EYBL Oakland: Day One

HAYWARD, Calif. - Rondae Jefferson's athleticism and talent were very apparent in Friday's EYBL opener, while Jabari Parker led Mac Irvin Fire to a big win over Cal Supreme.

Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire: After a sporadic start, Parker showed why he's the country's top ranked prospect, as his handles, ability to create his own shot and pull-up jumper are all at a very high level. Parker has fadeaway and stepback jumpers in his arsenal and can take his man off the dribble to get to the basket. He willed Mac Irvin to a big win over Cal Supreme.

Marcus Lee, C, Cal Supreme: One of the highlights of the spring has been Lee's improvement since last year and he really seems to be getting better every time out. After a rough first couple minutes, Lee gathered himself and ended up blocking Jabari Parker – amongst others - in each half. He rebounded and started the break and made some very good passes. He's not just an athlete; there's a lot of talent here too.

Nigel Williams-Goss, PG, Cal Supreme: What Williams-Goss does well is dribble until he sees an opening, gets past his defender and throws in a floater, which he's now hitting pretty consistently. Williams-Goss did knock down an open three, but his scoring game is going to the basket. In transition is where Williams-Goss is at his best, which isn't a surprise considering how many of those opportunities he has at Findlay Prep.

Jordan Mathews, SG, Cal Supreme: Credit Mathews for the improvement he's made in the last year. Always a competitive kid, Mathews' intensity on the court is infectious to his teammates. The open three wasn't falling but that's usually a strength of Mathews, but what he did well was get to the basket or foul line, attack the basket and hustle.

Torren Jones, PF, Cal Supreme: Give Jones credit for improving his skill level over the past year. He's always had the body and athleticism, but you worried if the skill was going to show up. He's starting to get there. He scored on a couple up and unders in the first half that he didn't really have in his game last year.

Rondae Jefferson, SF, Team Final: This was a very impressive performance. It was known that Jefferson has good size, handles and athleticism, but his vision is up there as well. He had some plays where he would toy with his defender getting to the basket before making a terrific pass to an open man. When Jefferson got to the hoop, he had some acrobatic finishes. Jefferson has a really high ceiling.

Davon Reed, SF, Team Final: Reed gave a very good effort in this game and was pretty productive in the process. A good sized wing, Reed looked comfortable with his pull-up but was also strong on the offensive glass, scoring on putbacks. He also played unselfish basketball, making some nice passes to teammates.

Tyree Robinson, SG, Oakland Soldiers: Robinson came to play on Friday and was all over the court in a win over the Houston Hoops. He knocked down threes, played tough defense and rebounded. Two-guards don't always like to go in the paint and get dirty but Robinson has no problem going down there and competing.

Derrick Griffin, PF, Houston Hoops: Just a ridiculous athlete, Griffin makes shooting around the basket a bad idea for almost anyone, as he's very quick off his feet and wants to block everything. On offense he mostly just hung out around the basket, which is fine because with his athleticism, size and strength, you won't find many high school kids who will stop him in the paint.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, Cal Supreme: If you looked at the stat sheet, it would appear Jackson-Cartwright struggled against Mac Irvin Fire and there's no question he wasn't at his best level, but you could still see why he's such a high level point guard. The handles and decision making were on point both in the half court and break and he knocked down an open three. Some of his shots went in and out and in a physical game, Jackson-Cartwright got bumped around a little. Adding strength will help his game, but we already knew that.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin Fire: A big body, Okafor knows how to use it and will methodically back down his opponent until he's close to the basket, make a move and finish strong. His hands are magnetic, which helps him rebound in traffic and catch most passes thrown his way. Okafor also looked comfortable with his midrange shot, and if he has that too there won't be many high school players who will be able to do much to stop him.

Robert Harris, C, Wisconsin Playground Warriors: The 6-foot-8 Harris has the lankiness and appearance of a kid still growing and even if he's not, he's still a good prospect. Harris was a pogo stick trying to block everything and his lack of strength made it tough to compete in the post but he never stopped trying. On offense he seemed pretty comfortable stepping out and shooting jumpers. When he adds some strength he'll be able to be a lot more productive out there.

* 2015 point guard Marcus LoVett came off the bench for Mav Irvin Fire and did some good things in the open court, making several nice passes to teammates and flying to the basket.

* DePaul commit Billy Garrett, Jr. on Mac Irvin Fire is a skilled guard who knocked down some threes and also showed a floater.

* Marquette point guard commit Duane Wilson is a score-first guard that is tough to stop when he has his mind on scoring. He can knock down the three or attack the basket and try to dunk on his defender.

* It didn't take long to see the potential of Oakland Soldiers 2015 post Ivan Rabb. The athleticism, body and motor were all there. He'll be fun to watch develop.

* Shaqquan Aaron is best in the open court and while some of his passes to teammates were tipped away, he usually had the right idea. Aaron just needs experience to help mold his high potential.

* The outside shot wasn't falling for Stanley Johnson, but he rebounded well and cleaned up around the basket. You never have to worry about Johnson's effort, as he always comes ready to play.

* Add Oakland Soldiers point guard Kendall Smith towards the top of the list at the position out west in 2013. He's a smart player who thinks pass-first but proved he can score with a pull-up jumper and floater.

* It wasn't Brian Bridgewater or Justice Winslow's best games, as the shots just weren't falling. The effort was there for both of them, however.

Robert Harris mentioned interest from Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Kendall Smith has an offer from San Jose State and interest from Connecticut, UNLV, San Diego State and most of the Pac-12.

Jahlil Okafor said Ohio State, Michigan State, Arizona and Duke have recruited him most consistently.

Shaqquan Aaron said that Connecticut, Arizona and UNLV are recruiting him the hardest.


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