2017 Peach Jam Preview

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17U STANDINGS

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ALL EYBL TEAMS

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TEAM PREVIEWS

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Q&A

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CONTENTS D1 Circuit’s Peach Jam Preview | July 2017

PEACH JAM HISTORY

96-120 17U ROSTERS 122-125 17U PEACH JAM SCHEDULE

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E16/15 POOLS

PLAYER FEATURES

127-134 E16 ROSTERS/ PREVIEW 135-137 NIKE 15 ELITE SCHEDULE

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BOL BOL

138-140 E16 FINALS SCHEDULE

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COLE ANTHONY

141-143 ESPN TOP 100

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COLE SWIDER

144-145 NIKE ELITE 100

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MARVIN BAGLEY III

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SIMI SHITTU

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TRE JONES

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EYBL IN THE NBA DRAFT

INSIDE CONTENTS

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Managing Editor

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Writer / Editor

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PREVIEW

ROSTER

ALL OHIO RED

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BABC

34-35

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BOO WILLIAMS

60-61

99

BRADLEY BEAL ELITE

72-73

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CAL SUPREME

70-71

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CIA BOUNCE

76-77

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E1T1 UNITED

24-25

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EXPRESSIONS ELITE

68-69

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HOUSTON HOOPS

42-43

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HOWARD PULLEY

14-15

106

MEANSTREETS

44-45

107

MOKAN ELITE

18-19

108

NIKE PHAMILY

20-21

110

NIKE TEAM FLORIDA

56-57

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NEW YORK LIGHTNING

22-23

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OAKLAND SOLDIERS

74-75

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PLAYAZ CLUB

52-53

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PSA CARDINALS

66-67

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RM5 ELITE

40-41

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TEAM CP3

38-39

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TEAM FINAL

58-59

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TEAM MELO

16-17

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TEAM PENNY

50-51

119

TEAM TAKEOVER

36-37

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ALBANY CITY ROCKS

54-55

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2017 NIKE EYBL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS DIVISION A ALL OHIO RED (OH) MEANSTREETS (IL) NEW YORK LIGHTNING (NY) OAKLAND SOLDIERS (CA) HOUSTON HOOPS (TX) THE FAMILY DETROIT (MI) SPIECE INDY HEAT (IN) TEAM FINAL (PA) MAC IRVIN FIRE (IL) PLAYGROUND ELITE (WI)

DIVISION C

BOO WILLIAMS (VA) TEAM CP3 (NC) E1T1 UNITED (FL) TEAM MELO (MD) CIA BOUNCE (CAN) NIKE TEAM FLORIDA (FL) NIKE SOUTH BEACH SEATTLE ROTARY (WA) UPLAY CANADA (CAN) PORTLAND BC (OR)

13 - 3 11 - 5 10 - 6 9-7 8-8 7-9 7-9 7-9 3 - 13 2 - 14

13 - 3 13 - 3 12 - 4 9-7 8-8 8-8 6 - 10 4 - 12 3 - 13 2 - 14

DIVISION B

HOWARD PULLEY (MN) CAL SUPREME ELITE (CA) PSA CARDINALS (NY) THE CITY ROCKS (NY) RM5 ELITE (TX) PLAYAZ CLUB (NJ) RENAISSANCE (NY) PRO SKILLS (TX) LAS VEGAS PROSPECTS (NV) NIKE PHAMILY (CA)

13 - 3 13 - 3 11 - 5 10 - 6 9-7 9-7 8-8 5 - 11 3 - 13 2 - 14

DIVISION D

BRADLEY BEAL ELITE (MO) MOKAN ELITE (KS) EXPRESSIONS ELITE (MA) TEAM TAKEOVER (DC) BABC (MA) TEAM PENNY (TN) MEBO TEAM ELITE (MS) GEORGIA STARS (GA) SOUTHERN STAMPEDE (GA) TEAM UNITED (NC)

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NIKE ALL-EYBL 1ST TEAM TRE JONES

Games Played: 15 Team Record: 13-3 Stats: 19.3 PPG, 56.5 FG%, 80.0 FT% (68 FTM), 8.3 APG, 5.4 RPG, 1.9 SPG (1.8 TOPG) 4.6-1 AST-TO

