OTR Summer Jam – Standouts Part 3 – May 27, 2023

MARIETTA, Georgia, – On the Radar Hoops hosted the annual Summer Jam which gave teams from around the Southeast an opportunity to compete. Many of the region’s top media members were in attendance. Here is a third look at top performers from the event.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

Class of 2024 forward Trevone Palmer put in a huge day with the Auburn Raptors on Saturday. He is a high energy athlete who attacks the paint and the rim with intensity. His athleticism gives him an edge over his competitors, but it is his mentality that makes him a winner. We have earmarked Palmer to watch in future evaluations.

Team Huncho came out on fire to start the event on Saturday. They played well together, sharing the ball and running past the competition. Class of 2024 forward Braden Lue was at once a cause and a benefactor of this synergy. His vigor on the glass ended defensive possessions and led to fast breaks. Offensively he was terrific as he thundered the rafters with dunks and showed his range with his jumper. Lue earned his spot in the weekend standouts.

Another forward who bent the rims on dunks was Amir Daniels with the Gwinnett Hawks. The 2024 prospect is a good-looking athlete who has length and athleticism. He runs the court well and his footwork allows him to glide through traffic. Daniels is poised for a solid senior year at South Gwinnett High School.

For a second weekend in May, Caleb Kawela earns praise with his production with Team Forrest. He may not possess the ideal length for a post player, but he certainly has the power and strength to move opponents around. While the trend in basketball is to get smaller and play faster, Kawela bucks the trend by playing stronger. His footwork is pristine on the block and his touch is consistent. We see many double-doubles in Kawela’s future this summer and in his senior year at Greenforest Academy.

The Atlanta Celtics featured some of the best guard play of the weekend. Class of 2024 Ricky McKenzie was a part of that back court mob that was nearly unstoppable. McKenzie found his rhythm early with jumpers and then used that momentum to attack the lane with the drive. McKenzie polished offensive game earns him notice coming out of this event.

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.