EYBL: Day One, Part A

TORRANCE, CA. – The final regular season session of the Nike EYBL tipped off at the HAX complex in suburban Los Angeles. With bids to the Peach Jam on the line players were focused, and Troy Williams stepped up big time with his play

Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Houston Hoops – It was an excellent morning game for Sulaimon. After starting off slow, he picked things up in a big way with his play. As usual his jumper was working, but Sulaimon also showed a two dribble mid-range game, and then attacked going to the rim as well. While his offense was good, his defense is vastly underrated. Sulaimon really gets after it on the defensive end of the floor and showed an ability to guard either spot in the backcourt with his length, athleticism, and strong frame.

Tony Parker, C, Georgia Stars – Seeing an undersized New Jersey Playaz frontcourt in front of him, Parker did what he should do and went to work. Parker used his strength and wide frame to dominate on the glass, and then with his quick explosion off the floor was able to finish at will around the rim. He tried one mid-range jumper that didn't go, but Parker did shoot well from the foul line. There was absolutely nothing that the Playaz could do with Parker physically, and he took advantage of that in a big way with his performance and aggression.

Alex Poythress, SF/PF, Georgia Stars – The huge spring for Poythress has continued with his play in Los Angeles. Poythress hit a dagger three to put an end to a Playaz comeback attempt, and that was on the heels of several athletic above the rim dunks. Overall Poythress did a bit of everything from rebound, to score, to defend. He has a frame to add weight, and is just now scratching the surface of how good he could become.

Montay Brandon, SF/SG, Georgia Stars – One of several very versatile wings on the Stars, Brandon shined with his athleticism, length, and ability to handle the basketball. Brandon plays on the ball at times and just has a fluid way about him. His scoring was impressive, and also his motor was always running. Brandon has a ton of ability and is beginning to be more consistent with his effort and production.

Myles Davis, SG, NJ Playaz – With the rest of his teammates struggling to put points on the board Davis absolutely went to work. He hit threes as always, but showed a very adept game off the dribble. Not only did he score off the drive, but Davis also showed a desire and ability to penetrate into the lane and kick out to an open shooter. Not a great defender or athlete, Davis has to be protected some on that end of the floor, but offensively he is just putting up huge numbers game in and game out.

Kyle Anderson, PF/PG, NJ Playaz – It was a weird game for Anderson. The shots he usually makes in the lane weren't going in, and he got frustrated as things went on. As usual he had his share of nice passes and showed off his tremendous feel for how to play the game, but his lack of athleticism and rebounding prowess down low were also exposed. A unique prospect, Anderson had a unique game with a lot of good and some bad.

Arnaud Moto, SF, Team Takeover – Moto had it absolutely working in a morning win for Takeover. He had three possessions in a row that went three pointer, step back mid-range jumper, and dunk that were as impressive as it gets. Still not the most skilled kid, Moto's game is getting better and as always he had the ridiculously high motor and freakish athleticism. A big time performer, Moto was the difference for Takeover in gutting out a big win.

Kethan Savage, SG, Team Takeover – Not the most talked about guy on the roster, Savage is a good athlete with a nice looking shot. Savage finished above the rim once, but it was his three point jumper that stood out. He needs to get stronger, and could stand to be a bit more aggressive, but there is a lot to like with Savage.

Jerami Grant, SF, Team Takeover – Takeover wasn't getting a ton of production inside, and then Grant saw an opportunity. A big wing, Grant went to work against smaller defenders by attacking the glass and finishing around the rim. A tough player to handle in transition, Grant had several impressive finishes on the break, but it was his blue collar work on the interior that was the most impressive. Grant isn't known for that type of play, but he showed it is in him and that makes his game even more versatile and impressive.

Isaiah Zierden, SG/SF, Howard Pulley - This kid can absolutely shoot the basketball. Zierden doesn't even need to catch fire, he seemingly just never misses. His jump shot is pure both off the catch and the dribble, and if his feet are set it is nearly automatic. Add in a little bit of flavor to him off the dribble, and Zierden is a tough cover on the perimeter. Not a great athlete, he knows how to get open and uses screens extremely well.

Josh Fortune, SG, Boo Williams – The future Providence Friar was enormous for Boo Williams who was playing without the services of Justin Anderson. Fortune showed a ton of toughness off the dribble and just found a way to score. Not a freak athlete or a knock down shooter, Fortune is just a player who understands how to make an impact and how to get things done on the floor. Without Fortune's key buckets, Boo Williams would have been in some trouble.

Jamal Ferguson, SF, Boo Williams – It was a quiet first half for Ferguson, but when things got tough in the second half he absolutely was huge. Ferguson hit a pair of threes, scored going to the rim, and also rebounded the ball. Always a talent, Ferguson has deferred at times this spring, but he really stepped up in a big way with his play on Saturday morning.

Domoniq Bull, SF, BABC – Not a highly talked about player, there aren't many tougher wings in the country than Bull. He is athletic and strong as an ox, and he knows how to use that to his advantage. Bull is a complete non shooter, but he attacks the rim with reckless abandon, and Mac Irvin really struggled to contain him. Bull's handle is solid, but it is just toughness and motor that really sum up his game.

Georges Niang, PF, BABC – The absolute rock of the BABC team is Niang. He isn't a great athlete and is undersized to play in the low post, but he is effective. Niang scores the ball well with either hand, and despite being a below the rim player is effective against taller opponents. Also he just has that knack for knowing how to rebound and plays with a very high motor. He didn't blow anyone away with natural talent, but in a game filled with ridiculously talented kids, Niang was the most productive.

