EYBL Hampton Day Two Notebook

Rick recaps Xavier targets in action on Sunday at the Nike EYBL session in Hampton, Virginia.

Sunday in Hampton offered an opportunity to get a second or third viewing of many of the same guys that were evaluated on Saturday, but it was also a chance to see a handful of new names with Xavier interest.

Three of the following prospects are 2015s and the other three are 2016s. Right now, Caleb Swanigan is the only one with an offer, but Jeremy Miller in particular is receiving heavy interest from the Musketeers following his decommitment from Boston College. Juwan Morgan also said Xavier was one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.


Jeremy Miller (BABC, C) - Miller (pictured) is a lean 6-9 center with a good frame that needs to add strength. On Saturday, he looked very comfortable playing in the high post against a 2-3 zone. He had no trouble pivoting once he caught the ball and surveying the floor to make a good strong pass. He also showed a smooth stroke out to 17 feet, but he's capable of hitting from beyond the arc (10-of-31 in 11 games). His hands looked good when catching passes and rebounding in traffic, plus he's very agile. Defensively, he showed good timing as a weak side shot blocker. He needs to get stronger and needs to play harder to be a more impactful rebounder and defender inside, but the lean forward from Massachusetts has some nice tools to work with. He decommitted from Boston College in early May after former head coach Steve Donahue got fired.

Caleb Swanigan (Spiece, C) - A former big time football recruit, Swanigan has chosen the basketball route and has worked hard to transform his body for the sport. Even still, at a listed size of 6-9, 260, he is a beast in the lane. An immovable force, Swanigan is a flat out dominant area rebounder. He's very agile for his size and runs the court well. He could still stand to get in better shape for conditioning purposes but he's light years ahead of where he was a year ago in that regard. On the offensive end, he's so physical that he's often able to go right through defenders with power finishes, but he also showed some nice moves and adjustments around the basket with either hand. Though it's not really his game as a center, he even had a few nice drives to the basket from the midrange where he was effectively able to handle the ball while protecting it with his size to get where he wanted. After recently re classifying from a 2016 prospect to a 2015, Swanigan is one of the best big men in the entire class.

Juwan Morgan (Mokan Elite, F) - Morgan is a 6-6 face-up forward with elite athleticism. In a viewing on Sunday, that athleticism jumped out within the first few possessions of the game as he intercepted a lob pass on the defensive end by snatching it at its highest point and then a play later he rose above a defender to slam down a two-handed oop from well above the rim. He gives good effort on the glass, can rebound out of area and has the strength to defend in the post. On offense he's strictly a face-up player that excels in transition and actually showed a smooth jump shot out to the perimeter, though he's not nearly aggressive enough in looking for his turn to shoot. Right now he's more of a playmaker that scores his points with effort and by being in the action. His handle looked good enough to get to the rim off of a few bounces, but could definitely use refinement.


Jordan Barnes (St. Louis Eagles, PG) - Barnes is a 5-11 point guard with a small frame. He has a slick handle and is able to play fast without getting out of control. He seemingly glides up and down the court in transition. As a young point guard on a team with one of the top players in the country in Jayson Tatum, Barnes understands his role as a facilitator and plays the part of a pass-first point guard. He definitely needs to grow and fill out a little bit still, but the youngster has the makings of a strong floor general that understands how to run a team. It will be interesting to see how his game develops from a scoring standpoint as he gets older.

Xavier Sneed (St. Louis Eagles, W) - Sneed is a 6-5 high-energy wing with great speed in the open court and good athleticism. Also a wide receiver prospect on the gridiron, Sneed flashed his transcendent athletic ability on Sunday by making several impressive plays in the passing lanes and the open court. He also elevated quickly off the floor to block two shots at the rim. In other words, the kid is a very special athlete with instincts and coordination to go with it. In a later viewing, he knocked down a pair of long jumpers. If he can shoot like that with any consistency, he'll be an extremely difficult matchup. (Note: Sneed is 11-for-32 (34.4%) from three in 12 EYBL games this spring)

Tyler Cook (St. Louis Eagles, F/C) - Cook is a 6-7 big man with a wide base. With four other pretty good post players on his team, his minutes are limited as an underclassman playing up. When in the game he did show that his hands and feet are pretty good, and he also made a few baby hook shots. He played more extended minutes in a later viewing and really battled on the interior. He attacked the glass when rebounding and was physical when gaining position on offense. Watching how his body fills out is going to be interesting. There aren't a lot of guys who are true back to the basket post players and like physicality, so he's definitely a guy to track going forward.

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