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EYBL - Atlanta Day One

05/18/2017, 8:30am EDT
By Jarrod Lindsey

Cole Anthony and Chandler Lawson among standouts

Session 3 of the EYBL started off strong Friday night with Drue Drinnon's game winning 4-point play at the buzzer to give his Southern Stampede team a one point win over Mokan Elite.

Down 53-50 with 3 seconds left, the ball was inbounded to Drinnon who took 2 dribbles to the top of the key and he knocked down the game tying 3 while drawing the foul. He then stepped to the line and calmly knocked down the game winning free throw.

This isn't the first time Drinnon has knocked down a game tying 3 at the buzzer. Late in the high school season, Drinnon led Pebblebrook (Without Collin Sexton) to an overtime win over Wheeler High School on ESPN. Drinnon also knocked down the game tying 3 at the buzzer to send that game into overtime. 

Here are some other standouts from Friday night at the EYBL Session 3 in Atlanta:

2018 6’8 PF Silvio De Sousa (E1T1) has shown some development in his game since I saw him at the City of Palms. He looked good pushing the break and taking his defender off the dribble. He's finishing better around the rim. Sousa looked like a man amongst boys in the post and on the boards. He also showed impressive footwork on a few post ups when he used the spin going baseline and finished on the other side of the rim.

2018 6’1 PG Spencer Freedman (Cal Supreme) was one of the best point guards on display.  Freedman finished with 26 points and he knocked down 8 3-pointers including one from right in front of half-court late in the shot clock. When the ball is in his hands, the game is played at his pace. When the opposition forced the ball out of his hands the pace of the game began to change in the favor of the opposition. Spencer is a floor general and he does whatever is asked of him. Freedman is also a gifted passer, he sets his teammates up for easy baskets.

2019 6’2 PG Cole Anthony (PSA Cardinals) reminds me of John Wall with his explosive speed and elite playmaking ability. Anthony was getting to the rack at will and he possesses the ability to finish with either hand. He also displays great body control when finishing thru contact.

2018 6’8 SF Isaiah Mucius (PSA Cardinals) has a college feel to his game. He moves well without the ball and he catches the ball and attacks immediately. He always gets to his spots on the floor and he catches the ball in good position with good angles to the basket. Mucius is very aggressive off the bounce which makes him a hard matchup for defenders his size. 

2019 6’9 SF Chandler Lawson (Team Penny) has major upside to his game. The lengthy small forward is a problem on the offensive end. He’s added the mid-range pull up to his game, which allows him to score more effectively. Lawson has a good feel for the game and he doesn’t try to do too much. He can score on all 3 levels. Watch out for him as he continues to grow into his body and add muscle to his frame.

2019 6’7 SF Aundre Hyatt (Boo Williams) looked good shooting the corner 3 off the drive & kick. He moves well without the ball and he knows how to find the defenses’ soft spots. Hyatt also uses the ball fake well on hard closeouts, which causes defenders to fly-by.

2018 6’7 SF Emmitt Williams (E1T1) reminds me so much of Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams is a huge problem on the offensive glass and he gives his team multiple 2nd chance opportunities. Known really for his athleticism, watch Williams start to develop a more consistent mid-range jumper. His form looks good when he shoots it. 

2018 6’4 CG Will Richardson (E1T1) is a smooth criminal. He plays the game at his pace and he can get what he wants from the defense. Richardson has a smooth stroke and he can hit from anywhere. He surprises people with his ability to finish in traffic with his thin frame. Richardson displays excellent body control and poise when in the paint against the trees.

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