Nike EYBL: Friday Evaluations

Nike EYBL kicked off on Friday night with plenty of Arizona recruits in action. Read on for evaluations of Stanley Johnson, Ivan Rabb, and many more.

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The first day of the Nike EYBL kicked off on Friday night and although we only saw a handful of prospects, there was plenty of talent on hand.

2014

Paul White: The 6-foot-8 forward struggled shooting a bit, as he went 3-9 from the field. White finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds while showing some glimpses of what he can do. The biggest issue with White right now is probably his consistency and ability to keep his motor going, but there is definitely some intrigue there.

White has plenty of skills and showed that he can hit from three, mid-range, and defend pretty well. However, his biggest issue was that he would disappear for long stretches. If White can get that consistency going, he will quickly become a very highly recruited forward, although plenty of schools are on him already.

Justise Winslow: Winslow was not happy with his performance at all and while it looked like he struggled, Winslow's performance still filled the stat sheet. He only shot 4-10 from the field, but finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Winslow had a couple of extremely athletic plays that he could not finish, including a reverse dunk off a lob that probably would have been the play of the day.

We don't need to see a lot more of Winslow to know what he does. He is one of the best players in the country, can probably play some shooting guard as well as small forward, and fills the state sheet like he did on Friday night. If his attitude is any indication, we expect him to bounce back in impressive fashion on Saturday.

Cliff Alexander: When Alexander gets the ball in the paint, you might as well get out of the way because there is not much you can do about it. He is already a full grown man and finished with nine points and nine rebounds. His teammates could have gotten him more involved offensively because the Oakland Soldiers did not have an answer for him once he got it inside.

Alexander runs the court well for a player of his size and finishes strong around the basket. We have seen him before and he has impressed, so we look forward to seeing what Alexander can do against bigger competition this weekend.

Stanley Johnson: The Soldiers struggled a bit with their cohesiveness and Johnson played well in spurts, but struggled in others. He wound up shooting 5-13 with 12 points, but missed a few layups that he should have made and usually does.

The most impressive aspect of Johnson's game is his motor. He never let his struggles get to him and scored with eight seconds left to get his team the win. Johnson also finished with 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. He never gives up on the play until it is finished and although this is not the most loaded Soldiers' roster, his effort is contagious.

2015

Charles Matthews: The Chicago St. Rita point guard is ranked as the best player at his position in the class. On Friday, he was a bit quiet and admitted after the game that it was not his best effort. However, the potential is definitely there and we could see why he is so highly rated and regarded by numerous schools.

Matthews has great length for a point guard and is every bit of 6-foot-4. He uses that length to shoot over his defenders and is strong in the open court. He has a great ability of drawing defenders to him while knowing where the open man is the entire time. Matthews is extremely fluid and the quickness of his first step is impressive. We will likely watch him again on Saturday, but it is easy to see why Arizona is aggressively recruiting him.

Ivan Rabb: Rabb is still growing and improving, yet he is already one of the best players in his class and might be at the top. Rabb finished with 15 points and 19 rebounds with three blocks as well. The intriguing part of that stat line is that he probably could have finished with more in each of those categories.

Rabb is still working on his feel of the game in terms of when to be more aggressive and when he gets that down it is going to be trouble for the opposition. His offer list includes Arizona, Kansas, Ohio State, North Carolina, and others. He deserves every offer that he has and it is clear as can be as to why he is such a big target for Arizona.


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