EYBL Dallas: Day Two, Part B

FRISCO, Tex. -- The action didn't slow down during day two of EYBL Dallas. Ben Simmons put together one of the best outings of the spring, D.J. Hogg ripped the nets from three and Juwan Morgan had a breakout performance.

  • D.J. Hogg, SF/PF, Texas Titans – In the final game of the weekend, Hogg, a 6-foot-8 forward, caught fire from long-range and hit five three-pointers. He has an effortless stroke and is comfortable shooting the ball from well behind the arc. Hogg is also a better athlete than given credit for and is capable of making plays around the rim. He caught a pair of oops in transition and had an adjusting finish at the rim. Hogg finished 9-for-13 from the field and scored 23 points in a win.

  • Kevin Dorsey, PG, Team Takeover – Building off a strong junior season and early spring, Dorsey had a terrific close to EYBL Dallas. The 5-foot-11 guard is quick and tough to stop off the dribble. In a game against the St. Louis Eagles, Dorsey consistently got paint touches, pushed the tempo when he had opportunities and scored through contact at the rim. He's playing with a lot of confidence right now and it shows. He scored 16 points and tossed out three assists in the win.

  • Bryant Crawford, PG, Team Takeover – Crawford had arguably his best game of the EYBL circuit against the Eagles on Sunday. The 6-foot-1 lead guard has good speed and much like his teammates on the perimeter he likes to play fast and in transition. His best move of the day was a coast-to-coast take, where he weaved through traffic and in traffic at the rim. He finished 6-for-9 from the field and scored 18 points in the win.

  • Malachi Richardson, SF, Team Final – A talented wing scorer, Richardson went for 22 points in win over the Jackson Tigers on Sunday. The Syracuse commit has good size and athleticism for the wing position. He was just 1-for-6 from three, but he hit one pull-up from 18-feet and scored five buckets at the rim. Richardson scores it well when he attacks the basket and is able to take hits and score through contact. He also made all seven of his free throw attempts.

  • Juwan Morgan, PF, MOKAN Elite – At EYBL Sacramento, Morgan was one of the breakout prospects. His numbers weren't eye popping there, but his talent was evident. Against Southern Stampede, it all came together. The 6-foot-8 power forward was aggressive on offensive. Hit four mid-range jump shots, plus a catch and shoot three-pointer. He was also active in the paint, reeled in 11 rebounds and finished multiple times through contact. He finished with 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting.

  • Ty Hudson, PG, Southern Stampede – Hudson, a 6-foot-1 lead guard out of Georgia, continued his strong play against MOKAN Elite. The tough and quick guard attacked the basket and hit three runners in the lane. Hudson is strong, handles the ball well and plays through contact. He scored 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting and tossed out a pair of assists in the loss.

  • Prince Ali, SG, Southern Stampede – Ali has put up big scoring numbers throughout the EYBL circuit and against MOKAN Elite he did much of the same, scoring 24 points. Ali scored on a pair of mid-range pull-ups, plus a three-pointer. His other five field goals came off drives to the rim. A strong wing with very good athleticism, Ali is at his best when he's in attack mode and looking to get to the basket.

  • Ben Simmons, PF, E1T1 Elite – Up against Athletes First, Simmons, a 6-foot-8 strongly built forward, put together one of the signature performances of the spring. Simmons, who handles the ball well for a player his size, spent a lot of time with the ball in his hands and he drove at and attacked any defender in his way.

    He's a quality finisher with either hand, has a strong body that can take hits and has impressive body control on his drives to the basket. Simmons' passing also stood out and he whipped the ball to teammates with either hand and tossed out a couple of assists. The LSU commit also hit one catch and shoot three. He finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds in E1T1's win.

  • Antonio Blakeney, SG, E1T1 Elite – Last weekend Blakeney impressed with his scoring efficiency. In one viewing on Sunday, Blakeney kept up his strong play. Although he didn't connect on his three-point attempts against Athletes First, he did make mid-range pull-ups and scored at the rim. Blakeney is an equipped scorer with the ability to put up points from all three levels. He continues to play with confidence and is due a ranking bump when they are updated. Blakeney scored 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting.

  • Marques Bolden, C, Texas Titans – Bolden, a 6-foot-10 big man out of DeSoto (Tex.) High, had his breakout game on Sunday. Prior to Bolden's game against Albany City Rocks, his game high in the EYBL was two points. He scored 12 on 6-for-7 shooting in 18 minutes of action against the City Rocks. He has a solid frame with length. He was aggressive in the paint when he had scoring opportunities and he showed good touch with both ends. He even knocked down a short-range jump shot.

  • Dennis Smith, PG, Team United – Playing with a new team at the EYBL this weekend didn't slow Smith down, at least not on Sunday against Baltimore Elite. The 6-foot lead guard proved tough to defend, as he got by defenders with ease. He's quick, but also does a great job of changing speeds. Smith also has impressive body control and is a strong finisher at the rim. To go with his drives, Smith also hit a pull-up from 18-feet and a three-pointer. But Smith did plenty more than score, as he tossed out nine assists and turned it over just twice. A top tier guard in 2016, Smith finished with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

  • Shaun Kirk, SF/PF, Team United – Majority of Kirk's damage was done at the rim against Baltimore Elite. The 6-foot-6, possibly 6-7 combo forward, is a very good athlete that runs the floor looking for dunk opportunities. He was the benefactor of a number of Smith's passes and Kirk is a good finisher in the paint. Kirk is also able to step away from the rim and make jump shots. He hit one three-pointer in this outing. The next step in Kirk's development is improving his ball handling. The talented 2016 recruit finished 8-for-12 from the field and scored 17 points in the win.

  • Pittsburgh commit Maverick Rowan showed off an impressive jump shot. He hit on 3-for-7 three-point attempts in a loss to the Texas Titans. He also made his way to the free throw line six times and scored off a nice slash to the rim. He finished with 19 points in the loss.

  • Against the Houston Hoops, Josh Reaves was efficient. He scored 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting. He hit a pair of threes, scored in transition and used his athleticism around the rim to grab rebounds.

  • Baltimore Elite guard Nico Clareth had a big outing against Team United. Clareth scored 29 points 11-for-15 shooting, including 3-for-4 from behind the three-point stripe.

  • D.J. Hogg told Scout.com that Baylor, UCLA, SMU, Texas A&M, Arizona and Missouri were recruiting him the hardest. He's takend unofficial visits to SMU, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas.

  • Ty Hudson now has scholarship offers from Xavier, Clemson, Kansas State, Houston and Western Kentucky. California and Vanderbilt are also showing strong interest. He said he's planning to visit Clemson in a "couple of weeks."


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