James Young, SF, The Family – Based on my viewings the top performer of the day was this 6-foot-6 wing prospect. Young, a standout at Troy (Mich.) High, lived up to the buzz from the first EYBL session. Athletically, he is explosive and in danger of tip dunking in a miss or throwing down a highlight reel dunk on nearly every possession. To go with his leaping ability, Young shot the ball well from long range, rebounded the ball with determination and was active on the defensive end.
Sindarius Thornwell, SG, Team United – When Thornwell hit the floor Saturday morning he played with a purpose. Offensively, Thornwell plays with aggression. He attacks the rim, finishes through contact and gets scrappy buckets around the rim. On top of that, he knocked in mid-range pull-ups and worked in a three-pointer from the top of the key. A pretty good athlete, Thornwell uses his body well and is strong and tough enough to finish through contact. Thornwell finished with 17 points against ICP Elite.
Matthew Howard, SG, Team United – When Thornwell wasn't working for buckets, Howard, a 6-foot-2 guard, usually was. Although he's thin, Howard doesn't back down and attacks the basket looking to score. Howard, who has good grades, scored from both mid and long range, plus had a tip dunk in traffic. Howard finished with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
Marcus Lee, PF/C, California Supreme – One of the more talked about prospects in the 2013 class, Lee showed off his obvious talent in a morning game on Saturday. At 6-foot-9, Lee has grown two inches since September and his body is maturing. Athletically he's impressive. He gets off the floor quickly, uses his length in the paint to swat shots and will run the floor to get easy buckets around the basket. Going forward he'll need to develop a go-to move, but he's full of talent and raw ability.
Julius Randle, PF, Team Texas Titans – One of the top overall prospects in the country, Randle certainly had his moments in a battle versus the Georgia Stars. Around the basket, Randle used his frame to try and shield defenders and adjusted his shot attempts when hit with contact. Randle was a man on the glass and reeled in 14 defensive rebounds to go with his 14 points.
Matt Jones, SG, Team Texas Titans – During the Titans 10-point win over the Georgia Stars, Jones, a Duke commit, was efficient from the field scoring 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting. His catch and shoot three-pointers were on point, but Jones also mixed in one and two dribble pull-ups. Jones also tacked on five rebounds and a trio of assists.
Damian Jones, C, Team Texas Titans – One of the breakout guys of the event, Jones impressed college coaches on Saturday with his athleticism, mobility and defensive ability. Jones, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound post prospect, will have high majors all over him and played a similar role as Prince Ibeh did for the Titans last year. He flashed a hook inside, played with confidence and complimented Julius Randle well. He finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks in an evening game.
Jack Whitman, PF, Tennessee Travelers – Against The Family, the Travelers didn't put up many points, but Whitman was a bright spot. The 6-foot-8 forward out of Lexington (Ky.) Catholic was aggressive on the glass, scored off hooks in the paint and ran the floor well.
Kendrick Nunn, SG, Mean Streets – The southpaw from Chicago (Ill.) Simeon had a major scoring impact in his night game against the Albany City Rock. Nunn hunted jump shots from mid and long range and was dialed in finishing a very efficient 7-for-9 from the field. Nunn does a good job of creating space with his dribble and shoots on the move well. He finished with 17 points in the Mean Streets win.
Phil Booth, SG/PG, Team Takeover 16's – On a loaded Takeover squad, Booth spent time both on and off the ball. At 6-foot-3, Booth is skilled enough to play on the ball, but is also a good enough scorer to create opportunities for himself and score. A crafty guard, Booth was able to work in mid-range pull-ups and knocked down a three-pointer. He has the look of a high major prospect in the 2014 class.
Kameron Chatman, SF, ICP Elite – In the last year Chatman has revamped his body. His frame has thinned out and he's grown to a legit 6-foot-6. A skilled wing prospect, Chatman is at his best when the ball is in his hands. He makes good decisions, passes it well and can score it with consistency from mid-range.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, California Supreme – When BABC opted to ramp up the ball pressure, Jackson-Cartwright turned up his play. He got by defenders with ease and showed terrific poise pulling up for mid-range jumpers or dropping off passes to the big men at his disposal. His floor game and IQ are tremendous, as he handles pressure well and also has his eyes up looking to make the next play.
Marcus LoVett, PG, Mac Irvin Fire 16' s – A connection between LoVett's father and Mike Irvin has the jitterbug point guard from California running with the Fire, an Illinois based squad. A highly regarded freshman, LoVett didn't disappoint in an early morning game against All-Iowa Attack.
He has a nice burst of speed that he uses in the open court and he pushes the tempo when he has a chance. His ball handling is superb, as is his vision in transition. Outside of his speed and ability to break guys down, LoVett's best attribute is his long-range shooting. He knocked down a trio of threes in the second half.
Cliff Alexander, C, Mac Irvin Fire 16's – With LoVett on the ball and Alexander inside the Mac Irvin Fire have the cupboard stocked with talent. Alexander ran rim-to-rim looking for easy buckets and used his strength to score in the paint. His effort and energy inside should be noted, as post players his age don't usually play as hard as he does.
Malachi Richardson, SF, Team Final 15's – This is certainly a freshman to keep an eye on over the next few years. At 6-foot-5, Richardson has long arms and a solid frame to go with quite a bit of game. In the first half in the Gold Quarterfinals, Richardson hit a handful of three-pointers and had a strong finish in transition. A few high majors are already tracking him.
*He's just a rising freshman, but still needs to be singled out. Edrice Adebayo, a 6-foot-7 power forward, is an active and aggressive post prospect. He moves well, uses his length around the basket and gets off the floor quickly. Adebayo showed great energy and effort in the second half of Boo Williams' afternoon game.
*Team United big men Rasheed Anthony and T.J. Williams played hard in a morning game. Both were active on the glass and impacted the game on the defensive end.
*Jalen Lindsay had his moments against the Texas Titans. The 6-foot-7 forward is a very good athlete that can stretch the floor with his jump shot. He finished with 11 points and five rebounds against the Titans.
*Georgia Stars 2013 guard Donte Clark should draw a lot of college interest. The 6-foot-4 wiry guard scored 15 points and did most of his work from the perimeter. He hit all seven of his free throw attempts.
*E.C. Matthews is an intriguing combo guard with good size (6-foot-4). He's skilled, a pretty good athlete and can score it. Against the Travelers, Matthews played off the ball, but he's capable of playing with the ball in his hands.
*Devon Hall has an offer from Maryland, Virginia, Miami and Oregon State. He also listed Georgetown and Villanova. Hall has plans to visit Maryland and Georgetown shortly after the EYBL Hampton event.
*Mac Irvin Fire 16's game against All-Iowa Attack drew John Groce, Bill Carmody and Tom Izzo during their 8:00 a.m. game. Assistants from Indiana, Iowa, Central Florida, Creighton, Oregon State, DePaul and South Carolina were also spotted.
*Mike Rice is already tracking Team Final 16's wing Malachi Richardson. He was at his evening game on Saturday.