Scouting the EYBL Session 3: Day 2

TDD was on the ground in Los Angeles watching several Duke prospects and recruits

Several Duke prospects again had strong showings on Day Two of the EYBL Session #3 in Los Angeles, including a stellar performance by Rasheed Sulaimon in the much anticipated matchup between the Houston Hoops and CP3.

Rasheed Sulaimon - From a skill-set standpoint, there was not much that Sulaimon showed on Day Two that he did not already show on Day One. His three point shot was falling (combined 3-5 on 3 pt. FG on the day), he hit mid-range jumpers off of the bounce, and attacked the rim and finished through contact. What was even more impressive was how Sulaimon responded in different situations throughout the day. In the Houston Hoops' morning game, L.J. Rose, J-Mychal Reese, and the undersized but rugged Brian Bridgewater did most of the heavy lifting in a relatively comfortable 73-62 win over the Arkansas Wings, as Sulaimon sat for a good portion of the first half and went down with an ankle injury around the 13:30 mark in the second half. Rasheed had the ankle taped and re-entered the game with approximately 7:00 left, finishing with 10 points (4-8 FG). His ankle looked like it was still bothering him in the evening matchup with CP3, but he fought through the pain to finish with 14 points (3-9 FG, 7-9 FT) in a big win. With both teams evenly matched and the game deadlocked with 2:00 to go, Sulaimon saved his best for last, making three key plays (a behind-the-back assist in transition, a strong drive down the lane and finish giving the Hoops the lead, and two clutch free throws to put the game on ice) to help seal the victory. With the game on the line, Sulaimon wanted the spotlight and made the most of his opportunities.

Rodney Purvis - Purvis had a very solid game against the Houston Hoops, scoring 17 points (5-13 FG, 7-8 FT), and adding 4 rebounds and 3 assists. For most of the game, he was matched up against L.J. Rose or J-Mychal Reese. Purvis has a solid handle, excellent quickness, and a strong frame that allows him to get to the rim and finish with contact. He rarely attempts three-point shots (just 3 attempts in his first four games), and does his damage off of pull-up jumpers and drives to the hoop. He also makes a living at the free throw line (19 FTM and 23 FTA in four games). Purvis probably projects as more of a scoring point guard, but he did a nice job of trying to get his teammates involved, though he may have been better off looking for more of his own offense as the game was slipping away down the stretch.

Theo Pinson - Pinson had a fairly quiet game against the Hoops, with 7 points (3-9 FG), 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Though he is very skinny and needs to add weight and strength (like most kids his age), he is an impressive athlete with a ton of upside. Pinson showed a nice stroke from outside, the ability to take his man off the dribble and drive the lane (though he is not a guy who gets to the free throw line much - just one attempt in his first four games), and the ability to finish above the rim in transition. Pinson deferred to his older teammates throughout the game, but his potential was still apparent.

Jabari Parker - Parker had a solid showing in Mac Irvin Fire's morning win against YOMCA, scoring17 points (6-17 FG) and pulling down 6 rebounds (2 offensive). He was much more assertive in this contest than in the Day One defeat to BABC. Parker created for himself off the dribble, showed nice elevation on his jump shot, swished a couple of three-pointers, and had some nice finishes in transition. He also had a couple of plays where he showed he can play above the rim, including a monster put-back jam that was negated by a foul call sending a teammate to the free throw line. Parker did have some trouble converting amongst the big bodies down low, which he should be able to improve as he adds strength to his frame.

Jarnell Stokes - Stokes had two impressive games on Sunday, going for 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-6 FT) and 13 rebounds (4 offensive) in his first game and 19 points (6-14 FG, 7-10 FT) and 8 rebounds (4 offensive) in his second. He is strong as an ox with a solid frame, and does an excellent job of crashing the boards on both ends of the floor. He seems to know where his bread is buttered, staying almost exclusively in the paint. Stokes was very impressive on offense, scoring off of spin moves (this seems to be his pet move), transition dunks, and turnaround jumpers. His aggressive play also resulted in several trips to the free throw line, where he showed a nice shooting touch. In addition to showing a knack for scoring the basketball, Stokes also exhibited a nice handle and impressive passing abilities (both out of the double team and out of the high post to the low post); Stokes worked very nicely with fellow big William "Shaq" Goodwin, finding his teammate for easy scores on multiple occasions.

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