Summer Jam – Saturday Can’t Miss Guys
MARIETTA, GA – With OTR split between Florida and Atlanta as the juggernaut continues to grow, I took to NextPlay 360 Saturday and Kell HS for what turned out to be a lot of quality action.
Here are some guys from Saturday who were “Can’t Miss”:
By: Keith Agran
Pro One is a top brand in the Southeast and always brings a really strong product to our floors over their variety of age groups, couldn’t miss Stone’s activity at multiple levels as he was strong while also light on his feet on the attack, pretty jump shot he combined patience and a cerebral approach with the power in reserve as he played off their solid guards really well.
Been fun watching Ouanounou over the last 2 years with Riverwood HS develop his game at his pace playing alongside one of the state’s best 2024’s in guard Karris Bilal, even with his Vanderbilt-bound teammate returning to the Raider lineup alongside him Ouanounou has a chance to have a statement senior year, taller near 6-7 and stronger for sure he can seriously light it up from deep and the added size and bulk will be huge to expand his profile inward toward the basket.
Playing as a major complementary piece to what was yet another terrific Eagle’s Landing team this past winter featuring several big-time 2023’s we’re now starting to see on this Spring trail some of the ball-dominant scoring qualities that recently earned Morris an offer from the Dirtbags of Long Beach State, power-packed and low to ground even though still 6-4 it’s the mid-range touch and ability to locate and exploit gaps that has really become intriguing.
It was Evan Gainer (who was also consistently solid all weekend as well) who had some heroics with a last-minute 3 to beat AJ Bouye but it was Reed’s all-around excellence particularly as a scorer that stood out, the Stars guys all clearly hit the weight room as their guards look and play like forwards the way they like Cooper physically get on the attack, a hustler and smart reader of options add deadeye shooting and Reed was a lot to handle on the offensive end.
Connor Teasley & Jaiden Haynes | G | 2025 | GA Canes
Had seen this 2025 Canes group in spurts but got a chance to hone in Saturday at Summer Jam, these two names are well known among scouting circles as each played a key role as sophomores at Peachtree Ridge and Drew Charter respectively, Teasley (pictured at top) has been earmarked for potential stardom for some time and is fulfilling that promise as beyond the obvious full-court skillset is an advanced IQ and the keys to the truck in Suwanee with the Lions are now his, Haynes is a flat bulk scorer who can kill in transition or bury you with 3-balls reminding a little of former Drew star Jakobe Strozier in the way he can go on some runs.
Even with two 7-footers and even more size behind that you need good guard play to still make it go and Lewis was that for Greenforest this past winter, entering his senior fall he’ll lose Gai Chol (Miss. St) and DK Manyiel (GA State) but has young size on the way up and playing with Forrest he does a really good as well recognizing the pace and style of the game and deftly getting his guys the ball in good spots, looking confident and mature you’d best not sleep on him as a scorer either.
Great to see the Phenom 3SSB group in town as they had an intimidating frontcourt to go with several guards who got after it, House’s approach in the mid-range as a crafty and clearly well-drilled scoring threat from the point caught the eye of many along the endline, he subtly picked apart defenses and never looked compelled to over-drive it instead using the 18 to 8 foot range to be really effective.
Darrian Joseph & Sha’Yah Goba | G | 2024 | GA Canes
Joseph was the hero getting the winning bucket vs All Georgia Elite but what he had shown all game was a scoring package that was increasing in confidence from last season with Archer, he laid a nice foundation with the Tigers as a guard to watch and the way he can drive it and then hurt you from the arc has taken on new fruit this spring with the Canes, Goba has clearly been in the lab working on the full gamut as a boon of confidence shows in him as well, and that with what we know was an athletic and above the rim package leaves a lot of intrigue ahead as he takes a larger role for Mount Vernon this fall.
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 email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.
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