Friday Night Live: Live Period Tips

The Scout national team has hit the road and will be out full force this weekend. The first of two open periods begins this evening and extends through Sunday, and thus the next 48 hours will present coaches with a rare opportunity to evaluate multitudes of players in a highly concentrated format.

Just a few days after Duke cut down the nets in Indianapolis, the college basketball community has shifted its focus back to recruiting. Beginning now and concluding in late July, America’s most talented high school prospects will compete on the travel circuit, including its variety of team and individual events.

This weekend, it’s all about the leagues. Nike’s EYBL, Adidas’ Gauntlet and Under Armour’s Association all feature a round robin or tournament format that will culminate in July. And for the next three days, teams will begin building a resume toward those championship events.

Numerous regional and local events will top off as well, but make no mistake: This weekend is about the big dogs.

Most college programs will have representatives at all three events, and many head coaches will attend at least two of the three, depending on relevance.

Here’s a look at the industry’s three dominant entities:


What: Adidas Gauntlet

Where: Dallas

When: April 10-12

Reporting Staff: Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon

Top Teams: Team Loaded, Atlanta Celtics, Dream Vision, Eric Gordon Central, Compton Magic, Game Elite, NY Rens, Upward Stars, Team Wall, Texas PRO, NO Elite, NE Playaz, Michigan Mustangs, Utah Prospects + many more

Top Players: Dennis Smith (pictured above), Edrice Adebayo, Josh Langford, Kobi Simmons, Kyle Guy, Mustapha Heron, Vance Jackson, Payton Pritchard, T.J. Leaf, Mario Kegler, Quentin Goodin, Aric Holman, Eli Wright, Rawle Alkins, Jaylen Hands, Zach Collins, Eron Gordon, Ike Anigbogu.

On The Marquee: The Adidas circuit is loaded this year and this weekend will be a great opportunity to see many of the country's top prospects. It will be our first time seeing Josh Langford in a while, so he'll be an important eval. Additionally, there will be plenty of the nation's other best talents, from Dennis Smith to Kobi Simmons to Mustapha Heron and many others. At every hour, there will be multiple high level players in action.


What: Under Armour Association

Where: New Orleans

When: April 10-12

Reporting Staff: Brian Snow

Top Teams: Atlanta Xpress, DC Premier, Illinois Wolves, Indy Hoosiers, Team Felton, Team Breakdown, Canada Elite, Team Thad, Supreme Court, Carolina Wolves, 1 Nation, We R 1, DC Blue Devils, MWA Elite, KC Run GMC

Top Players: Markelle Fultz, M.J. Walker, Barret Benson, Kris Wilkes, Paul Scruggs, Joey Brunk, Jalek Felton, Dewan Huell, Jaylen Fisher, DeAndre Ayton, Josh Jackson, Sedee Keita, Trevon Duvall, J.J. Caldwell, Terrance Ferguson, Mark Vital.

On The Marquee: The Under Armour Association again features some of the top players in the country, and this year there should be some intriguing matchups and games. One individual matchup that should be fun to watch is DeAndre Ayton going up against super 2016 interior prospect Dewan Huell. Also on night one of the event, five-star wings Josh Jackson and Terrance Ferguson are going to meet up in what should be a special game.

Overall a lot of top prospects will be going at it. The improvement of players like Markelle Fultz and Barret Benson should be fun to see, and then always some sleepers emerge as well.


What: Nike EYBL

Where: Hampton, Va.

When: April 10-12

Reporting Staff: Rob Harrington

Top Teams: St. Louis Eagles, CP3, Georgia Stars, Team Takeover, E1T1, South Beach All-Stars, California Supreme, Las Vegas Prospects, Mo-Kan Elite, Boo Williams Summer League, Oakland Soldiers.

Top Players: Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Malik Monk, Tyus Battle, V.J. King, Udoka Azubuike, Tony Bradley, De’Aaron Fox, Mamadi Diakite, Alterique Gilbert, Bruce Brown, DeJon Jarreau, Rodney Miller, Miles Bridges, Troy Brown, Michael Porter, Zach Brown, Wendell Carter, Jeremiah Tilmon, D.J. Harvey, Matt Coleman.

On The Marquee: Three top-five rising seniors at the same event? Yes, you can bet that Giles, Tatum and Monk will command significant attention. Giles and Tatum (along with Josh Jackson, who will be in New Orleans) are considered top contenders for the No. 1 spot in the class, and they’ll face formidable opposition during the weekend.

Additionally, Nike appears to be very strong with the Class of 2017 — the top guys mostly will play up with the 17s, rather than with the 16s — and Porter, Troy Brown and Zach Brown all will be primary attractions. Numerous previously unknown high-major talents will emerge as well, and watching them blow up in real time makes for great fun.


Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contribute to this article


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