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Q&A’s

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Nike By The Numbers

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Jordan Brand Rosters

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Nike Hoop Summit Box Score

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CONTENTS D1 CIRCUIT’S EYBL PREVIEW | APRIL 2017 2017

PLAYER FEATURES 60-62

Tre Jones

116-117

Alex Lomax

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Cam Reddish

118-119

Kamaka Hepa

30-31

Javonte Smart

67

Gerald Liddell

68-69

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34-36

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120-121

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TEAM PREVIEWS ALBANY CITY ROCKS

48-49

NIKE TEAM FLORIDA

82-83

ALL OHIO RED

26-27

NJ PLAYAZ CLUB

40-41

BABC 110-111

NEW YORK LIGHTNING

10-11

88-89

NEW YORK RENS

50-51

BRADLEY BEAL ELITE 106-107

OAKLAND SOLDIERS

18-19

BOO WILLIAMS

CALIFORNIA SUPREME

58-59

PORTLAND BASKETBALL CLUB

72-73

CIA BOUNCE

76-77

PSA CARDINALS

44-45

E1T1UNITED

86-87

RM5 ELITE

52-53

EXPRESSIONS ELITE 102-103

SEATTLE ROTARY

80-81

GEORGIA STARS 112-113

SOUTHERN STAMPEDE 114-115

HOUSTON HOOPS

14-15

SPIECE INDY HEAT

28-29

HOWARD PULLEY PANTHERS

56-57

TEAM CP3

90-91

LAS VEGAS PROSPECTS

54-55

TEAM FINAL

16-17

MAC IRVIN FIRE

20-21

TEAM MELO

74-75

MEANSTREETS

22-23

TEAM PENNY

98-99

MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS

96-97

TEAM TAKEOVER 104-105

MOKAN ELITE 108-109

TEAM UNITED 100-101

NIKE PHAMILY

42-43

THE FAMILY DETROIT

24-25

NIKE PRO SKILLS

46-47

WISCONSIN PLAYGROUND

12-13

NIKE SOUTH BEACH

78-79

UPLAY CANADA

84-85

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2016 Record: 5-11 Director: Dana Dingle Coach: Shandue McNeil

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fter a disappointing 2016, the New York Lightning look to bounce back and make it to Peach Jam this season. The Lightning finished the season last year with a 5-11 record. They will look to turn it around this year with many new faces. They will have a well balanced team from top to bottom this year and could surprise a lot of people. With new players like Junub Chuol and Anthony Nelson and program veterans returning like Jared Rhoden and Posh Alexander, it could be a much better year for the Lightning.

THE BACKCOURT

Two players in Junub Chuol and Anthony Nelson will highlight the backcourt. Both players are flowing under the radar and should have a lot more attention come there way once the season kicks off. Nelson is a skilled shooting guard, while Chuol is more of an athlete and has the ability to play more on the ball. 6-foot-6 Jared Rhoden is another player that could breakout this year and provide the Lightning with a lot of scoring. Other backcourt players that will make a significant impact for the Lightning are Jordan Dingle - the son of Lightning Director Dana Dingle - as well as juniors Jalen Hawkins and Zach Light and the freshman Alexander.

THE FRONTCOURT

The Lightning have a good amount of options to turn to for their frontcourt. 6-foot-11 Joel Mensah will make his NIKE EYBL 17U debut and looks to be ready for it as he has made great strides recently. St. John’s commit Boubacar Diakite (ESPN 3-star) also will suit up for the Lightning this year. Diakite will bring high level athleticism and a high motor. Class of 2019 power forward Aidan Igiehon (247 4-star) could raise some eyebrows this year. Igiehon continues to progress and is considered to be one of the best big men in his class. Versatile forward Malachi De Sousa (South Kent) will also have to step up for the Lightning this year.

THE STAR BY COMMITTEE

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here isn’t one star on this team as it is very well balanced across the board. You could make the argument for Mensah, Diakite, Chuol or even other players on the roster. For the sake of the category, Junub Chuol will be our star for the Lightning. He may not have as big of a name as some of the other stars on other teams, but is deserving of a lot more recognition that he is getting right now. The 6-foot-4 Blair Academy guard is a great athlete and has shown a well-developed skillset. Chuol is definitely one to keep an eye on.

THE SLEEPER ANTHONY NELSON

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wo players in Junub Chuol and Anthony Nelson will highlight the backcourt. Both players are flowing under the radar and should have a lot more attention come there way once the season kicks off. Nelson is a skilled shooting guard, while Chuol is more of an athlete and has the ability to play more on the ball. 6-foot-6 Jared Rhoden is another player that could breakout this year and provide the Lightning with a lot of scoring. Other backcourt players that will make a significant impact for the Lightning are Jordan Dingle - the son of Lightning Director Dana Dingle - as well as juniors Jalen Hawkins and Zach Light and the freshman Alexander.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Jalen Hawkins

G

6'2

180

2018

Utica, NY

Conrad Academy

3

Anthony Nelson

G

6'4

172

2018

Harlem, NY

South Kent

5

Posh Alexander

G

5'10

160

2020

Brooklyn, NY

10

Junub Chuol

F

6'3

170

2018

Omaha, NE

Our Saviour Lutheran Blair Academy

11

Jordan Dingle

G

6'3

180

2018

Valley Stream, NY

Lawrence Woodmere

12

Zach Light

G

6'3

180

2018

New York, NY

15

Jared Rhoden

G

6'6

185

2018

Centereach, NY

21

Boubacar Diakite

F

6'8

190

2018

Centereach, NY

22

Aidan Igiehon

F

6'10

220

2019

Brooklyn, NY

Northfield Mount Hermon Our Saviour Lutheran Our Savior New American Lawrence Woodmere

23

Joel Mensah

F

6'10

190

2018

Bronx, NY

Jserra Catholic

31

Malachi De Sousa

F

6'7

190

2018

Beacon, NY

South Kent

40

Fredelin De La Cruz

F

6'7

215

2018

Bronx, NY

Our Saviour Lutheran

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PLAYGROUND ELITE 2016 Record: N/A Director: Duane ‘Ike’ Wilson Head Coach: Duane ‘Ike’ Wilson

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layground Elite will be returning to the NIKE EYBL after sitting out the 17U circuit in 2016. Wisconsin’s Elite Youth Basketball representative as reloaded in a big way, assembling a deep, talented group of players that will be looking to make noise in their return. PGE will be dependent on a guard-heavy rotation, however they will feature more than enough bulk on the interior to compete in a loaded Division A. Obtaining a Peach Jam bid is the goal for this squad, and at least on paper, they have a great chance to make it happen.

THE BACKCOURT

Playground’s backcourt should run six deep, and they’ll be led by an absolute gamer in junior Tyler Herro (ESPN No. 23). A 6-foot-4 guard committed to Wisconsin, Herro is a crafty scorer that can score at all three levels. He’s a developing facilitator, and that progression should only continue to trend upward. A trio of juniors - Greg Foster Jr, Keshawn Justice and Carlos Curtis - will play major minutes for Director Duane Wilson and company, and should complement Herro very nicely. Diminutive out-of-state guard Chase Adams, who hails from Marian Catholic in Illinois, will be a major spark-plug off the bench.

THE FRONTCOURT

Five players figure to see time in Playground’s frontcourt, and they’ll feature the tallest player on the 2017 circuit. 7-foot-3 Adam Trapp, who stars for Esko (MN) during the high school season, will man the middle for PGE. Trapp (ESPN 3-Star) will be a problem for opposing offenses, especially after putting on over 40 pounds in the last year. Dual-sport athlete Jack Plumb, who stars on the gridiron as well, will be a physical force alongside Trapp. Juniors Dontia Johnson, Bilal Shabazz and Will McDonald round out a solid rotation of forwards. Expect a couple of their larger guards - specifically Foster and Justice - to play the small forward spot when PGE goes small.

THE STAR TYLER HERRO

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erro is the star of the group, although the talented junior dealt with a knee injury during the 2016-17 season for Whitnall (WI). All healed up, Herro still managed to average 23.9 points, 4.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals for the Falcons, proving to be one of the top players in the midwest. Playground will desperately need his scoring to remain consistent, as the rest of the lineup will likely go through some growing pains adjusting to competing against EYBL competition. The Badgers commit will be a threat to earn All-Session honors with every circuit stop, giving Wisconsin fans assurance that their future is in good hands.

THE SLEEPER COMMITTEE

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oster, Justice and Curtis were mentioned before, and all three enter the EYBL with a huge opportunity. Not only do they get a chance to improve their stock on the biggest stage possible, PGE’s criminallyunderrated trio will have a chance to help Playground Elite win plenty of games. Curtis (6-foot-3) and Foster (6-foot-5) are true point guards, while Justice (6-foot-6) does most of his damage behind the arc. Justice has had a terrific early spring as Playground played without Herro, and there’s no reason to think he won’t keep it up on the circuit.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Greg Foster Jr.

G

6'7

185

2018

Mequon, WI

Homestead

2

Tyler Herro

G

6'5

185

2018

New Berlin, WI

Whitnall

3

BJ Shabazz

F

6'8

205

2018

Milwaukee, WI

Puis XI

5

Carlos Curtis

G

6'3

175

2018

Milwaukee, WI

Riverside

10

Chase Adams

G

5'5

150

2018

Chicago Heights, IL

Marian Catholic (IL)

15

Keshawn Justice

G

6'6

205

2018

Madison, WI

Madison East

20

Will McDonald

G

6'7

215

2018

Waukesha, WI

Waukesha North

21

Dontia Johnson

F

6'7

175

2018

Romeoville, IL

Romeoville (IL)

23

Jack Plumb

F

6'9

250

2018

Bay Port, WI

Bay Port

32

Adam Trapp

C

7'3

250

2018

Esko, MN

Esko

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2016 Record: 7-9 Director: Hal Pastner Coach: Tim Schumacher

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or the first time in the past five seasons, the Hoops won’t have the luxury of having Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky commit) or NBA-lottery pick De’Aaron Fox on the roster. They struggled through 2016, unable to find much consistency behind Vanderbilt and Kansas-bound Billy Preston as they snuck into Peach Jam qualification. It was a rare ‘down’ year for Houston’s EYB representative, and that should be forgotten quickly with the roster they turn over in 2017. They’ll enter Hampton with a rotation running nine deep, and feature more than enough talent to compete for the Division A crown.

THE BACKCOURT

Junior guard Javonte Smart (ESPN No. 24) starred for Elfrid Payton Elite (LA) as a freshman, and will return to the circuit in style for his final season of grassroots basketball. Hailing from Scotlandville HS in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the 6-foot-4 Smart is one of the best playmakers in the country. He has a handful of guards who will run alongside him, led by Jamal Bieniemy (2018 247 Sports 4-Star) and fellow Louisiana-product Greg Williams Jr. (2018 ESPN 3-Star). Bieniemy, who recently received a visit from Michigan, is a talented scorer who should excel next to Smart. HHA (TX) junior point guard Antoine Davis will also see minutes in a somewhat thin backcourt.

THE FRONTCOURT

The Hoops’ frontcourt is led by a trio of ESPN 4-star junior recruits; 6-foot-7 Jacobi Gordon, 6-foot-7 Matthew Mayer and 6-foot-6 Mitchell Seraille. Mayer found success in stretches during his time with the Hoops last season, while Gordon and Seraille will be huge additions to the rotation of forwards. Gordon plays more like a guard, possessing great court vision and an evolving mid-range game, while Seraille gives the Hoops’ an impressive athlete in transition. 2019 forward Tyreek Smith is the only underclassmen on the roster and should make a big impact as the tallest and arguably most athletic player on the roster. They won’t have the biggest group on the circuit, but they will be able to compete with anyone.

THE STAR JAVONTE SMART

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mart returns to the EYBL, and immediately becomes a candidate for All-EYBL honors with each and every session. In the 2016-17 high school season, Smart averaged 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 2.1 steals in 35 games. His statistics indicate what is obvious when you watch Smart play; he is truly a complete player. His skill-set allows him to raise the level of play from his teammates, as he can adapt his game depending on what is needed from him. He starred for the U16 USA Team, and figures to earn those honors at the 17U level with another terrific spring and summer.

THE SLEEPER JAMAL BIENIEMY

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ieniemy is only scratching the surface of his potential, and the 6-foot-5 combo guard should turn a lot of heads during the first couple of sessions. He will make Smart’s job as the floor general much easier, as he excels off the ball and can get himself going in transition. He is a prime candidate to use the EYBL platform to it’s greatest capabilities, as he’s relatively underrated on the national level entering session one. Look for Seraille to break out in the frontcourt, depending on his energy and motor to produce consistently.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Jamal Bieniemy

G

6'3

175

2018

Katy, TX

Tompkins

1

Javonte Smart

G

6'4

185

2018

Baton Rouge, LA

Scotlandville

3

Stacey Thomas

F

6'8

200

2018

Houston, TX

Homeschool

4

Greg Williams Jr.

G

6'3

190

2018

Lafayette, LA

5

Antoine Davis

G

6'2

170

2018

Conroe, TX

Lafayette Christian Academy HHA

12

Tyreek Smith

F

6'8

200

2019

Dallas, TX

Trinity Christian

22

Mitchell Seraille

F

6'7

200

2018

Houston, TX

Jack Yates

23

Jacobi Gordon

F

6'6

210

2018

Houston, TX

Homeschool

35

Matthew Mayer

F

6'7

200

2018

Austin, TX

Austin Westlake 15


2016 Record: 10-6 Director: Rob Brown Coach: Aaron Burt

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eam Final had yet another Peach Jam bid last season led by five-star recruit Lonnie Walker (Miami commit). They had a well-balanced team and will have a few pieces returning to this year’s squad. Cameron Reddish (ESPN No. 4), one of the best players in the class of 2018, will be back and ready to lead his team to a big year. Another key player for Final is newcomer Louis King (ESPN No. 38). Director Rob Brown is extremely excited about this bunch, and we project a deep run in Peach Jam for Philadelphia’s Elite Youth Basketball representative.

THE BACKCOURT

Team Final’s backcourt will be led by the 6-foot-8 Reddish, who has established himself as one of the best and most versatile prospects throughout the country. Reddish’s size and ability to shoot the ball creates a lot of matchup problems for any defense he goes up against. King is another name on Team Final that immediately comes to mind. He would be considered more of a forward then a guard, but he will be doing significant damage in the backcourt. Junior Matt Cotton had a breakout year this past high school season and he looks to continue to make even bigger season this spring and summer. Guards Justin Anderson and Sam Sessoms will be key to Team Final’s success this AAU season.

THE FRONTCOURT

The frontcourt is stacked. Marcus Littles (ESPN 4-star) will be the primary scorer for Team Final’s frontcourt. Littles stands 6-foot-8 with a very strong frame. He will have the experience of last year to build from and use to this year’s EYBL. Another player Final will turn to is Sean Good (247 3-star). Good has a solid skillset and should provide his team significant minutes whenever he is on the floor. King will mostly work on the perimeter, but has the ability to help his team out in the paint as well. Class of 2020 prospect Mikeal Jones is the youngest player on the team, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t ready for the EYBL. Jones is one of the most highly regarded prospects in his class and has the ability to play amongst the nation’s best. Forward Maurice Murray will also play a key role in Team Final’s frontcourt this season.

THE STAR CAMERON REDDISH

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eddish has star written all over him. The Westtown (Pennsylvania) product is one of the forefront stars throughout the whole Nike EYBL. With the amount he brings on offensive end complemented by impressive physical attributes he is an top notch prospect. Another star on Team Final is Louis King. King has a great overall skillset and has become a much more consistent player in the past year with Hudson Catholic. These two are one of the most talented duos throughout the whole Nike EYBL.

THE SLEEPER MATTHUE COTTON

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otton is this year’s sleeper for Team Final. He has has already been on the rise, but has even more room to grow. Cotton can score in a variety of ways and is an important piece for their team. The 6-foot-5 combo guard has made improvements on his jump shot and already is a good athlete. Plenty of high major schools will be keeping track of him this season and could end up offering if he plays up to his ability. The class of 2018 shooting guard is definitely one to keep an eye on.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Cameron Reddish

G

6'8

205

2018

Norristown, PA

Westtown School

4

Matthue Cotton

G

6'5

185

2018

Voorhees, NJ

St. Benedict's

5

Maurice Murray

F

6'6

180

2018

Sickerville, NJ

Timber Creek

10

Justin Anderson

G

6'2

170

2018

Philadelphia, PA

Archbishop Carroll

11

Sam Sessoms

G

5'10

170

2018

Bryn Mawr, PA

Shipley School

20

Cliff Joseph

G

6'2

175

2018

Hamilton, NJ

Nottingham

21

Louis King

F

6'8

205

2018

Columbus, NH

Hudson Catholic

24

Mikeal Jones

F

6'7

190

2020

Philadelphia, PA

Girard College

32

Sean Good

C

6'10

200

2018

Camp Hill, PA

Trinity

35

Marcus Littles

F

6'9

250

2018

Philadelphia, PA

Neumann-Goretti

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2016 Record: 5-11 Director: Mark Olivier Coach: Ben Braun

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he Soldiers had a rare down year in 2016, but still sent four players in their 2017 class to high-major college programs. On paper, the Soldiers appear to have reloaded. They will feature a blend of EYBL veterans and talented newcomers, and their eyes are set on a return to July’s illustrious Peach Jam. Former California Golden Bears head coach Ben Braun mans the sideline for the Soldiers, so there is no need to worry about them being wellcoached. Co-Director Lance Olivier said it’s “Peach Jam Champs or Bust” with this squad, which definitely raises the excitement level surrounding the team.

THE BACKCOURT

Point guard James Akinjo (247 4-star) returns to pace the Soldiers. The Salesian (California) product averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds in nine games last season and will have quite a few more weapons surrounding him this year. Moreau Catholic (California) freshman Kyree Walker - widely regarded as the top freshman in the country - has a chance to be one of the best underclassmen on the circuit while juniors Kihei Clark (Taft), Darrion Trammell (St. Ignatius) and Jack Schwietz (Findlay Prep) should garner plenty of minutes off the bench.

THE FRONTCOURT

St. Augustine (California) junior star Taeshon Cherry (Scout No. 33) returns for his second season with the program and will be the focal point on offense. Joining him in the backcourt is fellow 2016 veteran Amadou Sow (ESPN 4-star), a product of Prolific Prep. Six-foot-9 Folsom (California) junior Mason Forbes (ESPN 2-star) and 6-foot-11 sophomore Raymond Hawkins (Scout 4-star) round out a sizable frontline that should stack up with the best in Division A. Junior swingman Sekou ‘Junior’ Toure - the team’s third participant from Prolific Prep - can playing multiple positions and should be valuable contributor off the bench.

THE STAR TAESHON CHERRY

T

he 6-foot-10 Cherry is severely underrated by most scouting services, and the 2016-17 CIF-San Diego Player of the Year had a terrific junior season, leading his St. Augustine Saints to the Open Division Championship. He will be looking to improve on per-game averages of 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, numbers that he should shatter as the Soldiers’ featured piece. Expect Cherry to consistently contend for All-Session honors while also becoming the face one of the most formidable frontcourts on the circuit. The Soldiers will likely go as far as Cherry takes them.

THE SLEEPER MASON FORBES

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orbes has flown below the radar for too long, and we expect that to change after this spring and summer. Because Forbes’ production is a result of his energy and activity on the boards, he should benefit from playing alongside elite big men in Cherry, Sow and Hawkins. is one to keep an eye on in the backcourt, as the point guard looks to lift his stock nationally. Akinjo is obviously a player to keep an eye on as well, and very well could play his way into ‘star’ status.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

James Akinjo

G

6'1

170

2018

Oakland, CA

Salesian

1

Kihei Clark

G

5'10

160

2018

Burbank, CA

Taft

3

Darrion Trammell

G

5'10

160

2018

San Francisco, CA

St. Ignatius

5

Kyree Walker

G

6'6

210

2020

Hayward, CA

Moreau Catholic

20

Junior Touré

G

6'6

185

2018

Conarkry, Guinea

Prolific Prep

21

Mason Forbes

F

6'9

205

2018

Folson, CA

Folsom

22

Raymond Hawkins

F

6'11

220

2019

Folson, CA

Bishop O'Dowd

23

Amadou Sow

F

6'9

220

2018

Bamako, Mali

Prolific Prep

24

Jack Schwietz

G

6'6

180

2018

San Diego, CA

Findlay Prep

35

Taeshon Cherry

F

6'10

215

2018

San Diego, CA

St. Augustine 19


MAC IRVIN FIRE 2016 Record: 5-11 Director: Mike Irvin Coach: Mike Irvin

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ac Irvin sets the bar for Chicago basketball, establishing sky-high expectations every season. The Fire struggled in 2016, failing to establish a go-to player for a program that is usually blessed with one year in and year out. The program should be back to its winning ways this season thanks to an extremely talented group that should help the Fire contend for a division title.

THE BACKCOURT

Morgan Park junior star Ayo Dosunmu (ESPN No. 40) is back and better than ever, leading a backcourt capable of competing with any 17U squad in the nation. The 6-foot-3 Dosunmu is a special talent, showing off a much improved floor game during the 2016-17 high school season. Joining him is Simeon junior Kezo Brown (ESPN 3-star), a 6-foot-2 speedster who is playing the best basketball of his career. Brown missed most of his sophomore year due to an illness, but has regained his form in the last six months, which is one reason we are so high on the Fire. Fellow Simeon junior Talen Horton-Tucker (247 4-star) should see time in the backcourt and frontcourt, and his versatility should make a huge difference on both ends of the floor. Demarius Jacobs recently transferred to Hillcrest Prep (Arizona), making him a class of 2018 recruit and a late addition to the backcourt.

THE FRONTCOURT

The Fire will roll into Hampton with a long, athletic frontcourt, but their group of bigs are relatively unproven on the national scene. At times, HortonTucker will be expected to guard either forward position, and he will undoubtedly be a factor offensively and on the boards. Big man EJ Williams (247 3-star), who will transfer to Hargrave Military Academy for the upcoming prep season, is a newcomer to the program. The 6-foot-10, 300-pound post could play significant minutes for head coach Mike Irvin, and the team will need his productivity as he’s their only player taller than 6-foot-7. Uplift junior Toraze Dobbs will be the perfect glue guy while juniors Cam Burrell and Tarnell Pearson try to build on their high school successes after leading Morgan Park to a state championship.

THE STAR AYO DOSUNMU

D

osunmu missed Morgan Park’s state run win with a foot injury, but that’s about all that went wrong in the 2016-17 high school season for the talented junior. The floor general made an appearance on the circuit in a year ago and parlayed it into an unbelievable prep performance. He excels when surrounded by talent and there’s plenty to work with in the Fire’s rotation. Barring a setback with his foot injury, Dosunmu will most certainly be Irvin’s go-to playmaker entering Hampton.

THE SLEEPER TALEN HORTON-TUCKER

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he Fire’s entire lineup is extremely underrated on the national level, and we expect Horton-Tucker, Dobbs and Brown to make big jumps in the player rankings. Irvin’s crew plays a fast and furious style, which benefits the skill sets of the entire rotation. Between Williams, Pearson and Burrell, the Fire will need someone to step up and produce consistently. Horton-Tucker’s versatility was mentioned earlier, and he will operate as one of the most valuable glue-guys on the circuit. He’s coming off a terrific junior campaign for Simeon and will be looking to translate that success to the circuit.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Demarius Jacobs

G

6'3

155

2018

Chicago, IL

Hillcrest Prep

2

Bakari Simmons

F

6'7

220

2018

Chicago, IL

Simeon

3

Toraze Dobbs

F

6'6

215

2018

Chicago, IL

Uplift

4

Tamell Pearson

F

6'10

200

2018

Chicago, IL

Morgan Park

5

Talen Horton-Tucker

F

6'5

205

2018

Chicago, IL

Simeon

10

Cameron Burrell

F

6'7

165

2018

Chicago, IL

Morgan Park

11

Ayo Dosunmu

G

6'5

177

2018

Chicago, IL

Morgan Park

12

Kezo Brown

G

6'2

160

2018

Chicago, IL

Simeon

23

Jordan Dinsmore

G

6'1

165

2018

Milwaukee, WI

Washington (WI)

32

Joffari Brown

G

6'2

180

2018

Chicago, IL

St. Joseph

33

Brandon Simberg

G

5'9

150

2018

Libertyville, IL

Liberyville

34

EJ Williams

F

6'10

305

2018

Middletown, OH

Hargrave Military 21


MEANSTREETS 2016 Record: 9-7 Director: Tai Streets Coach: Tyrone Slaughter

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he MeanStreets of Chicago returned to form last season, riding the stellar play of 2017 McDonald’s All-American Brian Bowen, Isaiah Livers (Michigan commit) and Nojel Eastern (Purdue commit). Their eight-man rotation advanced all the way to Peach Jam bracket play, wrapping up one of their most successful seasons on the circuit. They should be highly competitive again in 2017, but will have their work cut out for them in a tough Division A. They won’t have the same star power they had a season ago, but their roster has talent stacked across the board.

THE BACKCOURT

MeanStreets rotation of guards runs six deep, led by junior Tim Finke (ESPN 4-Star), who returns to the EYBL after spending his sophomore campaign with the St. Louis Eagles. A trio of Whitney Young (IL) juniors, Justin Boyd (ESPN 3-Star), 2016 veteran Xavier Castaneda and 6-foot-3 Javon Freeman-Liberty will all see big time in the backcourt, and when you factor in MeanStreets 16U veterans Kaleb Thornton and Mike Adams, it makes it quite evident that 6-foot-6 Finke - and likely Boyd (6-foot3) and Freeman (6-foot-4) will see time at the small forward position.

THE FRONTCOURT

Much like last year, MeanStreets will be limited with depth in the frontcourt, but there is plenty of talent present. 6-foot-6 junior Damezi Anderson Jr (ESPN 4-Star) is set to make his EYBL debut, and he is set to make some noise this spring. Fellow 6-foot-6 junior Messiah Jones (247Sports 3-Star) was a major contributor in the frontcourt during Simeon’s 4A State runner-up finish, so he should enter the EYBL with plenty of confidence. Orlando Allen, a 6-foot-8 forward from Thornton (IL) with elite bounce, rounds out the frontcourt. While they may be relatively undersized, their length and athleticism should make up for what they lack in height. Deante Johnson and Gary Solomon were late additions and will play a big factor in the rotation.

THE STAR TIM FINKE

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inke had a solid 2016 season, averaging 8.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 17 games. We expect him to shatter those marks in 2017, especially after the Champaign Central (IL) home the WCIA 3 Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Adapting to a new role can take a bit of a transition period, but Finke is a true gamer, and is accustomed to being the go-to guy on his high school squad. Anderson has a chance to turn into a star in the frontcourt, as the EYBL style-of-play suits his skillet perfectly.

THE SLEEPER THE GUARDS

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eanStreets set of guards are underrated, and every one of them should improve their stock playing on the EYBL platform. Boyd, Freeman and Castaneda are fresh off winning the Illinois 4A State Championship, and they’ll be looking to parlay their winning pedigree into more notoriety from college coaching staffs. They’ll have ample time to make their impression, and their on-court chemistry should fast-forward that process. Allen is a sleeping giant in the frontcourt, and we expect him to produce some impressive statistical performances in a supporting role.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Javon Freeman-Liberty

G

6'4

170

2018

Chicago, IL

Whitney Young

3

Kaleb Thornton

G

6'0

170

2018

Bolingbrook, IL

Bolingbrook

5

Justin Boyd

G

6'3

185

2018

Chicago, IL

Whitney Young

10

Xavier CastaĂąeda

G

6'1

180

2018

Chicago, IL

Whitney Young

21

Orlando Allen

F

6'8

180

2018

Dolton, IL

Thornton

22

Damezi Anderson Jr.

F

6'7

210

2018

South Bend, IN

Riley

24

Tim Finke

G

6'7

210

2018

Champaign, IL

Champaign Central

31

DeAndre Gholston

G

6'4

190

2018

Gary, IN

21st Century Charter

32

Mike Adams

G

6'4

215

2018

Willowbrook, IL

Nazareth

33

Camron Donatlan

G

6'3

185

2018

Aurora, IL

West Aurora

42

Deante Johnson

F

6'8

200

2018

Detroit, MI

Edison

44

Andrew Kirkpatrick

G

6'2

170

2018

Winnetka, IL

New Trier

50

Gary Solomon

G

6'5

180

2018

Detroit, MI

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THE FAMILY 2016 Record: 7-9 Director: BJ Walker Coach : Arnette Jordan

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he Family Detroit (MI) missed out on Peach Jam qualification by one game despite recording an impressive five-game win streak to close out the final session, including a huge win over Peach Jam runner-up PSA Cardinals. Like most seasons, most of their roster will be going to school on a full ride, and they’ll be looking to replicate that success - plus a couple more wins - behind a re-tooled lineup in 2017. If they mesh the way we expect them to - and do it earlier than last seasonthis squad has a Peach Jam bid in it’s future.

THE BACKCOURT

The Family will trot out six guards in their rotation, led by 6-foot-1 junior David DeJulius (ESPN 4-Star). Already committed to Michigan, the East English Village Prep (MI) star will be the main facilitator for the rest of the rotation, and his production will be key to their success. Juniors Rashad Smith (Wayne Memorial), Duane Washington (6foot-3), Bryce Washington (6-foot-4), Seth Millner (6-foot-6) and Zavon Godwin (6-foot-5) will team up to round out an impressively sized backcourt, and it’s a safe bet that one of them steps up as a reliable scorer for Detroit’s EYB representative.

THE FRONTCOURT

With nobody looking, The Family quietly assembled one of the most complete frontlines in the country. 6-foot-8, 250-pound Trevion Williams (247 4-Star) will be enforcer down low, and figures to utilize his size and elite footwork to become one of the premier big men on the circuit. Next to Williams will be the largest player on the circuit, Arthur Hill (MI) center Jimmy Bell. At 6-foot-11, 360-pounds - and only 16 years old - Bell has a chance to grow into a force for The Family. Wing Gabe Brown (6-foot-6) should excel as the top swingman option on the squad, as the junior looks start attracting high-major offers. Junior Markeese Hastings (6-foot-6) rounds out a balanced frontcourt that should bully teams on the interior.

THE STAR

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DAVID DEJULIUS

eJulius is the star in the backcourt, possessing a strong, durable frame that suits his attacking playing-style very well. He’s a scoring point guard who can make plays in transition, helped out by his high basketball IQ; DeJulius owns a 3.9 GPA in the classroom. The speedy DeJulius will be looking to improve on 12-game 16E averages of 10.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 12 games. DeJulius has the luxury of already being committed, so he should play free and loose. Williams will almost certainly turn into a star in the frontcourt, which should create one of the better guard-forward tandems in Division A.

