#OTRHoops: Sweet 16 Session II Standouts Part 3 (Brazelton) – April 26, 2022
POWDER SPRINGS, Georgia – This is the final installment of Sweet 16 Session II standout performers from Jennifer Brazelton’s notebook. Players from all over the Southeast received the opportunity to show their skills in front of dozens of college coaches all weekend long. Below are names from the classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 who caught the attention of our evaluators.
By: Jennifer Brazelton
Bol Agu: Game Speed Elite – 2023
The 2023 6’9″ center, Bol Agu Jr., is as smooth as they come for a stalky big. Agu caught the eyes of several college coaches with his seamless transitions. Agu possesses great footwork around the basket and has a nice floater within 5′ and a great stroke from long distance. What caught my eye about Agu was his activity and movement without the ball; understanding where to be offensively and an IQ to push the ball up the court, with nice hand-eye coordination and finishing through traffic. I expect offers to come in as his stock continues to rise heading into his senior year of high school.
Samuel Alexis: 1 Family – 2022
The 6’9″ PF, Samuel Alexis, is a fun player to watch. Alexis continually stays in the plays, offensively and defensively, and once he gets going, he’s hard to stop. He really caught my attention this past weekend against Wood Elite, going for 16 in the first half, and finishing with 22. Once Alexis is within 5′ of the basket with the ball, you can go ahead and count the basket. Alexis also does a great job spreading the offense and has consistently shown he can knock do the 3. Alexis currently holds D1 offers from Binghamton, New Mexico State, and Stetson.
Tristan Gilmore: JSI Elite Black – 2024
I believe the 6’4″ small forward, Tristan Gilmore, is on the rise. I saw him play against a good Atlanta Celtics team, and he’s nowhere near his ceiling. Gilmore averaged a double-double through the second Live Period, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, helping his JSI Elite Black team go 4-0. Showed true glimpses of being able to handle the ball, shot well from the outside, solid foot work around the rim, cleaned up missed shots, dunked in traffic, and had some nice blocks off the glass. I expect his stock to really take off once he gets the attention of college coaches. Gilmore holds a D1 offer from Alabama State.
Will Hopkins: Team Dickerson – 2024
The 6’5″ wing, Will Hopkins, has a lot to offer. In the first Live Period, Hopkins stood out, consistently finishing as a top performer for his team, and this weekend was no different. Hopkins caught my attention and many of the college coaches on the baseline with doing a little bit of everything; from scoring the ball, blocking shots, and being aggressive on the boards. Hopkins is a calm guard that can also make plays, dishing out the ball to the open teammates, running the floor, and getting to his spots offensively to make an impact. I look forward to seeing some offers trickle in as his game continues to grow.
Jaylen Peterson: Team Forrest – 2022
On a team with a lot of talent, the 6’7″ 2022 forward, Jaylen Peterson, really stood out. With Peterson’s long wingspan, he’s able to disrupt the opposing team. I really like his game within 15′ of the basket; has a nice shot fake, and can get to the basket in 1 or 2 dribbles. Peterson showed some nice glimpses of knocking down the jumper with his high release, and showed some true finesse with his footwork around the rim, cleaning up missed shots. Peterson currently holds D1 offers from High Point, Iona, Presbyterian College, and USC Upstate. I expect his list of offers to continue to grow going into the summer.
After serving on college coaching staffs and working at several universities in the Southeast, Jennifer Brazelton joined On the Radar Hoops as a National Evaluator in April 2022. She has been involved in the Georgia basketball community since 2015 and can be reached at JenniferRBrazelton@gmail.com or on Twitter @thegirlinadidas.
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