The fourth EYBL session in Atlanta concludes the regular season. Here are some of the players who stood out. Next up Peach Jam.
Marvin Bagley 6’11 215 PF – Phoenix Phamily 2018
Phoenix Phamily started hot against New York Rens, jumping out to a 13-0 lead. Bagley looked much more confident and aggressive than when I saw him in the first two EYBL sessions. He’s getting more touches and making the most of it. His touch around the rim was more accurate and he kept his game simple. Although he’s physically and athletically superior to most opponents, he doesn’t have to try to out jump every defender; he’s been good about floating it over the top. Bagley works well out of the post. It’s not necessarily his post moves that make him effective, but he distributes and drives well out of it. Phoenix Phamily went 3-2 in Atlanta and 7-9 overall.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 24.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while shooting 62.3%.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 20.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while shooting 52.3%.
Hamidou Diallo 6’5 180 SG – New York RENS 2017
Diallo didn’t have his best showing losing to Phoenix Phamily with 15 points and six rebounds. He used his pull up jumper but wasn’t connecting at the rate we’re used to, shooting 7-20. He uses screens well but also can create for himself off the dribble. The sluggish start in the first game against Phamily was too much to overcome but Diallo would follow up the next game with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to BABC. The Rens didn’t have a great weekend overall finishing 1-4 and 8-8 overall.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 17 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 18.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Deandre Ayton 7’0 245 PF/C – California Supreme 2017
Ayton continues to impress while California Supreme ended session 4 going 3-2. He was quick with the trigger from three and deep two but he shoots well enough to keep the defense honest. I would like to see him drive more; he has the ability to put the ball on the floor and finishes well. Instead of jab stepping and shooting, he could try taking his man to the rim. He ran the floor, finished plays in transition, and rebounded well. California Supreme lost a close one to Wendell Carter’s Team CP3, Ayton finished with 19 points and ten rebounds. His biggest game of the event was in the win over Meanstreets with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists. California Supreme closes out the EYBL season schedule with a 10-6 record.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 18.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 57.7%.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 19.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 60.2% from the field and 82.1% from the free throw line.
Brandon Williams 6’1 165 PF – California Supreme 2018
Williams stepped up his game for session 4. He scored and distributed well, effectively running the point. He handled the ball well and got to the rim but can still improve handling and finishing in traffic, he passed to DeAndre Ayton and Brandon McCoy to finish on numerous plays. He can add consistency to his jump shot but knocked a few down. He got beat a few times on defense but played the passing lanes well when guarding off the ball. Williams’ best game came against Team CP3 with 18 points and seven assists.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 9.6 points, five assists, and 1.8 steals per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 8.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.
Cassius Stanley 6’5 175 SG – California Supreme 2019
Although Stanley went scoreless in the final two games, he continues to show progression. He’s looking for more opportunities to attack and is becoming a threat in transition as a finisher and distributor. He went on a dunking spree against King James Shooting Stars where he finished with an EYBL career high of 19 points. He still needs to improve his outside shooting but he’s shown his ability to play both guard positions. Stanley is a highlight waiting to happen, windmilling on the break is becoming routine.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
Wendell Carter 6’10 255 PF/C – Team CP3 2017
Carter was the aggressor each time he took the floor, leading Team CP3 to win all five games in Atlanta. He has a rare combination of explosiveness and finesse; nearly automatic at the rim and operates well even in traffic. He wasn’t kept off the glass and was very reliable cleaning up with put backs. He even showed some ball handling ability taking rebounds to the other end of the floor, also passing well recording eight assists against Albany City Rocks. He showed no signs of backing down against California Supreme’s twin towers DeAndre Ayton and Brandon McCoy finishing with 30 points (shooting 13-17), 16 rebounds (five offensive), and three blocks. Team CP3 finishes the EYBL with a record of 14-2.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 15.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 67.4%.
·EYBL averages (13 games): 16.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 70.9%.