KELDON JOHNSON

Games Played: 16 Team Record: 13-3 Stats: 20.7 PPG, 51.6 FG%, 74.6 FT% (94 FTM), 8.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.5 SPG

JONTAY PORTER Games Played: 16 Team Record: 11-5 Stats: 18.1 PPG, 46.3 FG%, 43.2 FG% (38 3PTM), 12.6 RPG, 2.6 BPG, 2.2 APG, 1.1 SPG (1.3 FPG)

MARVIN BAGLEY III Games Played: 15 Team Record: 2-14 Stats: 25.8 PPG, 54.6 FG%, 14.9 RPG, 3.7 BPG, 1.7 APG (1.1 FPG)

BOL BOL Games Played: 15 Team Record: 13-3 Stats: 24.1 PPG, 65.6 FG%, 83.3 FT%, 48.9 3PT%, 10.0 RPG, 4.5 BPG, 1.9 SPG (1.3 FPG)

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NIKE ALL-EYBL 2ND TEAM COBY WHITE Games Played: 16 Team Record: 13-3 Stats: 21.6 PPG, 55.9 FG%, 24 3PTM, 3.5 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.3 SPG

FOSTER LOYER

Games Played: 16 Team Record: 13-3 Stats: 17.5 PPG, 50.3 FG%, 42.5 3PT% (37 3PTM), 98.8 FT% (83/84 FT), 3.7 APG, 2.9 RPG

CAMERON REDDISH Games Played: 16 Team Record: 7-9 Stats: 22.6 PPG, 75.9 FT% (107 FTM), 7.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.5 SPG

SIMI SHITTU Games Played: 16 Team Record: 8-8 Stats: 20.1 PPG, 58.5 FG%, 10.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.4 BPG, 1.2 SPG

EMMITT WILLIAMS Games Played: 16 Team Record: 12-4 Stats: 17.6 PPG, 48.0 3PT% (12 3PTM), 11.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.3 BPG

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NIKE ALL-EYBL 3RD TEAM DARIUS GARLAND

Games Played: 16 Team Record: 13-3 Stats: 16.8 PPG, 85.0 FT% (68 FTM), 4.8 APG, 3.1 RPG, 1.1 SPG

COLE ANTHONY

Games Played: 15 Team Record: 11-5 Stats: 16.3 PPG, 46.1 FG%, 81.7 FT% (89 FTM), 7.0 APG, 3.4 RPG, 2.6 SPG (1.9 TOPG)

AYO DOSUNMU Games Played: 16 Team Record: 3-13 Stats: 23.2 PPG, 47.8 FG%, 79.0 FT% (94 FTM - second), 3.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.4 SPG

COLE SWIDER Games Played: 16 Team Record: 10-6 Stats: 19.4 PPG, 82.6 FT% (38 FTM), 35 3PTM, 6.3 RPG, 1.6 SPG

IGNAS BRAZDEIKIS Games Played: 15 Team Record: 13-3 Stats: 24.1 PPG, 65.6 FG%, 83.3 FT%, 48.9 3PT%, 10.0 RPG, 4.5 BPG, 1.9 SPG (1.3 FPG)

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POOL A

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HOWARD PULLEY

Season Record: 13-3 Coach: Antwan ‘Luv’ Harris Director: Rene Pulley

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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fter a narrow season-opening loss, the Panthers rattled off 13 consecutive wins en route to the number one overall seed in this year’s Peach Jam. Led by star junior and EYBL Offensive Player of the Year Tre Jones, Pulley trots out a lineup that features five veterans and four underclassmen, leading to a balanced effort that is well-managed under head coach Luv Harris. The Panthers turned in a terrific regular season in 2016, only to fall one win short of Peach Jam bracket play. This year’s version of Pulley is disciplined and explosive, making them a tough out in Pool A. The Panthers are due for some Peach Jam success, and we like their chances in 2017. 14


THE STAR

Jones is the straw that stirs the drink for the Panthers. This was more apparent than ever when Jones left their second-to-last game with an ankle sprain. They proceeded to lose that contest as well as their season finale, struggling to find any sustained success without their leader. Jones led the EYBL regular season in assists, while averaging 19.1 points per game on 56 percent shooting. He has showcased a muchimproved finishing ability, and is the Panthers’ catalyst on defense. The 6-foot-3 guard is a joy to watch run an offense, and it’s evident that his teammates love running with him. This is one of the very few cases in which a single player will determine how far a team advances, but that reigns true for the Panthers. If Jones plays, he plays well, and at full strength is he arguably the best point guard at Peach Jam.

