Perhaps the surprise of the weekend was 2018 point guard Jared Butler. On the court to firm up an evaluation on Robert Woodard and check out emerging D.J. Stewart, Butler was among the players that stood out, tossing out 10 assists and chipping in eight points in a tough loss to Nike Team Florida. Butler showed impressive athleticism, good quickness and competed on both ends. Butler, who boasts a 4.0 GPA, is averaging 15.2 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds a game.
One of the breakout performers from the weekend was 2019 recruit Antavion Collum. A 6-foot-6 wing prospect, Collum was playing with the landed CP3 16's team and despite coming off the bench for the talented crew, was especially effective. Callum has good size for the position, is a good athlete and played with impressive effort and energy on both ends of the floor. In our viewing, Collum was active on the glass, connected on multiple shots from mid-range and a hit a pair of three-pointers. Collum is tracking as a high major prospect in the 2019 class.
Just a class of 2020 prospect, Gerald Doakes, has the look of one of the most explosive scorers in the class. Doakes is a tremendous athlete who can get into the lane at will and also rise up over defenders for open shots. Beyond that he has a tremendous motor, and seemingly a solid idea of how to play. At this point Doakes is a little bit on the short side for a score first player, but his ability to get buckets is second to none, and he will be one of the top guards in his class.
The younger brother of Syracuse guard, Tyus Battle, Khalif Battle had an impressive showing for Team Final over the weekend. While not as big or athletic as his older brother, Khalif can really shoot the ball and has a tremendous skill level. He was instrumental in a key win on Saturday, and continued his strong showings all weekend long. Battle will make his home off the ball in college, and like his brother is sure to be a highly recruited prospect.
Drew Timme was definitely one of the finds of this weekend. He's got very good size for a four man and is a mismatch nightmare inside due to his skill set and motor. He still has plenty of strength to gain so everything he does is based on how hard he plays, to go with his knack for scoring inside and out. He'll face up opponents and take them off the dribble to get to his comfort range inside, where he uses a variety of post moves to find an easy two points. He plays hard on defense, blocks shots and rebounds.
Joel Brown has flown somewhat under the radar playing on the prep school scene in Arizona, but this weekend playing at the EYBL he showed he has the ability to be a high major point guard down the road. What separates Brown is his quickness, ball skills and vision. He flies up and down the court with his speed and handle and either gets to the rim or uses his passing ability to create for others. The next step in Brown's game will be gaining confidence as a shooter.
Recruiting: Rutgers has offered a scholarship