#OTRSuper64 Impression-Makers -“Unsung” Guys
NORCROSS, GA – Back to the home of the defending 7A champions we went, and after an incredible turnout at Breakout two weeks earlier, OTR welcomed in juniors and seniors (and some 2025’s) for their chance to play before coaches and the best evaluators in the state.
Some big names were noticeable, other newer names emerged or put a stamp on their ongoing upward trajectory.
Here we look at some “Unsung” guys whose recruiting profiles are in development or who may produce in what you might call non-traditional ways, or ways that may fill up the stat sheet in areas other than the scoring column:
By: Keith Agran
Yuta Yamamoto | 5-8 | PG | 2024 | Chattahoochee
Following up another productive travel season with Georgia Legacy Yamamoto continues to put the work in to be his best, in a Showcase format where he will almost certainly face taller defenders virtually every game out he still sticks to his guns and plays a sound PG in the decision-making and ballhandling departments, he doesn’t get frustrated at not being to get a ton of shots off instead settling smartly for the better choice to an open teammate, those kinds of things pop to an evaluator when you watch him navigate the trenches and he and his intriguing Cougar mates could be set for a big ’22-23 season.
Had I put together a 1st team All-Defensive unit for the entirety of the travel season Foster-Martez would have surely been on it, seriously gets after it at that end and even better really seems to enjoy it, creates energy with a talkative style to go with superb mechanics getting to a spot and using an improving frame to push back, plenty of lateral athletic skill allows him to guard even up to small forwards as he can get off the deck and shows no fear toward any matchup, the offense is not absent by any means as he can give you outside shooting and loves to mix it up around the basket, will be a huge influence on how Lovett as a whole and the dynamic force that is 2024 guard Christian Anderson Jr attacks this upcoming season.
With Gabe Bolden’s move to North Cobb Christian an even larger portion of the scoring burden for the Knights will fall on the senior, he’s waited patiently as the highly-regarded 2022 class moved through the years and now he can truly be the #1 option, has always shown multi-level scoring chops out past the arc to go with a drive package that was always a major weapon, the lefty has the frame in a form where he can play through contact and is a much better athlete defensively than he often gets credit for, primed for a big ’22-23.
Adonai Mussie | 6-9 | PF | 2024 | Parkview
The length always immediately catches your eye as an obvious weapon as he can protect the rim and be a trail defending terror, what struck at Super 64 was seeing him face-up from 15 feet and both knock down the jumper and put it on the floor for some interesting variety getting at the rim, that aspect of his game takes him to another level as the defense and rebounding at 6-9 are plenty to draw eyeballs but the increased offensive efficiency could be huge, part of a fascinating ’22-23 Panthers lineup that will feature electric D1 football recruit Make Matthews Jr as well as Dominique Wilkins’ son 2025 riser Jacob Wilkins.
Josh Kavel | 6-2 | PG | 2024 | Wesleyan
Didn’t get any tweets out at Super 64 regarding Kavel but it seemed every time I looked over to where he was playing he was hustling his tail off and attacking the defense with an almost reckless abandon, but it’s not really all that reckless just filled with intensity and a willingness to go a step harder even in a Showcase environment, he can handle it as a 1 and be a really sound floor general or has some nice touch from distance to keep defenses honest, this Wesleyan team coming up this winter has got some guys to watch and Kavel will be the engine.
Quentin Rakestraw | 6-2 | PG | 2024 | Woodstock
Rakestraw too may not have made my social media string but always seem to catch my eye as a type of coach’s dream combo of hard worker and versatile athlete, has star potential for the Wolverines as he enters his junior year in a position to not only advance his own recruiting profile but be at the forefront for a team resurgence, at a solid 6-2 he can be a physical downhill PG or use a high IQ brand of ball in a cerebral wing attack mode, a few big wins by WHS followed by an eye-catching 2023 spring and summer could notably elevate Rakestraw heading into his senior season.
Keith Agran has lived in Georgia since 2011 and joined OTR as a National Evaluator in 2021. He previously scouted for Prep Hoops dating back to 2019 and has both a championship-coaching background on the HS-level and daily newspaper writing experience, both from New Jersey. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.
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