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DUANE WASHINGTON GABE BROWN

rand Rapids Christian (MI) product Duane Washington will start at shooting guard, entering the EYBL criminally-underrated. He helped lead his Eagles to a state runner-up finish during the high school season alongside Michigan State-bound forward Xavier Tillman, so he already has experience playing with elite big men. Brown is a bit more well-known on the national stage than Washington, but the rising senior should take advantage of the EYBL platform just the same. He currently has plenty of high-major interest, which should quickly turn into offers after the first two live-period sessions.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Kaevon Merriweather

G

6'2

190

2018

Romulus, MI

Romulus

1

Rashad Williams

G

6'3

185

2018

Detroit, MI

Wayne Memorial

4

Duane Washington

G

6'3

190

2018

Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids Christian

5

David DeJulius

G

6'1

190

2018

Detroit, MI

East English Village Prep

10

Gabe Brown

F

6'7

185

2018

Ypsilanti, MI

Belleville

12

Jordan Ray

G

6'3

175

2018

Detroit, MI

DMC Sports Academy

21

Bryce Washington

G

6'4

175

2018

Southfield, MI

Southfield Christian

23

Markeese Hastings

F

6'6

195

2018

Grand Rapids, MI

Godwin Heights

31

Zavon Godwin

G

6'5

190

2018

Detroit, MI

East English Village Prep

32

Jimmy Bell

C

6'10

290

2018

Saginaw, MI

Arthur Hill

33

Trevion Williams

F

6'8

250

2018

Sterling Heights, MI

Henry Ford Academy

34

Seth Millner

G

6'5

195

2018

Little Rock, AR

Grand Rapids Christian 25


ALL OHIO RED 2016 Record: 7-9 Director: Jerry Watson Coach: Matt Sylvester

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hile All Ohio Red’s 17U squad struggled to a 6-10 finish in 2017, their 16U squad was busy winning a 16E Peach Jam Championship. Previous 16E champs have always been highly competitive the following year, and we expect nothing different from AOR. Led by head coach Matt Sylvester, All Ohio Red returns the core group responsible for the success at the 16U level, and the team should be deep, talented and well-coached - a solid recipe for big things on the circuit. THE BACKCOURT: AOR’s backcourt is led by a pair of Big Ten commits: Dane Goodwin (Ohio State) and Foster Loyer (Michigan State). Goodwin (ESPN No. 54) just capped a terrific junior season by leading Upper Arlington to a 26-4 record and a state runner-up finish. Loyer (ESPN 4-star) is also coming off a terrific junior season, as the 6-footer led a nationally ranked Clarkston squad to a state championship. The guards are die-hard competitors who hate to lose, and both have shown the ability to put a team on their backs. Throw in juniors DeShon Parker (Dayton Wayne) and Braden Norris (Hilliard Bradley), and AOR should feel very confident in their quartet of guards. Six-foot-8 Huntington Prep (West Virginia) junior Maurice Calloo could see time in the backcourt, but will likely spend most of his minutes on the wing. THE FRONTCOURT: A second Michigan State commit, Thomas Kithier (ESPN 4-star), will play a huge role in the frontcourt, where the Dakota High School (Michigan) star has the rare opportunity to team up with his future college teammate. Kithier is an ultra-talented big man who can stretch the floor, and it will be interesting to witness what kind of chemistry develops between him and Loyer. Sophomore Jordan Mitchell (247 4-star) should also play a vital role in the frontcourt, giving AOR an athletic wing who excels in the open floor. Jake McLoughlin (Tri-Valley) and 6-foot-9 Ross Ryan (Centerburg) are set to receive valuable minutes.

THE STAR DANE GOODWIN

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s mentioned before, Goodwin is an absolute stud. The future Buckeye showed out on 16U’s biggest stage in 2016, and his mentality and competitiveness are hard to match. The 6-foot-4 guard can do a bit of everything, and he will be counted on to be a scorer and distributor. The best part about Goodwin’s game is that he truly makes his teammates better. An All-EYBL selection is definitely not out of the question for Goodwin, so keep a close eye on his play during the first two sessions.

THE SLEEPER VINCENT WILLIAMS

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incent Williams has grown into a star for St. John’s Jesuit, and the same type of production will be expected during his time on All Ohio Red 17U. Standing at 6-foot-6, Williams gives All Ohio Red a perimeter threat who can impact multiple aspects of the game. On top of his versatility, Williams is a crafty lefty something that will come in handy when teams have limited time to prepare for matching up with the St. John’s Jesuit star.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Foster Loyer

G

6'0

170

2018

Clarkston, MI

Clarkston

3

Braden Norris

G

6'0

180

2018

Hilliard, OH

Hilliard Bradley

5

Vincent Williams

F|G

6'5

205

2018

Toledo, OH

St. John's Jesuit

10

DeShon Parker

G

6'1

170

2018

Dayton, OH

Wayne (OH)

11

Treauhn Williams

F

6'6

220

2018

Reynoldsburg, OH

Reynoldsburg

12

Jordan Mitchell

F

6'7

195

2019

Gahanna, OH

Gahanna Lincoln

21

Dane Goodwin

G

6'5

190

2018

Arlington, OH

Upper Arlington

22

Thomas Kithier

F

6'9

225

2018

Macomb, MI

Dakota

25

Jake McLaughlin

F

6'5

195

2018

Dresden, OH

Tri-Valley

33

Ross Ryan

F

6'8

215

2018

Centerburg, OH

Centerburg

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SPIECE INDY HEAT 2016 Record: 9-7 Director: Todd Hensley Coach: Dan Kline

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ast season’s Indy Heat was statistically the biggest team on the circuit, and they turned that into an impressive run at Peach Jam. While the Heat graduated a load of talent - including Michigan State-bound forwards Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman - they have a blend of returners and new talent that should keep them near the top of Division A. They won’t be quite as big across the board this season, but their program pedigree leads us to believe they’ll find a way to replicate their success from 2016.

THE BACKCOURT

Tyger Campbell (ESPN No. 25) is a rare freshman veteran of the EYBL. The La Lumiere (IN) floor general enjoyed a terrific sophomore season, helping lead the Lakers to the DICK’s Nationals Championship. Campbell will be looking to improve on 2016 per game averages of 13.1 points, 3.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds. Juniors Zion Young (Wasatch Academy), Jarron Coleman (Cathedral) and Jamal Harris (Attucks) should find ample opportunity to produce.

THE FRONTCOURT

East Lansing star junior Brandon Johns (ESPN No. 44) took a backseat to a stellar frontcourt full of upperclassmen a year ago, and he’ll enter this season as ‘the man’ in Spiece’s frontcourt. Johns complements a versatile offensive game with the ability to play inside and out, and he should be a big benefactor of continued chemistry with Campbell. Six-foot-9 junior Marcus Bingham Jr. will give Spiece an evolving wing who is just tapping into his potential, while Gavin Bizeau (6-foot11) and Jacob Palokovich (6-foot-8) will man the middle defensively. Sophomore Keion Brooks Jr (247Sports No. 18) is also in the bunch, and he’s simply too talented to keep off the floor for long.

THE STAR

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TYGER CAMPBELL BRANDON JOHNS

ampbell and Johns figure to share the stardom, as both veterans know what to expect entering EYBL play. Johns is coming off a terrific junior season for nationally ranked East Lansing, and he will be a focal point on this Heat Squad. Campbell is a threat to lead the entire circuit in assists, as his best asset is his ability to facilitate. There will likely be a third member of the rotation to step up into a feature role, but you can bet on Campbell and Johns being consistent stat stuffers.

THE SLEEPER KEION BROOKS JR.

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rooks Jr. and Campbell are the only underclassmen on the roster, and a quick look at Brooks’ game film will tell you why. Standing at 6-foot-8 and possessing elite athleticism, he already holds offers from Michigan State, Kansas State, Purdue and Xavier, cementing his spot as an elite recruit in the 2019 class. Brooks is capable of impacting the game on both ends of the floor, and doesn’t need to be a focal point of the offense to be effective. Aside from Brooks, Bingham is underrated at the national level and will almost certainly turn some heads early on.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Zion Young

G

6'3

190

2018

Merrillville, IN

Wasatch Academy

2

Jamal Harris

G

6'2

155

2018

Indianapolis, IN

Crispus Attucks

3

Gavin Bizeau

F

6'10

195

2018

Plainfield, IN

Plainfield

4

Marcus Bingham Jr.

F

6'9

195

2018

Grand Rapids, MI

5

Keion Brooks Jr

G

6'8

185

2019

Fort Wayne, IN

Grand Rapids Catholic Central North Side

10

Tyger Campbell

G

6'0

165

2018

LaPorte, IN

La Lumiere

11

Jarron Coleman

G

6'5

185

2018

Indianapolis, IN

Cathedral

15

Jacob Polakovich

F

6'8

230

2018

Indianapolis, IN

23

Brandon Johns

F

6'8

215

2018

East Lansing, MI

Grand Rapids Catholic Central East Lansing 29


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ntering the 2016 grassroots season, Javonte Smart was touted as the best point guard prospect in the class of 2018. Following a disappointing summer shooting the basketball, however, Smart has seen his ranking tumble slightly, and he is on a mission this season to prove that is a grave mistake to write him off. “Yeah I dropped but it’s a bump in the road and I’ll learn from it,” said the explosive playmaker, who will man the point for Houston Hoops this season. “I don’t really feel any pressure but I just wanna get better and be the best player on the circuit.” Smart, ranked No. 24 in the ESPN 60, is coming off a dominant junior season with Scotlandville (LA) that saw him put up healthy averages of 25.1 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 6.4 APG. When watching this young man play, the two things that initially stand out are his size and explosiveness, both rare at the point guard position, and both traits that have college coaches salivating over him. It is Smart’s drive above all things, however, that will separate him from the pack this EYBL season and beyond. Forget being the best point guard, Smart has bigger fish to fry. “I love the game and I want to be the best player ever,” Smart said. “I will do whatever it takes to win. I feel my strengths are scoring and passing to make my teammates better, but I still need to work on being a vocal leader and better shooter. It’s all a work in progress and I just need to keep working to get better.” Smart’s favorite player is Kevin Durant, and it’s not just because of his allaround game. The floor general truly appreciates KD’s work ethic and the way he grinds to get better each season, envisioning a similar path for himself in the NBA. When asked where he sees himself in 5 years, Smart responded “hopefully in the League working on becoming the best player ever.” All of this bodes well for Houston Hoops, a program that had its high hopes for a run at Peach Jam dashed by disappointing seasons and injuries from nearly every player on a stacked roster, notably star forwards Jarrod Vanderbilt (Kentucky) and Billy Preston (Kansas). Smart is ready to take Houston back to the heights previously reached by current Kentucky star freshman De’Aaron Fox, who is an inspiration to the young guard. “He did a great job with this team; I just feel like I can help the team but it can be in a different way because we are different players,” said Smart. “What he’s done will push me a lot. The keys for us will be toughness and defense, because everyone in the EYBL can score. If we come in every game ready to kill we will win.” Smart appears ready to take the EYBL by storm this spring and summer, saying he is actually glad his ranking fell because now he gets to work even harder. And that statement should put the rest of the League on notice. 31


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ameron Reddish comes into Nike EYBL as one of the year’s biggest prospects. Ranked 4th in ESPN’s 2018 rankings, Reddish returns to one of the most prestigious AAU programs in the country, Philadelphia’s EYBL affiliate Team Final. With talented juniors like himself, Louis King (ESPN No. 38), Marcus Littles (ESPN 4-star) and Matt Cotton, they are one of the favorites to win it all this season. Reddish cannot wait to hop on the circuit with his teammates this season.

ward to having fun with him and the rest of the guys on the team this year.”

“We are really talented and we have a big team,” he said. “Our lineup looks like it will go from 6-foot-5 and taller, so we are big. We have to have our hands up on defense and create havoc for the other team. That’s what it basically comes down to at the end of the day.”

The class of 2018 prospect will go into the season with a big personal goal in mind.

They have a lot of scoring options, but he thinks his team needs to focus on a couple of key aspects if they want to be successful. “We have to defend, we are going to score because we have a lot of guys who are good on offense,” Reddish said. “We just need to focus on defending and rebounding. If we do that we will be the best team in the country.” Team Final had a big addition this season in King. The 6-foot-8 swingman is one of the best players in the country at his position. Reddish is looking forward to playing alongside him. “We feed off each other, we both can shoot it really well and pass and kick,” he said. “Neither of us are selfish and I’m looking for-

He is ready for all of the top talent the Nike EYBL has to offer this season. With it being his second year playing on the 17U circuit, Reddish is prepared for what he and his team will go against. “I know what to expect this time around,” he said. “The crowd and environment are always great, but I’m going to go out and play regardless of what is going on.”

“My mindset is to show everyone that I am the number one player in the country,” said Reddish. “In order to do that we have to win and I plan on doing whatever it takes to win.” For his team, they only have their eyes set on one goal. “The only goal we have in mind for the team this year is winning the Peach Jam,” he told D1Circuit. “With the talent we have this year I know we are capable of winning it all.” 2017 is Reddish’s last season on the Nike EYBL circuit, so he is prepared to give it his all for Team Final this spring and summer. “I’m going to try and do everything for my team this year,” he said. “I’m going to rebound, defend, distribute, score and a lot more. I have to be a leader for my teammates and want to do everything it takes to win this season.” 33


AYO DOSUNMU By: Ben Farber

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ac Irvin Fire standout point guard Dosunmu ready to ignite EYBL, brand name in Chicago lore By Ben Farber For the past quarter century, the Mac Irvin Fire AAU program has produced a sizeable chunk of Chicago’s elite prep players. Since the program’s inception in 1992, several high-profile alumni have achieved success in the NBA and at the highest levels of Division I college ball. Presently, four Fire alumni have homes on NBA rosters: Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Atlanta Hawks, Patrick McCaw of the Golden State Warriors, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks and Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers. A fifth, Villanova’s Jalen Brunson, will most likely join them next season. Point guard Ayo Dosunmu, a rising senior at Morgan Park High School and third-year member of the Fire, has a chance to join the hallowed club, and a standout performance in the NIKE EYBL this season may cauterize his inclusion. As a high school junior, Dosunmu posted otherworldy statistics. His averages of 26.5 points, 8.3 assists, and 6.8 rebounds per game placed him in the uppermost echelon of Illinois’ teenage talent and led him to be named Daily Southtown’s Player of the Year. Unsurprisingly, Dosunmu was instrumental in Morgan Park’s run to the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state title this season, although a foot injury sidelined him for the tournament’s final two games. While Morgan Park missed his on-court

ability, the Mustangs benefitted from Dosunmu’s developing leadership. As the season progressed, Dosunmu made stronger connections with his teammates and found ways to implore them to play harder and reach their full potential. And they responded, especially with the state title hanging in the balance. Not playing was tough for Dosunmu, who wanted to erase the sting of falling one game short of state a year ago. He had kept the disappointment in his head and used the emotion to motivate his team, urging it to avoid a similar fate this year. “I told the new guys that I didn’t want them to have that feeling, and to come out and play hard,” he said. “They did and we got it done.” It proved to be an extension of Dosunmu’s philosophy for managing a game on the court. Over the past few years, he has not only gotten good shots for himself but also improved his ability to set up others. “I think my coaches would describe me as a leader at point guard who can take over a game and also get my team involved,” he said. “I go out there and play hard. My teammates would say I love to get them involved. We love to play with each other and have fun out there.” As he continues to fill out his rapidlygrowing 6-foot-5 frame, Dosunmu’s unique blend of size and skill should blend well with his basketball savvy and vault him to a successful collegiate career. The combination also has him poised for an explosive year in the EYBL. 35


Although he was been a reserve in his first two seasons with Mac Irvin, Dosunmu is more than ready to become a starter, and the Fire will count on him to lead the team — with his cohesion as well as his with his production. “With the Fire, I’ll be working on pretty much everything that I’ve been working on (with my high school team) – a leadership role, being able to talk to my teammates, being able to motivate them to play hard when I know they’re going through a slump. Talking on court and being a vocal leader,” Dosunmu said. One of the best ways for him to unlock his abilities is through toplevel coaching, which can help develop his skills. Between Nick and Mike Irvin – two of Mac Irvin’s three sons – Dosunmu is assured of both quality and consistency. During the fall and winter he plays for Nick, who is the head coach at Morgan Park. In the spring and summer, Dosunmu suits up for a Fire squad led by Mike. Dosunmu said both are great coaches and possess similar mindsets, which has helped in his preparation for the next step of his basketball journey. “I think that coach Nick, he’s getting me ready for college,” he added. “He was a big time player, so he knows how it is. He also coached pros and college players, so I think that I’m getting it good on both ends. During the school year, we lift and run like college players, we dress like college players, expectations are like college players.” AAU ball, meanwhile, emphasizes defense, running hard and staying

in shape. “Overall, the AAU circuit is better, harder and more fun than high school,” Dosunmu said. “You score more points. High school is slower and the games end quickly. AAU – so many games in a short time that you have to bounce back.” As Dosunmu brings his foot back to full strength, he is weighing his college options. He received offers from a number of quality programs such as Florida State, SMU, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Illinois. While he is in no rush to make a decision, Dosunmu can get turn to some of the great players who have come through the Mac Irvin program for insight on the process.

“The opportunity I have is a blessing. I have to take advantage of it and stay humble” “I got some advice from Jabari [Parker] when he came down to [Las] Vegas last year. He told me to always play hard because you never know when it could be your last game. I took his advice and ran with it.” Dosunmu’s closest confidant, however, is Charlie Moore, Illinois’ 2016 Mr. Basketball and a former teammate with both Mac Irvin and Morgan Park. Now

at the University of California, Moore remains Dosunmu’s main role model. “The person I really look up to, is Charlie,” Dosunmu said. “He’s one of the best players to come out of Mac Irvin. People don’t know about him yet, but he’s a great player.” As Dosunmu approaches his senior season, his main goals are getting and staying healthy. “I haven’t made any decisions about college yet. I’m putting shots up, doing dribbling drills and getting my conditioning back up,” he said. “I’m still going through the process and we’ll see how the summer plays out before I cut my list.” On the court, Dosunmu has already established himself as one of the nation’s top young players and is ranked No. 22 nationwide by Rivals.com. The four-star recruit is the next link in the chain of phenomenal players to emerge from Chicago, and as one of the Fire’s top players, Dosunmu ready to represent his hometown on the national stage. “Chicago is a really big city and there’s a lot of good basketball players here. The opportunity I have is a blessing. I have to take advantage of it and stay humble and keep working on my craft and keep getting better and playing the game the right way,” Dosunmu said.

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2016 Record: 11-5 Director: Jimmy Salmon Coach: John Allen

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he New Jersey Playaz surprised many people who followed the Nike EYBL last year with an 11-5 record. They had a great balance of talented guards with R.J. Cole (Howard commit), Marcus McClary (Monmouth commit), Jamir Harris (Minnesota commit) and more. There will only be one returning player for the Playaz in Justin Minaya, who will play alongside a talented group of New Jersey prospects. They have the talent to make a run deep run and qualify for the Peach Jam, and will look to do so behind head coach John Allen, a star on the Playaz first squad in 1997.

THE BACKCOURT:

The NJ Playaz’ backcourt will be the forefront to their success this season. They will be led by 6-foot-4 Jalen Carey (ESPN 4-star), who is regarded as one of the top guards throughout the east coast. Carey will run the offense and have plenty of options to turn to. Class of 2018 guard Tavon Jones (ESPN 4-star) is capable of scoring in bunches, and will provide head coach Jimmy Salmon a rock-solid defender. Class of 2019 guards Paul Mulcahy (247 4-star) and Al AmirDawes will also play key roles for their team. Juniors Alex Imegwu (6-foot-6), Justin Minaya (6-foot-6) and Mikey Watkins will be relied upon to give them instant production off the bench

THE FRONTCOURT:

The Playaz frontcourt doesn’t have that much depth, but has a number of talented players. Three players will make up their frontcourt in Valdir Manuel (247 4-star), Saviour Ogeneyole and Marcellus Earlington. Manuel transferred to New Jersey powerhouse The Patrick School this past season. He excelled and his stock is trending upward heading into the season. Ogeneyole is an active power forward who makes it hard to score in the lane with his length. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Earlington is a star football player who will add toughness and strong finishing ability to his team.

THE STAR JALEN CAREY

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arey figures to be the star for the Playaz. The 6-foot-2 guard has had strong enough performances with his high school and grassroots teams throughout the past years to show that he is a high-major talent. His team will place a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, which he is fully capable of handling. With his recent improvement of his jump shot, Carey has brought his game to new heights. From what scouts have seen from him early on, he looks like he is ready for whatever is ahead of him this season.

THE SLEEPER VALDIR MANUEL

T

he sleeper on this year’s Playaz team is the 6-foot-8 Manuel. The class of 2018 power forward is flown a bit underthe-radar. Manuel is a skilled power forward who made some waves this past high school season. He isn’t afraid to work down low and is a good shooter for his position. Manuel is definitely one to keep an eye on and someone that could have a breakout season on the circuit this spring and summer. Also look for the 6-foot-5 Mulcahy to stand out as an underclassmen.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Tavon Jones

G

6'2

175

2018

Linden, NJ

Linden

2

Mikey Watkins

G

5'11

165

2018

Linden, NJ

Linden

3

Al-Amir Dawes

G

6'2

155

2019

Newark, NJ

Patrick School

4

Paul Mulcahy

G

6'5

183

2019

Raleigh, NC

Gill St. Bernard's

5

Jalen Carey

G

6'4

175

2018

Bronx, NY

10

Justin Minaya

G

6'6

185

2018

Harrington Park, NJ

Immaculate Conception Old Tappan

22

Marcellus Earlington

F

6'5

250

2018

Stony Point, NY

Don Bosco Prep

23

Saviour Akuwovo

F

6'9

215

2018

Jersey City, JJ

St. Anthony

24

Valdir Manuel

F

6'10

220

2018

East Orange, NJ

Patrick School

30

Alex Imegwu

F

6'6

200

2018

Short Hills, NJ

Seton Hall Prep

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2016 Record: 7-9

Director: Marvin Bagley Jr.

T

he Nike Phamily made it’s EYBL debut in 2016, qualifying for Peach Jam behind the stellar play of sophomore phenom Marvin Bagley III (ESPN No. 1) He’ll be back in 2017 and once again will be surrounded by a strong - albeit young - supporting cast. Any squad that features a leader as polished and refined as Bagley is a threat to make noise at Peach Jam, so it’s safe to say the Phamily enters this season with some lofty expectations. Bagley is a surefire preseason candidate for 2017 Most Valuable Player, and everything about his past indicates he’s ready to continue winning.

THE BACKCOURT:

The Phamily backcourt may be unproven, but it will undoubtedly present some matchup problems for the opposition. Ofure Ujadughele was an unsung hero on powerhouse Chino Hills (California) after transferring from Long Beach Millikan. The 6-foot-3 junior will be a feature piece for the Huskies next season and has a prime opportunity to take on a more featured role with the Phamily. EJ Jackson will be one of the quickest and shiftiest players on the circuit. The 5-foot-9 Serra (California) sophomore point guard will be a catalyst for the Phamily, in charge of utilizing perimeter weapons like 6-foot-7 EYBL veteran Marcus Bagley (2020). Juniors BJ Askew (6-foot-), Jayce McCain (6-foot-2) and Chris Gayles Jr (6-foot4) give the Phamily some solid depth.

THE FRONTCOURT:

Bagley will obviously be the focal point in the frontcourt, but just like last year, he’ll have some help. Little brother Marcus will definitely see time at small forward, giving the Phamily some solid versatility in a somewhat thin rotation. Taft (California) sophomore Antwan January (247 3-star) joined the fold in the offseason and only scratching the surface of his potential. The athletic 6-foot-10 four-man is a perfect complement to Bagley and should be a beast on the boards. 7-foot-1 sophomore Rick Issanza rounds out the frontcourt rotation, and the Phamily staff is extremely high on his potential ceiling. Six-foot-5 sophomore Elijah Scranton will get minutes and is a solid option on the wing.

THE STAR MARVIN BAGLEY III

B

agley isn’t just a star, he’s a once-in-a-decade talent. The 6-foot-11 point forward averaged 20 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 20 games for the Phamily as a sophomore last season. Those numbers are arguably the best overall statistics recorded by an underclassmen in EYBL history, which leads us to believe that Bagley could have a historic campaign in 2017. His skill set is miles ahead most prospects, pairing physical gifts with a relentless motor on both ends. Bagley makes the Phamily a must-see attraction -- one that provides fans with the chance to watch one of the country’s best ballers in action.

THE SLEEPER OFURE UJAGUDHELE

U

jadughele may not be the most heralded player for nationally ranked Chino Hills, but he was one of the most important. The 6-foot-3 combo guard should be the Phamily’s best backcourt defender and is waiting for an opportunity to display his offensive potential. Look for Ujadughele to flourish along with freshman Marcus Bagley, who will be counted on to provide a perimeter threat. The younger Bagley doesn’t seem to stop growing, and he’s constantly adding to his overall game as a means to complement his perimeter shooting skills.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Ofure Ujadughele

G

6'4

195

2018

Hacienda Heights, CA Chino Hills

2

BJ Askew

G

6'0

175

2018

Sacramento, CA

La Mirada

3

Jayce McCain

G

6'2

160

2018

Folsom, CA

Folsom

4

EJ Jackson

G

5'7

165

2019

Sacramento, CA

Serra

5

Elijah Scranton

F

6'6

190

2019

Sun Valley, CA

Paraclete

12

Chris Gayles Jr.

G

6'4

170

2018

Lancaster, CA

Paraclete

23

Marcus Bagley

G

6'7

210

2020

Tempe, AZ

Sierra Canyon

24

Antwan January

F

6'10

235

2019

Los Angeles, CA

Taft

33

Rick Issanza

C

7'1

230

2019

Kinshasa, DRC

Ribet Academy

35

Marvin Bagley III

F

6'11

225

2018

Tempe, AZ

Sierra Canyon 43


2016 Record: 14-2 Director: Mark Carter Coach: Munch Williams

T

he PSA Cardinals extended their streak of success in 2016, coming up one game short of a Peach Jam championship behind stars Quade Green, Mo Bamba and Brandon Randolph. They’ll have a nice blend of talent in 2017 and will rely on a few veterans to help them replicate last year’s success under head coach Munch Williams. PSA has always proven to be a tough out, and we expect no different this go-round.

THE BACKCOURT

Archbishop Molloy product Cole Anthony (ESPN No. 17) took the circuit by storm as a freshman last year, and the budding superstar enters 2017 as the go-to guy. Anthony is immensely talented, and he’ll be complemented by a group of five junior guards. Big things are expected from 6-foot-4 juniors Chase Audige and Jose Perez, while Leondre Washington, who ran with the Playaz in 2016, should give them a nice scoring punch off the bench. Tyler Washington and Aaron Clarke figure to see minutes in a deep rotation.

THE FRONTCOURT

Hameir Wright (ESPN No. 27) played a feature role for The City Rocks in 2016, and the highly rated junior figures to excel in Williams’ playing style. Wright has great length and runs the floor with ease, and while he’s evolving offensively, he’s prides himself on his defense and motor. Junior Zeke Mucius (ESPN No. 57) enters the EYBL with some lofty expectations, and the 6-foot-8 combo forward has his eyes on becoming a focal point in PSA’s frontcourt. Mucius is an athletic specimen who should excel alongside a host of talented guards, and he’s not the only one who should benefit from the backcourt.

THE STAR COLE ANTHONY

A

nthony will be taking on a completely different role this season. No longer the fourth option, the son of NBA veteran Greg Anthony has star potential. He’ll take the keys from the Kentucky-bound Green, and he’s a threat to land on an All-Session team with every circuit stop. The 6-foot-2 playmaker is fresh off a state championship and will look to continue that success while leading his Cardinals. Wright also is a strong contender to land atop several statistical categories.

THE SLEEPER AUDIGE & PEREZ

A

udige and Perez share the sleeper status, and both guards will need to produce for PSA to sustain success. Audige is a 6-foot-4 scoring guard hailing from The Hill School in New York, and he’ll give Williams a talented scorer in his rotation. Perez recently reclassified to the 2018 class and will be attending Putnam Science Academy in the fall. The Cardinals’ staff is high on Perez, who received minimal run in last year’s circuit. Both players should fly under the radar entering competition, which should bode well for their production alongside their elite peers.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Cole Anthony

G

6'2

175

2019

New York, NY

Archbishop Molloy

2

Arashma Parks

F

6'9

240

2018

Middletown, NY

4

Aaron Clarke

G

6'1

178

2018

Parsippany, NJ

Commonwealth Academy Pope John (NJ)

5

Hameir Wright

F

6'7

200

2018

Albany, NY

Brewster Academy

10

Isaiah Mucius

F

6'8

195

2018

East Patchogue, NY

St. James School

11

Mamadou Doucoure

C

6'9

235

2018

Centereach, NY

OSNA

12

Chase Audige

G

6'4

185

2018

Coram, NY

The Hill School

13

Jakob Forrester

F

6'9

215

2018

Harrisburg, PA

Westtown School

21

Jose Perez

G

6'6

195

2018

Bronx, NY

22

Nikkei Rutty

F

6'8

220

2018

White Plains, NY

Putnam Science Academy Trinity Pawling

23

Tyler Washington

G

6'3

190

2018

Harlem, NY

Hun School 45


2016 Record: 8-8 Director: Jeff Webster Coach: Jeff Webster

THE STAR

N

ike Pro Skills quietly put up a very strong season in their second EYBL go-round, qualifying for Peach Jam behind the stellar play of elite big man Mitchell Robinson. This squad figures to fly below-the-radar once again, however it would be a big mistake to overlook head coach Jeff Webster’s crew. If their first two seasons of EYBL action is any indication, Pro Skills will be very well-coached and should wind up as one of the better defensive teams on the circuit. While securing a third straight Peach Jam berth is the goal, the Pro Skills program has aspirations of advancing out of pool play.

THE BACKCOURT

The entire backcourt enters the 2017 EYBL with an ‘underrated’ moniker, a common theme that has developed with Pro Skills’ guards the past couple of years. 6-foot-4 junior Shakur Daniel is coming off AllLeague honors for Southwest Christian Academy, and he’ll be looking to follow in the footsteps of previous Pro Skills’ guards who were criminally underrated entering the circuit, such as Andrew Jones (Texas commit) and Jarrett Culver (TCU commit). Also looking to follow suit is 6-foot-4 junior Keonte Kennedy, who can score with the best of them. 2019 guard Justin Webster, son of head coach Jeff Webster and an EYBL veteran of 2016, figures to play a big role in the backcourt. Juniors Remy Minor (FB Bush), Curtis White (Parkview) Grant Beucler (La Lumiere) and Darreus Brown (Pro-Vision) round out a very deep set of guards.

THE FRONTCOURT

The frontcourt is much like the frontcourt; overlooked and ready to breakout. 7-foot-4 Arkansas Baptist Prep center Connor Vanover (ESPN 4-star) leads the bigs, and is obviously a major threat defensively with his size and length. Vanover has a unique skillset for a player his size, as he has the ability to step out and knock down threes. 6-foot-10 fellow Arkansas-product Ibrahim Ali (Maumelle) is a long, talented shot-blocker who runs the floor with ease, as does 6-foot-9 La Lumiere (IN) big man Franklin Agunanne. 6-foot-9 in-state sophomore Drew Timme (Pearce) is super skilled and will play a big role off the bench. The young big man will likely be pressed into big minutes depending on foul trouble.

KEONTE KENNEDY

P

ro Skills projects to have a relatively balanced lineup, but expect Kennedy to turn into a go-to scorer for Webster and company. The Westlake (TX) product is a sure-fire high-major recruit that hasn’t had a chance to prove it on the national level, so the EYBL platform should do him wonders. Expect others to step up in Pro Skills’ versatile lineup, but it’s a safe bet to assume that Kennedy is one of their premier playmakers. Pro Skills has become a common destination for underrated players to turn into stars, and Kennedy could be next.

