On The Radar Hoops hosted a stellar event with talent from all over the country. The first week of the live period is in the can. Let’s talk top prospects and performers that showed out in Atlanta.
Matt Reed – Reed continues to produce on the low block. Between impeccable footwork and a right hand with a soft touch. Reed’s an efficient paint scorer. He rebounds well and has range to the three point line.
Young & Reckless
Steve Turner – The Simeon product stands 6-9 with a solid frame. He has the footwork to create scoring opportunities in the post. He uses vertically to alter shots and is a force on the offensive boards.
RJ Johnson – At 6-3 Johnson carries a big frame for a guard. He plays an active brand of on and off-ball defense. The 2023 guard is explosive on the break and attacking the rim in the half court.
Grant Whitaker – Another athletic guard coming from Georgia stars 2023 ranks. The 6-4 guard caught a putback dunk to cap off a solid weekend.
Damoni Harrison – Harrison didn’t have a problem getting to the rim. He got to the rim with his quickness. He has great speed on ball speed for a 6-5 point guard.
Malcolm Noel – Noel earned an offer from Earlham College with his shooting. The 5-10 guard hits shots off the dribble from the mid-range and beyond the three.
Nathan Boldt – The under recruited 6-10 stretch big has good mobility. He impressed with athletic drives that netted him consistent points in the paint.
Cheikh Ndiaye – A wide-shouldered 6-9 big that can protect the rim and finish above the rim.
Jason Jackson – Jackson produced some of the Elite 32’s best highlights. He’s an above the rim athlete that can also dial it up from distance. The 2023 prospect took defenders off the dribble and finished at the cup.
Sean Stewart – Stewart’s combination of size and mobility makes him an intriguing prospect. He shows soft touch out to the free throw line.
Shamir Wingfield – Wingfield is Lightning with the ball in his hands. He consistently gets downhill allowing him to make plays in the paint.
Domonik Henderson – To quote Shun Williams, Henderson’s weekend was best described as “productive”. He was a consistent double-digit scorer over the four-day event and landed a nice poster to remember the weekend.
Jazian Gortman – The newly minted 5 star guard showed off freakish athleticism all weekend.
Malik Reneau – A technician on the block, Reneau made shots all around the paint. He shows proficiency with both hands and good footwork on either block.
Anthony Robinson – Robinson continues to score efficiently on all three in every event he plays in. He connected on a three, used his quickness to get in the paint and possess a smooth pull up jumper from the elbow. The 2023 prospect also sinks free throws at a high rate.
Sam Walters – At 6-11 Walters brings the mobility and outside inside needed to be a productive stretch 4. Though his frame is still thin his long arms make him a deterrent at the rim for his 16U competition. He had a nice spin move in transition that showed his handle.
AJ Pierre-Jerome – The team’s second Montverde product hawked down an opposing player for a transition block. He’d later score in transition proving that the 6-9 big man can really move in the open court. He was tenacious on the offensive boards. In the half-court, Pierre-Jerome’s lefty hook connected out of a spin move.
Keenan Johnson – The next part of Johnson’s development is going to be scoring more consistently in the mid-range. After getting in the paint on a drive the 6-8 rising junior sank a floater.
Nigie Cook – Cook runs the floor with his big 6-5 wing. He runs the floor and hits threes in transition.
Ian Smickle – The 6-9 big man out of Suncoast high school is producing at an early age. He moves well for his size, finishes strong at the rim, and contributes on the defensive end.
Taylor Hendricks – At 6-9 with an athletic frame Hendricks has the size and skill to be a versatile difference maker at the next level. He has a solid stroke from outside knocking down a couple of threes from the top of the key. The way he moves at his size makes him a forceful putback dunker.
AJ Brown – This 6-4 2022 guard is a long shooter you can stick on either wing.
Brice Sensabaugh – 6-6 with a thick frame Sensabaugh gives you a shooter you can stick on bigger players. The 2022 prospects is also a high academic achiever with a 4.0+ GPA.
Deshawn Jean-Charles – A 6-6 guard that looks good with the ball in his hands. Despite having a strong frame, it was his ability to shoot out of size up moves that impressed.
Faheim Meran – Team ME looked like big guard U and 6-5 Meran is exemplary of the program. He broke down his defender, finding cutting teammates along the way.
Team Speights 2023
Karmello Branch – Jack of all trades Karmello Branch showed off a consistent catch and shoot jumper from 3.
Payton Mogire – Mogire is easily one of the biggest sleepers at Elite 32. At 6-9, 6-10 the 2022 prospect possesses effortless explosive athleticism. He rebounded and finished above the rim over the 4-day event.
SW IL Jets
Ethyn Brown – I liked Brown’s ability to score in transition. He got out in traffic to throw thunderous dunk in transition.
