#OTRFallShowcase High School Standouts – September 16, 2015
Class of 2018 Isaiah Kelly of Pace Academy proved why he is considered one of the state’s best in his class at the #OTRFallShowcase. Photo cred – Ty Freeman
Duluth, Ga., – The #OTRFallShowcase presented the perfect opportunity for high school aged prospects to get exposure and play against top competition heading into the school season. With multiple media sources, college coaches and post-season award selectors on hand to watch, over 140 prospects received the best exposure possible in the city of Atlanta in the post-evaluation period. Here is a recap of the top performers from last weekend’s camp.
Drue Drinnon (Commerce, Ga.), – East Jackson HS – 2018
The best sign of an elite basketball player is their ability to slow down the game and make it look easy. Drinnon who heads into his sophomore season at East Jackson High School, displayed these exact characteristics on Sunday afternoon. His skill and athleticism are documented from the #OTRSpringShowcase. He repeated that performance again this fall with an array of highlight plays. His ability to create and score efficiently already puts him in the conversation as one of the state of Georgia’s top prospects in his class.
Al Durham (Lilburn, Ga.), – Berkmar HS – 2017
The 6-foot-3 combo guard carried his momentum from a successful EYBL circuit season into the camp. His specialty center around his ability to slash to the bucket and score over and around defenders in the lane. His lightning quick first step and explosive burst to the rim are part of the reason why he led the Southern Stampede 17U EYBL team in scoring this season. Durham hit jumpers at the #OTRFallShowcase as well too, which is a positive sign in his development. Consistency in this area should help him and Berkmar become state tournament contender this season.
Rayshaun Hammonds (Norcross, Ga.), – Norcross HS – 2017
Hammonds very easily could have been labeled the best athlete in the gym this past weekend. Standing at 6-7 and with a reach of that of a post player, Hammond dominated the lane at Duluth High School. Although the junior is currently a 4-player, he has the quickness and athleticism to play effectively in transition. His ability to play facing the basket only adds to the match-up nightmare for opposing teams and coaches. With Hammonds engine running at full tilt this season, expect his name to be thrown around in the #ATLTipOffWatch conversation.
Isaiah Kelly (Atlanta, Ga.), – Pace Academy – 2018
Our staff identified Kelly as one of the state’s best class of 2018 a year ago at the Under Armour Grind Session. Kelly has always had that special blend of height, athleticism and skill. He demonstrated all of those talents effectively at the camp. Standing at 6-8, he can be classified as a wing-forward who can produce at several different spots on the floor. He is an excellent finisher at the rim, but he has the face-up ability to stretch the floor to the arc. Kelly’s recruitment is already gaining momentum and with future performances like this, expect Kelly to be in consideration as one of the city’s best prospects.
Colin Sexton (Mableton, Ga.), – Pebblebrook – 2017
Without question, the best scoring guard in the building on Sunday was Sexton. The 6-2 combo-guard is a dynamic scorer as he can finish at the rim and shoot the jumper with consistency. There was not a defender at the Showcase who stay in front of Sexton and he led his team to multiple victories. He has consistently turn in notable performances with the Southern Stampede 16U at Bob Gibbons Invitational and at the #OTRSuper6Showcase. This year he will join forces with Auburn commit Jared Harper at Pebblebrook High School. There is no doubt that coach George Washington is already excited about the future buckets that will be dropped in Mableton. With Sexton’s track record, you can almost count it as ‘Money’ in the bank.
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Media Exposure / Showcase Opportunities
Jonathan 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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