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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

ATL Scouting: OTR The Opening Standouts

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Took a while off after a protracted scholastic season and I’m in Atlanta for a pair days. I missed the premier journey ball occasions in Texas, however evalauted some actually high quality basketball throughout my time within the ATL. Bought to cease by and see my guys at Hoopseen in Suwanee, then I drove to Marietta to take a look at the expertise at ‘The Opening’ introduced by Shun Williams of On The Radar Hoops. I spent my Sunday morning and afternoon within the fitness center and listed below are some guys that stood out to me. 

Xander Booker, 2024 6’5 Wing – Crew Dickerson (Inexperienced): Fascinating prospect with lengthy arms, broad shoulder size and large arms. Booker displayed capability to attach from 3-point land in addition to make the most of measurement mismatch on post-ups from the block and mid-post.

William Jobe, 2024 6’10 PF/C – Crew Dickerson: Lots to love about Jobe. Can stretch the ground and make photographs from deep, noticed him alter and block photographs from inside, but additionally makes use of his size to change perimeter photographs when he’s closing out. Versatile at his measurement, there’s abundance of upside with this prospect.

Christian Johnson, 2024 6’2 Guard – Crew SMASH: Wiry, attacking guard with really feel for the sport. Noticed spectacular contact across the basket vs. size and a capability to make fast reads with the ball in his arms. Not often did I see him doing plenty of dribbling to get from level A to Level B.

Aidan Penchion, 2024 6’7 Ahead – Crew SMASH: Thicker framed ahead that confirmed inside-out recreation. Is aware of the best way to use physique to carve out area within the paint, acquire an advantageous place on the offensive boards and join mid-range photographs off the bounce. 

Mekhi Ragland, 2025 6’9 C – Crew Huncho 16U: Massive framed publish with gentle contact across the rim and might stretch the ground with dependable taking pictures from deep. Has good really feel and a handful to protect within the publish. As soon as he will get in form and play successfully in longer stretches, he might make an excellent bigger impression in video games. 

Maki Joyner, 2025 6’4 CG – Crew Huncho 16U: Loved watching Joyner. Southpaw guard that confirmed creativity with deal with and exact passing off the dwell dribble. Clean operator off the bounce and is a artful finisher across the basket. May have a big-time spring/summer season and count on to see his recruitment and inventory develop.

Israel Jenrette, 2024 6’9 – AJ Bouya Elite: Jenrette checks plenty of the bodily instruments. The scale, body and arm size is right for a publish. He’s nonetheless uncooked on the offensive finish, however favored his power and presence on the glass and as a rim protector. Rebounded out of his space, used his size and enough leaping talents to impression photographs on the basket and performed to his strengths on each ends.

Lawrence Sanford, 2025 6’2 CG – Wooden Elite 16U: Sanford was efficient as a scorer taking part in on or off the ball. Energetic mover off the ball that creates scoring alternatives for himself and others. On it, he makes use of his fast first step to blow by defenders and might cease on a dime, rise and launch when creating off the bounce. 

Jayden Bell, 2025 6’ PG – Crew Energy: Assured shot-maker that may rating in bunches. Despite the fact that he can rating it at a excessive clip, I noticed some probably potent playmaking abilities particularly when working as a decide n roll ball handler. Has good imaginative and prescient, could not all the time take advantage of correct passes, however he exhibits a capability to impression successful with each his scoring and playmaking. 

Chase Tyler, 2024 6’4 Guard – Wooden Elite 17U: A twin sport athlete that performs with a mix of energy and finesse as a guard-wing. Will get downhill, finishes by contact and size, plus rebounder and when his shot is on, he’s an excellent more durable cowl. Albeit being a big-time soccer participant, Chase might find yourself being a respectable division 1 basketball prospect.

Isaac Tavares, 2023 6’6 Wing – Crew Huncho 17U: An accessible prospect with good measurement for a wing. Assertive with the ball in his arms and might get to the enamel of the protection. Was actually good in transition as a finisher, can swap and defend a number of spots and I actually favored that his motor stays on.

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