team was in full force to shine the spotlight on the stars who played their best. Here is the second installment of standout names with a special focus upon top 2025 names.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

Bryson Berry – Team Dr1ven – 2025

Berry submitted his application for top prospect for the weekend. His resume includes a 40-point game on Sunday morning. Berry is a well-rounded guard who can turn the corner with a quick first step around the ball screen. He is also a consistent shooter from range. His Sunday morning effort included six 3-pointers. Berry’s savviness as a ball handler and instinct as a scorer should have college coaches in the Southeast region paying attention.

Tyler Cone – Pro One Basketball – 2025

We had been eyeing Cone’s game all weekend and had noticed flashes of talent in the Saturday game slate. He finally put it all together on Sunday afternoon where he broke out with 17 first half points. Cone blends size and body control to create shots around defenders. He uses an array of head and ball fakes to keep the defense off guard. We are optimistic about Cone’s game as he heads into his senior season.

Demetrius Duffy – Jones Elite – 2025

Duffy is a lengthy forward who affects the game as a rebounder and rim-runner. The rising senior plays with tenacity and energy when the ball is tipped. He was a double-double threat each time he laced up this weekend. Also take notice of how well Duffy runs the floor. He runs with fluidity and speed that is typically reserved for wings. These physical attributes ought to give hope for Duffy and his ability to have defensive versatility at the collegiate level.

Hutson Rowe – Panhandle Prospects – 2025

Rowe plays on the talented back court for the Panhandle Prospects. The guards around him are quick, slashing penetrators that put pressure on the defense constantly. Rowe’s offensive game complements those guards as a shooter and play-creator. He showed his ability to shake defenders with quick crossovers and step-backs to score several buckets. Add in Rowe’s size and athleticism and he is a player that should get a look at the next level.

Quendavion McDowell – Champions Basketball Club – 2025

Anyone that watched McDowell this weekend had to come away admiring his game. He might lack a few inches to play along the front line, but he makes up for it with sheer effort. He has the athleticism to match his energy as well. He cleans up the weakside glass and is a threat to notch a double-double in points and rebounds in this line up for the Champions Basketball Club. He is a productive player, and every team needs a player like him.


Danilo Stojakovic – T-Town Kings – 2025

Stankovic is one of the most consistent producers to have competed on the OTR circuit this spring. He might not stand out in any skill category, but he finds a way to put points on the board with effort and by being in the right spot at the right time. We watched him run the floor and finish transition dunks. He also worked the half court offense and was able to break free for midrange jumpers. The Tuscaloosa Academy product is poised for a big summer and senior year.

LJ Blackwell – Crestview Elite Bulldogs – 2025

Blackwell turned in one of the better scoring performances of Sunday. He scored 26 points including five 3-pointers. The point guard is a quick ball handler that will push the ball up the floor in a hurry. His ability to push the tempo and get the defense on their heels opened his long-range shooting ability. This combination of skills makes Blackwell a dynamic guard worthy of attention.

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.