EYBL Los Angeles: Recap

The Nike EYBL Los Angeles tipped off this weekend and there were a number of standouts. Among those that caught our eye were Cliff Alexander, Tyler Ulis and Justise Winslow.

Cliff Alexander,, C/PF, Mac Irvin Fire: When Alexander gets the ball in the paint, he is usually getting fouled or scoring a bucket. Alexander knows how to use his body to clear space and then from there it seems easy. Mac Irvin struggled to get him the ball as much as it should have, but Alexander still made an impact, especially on the glass. He is long and runs the court well, especially for a guy with his size.

Stanley Johnson, SF/PF, Oakland Soldiers: Johnson was one of the only reasons the Soldiers were in every game. His effort is tremendous, especially on the offensive glass. You do wonder what position he will be at the next level, but it really does not matter. He has improved a ton since last season and has improved a lot as a shooter. Johnson has the ability to play the three, but would be a complete matchup nightmare at the four because of his ability to stretch the opposing defenses and score inside as well.

Justin Jackson, SF, Houston Hoops: The North Carolina commit had a fantastic weekend as he helped lead Hoops to a 4-0 record. Jackson is as smooth as they come and his length gives the opposition fits on both ends of the court. He has plenty of range, but also has no problem getting on the glass. Jackson can get stronger, but that should come with time. Jackson has a higher ceiling than most, especially if he continues to develop an attacking mentality. The Tar Heels got a good one.

Justise Winslow, SF, Houston Hoops: It is easy to see why Winslow is rated as the best small forward in the class. He plays on the ball a lot and is comfortable in his role as a point forward, as he has a knack for finding the open man. There really is not anything Winslow isn't good at, although he has room for improvement as a shooter. His biggest strength is that he is an extremely balanced player and it goes well with his strong understanding of the game.

Kelly Oubre, SF/PF, Houston Hoops: Oubre had a fantastic weekend, notching two double-double efforts. He had stretches where he disappeared at times, but when Oubre has the motor going, he is very difficult to stop. The forward has solid range, but seems more comfortable within the arc. Oubre is very dangerous when he attacks the glass, but does tend to drift a bit. Coaching should fix that and when it does, he should succeed at the next level.

Tyler Ulis, PG, Meanstreets: Ulis may be small, but he knows exactly how to use his height. He comes off screens well, can find the open man, and excels in both transition and half-court situations. Ulis was able to show off his scoring a bit more and displayed plenty of range. He proved he can play against some of the best players in the country despite his height and deserves to be considered by high major schools.

Paul White, SF/PF, Meanstreets: White has plenty of skills and displayed it at times, but also disappeared for long stretches. When he was active and playing well, the forward showed decent range, a strong understanding of the game, and rebounded well. The talent is there and if White can find a better balance with his efforts, he has the ability to be successful.

Payton Dastrup, C, California Supreme: Dastrup had an inconsistent weekend, but showed flashes of why he is one of the top big men in the west for his class. He has range that sometimes extends to the arc and did well on the defensive glass. Dastrup runs the court well for his size and has no problem getting out in transition. He does get pushed off the ball a bit too much and needs to be stronger on both ends of the court, but there is a lot of potential there.

Zylan Cheatham, PF, California Supreme: Cheatham is one of the best athletes in the class and uses that to his advantage defensively, where he is a tremendous weak-side shot blocker. The offense is still coming around for Cheatham, as the majority of his points come off rebounds or in transition. He is not yet a good shooter, but his athleticism and defensive ability mixed with a good body give Cheatham major potential.

Abdul-Malik Abu, PF, Expressions Elite: Malik-Abu played well in a matchup against the Oakland Soldiers, finishing with 14 points. He is a better shooter within the arc, but looked comfortable taking a few three-pointers. Physically, Malik-Abu already looks mature, but he is extremely strong and should be fine with the right fit on the next level. It is no surprise that he has numerous Big East offers, because he fits in well with that style of play.

Dion Wiley, SG/SF, Team Takeover: Wiley was one of the most impressive players we saw all weekend. He can score off the drive, hit from three, and just knows how to score in a variety of ways. Wiley always plays hard and is a strong defender as well. Not only is he a good scorer, but he also realized when there was an open man and was unselfish in making plays.

Marcus LoVett, PG, Mac Irvin Fire: Lovett looked more comfortable in this setting than he did a year ago. His vision and ball-handling were fantastic and he also displayed a strong ability to hit from behind the arc. Lovett is dangerous because you have to respect his passing skills, but he can also score himself. He played well against strong competition and is extremely dangerous in transition, where he seems more comfortable.

Ivan Rabb,, C, Oakland Soldiers: Rabb was a bit inconsistent this weekend, but a lot of that had to do with the fact that he was swarmed by defenders. Rabb has improved a lot from last year, as he appears to be stronger now. He is still working on his knowledge of the game and getting comfortable doing certain things, but Rabb excels in numerous areas. The big man has soft touch around the basket, hit the glass hard, and can block shots. Clearly one of the best prospects in his class, regardless of position.

Charles Matthews, PG, Meanstreets: Matthews played off the ball the entire weekend and never seemed to get as comfortable as he is at point guard. Still, he has a very natural feel about him and just seems to get it. Matthews is strong to the basket and a very fluid athlete with range, although his shot was not falling as much as normal. He demands respect and does not force the issue, as it is easy to see why his potential and current skill makes him one of the best players in the class.

Aaron Holiday, PG/SG, California Supreme: Holiday played off the ball the entire weekend, so his scoring opportunities were not where they usually are. He is a score-first point guard right now and has a nice floater in the paint. Holiday is still improving as a distributor, but has an extremely high ceiling and is a player that is going to keep improving. If he is not there already, he will be one of the elite guards in his class in the west.

Jared Wilson-Frame, SG, Expressions Elite: Physically, Wilson-Frame already looks the part. he is strong to the hoop, but can step out and his nice touch from range. He did not do much else besides score when we saw him, but he was good at it. Wilson-Frame is an intriguing prospect and it would not surprise us to see him have a big AAU season.

Elijah Thomas, C, Team Texas Elite: Thomas went head to head with Cliff Alexander and more than held his own. He is still getting in better shape, but is among the smartest big men in his class. Thomas never seemed to make a wrong decision, whether it was going up with a shot or passing it out of the post. He has soft touch in the paint and is aggressive on the glass as well. Certainly one of the elite prospects in his class.


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