THE SLEEPER SHAKUR DANIEL

T

here are two sleepers to highlight on the 2017 version of Pro Skills. Daniel should have a blast running alongside Kennedy, as the duo will form one heck of an athletic backcourt. He’s receiving interest at the high-major level and figures to turn a lot of heads with a strong showing in Hampton and Indianapolis. Strong, sturdy, intelligent guards usually find success in the EYBL, and Daniel has all three in his bag. The other is Timme, who owns an evolving skillset that should leave scouts and coaches impressed.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Darreus Brown

G

6'2

175

2018

Houston, TX

Pro-Vision Academy

1

Curtis White

G

6'5

180

2018

Little Rock, AR

Parkview (AR)

3

Grant Beucler

G

6'2

165

2018

Dallas, TX

La Lumiere (IN)

4

Terrell Curtis

G

6'0

160

2018

Dallas, TX

Maumelle

4

Justin Webster

G

6'3

175

2019

Dallas, TX

8

Drew Timme

F

6'10

210

2019

Dallas, TX

Prestonwood Christian Pearce

10

Keonte Kennedy

G

6'4

175

2018

Austin, TX

Westlake

13

Shakur Daniel

G

6'5

185

2018

Little Rock, AR

23

Remy Minor

G

5'9

160

2018

Houston, TX

Southwest Christian Academy Fort Bend Bush

24

Connor Vanover

C

7'4

220

2018

Little Rock, AR

Baptist Prep (AR)

25

Ibrahim Ali

F

6'10

255

2018

Maumelle, LA

Maumelle

35

Franklin Agunanne

F

6'9

250

2018

Dallas, TX

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2016 Record: 9-7 Director: Jim Hart Director: Jim Hart

L

ast year was kind to The City Rocks, which finished 9-7 behind a talented rotation -- one that sent a majority of its graduating roster to the Division 1 level. They only return one rotation player in Dominick Welch (ESPN 3-star), but the incoming lineup is uber-talented across the board. The City Rocks will certainly be a contender for a Peach Jam bid, and depending on how their rotation comes together, they could be a viable contender in July.

THE BACKCOURT:

The City Rocks are extremely high on the recently reclassified Welch, citing his offensive repertoire and natural athletic ability. Both should serve him well as he leads an inexperienced group of guards, including Joseph Girard III. The Glens Falls (New York) product is a highly rated sophomore who figures to be an important part of the rotation, where he’ll be joined by talented junior Mika Adams-Woods and 6-foot-4 junior Jalen Pickett. Pickett should receive major minutes for The City Rocks, who need consistent productivity from the post-grad bound guard.

THE FRONTCOURT:

Sophomore Isaiah Stewart (247 4-star) is one of the most talented big men on the circuit, and he’ll be counted on to produce big for head coach Jim Hart’s squad. Stewart missed the majority of last year recovering from a torn ACL, but he made noise during his late-season comeback. The 6-foot-8 forward looks to continue his evolution as an elite recruit by participating in a full slate of games. University Prep Charter (New York) swingman Jeenathan Williams (ESPN 4-star) has only tapped into his limitless potential, and he’ll be relied upon on both ends of the floor. Six-foot-8 Park School (New York) junior Joe Jones is a name to remember, as he’s basically the only true post player for the Rocks.

THE STAR

W

JEENATHAN WILLIAMS ISAIAH STEWART

illiams is relatively unknown on the national level, but that’s about to change in a drastic way. The 6-foot-5 swingman possesses an extremely versatile floor game, and he’ll be expected to take over the scoring load after the departure of star Anthony Gaines (Northwestern commit). Stewart is just as likely to play a major role for the Rocks, and we are looking forward to how the team’s rotations evolve throughout the first couple sessions. The Rocks are one of the most disciplined and wellcoached teams on the circuit, and will likely have a star-by-committee approach.

THE SLEEPER DOMINICK WELCH

T

he Rocks staff is high on Welch, and his most recent high school season at Cheektowaga (NY) makes us believe the coaches are onto something. Welch will be surrounded by plenty of weapons, and he’ll be expected to take on a chunk of the scoring load for an extremely inexperienced squad at the 17U level. Pickett is another player to watch on a team that is filled with sleepers. Sophomore big man Xavier Mayo, 6-foot-6 junior Buddy Boeheim and floor general Greg Dolan are also key candidates to step up.

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Photo: New Recruits

ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

2

Dominick Welch

G

6'6

205

2018

Buffalo, NY

Cheektowaga

3

Mika Adams-Woods

G

6'2

165

2018

Syracuse, NY

Bishop Ludden

4

Greg Dolan

G

6'3

175

2018

Buffalo, NY

5

Davis Franks

F

6'7

185

2018

Manhattan, NY

11

Joseph Girard III

G

6'1

165

2019

Glens Falls, NY

Williamsville South (NY) Northfield Mt. Hermon Glens Falls

14

Jeenathan Williams

F

6'5

180

2018

Rochester, NY

University Prep

21

Joe Jones

F

6'9

230

2018

Buffalo, NY

The Park School

22

Jalen Pickett

G

6'4

180

2018

Rochester, NY

Aquinas

30

Nahziah Carter

F

6'6

180

2018

Rochester, NY

Bishop Kearney

33

Isaiah Stewart

F

6'9

240

2019

Rochester, NY

McQuaid Jesuit

34

Xavier Mayo

F

6'9

230

2019

Pottstown, NY

The Hill School

35

Buddy Boeheim

G

6'5

180

2018

Syracuse, NY

Jamesville-Dewitt 49


2016 Record: 8-8 Director: Andy Borman Coach: Chris Alesi

T

he Rens had a remarkable debut to the Nike EYBL last year as they made it all the way to the elite eight at Peach Jam. They were led by Kentucky Wildcat Hamidou Diallo and players like Louisville commit Jordan Nwora (Louisville) and Jose Alvarado (Georgia Tech) shined for them as well. They will have their fair share of talent on this year’s team. Juniors Cormac Ryan (ESPN No. 56), Bryce Wills (247 4-star), Khalid Moore (247 4-star) are the most highly regarded prospects for the Rens this year. They also have one of the top class of 2019 big men in Kofi Cockburn (247 4-star) playing up once again. The RENS will have a lot of star power across the board, and will look to improve on their Peach Jam berth from 2017.

THE BACKCOURT:

Ryan and Wills will lead the Rens’ backcourt. Ryan broke out last year and looks like he could take his game to an even higher level this season. He has a high basketball I.Q. and is one of the most consistent shooters throughout the country. Wills is another prospect who broke out last year. He has a lot of potential because of his size and advanced skillset. Swingman Khalid Moore plays a lot on the wing and was a primary scorer for the Rens last year on 16U. Juniors Alan Griffin, Chris Childs, Malik Martin and Tyler Bourne are options for Chris Alesi and the Rens to turn to as well. They have a lot of depth in the backcourt this season.

THE FRONTCOURT:

The most well-known player for the Rens’ frontcourt is Cockburn. The Christ the King (NY) big man made great strides at the New York City powerhouse in 2016-17 and should show that improvement on the circuit this year. Six-foot-8 power forward Sloan Seymour is a stretch four man that will see significant minutes for the Rens. They don’t have great depth for their frontcourt, but have two very talented pieces in Cockburn and Seymour. Moore will undoubtedly see time in the frontcourt with The RENS go small, while Griffin is also a candidate to see time at the small forward position.

THE STAR CORMAC RYAN

T

he star for the The RENS this year is the 6-foot-5 Ryan. Bryce Wills and Khalid Moore are close behind, but the sharp-shooting Ryan is able to impact the game to a bit more. He is currently on the rise and we could see a lot more schools get involved with his recruitment once EYBL season starts up. Villanova, Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford, Florida and have offered him. He will have the platform this year to go against other guards that are higher ranked then he is.

THE SLEEPER ALAN GRIFFIN

G

riffin should be the sleeper for The RENS. The 6-foot-5 versatile combo player brought his game to another level this past high school season with Archbishop Stepinac (NY). He has a strong frame, which has makes him a much more versatile player on offense. Teams from all over the A-10 are keeping track of him and he could receive looks higher than that if he plays the way he did during the high school season. 6-foot-8 forward Josh Alexander joined the club late and should have instant chemistry with Iona Prep teammate Wills.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Chris Childs

G

6'1

185

2018

New York, NY

2

Khalid Moore

F

6'8

180

2018

Elmont, NY

Wilbraham & Monson (MA) Archbishop Molloy

3

Tyler Bourne

G

5'8

150

2018

Brooklyn, NY

4

Malik Martin

G

6'5

175

2018

Staten Island, NY

Notre Dame Fairfield Curtis

5

Bryce Wills

G

6'6

175

2018

White Plains, NY

Iona Prep

10

Alan Griffin

G

6'8

185

2018

Menands, NY

Archbishop Stepinac

15

Josh Alexander

F

6'8

220

2018

Carmel, NY

Iona Prep

21

Kofi Cockburn

C

6'10

225

2019

Brooklyn, NY

Christ the King

23

Cormac Ryan

G

6'5

180

2018

New York, NY

Milton Academy

24

Sloan Seymour

F

6'8

190

2018

Albany, NY

Shaker 51


2016 Record: 4-12 Director: Tracey Bingham Coach: Rodney Belcher

R

M5 Elite made their debut in the EYBL in 2016, finding out just how hard it is to find consistency during a trek through the circuit. They’ll be looking to improve on their inaugural four-win output, and they’ll be equipped with a very talented squad. The RM5 staff have assembled a balanced lineup that should run eight or nine deep, which should provide a level of rotational consistency that RM5 didn’t have last year.

THE BACKCOURT

A pair of highly-rated sophomores will lead the backcourt. 6-foot-2 Tyrese Maxey (247 4-star) and 6-foot guard De’Vion Harmon (247 4-star) were a deadly combo last year for the D1 Premier, and their merge with RM5 gives them two studs that will be on the 17U circuit for a couple of years. These two will both play massive minutes for this group, and both are capable of taking over a game with their scoring ability. Both lead guards possess similar skill sets, with each possessing a specialty; Harmon is a smooth lefty who can fill it up from deep, while Maxey is a bull attacking the basket. Both will need to step up on defense, and will have help from 6-foot5 South Garland (TX) sophomore Chris Harris Jr. is a nice complement to both Maxey and Harmon, and he’ll certainly be an option offensively for RM5.

THE FRONTCOURT

Junior swingman Gerald Liddell (ESPN No. 28) is a 6-foot-8 point forward who will be highly valuable to RM5 both as a scorer and a facilitator. Just like the guards, Liddell excels in transition, using his long and athletic frame to play above the rim if need be. Fellow 6-foot-8 forward Reggie Chaney (ESPN 4-star) is the lone returner to RM5, and the Findlay Prep product will be a point of emphasis on both ends next to Liddell. Chaney is very accustomed playing against elite competition, and he should step in and have a standout junior year. 6-foot-8, 240-pound Marlon Cunningham, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and a verbal commit to the Lobos, will be a big asset defensively and on the boards. 6-foot-11 sophomore Dearon Tucker gives them depth and a defensive presence.

THE STAR GERALD LIDDELL

L

iddell’s ranking speaks for itself, and RM5 newcomer will be the go-to option offensively. His ability to distribute might be the strongest aspect of his game, as his floor game should only improve while playing alongside elite talent. He’s coming off a terrific junior season for Steele (TX), and will be a candidate to land on an All-EYBL team each and every session. He may face a bit of an adjustment period, but he’ll be able to rely on Chaney and his backcourt to take the pressure off. Expect one of the backcourt members to step up and share some of the spotlight with Liddell, as the guards simply feature too much talent not to do damage.

THE SLEEPER EVAN MARSHALL

6

-foot-7 Midlothian (TX) junior Evan Marshall should flourish operating below-the-radar, and the same could be said of his 6-foot-9 frontcourt teammate Zakari Hart, a 6-foot-9 junior from Pinkston (TX). Both Marshall and Hart probably won’t be on scouting reports initially, but both are well-prepared to own their roles. Marshall gives RM5 a long option on the perimeter, while Hart will need to adjust to the EYBL quickly and be able to impact the game defensively.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Tyrese Maxey

G

6'3

175

2019

Garland, TX

South Garland

1

Dillon Glendenning

G

5'9

175

2018

Plano, TX

Findlay Prep

3

Gerald Liddell

F

6'8

210

2018

Cibolo, TX

Steele

4

Zakari Hart

F

6'10

215

2018

Dallas, TX

Pinkston

5

Chris Harris

G

6'2

195

2019

Garland, TX

South Garland

10

Dearon Tucker

F

6'11

225

2019

The Colony, TX

Universal Academy

11

De'Vion Harmon

G

6'1

200

2019

Denton, TX

Guyer

25

Evan Marshall

F

6'7

205

2018

Midlothian, TX

Midlothian

35

Reggie Chaney

F

6'8

230

2018

Frisco, TX

Findlay Prep

44

Marlon Cunningham

F

6'8

250

2018

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque

Jacob Jackson

G

6'6

190

2018

Euless, TX

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2016 Record: 7-9 Director: Anthony Brown Coach: Anthony Brown

2

016 marked season number two on the circuit for the Las Vegas Prospects, an inconsistent stretch of 16 games that ultimately led to a Peach Jam wildcard bid. Gone are McDonald’s All-Americans Troy Brown Jr (Oregon) and Charles O’Bannon Jr (USC), so Director Anthony Brown and company will have to reload behind a number of supporting cast veterans. It’s tough to gauge just how good the Prospects can be, but if their history is any indication, they’ll have a competitive on Division B and make a run at a Peach Jam berth.

THE BACKCOURT

6-foot-3 Foothill (NV) guard Marvin Coleman returns after spending his 15U spring with the Prospects, and he’ll be expected to be a floor leader for the squad. Coleman is a strong rebounder with the ability to impact multiple statistical categories. 6-foot-5 Hunter Woods (ESPN 2-star) joins Coleman off the ball, and is a prime candidate to improve his stock with extended minutes. Junior Jaylen Fox returns after playing minimally in 2016, and should provide a nice spark off the bench. Jarrod Burks and Rashad Smith round out a five rotation for the Prospects, as Burks will look for a big bounce back spring and summer after missing most of 2016. This is an unproven group, but there’s enough talent to compete.

THE FRONTCOURT

KJ Hymes (ESPN 4-star) returns for the Prospects, and the Hillcrest Prep-bound junior is their best overall player. Hymes struggled to adjust to the physically rigors of the circuit as an underclassmen, something that should help drastically as he enters his second year. 6-foot-7 junior Jalen Townsell is a threat on the wing and doubles as the most athletic player in the Prospects’ rotation. Culen Highbe, a 6-foot-10 center who also provided limited production in 2016, will return and provide a lift off the bench. Junior wings Moses Wood (ESPN 3-star) and 6-foot-7 Peter Nelson round out the rotation for the Prospects.

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he offense will filter through Hymes, who will also play the role as defensive stopper in the paint for the Prospects. The 6-foot-10 forward has sky-high potential, and he’ll need to tap into some more of it in order for the Prospects to be successful. Simply put, Hymes will need to play the best basketball of his young career if the Prospects hope to be successful in 2017. Expect him to drastically improve on his production from last season while making his teammates better.

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ownsell has bounce for days, and will need to translate his athleticism into consistent production for the ‘Spects. They will need him to be effective defensively, as he will likely be asked to guard the opponent’s most athletic frontcourt counterpart. In 24 games during the high school season for Spanish Springs (NV), Townsell averaged 13.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 24 games. Expect the Galena (NV) product Wood to make some extra noise as well. Wood can stretch the floor and has good length, two traits that will help him against EYBL competition.

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Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

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Mo Wood

F

6'7

190

2018

Reno, NV

Galena

2

Marvin Coleman II

G

6'3

183

2018

Henderson, NV

Foothill

3

Jaylen Fox

G

6'2

160

2018

Las Vegas, NV

Faith Lutheran

11

Hunter Woods

G

6'6

180

2018

Pasadena, CA

Muir

23

Rashad Smith

G

6'5

180

2018

Las Vegas, NV

Hamilton (AZ)

25

Jarrod Burks

G

6'4

180

2018

Las Vegas, NV

Arbor View

30

Jalen Townsell

F

6'7

185

2018

Reno, NV

Spanish Springs

32

KJ Hymes

F

6'10

205

2018

Phoenix, AZ

Hillcrest Prep

40

Jacob Eyman

F

6'9

210

2018

Los Alamitos, CA

Los Alamitos

45

Peter Nelson

F

6'8

215

2018

Henderson, NV

Basic

50

Culen Highbe

F

6'8

205

2018

Alamo, NV

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HOWARD PULLEY 2016 Record: 14-2 Director: Rene Pulley Coach: Antwan ‘Luv’ Harris

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oward Pulley enjoyed one of their most successful campaigns in last year as superstar Gary Trent Jr. guided the team to the No. 1 ranking on the circuit for nearly the entire season. They got ousted by eventual champion MOKAN Elite in Peach Jam pool play, and they’ll be seeking a bit of vindication this season with another very talented roster. This is one of the most stable, consistent programs in the country, and we are predicting another successful campaign for head coach Luv Harris and company.

THE BACKCOURT

Junior Tre Jones (ESPN No. 12) returns after a productive 2016, and the Panthers will go as far as he takes them. The 6-foot-3 floor general is a triple-double waiting to happen, and we can’t wait to see what numbers he puts up as the focal point of the offense. Jones will have a bevy of help in the backcourt, headlined by fellow returning junior Gabe Kalscheur (De La Salle) and junior Goodnews Kpegeol (North St Paul). Kalscheur is a deadly catch-and-shoot weapon, and he can expect a bunch of open looks playing alongside Jones. Kpegeol will be the best perimeter defender on the squad and will play major minutes.

THE FRONTCOURT

Yet another EYBL veteran leads this group, as Minnesota commit Daniel Oturu (ESPN No. 55) looks to take the next step in his evolving basketball career. A physical specimen with great footwork and natural shot-blocking skills, Oturu provides the Panthers with a game-changer in the frontcourt - a necessity if teams plan to compete in the EYBL. As usual, Pulley’s rotation will play a bit on the smaller side, with Oturu as the only true post player on the roster. Orono swingman Jarvis Thomas should provide energy on big man ends while being a dangerous asset in transition.

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re Jones is a preseason Most Valuable Player candidate. He will have the opportunity to put up crazy numbers, and he should rack up the victories playing under Harris, the 2016 EYBL Coach of the Year. Tre’s brother Tyus, currently of the Minnesota Timberwolves, was one of the all-time best EYBL players for Pulley. In five months, Tre will likely join his brother in the same category. But first, Jones has a lot of winning to do on the circuit.

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alscheur has a chance to completely break out in 2017. The 6-foot-5 guard will be relied on to be a knockdown shooter and needs to improve his on-ball defense to stay on the floor. Kalscheur is one of the best pure shooters on the circuit, and with enough open, he can completely change the complexion of this offense. Thomas was mentioned in the frontcourt section, and the 6-foot-9 forward should excel alongside Oturu. He’s excited about running with Jones, and will give Pulley some much-needed athleticism.

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Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

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Ryan Larson

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6'0

170

2018

White Bear Lake, MN Cretin-Derham Hall

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Tre Jones

G

6'4

180

2018

Apple Valley, MN

Apple Valley

10

Jarvis Thomas

F

6'9

220

2018

Maple Plain, MN

Orono

11

DJ Hunter

G

6'3

185

2018

New Hope, MN

Champlin Park

12

Goodnews Kpegeol

G

6'5

190

2018

St. Paul, MN

North St. Paul

21

Tyhwon Pickford

G

6'4

180

2018

Maple Grove, MN

Maple Grove

22

Gabe Kalscheur

G

6'4

185

2018

Edina, MN

De La Salle

23

David Roddy

F

6'6

220

2019

Golden Valley, MN

Breck

24

Courtney Brown Jr.

F

6'7

175

2019

Cottage Grove, MN

East Ridge

31

Sy Chatman

F

6'8

200

2018

St. Paul, MN

Cretin-Derham Hall

32

Daniel Oturu

F

6'10

215

2018

St. Paul, MN

Cretin-Derham Hall

42

Zeke Nnaji

F

6'9

195

2019

Hopkins, MN

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2016 Record: 10-6 Director: Gary Franklin Coach: Jason Quinn

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alifornia Supreme put together one of the best seasons in program history in 2016, riding a rotation that featured all seven players in ESPN’s rankings. DeAndre Ayton (2017 ESPN No. 2) led them to a Final Four appearance at Peach Jam, and many think they may have gone even further had fellow top-ten recruit Brandon McCoy (Undecided) not been hurt in July. Flip to 2017, and it should be more of the same for Supreme. Four of their rotation players are ranked in the top 100, while four others are highmajor recruits. They will go nine-deep, and there won’t be too many teams who can contest with their overall talent.

THE BACKCOURT

Spencer Freedman (ESPN 4-star) makes his way over to the EYBL from the UAA, and he fills a huge floorgeneral need for Supreme. He will set the tone for Cali, and as a true point guard, he has to be salivating at the weapons surrounding him. 6-foot-6 junior Tevian Jones (ESPN 4-star) is more of a wing, but with the size Supreme has, he’s going to see major minutes at the two. The Chandler (AZ) product is deadly in transition, and should have ample opportunities to turn heads. Junior Devonaire Doutrive (Scout 4-star) will play big minutes off the bench for Supreme. Simply put, Birmingham (CA) product can get buckets in bunches. Sophomores Gianni Hunt (Bishop Montgomery) and Amani Harris (St. Bernard) will provide huge sparks off the bench

THE FRONTCOURT

Shareef O’Neal (ESPN No. 19), the son of Shaquille O’Neal and one of the best forwards in the 2018 class, will be featured in Supreme’s frontcourt. His life will be made much easier by the second member of Supreme’s dynamic duo, 7-foot-2 junior Bol Bol (ESPN No. 41). Factor in 6-foot-8 Mater Dei junior Michael Wang (ESPN 4-star), and 6-foot-10 EYBL veteran Nathan Mensah (ESPN 4-star), and you very well may be reading about the EYBL’s best frontcourt. Ayton and McCoy were virtually unstoppable when on the court together last season, so this group will be a tough act to follow. Expect them to mesh as the season progresses and become a dominant bunch.

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SHAREEF O’NEAL BOL BOL

hareef, O’Neal, and Bol will form a trio of stars for Supreme, while Freedman is likely to establish himself as one of the best point guards on the circuit. A star-by-committee approach can occasionally be a cop out, but that notion couldn’t be further from the truth for Head Coach, Jason Quinn, and company. Supreme legitimately has five or six different players who could lead them in scoring in any given contest. Any rotation featuring the sons of two NBA legends would be intriguing, but when they’re surrounded by this much talent, it gets to be downright captivating.

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he only unranked played on the roster is Doutrive, a setback that will be fixed quickly if the 6-foot-4 guard plays up to his full capability. A product of Alaska, Doutrive has flourished since moving to California for this past high school season. Expect the high-flying Doutrive to settle into a role during the early season, and don’t be surprised if he leads Supreme in scoring on more than one occasion. Hunt is also a candidate to step up in Supreme’s thin lineup. Franklin raved about his potential in the preseason, and the 6-foot1 speedster should fit nicely alongside his talented teammates.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Amani Harris

G

6'2

165

2019

Inglewood, CA

St. Bernard

1

Bol Bol

F

7'2

225

2018

Olathe, KS

Mater Dei

3

Devonaire Doutrive

G

6'6

160

2018

Anchorage, AK

Birmingham

4

Tevian Jones

G

6'7

190

2018

Chandler, AZ

Chandler

5

Gianni Hunt

G

6'2

170

2019

Torrance, CA

Bishop Montgomery

11

Shareef O'Neal

F

6'9

215

2018

Los Angeles, CA

Crossroads

13

Spencer Freedman

G

6'1

160

2018

Pacific Palisades, CA

Mater Dei

20

Michael Wang

F

6'10

215

2018

Irvine, CA

Mater Dei

22

Nathan Mensah

F

6'10

215

2018

Accra, Ghana

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Tre Jones has been waiting along time for this moment, and he couldn’t be more ready. Already well-accomplished as a member of USA Basketball and a NIKE EYBL veteran, Jones is a proven commodity on the national level. He also led Apple Valley High School (Minnesota) to a Class 4A state title this season, the second time in three seasons he’s help the Eagles hoist the championship trophy. Despite the success and the accolades, Jones has not been “the guy” for his Howard Pulley team. But that’s changing this year as he assumes the leadership role for the Panthers. Jones patiently waited and watched and deferred for several years as others, including his brother Tyus and former teammate Gary Trent Jr., starred for the Panthers. That time, it seems, has prepared him to seize this moment -- one that he has anticipated. “I was looking forward to it a lot,” Jones said of his first 17U EYBL season. “Being able to watch him (Tyus), I knew how much fun it would be to play on the circuit against the best competition. Of course winning is fun. But besides winning, just playing against the best players across the country, it’s awesome. Being able to put on the Howard Pulley jersey and being able to represent MInnesota the best I can, it’s a lot of fun.” How long has he been waiting? Since he joined the Howard Pulley program. And when was that? Jones thought and smiled, giving an answer that sums up his relationship with the Pulley program. “Ever since I can remember.”

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ow that the Panthers belong to Jones, he can draw from years of oncourt and off-court experiences associated with the circuit to deal with the rigors of the season.

the passenger seat and helped guide the Panthers to one of the best seasons in program history.

The most valuable lessons learned came from observing how Tyus handled things.

“Going into the high school season, I knew I had the best preparation by playing on the best circuit in the country,” Jones said. “I feel like the Nike Circuit is the best circuit in the country. Every game I was going out playing against another great point guard on other teams.”

Now a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tyus first became a legend with the Howard Pulley Panthers. The elder Jones played four seasons on the circuit, one of only two players to accomplish that feat. He parlayed his EYBL success into a national championship at Duke, and is now a two-year NBA veteran with the Wolves. Tre was watched his older brother and soaked in everything, from handling on-court situations to media responsibilities. “I’ve been able to see everything I’m going through right now because Tyus has already been through the same stuff,” Jones said. “I was able to see how his life was, his recruitment. I know exactly what to expect, and I’d say that’s the main thing (that’s helped me). “It makes it a lot more stressfree, because I know what to expect now,” he added. “I know certain things to look for.” Jones was the floor general on last year’s squad that was ranked No. 1 throughout most of the regular season, but the team was driven by Gary Trent Jr. The Duke-bound Trent was coming off a record-scoring season in 2015, so Jones gladly sat in

The experience Jones received in last year’s circuit proved invaluable.

And his incredible performances in Apple Valley’s state title run this season indicate he’s ready to turn into the star Howard Pulley needs. The Panthers will feature several underclassmen and EYBL newcomers, so Jones’ job as a leader started well before the season. Jones has tried to do all he can to prepare the youngsters for the challenges of the EYBL, including preaching a fairly straightforward sermon. “Just play their game,” Jones said. “Going in as an underclassman last year, it was my first year on the circuit. I’ve been able to watch it, obviously. Playing in it is much different than watching it. It’s the quickest pace game that I’ve ever played in. Just play your game and try to do that to the best of your ability.” As for Jones, his game adjusts slightly from high school to EYBL play.

than I usually am. Here, I have more scorers. I can throw the ball in the paint. Like you said, my teammates are more elite. I still can play my game I feel like, but I feel like I’m more unselfish with this group.” His group includes fellow junior EYBL veterans Gabe Kalscheur and Daniel Oturu. Jones describes Kalscheur as an elite defender and shooter while Otutu is an athletic shot blocker. Both will be counted on as the Panthers return to the circuit after their best EYBL season and the team has a target on its back. Does Jones embrace being in the crosshairs? “Yeah, I do for sure,” Jones said. “Teams didn’t expect us to be that good last year, obviously. We won a lot. I feel like teams will be trying to get us back this year. I accept it; I know we have to come out every game ready to play.” The Panthers’ first game NIKE EYBL game tips April 21, and Jones is ready hop in the driver’s seat and do what he can to help the team be successful. “We had our best record as an EYBL team last year, so I have to do anything I can to help us win and get back to the Peach Jam,” he said. With a Jones at at the wheel, it should be a smooth ride to North Augusta, South Carolina in July.

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By: Alec Kinsky

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ou want to be like Marvin Bagley III? The recipe is simple: Outwork everyone. The first time I spoke to Marvin Bagley III was two years ago, when the then-15-year-old was already ranked by every scouting service as the unanimous No. 1 player in the 2018 class. Athletic as heck and oozing with potential, the 6-foot-9 Bagley was starring for We All Can Go (Tennessee) in the 16U NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League. He had everything needed to make him a superstar. The skill set. The physical build. The maturity. And a smoothness that permeated every part of his being. Everything about Bagley’s game was smooth. If you saw him in action, you were sold. That made me wonder what made Bagley different. Many prospects have physical assets and intangibles similar to Bagley, so what was the secret that made him a tick better than others? “I try harder than everyone,” the soft-spoken Bagley said. “Every play.” Turns out, that wasn’t a secret. It’s a trait almost every elite player possesses. When I asked Bagley same question in early April, he didn’t hesitate to respond with a familiar refrain. “I would say the same exact thing.” 65


That answer means one thing: the now 6-foot-11 junior hailing from Sierra Canyon High School in Los Angeles doesn’t take his Godgiven talent for granted. When it comes down to it, Bagley feels his effort is the No. 1 factor that separates himself from the pack. “You need to put in the work to get the results,” Bagley added. “I know I’m willing to put in the work that the others won’t.” Hard work is preached as the key to success no matter the goal. But Bagley’s everyday routine redefines dedication to a craft. You want to be the best in the world? Take a note from Bagley: Ignore the outsiders. “I just want to get better,” Bagley said, when asked how he gauges his success. “Whenever I go into workouts or games, whatever (ranking) comes with it comes. But that’s not what I’m focused on. I’m hard on myself. I just try to give my best to the game and work hard, and whatever happens, happens.” Bagley averaged 20 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 20 games for the Nike Phamily as a sophomore last season. It was one of the best season-long outputs from a 10th-grader in EYBL history, and was an eye-opening experience for the nation’s top recruit. “I would say I know what to expect now,” Bagley said of his encore season on the circuit. “It was tough for me to get used to, but I know what it takes to get better and improve now. I’ll definitely be ready for it.” Among the people helping Bagley prepare for the upcoming circuit are those he holds most dearly

-- his family. Younger brother Marcus, a 6-foot-7 freshman, also runs with the Phamily, while his father, Marvin Jr., has been there for every step of Bagley’s young journey as a basketball player. Having his family so close has kept Bagley moving forward and working hard, and it’s an advantage he is fortunate to have. “(S)ome of these elite players don’t have that same guidance, from what I’ve seen,” he added. “I don’t take it for granted.”

with my brothers. I really just like to relax.” Relaxing must be a rarity for the well-traveled Bagley, who is set to depart on a spring and summer tour around the world on the EYBL circuit that will have him yearning for his own bed. How does he cope? “Sometimes I like to go into the gym, not really do a workout, but just be.” Bagley said. “Just live in the gym. I’m really comfortable and relaxed in the gym.” He is also at ease in his daily life despite focusing on preparing to play in the NIKE EYBL, and it helps that he keeps his routine simple. “Wake up, eat, go to school,” Bagley said. “Then I work out now that the season is over, getting ready for the opening session. That’s all.”

With great exposure comes great responsibility, and Bagley embraces being a role model and knows there’s more to it than just basketball. There’s a spotlight on him, and he knows every decision counts. “(Decisions) are very important,” Bagley said. “Kids see that. I always try to do the right thing off the court, so the kids can try to follow suit. I always keep that in mind -- people are always watching you.” Off the court, Bagley keeps it lowkey. He owns freestyle rapping skills that would stun you, and has a passion for writing music.

