#OTRHoopsReport – Sweet 16 Stock Risers – May 5, 2014

Justice Green showed his explosiveness at the Sweet 16 and earned the right to be call a stock riser.
*Photo by Nakita Hemingway

Sweet 16 Stock Risers

Kijuana Dixon (Bryan County, GA), Bryan County HS-2015

Dixon was one of the biggest surprises of the Sweet 16 tournament. This 6-foot-3 guard has the ability to go on a run to knock down five or six deep ones in a row no matter how he is guarded. Dixon runs the floor well finding the 3-point line in transition and is more than capable of filling the lane to finish in transition.

Justice Green (Tuscaloosa County, AL) Tuscaloosa HS-2015

Green was one of the hottest performers on Saturday afternoon.  This 6-4 guard is explosive in the open court and he can finish above the rim. Green can score off the bounce and has the length to finish with contact. He has a good outside shot that extends out to the 3-point line, but he was more effective in when he can take his defender off the dribble. His length allows him to be a good off the ball defender and get his hands into the passing lanes.

Zach Cuthbertson (Vanceboro, N.C.), West Craven HS-2015

This 6-5 wing has a shot that is crisp with a quick, high release. 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. Cuthbertson caught the attention of several college coaches that were in attendance for the Sweet 16. He will be a player to keep an eye on during the July evaluation period.

D’Andre Mahaffey (Athens, GA), Cedar Shoals HS-2015

Mahaffey is a versatile forward in that he demonstrates some power forward traits, but his body and persona lend him to being more of a wing forward. In both the half court and in transition he can put the ball on the floor and get to the basket.  He is a difficult match-up for the slower less athletic power forwards.  When he is played in a position where he can utilize his dribble or jumper, he becomes a hard cover for defenders.

Notable players:

Vangaurd Elite lead guard Keshawn Gibbs caught the attention of several programs that were in attendance Saturday afternoon. This 6-foot guard was able to power his way into the lane and through contact for finishes. He pushed the ball in transition finding teammates for finishes.

Auburn Raptors 2015 guard Pernell Vickerstaff is a big combo guard who creates mismatches with his size and athleticism. At 6-3 guard he can get into the lane and finish through contact against bigger defenders.

Class of 2015 Smyrna Stars Purple lead guard Cameron Wiley has the ability to score in bunches. He was effective shooting the ball off the catch and dribble.

Atlanta Select guard Joshua Brooks was effective attacking the basket where he was able to finish in traffic. Brooks was able to provide a spark for his teammates in the first half of their morning game on Saturday.

Birmingham Storm had a pair of players that caught the attention of our OTRHoopsReport.com staff during the Sweet 16 tournament.  Decarlos Wright is a big combo guard that created mismatch problems as he showcased the ability to score inside and out.

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 the director of the On the Radar Hoops Fall Showcase, On the Radar Hoops Spring Showcase, On the Radar Hoops Invitational, Elite 32 Session I, Elite 32 Session II and Power 24

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