Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Evaluation Notebook: Garland tearing it up

Big days from IU guard prospects Darius Garland and Jalen Carey highlight our notebook of action from the shoe circuit events as we wind down the spring live period.

After a solid but relatively quiet first weekend of Nike EYBL play, five-star point guard Darius Garland has been tearing it up in the Hoosier state at the second stop of the shoe circuit.

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In his three games at the Jonathan Byrd Field Houser in Westfield, the 2018 point guard has averaged 25.0 points and 6.3 rebounds. That’s helped his Bradley Beal Elite team move to 5-2 in league play and on course to make July’s EYBL Finals, otherwise known as the Nike Peach Jam.

Indiana has maintained a presence at all of Garland’s games this weekend with head coach Archie Miller in attendance for both of his contests on Saturday.

Miller and assistant Ed Schilling held down the fort for Indiana in both the Nike and Under Armor events today located just north of Indianapolis. 

While the bulk of the time was spent in Westfield for the Nike event, both coaches were courtside to catch Eric Ayala play in the Under Armour Association event in Fishers. 

Another guard who has starred in front of the Hoosier coaches the last two days has been 6-foot-3 scoring guard Jalen Carey. The Bronx native was offered a few days ago by Indiana and has averaged 24.3 points a contest in his three EYBL games here including a 36 point outburst on Friday night. He displayed his outside shooting stroke in that one, knocking down 6-for-8 from 3-point distance.

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Saturday night Carey scored most of his 17 points in the first half in front of Archie Miller in a 78-76 win over the City Rocks. There were several assistants from big schools at the game but Miller was the only head coach we noticed from a Power Five program.

Hoosier reunion

Former Hoosier teammates Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo were in Westfield today to watch the EYBL action. We spotted them together to watch Christian’s younger brother Trendon Watford play for Nike Team Florida against Team CP3.


Trendon Watford’s team has struggled as it includes several 2019 players playing up a class. But the younger Watford has been in double figures all three games here and performing to his five-star ranking in that 2019 class. Saturday night he showed several post up moves and an ability to bring the ball up against pressure.

Indiana coach Archie Miller was at the game along with several other head coaches. Alabama head coach Avery Johnson has been a fixture at most of Watford's EYBL games.

Many current Hoosiers were also in the Jonathan Byrd Field Houser for the night games. Juwan Morgan, Freddie McSwain, Josh Newkirk and Curtis Jones all made the trip. Jones was all about seeing his former Boo Williams team, Newkirk caught much of the Watford game, and McSwain told us he wanted to see what EYBL was about since his late start to basketball kept him from playing AAU type summer ball.

Some of the other players receiving a lot of Hoosier recruiting attention in Westfield included Cole Swider, Isaiah Stewart, James Wiseman, Keion Brooks and Louis King, among others.

You can get those details and more from our Saturday evaluation notes thread on the premium message board.

Two coaches in Georgia

Assistant coaches Bruiser Flint and Tom Ostrom were in Georgia on Saturday. Ostrom joined Flint at the adidas Gauntlet stop after catching Musa Jallow and other players in Minneapolis on Friday in the NY2LA league stop.

Indiana guards Romeo Langford, Robert Phinisee and Eric Hunter are among the targets watched there while out of state prospects Race Thompson, Jerome Hunter and Robby Carmody highlight some of the targets from our hot board that are also competing in the town of Emerson, north of Atlanta.

Phinisee bounced back from tough final couple games in Dallas last week to score 20 points with four assists versus just one turnover against a loaded D1 Minnesota team that includes Race Thompson. Phinisee was 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point distance.

Saturday he had eight points (2-for-7 FG) with five assists versus two turnovers in a loss for his Indiana Elite team to Mass Rivals. He was seen icing his knees there and then sat out last night’s Indiana Elite game.

Speaking of hobbled adidas club players from our hot board, Robby Carmody bounced back from a twisted ankle injury last weekend in Dallas to play in all three contests thus far in Georgia for his Ohio Basketball Club team. He’s averaged 18.7 points in the three games and had five 3-pointers in a Friday night victory.

Wrapping it up

Sunday is the final day of spring “live period” for college coaches at these events. Here’s our printable schedule of what’s going on in the two Indiana events:

Nike EYBL schedule

Under Armour Association schedule

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