#OTRHoopsReport: Seven to Know at Our Sweet 16 Series – April 19, 2018

Team Georgia Magic guard Zyrice Scott is a player to keep an eye on this spring. Photo Cred – Ty Freeman

Atlanta, Ga – The spring NCAA Live Period is upon us and players are geared up to earn offers and make names for themselves. Here are seven to know that will be in attendance at our Sweet 16 series. Session I (April 20-22) & Session II (April 27-29).

By: @HypesouthMedia

6-5 G Marcus Foster, 2019, GA Canes

Foster has burst onto the scene over the past couple months with his stellar play to end the school ball season and eye-popping scoring outbursts to start the travel season. He caught the attention of several evaluators at our “The Opening” tune-up tournament two weeks ago. Onlookers raved about his polished offensive repertoire. The 6-foot-5 rising senior is a smooth scorer that can stroke it from deep as well as get buckets off the bounce. Power Five programs such as Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Iowa State to name a few have all been in to see him ahead of the live session and will continue to keep tabs moving forward. With that said, be sure to catch him in action this weekend with the GA Canes.

6-5 G Devin Butts, 2019, Team GA Magic

One word describes Butts, SNIPER! This kid flat out shoots the skin off the ball from downtown. His name has started to buzz and pick up steam on the recruiting trail as of late. Jacksonville State extended an official offer on April 10, 2018. In addition, Georgia State, UNC-Greensboro, and Troy have been in heavy contact. Simply put, coaches looking for a knock-down shooter with size, Devin Butts is your guy.

6-11 PF Carlos Curry, 2018, Georgia South

Curry recently de-committed from Middle Tennessee and has been a hot topic in coaching circles ever since. In fact, Buffalo, Florida State, and Mercer among others have offered the massive strong-forward. Right now, Curry patrols the painted area on both ends superbly and has a soft 15-foot jump shot. However, he needs to be more active in order to ascend to the next level. All considered, size is something you can’t teach and coaches should definitely make Curry a priority this weekend.

6-6 G Eric Coleman, 2019, Atlanta All-Stars

Coleman is a player that can mix it up inside-out. The 6-foot-7 combo forward is an efficient jumpshooter and finishes well through contact at the rim. His combination of finesse and power has piqued the interest of schools such as Mercer, Kennesaw State, and Western Carolina who have all offered.  All in all, Coleman possesses the skillset that could prompt mid to high majors to sniff around. Coaches, do your due diligence here this weekend.

5-9 PG Messiah Thompson, 2019, Infinite Skillz

Ball of energy. Check. Sparkplug. Check. Baller. Check. All the aforementioned describe Thompson. The 5-foot-9 point guard is small in stature, but makes up for it with his heart and passion on the hardwood. He is high energy end-to-end and is an absolute gamer. He averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 assists, and 2.9 steals per game during the school ball season and looks to carry that momentum into the spring live session. I know lack of size is sometimes a knock on players, but in this case, size doesn’t matter in my opinion. I highly recommend coaches to get a front row seat to watch this kid.

6-2 G AJ Watts, 2019, Georgia South

Watts was a story starter at our “The Opening” tourney a couple weeks ago and we believe he’ll continue trending up this weekend. He showed the ability to run a team as well as create scoring opportunities for himself. As mentioned in our earlier previews, Watts is not a hot name on the recruiting trail right now, but could become a hot commodity by the end of the live period. Stash this name in your notepad, it might be useful later.

6-1 PG Zyrice Scott, 2019, Team GA Magic

Scott is a true floor general that plays the right way. He hangs his hat on the defensive side of the ball and enjoys setting teammates up for easy buckets. His unselfish approach is rare and worth noting. The 6-foot-1 lead guard recently picked up an offer from Columbus State and is one that lower levels should check in on during our live sessions.

Kowacie Reeves is a contributor to On the Radar Hoops.

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