It’s easy to focus on something when you’re in love with it, and Bagley is infatuated with the game. That passion, along with an unparalleled work ethic, are two key assets this point-forward combines with his limitless basketball potential to find success on the court. But he has third that may be more important than the rest. “I have fun playing,” Bagley said. If you want to be like Bagley, that’s a good place to start.

“If I wasn’t playing, I’d be writing,” Bagley said. “I’m usually just writing, playing (NBA) 2K

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By: Pat Lawless

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lass of 2018 small forward Gerald Liddell has had a strong showing at The Warmup for RM5 Elite. Liddell was excited to play against some of the top competition in his region before the Nike EYBL season kicks off. “It’s great being here at The Warmup, we get to play some of the best around this area to get ready for the EYBL,” said Liddell. “We are getting a good feel for each other and what we are capable of.” He looked even more comfortable on the perimeter then he has in the past. “I’ve been working on my outside game because I will play on the perimeter in college,” he said. “That’s been the main thing for me and I plan on continuing to improve on that going forward.” Some of the schools that have offered him are Kansas, Oregon, Texas, Baylor, Arizona and UCLA. He is getting actively recruited by a lot of power conferences. “I’ve been getting recruited by all of the Texas schools, the Pac-12 is coming in hard and the SEC is also coming strong,” Liddell said. “I’ve been getting to know more coaches and teams that are recruiting me.” Shaka Smart and Texas have been one of the best at showing Liddell that he is a priority. “They said that they really love me and I’m one of their top guys,” he told MADEHoops. “I always go there since it’s only forty-five minutes away. I have a good feel for Coach Smart and their team so I like what they are doing over there.” He visited Baylor’s campus multiple times this past year and has gotten a good feel for their school. “It was good, I love it out there in Waco,” he said. “I have developed a really good relationship with them. I may have been there the most out of any school. I’ve also gotten to know the players, which has been great.” Liddell has one in home visit planned with a Pac-12 school soon. “I have an in home visit planned with Arizona soon,” Liddell said. “It will be coming up soon because I spoke with Coach Phelps the other day and he was planning on setting it up soon.” 67


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ast season, the PSA Cardinals were one of the top teams in the nation all summer, sporting a stacked rotation including Quade Green (ESPN No. 22), Mo Bamba (ESPN No. 5), Brandon Randolph (ESPN No. 34), and Hasahn French (ESPN 4-star). Despite a loss to MOKAN in the Peach Jam title game, it proved to be a special squad. With the above players moving on to the next level, many programs would prepare for a “rebuilding year” with younger players getting used to playing in the toughest grassroots league in the world, and especially after losing a floor general of Green’s caliber. There are two problems with that here. PSA is not your average program. And Cole Anthony (ESPN No. 17) is not your average point guard. As the youngest player on the circuit to see starter minutes, for one of the best teams no less, Anthony was the steady combo guard capable of playing on or off the ball, depending on who else was on the floor. A glorified role player in every sense. That will all change this year, and both Anthony and director Munch Williams are more than ready for the young gun to take the reigns. “He has been super loud in each practice and leading with his words,” said Williams of his star. “He brings the same energy into each practice as he would an EYBL game. The bar has been set extremely high for him as a leader and he’s shown the desire to reach it.” How high has the bar been set? “Let’s just say that there are consistent consequences for him not leading in every area of practice,” clarified Williams. Anthony echoed his coach’s sentiments and showed they are on the same page. “I’m going to have to be a lot more vocal this year since Quade is gone,” said Anthony, the No. 3 point guard in 2019 according to ESPN. “I have to lead the team with my game and I have to assume control when needed.” Talking to Williams and Anthony himself,

two essential traits came to the surface that will help PSA immensely: his EYBL experience, and his will to win at all costs. “Playing last year, you realize that every single game is a war,” quipped Anthony about the league’s competitiveness. “I am getting my teammates to see it that way, because we need to be ready to fight every game.” “His experience of being an EYBL veteran and having played in the championship game last year gives him a huge advantage,” echoed Williams. “He is a proven scorer after averaging double figures as a freshman (last year).” Experience is always an advantage, but that will to win is going to be what makes PSA a strong contender and Anthony a household name across the country. “Cole’s ability to figure out how to help lead his team to victory will be second to none,” said Williams. “He’s out to prove he’s the number 1 point guard in 2019, while using all the lessons Quade was able to teach him.” Anthony knows exactly what he does best and how important it is. “My will to win is what separates me, I will do whatever it takes to get the W,” the floor general said. “I want to raise my teammates’ game every chance I get, and help make everyone around me better.” As for PSA having a different look this year, the only thing that changes in Anthony’s eyes are that there’s even more weapons on the floor. “You can’t focus on any one player, and any one of us can explode any game,” said Anthony. Williams is focused on Anthony and his team “playing PSA basketball and having more fun doing it.” New year, new rotation, new star point guard, same expectations: Cole Anthony, Munch Williams and the PSA Cardinals will be a Peach Jam title contender.

“My will to win is what separates me, I will do whatever it takes to get the W”

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2016 Record: N/A Director: Reggie Walker Coach: Mike Plank

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ne of four programs making their EYBL debut, the Portland Basketball Club enters 2017 with some lofty expectations internally. The last time Oregon had a club in the NIKE EYBL was in 2014, so Portland Basketball Club will be looking to put the pacific northwest on the map. Director Reggie Walker has assembled a very talented roster, stocked with the top talent in Portland. They will be ready to compete in a very tough Division C, and have their eyes on a Peach Jam berth. THE BACKCOURT PBC’s backcourt is a blend of youth and experience. A group of five guards will share the bulk of the minutes, made up of three juniors and two sophomores. Jefferson (OR) sophomore Marcus Tsohonis is coming off a terrific 2016-17 which resulted in a state championship, and the 6-foot-3 scoring guard will be looking shoot up the rankings. Junior Zach Chappell (Capital Christian) figures to see big minutes as he makes his way over from the UA circuit. 1st-Team All-Oregon point guard Elijah Gonzales will help trigger the offense for PBC. The 5-foot-9 speedster can score in bunches, and will only get better playing alongside elite talent. Junior Immanuael Allen was a late addition and will play a big role on both ends of the floor. THE FRONTCOURT PBC enters Hampton with a talented group of forwards led by junior Kamaka Hepa (ESPN No. 49). Teammates with Tsohonis on the 2016-17 state champion Jefferson Democrats, Hepa is their go-to option. The Filipino native figures to put up big numbers, and he’ll have plenty of help alongside him. 7-foot Oregon State-commit Jack Wilson (ESPN 4-Star) figures to be a defensive force alongside Hepa, and PBC will need consistent production from the junior. 6-foot-8 junior Kelton Samore and Teagan Quitoriano, a 6-foot-7 dual-sport athlete who is a highly coveted football recruit, both figure to see their stock rise significantly in the first couple sessions. 6-foot-6 swingman Roberto Gittens (247 4-star) recently reclassified to the 2018 class, and will provide a huge lift athletically and defensively.

THE STAR KAMAKA HEPA

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epa is a budding superstar, and the 6-foot-9 swingman in only getting better. Hepa won Gatorade State Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore in Alaska before making his way to Oregon for his junior state championship campaign. Hepa is an interesting blend of talent, holding the ability to back his man down or face up with equal efficiency. Expect Hepa to continue his progression, as he’s already shown the ability to maintain his stellar play while surrounded by talent.

THE SLEEPER TEAGAN QUITORIANO

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uitoriano may ultimately wind up as a prospect on the gridiron, but he has a couple accomplishments on the basketball court that are impossible to ignore. The 6-foot-7 brute forward led the state of Oregon in scoring and rebounding in 2016-17, taking home Greater Valley Conference Player of the Year. Quitoriano plays with a toughness and motor that will be tough to match, two intangibles that clearly translate well from the football field. Is he a forward? A tight end? A defensive linemen? Those questions remain to be answered, but one thing is certain; Quitoriano is an athlete.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

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Jack Wilson

C

7'0

250

2018

San Mateo, CA

Serra (CA)

1

Elijah Gonzales

G

5'9

160

2018

Clackamas, OR

Clackamas

2

Zach Chappell

G

6'3

175

2018

Sacramento, CA

Capital Christian

3

Marcus Tsohonis

G

6'5

175

2019

Portland, OR

Jefferson

5

Christian Allen

G

6'2

175

2019

Lake Oswego, OR

Lakeridge

10

Immanuael Allen

G

6'4

190

2018

Lake Oswego, OR

Lakeridge

11

Roberto Gittens

F

6'5

215

2018

Tacoma, WA

Foss

14

Teagan Quitoriano

F

6'7

240

2018

Salem, OR

Sprague

24

Matthew Lang

G

6'3

185

2018

Portland, OR

Jesuit

33

Kamaka Hepa

F

6'9

225

2018

Barrow, AK

Jefferson

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2016 Record: N/A CEO/Director: Robert ‘Bay’ Frazier Co-Director: Donald Duncan Coach: Keith Goodie

T

eam Melo is one of four squads making their 17U NIKE EYBL debut this season and is fresh off one of the most successful seasons in program history. Melo solidified their bid with a strong performance at last July’s’ “The 8” tournament, competing against and defeating teams at the highest level of competition. Director Donald Duncan and Manager Dwayne Wise have assembled an incredibly talented lineup, and we expect them to make some major noise in Division C.

THE BACKCOURT

Juniors Noah Locke (ESPN 4 Star), Demetrius Mims (ESPN 4 Star) and Brendan Adams form a three-headed monster in the backcourt, and they complement each other very well. Locke is a playmaking floor general who can score, while Mims is the best defender on the squad and Adams can get a bucket with the best of them. It remains to be seen where the majority of the minutes will go, but Duncan and Wise have a ton of talent to work with. Expect one of the three to separate themselves, while each will assuredly play large roles in Melo’s rotation.

THE FRONTCOURT

Team Melo’s frontcourt is absolutely stacked. Brewster (NH) forward Nate Roberts (ESPN 4 Star). The 6-foot-10 junior from from Bel Air (MD) is long, lanky and has a developing offensive repertoire. Perry Hall (MD) teammates Anthony Higgs and LaQuil Hardnett are expected to contribute this spring and summer. St. Frances (MD) big man Koran Moore is the true post presence, and he’ll be relied on to be impactful defensively. They won’t be incredibly deep, but there is tons of talent spread across Melo’s set of forwards.

THE STAR COMMITTEE

T

eam Melo will be a squad that features a ‘star-by-committee’ approach. Locke is the most likely option to lead in scoring, while Roberts is going to be a focal point on the interior. Adams and Mims are both capable of taking over a gym, and both will likely have breakout games during the first two sessions. Their talent is spread equally across their rotation, which makes them a scary matchup for their opposition. Kabongo is also a candidate for stardom, as the Huntington Prep (WV) star is oozing with untapped potential.

THE SLEEPER

A

ANTHONY HIGGS LAQUIL HARDNETT

s stated before, Higgs and Hardnett are set to skyrocket for Team Melo. Higgs is a 6-foot-8 lefty swingman who runs the floor with ease, while the 6-foot9 Hardnett can realistically play four positions. Their on-court chemistry should be further evolved than most, and they will likely be benefactors of limited defensive focus before they make their opposition pay for it. The coaching staff is raving about the potential from these two, and we are extremely excited to see their development. One will start while the other will be a dangerous sixth man.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Demetrius Mims Jr.

F

6'5

175

2018

Baltimore, MD

Poly (MD)

2

Anthony Higgs

F

6'8

215

2018

Baltimore, MD

Perry Hall

3

Brendan Adams

G

6'4

185

2018

Hanover, MD

Calvert Hall

5

Nate Roberts

G

6'10

210

2018

Edgewood, MD

Brewster Academy

6

LaQuil Hardnett

F

6'8

210

2018

Baltimore, MD

Perry Hall

8

Noah Locke

G

6'3

180

2018

Randallstown, MD

McDonough School (MD)

11

Montrell Horsey

G

6'2

185

2018

Edgewood, MD

Joppatowne

13

Koran Moore

F

6'9

260

2018

Baltimore, MD

St. Frances Academy

14

Ike Nweke

F

6'7

210

2018

Bethesda, MD

Georgetown Prep 75


2016 Record: 9-7 Director: Tony McIntyre Coach: Tony McIntyre

C

IA Bounce finished 9-7 in 2016, and would have been in a much better spot if not for a slow start to the season. Their early struggles were the result of running with youngest teams on the circuit - and in the history of their program. They’ll be looking to continue their success from last season, as Bounce will bring an experienced and uber-talented roster to the circuit. Director and head coach Tony McIntyre is excited about his veteran squad, and anything short of doing damage in Peach Jam Pool Play would be considered an underachievement. Expect Toronto’s EYBL representative to return to form this season, while producing a candidate or two for All-EYBL honors.

THE BACKCOURT:

Five guards will be in the Bounce rotation, triggered by a number of players flying below the radar. They’ll go with a committee approach, leaning on juniors Keshaun Saunders (Orangeville Prep) and Deon Ejim (TRC Academy), the younger brother of former Iowa State star Melvin Ejim. Sophomore ASPIRE Prep (AZ) guard Joel Brown will see meaningful minutes off the bench, as will Father Henry Carr product John Akende. Sophomore Sammy Rautins, son of Toronto basketball legend Leo Rautins, rounds out an unproven lineup that will have the luxury of working with an extremely experienced frontcourt.

THE FRONTCOURT:

Simi Shittu (ESPN No. 9) returns to for his encore EYBL season, and he’ll provide a much-needed floor leader McIntyre’s crew. Shittu has a very high basketball IQ and proved to be one of the best passing forwards on the circuit in 2016. Fellow 2016 veteran Ignas Brazdeikis is coming off a terrific 2016-17 high school season for Athlete Institute, and will be looking to improve on impressive sophomore EYBL per-game averages of 13.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Brandon John, a third veteran who received limited run in last year’s circuit, will be expected to contribute immediately. John’s teammate at TRC Academy, forward Adong Akuoi, rounds out the rotation of big men - a group that will likely determine how far Bounce advances in 2017.

THE STAR SIMI SHITTU

S

hittu is one of the best players in his class, and he’ll have a giant target on his back due to his 2016 success. It’s no secret that the offense will filter through the 6-foot-8 point-forward, putting him on the short list for possible triple-candidates in 2017. Shittu has a strong 2016-17 season for Vermont Academy, and will be looking to improve on 2016 EYBL per-game averages of 15.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. CIA Bounce’s leader will be a threat to land on an All-Session team with each circuit stop. He will have his job made

THE SLEEPER DEON EJIM

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jim is the sleeper of the bunch, and the 6-foot-7 guard will be looking to follow the path of his talented brother. He will likely see time in both the backcourt and frontcourt, as his versatility is one of his best traits. McIntyre is excited about the younger Ejim’s potential, and we have a felling a few eye-popping stat-lines are in store for the talented Canadian. McIntyre is extremely high on 6-foot-7 sophomore Quincy Guerrier, who is a prime candidate to break out alongside Ejim. They are both big, strong guards that will be highly effective in Bounce’s system.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Joel Brown

G

6'3

170

2019

Brampton, ON

ASPIRE Prep

2

Laoui Msembya

G

6'0

170

2019

Montreal QC

Thetford Academy

3

David Abiodun

F

6'7

200

2018

Brampton, ON

Orangeville Prep

4

John Akende

G

6'1

185

2018

Toronto, ON

Father Henry Carr

5

Samir Rautins

G

6'3

180

2019

Toronto, ON

St. Michael's College

6

Deon Ejim

G

6'6

230

2018

Brantford, ON

TRC Academy

8

Quincy Guerrier

G

6'7

195

2019

Montreal QC

Thetford Academy

10

Keshaun Saunders

G

6'5

190

2018

Brampton, ON

Orangeville Prep

11

Simi Shittu

F

6'10

225

2018

Burlington, ON

Vermont Academy

13

Ignas Brazdeikis

F

6'8

220

2018

Oakville, ON

Orangeville Prep

14

Adong Makuoi

G

6'8

205

2018

Edmonton, AB

TRC Academy

15

Brandon John

F

6'8

205

2018

Brantford, ON

TRC Academy 77


2016 Record: 8-8 Director: Mike Lipman Coach: Edward “Boobie” Francis

N

ike South Beach qualified for their first Peach Jam last year, riding the strong play of guards Chaundee Brown (Wake Forest), Zack Dawson (Oklahoma State) and big man Paul Atkinson (Penn). Head coach Boobie Francis turns over a brand new roster in 2017, and they will have every opportunity to improve on their finish from last season. They will be deep and talented, a good combination for success.

THE BACKCOURT

Landers Nolley II (247 4-star) and Mike DeVoe (247 4-star) lead a guard-centric squad, and both have the potential to turn into top-30 players. The NSB staff thinks it has the next breakout star in Nolley, and it’s hard to argue. The 6-foot-6 scoring guard has won back-to-back state championships in two different states, a feat matched only by Michael and Jontay Porter. Nolley’s ability to assimilate into a new group of players while not missing a beat is an intangible that cannot be taught, and it should escalate the development of their on-court chemistry. DeVoe, who averaged 25 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds as a junior, makes his way over from E1T1 16U and should find himself in a prominent offensive role. Junior Serrel Smith (ESPN 4-star) will play big minutes alongside Nolley and DeVoe.

THE FRONTCOURT

NSB will play on the smaller side this year, which means they’ll need their big men to stay out of foul trouble. Six-foot-9 juniors Timmy Sellers (Glenns Hills) and Colin Castleton (6-foot-11, Father Lopez) are flying below the radar and should play big minutes for Francis and company. 6-foot-8, 240-pound D’Marco Baucum gives Francis some much-needed beef on the interior.

THE STAR LANDERS NOLLEY III

N

olley could just as easily be classified as a sleeper, but his budding stardom is so obvious that we’re going to put the pressure on him. He has a chance to be one of the circuit’s leading scorers, and he realizes the opportunity in front of him. One thing is certain - confidence won’t be an issue. “I want to be a top-10 scorer in the EYBL,” Nolley stated bluntly. “And we are going to Peach Jam.”

THE SLEEPER

U

RAFAEL JENKINS TIMMY SELLERS

FCA (NC) point guard Rafael Jenkins is a favorite to break out, and South Beach is in dire need for a floor general. The 6-foot speedster paced UFCA (NC) in 2016-17, scoring 13 points per game while mainly playing a facilitator role. Sellers will see huge minutes and should flourish operating alongside Devoe and Nolley. Be prepared for Jenkins and Sellers to take on featured roles for the squad.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Michael Devoe

G

6'4

190

2018

Orlando, FL

Oak Ridge

1

DJ Murray

G

6'0

175

2018

Palm Coast, FL

Pebblebrook

2

KJ Simon

G

6'3

180

2018

Orlando, FL

West Orange

3

Rafael Jenkins

G

5'11

150

2018

Tampa, FL

UFCA (NC)

4

Robin Perry

G

6'4

200

2018

Orlando, FL

Oak Ridge

5

Timmy Sellers

F

6'9

225

2018

Augusta, GA

Glenn Hills

10

Serrel Smith

G

6'7

170

2018

St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg

11

Collin Castleton

F

6'11

215

2018

Deland, FL

Father Lopez

12

Julious Grant

G

6'2

170

2018

Davie, FL

American Heritage

15

Jordan Caruso

G

6'3

180

2018

Davie, FL

Calusa Prep

20

D'Marco Baucum

F

6'8

240

2018

Cocoa Beach, FL

Florida Prep

21

Landers Nolley II

G

6'7

215

2018

Hampton, GA

Langston Hughes

23

Dre Fuller Jr.

G

6'6

200

2018

St. Petersburg, FL

Admiral Farragut

44

Caleb Townsend

G

6'5

200

2018

Jacksonville, FL

Creekside

79


2016 Record: 4-12 Director: Daryll Hennings Coach: Daryll Hennings

S

eattle Rotary Style returned to the EYBL after sitting out in 2015, and while they may not have had the outcome they wanted to on the circuit, they still had plenty of success considering their squad featured five underclassmen. They had bounced back from narrowly missing Peach Jam by winning July’s Bigfoot Classic in Las Vegas, continuing their history as one of the elite programs in the country. They four veterans from 2016 and only two underclassmen, so this year’s squad should be mentally prepared for the rigors of the EYBL and ultimately make a run at Peach Jam.

THE BACKCOURT

The Style’s entire rotation will run 10 deep, with seven of them being members of the backcourt. Therefore, you’ll see a few of their bigger guards in the frontcourt section. Sophomore PJ Fuller (ESPN 5-star, No. 23) returns after playing as a rarely-seen EYBL freshman, and he will be one of the focal points on offense. Last year’s experience should prove important for Fuller, who played a key role this season for the undefeated Nathan Hale Raiders. Franklin (WA) point guard Marquan Williams, formerly of MeanStreets, is set to provide a big spark off the bench for Rotary. 6-foot-7 CJ Elleby returns after averaging 6.8 points and 2.7 rebounds, and he is definitely a one to keep an eye on for a breakout

THE FRONTCOURT

Kevin Porter (ESPN 4-Star) is a guard, but the 6-foot5 junior will almost certainly play at the three at times during circuit play. Porter is a smooth scorer who can fill it up at all three levels, using his size to get where he wants on the court. He’s going to be a mismatch due to Rotary’s size struggles, which should ultimately help Porter on the offensive end. Juniors Phillip Pepple (6-foot-8) and Khalil Chatman (6-foot-7) both received run in last year’s EYBL, and will know exactly what to expect from the circuit this go-around. 6-foot-4 bruiser Maurice Barnett starred next to Williams at Franklin, and should be a solid role player for Director Daryll Hennings and company.

THE STAR

P

KEVIN PORTER PJ FULLER

orter and Fuller form quite the duo for ‘Style’. Porter will be looking to improve on averages of 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 15 games last season, while Fuller put up numbers you’d expect to see from a freshman; 6.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14 games. These two will be a handful for opposing defenses, especially in transition. The 6-foot-3 Fuller is one of the best athletes in his class, and will be perfectly fine operating off the ball and running in transition. Porter will likely be the go-to option, but Fuller gives them a tremendous second option.

THE SLEEPER NOAH WILLIAMS

6

-foot-5 sophomore Noah Williams is playing up on 17U for a reason, and we expect him to produce as an underclassman. He’s going to need to form his own niche, but once he finds his role, he should excel alongside his talented elders. He may not put up eye-popping numbers, but he should find himself as a key contributor by season’s end.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

3

PJ Fuller

G

6'3

165

2019

Seattle, WA

Nathan Hale

4

Kevin Porter Jr

G

6'5

200

2018

Seattle, WA

Rainier Beach

5

Freddie Roberson

G

6'3

175

2018

Seattle, WA

Rainier Beach (WA)

12

Marquan Williams

G

5'10

155

2018

Chicago, IL

Franklin (WA)

15

Noah Williams

G

6'5

175

2019

Seattle, WA

O'Dea

22

Maurice Barnett

6'4

175

2018

Seattle, WA

Franklin (WA)

23

Khalil Chatman

F

6'8

190

2018

Portland, OR

Franklin (OR)

24

Marcus Austin

G

6'3

170

2018

Seattle, WA

Seattle Academy (WA)

32

Phillip Pepple

C

6'8

240

2018

Shoreline, WA

Shorecrest (WA)

35

CJ Elleby

6'7

190

2018

Seattle, WA

Cleveland

44

Nic Lynch

6'10

255

2018

Seattle, WA

Seattle Prep

C

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2016 Record: N/A Director: Adrian Sosa Jr. Coach: Adrian Sosa Jr.

N

ike Team Florida’s 17U squad sat out last year’s circuit, and they will look to return in a big way in 2017 behind deep, talented rotation. NTF features three of the top 11 players in ESPN’s 2019 rankings, and while they will undoubtedly undergo some growing pains in their return to the circuit, anything short of a run in Peach Jam should be considered a disappointment.

THE BACKCOURT

NTF got a couple gigantic commitments in March, attracting two of the top guards from Georgia’s 2018 class. Allatoona (GA) Trey Doomes is fresh off earning All-State status after a terrific junior season, and we expect him to be a focal point in NTF’s backcourt. The same day, NTF secured a commitment from a second Peach State star, this one coming from Gainesville (GA) swingman KJ Buffen. Both Buffen and Doomes should see their stock soar under the bright lights of the EYBL, and they will certainly have weapons to work with in the front court. Junior point guards Neftali Alvarez (Miami Christian) and BJ Greenlee (The Rock) will receive big minutes in a facilitator roles.

THE FRONTCOURT

In sophomores Vernon Carey Jr. (ESPN No. 2), Trendon Watford (ESPN No. 6) and Balsa Koprivica (ESPN No. 11), you’re looking at the youngest starting frontcourt in the EYBL - and easily one of the most talented. Their lofty rankings speak for themselves, which is why we expect them to quickly produce like upperclassmen. Watford is an EYBL alumni, averaging double-figures in the scoring department for the Alabama Challenge last year. Both stars for University School in Nova, Florida, Carey and Koprivica complement each other extremely well. Carey is an explosive athlete who excels in transition, while Koprivica owns some of the best footwork of any young big man in the country. It’s rare that three top-five big men in the same class are will start in the same frontcourt, so keep a close eye on the productivity and efficiency from these talented sophomores.

THE STAR TRENDON WATFORD

T

he ’star’ status on NTF is more of a combined effort. Watford is a tremendously talented wing, and his production (13.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 APG) in last year’s circuit should take a noticeable leap in 2017. Carey and Koprivica are also stars in their own right, and we expect the junior Doomes and Buffen to make a ton of noise immediately. Not many players in his class share Doomes’ scoring prowess, making it even more intriguing to see who he will assimilate alongside elite talent. Expect Watford and Carey to improve their output with every session, while being consistent threats to record a double-doubles.

THE SLEEPER KJ BUFFEN

U

nless you’re a die-hard, you’re probably unfamiliar with Buffen’s game. if his junior year is any indication, that should quickly change. Buffen will be the benefactor of decreased defensive pressure due to playing alongside such a highly-ranked frontcourt, making the 6-foot-6 swingman a primary candidate to land on every scouting report after the first session in Hampton, Virginia. Alvarez is also underrated in the backcourt, and we expect the floor general to excel alongside such talented peers. NTF has a lot of potential within their roster, and their entire core rotation has a chance to break out.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

KJ Buffen

F

6'7

205

2018

Gainesville, GA

Gainesville

1

Logan Alters

G

6'0

150

2019

Fort Lauderdale, FL

University School

2

Trendon Watford

F

6'8

215

2019

Birmingham, AL

Mountain Brook

3

Kyle Sturdivant

G

6'2

180

2019

Atlanta, GA

Norcross

4

Neftali Alvarez

G

6'0

160

2018

Puerto Rico

Miami Christian

5

Balsa Koprivica

F

7'1

245

2019

Fort Lauderdale, FL

University School

10

Miguel Diaz

F

6'4

190

2018

Miami, FL

Miami Christian

12

Jeffrey Hernandez

G

6'4

185

2018

Miami, FL

Miami Christian

15

BJ Greenlee

G

6'0

175

2019

Gainesville, FL

The Rock

20

Zay Flowers

G

5'10

155

2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL

University School

22

Vernon Carey Jr.

F

6'10

245

2019

Fort Lauderdale, FL

University School

23

Trey Doomes

G

6'3

175

2018

Acworth, GA

Allatoona

24

Levy Renaud

G

6'2

175

2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL

University School

30

Caleb Edwards

F

6'7

175

2018

Indiantown, FL

South Fork 83


UPLAY CANADA 2016 Record: N/A Director: Kenold Knight Coach: Dwayne Washington

W

ith the influx of talent up north, it was only a matter of time; Canada’s second EYB representative will be making their 17U debut in 2017. After making noise in last year’s 16E Peach Jam, Directors Dwayne Washington and Kenold Knight have put together a formidable bunch that should immediately compete at a high-level. The continued success of CIA Bounce made a second Canadian team inevitable, and Uplay is most definitely a worthy representative behind head coach Dwayne Washington.

THE BACKCOURT

Uplay’s backcourt is led by RJ Barrett, the unanimous No. 1 ranked player in the 2019 class. The 6-foot-7 Montverde Academy (FL) star is long, athletic and plays with a ferocity that is unmatched. A host of guards will team up with Barrett in the backcourt, led by his Montverde teammate, sophomore Andrew Nembhard (ESPN No. 15). The 6-foot-3 combo guard is constantly improving and excelled in Uplay’s system last year. Juniors Khaleem Bennett, Lloyd Pandi, Austin Burchat, Isaiah Bujdoso and Simon Chamberlain will all fight for minutes alongside Barrett and Nembhard.

THE FRONTCOURT

Uplay will likely go small and play Barrett in the frontcourt at times, but they’ll have enough bodies to play big if need be. 6-foot-8 junior big man Tyrese Samuel will give Uplay a long, athletic forward that will excel running the court with their group of guards. 6-foot-10 junior Kaosi Ezeagu is a physical specimen in his own right, evidenced by his shattering of a backboard this high school season. 6-foot-9 freshman Josh Hemmings play for powerhouse Oak Hill (VA) and is expected to contribute immediately. Rounding out the frontcourt is Brandon Kenyon, a 6-foot-10 junior who should provide a strong, sturdy defensive presence.

THE STAR RJ BARRETT

F

or lack of a better description, Barrett is an absolute monster on the basketball court. He is the most accomplished sophomore in the world, and will be looking to add to his evolving basketball resume in a big way. He is fresh off a dominating showing at DICK’s Nationals, and will have a gigantic target on his back entering the EYBL season. Barrett is a future lottery pick, and he will need to produce more than ever in order to lift Uplay to the Peach Jam in 2017. You would be silly to bet against the talented sophomore, and we fully expect him to contend for All-EYBL honors.

THE SLEEPER THE GUARDS

I

n reality, Uplay’s entire set of guards alongside Barrett and Nembhard could go for some more exposure. Bennett is a sleeping giant in Uplay’s backcourt, and the 6-foot-4 junior from Hamilton, Canada will be looking forward to the EYBL stage. He had a terrific season for Sunrise Christian, and should only get better playing alongside his talented teammates. Someone in this rotation is bound to step up, and their production will ultimately go a long ways in determining how successful Uplay can be in their first 17U season.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Isaiah Bujdoso

G

6'2

165

2018

Hamilton, Ontario

Sunrise Christian

2

Andrew Nembhard

G

6'3

165

2019

Aurora, Ontario

Montverde Academy

3

Simon Chamberlain

G

6'7

210

2018

Guelph, Ontario

Northfield Mount Hermon

4

Khaleem Bennett

G

6'4

190

2018

Hamilton, Ontario

Sunrise Christian

5

Tyrese Samuel

F

6'8

215

2018

La Salle, Quebec

Riverdale Baptist

6

RJ Barrett

G

6'7

180

2019

Mississauga, Ontario Montverde Academy

7

Lloyd Pandi

G

6'4

186

2018

Ottawa, Ontario

Ashbury College

8

Josh Hemmings

F

6'9

205

2020

Ontario, Canada

Oak Hill

9

Kevaughn Ellis

G

6'4

195

2018

Hamilton, Ontario

Sunrise Christian

12

Austin Burchat

F

6'9

240

2018

Timmins, Ontario

O'Gorman

14

Brandon Kenyon

F

6'10

225

2018

Ontario, Canada

The Rock School

25

Kaosi Ezeagu

F

6'10

210

2018

Brampton, Ontario

Hamilton Heights 85


EACH 1 TEACH 1 2016 Record: 11-5 Director: Steve Reece Coach: Steve Reece

E

1T1 United powered through their division in 2016, finishing the regular season with an 11-5 record behind returning star Kevin Knox. Their success fizzled out in Peach Jam pool play, but any season that includes sending every senior to college on a full-ride scholarship has to be considered a success. They return four veterans from a year ago and should utilize a rotation that will legitimately be 10 or 11 deep. Head coach Steve Reece should have success with this group, which has turned into the status quo for the E1T1 program. It’s Peach Jam bracket play or bust for this group.

