Tape Don’t Lie is a new series of scouting reports based on watching full games of two recent games from Oklahoma grassroots programs This week’s Tape Don’t Lie takes a look at possibly the top 15U team in Oklahoma, Team…
Tape Don’t Lie is a new series of scouting reports based on watching full games of two recent games from Oklahoma grassroots programs
This week’s Tape Don’t Lie takes a look at possibly the top 15U team in Oklahoma, Team Trae Young. The young group has experienced a strong spring thanks to a great combination of skilled guards along with a front-court filled with size, athleticism and upside. It’s a fitting time to look at the prospects on this team, as the new Class of 2025 rankings were released this week. And this squad is well represented with some of the top 2025 prospects in Oklahoma.
( Khai Brown Khai Brown 6'3" | SG Putnam City North | 2025 State OK is a member of this team, but was not present at the games that were available on BallerTV)
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CJ Nickson CJ Nickson 6'6" | SF Weatherford | 2025 State OK , 6’6 Forward, Weatherford
Intro: Fresh off a Class 4A Semifinals appearance, Nickson is a bruising forward with expanding perimeter skills.
Currently is a man among boys at the 15U level thanks to his combination of size, strength and explosion. This is best shown with his ability to dominate on the glass, especially on the offensive end.
Finishes with power but also has a finesse aspect, as he can hit the spin move in traffic.
Area of improvement:
Has some athletic traits that translate to perimeter play, including good shooting in past viewings. But will need to continue to work on being more fluid as a perimeter player to continue enhancing his versatile skillset.
Brady Hancuff Brady Hancuff 6'6" | SF Edmond Memorial | 2025 State OK , 6’6 Wing, Edmond Memorial
Intro: A breakout prospect this spring, Hancuff’s height and athleticism set him apart from other prospects.
Hancuff’s athletic ability jumps off the screen, literally. Often younger prospects his size look awkward when closing out on perimeter players, but the Edmond youngster is smooth and can change direction to keep up with smaller guards. Add in a few blocks, at the rim and on closes outs, and it’s clear Handcuff has unique upside.
High motor play translates to more than just being an effective defender. It also puts him in spots to score on offense in the half court and transition. Where he is already starting to look like an above the rim finisher.
Also looked comfortable as a taller slasher when attacking the rim off the dribble in the halfcourt.
Area of improvement:
Refining skills, especially shooting. Only played freshman ball last winter, which does have him catching up some as a scorer. There are still moments of awkwardness that he should grow out of as he ages.
Domaunique Stephens Jr Domaunique Stephens Jr 6'0" | PG Putnam City | 2025 State OK , 6’0 Point Guard, Putnam City North
Intro: A heady floor general, Stephens showed real promise as a skilled guard with the Panthers last winter.
Great passer for his age, particularly good at finding openings in traffic to drop off passes to his teammates for high percentage scoring opportunities.
Improving athleticism gives him more burst to go with his shifty ballhandling. Which combined allows him to get to his spots off the dribble and create space for jumpers.
Looked more aggressive in the two games, at time in high school he was passive.
Area of Improvement:
While the improved aggressiveness was a benefit overall, it did led to some reckless turnovers in the two games. For a player with his passing ability and feel for the game, carless turnovers should not be the norm. As a point guard, aggressiveness also comes with more than just attacking. It comes with being a floor general, who controls the game. There were points when the team was disorganized and he could’ve been more vocal demanding the ball and settling down his team.
Anthony Leonard Anthony Leonard 5'11" | CG Putnam City North | 2025 State OK , 6’0 Combo Guard, Putnam City North
Intro: A classic “OKC style guard” will defend 94 feet, find ways to score at the rim and more.
Leonard is an aggressive player, who gets after it on and off the ball defensively. His tenacious playing style leads to transition opportunities for easy scores.
Along with finishing well in transition, Leonard used a floater and good body control to be an effective slasher off the bounce in the half court.
Area of Improvement:
Turnovers and all around feel. Also did most of his damage off the bounce, will need to be able to be a plus three pointer shooter as his smaller size relative to the collegiate level.
Tristian Hankins, 6’2 Shooting Guard, Moore
Intro: A key cog in Moore’s run to the Class 6A title game, Hankins is an elite shooter.
Shooting is one of the most important traits in modern basketball and Hankins has that covered. Especially as a spot up specialist. Even hitting a couple from a few feet beyond the arc.
In the flow of the halfcourt, he’s a good passer with his feet set and keeping the halfcourt offense flowing.
Continuing to improve in decision making off the dribble. Would get caught jumping without a plan to shoot or pass, leading to turnovers. Shooting is great but once he’s the top of the scouting report for the opposition continuing to improve his overall game will help his impact.
Jantz Alsup Jantz Alsup 6'5" | SF Edmond Santa Fe | 2025 State OK , 6’5 Forward, Edmond Santa Fe
Intro: A post player in high school as a freshman, Alsup has athletic traits that could lead to playing on the perimeter in the future.
High motor player, with some natural quickness to his feet when moving along the perimeter. Also uses his long wingspan length to compliment his athleticism as a defender.
Doesn’t need a runway to elevate, should be one of the better overall athletes in the class.
Overall offensive skillset. Has the look to be a slasher with some ball handling ability but needs to finish through contact better. The need for overall improved strength also shows up with needing to be better at securing rebounds on both ends.