Simi Shittu 6’9 210 PF – CIA Bounce 2018
Shittu had up and down statistical performances; scoring ten points and grabbing three rebounds helping CIA Bounce give Howard Pulley their first loss of the season, also scoring two points and grabbing 11 rebounds losing to We All Can Go, who only won three games all season. Shittu handles the ball well in transition but appears to be playing less on the perimeter and settling in the frontcourt. He loves contact and distributes the ball well in the post. He still needs to improve his shot but gets to the free throw line at a high rate. CIA Bounce went 3-2 in Atlanta, giving them an overall record of 9-7.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, and two assists per game while shooting 52.8%.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 15.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 61.1%.
Gary Trent 6’5 195 SG – Howard Pulley Panthers 2017
Trent really struggled in their first loss of the season to CIA Bounce, finishing with 11 points on 5-23 shooting from the field, going 0-9 from three, and making his only free throw attempt. He picks his spots well but couldn’t catch rhythm. Unfortunately, it was the only Howard Pulley game I was able to catch. He did follow up with a 35 point performance to beat Seattle Rotary Style. Howard Pulley had a thin roster going 3-2 and 14-2 overall.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and two steals per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 22.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
Jarred Vanderbilt 6’8 200 SF – Houston Hoops 2017
Vanderbilt did it all; making plays in transition, crashing the boards, and scored when needed. His length, quickness, and instincts make him very intriguing as a prospect. He can pinpoint bounce passes nearly the length of the floor, as well as use his second and third jump to cleanup in the paint. He does however, need to improve as a shooter, making five of 23 free throw attempts (21.7%) over the five games. Vanderbilt’s standout games were against Pro Skills with 16 points, 21 rebounds, and seven assists, also against We All Can Go with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. Houston Hoops finished session 4 with a 3-2 record and 7-9 over the course of the EYBL.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 13.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 13.5 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
Billy Preston 6’10 235 PF – Houston Hoops 2017
Preston played well in Atlanta. He shot well, not only just from a field goal perspective but as a jump shooter as well. One aspect I’ve wanted Preston to improve on is not holding the ball and playing in isolation too much but he had ten assists in the win over We All Can Go. He finished above the rim a few plays but played on the perimeter for the majority of the event. Preston’s two biggest games were against Howard Pulley with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and We All Can Go with 16 points and ten assists.
·Session 4 averages (4 games): 16 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 59.5%.
·EYBL averages (15 games): 13.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 46%.
Jay Jay Chandler 6’3 170 PG – Houston Hoops 2017
Chandler can make plays happen whether it’s scoring for himself or setting up teammates. He passes well but can improve on decision making. He’s quick and naturally a slasher but can score from other spots on the floor, although his jump shot isn’t consistent yet. Chandler recorded a triple double to beat We All Can Go posting 14 points, 11 rebounds, ten assists, and three steals.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 11.6 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.
Mitchell Robinson 6’11 230 C – Pro Skills 2017 (Texas A&M)
Robinson is a big impact every time he’s on the floor. He’s got great length combined with aggression and constant activity. He’s good around the rim on offense, he can still improve his post moves and technique but he is physically superior to nearly every opponent at this level. He fights to get good post position and doesn’t expect the guards to find him without giving them a good passing angle. He’s very good as a shot blocker and rebounder where he’s first and second in those categories in the EYBL respectfully. Pro Skills finished session 4 going 3-2 and 8-8 overall.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 18.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, and four blocks per game while shooting 71.7%.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 15.5 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 73.4%.
