EYBL Day Three: Part A

TORRANCE, CA. – The final day of the EYBL was highlighted by some impressive matchups. In a highly anticipated battle, it was Julius Randle that showed off his skills against Nerlens Noel.

Brandon Ashley, PF, Oakland Soldiers – Ashley struggled a lot in the first half, but then in the second half against Spiece he got it going. Ashley scored around the rim, mostly off of face up moves, was a factor on the glass, and also scored in the mid-range on jumpers. Add in a lot of activity on the glass, and Ashley made a huge difference in helping the Soldiers get a big win.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, SG/PG, Spiece Indy Heat – Always known as a highly skilled guy, Smith-Rivera showed some more athleticism than ever before with a one hand ally-oop tomahawk dunk. While that was a ‘wow' moment for Smith-Rivera, his entire game was impressive. He scored nearly at will, and also was making some nice passes off of drives to teammates. Spiece couldn't get the win, but Smith-Rivera definitely showed why he is a five-star talent.

Kellen Dunham, SG/SF, Spiece Indy Heat – The Soldiers didn't seem to get the memo that Dunham can really shoot the basketball. He found a way to get numerous open looks and knocked most of them down when he had clean looks. Also Dunham showed some ability to take his man off the glass, and was a problem all game long for Oakland.

DeJuan Marrero, PF/SF, Spiece Indy Heat – Not a huge skill guy, Marrero found a way to be effective going against taller opponents. He was quick off the dribble taking the taller interior players to the rim, and then used his long arms to finish around the rim. As usual Marrero played hard and was solid on the glass, but struggled at the foul line.

A.J. Hammons, C, Spiece Indy Heat – The big man isn't much of an offensive threat though he did have several dunks off of the press, Still Hammons made an impact on the defensive end altering shots. Hammons can get into foul trouble and didn't rebound quite as well as he is capable, but still it was a solid performance.

Jake Layman, PF, BABC – An athletic kid with length who can really shoot it, Layman is a prospect who really emerged this weekend. A legit 6-foot-8 he can be a pick and pop power forward, but also is very capable of finishing with a highlight reel dunk. Layman needs to get stronger, but the physical tools are there, and could make a push to find himself in the rankings.

Georges Niang, PF/C, BABC – Just a tough as nails interior player, Niang was solid and simply found a way to put the ball in the basket. Niang has good hands and knows how to finish over either shoulder. Most of his damage comes inside of 10 feet, and he could use some development facing the rim, but there is no doubting his production.

Prince Ibeh, C, Texas Titans – A long and athletic player, Ibeh found himself in foul trouble for a good portion of the game, but when he was in he showed the ability to really change the game on defense. He is very raw offensively, but does have good hands and finishes with dunks. Defensively is where he shines, and once he gets stronger he could be a game changer on the interior.

Cameron Biedscheid, SF, St. Louis Eagles – He isn't surrounded by a ton of talent, but Biedscheid is very impressive. A long and athletic wing, Biedscheid finishes above the rim off the bounce, and then can measure his defender and knock down threes even when contested. His team took a loss in the game seen, but BIedscheid did what he could to keep the game a battle until the end.

Jordan Price, SG, Southern Kings Gold – Price was tough and used his strength to get to the rim and finish. He scored nearly at will, and then also showed signs of being able to make outside shots. Not the most athletic player, Price is smart and simply knows how to finish and light up the scoreboard.

Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans – At times during the weekend Randle struggled, but on Monday morning that was most definitely not the case. Randle used his combination of strength and athleticism to get the BABC interior players in foul trouble, and just was a dominant force. Add in that Randle led the break at times and knocked in threes as well. Overall it was a completely dominant performance from Randle.

Matt Jones, SG, Texas Titans – A big time scorer, Jones had it working from three as the Titans made a comeback against BABC. He was draining threes at a high level and was instrumental in making things close. He didn't too much off the dribble, but Jones still was a highly productive player.

Nerlens Noel, PF/C, BABC – It wasn't a typical game for Noel as he found himself in foul trouble for much of it. He struggled with the strength of Randle, and that led to him picking up fouls, but still Noel was strong blocking several shots, especially from the weakside. On offense he didn't get a ton done, but Noel does run the floor great and is a threat to dunk anything that he gets his hands on.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Oakland Soldiers – The versatile power forward was a complete difference maker for the Soldiers. He gave great effort on the glass and had several huge baskets when things got close. Add in that Gordon showed a solid skill level in the mid-range and it is easy to see why he is one of the elite players in the class.

Tyree Robinson, SG, Oakland Soldiers – Robinson and his brother Tyrell decided to mess with everyone and switched up uniform numbers, but once the proper twin was identified, it was obvious that Tyree was on top of his game. A big time athlete, Robinson is a solid defender and someone who can flat out make shots from deep. Also Robinson made a few nice passes and is an excellent looking prospect.

Isaac Hamilton, SG, Oakland Soldiers – This kid was just born to score the basketball. Hamilton was knocking in shots, and has the athleticism and length to get his shot off against nearly any defender. He must get a lot stronger, but Hamilton has that natural ability to make shots, and is getting bigger and seems to be finding himself with the Soldiers.

Jake Layman has offers from Providence and Boston College. He is also hearing from Maryland and Florida.

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