THE BACKCOURT

Junior super-scorer Antwann Jones (ESPN No. 17) is the most prominent name in the E1T1 backcourt. The 6-foot-6 Oak Ridge (Florida) product has great size and strength, and will be a knock-down shooter for Reece and company. Sixfoot-4 junior Will Richardson (247 4-star) is set to make his EYBL debut, entering the circuit facing huge expectations. Five-foot-8 Nick Honor (ESPN 3-star) returns from last year and can provide a nice scoring lift off the bench. Jai Clark (6-foot2), Samir Stewart (5-foot-10) and Jimmy Beane (6-foot-5) will also receive valuable minutes for United.

THE FRONTCOURT

The 2017 version of E1T1 United will feature one of the most dominant frontcourts on the circuit, led by Emmitt Williams (ESPN No. 7). The 6-foot8 big man is an athletic freak, and his ranking should be indicative of the impact he will have on the game. Williams played big minutes for E1T1 last year, as did his frontcourt ally Silvio de Sousa (ESPN No. 20). They form one of the most formidable frontcourt duos in the country, and they’ll have some help this go-round. Junior Bryce Workman (6-foot-5) is 235 pounds and plays like a bull, while 6-foot-6 junior wings Joshua Mballa (Arlington Country Day) and Dorian James (Winter Haven) will see minutes at small forward.

THE STAR

J

ANTWANN JONES EMMITT WILLIAMS

ones and Williams give E1T1 legitimate stars in the backcourt and frontcourt. Jones may not lead in scoring as much as he could, mainly because he’s a terrific passer. Expect Jones to live up to his ranking, consistently producing in several statistical categories. Williams will be looking to improve on 2016 per game averages of 9.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. His motor and energy helped him stand out last season, so now that he’s a focal point for the team, he will have a chance to put up some big numbers.

THE SLEEPER WILL RICHARDSON

T

o put it simply, Richardson is set to explode in the NIKE EYBL this year. The 6-foot-4 scoring guard had a tremendous junior year for Liberty County (Georgia), averaging 31.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.6 steals in 26 games. His year-long performance earned him Region 2-AAA boys’ basketball Player of the Year, and it’s fairly clear that his best performances are ahead of him. Expect huge scoring numbers from the long, aggressive combo guard.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Will Richardson

G

6'4

170

2018

Midway, GA

Liberty County

2

Jai Clark

G

6'2

170

2018

Orlando, FL

Apopka

2

Antwann Jones

G

6'6

205

2018

Orlando, FL

Oak Ridge

3

Jimmy Beane

G

6'5

185

2018

Jacksonville, FL

Providence

4

Samir Stewart

G

6'0

180

2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sagemont School

5

Emmitt Williams

F

6'7

210

2018

Fort Myers, FL

IMG Academy

10

Nick Honor

G

5'10

175

2018

Orlando, FL

Lake Highland Prep

12

Joshua Mballa

F

6'8

215

2018

Orleans, France

Arlington Country Day

15

Dorian James

F

6'6

190

2018

Winter Haven, FL

Winter Haven

22

Silvio De Sousa

F

6'8

220

2018

Angola, Africa

IMG Academy

22

Bryce Workman

F

6'8

220

2018

Tampa, FL

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2016 Record: 6-10 Director: Boo Williams Coach: Boo Williams

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oo Williams missed Peach Jam last season, marking the second consecutive EYBL circuit that the historic program missed out on July’s illustrious event. Their 2017 roster has all the makings of a Peach Jam return, led by 2016 veteran junior Keldon Johnson (ESPN No. 18). Their rotation will run 11 deep, featuring ranked players from three different graduating classes. The goal for Boo Williams is obviously a Peach Jam berth, and by the end of the year, this veteran roster could turn into formidable foe in Division C.

THE BACKCOURT

The Boo Williams backcourt is led by the youngest player in EYBL history, 2021 point guard Zion Harmon. The 5-foot-11 youngster actually received minutes with We All Can Go (TN) as a 7th-grader in last year’s circuit, and will handle the majority of Boo Williams’ point guard duties. 6-foot-6 sophomore Aundre Hyatt (247 4-star) is another veteran of the EYBL, and he’ll be looking to improve on per-game averages of 10.6 points and 4.2 rebounds. 6-foot-5 junior Keyontae Johnson (ESPN 4-star), who has several high-major offers, gives Boo an athletic scorer who excels defensively. Juniors Elijah McCadden and Jason Wade will all battle for minutes off the bench.

THE FRONTCOURT

The 6-foot-6 Johnson will man the small forward position for Boo. The Huntington Prep (WV) star is already a proven commodity in the EYBL, putting up averages of 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in 15 games. 6-foot-11 sophomore big man Qudus Wahab (247 4-star) figures to be a monster in the middle for Boo, and the physically-imposing big man will have some size surrounding him. Teays Valley (WV) teammates Sasha Sukhanov (6-foot11) and Anderson Mirambeaux (6-foot-8) will receive minutes off the bench, and their production will be needed - especially defensively.

THE STAR KELDON JOHNSON

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ohnson is the star of the group, and will likely lead Boo in scoring. Blessed with a lengthy build and natural scoring ability, there’s much more to Johnson than his athletic ability. He is constantly the main communicator on both ends of the floor, and will undoubtedly be their leader. Chances are high that a second star will emerge between Hyatt, Harmon, Wahab and the rest of the rotation. If a second and third option make themselves visible during the first session, Boo Williams could have some major firepower for the rest of the circuit.

THE SLEEPER QUDUS WAHAB

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ifted with a developing skillset, Wahab has the possibility of turning into the next star in the 2019 class. He will be a focal point Boo’s frontcourt and his production will be a necessity them to return to Peach Jam. Wahab excelled defensively during his sophomore season for Virginia Academy and will be looking to translate that success onto the circuit. Wade and McCadden both have big opportunities to carve out roles in the backcourt.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

3

Zion Harmon

G

5'10

170

2021

Bowling Green, KY

Bowling Green

10

Keldon Johnson

G

6'6

205

2018

Brodnax, VA

Huntington Prep

11

Jason Wade

G

6'5

210

2018

Richmond, VA

Trinity Episcopal

12

Elijah McCadden

G

6'5

185

2018

Newport News, VA

Greenfield School

20

Aundre Hyatt

G

6'7

225

2019

Charlottesville, VA

Miller School

22

Keyontae Johnson

G

6'5

215

2018

Norfolk, VA

IMG Academy

32

Qudus Wahab

C

6'11

219

2019

Ashburn, VA

Virginia Academy

33

Sasha Sukhanov

F

6'11

232

2018

Scott Depot, WV

Teays Valley

40

Nyzaiah Chambers

G

6'7

225

2018

Chesapeake, VA

Oscar Smith

54

Anderson Mirambeaux

F

6'7

275

2019

Scott Depot, WV

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2016 Record: 14-2 Director: CJ Paul Coach: Jon Adams

THE STAR

C

P3 rolled to a 14-2 regular season finish in 2016, riding the stellar play of Duke-bound Wendell Carter Jr. and an extremely talented supporting cast. Head coach Jon Adams’ crew bowed out in the quarterfinals of bracket play, but their season-long performance last season only cements their position as a grassroots powerhouse. CP3 doesn’t rebuild - they reload - and they’ll be doing the exact same thing in 2017, assembling one of the most talented rosters on the circuit. CP3 reached bracket play of Peach Jam the past two seasons, so any result short of that outcome would be considered a disappointment.

THE BACKCOURT

This backcourt is absolutely stacked. Junior Coby White (ESPN No. 33) is already verbally committed to North Carolina, and the 6-foot-3 combo guard will give Tar Heels’ fans a lot to be excited about. He’ll have a bunch of talent next to him, highlighted by Greensboro Day (NC) juniors John Newman (ESPN 4-Star) and Will Dillard (ESPN 3-Star) - two of the best on-ball defenders on the circuit. Junior sharpshooter Trey Wertz (ESPN 3-Star) gives CP3 a deadly weapon on the perimeter, a role that ODU-bound Michael Hueitt excelled in last year, leading the entire circuit in three-point shooting. This group will be running at will, and will defend as well as any group of guards on the circuit.

THE FRONTCOURT

CP3’s group of forwards are a bit undersized, but are extremely talented, and they plan to play to their personnel. Junior Rechon Black (ESPN No. 39) is set to team up with White at North Carolina in 2018, and the 6-foot-7 swingman will likely have to play out of position for the undersized squad. 6-foot-8 junior big man Jaylen Hoard (ESPN No. 36) joined CP3 late and will play a pivotal role in the frontcourt, as he’s will be the tallest member of the roster. 6-foot-7 junior Hunter Tyson (ESPN 4-Star) and 6-foot-8 junior Jack Hemphill (ESPN 4-Star) will both see minutes on the wing.

COBY WHITE

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hite is only tapping into his potential, and if his junior year at Greenfield School (NC) is any indication, he’s about to have one of the biggest breakout summers in the EYBL. He’s a developing threat on the perimeter, but his bread and butter lies in his ability to attack the rim and score. CP3 will play faster than anyone on the circuit, a style that suits White as well as his guard-laden teammates. Black and Hoard are going to put up major numbers as well, but this team will likely be going as far as White takes them.

THE SLEEPER HUNTER TYSON

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t’s hard to consider a 4-star recruit a sleeper, but Tyson will be running belowthe-radar with CP3. A talented swingman who earned all-state honors at Piedmont (NC), Tyson can shoot the heck out of the basketball. Tyson helped a Piedmont squad go from 2-21 in 2015-16, to a 16-11 record this past season, and he’ll bring that winner’s mentality to a squad full of killers. Due to the other talent on the roster, Tyson will likely be a footnote on the opposing scouting report, which bodes very well for CP3’s success in Division D.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Coby White

G

6'5

185

2018

Goldsboro, NC

Greenfield (NC)

1

Leaky Black

G

6'8

180

2018

Concord, NC

Montverde Academy (FL)

2

Will Dillard

G

6'3

190

2018

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Day (NC)

4

Trey Wertz

G

6'5

180

2018

Charlotte, NC

Providence Day (NC)

5

John Newman

G

6'6

190

2018

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Day (NC)

10

Alex Michael

G

6'5

195

2018

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Day (NC)

11

Tre Turner

G

6'4

180

2018

Greensboro, NC

Northwest Guilford

12

Hunter Tyson

F

6'7

190

2018

Gastonia, NC

Piedmont (NC)

14

Jaylen Hoard

F

6'8

200

2018

Montpellier, France

Wesleyan Christian

33

Jack Hemphill

F

6'8

220

2018

Raleigh, NC

Ravenscroft (NC) 91


92


93


94


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2016 Record: N/A Director: Ricky Hood Jr. Coach: Ricky Hood Jr.

M

ississippi Express Team Hood is making their NIKE EYBL debut and bring a slew of talent that has a chance to take the league by storm. Sponsored by Utah Jazz star Rodney Hood, the Express should enter Hampton relatively under the radar, but that will likely change quickly. A deep, balanced lineup that should go nine or 10 deep, Hood’s new squad should find success during the season and compete for a Peach Jam berth in July.

THE BACKCOURT

The Express’ backcourt features plenty of versatility, which will undoubtedly result in some of their guards seeing time in the frontcourt. Riverside Academy (LA) standout junior Jared Butler was a huge add to the roster, and the scoring guard should slide in nicely with his new teammates. The 6-foot-2 Butler will start at the point and could feel less pressure thanks to sharpshooting junior DJ Stewart. Mississippi juniors Gabe Watson (St. Joseph Catholic), Blake Rogers (Starkville) and SharDarrion Allen (Raymond) round out the backcourt, and all will receive minutes in the rotation.

THE STAR ROBERT WOODARD

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oodard is a budding superstar, solidified by his selection to last year’s U16 USA Basketball squad. The 6-foot-6 Woodard is a gifted shooter who can score in a multitude of ways, including the ability to knock down triples with efficiency. He has good size and length, and his defense is always developing. Woodard should thrive in the open court - especially with talented teammates at his disposal - and should put up some major numbers. Marshall, a 6-foot-7 scorer with many traits similar to Woodard, will likely be the second option on offense.

THE SLEEPER DJ STEWART

THE FRONTCOURT

Columbus (MS) star junior Robert Woodard (ESPN No. 29) returns to the Express after a strong run in last year’s 16E circuit, and the talented swingman will be looking to take the next step in his basketball evolution. Alongside Woodard is Forest Hill (MS) star Ladarius Marshall (247 3-star). Both are gifted with elite athleticism and top-notch motors - traits that come in handy while competing on the circuit. New Hope (MS) big man Andrew Junkin - and his 30 ACT score - will team up with 6-foot-10 Bay (MS) big man Galen Smith III to form a gigantic frontline. Sophomores Harouna Sissoko (6-foot-6) and Moulaye Sissoko (6-foot-9) are not related, but both are highmajor prospects from Mali, Africa. Now are Central Park Christian (Alabama), the Sissokos will be major energy guys off the bench.

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tewart will start at shooting guard, and the Express like his chances to have a breakout spring and summer. Hailing from Riverside High School in southern Mississippi, the 6-foot-5 lefty is a lethal shooter and should be a weapon on the perimeter. He posted per game averages of 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a junior, making it clear he is much more than just a shooter. Expect Stewart to shine with limited defensive pressure applied to him, and he should benefit from a lack of attention entering Session 1.

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Photo: MADE Hoops

ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Gabe Watson

G

6'1

175

2018

Madison, MS

St. Joseph Catholic

2

Blake Rogers

G

6'3

185

2018

Starkville, MS

Starkville

5

DJ Stewart

G

6'6

190

2018

Benoit, MS

Riverside

10

Casey Smith Jr

G

5'10

180

2018

Crawford, MS

West Lowndes

11

Jared Butler

G

6'3

185

2018

Reserve, LA

Riverside Academy

12

Robert Woodard II

G

6'6

215

2018

Columbus, MS

Columbus

15

Harouna Sissoko

F

6'6

200

2019

Mali, Africa

Central Park Christian (AL)

23

Ladarius Marshall

F

6'7

220

2018

Jackson, MS

Forest Hill

24

Moulaye Sissoko

F

6'9

215

2019

Mali, Africa

Central Park Christian (AL)

25

SharDarrion Allen

G

6'1

175

2018

Bolton, MS

Raymond

30

Andrew Junkin

C

7'0

230

2018

Columbus, MS

New Hope

32

Tolu Smith III

F

6'10

220

2018

Bay St. Louis, MS

Bay

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2016 Record: 14-2 Director: Dujuan Taylor Coach: Todd Day/ Penny Hardaway

T

eam Penny had a special season in 2016, riding a loaded lineup to a deep Peach Jam run. They suffered a heartbreaking two-point loss to PSA in the Final Four, but their season-long resume maintained their status as one of the league’s elite. Three-year EYBL veteran PJ Washington is off to Kentucky, meaning NBA legend Penny Hardaway’s crew will have to reload behind a couple of key veterans. Once again, Memphis’ EYB affiliate has assembled a very talented rotation that should contend for another deep run in July.

THE BACKCOURT

The heart and soul of Team Penny is point guard Alex Lomax (ESPN 4-star). A starter on last year’s Penny squad, the two-time Tennessee Mr. Basketball will be looking to build on a strong sophomore campaign. 6-foot-4 Jayden Hardaway will return for his third EYBL campaign, and the recently reclassified shooter should provide a consistent threat from the perimeter. Ryan Boyce (247 4-star) will operate on the wing for Penny, giving the backcourt a long, rangy defender. Juniors Taeylr Gatlin (Brighton) and Martrell Brooks (Hamilton) will also see minutes in a somewhat thin backcourt.

THE FRONTCOURT

If the frontcourt is ‘somewhat thin’, then the frontcourt is absolutely loaded. 6-foot-8 DJ Jeffries (ESPN No. 6) and 6-foot-9 Malcolm Dandridge (247 4-star) form a deadly sophomore duo for Penny, and when you throw in 6-foot-10 junior Trey Jemison (247 4-star), you have a potentially dominant frontline. Jemison ran with the Alabama Challenge in 2016, and will look to build on that experience and become a defensive-stopper for Penny. Kameron Jones and Arecko Gipson will play important roles off the bench.

THE STAR

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DJ JEFFRIES ALEX LOMAX

he Olive Branch (MS) product Jeffries has a tremendous skillset for a player his age and size, possessing a skillset that is very worthy of his lofty ranking. Jeffries has shown the ability stretch the floor and is improving defensively, but his bread and butter is scoring off the dribble while utilizing a strong mid-range game. Lomax is the star in the backcourt, and has the chance to put up some pretty crazy numbers in 2017. The two-time State Champion is a true floor general, somewhat of a rarity these days, and you can be assured that he will have his squad ready to compete.

THE SLEEPER

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JAYDEN HARDAWAY MALCOLM DANDRIDGE

ardaway will re-classify to the 2018 class and attend Tennessee Prep in 2017-18, meaning Penny’s sharpshooting son will have one more go-round on the circuit. His experience and leadership will come in handy alongside Lomax. Dandridge has a tremendous motor and is a natural defender, two traits that have allowed him to become an elite rebounder as an underclassmen. He does not need plays called for him on offense to be effective, and will be a terrific second option on the interior defensively alongside Jemison.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Jayden Hardaway

G

6'5

185

2018

Memphis, TN

Tennessee Prep

2

Alex Lomax

G

6'1

180

2018

Memphis, TN

Memphis East

3

Jordan Johnson

G

6'0

175

2018

Memphis, TN

Central

4

Trey Jemison

C

6'10

220

2018

Birmingham, AL

Homewood

5

DJ Jeffries

F

6'8

200

2019

Olive Branch, MS

Olive Branch

10

Martrell Brooks

G

6'3

185

2018

Memphis, TN

Hamilton

11

Taelyr Gatlin

G

6'2

175

2018

Brighton, TN

Brighton

12

Ryan Boyce

G

6'6

185

2018

Memphis, TN

Houston

23

Kameron Jones

F

6'6

185

2018

Memphis, TN

Whitehaven

25

Malcolm Dandridge

F

6'9

215

2019

Memphis, TN

Memphis East

32

Arecko Gipson Jr.

F

6'6

190

2018

Memphis, TN

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2015-16 Record: 2-14 Director: Ced Canty Coach: Jacoby Davis

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eam United returned to the EYBL in 2016 after sitting out the 17U circuit the previous year. While their 2-14 record left something to be desired, it’s hard not to deem the season a success, considering they’re sending eight players to Division 1 programs. They turn over another talented roster in 2017, and will certainly be a tough out. This group needs to rebound in a big way, and they will have a promising, deep rotation.

THE BACKCOURT

Team United will not be short on guards, rostering six players who could register minutes in the backcourt. Juniors Qon Murphy (ESPN 4-star), Tripp Greene, Trey McGowens and Mikey Maddox will split time in the backcourt, and they figure to go six-deep with the addition of talented sophomore Patrick Williams. McGowens is a super physical guard, while Maddox will bring an athletic spark off the bench in a point guard role. Director Ced Canty has talent at his disposal and will need a couple of his buddings stars to step up.

THE STAR BY COMMITTEE

T

eam United has a star by committee, with each member a prominent contributor on very successful high school programs. If bets were to be made, Murphy, McGowens and the stat-stuffing Hankton would figure to be the goto options. McGowens and Murphy - have proven to be competitive, prolific scorers. One thing is certain: one or two players will need to step up and lead. Joel Ntambwe joined the squad late and the United staff is extremely high on the 6-foot-9 junior’s developing skillset.

THE SLEEPER PATRICK WILLIAMS

THE FRONTCOURT

A pair of 6-foot-10 post forwards - junior Flo Thamba and sophomore DeAndre Wilkins - lead the frontcourt. Both bigs need to excel defensively and on the boards for Team United to sustain success through the four sessions. These two are quickly rising prospects and will definitely turn some heads during the early season. KC Hankton is the lone returner from last year’s squad, and the UFCA (NC) standout figures to be a key cog in United’s engine. The 6-foot-8 swingman is capable of taking defenders off the bounce and showed an improved floor game during his junior season. Sixfoot-9 Blythewood (SC) product Robert Braswell joins Hankton on the wing.

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nited’s entire roster enters the season underrated, but there are two players to keep an eye on. Williams is a budding star at West Charlotte, and the United staff thinks his potential is sky high. The 6-foot6 scoring guard will have his work cut out for him, but should receive an ample opportunity to make a splash in the early season. The other sleeper is McGowens. He may end up being a star for United, and enters the season as a prime candidate to stand out.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Joel Ntambwe

F

6'9

215

2018

Kernersville, NC

Forest Trail (NC)

3

Mikey Maddox

G

5'11

180

2018

Charlotte, NC

Ricky River

5

Trey McGowens

G

6'3

170

2018

Pendleton, SC

Wren (SC)

10

Tripp Greene

G

6'2

175

2018

Wilkesboro, NC

Greensboro Day (NC)

11

Patrick Williams

G

6'7

203

2019

Charlotte, NC

West Charlotte

12

Flo Thamba

F

6'11

235

2018

Grundy, WV

Mountain Mission (VA)

20

Robert Braswell

F

6'9

175

2018

Blythewood, SC

Blythewood (SC)

23

KC Hankton

F

6'8

190

2018

Charlotte, NC

UFCA

24

Qon Murphy

G

6'4

185

2018

Charlotte, NC

Cannon School

30

DeAndre Wilkins

C

6'10

230

2019

Edenton, NC

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2016 Record: 9-7 Director: Todd Quarles Coach: Todd Quarles

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xpressions Elite had arguably their best season in program history in 2016, advancing all the way to Peach Jam bracket play behind the stellar play of juniors Nick Richards (Kentucky commit), Jermaine Samuels (Villanova commit), Tremont Waters (Undecided) and Kimani Lawrence (Arizona State). It will definitely be a tough act to follow, but New England’s EYBL representative always puts a solid product on the court. Their rotation will go 10 deep, split evenly between guards and forwards. They will fly below-the-radar entering the 2017 circuit, but it would be foolish to overlook this group.

THE BACKCOURT

Entering the season, it’s a little difficult to tell how the Expressions rotation is going to play out. The brothers Zegarowski - Max and Marcus - will play significant minutes after strong junior seasons at Tilton (NH). Max (6-foot-5) is more of a scoring guard, while the 6-foot-1 Marcus is more of a distributor. Speaking of facilitators, Noah Fernandes (Tabor Academy) figures to see major minutes off the bench, and 5-foot-11 sophomore will be a spark plug for Director Todd Quarles and company. 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jonathan Cenescar is built like a truck, which will provide some nice beef for the group. Joe Kasperzyk returns after playing limited minutes on the 2016 circuit, so expect an increase in minutes for the EYBL veteran.

THE FRONTCOURT

Expressions features seven players capable of logging minutes in the frontcourt. 6-foot-7 Philmon Gebrewhit (ESPN 4-star) leads the way and projects to be a focal point offensively for Expressions Elite. Jahbril Price-Noel was a recent addition to the roster, and he should play huge minutes in a swingman role. 6-foot-8 Jordan Hardwick (Commonwealth Academy) returns for his second year in the EYBL and he’ll be looking to take on a more productive role. 6-foot9 Nadir Dixon-Thompson (Master’s School) is the tallest and longest member of the roster. He’ll be counted on for strong defense and rebounding, and will have to be active without fouling.

THE STAR BY COMMITTEE

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xpressions will go with a star-bycommittee approach this season, a vast change from their committee of stars in 2016. Gebrewhit has the best chance of standing out the frontcourt along with 6-foot-7 sophomore Dana Tate, while Max Zegarowski is a likely candidate to lead in numerous statistical categories. They have a roster full of talented, gritty players which features zero egos. They’ll ride the hot-hand through the first couple of sessions, and we’d be surprised if a player or two didn’t step up and start to lead.

THE SLEEPER JAHBRIL PRICE-NOEL

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rice-Noel a 6-foot-8 Canadian-born forward hailing from Gould Academy in Maine, has only scratched the surface of his potential. He has guard skills, great length and is active on the boards and in transition. He should be a delight for the guards to run with, and will be able to impact the game without having any plays drawn for him. Expect Price-Noel to put up some impressive stat lines as he starts to get more comfortable adjusting to the rigors of the circuit. Also, expect sophomores Fernandes (5-foot-11) and Dana Tate (6-foot-7) to carve out valuable roles.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Jonathan Cenescar

G

6'4

230

2018

Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, Rindge, & Latin

1

Joe Kasperzyk

G

6'1

170

2018

New Haven, CT

Hillhouse

2

Marcus Zegarowski

G

6'2

180

2018

Hamilton, MA

Tilton (NH)

3

Noah Fernandes

G

6'0

165

2019

Mattapoisett, MA

Tabor Academy

4

Jahbril Price-Noel

F

6'7

190

2018

Bronx, NY

Gould Academy (ME)

10

Connor Peterson

G

6'5

200

2019

Franklin, MA

Tabor Academy

11

Philmon Gebrewhit

F

6'7

185

2018

Franklin, MA

Holderness (NH)

15

Max Zegarowski

G

6'8

200

2018

Hamilton, MA

Tilton (NH)

20

Jordan Hardwick

F

6'7

200

2018

Springfield, MA

Commonwealth Academy

22

Dana Tate

F

6'7

230

2019

Brockton, MA

MacDuffie

23

Nadir Dixon-Thompson

F

6'9

220

2018

Boston, MA

Masters School (CT)

25

Kendell Ogilvie

G

6'1

180

2018

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TEAM TAKEOVER 2016 Record: 10-6 Director: Keith Stevens Coach: Keith Stevens

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eam Takeover made it to the Peach Jam once again last season with another very talented roster. Unfortunately, they didn’t make it beyond pool play but they still made their mark as they do every year, sending all 10 rostered players to Division 1 schools. They won’t have any players returning from last year’s EYBL team, but have arguably a more talented team than last year. With guys like 6-foot-9 Jalen Smith (ESPN No. 37) and Brandon Slater (ESPN No. 43) there are definitely a team look out for.

THE BACKCOURT

Team Takeover’s backcourt is once again one of the best throughout the Nike EYBL. They will have a lot of options to turn to. Brandon Slater is the biggest name their backcourt. Slater is an excellent athlete and has a great midrange game. Penn State commit Myles Dread (ESPN 3-star) is someone that the Takeover staff will be able to rely on. Dread is a heady guard that can really shoot the ball. Takeover added a big addition in Wynston Tabbs (247 3-star). Tabbs is very tough and is a reliable defender. Guards Anthony Harris (ESPN 4-star), Tre Wood (247 3-star) and Xavier Johnson will also get significant minutes for Takeover.

THE FRONTCOURT

Smith and Bryce Golden (247 4-star) will be Team Takeover’s frontcourt for this year’s team. Smith is a high level athlete and Golden is a skilled four man. Smith has offers from some of the top programs throughout the country and is coming off Baltimore City Player of the Year honors in 2016-17. The 6-foot7 Golden holds some impressive offers as well. They will be more than capable of carrying the load for Takeover as they were one of the best big men duo on the 16U circuit for EYBL. Takeover may have to play a bit small this year, but that won’t be the case if 7-foot-1 Aapeli Syrjämäki (St. Mary’s Ryken) becomes a productive member of the frontcourt.

THE STAR JALEN SMITH

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he star for Team Takeover will be Jalen Smith. The class of 2018 power forward is still coming into his own, but by the looks of it seems to be hitting his stride at the right time. Smith has good size and a long wingspan. He runs the floor better than a lot of the big men in his class and has gotten tougher. He is widely considered as a five star recruit by scouting services across the country, but still has tons of room to grow. The Takeover offense will likely filter through Smith, and he’ll certainly impact the game with his natural defensive ability. The 6-foot-9 Smith is definitely someone to keep an eye on when EYBL season comes around.

THE SLEEPER WYNSTON TABBS

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he sleeper for Team Takeover’s team this year is Wynston Tabbs. Coming off a terrific junior season for St. Mary’s Ryken (MD), Tabbs will be one of their lead guards and will have a lot of defensive attention come his way. He has received a good amount of offers, but has proved that he is deserving of more recognition. He has improved on his jump shot and will bring a lot of toughness and athleticism to this team. He could have a breakout first session if he plays like he has in the preseason.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Tre' Wood

G

6'2

180

2018

Upper Marlboro, MD

St. John's College

3

Anthony Harris

G

6'3

185

2019

Stafford, VA

Paul VI

4

Xavier Johnson

G

6'2

180

2018

Ft. Belvior, VA

Bishop O'Connell

5

Brandon Slater

G

6'6

190

2018

Fairfax, VA

Paul VI

10

Wynston Tabbs

G

6'3

185

2018

Suitland, MD

St. Mary's Ryken

11

Myles Dread

G

6'4

195

2018

Burtonsville, MD

Gonzaga

13

Justin Moore

G

6'3

190

2019

Accokeek, MD

DeMatha

23

Jalen Smith

F

6'10

210

2018

Baltimore, MD

Mt. St. Joseph

24

Aapeli Syrjämäki

C

7'1

220

2018

Leonardstown, MD

St. Mary's Ryken

32

Bryce Golden

F

6'9

230

2018

Winchester, VA

St. James School 105


BRADLEY BEAL ELITE 2016 Record: 11-5 Director: Tim Holloway Coach: Corey Frazier

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he St. Louis Eagles found success in their first season without soon-to-be lottery pick Jayson Tatum, qualifying for Peach Jam behind a very young rotation. 2017 brings a few familiar names back from last year’s squad, but the biggest change will come on the front of their jerseys; The Eagles 17U squad will now take on the moniker ‘Bradley Beal Elite’. They turn over a talented roster that should allow them to bring introduce name-change in style.

THE BACKCOURT

Darius Garland (ESPN No. 13) returns to Bradley Beal Elite (BBE), and the talented junior will look to build on strong sophomore year EYBL pergame averages of 13.9 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds. Joining Garland are juniors Fred Thatch (247 3-star), Kale Catchings and Shaun Williams. Thatch is already verbally committed to Saint Louis, while the other two talented guards who will be looking to lift their stock in April and May. This group will be well-prepared under head man Tim Holloway, and we expect their role players to lift their level-of-play running alongside Garland.

THE FRONTCOURT

BBE figures to have one of the deepest frontlines on the circuit. Sophomore 6-foot-10 big man James Wiseman (ESPN No. 12) will be expected to produce immediately, and he’s coming off a very strong showing at the Underclassmen All-American game, putting up 21 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Francis Okoro (ESPN No. 22) will team up with Wiseman to make one of the most talented young frontcourts on the circuit. The 6-foot-8 Okoro provides BBE with a true post presence, and his ability to run the floor should be an asset to his guards. Chaminade (MO) teammates Karrington Davis and Jericole Hellems return, and they should turn into highly productive role players for Holloway. Vashon (MO) big man Joe Reece rounds out the rotation and should earn valuable minutes.

