Nike EYBL kicked off its first session at Boo Williams last weekend in Virginia. Here are the top performers from the weekend.
2016 6’ 10” Harry Giles: 13.8 points, 9.8 rebounds per game
Giles is a special player at 6’ 10” with his ability to handle the ball pass, and make the mid range jumper makes him a matchup nightmare on the defensive end. His superior athleticism and relentless attacking of the boards makes him a double-double machine and a player certainly in the conversation for the number one player in the very talented and deep 2016 class.
2017 6’ 10” Wendell Carter: 9.8 points, 8.8 rebounds per game
Wendell Carter has a lot of upside with his wide frame that he utilizes well in the lane with his physical play. Carter nearly averaged a double double and was relentless on the glass and around the rim against other elite big men in Hampton. He also showed a face-up game 15 feet and in and showed an improving jumper.
2016 6’ 10” Tony Bradley: 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2 blocks per game
Tony Bradley is a fundamentally sound big man who attacks the boards and gets points doing the simple things. Bradley runs the floor well, is a good offensive rebounder, and establishes good post position, creating opportunities to collect easy baskets. Bradley also has a body a decent frame that can be worked with on the next level.
2016 6’ 11” Udoka Azubuike: 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds per game
Udoka Azubuike is a brute down low with a wide frame and the ability to finish above the rim strong in traffic. Azubuike is a good rebounder on both ends of the court and a good rim protector on the defensive altering and blocking shots. Azubuike is one of the top big men in the junior class and has the potential to be a special big man at the next level.
2017 6’ 8” Jarred Vanderbilt: 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists
Jarred Vanderbilt is an elite big man in the 2017 class as he came into the event playing one age group up. Vanderbilt dominated in the first session showing off his rebounding and finishing abilities and filling up the stat sheets to show off his versatility on both end of the court. Vanderbilt is a player to watch at the next level as an athletic big man who impacts the game in a variety of ways.
2016 6’ 6” Alphonso Anderson: 12.2 points, 8 rebounds per game
Alphonso Anderson has a high motor and works hard on the glass to make up for being an undersized post player at 6’ 6”. Anderson is a good rebounder on both ends and has good post moves around the rim. Anderson will need to develop his handle for the next level but as an undersized four he competed and had a big weekend against big men from around the EYBL.
2016 6’ 10” Abdulhakim Ado: 3.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks per game
Abdulhakim Ado may be the best post defender in the class of 2016 as he is an elite shot blocker and rim protector and also a very good defensive rebounder. Ado needs work on his offensive game but defensively he is ready for the next level. If Ado can develop an offensive game he will become one of the top prospects in 2016.
2016 7’ 0” Rodney Miller: 6.2 rebounds, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks per game
Rodney Miller is a legitimate 7-footer who is a good rim protector and is improving his stamina and quickness on the court. Miller still has trouble running the floor at times but he is a difference maker on the boards and around the rim on both ends. Miller had a good weekend and attacked the glass hard however; he needs to become stronger attacking above the rim on the offensive end.
2016 6’ 8” Jayson Tatum: 20.2 points, 7.5 rebounds per game, 32-37 from FT line
Jayson Tatum was on another level in Virginia as he showed off his game in a variety of ways. Tatum showed his ability to get to the hoop off the bounce despite being doubled and carried the Eagles. One thing that makes Tatum special is his deadly mid-range jumper combined with his ability to get to the hole and draw fouls. Tatum is a special player who is a top prospect on a lot of coaches recruiting boards.
2017 6’ 9” Michael Porter Jr: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 1.5 steals per game
Michael Porter Jr is a special prospect because of his length, his shooting abilities, and his athleticism on the court. Porter put on a show in the first session of the EYBL and carried his team against elite competition. Porter is a smart player who is active on defense and a good passer on the offensive end. His potential has no limit as he is certainly a top 3 player in the class of 2017 and may be the best.
2016 6’ 7” Miles Bridges: 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds per game
Miles Bridges is an elite athlete who can finish above the rim with authority and alongside Cassius Winston put on a show for The Family. Bridges is an athletic wing who is a good passer and a good rebounder with a solid frame that gives him the ability to finish around the basket. Bridges is one of the top wings in the class of 2016 and held his own in the matchup with top wing Jayson Tatum.
2016 6’ 7” Lamar Stevens: 18.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals per game
Lamar Stevens is a tough hard-nosed wing who works hard on the court and is relentless on the offensive glass. Stevens is a bruiser down low battling for rebounds and seeking out contact from defenders. Stevens loves contact around the rim and earns a lot of trips to the line because of his physical nature and strong build.
