UCLA Prospects in the Dallas EYBL

We have evaluations from several UCLA prospects from this weekend's Nike EYBL in Dallas...

2015 Checklist

D.J. Hogg, PF, Texas Titans: A shooting specialist with pretty good size at 6-foot-8, Hogg is a big time three-point shooter off the catch and knocked down five three-pointers off passes from teammates. Not just a shooter, Hogg also played hard, finished with both hands around the basket and displayed some bounce scoring above the rim. In the final game of the weekend, Hogg caught fire from long-range. He has an effortless stroke and is comfortable shooting the ball from well behind the arc. Hogg is also a better athlete than given credit for and is capable of making plays around the rim. He caught a pair of oops in transition and had an adjusting finish at the rim. Hogg finished 9-for-13 from the field and scored 23 points in a win.

Ivan Rabb.
Ivan Rabb, PF, Oakland Soldiers: Possessions can be limited in the EYBL because most teams have so much talent on the court and Rabb didn't get a ton of touches on Sunday morning, but was pretty efficient. He scored around the basket and was all over the glass, grabbing boards in and out of his area.

Chimezie Metu, PF, Oakland Soldiers: Metu makes three or four plays a game that prove his vast potential. At 6-foot-8 with high level athleticism, hands and feet, Metu is also very athletic, which helps him block and deflect shots on defense and finish above the rim. He scored on a tip dunk and big time right-handed hook shot on Saturday morning. There will be a heavy correlation between his work ethic, understanding what he's capable of when he plays inside rather than drifts on the perimeter and how successful he becomes.

Haanif Cheatham, PG, Nike Team Florida: The versatile combo guard is best scoring but did a nice job running his team on Saturday morning. He has nice size, long arms, very good body control and can be tough to stop when he heads to the hoop, as he can pull up and hit a floater or get to the rim. Cheatham played hard on defense and can guard multiple positions.

Thomas Bryant, C, Team Scan: Bryant has a big frame with wide shoulders, long arms and plays hard, which are attributes that usually lead to a lot of production at this level. Bryant finished above the rim whenever he got the ball in the paint, used a drop step and also showed his range by dropping in a 15-footer. The kid never takes a play off.

Jalen Brunson, PG, Mac Irvin Fire: Brunson's numbers in Mac Irvin Fire's win over Playground Elite weren't eye popping, but he did what it took to help the Fire to a win. Brunson is a heady lead guard that makes good decisions and knows how to set up his guys. Brunson tossed out six assists and consistently looked to make plays for others. He was just 3-for-9 from the field, but found his way to the free throw line, hitting nine of them. He finished with 15 points in the win.

Malik Newman.
Malik Newman, SG, Jackson Tigers: His outside shot wasn't always falling, but Newman showed why he's one of the top scorers in the country, regardless of class. Newman has a very quick first step and uses that initial burst along with his strength, athleticism and body control to get to the basket and finish with contact. It wasn't his afternoon from a shooting perspective but his ball skills allow him to create his own shot whenever he wants.

Jalen Coleman, SG, All-Ohio Red: An aggressive scorer, Coleman caught fire and hit a number of threes. While the official score sheet had Coleman for five three-pointers, I had him for seven. Regardless, he's a very good long-range threat, but he's also a good pull-up jump shoot from mid-range. A 6-foot-4 wing, he's quick, a good athlete and rebounds well from the guard position. The official stat sheet had him for 23 points in a win over Albany City Rocks.

Isaiah Briscoe, SG, NJ Playaz: Briscoe's performance against the Jackson Tigers was arguably the best I've seen him play. Briscoe is clearly in better shape than last year and in turn appears a step quicker. He attacked the rim and was aggressive with his drives. Briscoe is a strong finisher once he's in the painted area and finishes well with either hand through contact. Briscoe also showed off his passing ability tossing out eight assists to just two turnovers. He finished with a team-high 17 points in the win.

2016 Checklist

Caleb Swanigan, C, Spiece Indy Heat: A big center with long arms, Swanigan has terrific feet, hands and plays very hard. At this level he's tough to stop due to his size, motor and skill. He finished with both hands and there was no one on the court playing harder. His size, hands and motor make him a very good rebounder and when he gets an offensive board, it's usually an easy two points. He's easily one of the top centers in the 2016 class.

School Lists

D.J. Hogg told Scout.com that Baylor, UCLA, SMU, Texas A&M, Arizona and Missouri were recruiting him the hardest. He's takend unofficial visits to SMU, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas.

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