#OTRHoopsReport – Southern Hoops Report Fall Jamboree – October 11, 2022

CUMMING, Georgia, – For the second year, the Southern Hoops Report hosted its Fall Jamboree at Dobbs Creek. This provided teams from around the Atlanta Metro area an opportunity to compete and show their skills in front of college coaches and media members. The On the Radar Hoops staff was out in full force taking in the action. Here is a list of players that caught our eye.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

One of the top uncommitted senior prospects in the city this season is Cedric Taylor III from Drew Charter High School. He is a 6-foot-6 wing that showed that he has a do-it-all skill set. He is adept at handling the basketball in the open court and can shoot the three in the half court. He is a smooth athlete who can glide up and down the court or elevate to finish above the rim.\

Class of 2024 Mekhi Turner from Maynard Jackson High School showed off his versatility once again this weekend. He is a 6-7 forward who can affect the game inside and out. Turner’s frame seems to be putting on muscle and it shows as he can battle with anyone on the interior. He is also capable of stretching the floor with his jumper from the top of the key. Look for Turner to post many double-double games this season.

Matthew Hinton from Dutchtown High School is a new name that emerged from Sunday morning’s action. The class of 2024 big man has an ideal frame and nice footwork as a compliment. The Bulldogs have plenty of depth on the interior, but we expect Hinton to carve out his niche this season and emerge as one of the better big men in the metro area heading into next spring evaluation weekends.

Class of 2025 point guard Marcus Smith is emerging as a top underclassman in the city. The Walnut Grove High School product displays body control and poise that is usually only seen from the best upperclassmen. One of the more unique aspects of Smith’s game is the fact he de-accelerate as quickly as he can accelerate with the ball in his hands. This allows him to create space, evade trapping defenders, and find passing lanes to teammates.

We were impressed with the talent shown by class of 2024 guard Kennedy Warren from Centennial High School. The 6-4 prospect has great length combined with a polished skill set. He is able to handle the ball adeptly with either hand and finish plays at the rim. Warren’s jumper also showed promise during the two games we watched on Sunday morning. Expect a big season from the junior with the Knights.

Ethan Sams has always caught our attention with energy and athleticism. The class of 2023 wing from Lakeview High School can always be found mixing it up on the court. The 6-5 prospect is a capable ball handler on the perimeter, but he is a huge threat when he is attacking the rim in space. He is another uncommitted senior that should draw attention from college coaches this winter.

Class of 2023 guard Jeremiah Holloway may have turned in one of the most dominating performances on Sunday afternoon. He scored 27 points in a match-up versus Denmark High School. The Winder Barrow product is an exceptional athlete that brings the right amount of feel to the floor. Defenders were not able to slow him up with face guarding attempts. He also connected on several 3-pointers to go along with some tough step-back jumpers in the mid-range.

Connor Staphylaris from Kell High School is a class of 2025 guard that ought to be on everyone’s radar as a top underclassman in the state. The 5-11 guard can spotlight as a shooting specialist on the wing in the half court. Or he can act as a primary distributor in the flow of the offense. We were impressed with his ability to handle the ball versus pressure and make the right read at the right time.

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.