OTR Summer Jam STANDOUTS Part I – May 26, 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 first edition of top performers from the event.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

We have evaluated several seniors who look to be college ready this spring. Add forward DaRon Waller from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to that list. The 6-foot-6 lefty is active and will impact the game with his rebounding and hustle in the paint. He showed us another layer of his game in this showing. He hit several threes and proved he can be a scoring force when he is in rhythm. Waller college-ready athlete who has a ceiling that coaches would be anxious to develop.


One of the first prospects we identified as an impact player on Saturday morning was KJ Kirk from Pro One. The 2024 point guard is a very good athlete who imposes his will on the game in transition. He uses his strong shoulders to discard defenders who are in his way. His physical nature generally leads him to getting to the free throw line often. Kirk is a good athlete who is equally as skilled as a slasher and scorer.


We have taken note of the contributions of Khamani Paxton in recent outings for Team Scoot. Paxton plays a complementary role for this team, but it is an important one. He defends multiple positions and can always be found around the fray of a loose ball or rebound. Paxton caught our eye on Sunday afternoon when he heated up with his jump shot. Paxton has upside as a guy who plays his role willingly and provide two-way backcourt stability for a roster.


We walked away impressed with the play of class of 2024 guard Damone King of Team Phenom United. He split time in the back court as a primary handler and as a wing slasher. He made the most of his opportunities getting the mouth of the bucket or pulling up for mid-range jumpers. King is a solid all around guard who projects well as a handler who can also get a bucket.


We took note of Damerius Putmon’s game with AJ Bouye on Sunday morning. He is a lengthy forward who does a great job of running the floor and finishing in transition. He rattled the rims with a couple of dunks and drew attention with his athleticism. He is a player that has defensive versatility and an offensive game that is still rounding out.

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.