SHReport Summer Showcase – “Separators” Pt 1

WOODSTOCK, GA – Early June means Showcase season takes center stage after travel ball breaks for the month, giving players a chance to get in front of coaches and scouts.

To Etowah HS Kris Watkins and SH  Report went, and a good turnout produced some names we know from 2024 and below and some names who emerged and separated:

By: Keith Agran

Tayden Ware | F | 2025 | Lakeview Academy

The Lions are a solid GIAA program and bringing aboard former Buford head coach Benjie Wood only adds to their cachet, Ware was active from the jump around the basket and scored it in a variety of ways.

Ryan Williams | G | 2024 | Hiram

Having recently announced his move to Hiram from North Paulding Williams went out and carved and shot it at a high clip from distance all of which he’s been building for 3 years now, an easy choice as a Top 2 or 3 guy of the day.

Malik Gillespie | G | 2026 | Houston County (pictured at top)

Has been on the come for over a year now as last summer’s performance playing all the way up with WR All-Stars 17U team was eye-opening as he was not only worthy of being on that level but excelled, looking bigger and stronger and still only a sophomore he was to me perhaps the best overall prospect from a future perspective in the gym.

Greg Howard Jr | G | 2025 | St Francis

The pure PG savvy and calmness was hard to miss and a welcome visual from a young player in a Showcase atmosphere which can get chaotic, will combine with Reynolds Escher over in Alpharetta for a really good 2025 backcourt combo, a top revelation from the day.

O’Brien Watkins | G | 2024 | Carrollton

Emerged at least to me at OTR’s Breakout Camp two years ago and has been steadily making a stronger and stronger impression since, plays with such power-packed energy and can really attack the basket at a level which separates, superb floor leader and communicator as well.

Isaac Rorey | G | 2024 | Athens Academy

Another revelation on the afternoon was Rorey out of Athens (GA), good size for the 1 and plays like a veteran who knows his way around a halfcourt set, made a lot of good decisions in an unselfish role which usually stands out at least to me with guys all looking to impress with their scoring alone.

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 also spent 3 years as a sports writer at two newspapers in New Jersey. After a championship-coaching background on the HS-level also in NJ, he accepted the Girl’s Basketball Head Coaching position in May 2022 at Mt Bethel Christian Academy and now balances scouting and coaching still with a keen eye on talent around the region. You can reach him at and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.