Dampier Evans – Evans can create scoring opportunities for himself off the dribble. At 6-5, he was able to size his defender up to get downhill spin in the lane and finish a lay up in traffic.
Team AJ Bouye
Aiden Jones – The lone Florida prospect on a team full of Georgians, Jones stands out with his shooting. He made deep threes displaying range several feet beyond the college 3. He’s shot 40% on catch and shoot opportunities in the three games I watched on 5 threes a game. The hesitation pull up jumper looks nice as he buried one in traffic. Playing up an age group Jones fits well as an athlete pinning a shot on the backboard in transition.
Jelani Thurman – Displaying positive swingman abilities, Thurman affected both sides of the court. He had erased a shot at the rim and showed a passing acumen on the half court.
RChaun King – The bouncy 6-5 guard is a promising 2024 prospect to track in the Memphis area. King drew a foul on the break where he knocked down a pair of free throws.
Michael Carpenter – This incoming freshman is a quick guard that can get downhill. He scores at the rim through contact, notching several and1 under his belt. Carpenter has a good handle and is a shade under 6 foot. He’ll be part of a strong underclassman core in the Georgia area.
Caleb Hughes – Much like CP25’s overall team Hughes knows how to play the game. He has range beyond the college three, plays under control, and made several defensive plays against his matchup. The 2024 prospect is a decent athlete.
Cameron Walker – The Milton point guard can get to the rim and scores behind the three point line.
Evan Boyd – The 6-4 guard has a wide set of shoulders that can add size as he develops physically. He’s a good catch n shoot specialist with college range.
Bishop Boswell – Boswell scores on all three levels. He made catch and shoot threes, pull jumpers, and gets downhill to attack defenders off the dribble. The 6-3 guard has a tight handle and the speed to beat others in transition.
LaDavian King – King can really shoot the ball from deep. He knocked down shots from the top of the key and wing from 22+ feet out. With range like this, he becomes a 2025 prospect worthy of a close eye.
Carson McDonald – A 6-7 2024 big man that operates well out of the post. He can pass out of moves, uses power dribbles to create space, and has a Dirk-like jumper that separates him from defenders. He’s an active rebounder that will keep possessions alive by tipping that ball until it’s secure.
California Stars Black
Justin Williams – A shifty guard that can get to the rim, finish, and shoot the three.
Jed Miller – Miller broke his high school scoring record with a 62 point game his junior year. He’s following up that performance with terrific shooting. Off the catch, he nails 2 of his 3 attempts and has good mechanics as a shooter off movement. He uses his handle to attack opponents off the dribble. He also shows good defensive instincts.
Garrett Andre – Long term Andre could be a steal as an unsigned senior. In this showcase, he ran the floor and blocked shots as a 6-10 big man. He stretches the court with range out to 18 feet where he can really knock down short corner jumpers. The California Stars list him as a 2022 prospect so he may return for a post grad year.
Denim Dawson Jones – A shifty 6-5 guard that has deep range on his dribble pull up.
Jamar Franklin – Franklin’s highlight of the week was a deep running three that knocked off team Durant. It was just one of his three made shots from beyond the arc.
Derrick Mitchell – A 6-5 guard that can knock down shots behind the arc.
Krishen Atwal – Atwal’s inside-out presence appeared in Atlanta. He has the strength to finish through contact and the range to connect from the college 3.
Christian Reeves – Reeves size was obvious over the stream. At the tip off he dwarfed his matchup that was listed at 6-9. Despite looking a little stiff in his first game, he finished with authority at the rim.
Jaden Bradley – Speed is still the name of the game for the North Carolina native. It gets him in the paint after he uses his shifty moves to shed defenders. His speed netted him a few steals where he displayed his abilities in transition. He didn’t get off to a hot start but as the game progress his shots found the bottom of the net.
Kheni Briggs – A wide shouldered 6-4 shooting guard, Briggs added spacing out to the college three.
Robert Dix – Dix got it going from deep to keep his day 2 game close. In back-to-back-to-back possessions he connected on a step-back 3, made another over a tough contest, and drew a foul on another shot from deep.
Braden Pierce – Playing stretch 5 at the college level is definitely in the cards for this 7 footer. He connected on a shot from deep and proved he can take slower foot bigs off the dribble.
Kami Young – Mercer extended Young an offer after a strong 4 day performance in Atlanta.
Malique Ewin – Ewin’s combination of size and speed in the open court made for a scary sight. The 6-10, 220 4 star center put up good rebounding numbers against stiff competition including two top flight EYBL teams.
Trentyn Flowers – Playing up two age groups, Flowers is making a bid to have stars next to his name when 2024 rankings expand. His game is incredibly smooth and at 6-8, his ceiling is high. A lot of his production came around the rim.