Kevin Knox 6’8 195 SF – E1T1 United 2017
Knox continues to play well while going 3-2. He’s thrived on offense in transition and in the half court. After rebounds, he immediately outlets it for someone to lead a break; he can lead and finish in transition himself with his length and athleticism. In a half court set, he likes to size up his man but he doesn’t force it. He reacts to the defense and his shots come within the flow. He moves well without the ball and can create for himself off the dribble, which frees him up to thrive as a shooter. One of Knox’s standout games was in the win over Team Griffin with 17 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. E1T1 United finished the EYBL season with a record of 11-5.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 19.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Emmitt Williams 6’7 200 PF – E1T1 United 2018
Williams is long, athletic, aggressive, and a tremendous offensive rebounder. Most of his points come from put backs but appears to be developing a jump hook and midrange shooting. The offense has to find him but he’s alert for the pass and has good hands. Defensively, he contests every shot. Williams finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds (11 offensive), and two blocks to beat Team Griffin. His work on the offensive glass kept many plays alive. Williams provides much value to his team off of effort and natural ability, once his offense develops, he has a chance to be a special player.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 9.4 points, 9.2 rebounds (5.2 offensive), and 1.8 blocks per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 10.4 points, 6.7 rebounds (3.5 offensive), and 0.8 blocks per game.
Troy Brown 6’6 210 PG/SG – Las Vegas Prospects 2017
Las Vegas Prospects finished session 4 going 2-3 and an underwhelming 7-9 overall record but Brown has played well throughout the EYBL. He’s an all-around contributor; whether it’s scoring, rebounding, or passing. He plays at a good pace and recognizes mismatches. He takes it at bigger defenders and will post up when matched up with a smaller guard. He can improve as a shooter, also securing the ball when driving, as well as finishing more consistently. Statistically, Brown had a good five games but his best was in the loss to Team United with 30 points and 14 rebounds.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 18 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 15.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
Charles OBannon 6’5 195 SG/SF – Las Vegas Prospects 2017
O’Bannon is one of the most naturally gifted scorers but his quick trigger can disrupt the offense when his shot isn’t falling. Improving his shot selection and playing within the flow would benefit him as he already has the ability to hit difficult shots and draw fouls. He only had three assists in five games so he has room to improve on reading the defense and working the ball around more. He looked disinterested at times in the game against Oakland Soldiers but they pulled out the win. O’Bannon’s two biggest scoring outputs came against RM5 and The Rens with 34 and 37 points respectfully.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 24.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 20.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Chris Lykes 5’7 160 PG – Team Takeover 2017 (Miami)
Despite the obvious height limitations, Lykes can really fill up the scoring column. He doesn’t usually get all the way to the rim, he likes to pull up when he finds separation. He can hit contested shots and draws a lot of fouls; he’s a very reliable free throw shooter at 89.8% in his five games in Atlanta. He’s got the shooting, speed, and ball handing but he’s more of an undersized scorer than floor general which hurts him at 5’7. Lykes finished with 33 points in the loss to Team CP3. Team Takeover went 4-1 in session 4 and 10-6 overall.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 23.6 points and three assists per game while shooting 38.5% from three and 89.8% from the free throw line.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 19.9 points and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 39% from three and 81.8% from the free throw line.
Dayton Gumm 6’1 165 PG – We All Can Go 2017
Gumm is an under the radar player who can play with some of the nation’s best. He hustles, plays with creativity, and makes quick decisions. He takes a lot of shots although he can get hot from outside, he can be more efficient as both a shooter and driver but he can provide scoring when his team needs it. He’s a fearless driver combined with a quick first step; he can get by the first defender without making a move, adjusting to the help defender is where he needs to improve. Gumm provided 21 points in the loss to Pro Skills and 28 points (5-9 from three) in the loss to Houston Hoops. We All Can Go finished 1-4 in Atlanta and concluded the EYBL going 3-13.
·Session 4 averages (3 games): 19.7 points and 4.3 assists per game.
·EYBL averages (7 games): 14.7 points and 2.6 assists per game.
Zion Harmon 5’8 150 PG – We All Can Go 2021
Harmon is playing well above his class. He handles the ball well, even in tight spaces. He shoots well, sometimes he shoots deeper threes than he needs to but We All Can Go’s offense doesn’t have a great flow to it. He can dribble through multiple defenders, doesn’t favor a side when driving, and draws a number of fouls. He’s telegraphing some passes as he’s adjusting to the passing lanes and gaps closing quicker. Obviously with him being so young it’s too early determine how his career can play out but he’s more than holding his own playing at a very high level and is worth keeping an eye on over the next few years. Harmon came up big in the upset win over CIA Bounce with 27 points, tying his EYBL U17 career high.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 18.4 points and three assists per game while shooting 90.6% from the free throw line.
