OTR Sweet 16 Session I Standouts Part III – April 27, 2023

MARIETTA, Georgia, – Next Play 360 was the central location of the OTR Sweet 16 Session I last weekend. A remodeled facility with new polish and a fresh aura set the tone for a solid weekend of hoops. Last weekend was the opening spring evaluation period for this calendar year. Teams from across the southeast, including teams from as far away as Texas and California, showed up to compete and earn looks with hopes of earning scholarship offers. Here is a third look at standouts from the weekend below.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

On a deep and talented Wood Elite squad, Issac Jones has settled into his role nicely. Last weekend at the Sweet 16 he showed off his 3-point shooting as a specialty. The class of 2024 prospect is a 6-foot-5 wing that brings shooting touch and length to the floor. Jones is a steady scoring option who could turn into a versatile defensive option in the future.

Class of 2024 guard Tahshaun Frasier made a name for himself with South Georgia Elite last weekend. He is an aggressive player who is terrific in transition. He is fast with the ball in his hands and has the knack for getting to the rim consistently. We also like Frasier’s intensity on the defensive end. His ability to disrupt and turn the tide for his team makes him an asset.

We came away impressed with class of 2024 guard TJ Baker’s game after seeing him Sunday afternoon. He doubles as a ball handler and a shot maker. This gives him versatility in the back court for his Game Speed Elite squad. Baker’s shooting range should be a skill that immediately translates to the next level.

We adore Skyler Scull’s game with Pressure Elite. He is a mature, heady point guard that makes the right play more times than not. We liked how he was able to create space on the perimeter and get into the lane with the dribble. His passing ability was highlighted playing alongside quality shooters. Skull is an available 2023 prospect whose game ought to translate seamlessly to the next level.

Class of 2024 point guard Jeremy Cook is a point guard with Team South Carolina. He is a fast guard who excels at attacking the lane with the drive. Although Cook is on the smaller end of the height scale, he does not let that limit his productivity. He has a great midrange game. He pulls up in the gaps and connects on shots in the 12-15-foot area. His touch around the rim is also notable.

We took note and appreciated the productivity from class of 2024 wing Brendan Martin with Hawks Elite. Martin is one of those guys that does so many things well that you hesitate to call him a specialist in any one area. He presents good size and shoots the ball consistently from the perimeter. However, he is not afraid to mix it up in the lane as a rebounder and a defender. He uses all his height and strength to win 50/50 balls in traffic.

One player who ought to be on the radar of coaches both inside and outside of the Lone Star State is class of 2024 wing-forward Kietenn Bristow. He is a 6-foot-8 prospect that suited up with Beast Up last weekend. He is a versatile player who can lead the break with handling and finishing at the rim. He also showed range on his jumper to beyond the 3-point arc. His mobility combined with his size make him an intriguing prospect for the next level.

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.