Evan Daniels, Scout.com

Nike EYBL Atlanta Preview

VUSports takes a look at how some key Villanova basketball prospects have performed so far in 2017 Nike EYBL competition and what games are on tap this weekend in Atlanta ...

The third Nike EYBL session of the season takes place in Atlanta, GA this weekend (12-14 May).  Key Villanova targets in action include Class of 2018 prospects Jalen SmithBrandon Slater, Cameron Reddish and Cole Swider.

Nike EYBL Session 3 (Atlanta)

Team Takeover

Brandon Slater is averaging 7.4 PPG on 37.3% FG, 54.2% FT and 31.6% 3PFG and 2.5 RPG - will those shooting percentages improve as the season progresses?  Slater has defended well.

Jalen Smith is averaging 11.8 PPG on 56.9% FG, 90.3% FT, 0.0% 3PFG, 5.9 RPG and 0.6 BPG.  Three-point shooting aside, Smith has played well.

  • 12 May, 6:30 PM vs Mebo Team Hood (MS) Court 2
  • 13 May, 11:00 AM vs Nike South Beach (FL) Court 5
  • 13 May 6:30 PM vs Seattle Rotary (WA) Court 7
  • 14 May 9:30 AM vs E1T1 United (FL) Court 1

Team Final 

Cameron Reddish has been dominant in EYBL play to date.  He is scoring 23.8 PPG (45% FG, 71.8% FT, 36.5% FT), grabbing 8.2 RPG and dishing out 2.0 APG.

Other players of interest: Matthue Cotton (6.3 PPG), Mikeal Jones (5.9 PPG)

  • 12 May, 9:30 PM vs. Houston Hoops (TX) Court 1
  • 13 May, 12:30 PM vs Nike Family (CA) Court 1
  • 13 May, 8:00 PM vs Howard Pulley (MN) Court 4
  • 14 May, 9:30 AM vs RM5 Elite (TX) Court 6

BABC 

Cole Swider has been having a break-out spring in EYBL with 20.6 PPG (49.6% FG, 79.3% FT, 42.1% 3PFG) and 6.0 RPG

  • 12 May, 8:00 PM vs. Team Penny (TN) Court 4
  • 13 May, 11:00 AM vs Boo Williams (VA) Court 7
  • 13 May, 5:00 PM vs Nike Team Florida (FL) Court 6
  • 14 May, 9:30 AM vs Team CP3 (NC) Court 7

UPlay Canada

R.J. Barrett is averaging 25.8 PPG over four games played (43.4% FG, 52.5% FT, 31.6% 3PFG)

Andrew Nembhard  (has only played briefly in one game so far)

  • 12 May, 9:30 PM vs. Portland BC (OR) Court 5
  • 13 May, 12:30 PM vs Team United (NC) Court 7
  • 13 May, 8:00 PM vs Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Court 1
  • 14 May, 11:00 AM vs Team Penny (TN) Court 1

PSA Cardinals

Jake Forrester is averaging 7.0 PPG (60% FG, 61.1% FT, and 1-1 3PFG) 2.8 RPG, and 0.7 BPG.

Cole Anthony is putting up 14.2 PPG (41.8% FG, 87.7% FT, 32% 3PFG) and 7.4 APG.

  • 12 May, 8:00 PM vs. RM5 Elite (TX) Court 6
  • 13 May, 11:00 AM vs Houston Hoops (TX) Court 3
  • 13 May, 5:00 PM vs The Family Detroit (MI) Court 1
  • 14 May, 8:00 AM vs Oakland Soldiers (CA) Court 3

Other players of interest:

Playaz Club (Jalen Carey)

Albany City Rocks (Joseph Girard III)

NY Rens (Bryce Wills, Cormac Ryan, Kofi Cockburn)

Team Melo (Brendan Adams, Noah Locke)

Team Penny (Ryan Boyce)


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