Standout Wings from the OTR Carolina Mania – April 4, 2023
On The Radar hit the road for Spartanburg this weekend, the first Carolina event on the calendar. Top programs flocked from all over the southeast and we were able to get a look at some of Carolina’s top prospects as well as a few Georgia guys that made the most of their trip. Here are a few guards that stood out to me throughout the weekend.
By: Cam Rickers
2024 W David Clark – Atlanta All-Stars
David Clark headlines the new-look Atlanta All-Stars and he carried the scoring load for most of the weekend. Clark is a big 6’7 wing that’s lethal in isolation sets, able to create good looks for himself from all over the floor. He’s a tough shot maker and hit on a countless number of mid-range jumpers. Clark’s comfortable operating from the perimeter or down in the post, able to take mismatches wherever he wants. While it’s difficult to replicate last year’s roster, the All-Stars have a pretty dangerous 1-2 scoring punch with David Clark and Jax Abernathy.
2025 W Nigel Thomas – EYA Sports
Nigel Thomas is a name that circulated pretty quick during the high school season, an effective role player for a great McDonough team. He’ll get to shine in a different light this spring as one of the primary scoring threats for EYA Sports and if he continues to play like he did in Spartanburg, his stock will continue to rise. Thomas is a long 6’7 wing that shoots the three at a high clip. He also connected on a handful of tough turnaround jumpers out of the post that sparked my attention. There’s still work to be done for Thomas but there’s already a lot to like.
2024 W Grant Dryden – CLT PSB Elite (Kizonas)
PSB Elite rolled through competition on their way to a 3-0 record for the weekend and Grant Dryden was a key factor in their success. He ended Sunday with a game-high 18 points coming on 4 three-pointers and that’s when he really caught my eye. Dryden offers good size on the perimeter at 6’5, a deadly spot-up shooting option, and some really impressive passing instincts. Consider his 4.25 GPA and Dryden could be a guy that smaller high-academic schools will love.
2025 W Myles Smith – Team Synergy
Myles Smith played up with Team Synergy’s 17u squad but you’d never know based on his skill and athleticism. Smith is 6’3 with a noticeably impressive wingspan and eye-popping athleticism. He also shot the three-ball well this weekend, hitting multiple times in the games that I watched. On the defensive end, Smith played tough on-ball defense and I think he’s got a ton of potential on that end of the floor. Back to back weekends full of production have Smith’s stock headed in the right direction.
Cam Rickers has lived in Georgia his whole life and joined OTR as scout/evaluator this spring. He spent the year prior scouting for PrepHoops, working hard to make a name for himself within the grassroots scene. In addition to his work for OTR and PrepHoops, he is also the Recruiting & Scouting Director for Wood Elite. You can reach him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @CamRickersHoops
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