Nike EYBL Day 2 & 3 Recap
2015 PG Marcus LoVett Jr. (Home Schooled/Mac Irvin Fire), finished his first game of Day 2 with 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting, 3 of 3 from beyond the arc, as well as adding 6 assists. LoVett once again displayed his ball handling abilities throughout the entire game. The highlight of his game was when he was in isolation, did a couple of in and out dribbles then pulled up for the college range three pointer and hit it right in his defenders face. LoVett is in the class of 2015, playing against the 17u division of the class of 2014, but the age difference doesn't seem to affect him. He looks very comfortable with the ball in his hands and running the show as the point guard even against the older age group. In his second game of Day 2 he had 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. He also had the play of the tournament in which he went behind the back around a defender, got the big man to commit to him, and then dish it off to his teammate for the assist, you could hear the crowd roar throughout the entire complex after the play. LoVett won over the crowd after his play, even receiving picture requests from young children after the game.
Session #1 Stats (10ppg, 4.3apg, Team Record 2-2)
2014 G Chris Sandifer (Gardena Serra/Oakland Soldiers), struggled to find his shot throughout the first session, but his athleticism and defensive intensity were displayed thouroughly. He started the first day for the Soldiers on Day 1, but came off the bench in Days 2 & 3. Finding minutes and shots on such a loaded team may be difficult, but I expect Sandifer to find his grove and continue to showcase his skills in the future.
Session #1 stats ( 1.0ppg, 1.25rpg Team Record 1-3)
2014 F Zylan Cheatham (Westwind Prep/Cal Supreme) really showcased his jumping ability and energy in the first EYBL session. His first game of Day 2 he finished with 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. The crowd was in awe of his athletic ability and he really showed why the Aztecs and others have been giving him offers. In his second game of Day 2 he pulled down 10 rebounds and also added 9 points. The sky is the limit with Cheatham, and by improving his touch around the rim a little more, he will have "High Major" written all over him.
Session #1 stats (8.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 3.3bpg, Team Record 1-3)
Double Pump Hoop Fest Day #2 Recap
2014 PG Jordan McLaughlin (Double Pump Elite Prodigy/Etiwanda HS) finished his first game of Day 2 with 18 points and 6 assists in front of a large variety of high major coaches. SDSU asst. Justin Hutson was in the first row to see his prized target of 2014 put on a show with his ball handling skills and toughness. He executed his crossover with ease; making it look like anybody could do it, as well as even getting 2 tip-ins, one from a missed 3. McLaughlin really showed why he has been given the status of "Elite Recruit" with his play at the Double Pump Hoop Fest.
2014 G Trey Kell (San Diego All Stars Pump N Run/St. Augustine HS) dropped 31 points in his first game of the Double Pump Hoop Fest, and then proceeded to have another 28 points in his next. In his second game, Kell started off by scoring 10 points and leading his team to an early 14-1 lead. He had a dunk, a fast break lay in, and 2 three's in the first 4 minutes of the game, showing why he has become a top target for the Aztecs. Throughout the game Kell was getting to rim very easily and either finished or drew the foul. Later he then hit another dagger 3 with a only a few minutes left to seal the game for the SDA Pump N Run team. His play this weekend earned him new offers from Gonzaga, Utah State, and New Mexico.
Notes: Both tournaments were filled with college coaches, everybody from Coach K and Calipari to assistants from Division-3 schools were there, including SDSU asst. Justin Hutson who was on hand to watch a majority of the Aztec targets' games. 2015 Marcus LoVett Jr. was officially listed as "Home Schooled", after withdrawing from Providence HS this past year; no decision has been made on his next school.
Nike EYBL & Double Pump Hoop Fest Days 2 & 3
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