Strong Impressions from The Gauntlet – April 19, 2023

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – On the Radar Hoops returned to the Sunshine State for a second time this spring to host The Gauntlet at Mainland and Seabreeze High Schools. Our media team was in full force at the event, and we took note of the top performers from the event. Here is a second installment of standouts from last weekend.

By: Jonathan Hemingway

Class of 2024 wing Eric Baldassarre of Born to Impact Elite caught our eye with his length and shooting prowess. He brings mobility and agility to the court that allows him to move effortlessly off of screens and fire up daggers from beyond the arc. Baldassarre showed some wiggle with the ball in his hands as well. The allowed him to create space with step backs and pull-ups. He plays a complimentary role for this team, but he has the capability of impacting in major ways.

Ball 4 Lyfe featured one of the more intriguing wings at the event. Six-foot-five Jeremiah Police showed his shooting touch and length on Sunday afternoon at the Gauntlet. Police’s game is smooth, because of his handle and high release point on his jumper. He can shoot over the top of defender’s outstretched arms. He also does a nice job of attacking the rim and drawing contact in the lane. Look for this class of 2024 wing to be an emerging name coming out of the South Florida area.

Class of 2024 Eric Taylor is a great complimentary guard for Judah Nation. He blends into the fabric of the team quite well, because of his well-rounded skill set. He can play the point and distribute, or he can slide to the wing and hit open shots. He defends the perimeter competently. Taylor’s efficiency and his aversion for making unforced errors earns his spot on this list.

Judah Nation presented another notable prospect for this list in Jordan Buchanan. The 6-6 wing is an interesting prospect given his length, range, and athleticism. He is a versatile prospect who can play a bit inside and a lot on the arc. He showed his 3-point proficiency over the weekend while also being just as apt to drive and finish at the bucket. Keep this class of 2024 wing in mind this spring and summer as coaches begin to hunt for a versatile wing to fill out their roster.

Team Breakdown guard Gabriel Chang set the tone for his team last weekend. He is a left-handed prospect who blends power with finish. He is effective at getting downhill and scoring in traffic. He also showed consistent range and the ability to hit the pull-up in tough situations. The 2024 guard’s size and skill are worth checking out.

One of the most impressive single game performances of the weekend was turned in by Victor Olayisade with PSB Elite. The class of 2024 guard poured in five 3-pointers in a half in the team’s opening game of the weekend. This is after he went scoreless in the first half, he was undeterred and powered his team to a win Olayisade’s confidence and shooting accuracy earn him a spot on this list.

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 and follow him on twitter @JL_Hemingway.