Dallas EYBL: Day One Recap

The Friday night session of the Nike EYBL in Frisco, TX got off to a disappointing start for any Jayhawk fans in attendance. Texas Titans stars Julius Randle and Zach Peters were both absent from the lineup, with Randle nursing a sprained ankle and Peters reportedly out with an injured achilles.

Despite the two Jayhawk targets not in play for the weekend, the event is still loaded with talent across the board.

J-Mychal Reese - Houston Hoops - 2012 PG, 6-foot-1

There might not have been a quicker player in the gym with the ball than Reese. His handle is tight and he can go either side with equal effectiveness.

He struggled tonight with turnovers against a long and aggressive Alabama Challenge zone. The length bothered Reese and running mates Rasheed Sulaimon and L.J. Rose, forcing them into quite a few bad passes en route to trailing Alabama at half.

With Reese turning up the defensive pressure and upping the pace on offense, Houston Hoops came back for a tight win, keeping them undefeated in EYBL action this spring.

Willie Cauley - MoKan Elite - 2012 C, 6-foot-10

The most interesting, and certainly the tallest, matchup of the night was Cauley taking on mammoth 7‘5" Canadian center Sim Bullhar. Cauley is long and lean, standing every bit of 6'10" (maybe an inch or two more), but looked like a child up against Bullhar, who looks to weigh every bit of his listed 300lbs.

Unfortunately for Cauley, it wasn't an overly impressive outing, as he spent a good amount of time on the bench. When in the game, though, it's clear he has the potential to be an elite shot-blocker, as his instincts and timing are very, very good. Once his offensive game catches up, he will make a Division 1 coach really happy.

Anrio Adams - Seattle Rotary Select - 2012 G, 6-foot-3

Adams started out the night showing off his improved ballhandling skills, relentlessly attacking the rim. His quickness was unmatched on the court, and his first step was getting him into the lane with ease. His night was cut short though as he took a tough shot to the eye and appeared to sit out for the remainder of the game.

Justin Jackson - Houston Hoops - 2014 W 6-foot-6

Jackson, a long, beanpole of a wing, was impressive alongside his highly-touted teammates. He already has a good feel for driving baseline, getting his shoulders past his man quickly and using his long arms and good athleticism to go high for finishes. He only took a few jumpers, but it certainly looked like a good foundation for a wing going forward. He'll obviously need to work hard at adding weight, but Jackson looks every bit the high-major wing down the road.

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