EYBL Los Angeles: Day One Rundown

HAWTHORNE, Calif -- The first day of the EYBL: Los Angeles event consisted of a full stock of games. Kentavious Caldwell, Jabari Brown and Nick Faust were among the top performers.

Tyler Harris, PF, Albany City Rocks – After a slow start, Harris, the brother of Tennessee commit Tobias Harris, got it rolling against the Memphis YOMCA. A 6-foot-7, possibly 6-foot-8 hybrid forward, Harris does majority of his work facing the basket. Although he has a slight slow release, his shot is good to 21-feet, he has a great set of hands and moves very well. He's especially good in transition and finished in the second half with contact. According to his father, Torrell, Harris will stay in the class of 2011.

Kentavious Caldwell, SG, Georgia Blazers – There's no doubt about it, Caldwell is one of the best scorers in the class of 2011. A 6-foot-5 guard, Caldwell has been known for his ability to knock down deep jumpers, but now he's starting to show plenty more. He can get to the rim, is getting stronger once in the paint and knows how to finish. With his size and athleticism, it's easy to see why Caldwell is rated in the top 15, as he's truly one of the elite scorers in this class.

Kevin Johnson, C, California Supreme – In a high level affair against rival Oakland Soldiers, Johnson played like a man in the paint. Clearly in better shape than last year, Johnson moves end-to-end much better and maneuvers well in the paint. At 6-foot-9, 240-pounds, he takes upspace in the lane and in this one controlled the offensive glass, securing multiple put backs. He also showed a face up jumper to 12-feet. Johnson, a product of Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, is primed for a big senior season.

Jabari Brown, SG, Oakland Soldiers – Prior to the game, Brown made it clear that he wanted to get the best of his So Cal rival and even posted on Twitter that players from So Cal are "soft." Brown, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, backed up his talk with a big game.

He's got a high level stroke with deep range. Blessed with a strong, developed frame, Brown has gotten much better attacking the rim and finishes through contact one there. His middle game is much improved as well, as he's comfortable pulling up for jumpers from 15 to 18-feet. There's still a ways to go with this summer, but Brown looks more and more like a burger boy.

Nick Johnson, SG/PG, Oakland Soldiers – A true combo guard, Johnson spent quite a bit of time on the ball for the Soliders against California Supreme. Johnson, a 6-foot-3 combo, is an explosive athlete that knows how to use his athleticism on both ends of the floor. He's also a hard worker that takes pride in his defense. Offensively, he had the mid-range game working and looks good pulling-up off cross over dribbles.

Josiah Turner, PG, Oakland Soldiers – The third of the three high major guard on the Soliders is this 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Sacramento (Calif.) High. Turner is crafty off the bounce and certainly had his moments in the big showdown with Cal Supreme. A smooth lefty, Turner sliced through the lane looking to drop in floaters or for his teammates cutting through the lane. He's equipped with an impressive skill set and when he plays motivated is tough to contain.

Jahii Carson, PG, California Supreme – Playing with the Supreme this weekend, Carson, a 5-foot-11 floor general, proved tough to guard off the dribble. He's got a terrific first step and overall great end-to-end speed. Offensively his mid-range game is tough to guard, as he's capable of pulling up quickly off the dribble for 15-footer jumpers. Over the past year, Carson has turned up his game and is a high major prospect.

Nick Faust, SG, Baltimore Elite – We saw this one coming at the Nike EYBL: Hampton. Faust, a 6-foot-6 slender wing, lit the competition up on Saturday burying three after three from long range. He's great in catch and shoot situations and off curls. He's also getting pretty good at attacking the basket. Going forward we'd like to see him gain strength and add a middle game, but it's hard too be picky, as he appears to be getting better at the right time.

Quincy Miller, PF, D-One Sports – Although we just caught the tail end up of it, Miller, a 6-foot-9 versatile forward, put together quite a game scoring 26 points, snagging 13 rebounds and swatting 10 shots. Miller took his last EYBL event hard and is clearly motivated this time around. He can certainly fill the stat sheet and he proved that tonight.

Sam Thompson, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – Props to Thompson, a 6-foot-6 wing out of Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young, for gutting it out. He's still recovering from an ankle injury, but is physically and mentally tough enough to play through the pain. He's an athletic wing with a versatile game. He spent some time on the ball and ran the pick and roll pretty well. In transition he finished at the rim and had a ridiculous block saving a bucket late in the game. His overall skill set is impressive and he's got the look of a terrific prospect.

Trevor Lacey, SG, E1T1 – With Austin Rivers out for the second game of the day, Each 1 Teach 1 had to rely on Lacey for the bulk of their scoring. Lacey began the game forcing jumpers off the dribble, and then he settled into a groove and showed his good-looking long range stroke. He has deep range that extends well behind the three-point stripe and he also showed a solid one-dribble pull-up jumper.

