NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Kobie Eubanks had the best performance on the second day of the National Prep Showcase, but Eddie Ekiyor, Danjel Purifoy and Ian Sistare also caught our eye.
Eubanks Breaks Out
was supposed to be playing for Baylor
right now, but due to eligibility and transcript issues, Eubanks was forced to do a post-graduate season at Delray Beach (Fla.) Elev-8 Prep this season.
On day one of the National Prep Showcase, he got hot in the first half, but struggled to get things going in the second frame. On day two, Eubanks had it working in both sessions and displayed the full scoring package to the tune of 37 points.
Easily the performance of the event so far, Eubanks, a 6-foot-5 guard, showed a versatile and aggressive scoring attack. Perhaps the most impressive part of his game on Saturday was his ability to make shots from mid-range.
Eubanks made pull-ups from 15 to 18-feet, but also took defenders to the block and scored off fadeaways. He was also effective with his drives. He plays well through contact and finishes well at the rim.
Eubanks is regarded as a four-star prospect.
Ekiyor has strong showing
has been getting some buzz as of late and if Saturday’s outing was any indication, it certainly is well warranted.
A 6-foot-8, pushing 6-9, Ekiyor has a wide set of shoulders and has a strong frame that allows him to battle and play physical in between the blocks for Pete Hutchins’ New Hampton (N.H.) Prep team.
“I always defensive rebound and bring energy,” Ekiyor told Scout. “Offensively I try to get to the rim and make it so people have to help inside so we can pass it out for open shots.”
Ekiyor told Scout the next step in his development is furthering the range on his jump shot, which he says is already fairly consistent from mid-range. All of his points on Saturday, came off strong finishes at the rim and offensive rebounds.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Ekiyor played for CIA Bounce over the spring and summer and also spent time with Canada’s Cadet National Team that competed in the FIBA U17 World Championships.
Ekiyor told Scout he has scholarship offers from Kansas State
, UMass, Providence
and Virginia Tech
. He also cited interest from Virginia
, who had Tony Bennett watching him on Saturday, Florida State
Ekiyor has yet to take a college visit, but said he hopes to visit Kansas State, Miami, Villanova, Virginia, Syracuse and Florida State in the near future.
Danjel Purifoy, SF, Hargrave – A development regarding Purifoy’s game is his newfound shooting ability. According to Hargrave coach A.W. Hamilton, Purifoy, a strongly built 6-foot-5 wing, has spent a considerable amount of time working on his jump shot and that was evident. Now I did think Purifoy shot a few too many threes, but he connected on five or so long-range shots in a match up with Northfield Mount Hermon. He was aggressive, hunted shots, made plays in transition and played well through contact. Purifoy, a four-star recruit, should help Bruce Pearl and Auburn from day one.
Chris Shields, PF/SF, Fishburne Military – Shields, a 6-foot-7 combination forward, is an intriguing prospect. Shields impacted the game by stretching the floor and showed soft touch on his jump shots from both mid-range and three. He has good hands, showed a right jump hook around the rim and has good mobility. Now he could play a little tougher in the paint, but he has ability and a unique skill set that will allow him to fill multiple roles at the collegiate level.
Ian Sistare, SG, Northfield Mount Hermon – A tough, hardnosed guard prospect, Sistare played like the ultimate utility guy on Saturday. Anything he was asked to do, he did. At 6-foot-2, maybe 6-3, Sistare defended his position, rebounded well for a perimeter player, made plays off drives to the rim and even knocked down a catch and shoot jump shot. A 2016 recruit, Sistare also boasts tremendous grades.
Max Rothschild, PF, New Hampton Prep – During New Hampton’s first game of the event, Rothschild impressed with his feel, basketball IQ and play making ability as a power forward. The Illinois native displayed a nice set of hands and passed it well around the basket. He has nice touch and although he struggled to finish a handful of post moves, he’s capable of scoring some on the block. He plays hard and was dialed into the game. Rothschild is an uncommitted 2015 recruit.