EYBL: Hampton Day 1, Part A

HAMPTON, Va. -- Arnaud Moto was electric during Team Takeovers game, as was Louisville commit Rodney Purvis. Aaron Gordon and Jabari Bird also had great days for the Oakland Soldiers.

Rodney Purvis, PG/SG, CP3 All-Stars – His team took the loss, but Purvis, who has grown to at least 6-foot-4, did everything he could to keep his squad in it. Purvis handled the lead guard duties at times, pushed the pace at every opportunity and scored it through contact at the rim. Perhaps the most impressive part of his 31-point outing was his mid-range game, as he hit 15 to 18-footers and dropped in floaters.

Arnaud Moto, SF, Team Takeover – A pleasant surprise on day one, Adala Moto looked like the best player on a loaded Team Takeover squad. Adala Moto, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound small forward, left his imprint on the game by locking up on defense, snagging rebounds in and out of his area and knocking down open jump shots. To top it off, he had the play of the day when he drove baseline and threw down a tough slam on a couple of CP3 defenders.

Shawn Lester, SG, CP3 All-Stars – Known for his ability to shoot the ball from long range, Lester, a 6-foot-3 guard, went about his game against Takeover a different way. Yes, he knocked in a couple of threes, but what surprised us was his ability to adjust his shot and finish through contact at the rim. It's an added dimension that we hadn't seen him from before, including two weeks ago at the Carolina Challenge.

Jeffrey Moss, SG, Alabama Challenge – In a game full of underclassman talent, Moss, a 6-foot-5 wing, managed to catch our eye. The southpaw attacked the basket, scored it at the rim and showed solid athleticism. We'll continue to monitor him, but he looked every bit of a mid-major prospect and likely higher. His mid-range game was an area that particularly stood out.

Nerlens Noel, C, BABC – One of the more talented prospects we saw all day was this 6-foot-9 post prospect. An intriguing player, Noel races up and down the floor, has a terrific set of hands and is skilled enough to play on the block or away for the basket. He definitely needs to add weight to his frame, but he has terrific touch around the basket, nice footwork and is as active defensively you'll find from a sophomore at this stage.

Aaron Gordon, SF/PF, Oakland Soldiers – One of the better performers of the day, Gordon, a 6-foot-7 forward, didn't waste anytime giving onlookers something to rave about. Gordon plays with a lot of energy, attacks the basket with some aggression and has no issues finishing through bumps or fouls. To go with his numerous finishes in the paint and in transition, Gordon mixed in a three ball and showed a good-looking shot.

Jabari Bird, SG, Oakland Soldiers – Gordon wasn't the only 2013 prospect to make a name for himself out of the gate. On the west coast, Bird is a well-known name, now he's about to be known nationally. An electric scorer, Bird scored it at a high rate from mid-range and at the rim. He's a very good athlete that can create his own shot opportunities. This past season Bird was ineligible due to transfer rules, but it didn't seem to slow down his ability to put up serious points.

Beejay Anya, C, Team Takeover – There was a stretch against the CP3 All-Stars where Anya took over the paint. The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha standout boarded his area, finished inside and even dropped in a right jump hook. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound low post prospect had his motor running and that was tough for the boys from North Carolina to contain.

Sheldon Mitchell, PG, CP3 All-Stars – He hit our radar at the Carolina Challenge two weeks ago, but playing against kids his own age he stuck out even more. Mitchell is a smooth floor general that, for the most part, gets where he needs to go on the court. He has a developed mid-range game and hit pull-up after pull-up against the New Jersey Playaz. He handled pressure well, has a solid handle and showed good vision.

Wayne Selden, SF, BABC – Apparently he went nuts in a 15's game. A few hours later we caught Selden in 17's action and it was impressive. He took over a stretch in the second half against the Alabama Challenge. He already has a college ready frame, impressive athleticism and a nice overall skill set. The 2014 prospect was especially good in transition and when he had opportunities at the rim. He's one of the better sophomore-to-be prospects we've seen.

Domoniq Bull, a 6-foot-3, 180-pounder, is a tough, hardnosed wing prospect. He bullied his way to the rim against Alabama Challenge and locked up on defense. Theo Pinson, a 6-foot-5 wing playing for the CP3 All-Stars, wasn't as dominant as two weeks prior at the Carolina Challenge, but still he showed off his immense talent and managed to knock in a handful of three balls.

Richard Longus, of the Oakland Soldiers, is a tough forward that can score inside, rebound and knock down mid-range jump shots. Cabodo Chukuoma, a 6-foot-11, 190-pound center out of High Point (N.C.) High, runs the floor well and uses his length to get his hands on shots and rebounds.

After a slow start against the CP3 All-Stars, Jerami Grant got it going for Team Takeover. He finished in transition, attacked the basket and knocked down 15-foot jump shots. 2014 big man Jimmie Taylor has the look of a future high major prospect. At 6-foot-10, Taylor has a massive wingspan, was active patrolling the paint and rebounded his area.

While majority of the media was there to take in Archie Goodwin from the Arkansas Wings, it was Stetson Billings that stood out. A 6-foot-5 wing prospect, Billings was active on both ends and knocked down three mid-range jumpers and a three.

Tony Parker, one of the better post prospects in the 2012 class, said Duke, North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Ohio State are showing strong interest.

Stetson Billings said that Arkansas, Mississippi, Cleveland State, Wichita State and Tulsa have reached out to him. He doesn't claim any scholarship offers at this point.

Jabari Bird has a long list of schools at this point. He did, however, mention that Arizona and Washington sit at the top of his list. He also mentioned that he's taken an unofficial visit to California.

Richard Longus said Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Gonzaga, Texas, St. Mary's, California, Santa Clara, New Mexico and UNLV have shown the most interest in him at this point.

Nerlens Noel didn't get too specific with schools involved with his recruitment. He did mention that Kentucky recently offered. Also cited interest from Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Connecticut.

Arnaud Moto said Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, UNLV, Xavier and George Mason have offered him a scholarship. Georgetown and Maryland are also heavily involved.

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