OTR Hoops: Florida The Opening – Standout Bigs – March 26, 2024

OTR hit the sunshine state this past weekend for The Florida Opening, our first Florida event of the year. 10 courts under one roof and a ton of talent made for another weekend full of storylines. We break down some of the best big men that were in attendance.

By: Cam Rickers

Aydan Clinton – 2025 – SCE

It was an undefeated weekend for SCE and Aydan Clinton played a vital role in their success. While SCE’s guards can fill up the scoresheet, Clinton dominates the interior with pure power and serves as the perfect complement. He’s 6’7 and weighs 285 pounds, making him nearly impossible to box out. Clinton made dunks and contested finishes look easy with his strong hands, able to palm the ball and finish with one hand while shielding the defense with the other. After watching Clinton throughout the weekend, it’s clear that he’s one of the most physically imposing bigs in Florida’s 2025 class.

Pat Johnson – 2025 – SWFL Hoops Red

Pat Johnson is back with SWFL Hoops this year and picking up right where he left off last summer. Johnson is known for testing rims and that’s what he did this weekend. He dunked everything he got his hands on around the rim and did so violently. Johnson is 6’8, strong, and very mobile which makes for a ton of upside. He’ll certainly be a hot name amongst college coaches this spring.

Kendall Connor – 2026 – BTI Pressure Elite

BTI Pressure Elite was a force to be reckoned with this weekend, especially in the 16u division. Kendall Connor was dominant around the paint, posting double-double type numbers in all 4 games. Connor is 6’8 and likes to throw his big frame around down low. He showcased a strong low post game, able to back defenders down and finish through contesting hands. Connor ran the floor hard as well and was rewarded with several big dunks in transition. It’s only a matter of time before Connor’s recruitment heats up.

Madden Gieger – 2027 – BTI Pressure Elite

Madden Geiger is quickly emerging as one of the top prospects in Florida’s 2027 class and he added to his case this weekend. He’s got great size already at 6’10 and can space the floor with his deadly three-point stroke. His above-the-rim capabilities were also on display throughout the weekend, a countless number of blocks and a few impressive dunks. Geiger picked up his first offer from Alabama earlier this month.

Colton Nuualiitia – 2028 – Above Academy

Colton Nuualiitia played up a year in the 15u division and still managed to dominate games with his size advantage. Nuualiitia is a big body center, already about 6’6-6’7 with a wide frame. He’s got great feet for a player his age and unbelievable touch around the paint. Above Academy made a concerted effort to feed him often and as a result, he put up some big scoring numbers. He finished the weekend with a 25-point outing against Tre Mann Elite.

Cam Rickers has lived in Georgia his whole life and joined OTR as scout/evaluator in 2023. He’s spent the past few years scouting for PrepHoops, building a reputable profile within the grassroots scene. In addition to his work for OTR and PrepHoops, he is also the Recruiting Director for Sewer South. You can reach him at camrickershoops@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @CamRickersHoops