Nike EYBL – Session 2 in Dallas – Saturday Evening
Spiece (IN) vs. King James Shooting Stars (OH)
D’Vante Smith-Rivera (6-3, 205, #28 Prospect 2012, Spiece) – Built like a linebacker. Great shooter. High scoring guard. Likely a SG at the next level.
Kellen Dunham (6-4, 175, #23 SG 2012, Spiece) – Lanky, slender guard committed to Butler. Great shooter. Fits perfectly into Butler system. 21 pts.
Aaron Hammons (7-0, 260, #53 Prospect 2012, Spiece) – Good touch around the basket. Is a little soft for his size and needs to improve quickness. High ceiling though.
Bryson Scott (6-0, 170, #40 Prospect 2013, Spiece) – Has a twin, Brenton, on team. Bryson is committed to Purdue. Great all around game. Good defender, passer and scorer. Finished with 27 pts.
Alabama Challenge (AL) vs. CIA Bounce (CAN)
Negus Webster-Chan (6-7, 185, #68 Prospect 2012, CIA) – Had off game. Didn’t score. Looked like a solid athlete.
Sim Bhullar (7-5, 300, #17 C 2012, CIA) – A mountain of a man. As you can imagine, he is on the slow side but altered almost every shot that came in the paint. Played more minutes than I expected. Committed to Xavier.
Anthony Bennett (6-8, 220, #85 Prospect 2012, CIA) – Bennett has been playing very well in the league so far. Big, physical forward who dunks anything in sight. Finshed with 13 and 10.
New York Gauchos (NY) vs. Georgia Stars (GA)
Omar Calhoun (6-3, 185, #56 Prospect 2012, Gauchos) – High scoring SG. Can score from both inside and out. Finished with 27 pts.
Alex Poythress (6-7, 215, #25 Prospect 2012, Stars) – One of my favorite players to watch in this class. So rangy and athletic. Rebounds very well. Can bring the ball up if needed. Had two consecutive possessions where he was isolated with his defender, drove baseline and finished with a two handed dunk over the defender.
Tony Parker (6-9, 275, #14 Prospect 2012, Stars) – Played better and harder than he did at the Real Deal. Finished with 20 and 11. Can be close to impossible to stop when motivated.
Other Players Watched This Weekend
I didn’t necessarily get to watch full games of the following players but checked out a few minutes where I could.
Jarnell Stokes (6-8, 250, #23 Prospect 2012, Memphis YOMCA) – Simply put, he’s a man. Works harder than anyone on the court. Not the flashiest game but consistent. I like the comparisons to Corliss Williamson.
Ricardo Gathers (6-7, 240, #27 Prospect 2012, Louisiana Select) – Similar to Stokes. Just a beast inside. I wouldn’t take a charge from him.
Nerlens Noel (6-10, 210, #3 Prospect 2013, BABC) – The sky is the limit for Noel. Very tall and athletic. Great defender. Needs to add some weight.
Rodney Purvis (6-4, 185, #10 Prospect 2012, CP3) – Purvis plays a lot of PG but I still don’t think he will at the next level. His game is similar to Archie Goodwin. Excellent in transition and getting to the rim but inconsistent jumper.
Willie Cauley (6-11, 210, #46 Prospect 2012, MoKan Elite) – Tall, athletic C. Runs the floor very well. Great shot blocker and rebounder. Raw offensive game.