EYBL Dallas: Day One, Part A

FRISCO, Texas - EYBL's second session tipped off on Saturday and one of the top performers was Henry Ellenson, show showed off an improved physique and skill level.

Georgios Papagiannis, C, Team Takeover: There's no doubt that this kid has gotten into significantly better shape since arriving in the states in September. Papagiannis showed a good skill level at that point but it's only improved. He obviously has the size at 7-foot-1 and was dropping right-handed hook shots, while also showing some impressive footwork, using a drop step to make his way to the basket. Papagiannis rebounded well, scored on the offensive glass and played hard. His improved conditioning and skill level are good signs.

Haanif Cheatham, PG, Nike Team Florida: The versatile combo guard is best scoring but did a nice job running his team on Saturday morning. He has nice size, long arms, very good body control and can be tough to stop when he heads to the hoop, as he can pull up and hit a floater or get to the rim. Cheatham played hard on defense and can guard multiple positions.

Cheick Diallo, C, Team Scan: You never have to worry about Diallo's motor and Saturday morning was no exception. Diallo was terrific around the basket, scoring whenever he got the ball around the rim. He's right-hand dominant in the post, but very efficient in the paint. Beyond his nonstop motor, Diallo's size, length and athleticism help him block shots and grab rebounds.

Thomas Bryant, C, Team Scan: Bryant has a big frame with wide shoulders, long arms and plays hard, which are attributes that usually lead to a lot of production at this level. Bryant finished above the rim whenever he got the ball in the paint, used a drop step and also showed his range by dropping in a 15-footer. The kid never takes a play off.

Antonio Blakeney, SG, E1T1: A big time shooter, Blakeney gets ridiculous elevation on his jumper. He's a threat to knock down shots off the catch and pull and he's a very tough player to guard due to just how much lift he gets when he pulls up and shoots. He's a talented shooting guard should be a really productive player at the next level.

Henry Ellenson, C, Playground Elite: This kid has made a big jump in progress over the last year. His conditioning has significantly improved and it's really helped his mobility. He actually handles the ball well for a center and is a threat to take slower defenders off the dribble from the perimeter or high post. He's playing hard, can knock down three-pointers if you leave him alone – he hit multiple on Saturday morning - gets out and finishes above the rim in transition and defends. The fact that he crashes the glass doesn't hurt either. He's going in a good direction as a prospect.

Raymond Spalding, PF, Travelers: A face-up four at about 6-foot-9 with very long arms, Spalding has the size and length of a high major prospect and showed a better skill level than expected. He fought for rebounds, converted on the offensive glass, scored above the rim in transition and even dropped in a floater. He'll need to keep adding to his scoring arsenal and put on some strength, but his upside is very high.

Malik Newman, SG, Jackson Tigers: His outside shot wasn't always falling, but Newman showed why he's one of the top scorers in the country, regardless of class. Newman has a very quick first step and uses that initial burst along with his strength, athleticism and body control to get to the basket and finish with contact. It wasn't his afternoon from a shooting perspective but his ball skills allow him to create his own shot whenever he wants.

Caleb Swanigan, C, Spiece Indy Heat: A big center with long arms, Swanigan has terrific feet, hands and plays very hard. At this level he's tough to stop due to his size, motor and skill. He finished with both hands and there was no one on the court playing harder. His size, hands and motor make him a very good rebounder and when he gets an offensive board, it's usually an easy two points. He's easily one of the top centers in the 2016 class.

* Nike Team Florida center Udoka Azubuike is a 2016 prospect with extremely long arms, a huge, thick frame and is tough to stop when he gets the ball around the basket. He's a powerful kid who tries to dunk everything.

* A 2015 point guard with an impressive frame and athleticism, Team Takeover's Bryant Crawford used his size and physical gifts to score around the basket. His body control really aids him in getting to the rim.

* E1T1's Alex Owens played hard throughout the game against Team Scan and was tough to stop on the glass on both sides of the court.

* Cal Supreme added a 2016 forward who can flat out shoot in Vance Jackson. A threat to knock down jumpers off the catch and pull, Jackson hit four three-pointers on Saturday afternoon.

* 2015 point guard James Bolden had a nice game for the Travelers against Baltimore Elite, making some really nice passes in transition and getting to the basket.

* Michigan State commit Daytona Davis has nice size and athleticism, which helps him score around the basket and grab rebounds. He finished well with contact on Saturday.

Thomas Bryant is being recruited the hardest by Syracuse, Kansas, Villanova and Florida

Henry Ellenson has recently had in-home visits with Marquette, Northwestern and Michigan State. He's taken unofficial visits to Northwestern and Wisconsin.

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