Already regarded as the top player in the 2017 class, Marvin Bagley only cemented that in my viewing at the first session of the Nike EYBL. Bagley, a 6-foot-11 power forward, was nothing short of dominant and showcased nearly every aspect of his game against the Oakland Soldier. Bagley is a versatile offensive threat. He can score with his back to the rim with hooks or also step out and make mid-range jump shots with ease. He uses his athleticism around the basket and is a terrific rebounder on both ends of the court. Defensively, he has a lot potential, as he moves his feet well, competes and is active.
Through four games over the weekend, Bagley is leading the EYBL in both scoring (25.5 PPG) and rebounding (13.8 RPG. If there was one area to nitpick it was his long range shooting, as he was just 4-for-20 from three in four games. Bagley is currently the easy choice for No. 1 in 2018 and appears to be the odds on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 in the NBA Draft.
Four-star forward Emmitt Williams made his presence felt at the Nike EYBL. Williams, a 6-foot-6, strong and aggressive forward, played with tremendous energy and effort. Williams reeled in 12.5 rebounds a game, which is currently No. 3 in the EYBL. He's quick off his feet, reacts to plays well and has impressive athleticism. All that combined with his strength, makes him one of the best rebounders in the 2018 class. Offensively, Williams was able to beat the opposition to the rim, as he consistently runs rim to rim. He finished well around the basket and threw down some of the most vicious dunks of the weekend.
Arguably the most impressive player of the weekend was Howard Pulley point guard Tre Jones. Jones, the brother of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones, did a terrific job of running his team. Jones showed terrific vision, feel and passing ability. Through the first weekend, Jones leads the EYBL in assists with 39 in four games, which beats the second highest assist total by 16. Jones also took care of the ball, turning it over just six times. But it wasn't just his passing and point guard skills that stood out, Jones, who stands 6-foot-3, showed good quickness and a burst of speed that allows him to get into the paint and finish at the rim, which he did consistently. Jones proves himself as one of the best point guards in the country and appears primed for a huge spring.
Jontay Porter, the brother of Scout's No. 1 player in 2017, Michael Porter, had a huge weekend for MOKAN Elite, averaging 19.2 points and 13 rebounds a game. Over the past year, Porter's body has trimmed up and he appears to be in the best shape of his basketball career. The southpaw has become a confident shooter and that was evident by his 11-for-22 shooting from three on the weekend. Has was aggressive in the paint too, where he finishes well with his left-hand. Porter was also active on the glass on both ends of the court and is No. 2 in rebounding in the EYBL through four games.
2018 guard Coby White opened up some eyes during the first session of the Nike EYBL. Playing for Team CP3, White played an active, aggressive and energetic game. The North Carolina commit made plays in transition, consistently found ways to get into the paint in the half court and finished once he was there. His pure speed and quickness impacts the game on both ends of the court. His on the the ball defense disrupts the opposition and he seemingly never runs out of energy. White seems like a good fit for a fast paced North Carolina team. He averaged 18.5 points, which ranks 16th in the league, and 2.8 assists through four games.
Recruiting: Committed to North Carolina
In one viewing of Vernon Carey, who currently ranks as a top five player in the 2019 class, he proved himself as one of the best young talents in the EYBL. Standing 6-foot-9, Carey boasts raw talent that allows him to impact the game in the paint, facing the rim or on the defensive end. Carey has a terrific set of hands and very good touch. He can score it on the block with hooks or post moves, but is also capable of facing up and attacking defenders off the bounce. Carey is mobile, athletic and efficient. He averaged 16.5 points a game, while connecting on 22 of his 37 field goal attempts through four games.
The star of the 16's championship game was 2020 prospect Hunter Dickinson. The 7-footer controlled the game from the tip and was the primary reason Team Takeover rolled to an easy title game victory. Dickinson flashed great hands and tremendous touch, finishing off plays with ease around the goal. He also showed comfort in the high post, knocking down mid-range jump shots with ease, as well as making pinpoint passes to teammates. His feel and understanding of the game was impressive, especially for his age. Dickinson was also effective as a rebounder. It's still early, but this was a heck of a coming out party on the national stage for the Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha big man.
EYBL Top 10 Scorers
1. Marvin Bagley -- 25.5
2. Keldon Johnson -- 25.2 (Didn't get to evaluate this weekend)
3. Ayo Dosunmu -- 25
4. Cameron Reddish -- 23
5. Ignas Brazdeikis -- 22.3
6. Cole Swider -- 21.8
7. Bol Bol -- 21
8. Jalen Lecque -- 20.8
9. Keion Brooks -- 19.8
10. Jontay Porter -- 19.2