EYBL: Hampton Day One, Part B

While majority of the national media will spend time watching the 17's at the EYBL Hampton event, we spent some time watching 15's and 16's game. Jerami Grant and Devonte Pollard were among the days top performers.

Jerami Grant, SF/PF, Team Takeover 16's – As the brother of Jerian Grant, Jerami or Moo Moo, as they call him, has some expectations to live up to. Although it doesn't appear like that will be too hard, especially considering many think he could be the best prospect in his family. At 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7, Grant is a guy that likes to play facing the basket. He moves well, is a quality athlete and proved he could score inside or out. This is certainly one to watch.

Patrick Hollaway, PG, Team Takeover 16's – This guy may be listed as a point guard, but it's obvious that his best attribute is his ability to knock down long distance jump shots. His jumper is pure from behind the arc, but he's also capable of taking a handful of dribbles and pulling up for mid-range jumpers. A crafty guard, Hollaway also scored with floaters around the rim.

Darrick Wood & Kethan Savage, SF, Team Takeover 16's – Both of these guys deserve some love for their play on Friday night. Wood may be the more talented of the two, as he's a slightly better athlete and has a long, lean frame, but Savage is a pretty good-looking player in his own right. In fact, Savage was much more active and left his imprint on the game. Savage, a 6-foot-3 wing, is a solid athlete that attacked the rim and hunted mid-level jump shots.

Devonte Pollard, PF, Jackson Tigers – It didn't take Pollard, a 6-foot-7 forward, long to put his athleticism on display on Friday. In what was easily the best throw down of the day, Pollard grabbed an offensive rebound and slammed a left-handed dunk early in the game.

Pollard got his hands on a lot of rebounds and was especially all over the offensive glass. He also showed an ability to put the ball on the deck and push the break, as he went coast-to-coast twice. Pollard, a standout at Kemper County does, however, need to get stronger as he struggled finishing at times.

Gavin Ware & Ricardo Gathers, PF, Jackson Tigers – These two post prospects had their way inside against the Long Island Lightning. Ware, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound big man, grabbed every rebound in his area. Ware also showed nice hands, good mobility and was active on both ends. Gathers, who has grown to 6-foot-7, is blessed with a stacked frame. He's generally too strong for guys in his age group and he's able to bully the opposition inside. In this one, he showed good touch in the paint and went after rebounds with aggression. This will be a tough duo for other 16's teams to deal with.

Jacolby Mosley, PG, Jackson Tigers – Through the four games we watched on Friday, no one put together a better game than this 5-foot-11, 165-pound floor general. A dead-eye shooter from long range, Mosley buried a half dozen of three-pointers, but also worked in drives to the basket. Blessed with good speed and solid athleticism, Mosley had his way with the opposition, and when he wasn't dropping in deep jumpers, he'd hit defenders with a pump fake and pull-up from mid-range.

Shannon Hale, PF, Tennessee Travelers 15's – During warm-ups we had a feeling this one was going to be a player, and although it took him a few minutes to get it going, we walked away quite impressed with this freshman. At 6-foot-7, 200-pounds, Hale is a mobile big man that likes to catch the ball in the post and face up defenders. He's got a consistent jump shot from mid-range, a nice set of hands and a handful of moves in the post. Defensively he was fairly active and also proved to be a willing passer.

Mike Owona, Baltimore Elite 15's – In what turned out to be a sloppy game for Baltimore Elite, Owona, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound, post prospect showed some promise. A product of John Carroll School, Owona showed off a nice set of hands, ran the floor well and was active on both ends. To go with a handful of buckets he scored inside, Owona also knocked down a spot-up three-pointer.

Dakari Johnson, C, NY Gauchos 15's – Facing off against Hale on Firday night was this 6-foot-8, 210-pound big man, who has yet to play a game of high school ball. A huge kid, with a massive wingspan, Johnson caught everything thrown his way, played fairly aggressive and finished with both hands around the rim. Despite foul trouble, Johnson had an affect on the game, as he corralled a number of offensive rebounds and turned them into second chance points.

Jerami Grant already claims scholarship offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Virginia. He said Kansas is also showing interest.

Devonte Pollard said majority of the SEC schools are recruiting him. He specifically mentioned Alabama, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

Although we only watched a few minutes of the Southern Kings 16's squad we couldn't help but notice Justin Touye. We saw him last year in Las Vegas, but he looked more assertive and aggressive and has extreme length. Jaequan Brown, a 2013 prospect on the Gauchos 15's, had a solid game against the Tennessee Travelers. A 6-foot-3 wing that loves to attack the rim, Brown led the way in the Guachos double-digit win. Daquan McNeil, a 2013 prospect for Baltimore Elite, struggled to get it against Boo Williams II. With that said, the 6-foot-2 guard has some ability. He's a solid athlete that loves to attack the rim. 2012 Purdue commit Kyle Molock and Deontae Hawkins were the only two that seemed to get it going for All-Ohio Red 16's against Team Takeover 16's. Molock attacked the rim and lived in the paint, while Hawkins, a 6-foot-7 forward, showed off a long distance stroke. With Nkereuwem Okoro struggling from the field, Daniel Dingle picked up the slack for the Long Island Lightning 16's. Dingle, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound forward had a scoring spree late, as he got hot from behind the stripe. B.J. Anya, a 2013 prospect out of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, showed up late or Team Takeovers contest, but we could still tell he was a player. He's a huge kid at 6-foot-7, 220-pounds, and has already built a reputation in the D.C. area.

"Ohhh take his picture, take his picture!" – Nima Omidzar after Patrick Hollaway hit nearly a half dozen jump shots in Team Takeovers first half on Friday night.


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