#OTRElite32 Standouts – July 17, 2017

Elijah Weaver (with ball) and Quentin Grimes went head to head at OTR Elite 32. Photo cred – Parallels Media

ACWORTH, Georgia, – The OTR Elite 32 continues to be the spot where college coaches flock to see some of the best talent in the Atlanta area during July. From Harry Giles and Diamond Stone in 2014 to Nassir Little this year, the showcase attracts many of the top college coaches in the country yearly. Here is a look back on which players stood atop of by the end of the weekend.

By: @JLHemingwayPSB

Quentin Grimes (The Woodlands, Texas), Basketball University – 2018

Grimes is a complete player at the point guard position. At 6-4 he has ideal size to compete at the nation’s highest levels and a skill set to match. His full repertoire was on display in a match up versus Team Breakdown. He showed shooting touch with range and dribble moves to shake defenders. 247 Sports has Grimes as a composite 5-star recruit ranked as a top 20 prospect. Kansas head coach Bill Self was in to watch Grimes on Saturday evening.

Blake Hinson (Deltona, Florida), Showtime Ballers – 2019

Never judge a book by its’ cover. In Hinson’s case, do not look at his height and frame then assume you know what his game is all about. The 6-7 prospect can bang along the frontline if you need him to, but his go-to is his long-range shooting ability. He hit threes from well beyond 25-feet in a win versus the Houston Defenders on Sunday morning. Add in his ball handling and agility and Hinson’s upside is through the roof at the next level. Quickly after the event, Hinson picked up an offers from Clemson and Georgia Tech who watched him play at Allatoona High School.

Nassir Little (Orlando, Florida), 1Family – 2018

For those that pay attention to the NBA draft and free agency know that big, athletic wings are in high demand. Little is opening the door for his stock to rise even more as he heads into his senior year. All weekend long Little’s scoring ability and brute force to enforce his will was notable. A bevy of schools were in to track Little including Florida, Georgia Tech and Kansas this weekend.

Makhi Mitchell (District Heights, Maryland), DC Blue Devils – 2019

Mitchell is a 6-9 power forward/center who is a top 50 player nationally. The big man puts us in the mind of Noah Dickerson from Atlanta, Georgia, who is now a junior at the University of Washington. Mitchell could be a little more talented than even Dickerson. He is a few inches taller and sports a consistent jumper from 3-point range. Like Dickerson, he is able to take contact and finish effectively around the basket. The Mitchell story gets better as he has a twin brother, Makhel, who is equally as talented. Makhel was not in action on Sunday morning in a game versus Stackhouse Elite. The Mitchell’s have garnered offers from Georgetown, Georgia and Memphis recently.

Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar, Florida), Team Breakdown – 2018

Weaver played the aforementioned Grimes toe to toe in this match-up and helped lead his team to a win. The left-handed lead guard showed accurate range on his jumper and great athleticism to finish on the break. Perhaps the undervalued part of Weaver’s game is his ability to defend. His hard-nosed mentality to hound ball handlers makes him a potential impact 2-way player at the next level.


Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB

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