David Rivers, SF, Arkansas Wings – Ky Madden, Hunter Mickelson and Aaron Ross get most of the love for the Wings, but Rivers certainly deserves some attention. A 6-foot-6 wing out of Little Rock (Ark.) Hall was active and aggressive all day Saturday. Going forward he'll need to tighten his ball handling, but he scored it at the rim and knocked down open jump shots.

Michael Carter-Williams, SG/PG, BABC – When BABC needed a bucket, MCW was called upon to get it. His jump shot is high level and he's got good range, but he's also equipped to score from mid-range and at the rim. Despite lacking strength he still finds a way to sliver past the defense and score even with contact at the rim. His best move of the day was a drive to the right side where he switched the ball to the left hand and dropped in a floater over an out stretched defender.

Jamari Traylor, PF, Mean Streets – A junkyard dog type player, Traylor played well for Mean Streets. The 6-foot-7 power forward has wide shoulders, long arms and is an active, live body. Traylor spent a lot of time on the glass, picked up loose balls and finished around the rim.

Jarnell Stokes, PF/C, Memphis YOMCA – At first look it's easy to see why many are enamored with this 6-foot-7, 240-pound post prospect. He's got a strong upper and lower frame and plays hard around the basket. Stokes gave up a couple of inches to Malcolm Gilbert and while it took him a while to get it going, slowly figured out how to score over top of him. While he favors going over his left shoulder for hooks, he showed an ability to drop in hooks over the right shoulder as well. We also noticed an ability to face up defenders, as he knocked down jumpers from 18 and 12-feet.

Chris Walker, C, Georgia Blazers – There's still a lot of development left, but it's easy to see the prospect in him. At 6-foot-8, 190-pounds, Walker has a lean frame. Regardless he's a live body that is active on both ends. He reacts well and contest shots on defense. Offensively he didn't get too many opportunities, but did attempt a turn around jumper.

Shannon Hale, PF, Tennessee Travelers – We wrote about him at Boo Williams with the TN Travelers 15's, this time around he's rolling with the 17's. Although he's not quite ready to make an impact against this level of hoops, he's a major talent. At 6-foot-7 he moves very fluidly and is versatile enough to face up for jumpers or drive to the rim.

Josiah Turner claims scholarships from Oregon, Kansas, California, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida, SMU, USC, Arizona State, Arizona, St. Johns and Marquette. He also mentioned Kentucky, Syracuse and Miami. Turner said he favors Wake Forest and Kansas at the moment.

Nick Faust has offers from UNLV, Penn State, UMass, Delaware and Oregon State. He also has interest from Duke, Marquette, Kansas, Syracuse and Arizona.

Trevor Lacey claims scholarship offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Memphis.

Chris Bryant said Murray State has offered him a scholarship. Bryant also has interest from Florida State, Auburn, Connecticut, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia and Tennessee.

Jamari Traylor mentioned Arizona, Minnesota, Colorado, Bradley, Indiana State, Dayton and UTEP as schools that are showing him interest.

Austin Rivers said Florida, North Carolina and Duke are firmly in the mix for his services. He also said Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA are schools that may be added to his list as well.

Derek Millinghaus, of Albany City Rocks, is an intriguing guard prospect. The 2011 standout out of Schenectady (N.Y.) High is just 5-foot-10, but he's speedy and athletic. Jalen Bond had his moments for the City Rocks as well. The 6-foot-7, possibly 6-foot-8, big man was active and aggressive in the paint. He especially hit the glass hard. Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 200-pound big man out of Everett (Mass.) High, is a presence defensively. He has good timing, is a good athlete and contests everything around the rim.

Greg Lewis is getting better. The 6-foot-8 post prospect made aggressive moves at the rim and showed a right jump hook. Ryan Anderson for California Supreme scored it well out of the gate against the Oakland Soldiers. He's a very good shooter and spends the majority of the time offensively facing the basket. Jonathan Holton, a 6-foot-7 active face up four man, got plenty of action against Spiece and he took advantage of it. He's a good athlete and that looks for rebounds.

Kidus Ephram, a 6-foot-7 forward, was the best player for the ICP team on Saturday. He showed jump hooks over both shoulders. It's easy to see why so many people like Anthony Davis. He's a heck of a prospect. He didn't have a great game when watched, but he's clearly an elite talent. Henry Brooks was pretty active in the nightcap. He's especially good around the rim and is a willing rebounder. Baltimore Elite standout Mike Cheatem can really score. He had it working from mid and long range.

A number of big names made there way into the HAX gym on Saturday. A pair of possible lottery picks – John Wall & Ed Davis – were both in the gym. Demar Derozan, Eloy Vargas, Tyus Edney and Jordan Hamilton also made appearances.


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