·EYBL averages (9 games): 17 points and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 88.9% from the free throw line.
Quade Green 6’0 170 PG – PSA Cardinals 2017
Green continues his efficient play to close out the EYBL. He plays under control, sets the pace of the offense, and his scoring comes within the flow. He’s selective as a scorer but his value comes with finding the hot hand and he keeps the game simple by continuing to stick with what’s been working. He attacks gaps when they’re there, sometimes he drives and kicks to shooters on the wing. Green led the EYBL in assists and steals. PSA Cardinals went 4-1, even with the absence of Mohamed Bamba, and 14-2 overall.
·Session 4 averages (4 games): 16.8 points, 11.3 assists, and 3.5 steals per game while shooting 88.9% from the free throw line.
·EYBL averages (15 games): 14.1 points, 10.5 assists, and 2.9 steals per game while shooting 88.1% from the free throw line.
Michael Porter 6’9 205 SF – MOKAN Elite 2017
Porter had a big game in the loss to Team Penny finishing with 38 points (13-20 shooting) and 18 rebounds (7 offensive). Most of his points came in the paint; baselines drives, attacking gaps for dunks, some fade aways, and a lot of put backs. He had one from midrange and knocked down two threes in desperation, one being a four point play. Porter and MOKAN Elite finished session 4 3-2 and 13-3 overall.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 26 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 62.5%.
·EYBL averages (15 games): 22.8 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 58.7%.
Trae Young 6’1 165 PG – MOKAN Elite 2017
Although he finished 25 points, Young struggled against Team Penny. He made some difficult layups but 19 of his points came from his 20 free throw attempts. He did a great job getting to the free throw line but as much as we like him as a scorer, his quick trigger can work against him when his shots aren’t falling. Young shot 3-17 from the field and 0-8 from three. His biggest game was against Elfrid Payton Elite scoring 40 points on 21 shots and 11 assists.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 22.4 points, 6.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 91.1% from the free throw line.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 22.3 points, 7.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 85.7% from the free throw line.
John Petty 6’6 180 SG/SF – Team Penny 2017
Petty shot the ball well, catching fire in the win over MOKAN Elite, shooting 4-6 from three to score 22 points. He missed the rim on a few but made some difficult shots from deep. He needs to tighten up his handle, he dribbles the ball high at times but he got to the rim throughout the game as well. He followed up with 32 points making seven of his nine three point attempts and 12-15 from the field. Petty’s’ been on the positive side of streaky shooting to close out the EYBL. Team Penny won all five games and finished 14-2.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 18 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 57.6% from three.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 14.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 39.4% from three.
Collin Sexton 6’0 170 PG – Southern Stampede 2017
Sexton has been on a tear throughout the EYBL, where he leads in scoring by a wide margin with 31.7 points per game (2nd place Michael Porter is averaging 22.8 per game). He scores from everywhere on the floor, whether he’s taking it all the way to the rim or shooting with a defender crowding his space. However, he doesn’t get many assists, only averaging 1.1 throughout the EYBL. He doesn’t make moves to free himself, he just finds a way to put the ball in the hole. A number of his points come from free throws where he excels at getting to the line, shooting an average 15.6 per game in session 4 and 13.3 over the EYBL. Sexton has made a total of 181 free throws to lead the EYBL, which is twice as much as second place (Trae Young and Chris Lykes with 90 each). He has had many 30 point outings but his biggest game came in the win against Georgia Stars, scoring 44 points on 22 shots, also grabbing ten rebounds. Southern Stampede finished in Atlanta 2-3 and 7-9 overall.
·Session 4 averages (5 games): 34.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
·EYBL averages (16 games): 31.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.