EYBL Dallas: Day One, Part A

FRISCO, Tex. -- The first day of action at EYBL Dallas tipped off at the Fieldhouse. 2014 guard Alex Robinson had a big day, as did 2015 scoring sensation Malik Newman.

Alex Robinson, PG, Texas Titans – It's clear that Robinson, a 6-foot guard out of Arlington (Tex.) Mansfield Timberview, has made advancements to his game. Last summer he was shoot-first, this go around he's looking to create for his teammates. He has very good vision and can really pass. He was only recorded with four assists, but he created a number of other opportunities for his teammates. Robinson scored eight points and grabbed six boards as well.

D-Jery Baptiste, C, Texas Titans – Baptiste, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound big man out of McKinney (Tex.) Willow Bend Academy, can run the floor and rebound. He has a big, strong body and is a pretty good athlete. Offensively he doesn't have much by way of post moves, but he's strong and looks to dunk everything inside. He's active on defense and gets his hands on his fair share of shots. He finished with 10 points (4-for-4 shooting), six boards and three blocks.

Cheick Diallo, C, Team Scan – Diallo was one of the top performers at the Hampton event two weeks ago and he was up to his tricks again in Dallas on Friday. At 6-foot-9, 220-pounds, Diallo runs the floor with ease, bounces around snagging rebounds and can score some on the block. He has good touch with his right hand and is active on the offensive glass. Diallo plays hard on both ends of the floor and has one of the best motors I've seen this spring. He finished with 16 points and 12 boards in Team Scan's win over Expressions Elite.

Malik Newman, SG, Jackson Tigers – One of the more highly touted shooting guards in the 2015 class, Newman took to the court and gave the St. Louis Eagles all they wanted. Newman finished with 28 points on 6-for-16 shooting. He was aggressive with his drives and got to the free throw line 18 times, hitting 15 of attempts. The 6-foot-4 guard played well through contact, made plays in transition and worked in a mid-range pull-up. He also reeled in five boards and tossed out five assists.

*Sandy Cohen only scored five points and was just 1-for-8 from the field, but I still walked away from Playground Elite's game with the Texas Titans thinking he made an impact on the game. He's skilled, can pass and when he wanted to found ways to get to the basket.

*Rashad Vaughn is much more aggressive offensively this year. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard can attack going either direction and is much more comfortable finishing in traffic than last year. He struggled from the field (4-for-14), but he's playing with confidence and is one of the best two guards in the country.

*Expressions Elite guards Jared Wilson-Frame and Jared Terrell are certainly talented guards. Wilson-Frame finished with 16 points. The strongly built guard hunted deep jumpers. Terrell finished with 15 points on 6-for-15 shooting. He hit one three and worked in some mid-range jump shots.

*Alex Robinson said SMU, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are recruiting him the hardest. He also cited interest from Baylor, Stanford, Minnesota, Florida State and Texas.

*Sandy Cohen said he has scholarship offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Providence, Marquette, Minnesota, LaSalle and George Washington. He also cited interest from Kentucky, Illinois and Iowa.

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