LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The second session of the Nike EYBL circuit tipped Friday night at the Kentucky Basketball Academy. There were some key match ups, but none stood out on paper more than Jayson Tatum vs Michael Porter. But it was different player that stole show. Plus the Georgia Stars rolled out a college like frontline, but it was a 2016 guard that caught our eye.
Young steals the show
The premiere match up of the opening night of the Nike EYBL Lexington event put Scout’s No. 3 rising senior Jayson Tatum
against Scout’s No. 3 rising junior Michael Porter
against each other.
But it was 2017 guard Trae Young
that stole the show.
With the stands full of high-level college coaches, Young, a 6-foot guard out of Oklahoma, went for 29 points on 11-for-23 shooting. He also added five rebounds and a trio of assists.
Young is a creative and crafty guard that possesses strong ball handling skills. He’s quick, but also does a great job of changes his speeds to keep opposing defenders off balance. Young’s jump shot is a weapon, as he has deep range and is able to go off the bounce for mid-range pull-ups and floaters.
In a big setting, Young played with poise and confidence and on Friday was the most productive player on the court. To go with the ball handling and shot making ability, he has good vision and is a quality passer. He drew rave reviews in Hampton and based on what we saw today, he’s ready to quickly move up the 2017 point guard list.
While Young played exceptional, the highly touted wings of Tatum and Porter certainly didn’t disappoint.
Porter finished with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He showed flashes of his impressive athleticism and shooting ability from all levels.
Tatum finished with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting, plus added eight rebounds and three steals. The 6-foot-8 wing has impressive ball skills, terrific footwork and a developed mid-range game.
Robinson, Georgia Stars standout
There aren't many AAU teams this year with the amount of talent as the Georgia Stars, and in an 82-62 win over the Arkansas Wings on Friday night, they certainly showed it.
The biggest revelation was the play of Brandon Robinson
. A 6-foot-5 wing, Robinson can legitimately play the one through three. He's long, athletic, active, versatile and can score from all three levels.
Not just a scorer, Robinson also is very good at creating shots for others and can defend multiple positions. He has nothing but room to grow physically and has a significant amount of upside.
Six-foot-10 center Udoka Azubuike
also had a very good night. A huge 2016 post, once Azubuike gets the ball in the paint, it's tough to stop him due to his size, length and toughness. He finishes very well on offense and blocks shots on defense.
Also impressive was 2017 center Wendell Carter
. The 6-foot-10 center found multiple ways to impact the game, whether it be his passing from high post and ability to score with his hook shot or nice touch inside. He showed a drop step and scored on the offensive glass, while also hunting rebounds on defense.
, a 2016 guard, also played well for the Stars, successfully getting to the rim whenever he wanted while also doing a nice job as a rebounder.
Evan Daniels & Josh Gershon contributed to this report