EYBL Hampton: Day One

HAMPTON, Va. -- Skal Labissiere showed he was an elite level recruit in Team Penny's win over Southern Stampede. Also a pair of guards from Team Takeover and Playground Elite managed to standout during the first day of the Nike EYBL Hampton.

Ahmed Hill, SG, Southern Stampede –He didn't get it going until the second half, but once he did Hill, a 6-foot-4 guard, was tough to stop. At 6-foot-4 he's a shot maker to 22-feet, but also a strong driver that can pull-up for mid-range shots or finish off plays at the rim. Hill has the potential to be one of the better all-around scorers in the 2014 class.

C.J. Turman, PF/C, Southern Stampeted – There's more to Turman's game than initially thought. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man has a wide, stocky frame and is physical in the paint. He'll fight for rebounds and contest shots on the defensive end. Offensively he showed some promise. He's comfortable going over his left shoulder and hit a handful of jump hooks in the loss to Team Penny.

Anton Beard, PG, Team Penny – The new Arkansas impressed with his poise and pace against Southern Stampede on Friday. The Stampede didn't have someone that could defend him and he made them pay. Beard got a piece of the paint when he wanted to and either dished off to cutting teammates or had crafty finishes at the rim. He has a nice touch on his runner in the lane and is also a capable shooter to the three-point stripe.

Sandy Cohen, PG/SG, Playground Elite – This long, lean guard caught my eye during the first game of the day. He spent majority of the game playing on the ball for Playground Elite. He's certainly skilled, but didn't get by guys constantly. Still though, Cohen sees the floor well and can pass. He's also a pretty good athlete that can make shots to 21-feet. Cohen appears to be a sleeper out of Seymoury (Wisc.) High.

Rashad Vaughn, SG, Playground Elite – Although it wasn't one of Vaugh's best games, he certainly played solid against the KY Travelers. It's easy to see that Vaughn has made advancements to his game. He appears more comfortable driving the ball to the rim and showed that he could attack equally as strong with either hand. His range is deep and he hunted long-range shots at times. He's well-rounded scorer and arguably the top at his craft in the 2014 class.

Phil Booth, SG/PG, Team Takeover – A true combination guard, Booth showed off his offensive arsenal during a run in the second half. Booth is quick with the ball and is effective as a playmaker and as a scorer. He pumped in points in the second half off of catch and shoot threes, floaters in the lane and plus one finishes at the rim. Booth appears to be ramping up his play and it's coming at just the right time.

*Tre Campbell, PG/SG -- Campbell began picking up his play during his junior high school season and it's carrying over to his final summer on the circuit. He made shots Friday night, including three threes. One came off a curl, while the other two off catch and shoot situations. He also mixed in a one-dribble pull-up. It's clear he can score the ball, but he can also be effective as a facilitator.

Skal Labissiere, PF, Team Penny – It only took a few plays to realize Labissiere's potential. The 6-foot-9, possibly 6-10, forward had tip dunks on Team Penny's first two possessions. Then a few plays later he jabbed off a defender and buried a three-pointer. At this size, you don't find many players with the type of athleticism, mobility and skill level that Labissiere possesses.

Labissiere shoots the ball well out to 22-feet, is comfortable hitting mid-range jumpers and has great touch in the paint. On top of all that, he runs the floor looking to score and contests shots on the defensive end. He's easily a top 10 player in the 2015 class and likely a guy that will be ranked in the upper half of that group.

Braxton Beverly, PG, KY Travelers – Beverly was bumped up to the Kentucky Traveler's 17's team and he made the most of his opportunity Friday night. He's poised, makes good decisions and can make shots. He pushed the tempo when he saw opportunities and showed good vision in the half court and in transition.

*Team Penny has a pair of talented brothers. K.J. Lawson and Deadrick Lawson are both oozing with potential. Keelon is a 6-foot-7 combo forward in the 2015 class, while Deadrick is a 6-foot-8 lengthy 2016 recruit.

Both are mobile, athletic and like to face the rim. Neither were breakout performers on Friday, but both are full of potential and high major prospects with a lot of natural ability.

*2014 power forward Justin Johnson has a motor. At 6-foot-6, Johnson is undersized, but he's active, likes physical play and goes after every board in and out of his area. Johnson was a major reason the Travelers knocked off Playground Elite on Friday.

*It doesn't take Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac guard Dion Wiley long to get heated up. He buried a trio of three-pointers in the second half of Team Takeover's win over the Alabama Challenge.

*Sandy Cohen currently has scholarship offers from LaSalle, George Washington and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Minnesota, Maryland, Marquette and Oregon State are also inquiring about him.

Skal Labissiere cited interest from Kentucky, Memphis, Kansas, Auburn, UCLA, Georgetown and Tennessee. He said that Kentucky and Memphis are recruiting him the hardest. Memphis is the only school that has gotten him on campus.

*2015 lead guard James Bolden, who plays for the KY Travelers, drew four head coaches. Chris Mack, Mick Cronin, Matt Painter and James Whitford all watched "Beetle" against Playground Elite.

*Rashad Vaughn had Buzz Williams and Cuonzo Martin watching him. Assistants from Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Kansas, North Carolina and Baylor were also watching.

Devin Booker drew John Calipari, Tom Izzo, Rick Ray, Frank Haith and a host of assistant coaches on Friday.


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