THE STAR DARIUS GARLAND

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he 6-foot-3 Garland is coming off a terrific junior campaign for Brentwood Academy (TN) and we expect him to continue his progression. He will be the go-to option offensively for BBE, taking over for Saint Louis bound Jordan Goodwin. Garland’s lofty ranking is indicative of both his talent and sky-high potential, and the same can be said of Wiseman - a 6-foot-10 lefty with a 7-foot-5 wingspan. Wiseman is oozing with physical gifts, can step out and drill a 20-footer, and has an extremely high basketball IQ for a player his age. It’s is safe bet to put Wiseman on the short list of most productive underclassmen in 2017.

THE SLEEPER SHAUN WILLIAMS

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n the frontcourt, Hellems is one to keep an eye on. The 6-foot-7 swingman played limited minutes as an underclassmen last season and will undoubtedly take on a larger role in 2017. Hellems is able to produce without having to be a focal point on offense, and his motor should catch the eye of coaches across the country. Next to Garland, the entire group of guards is close to breaking out. Williams enjoyed a stellar 2016-17 season for Hazelwood Central, and the 6-foot-3 junior should give BBE a nice scoring lift. Reece and Davis are also candidates to break out.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Joe Reece

G

6'9

2015

2018

St. Louis, MO

Vashon

3

Shaun Williams

G

6'3

175

2018

St. Louis, MO

Hazelwood Central

5

Fred Thatch Jr.

G

6'3

195

2018

Siketon, MO

Sikeston

10

Darius Garland

G

6'2

170

2018

Nashville, TN

Brentwood Academy

11

Kale Catchings

G

6'6

190

2018

O'Fallon, MO

Christian Brothers College

12

Jadis White

G

6'2

180

2018

St. Louis, MO

Chaminade

21

Jericole Hellems

F

6'7

195

2018

St. Louis, MO

Chaminade

22

Karrington Davis

F

6'6

185

2018

St. Louis, MO

Chaminade

23

Francis Okoro

F

6'9

220

2019

Normal, IL

Normal West

32

James Wiseman

F

6'11

210

2019

Nashville, TN

Ensworth

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2015-16 Record: 13-3 Peach Jam Champions Director: Matt Suther Coach: Chris Neff

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OKAN Elite wrapped up a historic 2016 season in style, riding co-MVPs Michael Porter Jr and Trae Young to a blowout win in the Peach Jam championship. While it’s going to be next-to-impossible to top last year’s output, MOKAN turns over another very talented roster that their staff is excited about. They’ll feature a mixture of veterans and new faces, but one thing is certain; they’ll be ready to compete. MOKAN is a rare entity in grassroots basketball, as they’ll get over 50 hours of practice time in before the first EYBL session.

THE BACKCOURT

This group will have a tough act to follow, but the five guards that make up their rotation should be up for the task. Juniors Israel Barnes (6-foot-3) and Tylor Perry (5-foot-10) will share the point guard duties, while Ochai Agbaji (6-foot-4) and Cooper Kaifes (6-foot-3) will operate off the ball. This group should complement each other well. Agbaji averaged over 23 per game during his junior season, while Harrell can fill it up with the best of them, evidenced by his 47-point performance in January. All five of these guards come into the circuit with something to prove, and they will undoubtedly improve their stock with consistent play.

THE FRONTCOURT

Simply put, not many frontcourts are going to stack up to the talent and experiences that MOKAN possesses. 6-foot-10, 260-pound junior Carte’Are Gordon (ESPN No. 10) returns from last year’s championship season, and he’ll be a focal point of the offense. Alongside Gordon is fellow MOKAN veteran Jontay Porter (ESPN No. 26), a 6-foot-10, 245-pound combo forward who is highly skilled, much like his older brother Michael. The two of them form one of the most physically-imposing frontcourts, and when you factor in 6-foot-10 sophomore Roman Wilson and 6-foot-8 junior Parker Braun, they become a serious problem.

THE STAR

G

CARTE’ARE GORDON JONTAY PORTER

ordon and Porter will share the star duties, and both will have to adjust to new roles. They operated as fantastic role-players alongside Porter and Young in 2016, but they’ll be expected to take on much more of the production. Gordon averaged 10.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in 23 games, while Porter put up 5.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The opposition will likely be forced to pick their poison concerning these two, as both feature elite - albeit much different skillsets. Expect this duo to contend for All-EYBL honors with each and every session, while leading their group of new teammates to plenty of success in the win/ loss column.

THE SLEEPER OCHAI AGBAJI

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gbaji is the sleeper for MOKAN this season. The 6-foot-4 Oak Park (MO) product is coming off a terrific 2016-17 high school season, and MOKAN’s staff has high expectations for their athletic combo guard. Agbaji is a strong, long defender who should provide a big lift when it comes to stopping the opposing backcourt. MOKAN’s entire backcourt is underrated entering 2017, and they’ll have to piece together the hole in production left by the Oklahoma-bound Young.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Ochai Agbaji

G

6'4

195

2018

Kansas City, MO

Oak Park (MO)

3

Tylor Perry

G

5'10

165

2018

Springdale, AR

Har-Ber

4

Cooper Kaifes

G

6'3

195

2018

Shawnee, KS

Mill Valley (KS)

5

Israel Barnes

G

6'4

195

2018

Wichita, KS

Southeast Wichita (KS)

7

Malik Hall

F

6'7

200

2018

Bel Aire, KS

Sunrise Christian

10

Parker Braun

F

6'9

200

2018

Overland Park, KS

Blue Valley Northwest (KS)

15

Roman Wilson

F

6'10

217

2019

Kansas City, MO

Park Hill (MO)

24

Carte'Are Gordon

F

6'9

260

2018

St. Louis, MO

Webster Groves (MO)

33

Jontay Porter

F

6'10

235

2018

Columbia, MO

Nathan Hale (WA) 109


2016 Record: 9-7 Director: Leo Papile Director: Shawn Brown Sr.

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irector Leo Papile built BABC into one of the most storied programs in the country, and they bring it every year. While the team was not the most talented a year ago, its patented 2-2-1 press and offensive discipline led to a Peach Jam bid and helped BABC make some noise in pool play. A couple members from last year’s squad return to lead a deep, talented rotation that should find themselves as contenders in a loaded Division A.

THE BACKCOURT:

St. Andrew’s (RI) junior Cole Swider is back and highlights a solid group of guards. The 6-foot-7 scorer will be an offensive weapon, as evidenced by his performance -- averaging 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 11 games -- after joining the 17U squad during the third session a year ago. Jakigh Dottin also returns and should see minutes in a relatively light backcourt rounded out by 6-foot-3 Everett (MA) junior Ghared Boyce. Juniors Shandon Brown (New Hampton) and Maurice Works (Lawrence Academy) should see major minutes alongside Swider, with both being important members of BABC’s 16U squad in 2016.

THE FRONTCOURT:

Cambridge Rindge and Latin (MA) center/ forward Dimon Carrigan leads a group of five big men entering 2017, and should play a prominent role for Papile. At 6-foot-8, the reclassified Carrigan runs the floor with ease and should provide BABC with athleticism on the interior. Along with Works, 6-foot-7 junior Martin Mann is fresh off Third Team NEPSAC AA honors for Lawrence Academy (MA), and the younger brother of Florida State freshman Terance Mann should play big minutes. Alex Christie (7-foot), Jared Whitt (6-foot-9) and 2016 veteran Caden Dumas (6-foot-7) complete one of the beefier frontcourts on the circuit, especially in Division C.

THE STAR COLE SWIDER

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wider (ESPN 4-star) was the 2016-17 Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year, and he has proven to be one of the most prolific scorers in the 2018 class. We expect that to translate into a strong final go-round in the EYBL, as BABC desperately needs his scoring punch to sustain success. Swider will likely see time in the backcourt and frontcourt, and his offensive versatility should result in some very impressive per game averages.

THE SLEEPER

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SHANDON BROWN MAURICE WORKS

ABC is expecting a huge spring and summer from their undersized guards Brown and Works. The 5-foot-10 Brown is an excellent facilitator and should excel with the number of weapons he has at his disposal. Works, who is generously listed at 5-foot-10, will provide Papile with a much-needed shot of energy on both ends of the floor. In the frontcourt, expect Mann to make the most of his minutes and carve out an important role. That argument being stated, the biggest sleeper may be Carrigan, who gives Boston’s longestrunning grassroots program a dependable, athletic big man who should be a huge asset defensively.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Shandon Brown

G

5'9

170

2018

Brockton, MA

New Hampton

2

Ghared Boyce

G

6'0

165

2018

Brockton, MA

Everett

3

Maurice Works

G

5'10

170

2018

Mattapan, MA

South Kent

4

Devrae Burns

G

5'11

175

2018

Haverhill, MA

Cru Academy

5

Jakigh Dottin

G

6'2

210

2018

Cambridge, MA

Cambridge Rindge & Latin

13

Cole Swider

G

6'8

215

2018

Portsmouth, RI

St. Andrew's

41

Dimon Carrigan

F

6'9

210

2017

L/Lynn, MA

Cambridge Rindge & Latin

42

Caden Dumas

F

6'6

220

2017

Holden, MA

Choate Rosemary Hall

43

Jared Whitt

C

6'9

240

2018

Hanover, MA

South Kent

44

Martin Mann

F

6'7

215

2018

Lowell, MA

Lawrence Academy 111


2016 Record: 7-9 Director: Norm Parker Coach: William Steele

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he Georgia Stars 2016 squad was coming off the 16U Championship in 2015, making their 7-9 finish in the EYBL a bit of a disappointment. Still, the Stars will send at least five alumni to high-major colleges, continuing their decades-long stretch of success under Director Norman Parker. Their 16U squad will be arguably the best in the nation, while their 17U crew is nothing to sleep on. They won’t be very deep, but they certainly have more than enough talent to compete in Division D.

THE BACKCOURT

Westlake (GA) star Jamie Lewis (ESPN No. 46) battled injuries for much of the 2016-17 high school season, and the 2016 EYBL veteran will be looking to redeem himself on the circuit this spring. 6-foot-4 junior Spencer Rodgers (Mountain View) and 6-foot6 Rashun Williams (Calhoun County) will be depended on to produce consistently, while 5-foot-11 junior Dalvin White (Norcross), who ran with the Alabama Challenge in 2016, will provide a solid spark off the bench. Sophomore Nate Dunlop (6-foot-5) is the only underclassmen on the squad, and the Augusta Christian (GA) product will be counted on for his shooting prowess.

THE FRONTCOURT

Cannon School (NC) junior Jairus Hamilton (ESPN No. 32) is one of the best swingmen in the nation, mainly due to his athleticism and scoring ability. He will certainly see time at the shooting guard position if the Stars go big, which makes him a matchup nightmare for opponents. Greenforest 6-foot-9, 270-pound junior big man Mohammed Abdulsalam (247 3-star) will take up a bunch of space in the middle, as will 6-foot-10 junior Kelvin Simeon (Westlake), providing two much-needed defensive-stoppers for the Stars. Junior swingmen Justin Lee (6-foot-7), Jamari Smith (6-foot-5), Kalu Ezipke (6-foot-7) and Isaih Moore (6foot-7) will see minutes in a loaded deep frontcourt.

THE STAR JAIRUS HAMILTON

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eft-handed and crafty, Hamilton owns a skill set that’s well-refined for a 17-year old prospect. At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, Hamilton can create his own shot on the perimeter, and consistently finishes with contact when he chooses to attack the basket. Expect the physically-gifted Hamilton to increase his stock while being the focal point for the historic Stars program. The 2015 EYBL Champs will need Hamilton to step up to the plate and become a premier scorer in order to achieve the success they are seeking.

THE SLEEPER

R

SPENCER RODGERS JAMARI SMITH

odgers is a junior who averaged nearly 16 points per game for Mountain View High School this season, and he is expected to provide a nice scoring lift off the bench. The same can be said for Smith, who averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds in a supporting role for Jonesboro (Georgia). Both will play complementary roles for head coach William Steele, who has high expectations for his underrated duo. DJ Burns was a late addition from the 16U team and could very turn into a prominent player in Steele’s rotation.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

1

Dalvin White

G

5'11

165

2018

Norcross, GA

Norcross

2

Jamie Lewis

G

6'2

185

2018

Atlanta, GA

Westlake

3

Isaih Moore

F

6'8

175

2018

Columbia, SC

Sumter (SC)

4

Jairus Hamilton

F

6'8

235

2018

Charlotte, NC

Cannon School

5

Rashun Williams

G

6'6

200

2018

Edison, GA

Calhoun County

10

Justin Lee

F

6'7

185

2018

Lawrenceville, GA

Collins Hill

11

Spencer Rodgers

G

6'4

160

2018

Buford, GA

Mountain View

12

DJ Burns

F

6'9

240

2019

Rock Hill, SC

York Prep

21

Jamari Smith

F

6'6

200

2018

Jonesboro, GA

Jonesboro

22

Kalu Ezipke

F

6'7

215

2018

Lawrenceville, GA

Discovery

23

Caleb Holifield

G

6'2

185

2018

Duluth, GA

Peachtree Ridge

24

Nate Dunlop

G

6'6

200

2019

Augusta, GA

Augusta Christian

32

Kelvin Simeon

F

6'9

235

2018

Atlanta, GA

Westlake

33

Mohammed Abdulsalam F

6'9

255

2018

Decatur, GA

Greenforest (GA) 113


2016 Record: 7-9 Director: Aljami Durham Coach: Aljami Durham

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he 2016 season was the Collin Sexton show, seeing the Alabama-bound scoring guard break the single-season EYBL scoring record (31.7 PPG). Despite the success of Sexton and departing impact guards Aljami Durham Jr. and Jay Estime, the Stampede were one of the last teams left out of the 2016 Peach Jam field. The Stampede will be back with a deep, talented lineup that will undoubtedly contest for a Peach Jam berth in Division D. Will they have a breakout star like Sexton again? Unlikely, but their depth in the backcourt should rival what they had a year ago.

THE BACKCOURT

Patrick School’s (NJ) Jordan Walker (ESPN 3-Star) recently reclassified to the 2018 class, and the CBD Montverde-bound point guard will lead a Stampede backcourt that goes seven deep. Tony Johnson returns and should give the team useful experience after running with the Alabama Challenge last season. Juniors Tai Strickland, Damon Harge Jr., Dave Viti and Clarence Jackson will battle for time, and it’s highly probable that one or two separate and earn valuable minutes as the season wears on. Strickland, the son of NBA veteran Rod Strickland, gives the Stampede a weapon on the perimeter.

THE FRONTCOURT

Stampede usually plays on the smaller side, but unlike last year, they have a host of big bodies to employee if they decide to switch it up. Five players will see time in the rotation, headlined by the recently reclassified big man Josh Roberts. A group of combo forwards - Horace Wyatt, Giir Ring, Kamani Johnson and Kavonte Ivery - will be expected to contribute, as will 6-foot-11 post Ubong Okon. It’s uncertain how their rotation will play out, but they have plenty of talent hidden in their depth.

THE STAR JORDAN WALKER

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alker has ‘star’ written all over him, and his experience in last year’s EYBL should play big. He averaged 8.8 points, 3.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 16 games for the NY Lightning. The 6-foot floor general led nationally ranked Patrick School (NY) for the 2016-17 season, proving his value as an on-court leader and winner. He will have a ton of talent at his disposal, and we predict that the speedy guard will excel with his new squad. The Stampede churn out guards with the best of them, and there’s no reason to think Walker won’t step in and contribute efficiently.

THE SLEEPER JOSH ROBERTS

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he frontcourt has some question marks, but one thing is just about certain: Charles Henderson (AL) product Josh Roberts is set to have a huge spring and summer. The 6-foot-8 bouncy forward is active and efficient around the rim, highlighted by his MVP performance at the Stampede’s preseason host tournament. There is a huge production gap that needs to be filled in the frontcourt, and Roberts established himself very quickly on a team that has a lot of talent. Roberts will transfer to Montverde in the fall, but look for him to put up some impressive numbers while becoming a vital piece of the Stampede’s core before doing so.

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ROSTER No. Name

Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown

School

0

Jalen Lecque

G

6'3

165

2019

Bronx, NY

Christ School

1

Jordan Walker

G

5'11

150

2018

Columbia, SC

Montverde Academy

3

Damon Harge Jr.

G

5'10

155

2018

Oakland, CA

Christ School

4

Tony Johnson

G

6'3

185

2018

Eufala, AL

Eufala

5

Kenton Eskridge

G

6'2

200

2018

Decatur, GA

Columbia

10

Tai Strickland

G

6'1

165

2018

Tampa, FL

Tampa Catholic

11

Kavonte Ivery

F

6'6

195

2018

Stockbridge, GA

Stockbridge

12

Clarence Jackson

G

6'7

201

2018

Irwinton, GA

Wilkinson County

21

Horace Wyatt Jr.

F

6'8

180

2018

Atlanta, GA

Mays

23

Dave Viti

G

6'6

185

2018

Buford, GA

Buford

32

Kamani Johnson

F

6'8

200

2018

Atlanta, GA

Holy Spirit Prep

33

Giir Ring

F

6'8

230

2018

Sydney, Australia

Christ School

42

Josh Roberts

F

6'8

200

2018

Troy, AL

Montverde Academy

50

Ubong Okon

C

6'11

245

2018

Covington, GA

New Rock Prep 115


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oming off an appearance in the final four at Peach Jam in 2016, Team Penny would seem to be a natural choice to advance deep into this year’s circuit. However, after losing two of the nation’s most dynamic playmakers in PJ Washington (Kentucky) and John Petty (Alabama), in addition to several key role players, Penny appears to be in a transition year. One player that would say otherwise is point guard Alex Lomax, who returns to lead this squad in a much larger capacity. “I feel my game is doing everything ,” said the Memphis East (TN) floor general. “Whatever the coach needs me to do I would do it. And for the IQ part of the game and learning situations, those are my main strengths.”

Lomax, who emulates Chris Paul on the offensive end and Patrick Beverly on the other, is the rare high school basketball star who wants nothing more than to win games while making all of his teammates better, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets even more attention from college coaches. “I don’t think people realize that not being so spectacular can get you far also as long as you’re getting the job done,” said Lomax of his low-key playing style. “The factors for me (at the next level) is a family atmosphere, a winning program, and developing players’ overall game.” In a league where there is no shortage of star-power and every player is competing for a potential roster spot at the next level in front of the likes of John Calipari, Roy Williams and Bill Self, it’s refreshing to have a player like Lomax who has the team mindset and looks out for his teammates’ well-being before his own, and that mindset may well be what carries Team Penny through pool play and into the Peach Jam for another deep run.

“I Honestly Just want to get better every game.

Lomax logged bigtime minutes for Team Penny last season, and it’s hard to imagine that team going as far into Peach Jam as they did with anyone else leading the offense. Although his regular season numbers were modest (roughly 5 PPG, 4 APG), the point guard turned into an absolute monster when it came time to play the best of the best. In Penny’s final two games, Lomax put up robust averages of 14 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.5 APG, and 3 SPG. This surge gave the young man the confidence to dominate for one of the best HS teams in the nation, and has him in line to become the next great EYBL point guard prospect to rise up the rankings. “I think (advancing to Peach Jam) will help big time,” Lomax said. “By getting team chemistry high and also get a feel for other teams on the circuit, you know what it takes to get there. I honestly just want to get better every game.”

How do these expectations affect Lomax’s approach to the season? As you might have guessed, they really don’t. “The key is to just stay together, follow the gameplan, and make big time plays in big time situations, and we will win a lot of games,” said Lomax, before adding perhaps the most important part of the gameplan. “And listen to Coach Penny!”

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How excited are you to play in the EYBL and what have you heard about the league that makes you most excited? What makes me most excited is the competition that is in the EYBL Being able to compete against the best players from across the country and to see where our team stands against the best teams in the circuit. What is the team chemistry like on the Portland Basketball Club, as I assume most of you guys are used to playing with one another? We actually picked up 2 guys from Cali and 1 from Washington, but the rest are from the Portland area. Last weekend we had a warm up tournament and we did pretty well, but we still have a lot to work on to build our team chemistry more. A lot of us know each other, but most of the time it has been competing against one another, so we still need to adjust to each other’s games a bit. Improving our team chemistry will be vital in next couple weeks before the sessions start. How do you feel the difference is from high school ball compared to the EYBL circuit? For myself, I like paying HS ball because the atmosphere is great, packing the gyms. But I enjoy playing AAU better mainly because of competition, being able to compete against the best players in the country and the exposure that it brings us. The college coaches are more interested in going to AAU tournaments rather than high school games because most of the best talent is in one tournament, so they don’t have to travel to many different places to see recruits, because they are all in the same gym. What factored into your transfer from Alaska to play high school ball in Oregon? Where I grew up in Northern Alaska, it is an isolated village; there was not much exposure for me. The place I lived had a population of about 4500, so the competition wasn’t as good. By moving to Oregon, my game has progressed a lot as now I am able to play against better players day in and day out. Playing basketball in the lower 48 is more accessible because it’s just a better game down here. Winning a state championship is a goal of virtually any high school basketball player, and you did it in your first year at Jefferson. Can you describe a little bit what it was like to win the state title? It all started in summer league. Coach got on us and told us this was our season. It would be a bust if we didn’t win. Coach pushed us very hard and pushed us to focus on winning. He was honest the whole time. He never let up, always made sure we were focused and made sure we weren’t overconfident or took any opponent too lightly. Winning that state championship was a great feeling, because it made us realize all the hard work we did was for something and it all paid off in the end. We trusted coach and because of that, it brought us the state championship. Is winning the state title your favorite basketball memory or does something else come to mind? Definitely winning the state title. No other basketball experience compares to winning the state championship. Although, I haven’t been to Peach Jam yet, so that might come close. That’s the goal this summer. Of course, the transition was successful, as you won the state championship, but how smooth was that transition from playing in Alaska to playing in the mainland? What were some of the challenges for you? Coming from Alaska, as far as basketball goes, the game was slowed down a lot up there, so coming down here, I wasn’t in as great of shape. However, coming down here right into the AAU season, that helped my conditioning a lot. The physicality level down here has helped me a lot. The transition was honestly pretty rough at first. I was exhausted for weeks but my body eventually got used to it, it just took time. I read a little bit about your visit to the Philippines, and it sounds like the country interests you a lot. Can you talk a little bit about your favorite things on that trip, playing basketball and just sightseeing? For me, going there had a lot to do with seeing the style of basketball that was played over there. How competitive they were and the passion they have for the game was cool to see. Most of them were not as tall as over here, but they make up for it in heart. Most of them were guards and were very crafty. Seeing that compared to the US style of play was pretty cool. Off the court, it was cool to see the different environment. I believe it is a 3rd world country, but seeing it all was so interesting. The country wasn’t as modernized as US, so it really made me realize that I can’t take my life for granted because we have it very good over here. I also heard you may choose to play in the Philippines instead of going to a division one school. What factors will play into how you make that decision? I have to sit down with my family and talk it over. I will be comparing the opportunities I have there and the ones I have here. As far as college basketball goes, what I have gained here in America, the NCAA is more accessible. There are a lot of opportunities for me here. I haven’t looked into colleges in the Philippines too much but I will look at those options, figure out whatever is best for me and my game, and that is what I will choose to do. You’re ranked 49th in the ESPN 60 2018 rankings. What are you looking to do and improve on this summer to push your ranking even higher? I feel like it has a lot to do with my position and how I play against other guys who play my position. Hopefully I can just go out there and help my team win games. My focus is on that more than improving myself because if we win games, that will bring more attention to my game anyways. We will get more opportunities like Peach Jam, which will create even more exposure. If we win games, that will also create opportunities for my teammates, who are also looking to secure college scholarships. The type of person I am is more interested in winning games and tournaments than climbing the rankings.

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here is a new representative for Mississippi in the Nike EYBL, and like any fresh face, the Mississippi Express Team Hood is eager to prove it belongs. Not only does the Express have motivation, but their premier talent, Robert Woodard, is driven by the notion Mississippi basketball is not shown much recognition across America. “We want to prove that Mississippi does have people that can play basketball and that we are not small on the radar,” Woodard said. “I feel we do not get any respect at all. When you hear about basketball, it’s about the west or the north and never really the south. Because of that we are going to shock some people this year.” Standing 6-foot-6, weighing 210 pounds and with an engulfing 7-foot wingspan, Woodard is ranked No. 29 in ESPN’s 2018 Class. The Columbus High School junior forward is considered the top player in Mississippi and was named the state’s male Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 25.2 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3 blocks per game this season. Last year, he won the first high school state championship in his program’s history and later brought home a gold medal playing for USA Basketball’s 16U team. His winning pedigree is clear and Woodard plans on bringing a similar championship mindset to the Express. In his second year with the EYBL team, Woodard expects things to be different. Last season, he said he was too passive. But the experience has positioned Woodard to be a vocal and charismatic leader on a team loaded with elite guard play and skillful big men, Express head coach Ricky Hood said. “One through three, we are just as talented as anyone in the country,”

Hood said. “Between our point guard and our wings, we are very talented. Our guys are going to be hard-nosed and play defense, and they can absolutely score the basketball.” But the Express go as Woodard does, and he has been working on his game with a goal to make a name for himself and his teammates. He practices every day during his fourth hour block at high school, and returns to the gym later in the day to further hone his skills with a focus on improving his shooting and dribbling. On weekends, Woodard travels 90 minutes by car to Meridian to participate in two practices per day with the Express.

Joining the Express was nearly as natural for Woodard, who remembers watching team sponsor Rodney Hood excel as a high school phenom nearly a decade ago. Woodard said he looks up to Rodney, a guard with the Utah Jazz and a high school basketball legend in Mississippi, and the families are also friends. Rodney founded the Mississippi Express three years ago with help from his parents Ricky Sr. and Vicky Hood, who continue to run the program. The organization is a complete family effort with Ricky Hood Jr. and his sister coach their own teams.

Mississippi does have people that can play basketball.

“My family has always been involved with youth development,” Ricky Hood Jr. said. “My dad has been a Boys and Girls Club director for over 25 years, and my mom has been a principal for just as long. We wanted to find a way to give back and this is something we always wanted to do. We’ve hit the ground running and now here we are making our debut on the biggest summer circuit.”

way he grabs defensive rebounds and finishes coast to coast, Woodard also pulls elements from the game of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and prides himself on playing defense.

Ricky Hood Jr. said he and his family have known Woodard most of his life, and when Woodard’s father inquired about his son playing for the Express because it was the state’s top team, Ricky Hood Jr. made it happen.

“Robert is one of those kids that I do not have to tell him to guard the other team’s best player,” Hood said. “He just comes up to me and says, ‘I got him coach.’ He is always willing to take that challenge, and most of the time he wins that matchup. That is just who he is.”

For Woodard, the decision join the Express was simple. He wanted to represent Mississippi, play in the EYBL and work closely with a family boasting a rich basketball heritage.

Drawing comparisons to Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker for the

“We want to prove that

It’s a desire that comes naturally to him.

As the season nears, so to does the mission of Woodard and the Express to earn the nation’s respect. By Peach Jam, Woodard believes Team Hood’s name will carry merit.

“(W)hen I am on the court, I want to guard the best player because he will make me better,” Woodard said. “It is also about trying to show who the more dominant player is. It is a natural instinct to me because, in a way, it is war.”

“I want us to have that intimidation factor,” Woodard said. “When we step on the court or you hear our name, I want (opponents) to get scared in a way that they know we are the real deal, and that we are an elite team.”

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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: BABC (MA)

COLE SWIDER

Describe the EYBL in one sentence Competitive You’ve been through the EYBL before, what’re you looking forward to most about this year and tell me how last year went for you I’m looking forward to competing against the best high school players in the country, every game is a battle and I can’t wait to compete! Last year went well, we exceeded expectations and made it to peach jam, I thought I gained a lot of experience that will only help me for this year What’re your biggest goals heading into the season, and what have you been working on most in the AAU offseason/high school season? My biggest goals for the season is to make a deep run into peach jam! I just want to win! I have definitely improved my ball handling and quickness. I am getting off the label of being just a shooter Who is the toughest competition you have had to go against- whether it be team or individual player? The toughest team last year was probably PSA cardinals, they play really well together and had great talent. Speaking of great talent, you were Rhode Island’s Gatorade Player of the Year and have picked up a good amount of high-level offers. What is ultimately going to go into where you decide to attend college?

I want to go to a school where I feel comfortable with the coaching staff and somewhere where they can help me get to the next level Which NBA player do you try to model your game after? Doug McDermott and a little bit of Chandler Parsons Do you have any pregame rituals (stretching, listening to music, etc.) Not really just do the same stretching routine and just get in my zone When did you start playing basketball & know that’s what you wanted to pursue? I started playing when I was 5 years old and probably when I was 4th grade I knew it was the game for me. Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you I was in the fall show at my school and was apart of a dance routine Last question, what’s your biggest accomplishment so far (basketball or otherwise) Probably this award being named Gatorade Player of The year

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Year: 2019 Position: Guard Team: Boo Williams (VA)

Aundre Hyatt

First off, what are you most excited about this season as you start your 2nd year in the EYBL? I’m looking forward to making Peach Jam this year. I didn’t make it last year so I’m hoping to make it this year with Boo. What drew you to play for Boo Williams over other teams on the circuit? It’s a great organization. They have produced a lot of great players. They haven’t had that good of year the past couple years, so I’m ready to step in and turn it around. What other teams were you considering playing for? PSA Cardinals and NY Rens Compared to last year, how are you better prepared this season to showcase your skills? Last year, I wasn’t expecting the competition to be so high so I wasn’t ready, but this year I plan on dominating the circuit since I know how the competition is.

through the process? It went pretty well. I learned how to adjust to the #1 option and improved on my jump shot and my ball handling. Also, my defense got better. What will you be focusing on improving once the EYBL season starts? Separating myself from the rest, doing whatever there is to win, being more aggressive. How excited are you to play alongside Keldon Johnson? What can you two do on the court together to get some wins? Yeah I am really excited. I think we could do some big things this year. We’re going to have to be the leaders because most of our players are going to be new. Do you listen to music before games? If so, who is on your playlist? Yeah, Future, A Boogie, and Kodak Black

You’ve been compared to a young Carmelo Anthony. Is that a comparison you agree with? Are there any other players you think you play similar to? Yeah definitely. I grew up liking Melo and I’ve adapted some of his moves to my game. Who are your top three basketball players of all time? Carmelo, KD, James Harden How was your transition from Archbishop Stepinac to the Miller School? What did you learn most

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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: The RENS (NY)

Bryce Willis

Describe the EYBL to me in one sentence EYBL is the best league in the country hands down.

to use my 6’5 frame and length better, and ball handling. But all aspects of my game need improvement.

What’re you looking forward to most playing in the 17U league of the EYBL? I’m looking forward to playing against the best competition and see where I stand against them. Also getting the most exposure while trying to win and continue to have multiple college options and to have fun while doing it.

When did you start playing basketball & when did you know that’s what you wanted to focus on? I started playing basketball when I was like 7 or 8 and I started to focus on it as I got to 8th grade... i just loved to play and some thought I was pretty good at it.

You’ve had quite a few offers around the country, what is ultimately going to determine where you play basketball? A lot of things come to mind; academics, coaching staff, where the school is located, playing time right away, who is at the school when it’s time for me to decide.

Which NBA player do you try to model your game after? I model after a couple of taller guards like myself: Shaun Livingston, John Wall, Michael Carter-Williams and Demar DeRozan.

What are some of your pre-game rituals? I always listen to music before a game to lock in and get my mind right. I always get my ankles taped and stretching is always a must to make sure I’m loose and to prevent any injuries.

