Unsigned 2022’s – 10 To Watch This Spring Pt 2
ATLANTA, GA – We listed our first five of ten unsigned 2022’s in Part 1 that can definitely be difference-makers a the next level.
Here are 5 more:
By: Keith Agran
Braden Sparks | PG | McEachern
Loved the sheer athleticism of this year’s McEachern iteration, and along with fellow senior Mike Jacobs, Sparks was at the forefront of that. Had some monster scoring games this year finally in a position to be the man on that end, after spending the lion’s share of his career prior as a superb defender and steady distributor for other star attractions. The defending remains a top trait, and with what we saw as a scorer during late 2021 and into 2022, he at 6-1 can definitely be a contributor to a next-level team looking for a strong-bodied, highly experienced scoring point guard.
Kaden McArthur | PG | Collins Hill (pictured above)
Falls into that dreaded under-6 foot category which pigeon-holes guys into near oblivion based on height alone. But McArthur, going back to his previous years with Grayson, has shown that none of that matters in his game, at either end. He can be a rock-steady, pass-first floor general for you, but has also particularly this season shown an ability to post consistent scoring numbers with quickness and creativity on O. An absolute lockdown defender, he could run my team any day.
Asher Woods | SG | Parkview
At 6-3 with a nice wingspan, this A+ athlete had an explosive final season with the Panthers. A high volume, bunches 1,000 point scorer who showed off his chops over his career at both ends of the floor, garnering nearly as much defensive recognition as for his offense. The shooting range is halfcourt and in, so he needs to be marked at all times past the arc, but if you get too close there’s an explosive first step and some serious lift to the rim that would be a welcome addition to any up-tempo team looking for buckets in droves.
Chi Shannon | SG | Chapel Hill
Speaking of frightening athleticism, Shannon first burst onto my radar as a sophomore in the summer of 2020, where his high-flying antics and slithery scoring ability were impossible to miss. Since then, he’s developed every aspect of his game to a fine point, earning Region POY honors and becoming the kind of consistent scoring threat that makes him more valuable than for just his freakish athletic skills. An expansion of the shooting range and terrific defensive versatility at 6-6 makes this one of those real diamonds out there right now, a steal for sure.
Sebastian Tidor | SG | East Paulding
A late-season injury curtailed his season a bit, but prior to that he was purely dominant in stretches and was showing the kind of scoring versatility that has been his staple. Handling the ball as 1, slashing off the wing as a 2, or playing the 5 at times for EPHS, his back-to-the-basket-game at 6-4 with the way he can move was at times devastating as well. A fully healthy Tidor playing this spring and summer will be hard to miss with the athletic gifts combined with the natural ability to put the ball in the hole. He has, for the last 3 years frankly, looked like a college player who will be a really solid contributor in his time there.
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 has both a championship-coaching background on the HS-level and daily newspaper writing experience, both from New Jersey. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BracketSage.