NASSAU, BAHAMAS -- 11 five-star prospects were selected by Nike to play for the EYBL Select Team in the Bahamas. The players went through a pair of competitive practices and played against the Bahamian Select Team on Saturday. What stood out about the prospects?
Fox continues tear
De’Aaron Fox played as well as any prospect in the country in July and he certainly didn’t disappoint with the EYBL Select Team.
In fact, playing alongside elite talent allowed Fox to show just how well he can run a basketball team. He set the table when he was in the game, continuously setting up the players in his rotation and playing a very unselfish brand of ball. But that doesn’t mean he can’t score. He knocked down a pull-up three, had a nifty drive and finish and consistently made shots during the competitive practice on Friday.
Fox, who has good size for the point guard position at 6-foot-4, also excels on the defensive end of the floor because of his lateral quickness, length, fast twitch muscles and tremendous athleticism. When talking to a NBA scout in attendance about Fox his defensive prowess is the first thing he brought up.
In all, Fox scored just seven points on 3-for-5 shooting, but he tossed out six assists to just one turnover and ran the team to near perfection when he was in the game.
Fox recently narrowed his list of schools to Arizona
, North Carolina
and North Carolina State. He told Scout that he plans to begin setting up his official visits in the near future and will take all five allowed official visits.
FSU scores difference maker in Isaac
In the spring of last year, Jonathan Isaac
stood just 6-foot-6 and was somewhat unknown on the national radar. But after a strong spring and summer, Isaac earned his way on the EYBL Select Team and through a practice and the game, he looked like one of the better prospects in attendance.
|FSU commit Jonathan Isaac plays well for EYBL Select Team
Isaac is every bit of 6-foot-10 and blessed with long arms and terrific mobility. He used that fluidness and ability to run the floor during the game against the Bahamian Select Team on Saturday. Isaac raced end-to-end, finished off plays in transition, grabbed rebounds and started the break and finished around the rim. He’s quick off his feet and will contest shots around the basket as well. Once Isaac gets in a college weight room and adds strength, he’ll likely taken an even bigger step forward.
Isaac, who is committed to Leonard Hamilton and Florida State
, finished with 16 points on 8-for-13 shooting. He also added six rebounds in just 14 minutes of game action.
Giles, Tatum have strong showings
Elite prospects Harry Giles
and Jayson Tatum
were among the top performers for the EYBL Select Team over the course of the practice session and game.
Giles, a 6-foot-10 power forward, is quick, aggressive, fluid and athletic. During the game, Giles ran the floor, caught oops and finished around the basket. Perhaps his best move of the day, though, was a running hook across the lane. Giles finished with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting. He also added six rebounds.
Tatum, who is known for his skill set and scoring ability at 6-foot-8, certainly showed of his impressive scoring arsenal. Tatum tossed in 16 points on 8-for-13 shooting, but also grabbed seven boards and tossed out a trio of assists. Tatum loves to pull-up from mid-range and he connected on a pair of shots from that area, as well as a step back that was recorded as a deep two.
There were representatives from five NBA teams at the EYBL Select event, which included a pair of practices and the game on Saturday.
2017 guard prospect Gary Trent Jr. led the EYBL Select Team in scoring with 18 points on 5-for-10 shooting. He knocked down four of his seven three-point attempts and made a trio of free throws.
Malik Monk had a scoring outburst in the third quarter, where he put up 11 of his teams 13 consecutive points. In that spree, Monk hit a trio of three-pointers, two of which were off the dribble, and added a dunk in transition. In all, Monk finished with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting.
Miles Bridges is known for his powerful dunks and he’s certainly had his fair share of poster dunks this summer. He added another one to the list, as he rose over a defender in transition and threw down a tom-a-hawk dunk with authority. Bridges scored 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
Mohamed Bamba, a 2017 post prospect, impacts the game with his length and mobility. He was active during the game looking to block or at least contest shots. He didn’t get many opportunities on the offensive end, but did swat three shots and impacts others on the defensive end.
Jarred Vanderbilt is known for his ability to rebound and he did just that on Saturday, reeling in 13 rebounds. At 6-foot-8, Vanderbilt is a good athlete that is extremely quick off his feet. He’s also capable and skilled enough to take those boards, start the break and make passes in transition.
2017 post prospect Wendell Carter was very good during the practice session on Friday and that carried over into the game. Carter was efficient from the field, scoring 12 points on eight attempts. He also snagged eight rebounds and swatted five blocks. At 6-foot-10, Carter is strong, physical and equipped to score on the block.
Oklahoma native Trae Young scored eight points and tossed out four assists in the blowout win. Young, a 6-foot-1 guard, is a crafty handler that shoots the ball well from three. He connected on a pair of his five three-point attempts.