What’s it like planning under Andy Borman? He’s a great coach and a great guy and he knows how to develop and get the most out of his players. He consistently has teams full of talent just like last year getting to the Elite 8 at Peach Jam.

What’s your biggest basketball accomplishment so far? I would say my overall success in terms of offers and being ranked by multiple recruiting sites in the top 30 in my class.

Tell me a little about the differences playing in the EYBL vs. High School basketball. Playing in the EYBL, the competition is better game in and game out because in the EYBL you can have a team that the whole starting 5 and kids even off the bench are going D1 but you don’t normally see that in high school. The best kids are brought in from all over each state and some even out of state. In high school ball, the game is a little slower but in EYBL it’s more up and down. What’re your biggest strengths and weaknesses as a player? My strengths are getting to the basket, getting other people involved, and playing defense. My weaknesses are definitely getting stronger, learning how

do better even if I did it well. He always is that voice that pushes me to be great.

Who pushes you most on the court? Whether it be another EYBL OR high school teammate, coach, etc.? I think my dad pushes me the most. He’s always critiquing my game and telling me what I can

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Year: 2018 Position: Forward Team: UPlay Canada

Tyrese Samuel

What skills did you improve on the most this winter during HS ball? The thing I improved on the most was my shot around the 3pt line and attacking the rim aggressively and getting to the free throw line. Did you do any drills specifically or did you just make it a point to do it during games? It was just a point to do in the game. What aspects of the EYBL drew you to the league? Best competition in the country, and scouts attending these sessions are the best of the best. No one there is trying to lose; everyone is trying to win Peach Jam and I like that competitive nature. Is there a certain player or team you most want to play? No but I really just want to play people that are in the top 100 and hopefully get ranked by ESPN. What are the aspects of your game you feel stand out and power your overall game the most? That I’m 6’8 and can dribble against any defender and my passing ability. But the best part of my game is that I can get rebounds and push the ball up the floor and see the open players and lanes for easy buckets. Which NBA player do you most try and emulate or study? Kevin Durant and Paul George because of their height and the things they’re able to do like play all 5 positions. What drew you to playing for UPlay as opposed to Canada Elite or another program from there? Really because they’re one of two teams in the EYBL in Canada and I feel like Canadian doesn’t get enough credit but this summer I feel that will all change because our team has a lot of talent.

What do you bring to your team that will help set you guys apart? How would you describe the way you guys will play this spring/summer? My length on the court on the offensive and defensive end and my court vision. What are going to be the keys to you guys getting out of pool play? Just playing defense, sharing the ball and playing hard. What are your main hobbies outside of ball? I listen to a lot of music. What aspects of your game are you focused on most this summer? Being more physical and my consistency on my shot and increasing my motor. What types of workouts are you doing to increase your physicality and endurance? Well right now we still have practice as a team sometimes but I have most of my workouts with my coach back home in Canada. We work on one move get to the basket breaking down defenders and we lift weights also. What’s your favorite sport outside of ball? Football. What aspect of your game is the most underrated or overlooked? My dribbling. As soon as I touch the ball the other team’s defense decides to put a lot of pressure on me as if I can’t dribble. What’s your favorite song to listen to before a game? Drake - Too Much. But mostly only Drake.

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Year: 2018 Position: Forward Team: Houston Hoops (TX)

Mitchell Seraille

What led you to switch from the Houston Defenders over to Houston Hoops? I played on every other circuit, so I felt like it would be a good opportunity to play my last year of AAU on the EYBL circuit. What about the EYBL are you most excited about? I’m excited about playing in front of big time coaches and having a chance to play in big Nike events. What part of your game are you focusing on improving the most heading into this EYBL season? Ball handling and shooting are the main two things. For those who are not familiar with your game, can you describe a little bit about your strengths and what you do best? I’m a good rebounder and shot blocker. I can play from the 3-5 position. I can also score but anyone can do that. I play defense too, that’s what I worked on mostly.

great coaching staff. Also to have a positive experience. Speaking of college and business programs, have you thought about a potential career after ball? Yes I’ve thought about it and I want to open up a pharmacy and other places like for shoes and clothes. Who do you try to model your game after, and what players do you study the most? I study Kevin Durant mostly but I watch a lot of college players. When you aren’t watching or playing basketball, what other things do you enjoy doing? I enjoy going out to eat and playing 2k. That’s it. Who are your favorite three basketball players of all time? My favorite 3 are LeBron, Westbrook, and KD.

How has recruiting been for you so far, and how do you think being in the EYBL will help that process? Recruiting has been good, and EYBL has helped so many players out so I feel like the process is going to be great. When choosing which college you will attend after high school, what are the biggest factors you put into consideration? I’m looking for a college with a great business program, diverse community, and a

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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: All Ohio Red (OH)

Dane Goodwin

Describe the EYBL in one sentence In a league of its own, home of the best players and teams in the country. You won the 16E Championship with All Ohio Red last year, tell me what that experience was like and were you guys confident all season you could win it? I think after the first two sessions we realized we could do pretty well in the peach jam. Winning our pools both times then eventually winning the 2nd session in Indianapolis showed us that we could play with anyone. Then to win the peach jam capped off our great season as we played our best ball of the year After winning the championship last year, your coach is bringing your team into the 17U league. What’re you looking forward to most playing in the highest level of the EYBL? I just think the competition aspect of it and being able to play against the best players in the country. Every game in the eybl this year will be hard to win as there are good teams everywhere you look Who is the toughest team or individual player in the EYBL you’ve had to match up against so far? Toughest player has to be RJ Barrett of uplay Canada just because of his size and he’s able to play just about any position and toughest team would be CP3 as they were one of the top teams in the eybl last year You’re a big playmaker on the court, what other strengths as a player do you have and what’re the biggest things you’re working on improving? As a player I’m more of a bigger 2 guard

and I’m able to post up more and shooting is probably the best thing I do. Over the past year or so I’ve really tried to develop my mid range game Who is your biggest inspiration on or off the court? I would say my dad because of what he was able to accomplish as a player and as a coach. He’s always held me to that higher standard and has always pushed me to be the best that I can Tell me a little about what it’s like playing under Matt Sylvester It’s cool because he can relate to us with him only being out of playing for 10 or 15 years so he relates to us very well and knows how we all play You recently committed to Ohio State, was were the determining factors in that decision? Living only about 5 minutes away it was an easy decision and having kind of that hometown feel was a big part of my decision What’re you looking to most playing under Thad Matta, and has he told you what your role on the team will look like? I’m just looking forward to being there and being apart of the culture. He has built up a great program and has great people around him but once I get there I am probably projected as a 2 guard

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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: Team Final (PA)

Matt Cotton

How has the HS season been for you so far? Have you been preparing for EYBL play at all? Our high school season has been great. Throughout the season we hit some bumpy roads, but by the end we put everything together and beat some really good teams like Montverde and Oak Hill. We also a very good Blair team in the championship. Yes I have been preparing. Here at Saint Benedict’s the coaches always have us playing at a high level which will transfer to the EYBL. I’ve really been focusing on my ball handling and shooting for the EYBL too.

preparing for it by always giving my best effort and becoming more of a leader on & off the court.

What type of role do you see yourself playing with Final this year? I see myself as being an all around player that does a little of everything. With so many talented guys around me, I can really stick to what I’m good at. I can really help the team by getting to the basket & kicking, and also with my shooting.

With recruitment, what’s the one thing from your game you hope coaches see in you and what are you looking for in a program at the next level? I want a school to see how I try to always stay positive and be the best team player I can be. From a program, I am looking for a school with top-notch education and somewhere that allows me to play my game. The main thing we’ll need to do is build our chemistry. We have new players on the team that have never played with each other before, so that’ll be huge. Also, staying consistent is another big part. We’re playing in the EYBL, so we can never take a game off.

How do you and Cam mesh together and how does playing with him allow you to play your game even better? I think Cam and I will play very well together. He really knows how to play as a team and set his team mates up. He knows how to attack the basket and kick it out to a teammate if needed. He’s also a great teammate, so it’ll be really fun playing off each other.

What’s your pregame routine like? Any food you eat before? Before games I always pray.. I started doing that when I was younger when I used to do it with my mom. Other than that, I really don’t have a pregame routine. Who is your hero off the court? Definitely my parents.. They’ve sacrificed so much for my brother & I.

With Daron and Lonnie moving on, are you excited for the opportunity to step into a larger role? What have you done to prepare for that? Yes I’m very excited. Those two guys played such a huge part in the team’s success last year, so I can’t wait to step up this year. I’ve been

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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: Nike Team Florida (FL)

Trey Doomes

How’s your training going to change as you transition from HS ball to spring and summer? During my high school season, I was training to make everybody on my team better and push them every day in practice so me and my team can compete at the highest level of play and be prepared and not back down. During the summer, you pretty much don’t know your teammates until you meet them unless you played with them last year. You’ll still have some new teammates so I focus on getting a lot of my individual things i need to work on personally to make me better as a player. A lot of colleges want to see me shoot the ball better and I can’t tell you how hard I’ve worked every day in the gym to perfect my shot. What motivates you most to improve your game? For a long time in my life I was never ranked or known anywhere else outside where I lived. People only knew how good i was in my area, so I thought the better I got the more effective I would be in life and in my game the more I would be known worldwide. What will be the keys to you guys winning games this season And what are your team’s biggest strengths and weaknesses?

Our biggest weakness is lack of communication and our biggest strength is our defense. The key to us winning games next year is everybody playing their roles, having better communication and limit turnovers and I think we’ll have a chance to go all the way! How will you help as a leader to try and make sure communication is up to speed? They look up me to me lead my team by example and being more vocal, so I think if I’m doing what I’m suppose to be doing as far as playing hard on both ends and communicating to them what they need to be doing, everybody will be on the same page. Following so many other great players repping FL on the circuit, do you feel more pride playing other teams especially from GA? Oh yeah for sure, play rival teams from Georgia is fun but beating them is even better

things to do when you’re not working on your game? Hangout with friends and family. Who’s your favorite athlete, and musician? And why? LeBron James and Migos; they both bring so much love and passion into what they do. What’s your favorite sports movie and why? The Blind Side because Micheal Oher came from nothing and became one of the best by just working hard and doing what he was suppose to be doing. If there’s one thing about you as a player you would like all college coaches to know, what would it be? That I’m ambidextrous; anything i can do with my left i can do with my right.

Who is your biggest inspiration on the court? My Aunt Cheryl in Illinois, died from cancer not to long ago and she always wanted to see me make it big and take care of my family, so I definitely play for her and God. What are your favorite

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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: Team Melo (MD)

NOAH LOCKE

First off, describe what you think of the EYBL in a couple of sentences. I think that it’s a mind blowing establishment. Every basketball player should have a goal to play in it because honestly I think it is the best circuit out of them all. The events are extremely organized and the amount of exposure is remarkable. Every college coach in the country is there to watch and it’s overall one of the best stage to play on in high school. Every game is a dog fight, there are no easy games and it really makes me personally and my teammates much better. How does it feel to represent Team Melo on the circuit? It feels great to represent Team Melo, for one, because it’s Carmelo Anthony’s team and it’s definitely a blessing and privilege to play with them because a lot of other players don’t get the opportunity I have. Also, I feel that it’s great that I’m representing my hometown on the highest stage, fighting for a ship to bring back home and putting Baltimore on the map. Have you been able to connect with Melo at all? Not really, we don’t get to connect much.

What is something most people don’t know about your game? A lot of people don’t think that I am athletic because of my style of play, but I’ll sneak a dunk on someone if they’re underestimating me. What schools are coming at you the hardest so far? Xavier, Florida, Providence, St. Joe’s, Butler, and Penn are the ones that have been coming at me the hardest. Was there a moment in your life when you realized basketball could open doors for you? When I was around 8 years old, I played in this big tournament in Pennsylvania and I scored 45 points with 9 threes in the championship but we ended up losing and I cried my eyes out for awhile. After that day, that is when I knew that one day this game will be my job and that I would work as hard as I can to never lose in that situation again. All time three favorite movies? I Am Legend, Straight Outta Compton, and Paid in Full

When considering schools at the next level, what are you looking for? I am looking for a good overall fit for me and my family. Great coaches that are willing to push me everyday and make me a better person on and off the court, and to have a team that is big on the family aspect, everyone feels like they’re brothers and are willing to bring me into the family. I want it to have great academics that will set me up after my basketball career is over. Also, I want to play for a team that wins and I am able to come in and contribute to the winning right away.

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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: Cal Supreme (CA)

Tevian Jones

What about the EYBL are you most excited about? I’m most excited for the EYBL sessions, where I’m able to showcase my talent and how I’ve gotten better from last season. Also to play against new and better competition.

I listen to Christian Gospel music, more of the slow jam. And pray before every game.

What, in your opinion, have you improved on the most since last season? I feel like I’ve improved my defense the most, being able to guard smaller positions on the ball and my help side defense. Those were a little bit of a struggle for me last season.

Who has been your biggest role model so far and why? Probably my brother, Torren Jones, because I got to see what he had gone through with the whole recruitment process and playing with Cal Supreme before so I kind of knew what to expect. And also my mom because she has always been there for me when it comes to anything like taking me to practice and being there cheering for me at my games. She is always praying for me which is big and helps a lot.

Are there any players, NBA or college, that you try to model your game after? Russell Westbrook. What players on the EYBL circuit are you excited to play against and prove yourself? No one specific. Anyone who comes my way I will be ready to do what I do. You are playing alongside Shareef O’Neal. What do you think you guys can accomplish together? We can accomplish a lot this season. I believe Shareef and I together if we play together and do our thing on the court can win Peach Jam. Last season we had great chemistry on the court. And if we carry that over to this season, we can accomplish a lot.

Who are your three favorite music artists? Nobigdyl, Jarray Manna, and Gemstones

What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball? I like to read. And I want to major in criminal justice, so I’ll get into that a little bit.

What expectations do you have for Cal Supreme this year? I have great expectations for Cal Supreme. I expect us to play hard and always bring it, play as a team, and win games. Do you have any pregame rituals?

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Year: 2018 Position: Forward Team: Spiece Indy Heat (IN)

Marcus Bingham Jr.

Describe what playing in the EYBL means to you. Playing in the EYBL to me is kind of like playing at the college level, competing against the top players in the country. As a relatively underrated player on the circuit, what do you want to prove about yourself and your game this season? I want to show everyone that I can play at that level and compete against everybody.

career after ball? No, not yet. I will eventually though. Was there ever a moment when you realized basketball could open doors for you? Yeah I realized that last year when I started playing. What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball? Chilling with friends and family mostly.

How will playing alongside Tyger Campbell help you improve your game? I really don’t know how Tyger plays because I haven’t played with him yet but I’m sure it will be fun. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far (basketball or anything else)? Getting offered to play basketball at the next level would be it. When looking to choose a place to play at the next level, what are you looking for? I don’t have a school I want to go to right now, but I am a 6’ 9” big that can pretty much do everything so it wouldn’t matter what I play. How has the recruiting process been for you so far? Good, I am starting to hear from a lot of different schools. Have you thought about a potential 132


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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: PSA Cardinals (NY)

Isaiah Mucius

What drew you to play in the EYBL? Being able to play against the best guys in the country and the amount of exposure that Nike gives us to colleges. Also Nike gear is the best! After losing so many seniors from last year’s team, are you taking a bigger role in leadership so you guys can transition smoothly into another deep run? Yeah. Definitely stepping into that leadership role and starting to make sure that we are all on the same page early so we can get right to work. What type of player will you need to be for PSA to move out of pool play? An aggressive scorer and also being huge on the offensive and defensive glass. Also really being a good defender and using my length to bother people. What makes you take pride in your defense, and being a great two-way player? Pretty rare at the high school level. At my size, not a lot of guys are able to score, handle the basketball, are move fast like I can. So I really take pride being one of the rare kids that can do what smaller guards can do at 6’8.

What skills do you most hope to improve on this year? My ball handling and also my consistency on my jumpshot. What’s one aspect of your personality or something you like to do that a lot of people don’t know? I’m really into photography. A lot of people don’t know that but if anyone needs a photographer hit me up (haha). What are you looking to show college coaches about your game and the type of player you are? Want them to see that I can be very versatile and play the 1-4. Also just show how good of a defender I can be. What are the keys to you guys making it out of pool play and who is an X factor for your team? Definitely being able to defend as a team. Getting stops so we can start runs. Then just taking advantages of mix matches with our bigger guards against more of the smaller guards. Our X factors are definitely Hamier and I. We both can play inside and out which for other team can cause mix match nightmares. We can post up smaller defenders and blow past bigger defenders.

ball could lead to big things for you? After my 7th grade year. I really noticed after putting in so much work and seeing great results that this could really take me far. What’s your primary personal and team goal for the summer? Team goals we want to go undefeated going in Peach Jam and then win Peach Jam. Personally, I want to get invited to USA and Nike Skills Academy and want to become a McDonald’s All American. Once it’s all over with ball and your career, have you thought about what you wanna do? Definitely want to stay close to game so I want to get into coaching, training, or I had some thoughts in sports med.

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Year: 2019 Position: Forward Team: Team Penny (TN)

DJ Jeffries

For starters, tell me about your decision to play in the EYBL and specifically for Team Penny? I decided to go to Team Penny because it was a pretty good situation and a chance to learn some things from somebody who has been to the the League and learn from him. I chose to come to the EYBL because I always wanted to play in it but I never got the chance to until now so I’m excited for this summer to try something new.

First I put in my headphones, listen to music and take out the outside world. Then I stretch and get my mind ready for the game and after we have our pre-game talk I pray before I play. What is your biggest motivation on the court? Play hard and play for my family.

What are your expectations for yourself in your first year on the circuit and for Penny this season? I don’t really know yet, I’m just excited to get started. What are the aspects of your game you hope to improve most this summer? I’m just trying to get used to playing on a different circuit and team. What pro player do you try and emulate as far as taking parts of their game and putting them into yours? Kevin Durant for sure. What specifically do you try and emulate with KD? I try to emulate all of KD’s offensive moves. I study his game all the time. What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball? Hanging out with friends and family and play other sports instead of basketball. Take me through your pregame ritual. 134


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Year: 2018 Position: Forward Team: Georgia Stars (GA)

Jairus Hamilton

You played for Team Loaded and Adidas last year, why the decision to play in the EYBL this year? It was really just something I always wanted to do. As well as everyone says the EYBL has the best talent and I always want to play against the best What made you choose the Georgia Stars? Well they contacted me and wanted me badly and I felt that they would be a good fit after practicing with them. Plus it’s not too far What do you think you’ll bring to the GA stars that will set you apart? I think I’ll bring a lot more versatility. I’ve been running a lot of pint guard with them and so now we have to ability to run a big lineup. What are your biggest weaknesses as a player, and how have you been improving on them during this last high school season? My biggest weakness is my ball handling and shooting so I’ve worked on those things daily as well as the rest of my game to keep improving. Which NBA player do you try to emulate on the court? And which player would you most like to hang out with? I try to model my game after

Lebron and Paul George as a bigger guard. But it would cool to hang out with them too (haha) Growing up did you always know you wanted to play basketball or when did you realize you had a future career in the sport? I always grew up being around it and really loving it because it was fun to play with my family and friends What do you do when you’re not playing basketball? I usually go out and spend time with my friends and family Who is the toughest matchup you’ve had so far- whether an individual player or team Definitely Greensboro Day because they play great defense and are pretty good on the other side of the court as well What’s your biggest basketball accomplishment to date? Being offered by the most elite D1 schools as a sophomore and junior

Duke, Missouri What factors will help you narrow down your decision? The program and players but really the education and what role I will play when I step on the court If you could eat dinner with one person who would it be and why? Magic Johnson just because he was a great leader and player that influenced the game a lot Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you I like to sing and dance but can play the piano a little bit What do you like to sing? And who is your favorite music artist? Chris Brown and Bruno Mars. But Kanye for sure Best Kanye album of all time? Graduation hands down

Which colleges are you most interested in right now & what factors will ultimately decide where you play basketball in college? I’m really interested in Kansas, Arizona, UNC, Wake, Louisville,

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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: The Family Detroit

David DeJulius

First off, how far did you have Michigan going in the tourney? I had them winning the ship, not just because that’s my school but I’m very confident in Coach B and Derrick Walton leading the group with all the firepower that we have. Being that you already committed to a college, what goals do you have for yourself and The Family this summer? Winning. That’s my goal for this summer. Do everything I can to bring my team the win. And having fun doing it because when you win, everyone gets taken care of. I’m trying to be how Kemba Walker was for UCONN and how D-Walt is for Michigan. You mentioned wanting to be like Kemba, but who are your favorite basketball players of all time? Right now, Russell Westbrook and all time maybe Isiah Thomas. Bad boooooyz. Who has been your biggest role model and why? I don’t have a biggest role model. I know it sounds

crazy, but I can’t think of one. I kind of just model myself after the Bible and just try to make the best me. Although I ‘m a copycat to all good things. I sponged everything that seems to be right from everyone. Where do you see yourself in five years? Getting drafted in the NBA off a fresh degree from Michigan. Building my success for a better life for my family and I. Any plans for a major in college or career after basketball is over? Business in management. On top of wanting to own my own business, I want to be a college coach. What are you looking to improve on before heading off to play in the Big 10? My decision making. Knowing how to put my teammates in position to be successful. Also, the intangibles as far as rebounding, playing the passing lane, things to that nature.

and why? It would be Isiah Thomas. He was a scoring PG such as myself and I would like to pick his brain on some tips and drills. How to score like he did while leading his team. What are some of your hobbies outside of basketball? I’m a laid back guy. I’ve never been to a party or anything. I just relax, hang with teammates and family, and being outdoors. Tell me something that most people don’t know about you. People don’t know that I am a giver. I constantly give. Bring homeless people meals and giving waters in the summertime. I enjoy seeing others smile.

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Year: 2018 Position: Forward Team: CIA Bounce (CAN)

Simi Shittu

Describe the EYBL to me in one sentence Life changing, one big game infront of all the scouts and coaches could change your life. It’s gonna be your second goaround in the EYBL. What’re you looking forward to most this year and what did you improve in the offseason that you’ll bring to the circuit this year? I’m looking forward to playing with guys that I haven’t played with in awhile and to hopefully blow up on the circuit in general I’ve improved on my overall skill set and becoming more of a point forward Tell me how it feels to be representing Canada- and do you think overall Canadian basketball is beginning to gain more representation? It’s more important because your represent in another country, and overall Canadian basketball is making noise at every level and it’s continuing to get recongnized which is big for our country. What’re your biggest goals as a player for the rest of 2017? Continue developing all aspects of my game, show all the scouts and coaches how good I really am and get to where I think I deserve to be in my class overall What’s your proudest accomplishment to date, whether on the court or off? Being ranked #1 in New England and making the all New England team as a junior for nepsac

When did you know that basketball was gonna be the sport for you? How did you start playing? I knew it was gunna be for me when I got my first dunk at 12 years old and also 8th grade when I got MVP of the freshman all American camp I started playing because my mom put me in this basketball camp and I started killing right away and they put me with the older kids after the first day because it was too easy What was it like playing for Vermont Academy this season? What’re the biggest differences between regular season games and EYBL? It’s a lot better we struggled early on but we got it together towards the end, to me I feel like I made may strides in my game and gained my confidence back, my coach really gave me the opportunity and freedom to work on and showcase parts of my game that I wasn’t aloud to before and made me be recongnized now around the country as a point forward The biggest difference is probably that the nepsac is very talented teams could have up to 8 division one players like our team had 7 this year also the guys are much stronger and more polished and any given night anybody can beat anybody

winning reputation also developing their players and have can get me ready for the NBA as a one and done What’s your biggest basketball accomplishment to date? Being offered by the most elite D1 schools as a sophomore and junior Which colleges are you most interested in right now & what factors will ultimately decide where you play basketball in college? I’m really interested in Kansas, Arizona, UNC, Wake, Louisville, Duke, Missouri What NBA players do you model your game after? Did you look up to any certain players growing up? I have no certain NBA player that I model my game after or look up too I like to take different parts of different peoples game like giannis,lebron,KD,draymond green, kyrie,Paul George etc What’s something people would be surprised to know about you? I was born in England

That’s great. You’ve received a few offers from high major colleges- how will you decide where you play basketball in college? Honestly just the best fit, they let their players play and me especially and also have just a

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Year: 2019 Position: Guard Team: RM5 Elite (TX)

De’Vion Harmon

What specific goals do you have for yourself and RM5 Elite this summer on the EYBL circuit? To win. Win a ton of games and win the Peach Jam. Being that you are on a pretty young team, how much more motivation do you have to go out and prove you can compete with players older than you? We or myself don’t have to prove anything. We’re going to be a great team, and if we just play our game like we know how, everything else will take care of itself. For college coaches who don’t know your game, can you describe how you play? I can score the ball, I’ll pass, I’ll make my teammates better in all different ways. I’ll do the little things and details of the game. I’ll do whatever it takes to win, from scoring the ball to diving on the floor for a loose ball. Talk a little bit about how it felt to be invited to participate in the USA Basketball training camp. It’s a blessing! It is definitely something to be very proud of. It’s very humbling, because I know I wouldn’t be where I am without God and my family.

What are you looking for in choosing the right school? In picking the right school, I’m looking for great coaching staff, great people on and around the campus, a family-like kind of school, and where it feels like home to me. What subjects in school are you particularly interested in? Right now my favorite subjects in school are Geometry, English, and Chemistry. What is the best basketball advice you’ve ever been given? “Once you stop listening, you stop growing.” Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I want to be a pro. Who is on your pregame playlist? Before games, I listen to Drake, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill, Future, Big Sean, NBA Youngboy, and Post Malone.

Who do you look up to on the court and off the court? LeBron James and Steph Curry. What schools have been coming at you the hardest? Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and SMU have been coming at me the hardest. 138


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Year: 2018 Position: Forward Team: Team Takeover (DC)

Jalen Smith

Describe the main differences between high school ball and the EYBL in your opinion. The difference is really just the amount of games you play because usually with EYBL, you will play maybe a minimum of 6-8 games per weekend and with high school, you may play 4 games the whole weekend. What schools are coming at you the hardest right now? The schools that have been recruiting me are Villanova, Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, Arizona, Miami, and a lot more. What are you looking for when choosing what school to attend? How highly they prioritize the players’ education and how they treat their players on and off the court. You’re ranked 37th in the ESPN 60. How will you use the EYBL experience this season to improve your ranking? It will allow scouts and evaluators to see how much I’ve been working on my weaknesses during the high school season. What are those weaknesses that you are looking to improve on? My strength, my outside shooting, and ball handling.

When I first started playing AAU with Banneker Kings, my coach gave everyone a nickname based off features they had. He called me Sticks because I was skinny. What NBA or college players do you try to study or model your game after? I try to model my game after Justin Jackson and Anthony Davis. If you could eat dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? It would be my grandmother because she died of cancer and I had a really close bond with her when I was younger. What are some things you like to do off the court? Chill and relax and go out with my friends.

How excited are you to play for Keith Stevens? Very excited. He’s a great coach and I can learn a lot from him based off the players he has put through the highest level. Can you talk a little bit about how you got your nickname Sticks? 139


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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: Nike South Beach (FL)

Landers Nolley III

You’re recently a state champion, back-to-back in two different states (Illinois and Georgia). How does that hard work paying off feel? To get two in two years, in two different states, that’s amazing. The hard work we put in definitely paid off. You mention two different championships. Two years ago you won at Curie in Chicago. This year you won with LangstonHughes. Talk about your ability to assimilate into two different rosters and have success. It was two different situations. In Chicago, it was faster paced. I had more of a different role, I wasn’t the main guy, but I was big impact. This year, I was the guy, so I just had to lead them. Same result. Averaged 26 points a game yourself. You’re going to have a prominent role for Nike South Beach, how excited are you to prove yourself on the national level? It’s going to be a nice season. I’m looking to prove all aspects of my game; defense, offense, rebounding, being more of a leader. Just playing team ball.

You’re known as a scorer. What do you do best on the court right now? It all depends on what you need that night. I can give you everything. If you need defense, I can give you it to you. I averaged three steals a game. Rebounding, I improved at that this season. Offense, we know how that is. It all depends on the type of night. The only thing higher than your point-pergame average was your ACT score of 27. Do you realize the importance of carrying over your intelligence on to the basketball court? It has everything to do with it. Like math, studying angles on the court. The things you study in school all carries over and takes its role. Do you consider yourself to be a leader? That can be a challenge on a new roster. Yes definitely. They always say to lead by example, so that’s what I always try to do.

It’s difficult, because I’ve never played Nike. Everything is going to be new, it’s going to be nice experiencing everything for the first time. Do you get nervous playing in front of college coaches? Do you get better? I don’t get nervous, it just depends on the type of night. I just go out there and play. I think I get better under pressure. I love playing in front of big crowds, the energy gets me going. Any idea what you’re going to study at the next level? Sports Medicine. Any personal goals this year? Be one of the top scorers in the EYBL, and go as far as we can in July.

The NIKE EYBL is a proving grounds for grassroots basketball. Is there one thing you’re looking forward to most playing on the circuit?

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Year: 2018 Position: Forward/ Guard Team: Howard Pulley (MN)

Jarvis Thomas

How excited are you to play in the EYBL? What have you heard about it? I’m very excited. I can’t even explain it. I’ve heard a lot about the EYBL. I’ve played against a lot of the guys at Pangos, a lot of the lottery picks. I think I should be fine. Have you pinpointed anything you want to improve during the circuit? Definitely my shooting and dribbling.

be fun. I’m especially excited to play with Tre (Jones) How will Tre make your game better? He’s going to set me up a lot. He can put it in spots where only I can get it. It’s going to be fun.

Is there a specific role you’ll be playing for Pulley? I’ll be the four. They already have Daniel (Oturu) who’s the big guy, I’ll be our jumper. We play a little small so it fits us well. Do you think you’ll excel in the uptempo play of the EYBL? Oh yeah. For sure. Anything up and down, I like to run. Is there anyone in particular you’re looking to face off against? I’d love to play against Marvin Bagley. At Orono, you’re the man on the court. Do you think you’ll have to adapt to more of a ‘role’ with the Panthers? Yes, for sure. Definitely looking forward to that, showing off different aspects of my game. I’m usually good at driving the ball, but I don’t get to show that too much in high school. I play in the post in high school because. So (that change) will be nice. How excited are you to get rolling for head coach Very excited, I can’t wait for it. It’s going to 141


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Year: 2018 Position: Guard/ Forward Team: Vegas Prospects (NV)

Hunter Woods

First off, describe what playing in the EYBL means to you. To me, playing in the EYBL means being able to compete at the highest level against the best competition. It’s setting me up to beat the best players so I can be the best.

Who is on your pregame playlist? Meek Mill

What are you looking to add to your game during this season? I am looking to continue to polish my all around game. Continue to become an elite ball handler, keeping my shot consistent, play above the rim and just being a great competitor.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? I would have dinner with Kobe Bryant to talk about his work ethic and how he got it. What is your favorite basketball memory? My favorite basketball memory was scoring my first game winner, which was in front of my aunt before she passed.

For college coaches who don’t know your game very well, can you describe your style of play? I am a competitor who is a winner, I am a scorer from all three levels, and a grimey defender.

What is the best basketball advice you’ve ever been given? To always play hard and sacrifice yourself for your team.

