EYBL: Day Two, Part A

TORRANCE, CA. – With Peach Jam bids on the line there was some intensity at the HAX complex on day two of the EYBL. Many players stepped up, but maybe none bigger than Jarnell Stokes.

Jarnell Stokes, C, Memphis YOMCA – This cat is just a flat out beast. Stokes was impossible to handle all day long for YOMCA and he really proved it against Team Final in a close win during their evening game. He was dominant on the glass, scored with toughness down low, and did a good job of getting to the foul line. Now he does need to be a better foul shooter, but Stokes is the real deal down low, and keeps on improving and expanding his skill set.

William Goodwin, PF, Memphis YOMCA – Goodwin doesn't quite have the normal explosion that he usually does this weekend, but still he was very effective. He has been converting around the rim and showing the combination of strength and versatility to be an outstanding prospect. Most of Goodwin's production was from rebounding or off of nice passes, but still he and Stokes were the only two guys on the team to really bring it in the close win.

Dajuan Coleman, C, Albany City Rocks – This is just a beast of a human being. It isn't always pretty with Coleman as he can be a bull in a china shop, but he is big, physical, mean, and has some explosion off of two feet. Coleman should be a better rebounder than he is, especially on the offensive end, but there just aren't many humans with his combination of strength and toughness down low, and he put it to work.

Zach Auguste, PF/SF, Albany City Rocks – This is a nice intriguing forward who can do some very impresive things. He is long and athletic and is extremely active on the glass. Now he needs to get stronger for sure, but the length and motor make up for that right now. Going against other very talented players, Auguste showed that he has some major down the road potential, and is just beginning to figure out how good he is.

Ricardo Ledo, SG, Albany City Rocks – Ledo is one athletic cat who can flat out score the basketball. He was hitting from three, made a few nice mid-range moves, and also finished above the rim. His ability to finish from all three levels on the floor is what separates him from other guards in the class. Add in a great frame, and there is no question that he will be one of the toughest players to defend in the class going forward.

Brice Johnson, PF/C, CP3 All-Stars – Johnson played one of the best games seen out of him in a while during a morning win. The long and athletic interior player was hitting face up jumpers, blocking shots on defense, and also grabbing rebounds out of his area. Johnson just looked more aggressive and focused than ever on the floor. It was simply one of his best showings in a long time, and proved that he is capable of matching his potential with production.

Shawn Lester, SG, CP3 All-Stars – Usually known for his outside shooting, Lester was doing a lot more than that on Sunday. He flat out locked down his man with athleticism and strength on the outside, and then was scoring going to the rim. Lester showed a unique ability to finish through contact, and then also proved a capable passer. His shot was off, but the fact that he did everything else was a great sign in his development.

Rodney Purvis, SG, CP3 All-Stars – When it comes to getting into the lane off the bounce, very few do it better than Purvis. He is strong, explosive, and quick with the dribble, and then has the unique ability to just know how to get the ball in the basket. Sometimes he does it with strength and other times with savvy and creativity, but no matter what he can simply be near impossible to guard in a one-on-one situation.

Sim Bhullar, C, CIA Bounce – It is tough to really know what you are seeing with Bhullar. He has the unique size that just isn't seen often, and has arguably the best set of hands of any big guy in the country. However Bhullar struggled at times to change ends, and defensively he can be a liability against certain types of players. Still there aren't many more efficient big guys than Bhullar, and there is no doubting that at 7-foot-5 he is capable of impacting the game in a big way.

Anthony Bennett, PF, CIA Bounce – If Bennett can convince himself that being a rebounding and dunking monster is a good thing, he will be one of the most highly coveted players in the class. Bennett at times can float, and when he does that he is less effective, but when in the mid-range and in he is often times the best player on the floor. Bennett was as productive as any player on Sunday, and did it when inside and making his presence felt with dunks and rebounds.

Negus Webster-Chan, SF/SG, CIA Bounce – The challenge for Webster-Chan is to always stay aggressive and take advantage of his natural gifts. He had the jump shot working, and looked the best he has been all spring. Webster-Chan is capable when on the ball, but is definitely at his best on the wing where his length, athleticism, and handle are on display. When focused he is good, and on Sunday he was locked in.

Jalen Jackson, SG, Arkansas Wings – On a few other big stage games this spring Jackson has struggled, but not in the morning on Sunday. Jackson was arguably the best player on the floor and was doing everything needed of him to keep the Wings in the game. He made threes and also attacked the rim in a big way. Beyond that Jackson contributed on the glass and just had the look of an impressive all-around performer.

Archie Goodwin, SG, Arkansas Wings – It wasn't a classic game for Goodwin. Usually nearly impossible to stop off the bounce, Goodwin just couldn't get it going in the mid-range. He had his typical one or two impressive moves where jaws dropped, but overall the production just wasn't there with him and he struggled to get shots to fall.

J-Mychal Reese, PG, Houston Hoops – In a loaded backcourt sometimes it can be tough to standout, but Reese did that on Sunday. He hit a three at the halftime buzzer to give the Hoops a lot of momentum, and continued it in the second half with some nice passes and impressive shot making. His floater is an absolute weapon, and all game long defenders really struggled to stay in front of Reese.

Jodan Price, SF, The Family – When his shot is falling with his quick release and great length, Price is an absolute weapon. He had it working in a big win for The Family in the evening. Price was on fire from three knocking several in, and more so than anything they came at clutch times. Still it would be nice to see him do a bit more than fire threes, but the bottom line is he had it working and came up big when his team needed it the most.

