EYBL: Day Three, Part B

MCCLELLAN PARK, Calif. - 2016 shooting guard Malik Monk's 59-point performance was a perfect cap to the first evaluation period. Monk was one of several notable performers on Sunday.

Esa Ahmad, PF, All Ohio Red: A skilled power forward, Ahmad is a matchup problem with his ability to finish inside and out. While he can hit from beyond the perimeter, he's also a threat to put the ball on the ground, has no problem backing in his defender and spinning off them for a bucket, and his long arms and good footwork help him finish inside. He's a productive player that can score in multiple ways.

Jalen Coleman, SG, All Ohio Red: A strong shooting guard with nice size, Coleman plays hard and can score by attacking the basket, hitting from midrange or knocking down three-pointers off the catch and pull. He rebounds well for the position, uses his strength to help him absorb contact and still finish and he makes some quality passes in the open floor.

Aaron Holiday, PG, Cal Supreme: There's no doubting that in order to be a full time point guard at the next level that Holiday will have to play more under control and work on his shot selection, but as long as he has his elite physical tools/body control along with the desire to improve and be coached, he's going to be a very good prospect. He showed those tools on Sunday with some ridiculous drives to the basket against the Oakland Soldiers. He's a hard-nosed and explosive guard that has elite upside.

Ivan Rabb, PF, Oakland Soldiers: What more do you want from a high school post than Rabb has to offer? It's the same old story from him almost every time out. He finishes with both hands, he has ideal size and length for the position, very good hands and feet, finishes with contact, passes well from high post and scored on his patented one-foot baseline fadeaway jumper on Sunday. The top spot in the 2015 class belongs to him for a reason and it's going to take a truly elite prospect to take it from him because you have to really nitpick to find reasons why you wouldn't be completely optimistic about this kid's future.

Rex Pflueger, SG, Oakland Soldiers: For as well as Pflueger has played against all competition for about a year straight now, no one would say that he was close to his best against Cal Supreme on Sunday, but the thing you love about the four-star prospect is that he doesn't need to make jumpers to help his team win, and that's just not something you often say about shooting guards. Pflueger blocked shots, made the right pass, defended multiple positions and played hard the entire game out. A strong shooter normally, the jumpers weren't falling for Pflueger on Sunday, but that's okay because he found other ways to help his team win.

LaDarien Griffin, PF, Nike Team Florida: Griffin doesn't get a ton of scoring opportunities but the 6-foot-7 athlete has ridiculous length, plays hard, defends, fights for boards and finishes around the basket. He says he's grown a few inches in the last year and he's a kid just scratching the surface of his potential if he keeps growing and/or adds to his skill level.

Prince Ali, SG, Southern Stampede: A power shooting guard, Ali is tough to stop going to the basket and he had a lot of success scoring around the rim against St. Louis Eagles. Ali is a strong off guard who plays very hard and can score off the bounce or on the offensive glass.

Malik Monk, SG, Arkansas Wings: The biggest statement game of the 2014 AAU season has been set and it's going to be a challenge to match. What Monk did on Sunday morning, scoring 59 points in a double overtime loss against All Ohio Red, was one of the most memorable performances in quite some time.

Known as a terrific athlete, Monk has steadily improved his jumper and when you're making 10 three-pointers in one game – out of 18 attempts – clearly you're on the right track as a shooter as well. Monk wasn't just knocking down three-pointers (obviously, he had 29 points from inside the arc), getting to the line, finishing in transition and scoring on the offensive glass. At worst, he solidified his standing as one of the top prospects in 2016.

Devearl Ramsey, PG, Cal Supreme: This dude is a lightning bolt in the open court and has a relentless approach to the game, which makes him tough to stop in transition while he's also a hard player to score on, despite being undersized. His crossover and first step helps him get to the basket in a hurry and he can finish with contact or acrobatically. He's also a capable pull-up three-point shooter. He's a winning point guard.

Jayson Tatum, SF, St. Louis Eagles: Tatum looks like he's grown since USA Basketball in the fall and he's pretty much what you're looking for out of the position from a size, length and athleticism standpoint. Tatum also has the skill, as he can put the ball on the ground in half court and transition. In the half court, Tatum was often looking to go two-dribble pull-up from midrange, while he also knocked down a couple three-pointers.

Cody Riley, PF, Cal Supreme: Riley had coaches in the gym raving about his performance against the Soldiers. The powerfully built freshman is capable of rebounding and finishing around the basket, but he's also a very good shooter, hitting a couple three-pointers to go with several midrange jumpers off the catch. Riley is a strong kid for his age but there's no doubting his production and talent.

* Arkansas Wings have an impressive 2015 athlete in Melvin Frazier, a forward with good size and length who had some impressive finishes above the rim.

* The jumpers weren't falling for 2015 Oakland Soldiers center Stephen Zimmerman early, but he had one of the best plays of the weekend, hitting Ivan Rabb with a big time behind the back pass late in the game against Cal Supreme, helping the Soldiers pull off a come from behind overtime victory.

* 2015 post Chimezie Metu made some big plays late in the Soldiers' game against Cal Supreme, hitting an important three-pointer and finishing above the rim in transition.

* The Oakland Soldiers got some important production from 2015 shooting guard Bernard Ward, who hit four three-pointers against Cal Supreme.

* Ty Hudson is an athletic lefty 2015 point guard for Southern Stampede that looks to have a specialty from midrange, where he can score with his midrange jumper or floater.

"I'd rather have three in a win than 59 in a loss." - Malik Monk following his 59-point performance in a double overtime loss to All-Ohio Red.

* Malik Monk has offers from Florida, Arkansas, Memphis, Kansas, Baylor and Connecticut. He's hearing from Kentucky, Duke and Tennessee.

* LaDarien Griffin has offers from North Florida, Brown and Texas Tech with interest from Yale, Florida State, Cornell and Harvard.


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