OTR Sweet 16 Session 2: Standout Guards – May 3, 2023
The April live periods are officially behind us, back-to-back weekends full of talented teams and college coaches for On The Radar. We saw several players leave the weekend with fresh new offers and others that are just beginning to peak interest. Here are a couple of guards that made their mark this weekend.
By: Cam Rickers
2024 G Delani Hammonds – Team Synergy
Delani Hammonds has consistently been one of the top guards at OTR tournaments this spring and he continued his run of dominance with another great weekend in Atlanta. Hammonds is the heartbeat for Team Synergy and a lot of their offense starts with Hammonds’ ability to penetrate and finish at the rim. With a healthy mix of athletes and shooters surrounding him, Team Synergy has put Hammonds in a great position to prove himself and get to the next level.
2024 G Noah Treadwell – All Georgia Elite
Noah Treadwell shined this weekend at Session 2, carrying the load for All Georgia Elite. At Washington, Treadwell was surrounded by some talented pieces so it was a bit refreshing to see him in a new light this weekend, more responsibility and more shots. His full offensive skillset was on display and he scored it well at multiple levels. Treadwell hits the boards with aggression too, providing some great rebounding from the backcourt. He’ll be one to keep an eye on this summer.
2023 G Sekai Lockhart – Smyrna Stars
Sekai Lockhart had a couple of eye-opening performances this weekend, showcasing a skillset that we only saw flashes of during the high school season. At Hiram, Lockhart played a complimentary role next to notable guard prospects but he ran the show for the Smyrna Stars this weekend. He’s got some wiggle, able to create his own looks off the dribble and knock down shots. Lockhart is still seeking opportunities at the next level as an unsigned senior and this weekend had to be a sign of encouragement that he’ll get there.
2025 G Josh Xiang – North Point Youth
If you’ve seen North Point Youth play this spring, chances are you’ve been impressed by Josh Xiang. He’s a 2025 prospect playing up but you’d never know because of Xiang’s strength and confidence. Xiang is a strong ball-handler, knows how to get to his spots, and provides some tough shot making as well. After watching him for a couple weeks now, I’m convinced Xiang is a legitimate college guard prospect.
2025 G Zayden Edwards – ATL Pivot Elite
While I don’t get down to Savannah much during the high school season, this weekend presented the opportunity to get an in-depth look at Zayden Edwards and he certainly exceeded expectations. Edwards has some nice burst off the dribble that allows him to blow past defenders and create from the paint. His three-point stroke was smooth and he connected more often than not from deep. He’s a 2025 guard that certainly deserves more chatter.
Cam Rickers has lived in Georgia his whole life and joined OTR as scout/evaluator this spring. He spent the year prior scouting for PrepHoops, working hard to make a name for himself within the grassroots scene. In addition to his work for OTR and PrepHoops, he is also the Recruiting & Scouting Director for Wood Elite. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @CamRickersHoops
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