Scouting the EYBL Session 3: Day 3

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

The third and final day of the EYBL Session #3 in Los Angeles featured an 8:00 AM contest between the Team Texas Titans and BABC. Julius Randle and Nerlens Noel, ranked by as the #2 and #3 players in the Class of 2013, collided in a matchup that more than justified an early wakeup time.

Julius Randle - Unlike Randle's Day One game against The Family (MI), his production more than matched his talent in the game against BABC, which is even more impressive when you consider that he spent a good part of the game matched up against Nerlens Noel. Noel is a fearsome shot blocker who had a dominant weekend, but Randle showed no hesitation in going right at him from the start of the game. Randle drew two early fouls on Noel, sending him to the bench for an extended portion of the first half, but BABC still took a 35-25 lead into the second half. Randle again drew a foul on Noel in the second half, taking him out of the game and igniting a Team Texas Titans comeback that ultimately fell short. On offense, the left-handed Randle operated primarily from the wing and high post, facing up and driving to the hoop. Although he missed all of his field goal attempts in the first half, he finished it with 10 points off of 10-12 shooting from the free throw line. Randle heated up from the field in the second half, hitting a turnaround jumper over Noel, twice scoring while being fouled (once by Noel), and throwing down a monster slam off of an offensive rebound. Randle was an absolute beast on the boards, and finished the game with an impressive stat line of 20 points (4-8 FG, 12-14 FT) and 17 rebounds (8 offensive). Randle clearly got the best of the individual matchup with Noel, but Noel and BABC won the game.

Tony Parker - Parker got off to a slow start in the Georgia Stars' 54-51 win over Boo Williams. He established good position, but could not seem to find the basket, finishing with just 10 points (3-8 FG, 4-8 FT) on the day. The field goals that Parker did convert came off of offensive rebound putbacks, and he did a nice job attacking the glass at both ends of the floor (6 offensive rebounds, 4 defensive rebounds). Parker sat for a good portion of the second half, as the Stars opted to go small, but he did come back in to finish the game and hit the final two free throws to ice the game with less than a second left.

Alex Poythress - With Parker having an off game, Poythress was very active, looking for his offense more than usual. He finished with 19 points (6-11 FG, 6-8 FT) and 8 rebounds (4 offensive), scoring off of jumpers from the wing and in the paint. Poythress and Parker showed a nice two-man game in the first half, with Poythress hitting a nice three-pointer from the wing when Justin Anderson cheated off of him to double Parker in the post. Poythress also had three blocked shots, all of which were either controlled to teammates or to himself. With the Georgia Stars down 51-50 toward the end of the game, Poythress converted two clutch free throws, which ended up being the game's winning points.

Andrew Wiggins - Like Theo Pinson, the other Class of 2014 sensation in attendance this weekend, Wiggins has long arms and a slender build, and is just scratching the surface of his potential. Also like Pinson, Wiggins has a tendency of deferring to his older teammates and disappearing for stretches. Wiggins had an efficient game in CIA Bounce's 59-48 win over Playaz Basketball Club, stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. He showed a solid three-point stroke and had a couple of nice swooping drives into the lane, where he used his tremendous reach to easily lay the ball into the hoop.

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