EYBL Hampton: Day One, Part A

HAMPTON, Va. – The first session of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) rolled into the BooPlex Friday night. Formerly the Boo Williams Invitational, the event showcases the best Nike has to offer and on Friday night Marquis Teague and Kentavious Caldwell looked strong.

Marquis Teague, PG, Spiece: The best player we saw Friday night, hands down. The Blazers tried to double him and that wasn't successful. Teague is elite with his speed and a problem for defenders. He's smart with his passes and athletic enough to be a big factor at the rim. He closed the first half by taking his man, beating the secondary help and dunking out of a halfcourt situation. There are high-major guys and then there are elite difference makers. Teague's the latter. He went for 30 points.

Kentavious Caldwell, SG, Ga. Blazers: Someone else counted 10-for-22 from 3-point range which sounds about right and he finished with 37 points. Caldwell is the Blazers best player and shooter and it was flowing Friday night. Granted, he took a lot of shots but that team wasn't staying with Spiece unless he had a big night. The release is quick and he's comfortable getting it off with a sliver of space. Plus, he's got attentiveness on defense. Has the look of a Top 25 prospect.

Myles Mack, PG, Playaz: I've been coming to this event for 14 years and I don't recall Boo Williams losing on opening night. The attack by Mack was the reason. Myles looked at the Boo guards, figured none were better than him and went to work. Someone said he went 13-for-15 from the field and that sounds about right. Mack dropped 21 in the first half. Always known for his shooting, on multiple occasions Mack drove and found teammates. The point guard game is coming along.

Dorian Smith, SF/PF, Boo: Following a huge junior high school season, the spotlight is on Smith and he's ready. Graced with a big wingspan, he plays inside for Boo but obviously has a skill set for more. He can drop it on the floor and we're encouraged by his work on the glass. High-major lock and a guy who has a spot in our Top 100 going forward.

Ky Madden, PG, Ark. Wings: The Wings use him exclusively as a point guard and the transition is going to take time BUT the raw materials are there. He's got a size advantage and to his credit, played most of the game as a creator. When winning time came around, Madden turned himself into a scorer. He's got to continue working on his handle but his intent is to play the position and he's learning.

Raphael Davis, SG, Spiece: The first half for him went something like this: Teague drives, kicks it out, Davis drains a 3-pointer. The Purdue commitment owns quite a stroke. Now, he's going to have to add some mid-range and maybe more off the dribble but in terms of catching, letting it fly and making shots, he did all that was asked of him Friday night.

Kindell Kinloch, PF, LI Lightning 15: This squad has a bunch of good young bigs and they'll probably take turns stepping up but the one we really liked on Friday was Kinloch. He pushes 6-8 and has natural shot blocking instincts. The owner of a body that will translate to playing with force inside, he's got a nice upside.

Jonathan Williams, PF, YOMCA: We needed to verify the roster (twice) with this guy. His brother plays at George Mason but the Patriots are going to have trouble getting this cat. "J3" is the best player on his team and what a future this lefty has. Totally comfortable playing "up" against the Wings, Williams has an inside-outside game already.

Didn't see the game but apparently Shabazz Napier put on quite the show Friday night. … Also didn't see the game though reports on the Rivers vs. Gilchrist matchup seemed to agree that it wasn't a sizzler. … James McAdoo is not playing with Boo. He's not back from injury yet. …

Kudos to Kyle Anderson. He's lost 12 pounds and slimmed up his body. He's still a unique position player because his skill set is with the ball and his vision. … Desmond Hubert will wind up being one of the top shot blockers in the class. … Tim Dixon and Hunter Michelson are 2011 bigs that both need to develop their bodies. Dixon is more insider and Michelson is a high-post skilled four man. They are the kind of guys who may wind up redshirting as freshmen to develop physically. … Love the intensity 2012 forward Dajuan Marrero brings in the lane. He's got a nose for the ball. …

Myles Mack has offers from Penn State, St. John's, Fordham, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Western Kentucky, DePaul and Virginia. … Myles Davis Virginia, George Mason, Providence, Rutgers, St. Joe's, Seton Hall have shown a lot of interest. Connecticut and Pittsburgh are on him. … Derrick Randall has Virginia Tech, Providence, Seton Hall, Rutgers and St. Joe's. … Derrick Wilson owns offers from Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Marquette and Stanford (November application). …

Telvin Wilkerson a guard from YOMCA has a Northern Illinois offer plus interest from UTEP, South Carolina and Auburn. … Michelson has Arkansas and Ole Miss chasing him the hardest. … Caldwell is feeling the heat from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia and Florida State. … Dixon has Georgia Southern and South Carolina on his list. …


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