EYBL Houston: Day Three

HOUSTON – Michael Gbinije made an impression on the final day of the Nike EYBL.

Michael Gbinije, SF, Takeover: For three high school seasons, Gbinije showed good skills, definite potential and an easygoing demeanor. If Sunday is any indication, he's ready for a big summer. Basically, Gbinije hit the accelerator and got aggressive. Quiet and laid back by nature, it's not in him to take a lot of shots or force things. However, his aggressiveness led to a big game for himself and opened things up for Takeover. He's ready to go from supporting actor to leading man and with a frame that is filling out, he should deliver on his Top 25 status.

Nick Jacobs, PF, Southern Kings: Let's concede that he's 6-foot-7. Against the Charlotte Royals, it didn't matter. With a motor that runs high, Jacobs showed much better in May than he did in April. The young lefty with broad shoulders was a load to deal with inside, plus he's a post player, knows it and plays to his strengths.

TaShawn Thomas, PF, Houston Hoops: We're always on the lookout for big guys with upside and Thomas fits the category. He's one of the lone seniors on a young team and himself is just beginning to figure things out. He sniffs 6-8 but with his long arms and athletic frame can go above the rim and runs the floor well. He's receiving low to mid-level interest as we speak and there's little doubt that a month on the circuit in front of the guys who own the scholarships and he's no worse than a very good mid-level guy.

Cinmeon Bowers, PF, Playground Elite: Recently reclassified into the 2012 pool, Bowers didn't waste time announcing his presence. He's a big-bodied four man in that Barkley mold. Once he dips that shoulder and drives it into you, you're done. Mix in running mate Christian Williams and that's a hard playing tandem from Milwaukee.

It wasn't a pretty weekend for the Charlotte Royals who are winless in two EYBL weekends. However, their most consistent guy was Keith Bellfield. … Got a chance to peek in on sophomore wing Omar Calhoun who was putting in work versus the Georgia Stars. …

We didn't watch Marquis Teague this weekend but couldn't help spying on him. In a span of three minutes he made two passes maybe three other guys in the class could pull off. … Mikeal Hopkins ended his EYBL with a nice performance. … Nick Faust is poised to make a big impression once the coaches get out. … Much props to Myles Mack who gutted out the weekend on a bum wheel and helped the Playaz remain undefeated. …

MetroHawks point guard Deonte Houston has George Mason, Fordham and Iona in his corner. … Nick Jacobs indicated the strongest interest is coming from Miami and Virginia Tech. Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Cincinnati. … Team Takeover sophomore said Georgetown, Notre Dame and Maryland. …


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