OTR Battleground Session II: First Look
On The Radar’s Battleground Session II did not leave us wanting for talent. Everywhere I turned, I saw talent I had seen before and talent I had never laid eyes on. It was great seeing so many guys that I…
On The Radar’s Battleground Session II did not leave us wanting for talent. Everywhere I turned, I saw talent I had seen before and talent I had never laid eyes on. It was great seeing so many guys that I covered last spring and summer and how they have developed. It was great seeing new talent that I will be able to track this year. I got a lot of notes on players and identified a lot of players to keep track of over the next few months to track their development. Before I get into the players, shout out to OTR for a first-class event. Here are a few players that caught my attention early…
Ian Parham, Jr. (6’4/Small Forward/2026)
Team: Team Thad
When you see Team Thad warming up, you see a team loaded with length, and Ian is one of the players that immediately looks as though his length will be a major factor in the game. Well, what I saw in warm-ups did not disappoint. Ian is highly versatile on both ends of the court. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rack, creating for himself and his teammates. He impacts the game in so many ways, and in every game that I saw, he made his presence felt.
He is a slasher with long strides and gets to the rim quick, often before defensive rotation could get into position.
In the game that I sat and watched in its entirety, Ian poured in 19pts by getting it done at all levels. He had some electric moments as he was difficult to contain off the bounce. With the trey ball going for him, he was tough to stop. Look for Ian to have a huge spring and summer.
Opportunities For Growth: It is real simple; Ian has to commit to getting physically stronger for the next level. Older varsity guys will definitely try to be physical with him, so he will need to be prepared for that type of play. As he continues getting his reps, he will continue developing PG IQ, which will help expand his game beyond his ability to be a lethal scorer.
Kayden Allen (6’3/Shooting Guard/2026)
Team: Team Huncho
Kayden was one of the most prolific scorers during the entire weekend. He literally finds ways to score the rock, and he does so from all levels. He has a complete scoring package, and the scary part is that he is doing all of this at such an early age. I was able to catch a glimpse of him throughout the weekend after I initially sat and watched him, and he was giving defenders the business. He is a skilled scoring guard while at the same time he has a strong body and knows how to use it.
He is an elite-level scorer with the handles and the stroke that will make him a top prospect in the state of GA over the next few years.
His combination of size and shot-making ability from both inside and outside the arc makes him such an intriguing player to keep an eye on. In the match-up I watched the entire game, he had 30pts against NYBA.
Opportunities For Growth: There is no doubt about it. Kayden has the tools to light it up on the scoreboard; now, I encourage him to think about other ways he can impact winning outside of scoring. I would like to see Kayden use the attention that he gets on the offensive end of the court to create easy scoring opportunities for teammates. He is a 10-eye player, meaning that when the ball is in his hands, all five defensive players’ eyes are on him. As he learns to dissect that scenario more, he will just continue to get better as a player.
Jarron Talley (6’1/Point Guard/2026)
Team: NYBA Elite
I have been watching JT for a couple years now, and I have put ink on him before. He continues to expand his scoring arsenal. He was one of the best I saw when getting to rack off the bounce. He is constantly looking to break down defenders, and once he gets a step, it is tough for defenders to recover. He is a ferocious playmaker that showed consistency when converting in the lane.
He had defenders on skates as he kept the ball on a string, changed speeds, changed directions, and used his combo moves to create his angles and paths.
One thing that I noticed about JT’s game is his improvement on the defensive end of the floor. His hands have gotten quicker, and now his desire to defend seems better. If he commits fully on the defensive end, watch out as he will be an impact player that will have raised his stock this spring and summer. In the match-up against Team Huncho, he finished with 25pts.
Opportunities For Growth: I would like to see JT focus on two areas: 1. His physical strength, as his style of play, brings a lot of physical bumps and bruises. His game off the bounce draws fouls, which can begin to take its toll on his body. As he gets stronger, he will be able to absorb some of that contact better. 2. His leadership on the court. As a PG, even though a score-first PG, I would like to see JT be more of a vocal leader on both ends of the court. I encourage JT to read Kevin Eastman’s book: Why The Best Are The Best (https://kevineastman.net/book).
Adam Peter Elouajguali (6’3/Power Forward/2026)
When I first laid eyes on Adam, it was against a long and athletic Team Thad that covered a lot of space on the defensive end of the court. He showed his ability to score the rock from all levels but was at his best when getting to the rack. He has a stout frame, often got defenders on his hip, and controlled their ability to defend his attack.
He was tough in iso situations and was a strong finisher at the rim.
The score sheet from that game wasn’t accurate, but he did drop 18pts in the match-up against BMaze Elite. In that contest, he really unleashed the tools in the toolbox, and I believe he found his rhythm in this game as he had his scoring talents on full display for the rest of the weekend.
Opportunities For Growth: Not sure if Adam has already gotten varsity action in the school program that he is in, but one thing I would like to see Adam continue working on is his speed, quickness, and mobility. One of the things that we all say about the next level is that the game is faster and stronger.
Milton Jones (6’3/Shooting Guard/2026)
Team: Steel City Gators
It was enough if Milton didn’t do anything other than this one thing. After the game against Team Thad, other coaches and other media guys watching the game were all asking who this kid was. Well, let me introduce you to Milton Jones, from Birmingham, AL. He has good positional size and is explosive athletically.
What caught the eyes of people watching was a couple of times, Milton tried putting Team Thad players on a poster.
The first time everyone watching was stunned, but everyone was saying he was the real deal the second time. In a game that, on paper, his squad was not even supposed to be on the court with Team Thad, he brought confidence to his team that they could not just play with team Thad but believed they belonged on the court and could play with them. His aggressive mindset, versatile offensive game, and creative finishes put him in the talk of the most exciting players to take the floor throughout the weekend. Many eyes are on Milton; he is an emerging prospect to keep an eye on for the rest of this spring and summer.
Opportunities For Growth: I would like to see Milton continue to hone his handles and continue building his physical strength. He is an extremely versatile player who will impact the game at multiple positions on both ends of the court. He will need to be able to match up with the level of physical play he will see at the next level.
Stay close as more is coming from OTR’s Battleground Session II.