Jehmari Hill – A two sport athlete whose athleticism is apparent on the break.
Dug McDaniel – The most recent 2022 Michigan commit is our speed kills award recipient. He’s an absolute blur with the ball in his hands. His quickness produces plays on both sides of the court.
Every single player on Team Thad was a defensive difference maker in Atlanta. This is a great defensive team that will make it tough on a lot of EYBL teams.
Solomon Washington – Washington is a go to wing stopper. At 6-7, he’s competitive and athletic with a long wingspan. He’s an effortless above the rim and transition finisher.
Malik Dia – Contact doesn’t mean much to Dia once he’s in motion. He absorbed and exploded through defenders all weekend. A few of his highlights from the weekend include a nasty poster and a drive that saw the 6-7 power finish through his similar sized defenders with ease.
Jalen Hood-Schfino – Montverde’s jumbo point guard consistently used his handle to get behind the defense for paint touches that lead to open threes. He did his damage from distance when he set his feet. He scores in transition and his size makes him a switchable defender.
Kimani Hamilton – A 6-8 spring loaded athlete.
Amarr Knox – This Memphis native is going to brings bounce to Penny’s roster in 2022. He threw down big dunks and hung in the air during and1 finishes. In the half court, he can in the teeth of the defense for kick outs.
Trejaun Holloman – The number 1 ranked player in Minnesota showcased deep range on his jump shot.
Ikenna Ezeogu – The Iowa State football commit is clearly trying to get a coveted dual offer from the school. His 6-6 tight end build suits him at either forward spot. He’s a high level athlete, an above average finisher through contact, and displays wing skills. He’s an active, high motor defender who can knock down the wing three. Sealing an already productive package Ezeogu provides a rebounding presence on the offensive and defensive boards.
Joao Ramirez – Juju is a really quick 6-8 forward. He attacks off the dribble making quick work of the space in front of him. He’s a solid offensive rebounder.
California Stars Red
Jeremiah Paul – Paul was a consistent guest at the rim. The 6-4 wing flew at the hole every time the chance presented itself.
Sean Ivory – A 6-7 energizer that made plays as a defender and off ball scorer. Ivory had a sequence with back-to-back blocks while covering a lot of ground. He scored off strong cuts and off the catch threes.
Owen Setterlind – A 6-3 guard that connected on several corner threes.
Asher Woods – Woods gives you good energy at the off guard spot. He got into a good shooting groove on day 4, hitting two wing threes and a pull up jumper en route to double figures.
Dechun Rutherford – A 5-10 floor general that showed the ability to shoot off the dribble with a clutch step back three.
Rodney Rice – The DeMatha guard’s jump shot was working overtime on day 4. It was an overall good scoring game as he knocked down three after three to expand Team Durants’s lead. A foul on a heat check three saw him hit a trifecta at the free throw line. He showed his athleticism on the break with a putback and break away finish on his own.
Chas Kelley – One of the better perimeter defenders at the event. He consistently made ball handlers change angles. The 6-5 guard also has a nice stroke from three.
Rob Lawson – Lawson shows the makings of a good lay up package as he switched his hands to avoid the trees. That craft around the rim will be on display at EYBL’s two-week gauntlet.
Dariq Whitehead – Whitehead contributed to good team defense. He forced turnovers with good positioning and a willingness to sacrifice his body. As a scorer, many of his points came around the rim.
Cole Paar – Paar fought for deep positioning in the paint. He scored in the post with pump fakes and good footwork. He was a consistent finisher all weekend.
Judah Mintz – Oak Hill has another incoming senior whose stock is going to benefit from their strength of schedule. Mintz had an impressive day finishing above the rim. The 6-4 guard has a sturdy frame and powers through contact. He also buried a pull up jumper in isolation.
Khalif Crawley – Crawley is an athletic 6-9 forward that covers a lot of ground with his movements. The ability helped him finish through contact tough and block shots after defensive rotations.
Derrick Green – Green has serious pop in sturdy 6-9 250+ frame. He dunked off vertical in traffic.
Aden Holloway – Holloway proved to be a three point sniper and a heady floor general for a talented CP3 backcourt that can fill the cup.
Gregory Jackson – The number 1 junior in South Carolina might be slender now but he has the real estate to change that in the upcoming years. Now listed 2 inches taller at 6-10 he adds to the CP3 bigs who finish at the rim with authority.
Robert Dillingham – The Instagram name Robwitdashifts fits the 5 star guard well. Dillingham breaks down defenders with his handle then it’s up to discernment whether he wants to torch you with the jumper or at the rim. He was proficient at finishing around the rim in Atlanta.