Elijah Macon, PF, All-Ohio Red – Overall the numbers weren't great for Macon because he simply couldn't get anything to go in the basket, but still he had a nice game with energy and toughness. With his teammates seemingly sleepwalking, Macon played tough down low and did a good job on the glass. He simply couldn't get shots to fall, but battled the entire time and showed heart and toughness during a comeback.

Kyle Anderson, PF/PG, NJ Playaz – After struggling some on Saturday evening, Anderson was back to his usual self on Sunday. The multi positional star had it all working. He was setting up teammates with assists, grabbing rebounds, and also making shots both off the dribble and from the outside. Quite simply there was no matchup for Anderson and his dominance was key in a blowout victory.

Myles Davis, SG, NJ Playaz – It was almost breaking news, but Davis finally missed a few shots. After lighting things up for almost the entire EYBL, Davis had a rough shooting game, but still found a way to do some nice things. He gave effort on defense, and tried to get others involved with his shot not falling. It won't happen often to Davis since he possesses once of the best strokes in the class, but when needed he showed he can do more than just make shots.

James Woodard, SG, Athletes First – Sometimes overshadowed by his younger brother, it was James who came to play for the Woodard family on Sunday. The shooting guard had it all going with his play. He was making step backs, scoring off the dribble, and also playing hard and defending. Woodard quite simply was nearly impossible to guard, and kept his team in the game while his younger teammates struggled.

Brian Bridgewater, PF, Houston Hoops – This dude just was on another level on Sunday. First he no joke nearly ripped the basket down with a dunk, and then he followed it up the next trip down with a mid-range jumper. Although undersized, Bridgewater has the strength and athletic ability to make that a complete non-factor. A super productive player, don't be surprised to see Bridgewater rise up the 2013 rankings quickly.

Rondae Jefferson, SF/SG, Team Final – Jefferson is quite simply a bad, bad dude. He has a ridiculous handle for a kid his size, and a motor that simply never quits. Add in the athletic ability to finish over taller defenders and an idea of how to score in the mid-range, and Jefferson is just a very tough cover. The kid has absolutely no fear on the court, and was one of the day's best performers.

Austin Colbert, PF, Team Final – Going against the most physical frontcourt on the AAU circuit was a great challenge for Colbert, and the young man stepped up nicely. He didn't bang with Goodwin and Stokes, but instead faced them up and made shots from the mid-range or went by them off the dribble. Also he did a solid job on the glass. The knock on Colbert has been his lack of physicality, but he held his own in a great challenge, and in the process showed the type of prospect that he is.

Duane Wilson, PG, Playground Elite – His team might have struggled on Sunday, but Wilson himself showed a lot of good characteristics. While his shot didn't really fall, Wilson did play hard, defended well, and show the leadership wanted out of a point guard. With his length and size he can defend either spot in the backcourt, and Wilson has the ability to get to the rim on the offensive end. Not possessing elite quickness, Wilson gets it done with intelligence and feel for the game.

Semi Ojeleye, SF, MoKan Elite – It looks like Ojeleye has made the full transition to the wing spot with his play. A very capable shooter, Ojeleye made several threes, and then also proved that he could guard on the perimeter as well. Still Okeleye is comfortable in the paint and on the interior, but given his height, wing skills were needed, and those seem to be coming on nicely.

Stevie Clark, PG/SG, Athletes First – You absolutely can not give this cat space and time to shoot. If you do it is going to be a bucket. CIA Bounce let Clark get into a rhythm early and he was making shots at a nice level. Now he still needs to do a better job of setting up his teammates given his size, but there is no question that he has the ability to really light up the scoreboard once he gets going, and he proved it.

Ishmail Wainright, SF/PF, Memphis YOMCA – For some reason he only played limited minutes, but when Wainright was in the game he was very effective. He showed an aggressive attitude going to the rim with drives, and finished nicely on the interior. Add in that he is a capable defender of multiple positions, and Wainright showed the talent and ability that he has always flashed. Now he didn't maintain it the whole game, but still it was one of his better games of the spring.

Theo Pinson, SG/SF, CP3 All-Stars – Pinson had a quiet game in the morning, but the raw tools were still on display. He finished with an above the rim dunk off of a nice pass, and then also took his man off the dribble to the rim. Pinson's shot wasn't falling, but he looks capable of making some, and his athleticism is off the charts. Even in a subpar game, Pinson still had the look of a big time player.\

Andrew Wiggins, SF, CIA Bounce – Wiggins hasn't had his best weekend, but he did do some nice things in short spurts. His athleticism is simply freakish as he tried several impressive aerial dunks which drew fouls. Also he scored off the bounce with a few nice moves. The jumper wasn't working for him, but Wiggins still is one of the truly premier players in his class.

Brian Bridgewater has offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, LSU, and Baylor. Also Texas is showing some interest in him.

Myles Davis says that Xavier, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech are the four schools showing him the most attention.

Jodan Price has heard from Maryland, Colorado, South Florida, Lamar, Providence, Minnesota, St. Joe's, Temple, Central Michigan, and Oakland.

Negus Webster-Chan is considering offers from South Florida, Texas, Xavier, Iowa State, and Oregon. Also he has heard from Washington, Oregon State, USC, and Seton Hall.

Zach Auguste has significant interest from Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Boston College, Penn State, Oregon State, Virginia, and DePaul.

Shawn Lester has offers from Duquesne and Oklahoma State. Also South Carolina and Clemson are showing him significant attention.

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