2017 6’ 6” DJ Harvey: 15.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2 steals per game
DJ Harvey is an athletic wing that is a top 15 player in 2017. Harvey shows off his explosive hops on both ends of the floor making highlight real dunks, gathering lose balls on defense, and making huge momentum changing chase-down dunks for his team. Harvey also has a high motor and is a hard worker whose game continues to develop.
2017 6’ 7” Justin Smith: 11.5 points, 1 steal per game
Justin Smith is an explosive jumper on the wing and at 6’ 7” has the size to become one of the nations top wings in a 2017 class loaded at the position. Smith is a top 50 talent that has not gotten as much buzz at he deserves but he is a high major player whose talent will be noticed with time. Smith showed a developing mid range game and had a few monster dunks as he helped carry his team against stiff competition.
2017 6’ 5” Gary Trent Jr: 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2 steals per game
Gary Trent Jr’s recruitment blew up after the first session of EYBL play as he received high major offer from across the country while showing off his skills for Howard Pulley. Trent has good size on the wing position for a 2017 and showed off his consistent shooting to lead his team in scoring. Trent was also active on the defensive end averaging 2 steals per game.
2017 6’ 8” O’Shae Brissett: 13 points, 5.8 rebounds per game, 22-29 from FT line
O’Shae Brissett continues to improve and was played a major role in getting the Las Vegas Prospects off to a hot start in EYBL play. Brissett has showed a better handle and showed the ability to get to the foul line this weekend averaging just over 7 attempts at the foul line per game. Brissett also showed a steady mid range jumper, which will set him apart in his next two years in high school hoops as a top 2017 prospect.
2016 6’ 0” Cassius Winston: 22 points, 5.8 assists, 2.8 steals per game
Cassius Winston dominated the competition this weekend as he hit consistently on mid-range jumpers and threes and he dropped dimes throughout. Winston excels in the open court and is always in control making the right decision to put his team in a position to win. Winston also made a difference on the defensive end as he averaged almost 3 steals per game. Winston made a name for himself in EYBL’s first session.
2016 6’ 0” Bruce Brown: 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals per game
Bruce Brown took over for BABC playing with a chip on his shoulder and showing why he is one of the top guards in the class. Brown is a good game manager as he is a smooth operator who doesn’t turn the ball over often. Brown is a strong finisher around the basket and showed off his passing skills finishing in the top 10 in assists.
2016 6’ 4” Malik Monk: 16.8 points, 2.5 rebounds
Malik Monk is one of the top scorers in the 2016 class and an elite athlete showing off his explosion when attacking the rim. When Malik Monk heats up he can single handedly take over a game and go off for a big game. Monk is a streaky shooter with unlimited potential as a scorer because of his athleticism combined with his shooting abilities. Monk will need to do a better job of limiting his turnovers and will need to become a better passer at the next level.
2016 6’ 4” Tony Carr: 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5 assists per game
Tony Carr is a high-major point guard because of his size and ability to set his teammates for the easy score. Carr is also a good rebound and is great at grabbing the defensive rebound and starting the break to set up open looks for his teammates. Carr is an elite guard because of his ability to lead a team, his size, and his ability to set up teammates for open looks.
2016 6’ 1” Alterique Gilbert: 11.2 points, 4.5 assist, 4.5 boards, 1.5 steals per game
Alterique Gilbert is a quick guard with a solid mid-range game and the knack to get after the ball on defense getting steals and forcing 5-second calls. Gilbert showed off a consistent mid-range game throughout play and has elite quickness at the guard position. Gilbert is a top 50 player who really gets after it on both ends of the court.
2016 6’ 2” Lamonte Turner: 11.5 points, 5 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game
Lamonte Turner has developed into one of the top combo-guards in the 2016 class as he finishes around the rim with strength and stuffed his stats showing off his passing and rebounding abilities. Turner showed an ability to turn on an extra gear in the open floor and beat defenders to the rim with his quickness in the open court. Turner is a high-major guard to keep an eye on heading into his senior season.
2016 6’ 4” De’Aaron Fox: 10.5 points, 4.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds per game
De’Aaron Fox impressed in Nike EYBL’s first session as he knocked down his mid-range shots, averaged just under 5 assists per game, and put up solid rebounding number for a guard as well. The thing that makes Fox a top 20 prospect is his ability to get into the lane at will because of his elite athleticism and quickness.
2016 6’ 2” Myles Powell: 22 points per game, 17 threes
Myles Powell was tied for first in points per game and finished in first in threes hitting just over 4 threes per game. Powell is a guard with a wide frame that averaged over half of his points from beyond the arc. If you are a coach in need of a shooter you might want to give Powell a look in future EYBL sessions.
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