Alex Hamilton, SG, Alabama Challenge – There just aren't many players in the entire EYBL who are scoring quite like Hamilton. He had another big day offensively on Saturday. Hamilton showed off his deep stroke from three knocking in a pair of first half triples, and then also converted a tip dunk, and scored off the dribble. A long armed athlete, Hamilton is one of the best at finding a way to convert through contact off the dribble.

Willie Cauley, C, MoKan Elite – The strides that Cauley continues to make are impressive. He is becoming a factor on the offensive end as well as dominating with defense and rebounding. Cauley is showing signs of being able to score with his back to the basket, but more than anything it is about what he does on the other end. He is a dominant rebounder and someone who affects a lot of shots. Also Cauley changes ends of the floor very well, and is one of the most athletic players his size in the country.

Marcus Paige, PG, All-Iowa Attack – It was an excellent day for Paige. The future North Carolina floor general showed more quickness and better decision making than he has all spring. A solid shooter, Paige made shots in the mid-range and from three, but it was his ability to beat guards off the dribble and finish acrobatically around the rim that were impressive. Paige simply had some moves that he hadn't shown in the past.

Adam Woodbury, C, All-Iowa Attack – Being able to score over either shoulder is not something that very many young big guys have, but Woodbury does have that skill. His hook shot with either hand is impressive, and also he runs the floor and does a good job of rebounding. Now he does need to be more of a factor on defense, but Woodbury was impressive overall.

Troy Williams, SF, Boo Williams – An absolute freak athlete with skill, the upside is virtually unlimited for Williams. His ability to finish above the rim and grab rebounds that other humans simply can't is impressive. Add in a tight handle and a nice jumper and it is easy to see why Williams is one of the truly elite players in the 2013 class.

Anthony Barber, PG, Boo Williams – Very quick with the ball, Barber can get baseline-to-baseline in an absolute hurry. He didn't have his best shooting game, and committed a few turnovers, but Barber still did a good job of playing with pace and getting the game in his team's control. When Boo Williams needed one he made a three, and overall was impressive with his play.

Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin – Fresh off being named the top player in the 2013 class, Parker did nothing to hurt his status. He was excellent getting to the rim, and finished with athleticism on a pair of occasions. Still what Parker does best is set up teammates with slick and effective passes. Also Parker prides himself on being able to defend. He locks up on the wing with energy and attention to detail.

Nerlens Noel, C/PF, BABC – Long, athletic, and with a ton of upside, Noel is beginning to put it all together. He had a freakish dunk that gave BABC a lot of momentum, and then on defense blocked shots and overall made life very difficult for Mac Irvin on the interior. Noel's offense is still a work in progress, but he is getting stronger and making a lot of improvements on both ends of the floor, and is truly one of the elite prospects in the class.

Rondae Jefferson, SF, Team Final – It was an interesting game for Jefferson. His shooting percentage was ugly, but Jefferson got his own miss numerous times and just was relentless on the glass. In the end Jefferson was very productive, he was just ugly as to how he went about it. No doubt a big time wing, Jefferson showed the athleticism, motor, and handle that has him a high-major priority recruit.

Davon Reed, SG/SF, Team Final – While Jefferson was getting his double-double the ugly way, Reed was being productive in a more traditional sense. He was making shots from deep, finishing off of drives, and being efficient with his touches. Reed has a good frame and nice strength, and showed that in a win. He needs to become a more consistent player, but the talent is unquestioned.

Jimmie Taylor, C, Alabama Challenge - Taylor is a good looking talent. He has long arms, has nice touch around the rim, and can be a tough guy to score over with his ability to block and alter shots. However Taylor doesn't change ends very well, and needs to add strength. He was solid for the Challenge, but could have rebounded more. Still his scoring touch and shot blocking made life very difficult for opponents in the lane.

Wayne Selden, SF, BABC – This is an absolute grown man on the wing. Selden was absolutely dominant in the first half with his play. He scored by going to the rim and finishing over defenders, and then would step back and hit a deep jumper. Selden has a grown man's body and is skilled and athletic with an understanding of how to play. Playing at the 17 and under level he more than fits in.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin – This was Okafor's first real extended taste of 17 and under action and he showed well for himself. Okafor scored the ball with a few nice post moves, but it was his rebounding and toughness that stood out. Now Okafor did get posterized, but he didn't let that get him down and fought back from that to help his team make a run. With huge hands and a great feel around the rim, Okafor showed why so many are so high on him.

Tony Parker noted that Duke and Ohio State currently sit at the top of his list with Memphis also right in the picture.

Davon Reed has offers from St. Joe's, Temple, Rutgers, LaSalle, Virginia Commonwealth, West Virginia, and Seton Hall. Also interest is coming from Florida, Villanova, Stanford, and Cincinnati.

Anthony Barber has offers from Virginia Tech and NC State. Also Virginia and Kentucky are in hot pursuit.

Kethan Savage noted offers from Virginia Commonwealth, Duquesne, Fairfield, and Iona. Interest is also coming from Virginia, Iowa, and UCF.

Domoniq Bull de-committed from Rhode Island in April, and since then he has heard a lot from Virginia Commonwealth, BYU, Miami, Seton Hall, and Hofstra.

Montay Brandon has an offer from South Carolina, and is also hearing from Colorado, Arizona State, Washington, Florida, Tennessee, UNC, and the entire ACC besides North Carolina and Duke.


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