Nike EYBL: Day One Evaluations

TORRANCE, Calif. - There were plenty of impressive performances on Saturday at the Nike EYBL, but Brandon Ashley's was dominant. Here's Scout.com's rundown of the first day of the Los Angeles EYBL session...

Brandon Ashley, PF, Oakland Soldiers: Wow. Whatever Ashley ate for dinner before his game against Howard Pulley, he should stick to that meal before every game the rest of his career. Ashley came out with a rare fire and was absolutely dominant on both ends of the court. Defensively he was quick laterally, staying in front of defenders and blocking shots. Offensively he was on another level. He finished easily with both hands, took players off the dribble, spun his way to the basket and had some vicious throw downs. It was a statement game for Ashley. He's already considered an elite level prospect, but if he can play with that competitiveness every time out, he's going to take his game to another level.

L.J. Rose, PG, Houston Hoops: There's no question that Rose's passing ability is his best attribute. He is constantly making the right pass and he really did a good job of setting his teammates up to score. He's also a very good set three-point shooter. Rose isn't overly quick, but his vision and ability to nail the open three gives him two very important qualities for the next level. In a class in desperate need of more point guards, Rose has and will continue to get plenty of attention.

Tony Parker, C, Georgia Stars – Seeing an undersized New Jersey Playaz frontcourt in front of him, Parker did what he should do and went to work. Parker used his strength and wide frame to dominate on the glass, and then with his quick explosion off the floor was able to finish at will around the rim. He tried one mid-range jumper that didn't go, but Parker did shoot well from the foul line. There was absolutely nothing that the Playaz could do with Parker physically, and he took advantage of that in a big way with his performance and aggression.

Kyle Anderson, PF/PG, NJ Playaz – It was a weird game for Anderson. The shots he usually makes in the lane weren't going in, and he got frustrated as things went on. As usual he had his share of nice passes and showed off his tremendous feel for how to play the game, but his lack of athleticism and rebounding prowess down low were also exposed. A unique prospect, Anderson had a unique game with a lot of good and some bad.

Arnaud Moto, SF, Team Takeover – Moto had it absolutely working in a morning win for Takeover. He had three possessions in a row that went three pointer, step back mid-range jumper, and dunk that were as impressive as it gets. Still not the most skilled kid, Moto's game is getting better and as always he had the ridiculously high motor and freakish athleticism. A big time performer, Moto was the difference for Takeover in gutting out a big win.

Stanley Johnson, SF, Oakland Soldiers: Johnson stands out right away due to his strength at his age, but you have to love his effort, something that many kids in the area older than him could learn from. He hit from outside but did a good job doing the little things for the Soldiers, who don't need him to score like he's capable of.

2013 prospect Roschon Prince's lone offer is USC. He'll visit UCLA on Thursday and visit USC after he gets out of school. He also mentioned Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Baylor and Oregon.

L.J. Rose said that UCLA and Texas lead. He'll visit UCLA on Monday and also wants to visit Texas again. In other reports, he said UCLA is leading for him.

Tony Parker noted that Duke and Ohio State currently sit at the top of his list with Memphis also right in the picture.

"I just wanted to come out and really put my stamp on the game to let everybody know that Brandon Ashley is one of the top dudes in the nation." - Brandon Ashley after his dominant Saturday night performance.


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