What players in the NBA or college do you study the most or try to model your game after? I try to model my game after James Harden. I study him a lot. Is he your MVP this season in the league or Westbrook? Westbrook is my MVP. What are some of our hobbies outside of basketball? I like to bowl and I collect shoes. 142


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Year: 2018 Position: Guard Team: Seattle Rotary (WA)

Kevin Porter Jr.

After losing some big time players last year (Jaylen Nowell and Daejon Davis), how will your role differ this year for Rotary? Well last year I was kind of the 3rd option; I had the green light but not as much as I do this year. This being my last summer for AAU, Rotary and the coaches are going to give me a lot of responsibility for being one of the leaders on this team and it’s my job to adjust and play at a higher level as one of the top dogs this year to make my team and everybody around me better and try to lead this team to Peach Jam. What’s the main aspect of your game you improved on most/added since last EYBL season? Killer mentality! I have all the tools to be something great, I just didn’t bring that killer instinct every game and I feel like playing last year, playing against the top guys in the country brought that out of me. Who is your biggest influence on and off the court and why? Jamal Crawford. He tells me and shows me things beyond high school basketball, things I need to know off the court like character and professionalism etc. and tools I need to take and put it in my game on the court. He wants me in the same position he is in, and more importantly I want it for myself which makes his job a lot easier. I want him to guide me there because I would love to be in his shoes..and he knows everything I need to know to be where he is and to be successful like him. What’s something outside of

basketball you are passionate about? My family. That’s one of the reasons why I want to go so far in basketball and play on the highest level is because it gives me an opportunity to take care of them and I’m going to take whatever I can to take care of them. That’s amazing man! As far as recruitment, are there any programs standing out for you right now? And what are you looking for in a program at the next level? As far as recruitment it’s been going great but all programs are on the same line as of right now none are really standing out over any and they’re all still in consideration. Getting closer to my decision I want to go to a program where I’m gonna fit in most, a program that has a similar playing type that I have so it can be easier to adjust to the coaching and the role I’ll be playing in. What are the parts of your game you are locked in on improving this summer? Footwork on defense, being quicker and getting in position on help side & being more aggressive the whole game. Just being able to put a complete game together on a consistent basis.

What’s it going to take for you guys to make it out of pool play? All buy into one voice, which is our coach and to not pay attention to our individual shine because if you’re on a winning team then everybody is going to get shine regardless but if you’re on a losing team then it’s much harder to get recognition for your game because your team’s losing. Where do you see yourself 20, 25 years from now and you have hung up the sneakers one last time? A legend, one of the best that ever played. If you could make the last shot, dish out the final assist, or block the last shot to win a game which would it be? Block the last shot to win. If you could eat dinner with any 3 people dead or alive who would they be? My dad, MLK, and Muhammad Ali.

Favorite artist/song to bump before a game? Pnb Rock & A Boogie, Quavo. What’s something a lot of people would be surprised to know about you? That I’m 16 and one the goofiest, funniest people you’ll know.

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Year: 2018 Position: Forward Team: Vegas Prospects (NV)

KJ Hymes

What skills have you added since last summer that will take your game to the next level? I’ve added a quicker first step and able to create shots in tighter spaces. What will it take for you guys to make it out of pool play? We are gonna have to be the most gritty and hardest working team. How’s your role going to change from last year? How will your experience from last year help you? Last year I was in more of a learning position and in a role for our other guys to dominate, but now I’m in the helm and have the most experience on our team Who’s your biggest influence on and off the court and why? My dad hands down because he played basketball at the highest level, and cancer is what ended his playing. So he trains me and my younger brother to try and succeed at what he didn’t.

face up game, having a good jumper and being able to go full court with the ball. When you aren’t on the court or working on your game somehow, what are you usually doing? Just hanging out with friends or playing 2k with my little brother. What is the best part about the EYBL? You get to play against the best talent for the best brand. What’s your favorite artist or song to bump before a big game? Definitely A Boogie wit da hoodie or Migos. If it weren’t for ball what would you wanna do with your career? I would be into sports broadcasting.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately? Hacksaw Ridge What is your most overlooked skill as a player? Your bigger weakness? My face up game. And I gotta keep my weakness between me and my dad to work on; I can’t let the other teams know (haha). Which current pro player do you emulate your game after the most? I try to play like Anthony Davis. Mainly his 144


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Year: 2018 Position: Forward Team: Oakland Soldiers (CA)

Taeshon Cherry

This will be your second year on the circuit - what’re you looking forward to most this time around? Just looking forward to playing against the best competition in the country again and producing more for my team to be able to make peach at the end of the season What do you think you have improved upon most coming into the circuit this year compared to last year? Shooting the ball has been my biggest improvement this year off the dribble and catch and shoot also leading the team is a big improvement I’ve made What parts of your game are the weakest/ you’re trying to improve on? Defensively guarding every position from 1-5 and on offense doing things off the dribble better Do you have a favorite college or NBA player? Which player did you look up to growing up/ try to emulate their game? College my favorite player is Josh Jackson and NBA Russell Westbrook, and Growing up i tried to emulate my game after Kevin Durant and i still do How’d you feel about his decision to head

to the warriors? And who’s taking the NBA championship? I just thought he went to a place to best get him a championship so i was fine with it , I’m going with Cleveland this year So you’ve had college interest, what schools are you looking at and how will you decide where you play ball? I’m looking at a lot of schools right now but what will help me decide ultimately is the relationship i have with the coaches and what feel i get when i get on to the campus for visits and things like that Have you thought about what you’re going to study in school? Business probably that’s what I’m most interested in at the moment

have and i think that i can make it possible if i keep putting in the work Who is your biggest role model and why Lebron is my role model because the way that he plays is the way i want to play and off the court he gives back to the community that he came from which is what i want to do so Lebron is my role model Who is the toughest competition you’ve had to go against so far (whether that be a team or individual player) Playing against sierra canyon this year in state was tough because it was at their home gym but we ended up playing well and did everything we did in practice and ended up winning

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you I do a lot of music , like me and my friends produce beats and we rap or sing over them 20-25 years when you hang up the basketball shoes one last time. How do you think you will be remembered? I think that i’ll be remembered as one of the best to ever play that’s the ultimate goal that i

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Nike EYBL Session 1 Schedule

Hampton, VA | Boo Williams Sports Complex

April 21 Home All Ohio Red (OH) Playaz Club (NJ) E1T1 United (FL) Boo Williams (VA) Georgia Stars (GA) BABC (MA) Team Takeover (DC) CIA Bounce (CAN) Team Final (PA) Team Penny (TN) The Family Detroit (MI) Howard Pulley (MN) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Houston Hoops (TX) Oakland Soldiers (CA) PSA Cardinals (NY) NY Rens (NY) California Supreme (CA) Team CP3 (NC) Seattle Rotary (WA)

Away

New York Lightning (NY) RM5 Elite (TX) Nike Team Florida (FL) Nike South Beach (FL) MOKAN Elite (KS) Team United (NC) Southern Stampede (GA) Team Melo (MD) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Expressions Elite (MA) MeanStreets (IL) The City Rocks (NY) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Playground Elite (WI) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) Nike Phamily (AZ) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Pro Skills (TX) Portland BC (OR) UPlay Canada (CAN)

Time

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April 23 Home Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Playground Elite (WI) Nike Phamily (AZ) MeanStreets (IL) MOKAN Elite (KS) Portland BC (OR) E1T1 United (FL) All Ohio Red (OH) Pro Skills (TX) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) Team Final (PA) UPlay Canada (CAN) Howard Pulley (MN) Nike South Beach (FL) Southern Stampede (GA) New York Lightning (NY) Boo Williams (VA) Team CP3 (NC) Team Melo (MD) Expressions Elite (MA)

Away

Oakland Soldiers (CA) California Supreme (CA) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) RM5 Elite (TX) Seattle Rotary (WA) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Team Penny (TN) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) Houston Hoops (TX) PSA Cardinals (NY) The City Rocks (NY) Georgia Stars (GA) The Family Detroit (MI) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Nike Team Florida (FL) NY Rens (NY) Team United (NC) Team Takeover (DC) BABC (MA) CIA Bounce (CAN)

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April 22 Home

MOKAN Elite (KS) MeanStreets (IL) Expressions Elite (MA) New York Lightning (NY) Nike South Beach (FL) Southern Stampede (GA) Team Melo (MD) Howard Pulley (MN) Playground Elite (WI) RM5 Elite (TX) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Pro Skills (TX) Portland BC (OR) UPlay Canada (CAN) E1T1 United (FL) Nike Phamily (AZ) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) BABC (MA) Team Final (PA) PSA Cardinals (NY) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Nike Team Florida (FL) All Ohio Red (OH) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) The Family Detroit (MI) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) NY Rens (NY) Georgia Stars (GA) Houston Hoops (TX) Team Penny (TN) Oakland Soldiers (CA) California Supreme (CA) Seattle Rotary (WA) Team Takeover (DC) Team United (NC) CIA Bounce (CAN) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Boo Williams (VA) The City Rocks (NY)

Away

Bradley Beal Elite (MO) All Ohio Red (OH) Team United (NC) The Family Detroit (MI) Nike Team Florida (FL) Team Penny (TN) Team CP3 (NC) California Supreme (CA) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) The City Rocks (NY) PSA Cardinals (NY) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) CIA Bounce (CAN) Boo Williams (VA) Seattle Rotary (WA) NY Rens (NY) Georgia Stars (GA) Houston Hoops (TX) Team Takeover (DC) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Playground Elite (WI) Howard Pulley (MN) MOKAN Elite (KS) Pro Skills (TX) Nike South Beach (FL) RM5 Elite (TX) MeanStreets (IL) Team Final (PA) E1T1 United (FL) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Portland BC (OR) Nike Phamily (AZ) New York Lightning (NY) Expressions Elite (MA) Team Melo (MD) Team CP3 (NC) BABC (MA) UPlay Canada (CAN) Southern Stampede (GA) Spiece Indy Heat (IN)

Time 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 148


Nike EYBL Session 2 Schedule

Indianapolis, IN | Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse

April 28 Home

Away

Team CP3 (NC) Team Penny (TN) MOKAN Elite (KS) Team Melo (MD) Pro Skills (TX) MeanStreets (IL) PSA Cardinals (NY) All Ohio Red (OH) The City Rocks (NY) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) The Family Detroit (MI) Southern Stampede (GA) UPlay Canada (CAN) NY Rens (NY) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) E1T1 United (FL) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Boo Williams (VA) Team Takeover (DC) CIA Bounce (CAN) Team United (NC) Nike Team Florida (FL) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Georgia Stars (GA) Nike South Beach (FL) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Playground Elite (WI) Howard Pulley (MN) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Houston Hoops (TX) RM5 Elite (TX) Seattle Rotary (WA) BABC (MA) New York Lightning (NY) Nike Phamily (AZ) California Supreme (CA) Team Final (PA) Portland BC (OR) Expressions Elite (MA)

Time

6 30 PM 6 30 PM 6 30 PM 6 30 PM 6 30 PM 6 30 PM 6 30 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM

April 30 Home MOKAN Elite (KS) New York Lightning (NY) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) RM5 Elite (TX) Team United (NC) NY Rens (NY) Seattle Rotary (WA) Houston Hoops (TX) Southern Stampede (GA) BABC (MA) Playground Elite (WI) MeanStreets (IL) Nike Phamily (AZ) The City Rocks (NY) Expressions Elite (MA) Boo Williams (VA) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Nike South Beach (FL) UPlay Canada (CAN) E1T1 United (FL)

Away

Team Penny (TN) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Pro Skills (TX) California Supreme (CA) Georgia Stars (GA) Howard Pulley (MN) Portland BC (OR) All Ohio Red (OH) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) The Family Detroit (MI) Team Final (PA) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) PSA Cardinals (NY) Team Takeover (DC) Team CP3 (NC) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) CIA Bounce (CAN) Nike Team Florida (FL) Team Melo (MD)

Time

8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM

April 29 Home

Team Penny (TN) All Ohio Red (OH) MeanStreets (IL) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Team Melo (MD) New York Lightning (NY) Nike South Beach (FL) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) Uplay Canada (CAN) The Family Detroit (MI) Team Final (PA) Team Takeover (DC) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Expressions Elite (MA) Nike Phamily (AZ) Playground Elite (WI) BABC (MA) Team United (NC) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) MOKAN Elite (KS) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) Georgia Stars (GA) All Ohio Red (OH) PSA Cardinals (NY) Team Melo (MD) Nike Team Florida (FL) Houston Hoops (TX) The Family Detroit (MI) Howard Pulley (MN) RM5 Elite (TX) Portland BC (OR) Team Penny (TN) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Team Final (PA) E1T1 United (FL) California Supreme (CA) CIA Bounce (CAN) MS Express Team Hood (MS)

Away

Boo Williams (VA) The City Rocks (NY) NY Rens (NY) PSA Cardinals (NY) Team CP3 (NC) Georgia Stars (GA) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) Southern Stampede (GA) Howard Pulley (MN) MOKAN Elite (KS) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Pro Skills (TX) CIA Bounce (CAN) California Supreme (CA) Nike Team Florida (FL) Houston Hoops (TX) RM5 Elite (TX) Portland BC (OR) E1T1 United (FL) Seattle Rotary (WA) MeanStreets (IL) Team Takeover (DC) The City Rocks (NY) Southern Stampede (GA) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Pro Skills (TX) UPlay Canada (CAN) Team CP3 (NC) New York Lightning (NY) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) NY Rens (NY) Boo Williams (VA) Team United (NC) Expressions Elite (MA) Playground Elite (WI) Nike South Beach (FL) Nike Phamily (AZ) Seattle Rotary (WA) BABC (MA)

Time 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 149


Nike EYBL Session 3 Schedule

Atlanta, GA| LakePoint Sporting Community

May 12 Home

Away

Team CP3 (NC) Nike South Beach (FL) Team Takeover (DC) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Southern Stampede (GA) MOKAN Elite (KS) E1T1 United (FL) Boo Williams (VA) New York Lightning (NY) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Team United (NC) Georgia Stars (GA) Expressions Elite (MA) NY Rens (NY) The City Rocks (NY) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) Howard Pulley (MN) BABC (MA) Team Penny (TN) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) The Family Detroit (MI) PSA Cardinals (NY) RM5 Elite (TX) Nike Team Florida (FL) CIA Bounce (CAN) Team Final (PA) Houston Hoops (TX) MeanStreets (IL) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Team Melo (MD) Seattle Rotary (WA) Pro Skills (TX) Nike Phamily (AZ) UPlay Canada (CAN) Portland BC (OR) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) California Supreme (CA)

Time

6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM

May 14 Home Oakland Soldiers (CA) Playground Elite (WI) California Supreme (CA) Nike Phamily (AZ) New York Lightning (NY) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Portland BC (OR) E1T1 United (FL) The City Rocks (NY) Pro Skills (TX) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Howard Pulley (MN) RM5 Elite (TX) Team CP3 (NC) Boo Williams (VA) Team United (NC) Nike Team Florida (FL) Expressions Elite (MA) Team Penny (TN) CIA Bounce (CAN)

Away

PSA Cardinals (NY) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) The Family Detroit (MI) All Ohio Red (OH) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Seattle Rotary (WA) MOKAN Elite (KS) Team Takeover (DC) MeanStreets (IL) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) NY Rens (NY) Houston Hoops (TX) Team Final (PA) BABC (MA) Georgia Stars (GA) Team Melo (MD) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Nike South Beach (FL) UPlay Canada (CAN) Southern Stampede (GA)

Time

8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM

May 13 Home

The Family Detroit (MI) MOKAN Elite (KS) CIA Bounce (CAN) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) RM5 Elite (TX) Expressions Elite (MA) Team Penny (TN) Seattle Rotary (WA) Houston Hoops (TX) The City Rocks (NY) Nike South Beach (FL) Howard Pulley (MN) Boo Williams (VA) Portland BC (OR) All Ohio Red (OH) Nike Phamily (AZ) MS Express Team Hood (MS) California Supreme (CA) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Team United (NC) Expressions Elite (MA) MOKAN Elite (KS) Playground Elite (WI) Georgia Stars (GA) PSA Cardinals (NY) BABC (MA) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) NY Rens (NY) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Houston Hoops (TX) MeanStreets (IL) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) Team Takeover (DC) Southern Stampede (GA) UPlay Canada (CAN) Team Melo (MD) Team Final (PA) Pro Skills (TX) Nike South Beach (FL)

Away

NY Rens (NY) E1T1 United (FL) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Team CP3 (NC) Nike Team Florida (FL) Georgia Stars (GA) PSA Cardinals (NY) New York Lightning (NY) Team Takeover (DC) Playground Elite (WI) BABC (MA) Southern Stampede (GA) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Team Final (PA) Team Melo (MD) MeanStreets (IL) Pro Skills (TX) UPlay Canada (CAN) E1T1 United (FL) Boo Williams (VA) The City Rocks (NY) CIA Bounce (CAN) The Family Detroit (MI) Nike Team Florida (FL) RM5 Elite (TX) All Ohio Red (OH) Portland BC (OR) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) California Supreme (CA) Nike Phamily (AZ) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Seattle Rotary (WA) Team CP3 (NC) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Team Penny (TN) Howard Pulley (MN) New York Lightning (NY) Team United (NC)

Time 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 9:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 150


Nike EYBL Session 4 Schedule

Los Angeles, CA| Sports Academy

May 27 Home

All Ohio Red (OH) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) RM5 Elite (TX) Pro Skills (TX) California Supreme (CA) Playground Elite (WI) Portland BC (OR) Seattle Rotary (WA) Howard Pulley (MN) Georgia Stars (GA) Expressions Elite (MA) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Team Takeover (DC) UPlay Canada (CAN) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Team Melo (MD) Team Final (PA) CIA Bounce (CAN) MeanStreets (IL) Houston Hoops (TX) The City Rocks (NY) NY Rens (NY) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) Nike Phamily (AZ) BABC (MA) MOKAN Elite (KS) PSA Cardinals (NY) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Team United (NC) RM5 Elite (TX) Team Penny (TN)

Away

Oakland Soldiers (CA) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) Nike Phamily (AZ) NY Rens (NY) The City Rocks (NY) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) E1T1 United (FL) Team CP3 (NC) PSA Cardinals (NY) BABC (MA) MOKAN Elite (KS) Team Penny (TN) Team United (NC) Nike South Beach (FL) Southern Stampede (GA) Nike Team Florida (FL) New York Lightning (NY) Boo Williams (VA) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) The Family Detroit (MI) Pro Skills (TX) California Supreme (CA) All Ohio Red (OH) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Expressions Elite (MA) MS Express Team Hood (MS) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) Playground Elite (WI) Southern Stampede (GA) Howard Pulley (MN) Georgia Stars (GA)

Time

11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM

May 29 Home Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Seattle Rotary (WA) Team Melo (MD) Georgia Stars (GA)

Away Team Penny (TN) Nike Team Florida (FL) Boo Williams (VA) Team Takeover (DC)

Time 12:30 AM 12:30 AM 12:30 AM 12:30 AM

May 28 Home

Nike Team Florida (FL) Portland BC (OR) Team Takeover (DC) New York Lightning (NY) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) The City Rocks (NY) NY Rens (NY) Southern Stampede (GA) MS Express Team Hood (MS) MOKAN Elite (KS) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) Howard Pulley (MN) MeanStreets (IL) All Ohio Red (OH) Houston Hoops (TX) Team Final (PA) Team Melo (MD) UPlay Canada (CAN) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) CIA Bounce (CAN) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) Team Penny (TN) Boo Williams (VA) Nike Team Florida (FL) Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) California Supreme (CA) Nike Phamily (AZ) The City Rocks (NY) Team Final (PA) Pro Skills (TX) Team United (NC) Houston Hoops (TX) BABC (MA) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Expressions Elite (MA) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) E1T1 United (FL) CIA Bounce (CAN) Portland BC (OR) Playground Elite (WI)

Away

Boo Williams (VA) Team Melo (MD) Bradley Beal Elite (MO) MeanStreets (IL) California Supreme (CA) Nike Phamily (AZ) PSA Cardinals (NY) BABC (MA) Expressions Elite (MA) Team United (NC) RM5 Elite (TX) Pro Skills (TX) Playground Elite (WI) The Family Detroit (MI) Oakland Soldiers (CA) Spiece Indy Heat (IN) Nike South Beach (FL) E1T1 United (FL) New York Lightning (NY) Team CP3 (NC) Georgia Stars (GA) Team Takeover (DC) Seattle Rotary (WA) Portland BC (OR) NY Rens (NY) PSA Cardinals (NY) Howard Pulley (MN) Las Vegas Prospects (NV) All Ohio Red (OH) RM5 Elite (TX) MS Express Team Hood (MS) MeanStreets (IL) MOKAN Elite (KS) Mac Irvin Fire (IL) Southern Stampede (GA) The Family Detroit (MI) Team CP3 (NC) UPlay Canada (CAN) Nike South Beach (FL) New York Lightning (NY)

Time 12:30 AM 12:30 AM 12:30 AM 12:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 9:30 PM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM 1100 PM 151


JORDAN BRAND CLASSIC BOYS ROSTER First

Last

Pos Height Weight School

Committed

EYBL Teams

Year

Mo

Bamba

F

6'11

210

Westtown (PA)

Undecided

PSA Cardinals (NY)

2017

Lonnie

Walker

G

6'4

192

Reading (PA)

Miami (FL)

Team Final (PA)

2017

Wendell

Carter Jr

F

6'9

254

Pace Academy (GA)

Duke

Team CP3 (NC)

2017

Michael

Porter Jr

F

6'10

212

Nathan Hale (WA)

Washington

MOKAN Elite (KS)

2017

Kevin

Knox

F

6'8

203

Tampa Catholic (FL)

Undecided

E1T1 Elite (FL)

2017

John

Petty Jr

G

6'5

185

Mae Jemison (AL)

Alabama

Team Penny (TN)

2017

Troy

Brown Jr

G

6'7

215

Centennial

Oregon

LV Prospects (NV)

2017

Jalek

Felton

G

6'3

180

Gray Collegiate

North Carolina

N/A

2017

Quade

Green

G

6'11

170

Neumann-Goretti (PA)

Kentucky

PSA Cardinals (NY)

2017

Brandon

McCoy

F

6'11

244

Cathedral Catholic (CA) Undecided

Cali Supreme

2017

Billy

Preston

F

6'10

230

Oak Hill Academy (VA) Kansas

Houston Hoops (TX)

2017

Matt

Coleman

G

6'11

174

Oak Hill Academy

Texas

Boo Williams (VA)

2017

Mitchell

Robinson

F

6'11

215

Chalmette (LA)

Nike Pro Skills (TX)

2017

Tremont

Waters

G

5'11

165

Notre Dame (CT)

Western Kentucky Georgetown

2017

Trae

Young

G

6'2

170

Norman North (OK)

Oklahoma

Expressions Elite (MA) MOKAN Elite (KS)

Brian

Bowen

G

6'7

190

La Lumiere (IN)

Undecided

MeanStreets (IL)

2017

Jaren

Jackson Jr

F

6'11

225

La Lumiere (IN)

Michigan State

2017

PJ

Washington

F

6'10

226

Findlay Prep (NV)

Kentucky

Spiece Indy Heat (IN) Team Penny (TN)

Jarred

Vanderbilt

F

6'8

200

Victory Prep (TX)

Kentucky

Houston Hoops (TX)

2017

Gary

Trent Jr

G

6'5

200

Prolific Prep (CA)

Duke

Howard Pulley (MN) 2017

Nick

Richards

F

6'11

215

The Patrick School (NJ) Kentucky

Trevon

Duval

G

6'3

183

IMG Academy (FL)

Undecided

Collin

Sexton

G

6'3

175

Pebblebrook (GA)

Alabama

2017

2017

Expressions Elite (MA) N/A

2017

Southern Stampede (GA)

2017

2017

152


JORDAN BRAND CLASSIC GIRLS ROSTER First Name

Last Name

Position Height Grad Year

School

College Committed

Rellah

Boothe

F

6'1

2017

IMG Academy

Texas

Chennedy

Carter

G

5'7

2017

Mansfield Timberview

Texas A&M

Ayana

Clark

F

6'1

2017

Long Beach Poly

USC

Sidney

Cooks

C

6'4

2017

St. Joseph Catholic

Michigan State

Mikayla

Coombs

G

5'10

2017

Westeyan School

Uconn

Taya

Corosdale

F

6'3

2017

Bothell

Oregon State

Rennia

Davis

F

6'2

2017

Ribault Senior

Tennessee

Maya

Dodson

G

6'3

2017

St. Francis

Stanford

Dana

Evans

G

5'6

2017

West Side

Louisville

Raven

Farley-Clark

C

6'4

2017

Queen of Peace

LSU

Lexi

Gordon

G

5'11

2017

LD Bell

Uconn

Anastasia

Hayes

G

5'7

2017

Riverda;e

Tennessee

Kasiyahna

Kushkituah

C

6'4

2017

St. Francis

Tennessee

Destiny

Littleton

G

5'9

2017

The Bishop School

USC

Alexis

Morris

G

5'6

2017

Legacy Christian

Baylor

Autumn

Newby

F

6'2

2017

Archer

Vanderbilt

Chasity

Patterson

G

5'5

2017

North Shore

Texas

Danielle

Patterson

C

6'3

2017

Mary Louis Academy

Notre Dame

Deauzya

Richards

F

6'1

2017

Cypress Ranch

Baylor

Satou

Sabally

G

6'3

2017

Berlin

Oregon

Megan

Walker

G

6'1

2017

Monacan

Uconn

Evina

Westbrook

G

6'0

2017

South Salem

Tennessee

Jade

Williams

C

6'4

2017

The Colony

Duke

Kiana

Williams

G

5'7

2017

Wagner

Stanford 153


JORDAN BRAND REGIONAL GAME : RED TEAM Jersey

First Name

Last Name

Pos.

Height

Weight

EYBL Team

Year

School

College Committed

0

Chris

Lykes

G

5'6

160

Team Takeover (DC)

2017

Gonzaga

Miami

1

Daron

Russell

G

5'11

160

Team Final (PA)

2017

Imhotep Charter

Rhode Island

2

Collin

Gillespie

G

6'10

215

N/A

2017

Archbishop Wood

Villanova

4

Jamir

Harris

G

6'10

175

Playaz Club (NJ)

2017

The Patrcik School

Minnesota

5

Walter

Whyte

F

6'5

210

PSA Cardinals (NY)

2017

St. Luke's

Boston University

10

Dhamir

Cosby-Roundtree

F

6'8

215

Team Final (PA)

2017

Neumann-Goretti

Villanova

14

Kimani

Lawrence

F

6'7

180

Expressions Elite (MA)

2017

New Hampton School

Arizona State

18

Clifton

Moore

F

6'10

212

N/A

2017

Hatboro Horsham

Indiana

22

Deng

Gak

F

6'10

195

PSA Cardinals (NY)

2017

Blair Academy

Miami

23

Jermaine

Samuels

F

6'6

205

Expressions Elite (MA)

2017

Rivers School

Villanova

35

Bourama

Sidibe

C

6'11

225

N/A

2017

St. Benedict's Prep

Syracuse

JORDAN BRAND REGIONAL GAME : BLUE TEAM Jersey

First Name

Last Name

Pos.

Height

Weight

EYBL Team

Year

School

College Committed

1

Jordan

Tucker

F

6'7

207

The RENS (NY)

2017

Wheeler

Undecided

2

Keith

Williams

G

6'4

190

N/A

2017

Bishop Loughlin

Cincinnati

3

Anthony

Gaines

F

6'5

190

City Rocks (NY)

2017

New Hampton

Northwestern

5

Brandon

Randolph

G

6'6

180

PSA Cardinals (NY)

2017

Westtown

Arizona

10

Jose

Alvarado

G

6'1

155

The RENS (NY)

2017

Christ the King

Georgia Tech

11

Isaiah

Washington

G

6'1

160

N/A

2017

St. Raymond

Minnesota

13

Chris

Duarte

G

6'5

180

New York Lightning

2017

Redemption Christian

Undecided

22

Hasahn

French

F

6'7

230

PSA Cardinals (NY)

2017

Commonwealth Academy

St. Louis

30

Andrew

Platek

G

6'4

180

City Rocks (NY)

2017

Northfield Mount Hermond

North Carolina

33

Greg

Calixte

F

6'8

230

The RENS (NY)

2017

Mt. Vernon

Undecided

34

Jordan

Nwora

F

6'8

220

The RENS (NY)

2017

Vermont Academy

Louisville

154


JORDAN BRAND GLOBAL GAME : RED TEAM Jersey

First Name

Last Name

Pos.

Height

Weight

EYBL Team

Year

School

College Committed

13

Tomas

Chapero

P

6-8

187

Bahia Basket

Argentina Gonzaga

Miami

6

Gregor

Glas

G

6-4

173

KK Primorska

Slovenia

Imhotep Charter

Rhode Island

9

Kilian

Hayes

G

6-4

204

Cholet

France

Archbishop Wood

Villanova

15

Josh

Hemmings

W

6-8

210

Oak Hill Academy

Canada

The Patrcik School

Minnesota

7

Theo

Maledon

G

6-3

170

Insep

France

St. Luke's

Boston University

12

Karlo

Matkovic

P

6-6

201

Cedevita Zagreb

Croatia

Neumann-Goretti

Villanova

8

Cashius

McNeilly

G

6-4

177

Thornlea H.S.

Canada

New Hampton School

Arizona State

11

Francisco

Paulino Mota

W

6-5

225

Pope John H.S.

Dominican Republic

Hatboro Horsham

Indiana

16

Isaiah

Stewart

P

6-8

240

McQuaid Jesuit H.S.

USA

Blair Academy

Miami

17

Allen

Udemadu

P

6-10

120

Pro Vision H.S.

Nigeria

Rivers School

Villanova

14

Lance

Ware

W

6-8

195

Life Center Academy USA

St. Benedict's Prep

Syracuse

JORDAN BRAND GLOBAL GAME : BLUE TEAM Jersey

First Name

Last Name

Pos.

Height

Weight

EYBL Team

Year

School

College Committed

4

Posh

Alexander

G

5-10

167

Our Saviour Lutheran

USA

Gonzaga

Miami

10

Kay

Bruhnke

W

6-5

193

Regnitzal Basket

Germany

Imhotep Charter

Rhode Island

14

Bernardo

Da Silva

P

6-8

195

Wasatch Academy

Brazil

Archbishop Wood

Villanova

18

N'Faly

Dante

P

7-0

220

Sunrise Christian School

Mali

The Patrcik School

Minnesota

6

Tom

Digbeu

G

6-3

159

FC Barcelona

France

St. Luke's

Boston University

15

Elijah

Hutchins-Everett

P

6-10

224

DePaul HS

USA

Neumann-Goretti

Villanova

5

Jermaine

Miranda

G

6-2

180

Colegio Bautista Caguas

Puerto Rico

New Hampton School

Arizona State

7

Addison

Patterson

W

6-6

190

Athlete Institute

Canada

Hatboro Horsham

Indiana

11

Jamie

Pradilla Gayan

P

6-6

232

Basket Zaragoza 2002 S.A.D

Spain

Blair Academy

Miami

8

Karem

Queeley

G

6-3

186

Real Madrid

United Kingdom

Rivers School

Villanova

12

Nicolas

Rogkavopoulos

W

6-5

182

Doukas

Greece

St. Benedict's Prep

Syracuse

155


NIKE HOOP SUMMIT BOX SCORES

156


GIRLS EYBL 2017 DIVISONS

157


158

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