EYBL Dallas: Day Two - Part B

FRISCO, Tex. -- Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Griffin were among the days best players. Wiggins put up a ridiculous 31 points in a comeback win, while Griffin secured a double-double and was a monster in the paint.

Jonathan Severe, SG, NY Lightning – In the first half Severe, a 6-foot-2 strongly built guard, actively looked to score, especially with his jump shot. Off the catch he shoots it quite well with range to 22-feet, but he also proved he could shoot off the bounce from 15 to 18-feet and score through contact at the rim. Top-level mid-majors should be all over Severe.

Dayshon Smith, PG/SG, NY Lightning -- While Smith, a 6-foot-2 wiry guard, handles majority of the lead guard responsibilities for the NY Lightning, he's also a very good shooter and a player that can put up points in a hurry. Against the St. Louis Eagles he pumped in 26 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Smith has range on his jump shot and isn't afraid to fire up shots from deep. He hit four threes on seven attempts in the loss to the Eagles.

Shannon Hale, PF, St. Louis Eagles – Early on against the Lightning, Hale looked unsure of himself, but mid-way through the second half Hale stepped up his intensity and scored it from the high post. He knocked down a pair of mid-range jump shots, threw down a put back slam and made a nice step through move to score on the block. Hale was the primary reason the Eagles managed to come back and steal a game from the Lightning. Hale finished with 15 points and seven boards.

Nick King, SF, Bluff City Legends – From the opening tip, King aggressively went to the rim and found his way to the free throw line six times in the first four minutes. At 6-foot-7, 220-pounds, King has the ability to play on the perimeter, knock down jumpers out to 22-feet, but also score around the basket and at the rim. He can defend a wing or a power forward and is a very good rebounder because of his size, strength, athleticism and instincts. King scored 17 points and grabbed five boards in a win over the Travelers.

JaJuan Johnson, SF, Bluff City Legends – In Hampton two weeks ago, Johnson was one of the breakout performers. In Dallas the 6-foot-5 wiry wing picked up where he left off. Offensively he can do a variety of things and is smooth when he attacks the basket. He's confident in floaters in the lane, but will also go all the way to the rim and try to finish over a defender. A very good athlete with length and quickness, Johnson has the potential to be a good defender at the next level. Johnson finished 5-for-7 from the field and scored 15 points in a morning win.

Bryson Scott, PG, Spiece – The defensive effort he put together against CIA Bounce was impressive. He drew the task of defending Tyler Ennis, a five-star point guard, and he bothered him all game with his physical play and pesky defense. Scott's toughness will fit right in at Purdue, where Matt Painter expects nothing less from the guards that play for him. He scored 15 points, including nine from the throw line in the loss.

Dominic Woodson, PF, Texas Pro – A big, physical 6-foot-8 post player, Woodson, when motivated, is capable of doing some serious damage in the paint. Woodson uses his wide body to clear space inside. He also has a great set of mitts that catch everything thrown his way. To top it off, Woodson is capable of scoring off jump shots, as well as back to the basket moves. Going forward Woodson needs to get in better shape, but he's a talented post prospect with a lot of raw ability.

Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas Wings – In a battle with Texas Pro, Portis used his effort and energy on the glass to be effective. Any and every rebound that was near Portis, he grabbed. He also showed off his quick leaping ability by getting his hands on shot attempts. Offensively, Portis worked in a mid-range jump shot and scored at the rim. Portis has been one of the more impressive post prospects at EYBL this week. He scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win over Texas Pro.

Moses Kingsley, C/PF, Arkansas Wings – While he's not as skilled or the offensive threat that Portis is, Kingsley is just as good at hitting the glass and is a threat to swat shots in the paint. At 6-foot-8, Kingsley has a solid frame with long arms and is a notable athlete. His instincts and ability on the defensive end make him a high major player. The next step in his development is adding a go-to move on the offensive end.

