#OTRHoopsReport: Sweet 16 Standouts – Feb. 27, 2017

JD Notae scores a team-high 24 points to help Newton (GA) advance to the Elite 8. Photo Cred – Ty Freeman

Atlanta, Ga – There were several big games on tap for the second round of the state playoffs, which lead to some buzzer beating wins and some expected losses. That is just some of the madness that’s expected in the month of March. We also take a look at individuals who came up big for their teams in the second round of the playoffs.

Evan Jester – Sandy Creek (GA) – 2017

Evaluation – Jared Cook Classic – Shun Williams

Jester is a stretch forward that provided a spark off the bench. He is capable of hitting the jumper from the high post or short corner. He rebounded well and had some big put backs down the stretch.

Stat line: Jester finished with 21 points 8 rebounds for Sandy Creek

JD Notae – Newton (GA) – 2017

Evaluation – OTR Thanksgiving Showcase – Willie Evans

Notae is one of the elite shooters in the state. His shot is crisp with a high release and he gets it off quick. 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

Stat line: This Jacksonville signee finished the game with a team high 24 points

Noah Gurley – Fayette County (GA) – 2017

Evaluation – Elite 32 Session II – John Hemingway

Gurley is a long wing forward who has versatility. He showed the ability to hit the trail 3 and also slash to the basket off the bounce. He led the break after a block shot. He reminds me of Jaron Blossomgame at the same age. Gurley has a lot of physical development left in front of him. He is also a good student in the classroom.

Stat line: Gurley comes up big in a second round win for the Tigers, the Furman signee finished with 24 points

Bubba Parham – Brookwood (GA) – 2017

Evaluation – OTR Thanksgiving Showcase – John Hemingway

It is no secret that the key to winning basketball games is playing tough defense and having kids that can make shots. Coach Daniel Bowles got that from his senior guards at the Thanksgiving Showcase. Parham led the way with 18 points, but he gave plenty of energy on the defensive end as well too. Parham has the ability to knock down jumpers from deep or the mid-range area. He can get hot and nail several deep jumpers in a row.

Stat line: Brookwood is headed to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1998. Parham connected on a three pointer with 5 seconds left to help the Bronco’s pull off the win.

Trey Doomes – Allatoona (GA) – 2018

Evaluation – Lake City Classic – Willie Evans

This 6-foot-3 guard has the ability to play either guard spot, he showcased his ability to get into the lane to either score or dish off assists. He’s capable of moving into his shot from deep range and hitting pull-ups. With a path to the rim he’s going to get into attack mode and use exceptional athleticism and body control to finish

Stat line: Doomes made an impact all over the floor Saturday to help Allatoona pull off the win

Alex Jones – Buford (GA) – 2018

Evaluation – Johnson-Gainesville @ Buford –  1/10 – Shun Williams

Jones is a true point who makes plays for himself and others, he has a tight handle, good court vision, and pinpoint passing ability. He can drive to score or dish and shows great ability to read the defense and make decisions while in attack mode. He has floaters, pull-ups and wide angled lay-ups in his offensive arsenal.

Stat line: Alex Jones has been great this year, Saturday he connected on a three pointer as time expired to help Buford advance to the Elite 8.

Rayshaun Hammonds – Norcross (GA) – 2017

Evaluation – NBPA Camp – Brandon Clay

Hammonds continues to showcase himself as a high level matchup forward. He possesses length / size and is probably better suited early in his career as the fourth ball handler. Hammonds ability to face the basket in the halfcourt separates him from most frontcourt guys with his length.

Stat line: This future Georgia Bulldog helped carry Norcross in the second half as they escaped in a close victory

Shun_Williams_OTRHoopsShun Williams is the owner of On the Radar Hoops, Inc. The On the Radar Hoops Report is picked up by Division I and II colleges and universities across the country. He serves as a member of the Naismith National High School Board of Selectors and the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. He is the director of the On the Radar Hoops Fall/Spring Showcases, On the Radar Hoops Invitational, Elite 32 Session I & II, Power 24, Atlanta Classic and Super 6 Showcase.

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