EYBL Minneapolis: Day One

EAGAN, Minnesota - Day one of the EYBL Memorial Day event in Minnesota was impressive. Five-star Stephen Zimmerman came to play, and he was joined by guys like Allonzo Trier and Malachi Richardson in making a statement.

Class of 2015

Stephen Zimmerman, C, Oakland Soldiers – It hasn't been a great spring to date for Zimmerman, but on Saturday he lived up to his elite five-star billing. After a slow start to an afternoon game he got a tip dunk and from there picked things up in a big way. Zimmerman made mid-range jumpers, scored on step back post moves, and also made several nice passes. Then in an evening win he was a complete beast on the glass. Overall it was one of his best days of the spring, and a very good step in the right direction.

Jawun Evans, PG, Team Texas Elite – His team lost, but Evans was absolutely dynamite in an afternoon game. The 6-foot point guard could not be kept out of the paint and showed his speed in transition and in the half court. Evans is at his best using a ball screen and making a play. He desperately has to improve his jumper, but Evans' ability to get into the lane is incredible, and his 26 point performance was one of the best seen on the day.

Austin Grandstaff, SG, Team Texas Elite – In a night game it was Grandstaff who absolutely took over. He was on fire from deep and put up huge numbers. Also Grandstaff showed some ability off the bounce and proved that he is more than just a shooter. The future Ohio State Buckeye had an excellent day and continued to build on a tremendous spring.

Daniel Giddens, C, Each 1 Teach 1 – Giddens is still very much a work in progress on the offensive end, but he is an excellent outlet passer and can really start a fast break. Because Giddens is such a good rebounder, his ability to get the ball out quickly to a guard and start the break is magnified even more. Add in a few athletic plays above the rim on offense and blocked shots on defense, and it was a solid showing for Giddens on the day.

Marcus Derrickson, PF, Team Takeover – His team lost in a big time afternoon game, but it was definitely not the fault of Derrickson. One of the more skilled power forwards out there, the future Georgetown Hoya had it working. Derrickson was scoring in the mid-range off of post moves, hitting from deep, and showing his tremendous shooting touch. Also he was solid competing on the glass. Now he does need to continue to get into better shape, but there is no doubt he can be a weapon with his ability to stretch the floor.

Tyler Davis, C, Texas Titans – He is definitely not someone who gets it done in a flashy way, but Davis is extremely effective. The 6-foot-9 center has an unbelievable set of hands and a tremendous touch around the rim. He also knows how to carve out space and rebound well using his physicality. While he doesn't change ends great, Davis gives effort running the floor and was absolutely unstoppable all game long. His double-double was the difference maker as Davis helped his team pull away late.

Cheick Diallo, C, Team Scan – There aren't many kids in the country that have Diallo's combination of athleticism and motor. In a morning loss he was absolutely dominant completely controlling the paint and changing numerous shots. Also on offense he showed some signs of improvement with a few nice post moves as well as making a few nice catches on the run for easy buckets. He is still a liability at times, specifically from the foul line, but there is a ton to work with here and he gets the most out of all of his physical gifts.

Juwan Morgan, PF, MoKan Elite – This long and athletic power forward runs the floor, has good hands, rebounds, and is opportunistic on the offensive end. Morgan continues to improve and when he gains strength he will definitely be one to watch. In a morning win he was the best player on the floor and flashed big time potential with a near double-double effort. Not in the rankings now, Morgan is definitely making a push to enter when they are updated next.

Matisse Thybulle, SF, Northwest Express – Sometimes overshadowed by his teammates, Thybulle made a big impact this evening with his performance. He has good athleticism, makes shots, and then also has a ton of versatility in his game. Thybulle has the look of a kid who can play all over the floor. Add in a very solid motor, and there are a lot of tools to work with here.

Malachi Richardson, SG/SF, Team Final – For the first three quarters of a morning game Richardson looked like he wasn't ready to play, then he got cooking. Richardson scored through contact, made threes, and also got to the foul line. His effort rallied his team to a win, and then in the nightcap he was tremendous pouring in 30 points. When assertive and locked in Richardson is impossible to defend, and he had his step back jumper working to perfection.

Trey Lowe, SG, Team Final – Right now he is a work in progress and desperately needs to add strength, but Lowe has a ton of upside. He passes the ball pretty well, has an excellent handle, is a capable shooter, and also possesses good athleticism. Right now he isn't consistent, but when he gets that added confidence he could be a true breakout player.

Donte Divincenzo, SG, Team Final – This is a kid who defines the school he has committed to. Villanova prides itself on toughness and versatility and that is exactly what Divincenzo brings to the floor. He is a very good athlete, can make shots, and is a good passer. More than anything though Divincenzo competes every single possession and has that desire to dominate games. In the evening game before twisting an ankle he was the best player on the floor and showed all the tools that he possesses as a player.

Allonzo Trier, SG, Athletes First – There is no doubt that Trier shoots a lot, but he also makes most of those shots. In a night game he was giving it to Boo Williams every single possible way on the offensive end. Trier hit from three, scored in the mid-post, got in transition, and then also was good in the mid-range off the dribble. In terms of the ability to put points on the board few are better, and Trier had it all working on Saturday night.

Chris Clarke, SF, Boo Williams – There might not be a harder playing dude in the country than Clarke. He isn't the most skilled, but in transition he is an absolute beast, and then rebounds, defends, and just out toughs opponents. Clarke needs to continue to refine his offensive game and learn to play in the half court, but there is no denying his motor and that along with versatility and athleticism make him one of the more effective players in the class.

Haanif Cheatham, SG/SF, Nike Team Florida – Cheatham had two very good showings on Saturday. In the morning he showed flashes of his ability getting to the rim, and then in the night game he was absolutely on fire from three. Cheatham is excellent with the basketball and has a good handle that allows him to create for himself and others. Overall it was an excellent showing for Cheatham and he proved his high talent level.

Prince Ali, SG, Southern Stampede – Ali was an absolute beast all game long. He showed his ability to get into the lane, and then also was making shots from deep. Ali has good athleticism, a dynamic first step, and is a threat to score on every single possession he can give it to you every single way, and Ali managed to score early and often against Houston Hoops. The future Connecticut Huskie is a major offensive threat in every way, and his big showing proved that.

School Lists

Juwan Morgan has offers from Kansas State, Creighton, Tulsa, Iowa, Northwestern, and Wake Forest. Also he is getting interest from Arkansas, Harvard, Princeton, and Indiana.

Levan Alston has VCU, Temple, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Wichita State, Drexel, Villanova, St. Joseph's, and LaSalle on him.

D.J. Hogg mentioned Baylor, UCLA, Arizona, Texas, SMU, and Memphis as schools who were watching him during the spring.

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