Dallas EYBL: Day Two Recap

The morning session of Day 2 in Frisco, TX featured a bevy of tight games, including Archie Goodwin's Arkansas Wings team falling by only a few points for the second straight game. In the evening session Houston Hoops pulled out a tight one, while Jabari Parker and the Mac Irvin Fire lost the battle of Chicago to Mean Streets.

Archie Goodwin - Arkansas Wings - 2012 SG, 6'4

Goodwin is one fine talent, possessing a game far beyond his teammates. As such those teammates have been unable to help him in out in this second weekend of games, falling behind early to both the All Iowa Attack and the Southern Kings Gold.

Even still, Goodwin managed to use his combination of defense, shooting, and overall toughness to will his team back from 20+ point deficits in both games. Even though they didn't win, Goodwin showed the type of intangibles that college coaches salivate over.

When asked about Kansas' involvement, he mentioned that Head Coach Bill Self was out to see him during the latest contact period, and that he has called Coach Self a few times on his own. Kansas remains one of the top teams in contention for Goodwin's services.

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

With teammates L.J. Rose and Rasheed Sulaimon garnering so much attention in the past year, it was easy to forget just how good Reese is. With incredible quickness and a tight handle on the ball, Reese kept his Houston Hoops team in it until the end against a hot-shooting California Supreme squad.

Reese, arguably one of the 4 or 5 most college-ready prospects in attendance, has an advanced feel for the game and incredible passing instincts. He already has the ability to make sharp, pinpoint passes with either the left or right hand, making him nearly unstoppable when leading the break.

After the tight loss, J-Mychal confirmed that Kansas sits atop his list alongside Baylor and Texas Tech, who recently hired Head Coach Billy Gillispie. As of now, Reese explained that he is waiting on test scores before he can setup his visit to Kansas, which should happen before the summer ends.

Ricardo Ledo - Albany City Rocks - 2012 SG, 6'6

Even though it doesn't appear Kansas has shown a ton of interest in Ledo of late, we'd be remiss if there was no mention of just how pretty his shot is. Ledo has a very advanced offensive game from the wing, showing the ability to hit deep 3s of the catch and the bounce, as well as a nice one-dribble pull-up jumper from midrange.

Jabari Parker - Mac Irvin Fire - 2013 SF, 6'7

The easy and obvious comparison for Parker is former Kansas superstar Paul Pierce. In this instance, the easy and obvious choice is also the best one.

Parker has clearly put in work at the gym, showing up this summer looking really trim and lacking most of the extra weight he was carrying around last summer. As such, he's seen his explosiveness improve, getting off the ground with ease for rebounds and dunks.

What hasn't changed is Parker's intense demeanor in the game, embodying the idea of being a "leader" on the floor. Even though it was an off night for the Fire in the loss to Mean Streets, the attributes that make Parker such a coveted prospect still shone through. He's an excellent passer both as a guard and a post player. He has a steady jumper that still needs some consistency, but it's definitely improving with each viewing. It's certainly not going to be hard to make an argument for Parker being the best 2013 prospect in the country.

Jordan Woodard - Athlete's First - 2013 PG, 6'0

One of the more electrifying displays of the day was Woodard's 19 straight points to help bring Athlete's First back from an 18-point deficit in their win over the New York Gauchos.

A strong guard with good athleticism, Woodard gets to the rim with ease and has the hang time to take contact and still finish once there. He doesn't take a lot of 3s, but the ones he did take looked pretty good. He certainly looks the part of a Big 12 prospect going forward.

L.J. Rose - Houston Hoops - 2012 PG, 6'2

After a few passive displays in the earlier games, Rose asserted himself this evening. A supremely gifted passer, Rose made a dazzling array of assists in helping Houston to a hard-fought win over ICP (Portland).

Rose is the truest PG of the Houston Hoops trio, using his savvy ball skills and broad shoulders to get by defenders before picking out his teammates with slick passes. He even showed off a good-looking 3-point stroke in the evening session, though it is more of a set shot than a true jumper.

College Lists

Matt Jones, a 2013 wing from the Texas Titans, mentioned "Kansas, Texas, Baylor, and most of the Big 12" as his early suitors, saying Kansas head coach Bill Self has already spoken with him along with assistant coach Danny Manning.

"Go-To" Moves of the Day

Rodney Purvis' barrage of pull-up midrange jumpers was quite the display against the California Supreme. His nasty crossovers and quick release made that pull-up jumper entirely indefensible tonight.

Justin Jackson's baseline floater was unstoppable all day long. He has a wicked quick step along the baseline and gets that little floater up high and quick with his ridiculously long arms.


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