Zach Denny, SG, All Ohio-Red – A long range threat, Denny broke out against the Alabama Challenge. It started with a 23-footer, and then Denny, a 6-foot shooting guard, hit a number of other catch and shoot threes, plus mixed in a pair of 15-footers. He finished with 26 points on 9-for-12 shooting, including five three-pointers.

Isaiah Taylor, PG, Texas Pro – Running the show for Marland Lowe's bunch, Taylor did a good job creating looks for his teammates. The 6-foot-2 lead guard is extremely quick and he used his speed to get by defenders and look for open teammates. In all, Taylor tossed out five assists in the loss to the Arkansas Wings and also tacked on seven points and four rebounds.

Derrick Griffin, PF, Houston Hoops – Athletically there aren't many in the 2013 class that can compare to this 6-foot-7 forward. He's known for his ability on the gridiron, but he's a heck of a basketball player as well. He boards it at a high level and is always hanging around the paint looking for put backs and alley-oop opportunities. He out toughs guys on the court and clearly prides himself on grabbing loose balls and locking up the opposition. In an evening game against Boo Williams, Griffin finished 10-for-13 from the field. He scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Andrew Wiggins, SF, CIA Bounce – When CIA Bounce got down double digits, Wiggins strapped his team on his back and carried them to victory. The 6-foot-8 wing prospect grabbed every rebound in and out of his area and made play after play at the rim. An explosive athlete, Wiggins finishes very well around the basket and can contort his body and adjust shots once at the rim. He went for 31 points and 15 rebounds in the comeback win over Spiece.

Trey Lyles, PF, Indy Spiece Heat – CIA Bounce didn't have anyone that could stop Lyles on the block. The 6-foot-8 Indiana commit was efficient inside and scored over his left shoulder a number of times. Lyles also stepped out and hit a 18-footer early in the game. His touch, skill and ability to score is what makes him such a highly regarded prospect. He scored 10 points in the loss to CIA Bounce.

Devin Booker, SG, Alabama Challenge – Booker has a reputation as a shooter, and while he does that extremely well, there's so much more to Booker's game. At 6-foot-5, Booker has good size, his range is deep and because his shot draws so much attention it opens up his middle game. He's crafty from the middle of the floor and is capable of dropping in floaters or pull-ups off the bounce. He's also confident when he has opportunities to go all the way to the rim, as he can finish through contact. He scored 26 points in an evening session loss to All Ohio-Red.

Chai Baker, SG, Alabama Challenge – A strongly built shooting guard, Baker, a standout at Malone (Fla.) High, hunted jump shots against All Ohio-Red. He has a very quick release and can get hot in a hurry from behind the three-point stripe. Baker finished 2-for-2 from three and scored 10 points in the loss.

Justise Winslow, SF, Houston Hoops – A unique prospect because of his size and skill, Winslow is a wing prospect that excels when he has opportunities to make plays with the ball in his hands. He's very skilled and is equipped with a strong, powerful frame. He's a talented passer, but is certainly a capable scorer going towards the rim as well. Winslow will also rebound from the guard spot and is a very good defender on the perimeter.

*Jordan Martin, a 6-foot-6 undersized four-man, is active on the glass and in the paint. He's not afraid to mix it up against other post prospects and has decent touch in the paint.

*Jonathan Williams has added weight to his frame and is visibly filling out. At 6-foot-8 he runs the floor well, has touch inside and will actively look for put back opportunities in the paint.

*Point guard Kenneth Williams is a shot maker. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder hit a handful of threes, plus a floater in the lane in the first half for Houston Hoops. He's a solid mid-level guard.

*If Trevon Blueitt gets a clean look at the basket it goes down more often than not. In a morning game against CIA Bounce, Blueitt went for 18 points, including 4-for-8 shooting from the three-point stripe.

*All Ohio-Red big man Nigel Hayes had a nice outing against the Alabama Challenge. Hayes was 6-for-6 from the field and scored 16 points in the double-digit win.


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