Julius Randle - F, Texas Titans - The 6'9 forward kicked off his EYBL title bid with a monster effort in leading his Titans team over the gritty Wisconsin Playground Elite. Randle put up 34 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in what was easily the most impressive display of the early session. Possibly the best part of Randle's performance was his willingness to make passes down low. Known for overpowering defenders in the paint, Randle showed some impressive vision by consistently finding teammates for easy dunks down low.
Anthony Barber - PG, Boo Williams - "Cat", as he's known, was one of only two Boo Williams players in double figures in their loss to Spiece Indy Heat. While the team struggled, Cat showed why he's considered by many to be a Top 15 recruit in the 2013 class. He showed elite quickness with the ball in his hands, consistently blowing by defenders with ease. His jumpshot is still a work in progress, but he does appear more confident in it since I saw him last year.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes - SG, CIA Bounce - The 6'4 combo guard struggled with his shot in Game 1, but used his defense and steady ballhandling to help his team to a grueling 1-point win over Massachusetts' BABC team. With PG Tyler Ennis struggling to secure the ball against BABC's small, high-pressure lineup, Rathan-Mayes steadied the team and worked hard to get star wing Andrew Wiggins the ball.
Even though he didn't shoot it well today, it's pretty clear the Rathan-Mayes is an elite shooter that commands the respect of any defender he faces. He was able to routinely pump-fake his defender in the air to open up mid-range shots and easy passes around the floor.
Jahlil Okafor - C, Mac Irvin Fire - With Jabari Parker absent from the morning session, Okafor was left to shoulder a big load for the Fire in their loss to the Howard Pulley Panthers. Unfortunately for him, he struggled with foul trouble and was eventually sent out of the game early for throwing an elbow into a defenders face.
In his time on the court, though, he showed a great pair of hands, massive frame that he uses well for position, and a pretty advanced array of moves for a big guy his age. There's certainly a lot to like about Okafor and hopefully we'll see better performances as we progress through the week.
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