#OTRSweet16 Session II – Standouts Part I (Hemingway) – April 25, 2022
POWDER SPRINGS, Georgia, – The second open period of the spring brought talented teams and college coaches to track their progress. Our staff saw familiar faces and were introduced to new names in the process. Here is a rundown of a few of the names that stood out from the opening night of the Sweet 16 Session II.
By: Jonathan Hemingway
Alexander Doyle – Showtime Ballers – 2022
Doyle was the talk of the tournament on Friday night. He is a 6-foot-10 wing-forward that can rip the nets from deep. His footwork and shot preparation set him apart from other shooting specialists. He gets the shot out quick, cleanly, and consistently from a high release point. Although Doyle might feel most comfortable spacing on the perimeter, he does have some skill with his back to the basket. He takes advantage of smaller defenders who may try to disrupt his rhythm around the arc by taking them to the block for post ups. In an age where shooting has never been more important, we believe Doyle’s value is on the way up.
Malik Franklin – MEBO Team Hood – 2023
Franklin is another player that got off to a hot start on Friday night. The 6-foot left hander scored 16 points in the team’s opening game. Of those points, 12 of them came off 3-pointers. He has a quick trigger and finds his space effectively around the arc. Franklin plays primarily off the ball, but he can push the ball in transition to lead the break.
Jeremiah Flournoy – Smyrna Stars – 2022
Flournoy’s game is very intriguing. The 6-7 forward is very capable of controlling the paint as a defender and rebounder. Yet on Friday night he showed range on his jumper and the ability to face the basket at the top of the key. Combine this with his mobility and ability to run the floor and Flournoy is ready made to help a collegiate program soon.
Randy Latham – Team Forrest – 2023
It can be difficult to stand out as one of many guards on an already experienced team. Nevertheless, Latham found a way to stand out. He is slick with the ball in his hands, and he is fearless when attacking the basket. He scored 12 second half points to help propel his team to victory on Friday night. The combination of instinct and skill will serve Latham well going into his senior year.
Marvin McGhee IV – Georgia Canes – 2023
McGhee entered the tournament with a 26-point explosion. The 6-6 wing hit 3-pointers, slid through the lane for finishes, and glided in the open court for transition dunks. He has a well-rounded skill set that will only flourish as he gets older and stronger. As it is right now, McGhee is one of the top underclassmen in the state heading into his senior year.
Jacy Miles – Promise Elite – 2023
Versatility is a trait that can get attract attention. Miles brings multiple talents to the court. His high-octane motor pushes him to get loose balls and rebounds in traffic. He also sports a soft touch when finishing in the paint. Add in the fact that he can play both along the frontline and defend the arc, Miles is that interchangeable piece that every coach likes on his roster.
Phillip Tepper – Q6 All-Stars – 2023
Tepper proved to be a very effective shooter in his team’s opening game on Friday night. He moved well within the team’s offense using screens and finding the open area consistently. His ability to knock shots off the move is important as he does not always have to have his feet set to be a threat to score. At 6-5 Tepper is proving to be a terrific complementary player alongside playmakers who can draw double teams.
Leroy Wilson – Team Georgia Magic – Prep School
Wilson is prep school grad who is ready for an opportunity at the next level. Although built like a power forward, he handles and creates like a guard. In his team’s opening game, he led the break and scored in space. His ability to hit jumpers in the half court tell us that he is ready for bigger waters. We expect that Wilson’s name will be buzzing come out of this event.
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.
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