#OTRHoopsReport: Sweet 16 Session II Rundown -May 7, 2018
Over 100 College Coaches were in attendance for the Sweet 16 Session II.
Atlanta, Ga – All eyes were on big names such as Diante Smith, Mayoum Mayoum, and Austin Harvell over the last live period weekend at On the Radar Hoops Sweet 16; however there were more efficient prospects that made positive trends in regards to their recruitment as well. Bringing in some of the best non-shoe sponsored teams to the peach state capital is something On the Radar Hoops is known for and it’s always intriguing to find new players that coaches, scouts, and evaluators can familiarize themselves with moving forward. These individuals took advantage of their opportunity and picked up interest and offers this past weekend as the AAU season enters the month of May.
West Palm Lakes (FL) – Sheldon Edwards – Wellington Wolves
From the first Friday of the live period until the final Sunday, Edwards consistently led all scorers in his matchups every time out. He put together multiple 20-point performances with the Wellington Wolves organization at both On the Radar Sweet 16 sessions; doing so in several ways. The combo guard has long arms and caused havoc in the backcourt defensively for quick lay-ups and on the offensive end he remained aggressive with acrobatic finishes and looked comfortable pulling up game from the mid-range and three-point area. Edwards has a great mind as a passer anticipated and found teammates off of offensive rebounds and assisted easy finishes in transition.
Florida Prep (FL) – AJ Johnson – Team Speights (Black)
Johnson is a speedster that impressed the most with his finishes on both side of the rim. He thrived in more of an up-tempo style of game and remained under of control while racking up quick baskets. He knows how to get others involved with that speed and had great point guard numbers with 16 points, 8 assists in a win, knocking down four from behind the arc in the process showing his shooting range. Johnson has had interest from western schools such as Utah and Southern Idaho and had a great showing at Sweet 16 Session II.
Madisonville North Hopkins (KY) – Kenny White – Hoop Dreams
White, legitimate at 6’6” and can get it done on all levels. The lefty looked good knocking down three-point jumpers from the top of the key but got into the lane to create as well. His size allows him to remain relevant on the glass especially on the defensive end to end possessions for the opposition. White played within the offense and knew when to take advantage of his opportunities without being selfish and was a tough competitor in a tough Saturday matchup against a talented Team CP 25 Select opponent. White has received interest from Western Kentucky as well as Miami (OH) and didn’t hurt his stock during the last live period.
Valley HS (KY) – Curt Lewis – Hoop Dreams
Lewis is a big, physical point guard that doesn’t mind a little contact when getting into the lane. At session II of the Sweet 16 showcase, he was consistent in the way he turned the corner off the pick and roll and was unselfish when help defenders arrived, kicking it to an open teammate for good looks on the perimeter. Lewis’ ball handling ability are good enough to run an offense against many if not all defenses faced, and he handled one on one on ball defenders displaying more of a traditional point guard style at McEachern over the weekend. Lewis, like his running mate White, has received interest from Western Kentucky and Ball State has been in contact also.
Hunter Kinard Tyler HS (SC) – Marlow Gilmore Jr. – Columbia Hoyas
Gilmore won’t wow you with his size for what he does, even though he stands at a lanky 6’5”, but when he takes off for above the rim finishes in transition, he’s quick to grab your attention. The South Carolina forward has elite athleticism and a high motor which makes for successful combination, especially over the course of a long AAU weekend. Coaches love to see consistency and in Gilmore you are getting just that. Rebounding, running the floor, and a consistent mid-range baseline jumper are all something that the lefty can display on a game in game out basis. His athleticism, motor, and skill has earned him offers from Winthrop, Radford, and Lincoln-Memorial University.
Humboldt (TN) – Anthony Jones – Team Thad
Jones is one of the more gifted athletes that we had the pleasure of witnessing at On the Radar Hoops Sweet 16 Session II. He finishes with authority and is another beneficiary of an up and down style of game. He has big time length at 6’5”-6’6” and a good handle with the ball to play and defend either the shooting guard or small forward position. His athleticism allows him to take over games with more than just his scoring but in the matchup against the Smyrna Stars he was still able to put in 19 points in a win. Jones will be one to watch for the rest of the summer with Team Thad on the Under-Armor Circuit and in his final prep campaign with Humboldt high school in Tennessee.
Choctaw (FL) – Josh Williams – Ft. Walton Beach Thunder
Williams can get anywhere he wants on the floor with the ball. He challenges taller players at the rim and can finish over or around them. He probes and penetrates the defense looking for openings to attack where he can find open teammates with his court vision. He is athletic enough to finish above the rim or he will hit floaters and pull ups.
First Baptist (FL) – Preston Urbanic – Team Speights
Urbanic is tough and competes on both ends of the floor. He can knock down threes off the catch and mid-range jumper off the catch or dribble. He can finish through contact and will finish above the rim on the break and surprise with his rise. He can handle and pass the ball in the open floor, will attack bad closeouts off the dribble, and isn’t afraid to mix it up inside the paint to battle for rebounds.
Stockbridge (GA) – Trillis Brown – Georgia Manup
Brown y is one of the better sharp shooters in the Peach State. He’ll do the necessary things on the court to win games. He has a solid frame with deceptive amount of bounce and overall athleticism. He has a high basketball IQ and knows how to move without the ball to get open. He has improved his dribble-drive game and does a solid job of getting to the basket.
Donta Elberhart is a contributor to On the Radar Hoops
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