HOUSTON -- The third stop of the Nike EYBL landed at the MI3 Center in Houston. The stop provided Scout with a closer look at Jonathan Isaacs, Javante Smart, DeJon Jarreau, plus a host of other players that made the weekends top performers list.
Isaac shows continued development
Entering the spring, one of Scout’s priority evaluations was 6-foot-9 power forward Jonathan Isaac
The 2016 prospect has grown continuously over the last couple of years and while he’s shown progress over the last year or so, with his new size, length and athleticism, there was even new reason to be optimistic about him.
On Saturday night at the Houstom EYBL session, Isaac showed he has made the jump from prospect to player and is moving into elite territory quickly.
Isaac is still very physically immature which isn’t surprising given the fact that he’s still growing, but he’s got a nice frame with long arms and is very athletic.
On one play, Isaac showed what makes you so optimistic what he could be when he grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled down the court, got just past the opponent’s three-point line, stepped back and drilled a shot beyond the arc, one of several threes he hit on Saturday night.
Isaac used his quick hops and length to block shots and rebound, while also was aided by his athleticism and touch when finishing inside. He’s also a relatively unselfish player with nice vision.
He’ll need to keep getting stronger and adding to his back to the basket game, but Isaac is a very good prospect with extreme upside.
Jarreau, Smart impress
With Elfrid Payton looking on, E.P. Elite showcased a number of future college players on Saturday.
Two, however, stood above the rest. DeJon Jarreau
, a senior-to-be, and JaVonte Smart
, a 2018 standout, are both emerging on the national scene with their play on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring.
Although Jerreau has been ranked on Scout for nearly 10 months, he’s starting to further build his reputation. Against Jayson Tatum
and St. Louis Eagles, Jerreau pumped in 20 points and hit three of his five three-point attempts.
At 6-foot-5, Jerreau has a slim build with a lengthy set of arms. He’s quick, has a strong handle and is able to get into the paint to make plays for himself in others. He’s also proving to be a valuable three-point threat, as he’s shooting 46.7% from three during the EYBL. Jerreau is a scorer, but is also effective as a primary ball handler. He’s tracking as a sure fire high major recruit.
|Smart shows potential
When Jerreau didn’t have the ball in his hands on Saturday, it was usually in Smart’s. Although not quite as tall as Jerreau, Smart, a standout at Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville, has good size and is tracking as a combination guard.
Smart is quick and has good handle. He has good vision, likes to push the tempo and aggressively looks to find ways into the paints. Through 12 games in the EYBL, the sophomore guard standout is averaging 10.9 points and 3.3 assists game. He’s not necessarily shooting the ball at a high percentage in the league, but not many sophomores do. Smart has impressive upside and is one that will certainly be under consideration when it’s time to start ranking 2018 prospects.
2016 Top Performers
Another event and another high-level performance from Tatum, one of the nation’s premier basketball recruits. Against Elfrid Payton Elite, Tatum showed the full arsenal, scoring the ball on the block, from mid-range, off drives from the perimeter and transition attacks. He’s an efficient scorer and arguably the top perimeter bucket getter in the EYBL. Tatum has scored 266 points through 12 games on the circuit, which is good for 22.2 points a game. He’s second in the EYBL in scoring.