It's safe to say few players had a better weekend than 6-foot-2 point guard Tre Jones. Not only did Jones, the younger brother of NBA guard Tyus Jones, help lead Howard Pulley to a 4-0 weekend, but he also managed 85 points and 33 assists in just four games. Jones saved his best performance for last, scorching Houston Hoops and winning a head-to-head battle with Javonte Smart by scoring 31 points (14-for-19 shooting) and tossing out 17 assists. Jones has a special feel for the game, makes great decisions with the ball and is a tremendous passer. But it's not just his facilitating that stands out, Jones can score too. He's especially effective from mid-range and worked in six mid-range pull-ups against the Hoops. Jones has shown impressive improvement over the last year and is due a major bump when the 2018 rankings are updated.
The best performance of any big man at the Nike EYBL Atlanta series was by 2018 center prospect Bol Bol. The son of Manute Bol was downright dominant in a game Saturday against Meanstreets, when he pumped in 29 points (13-for-19 shooting) and 14 rebounds. Bol has taken a step since the high school season and appears more confident with his offensive attack. Bol made turnaround jumpers from mid-range with ease and also showed range to three, as he's now 15-for-29 from three in 11 EYBL games. At 7-foot-2, Bol has tremendous touch, a good awareness around the basket and he's impacting the game with his shot blocking and rebounding. Bol was always naturally gifted, but he's turned himself into one of the elite players in the 2018 class.
Over the course of four games this past weekend, Vernon Carey scored 76 points on 28-for-47 shooting. Carey's last two games of the EYBL Atlanta series, he went for 27 points and 23 points. The 6-foot-9 post player is an impressive offensive weapon. A southpaw, Carey has tremendous touch around the basket and is capable of scoring on the block off of post moves, attacking out of the mid-post and can also knock down jump shots. Carey played with supreme confidence against Mississippi Express and was the main reason NTF secured a win in their final game of the weekend. There's a lot of upside here and Carey is tracking as one of the best power forward prospects in the 2019 class.
It was a monster weekend for Darius Garland. He led Brad Beal Elite to a very successful showing, and was excellent along the way. As usual Garland showed his scoring prowess. He got to the rim when he wanted, and also showed his big time range shooting the basketball. On top of that he was excellent at getting others involved and making the right play at the right time. Whenever things got tight, Garland made a play, and this weekend that meant getting Brad Beal Elite a win. The scary thing is Garland continues to grow and improve, and his talent is on the uptick.
At times it was a dominant showing for Jalen Carey over the weekend. The New Jersey combo guard posted absolutely monster numbers on a consistent basis. Carey had 30 points against against Playground Elite on Sunday, and also back to back 20 point performances on Saturday in a pair of wins. On top of that, Carey did more than just score. He was excellent on the defensive end, and also did a solid job of getting others involved. With his combination of shot making, athleticism, and basketball IQ, Carey is one of the fastest rising guards in the entire class.
It was a monster weekend for Keldon Johnson who averaged 23.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest with Boo Williams. Johnson, who has a unique game, does a little bit of everything. While he doesn't shoot it well from deep, he is excellent in the mid-range, and is absolutely tremendous getting to the rim. Also Johnson plays with a very high motor, and will attack the glass on both the defensive and offensive ends of the floor. Add in that Johnson competes on defense, and he simply does everything to help his team win games.
Ever since reopening his recruitment Darius Bazley has been a man on a mission. The athletic forward from Cincinnati again was impressive over the weekend, this time in his first action with Meanstreets. Bazley put up impressive numbers with 19.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 36 percent from three, while getting to the foul line seven times per game. Bazley is athletic, has legit size at the forward position, and continues to improve his motor. At the moment Bazley is just scratching the surface of how good he could become.
One of the most impressive 2019 prospects in attendance, D.J. Jeffries has a long list of ways he impacts the game and projects very well moving forward. He's got good size, long arms, plays hard, is a plus athlete and can really score. He's a very capable jump shooter, while his handle allows him to get to the basket. His size and length will help him guard multiple spots at the next level, and may be even more versatile on offense. He's an impressive player now but now close to his ceiling.
One of the top scorers on the EYBL circuit has been Coby White of Team CP3 and watching the future Tar Heel this weekend, putting up points certainly came easy to him. He's got decent size for the position and a projectable frame, but it's his scoring that separates him. He's got ball skills that allow him to get to the basket or create his own shot, he can score with his jumper and he plays with a relentless mentality on both sides of the ball, from scoring to defending.
Recruiting: White is committed to North Carolina
Kevin Porter has consistently expanded his game throughout his high school career and this spring has been another step forward in his development. His size and length will allow him to play both wing positions in college, and his skill set offensively projects him as a leading scorer on a quality team. His ball skills have always been impressive, while he's consistently progressed as a shooter. His ability to take opponents off the dribble and either create his own jumper or get to the rim with his size and athleticism makes him one of the nation's top wing prospects.