Starring next to Jones in the backcourt is junior Gabe Kalscheur. The 6-foot5 sharpshooter was second in the circuit in 3-pointers made (51), turning into a bonafide sniper in his second year of EYBL action. His play earned him EYBL regular season honorable mention, and he proved that the Panthers own one of the deadliest perimeter shooters in the nation. After Kalscheur, the backcourt is a bit thing. Junior Ryan Larson will see significant minutes in a reserve role, while 6-foot-6 sophomore Courtney Brown Jr. allows the Panthers to play big if need be. If healthy, it’s highly unlikely that Jones will come off the floor, unless the game is already in hand. Jones and Kalscheur have been here before, so playing off that experience will be crucial when they face the 5-game pool play gauntlet in July.

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There is a lot to like about the Panthers’ frontcourt. Manning the middle on both ends is 6-foot-9 junior Daniel Oturu. Also a veteran of the 2016 season, Oturu has blossomed into one of the league’s most imposing big men, relying on a blend of size, length and elite footwork to attack the opposition. Already committed to the University of Minnesota, Oturu will be playing free and easy in front of the college coaches in July, and the ever-improving big man will have his fair share of interior battles. Oturu’s partner-in-crime is 6-foot-8 junior Jarvis Thomas. Simply put, Thomas is one of the best athletes in the country. The bouncy forward can impact a game in a number of different fashions, and does a lot of the dirty work for the Panthers. Lost in his highlight-reel dunks is his ability to facilitate; Thomas is second on the squad in assists. Rounding out the majority of the minutes in the frontcourt is sophomore David Roddy. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound bruiser played sparingly as a freshman last season, and has blossomed into one of the most intriguing prospects in the state. Best comparison? Former BABC stud Bonzie Colson. Roddy gets drastically better every time he steps on the EYBL court, and we expect him to use the month and half off to improve his game across the board.

If the Panthers enter North Augusta with a fully-healthy lineup, anything less than advancing to bracket play will be considered a disappointment. They have all the pieces necessary to make a legitimate run at the Peach Jam crown, and will need a clean bill of health for Mr. Jones, as well as his entire supporting cast. In competitive games, the Panthers usually sport a eight-man rotation, so it is imperative that each member stays injury-free. As far as players go, Thomas and Roddy are the two wildcards. If they perform like they did in Atlanta and Los Angeles, the Panthers will have one of the top front courts at the Peach Jam.

X-FACTOR: HEALTH

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TEAM MELO

Season Record: 9-7 Coach: Keith Goodie Director: Robert ‘Bay’ Frazier Co-Director: Donald Duncan

BALTIMORE, MD

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our squads made their debut in the 2017 NIKE EYBL, and Team Melo was the only one to secure a Peach Jam berth. Maryland’s Elite Youth Basketball affiliate, sponsored by Carmelo Anthony, depended on a deep, talented rotation that proved to be one of the most balanced squads in the country. Led by talented junior Noah Locke, Melo’s 10-man rotation survived the rigors of the circuit while finding their identity as a squad. They will be underdogs in a strong Pool A, but their season-long output made it clear that they are a threat to everyone in their way. They pride themselves on their defense, and if they are locked in, they can beat anyone in the field. 16


THE STAR

Locke is the star for this squad, evidenced by his team-high 18.2 points per game. The 6-foot-3 sniper led the circuit in three-point shooting, knocking down 53 triples at a 49.5 percent clip. His ability to put the ball in the bucket should keep Melo competitive, especially if his defense matches up. Locke averages a teamhigh 1.6 steals per game, setting the defensive tone for his teammates. The one knock on Locke would be his lack of assists, a problem that should shore up with ease after a month of practice with his talented teammates. If you like bucketgetters, Locke is your guy, and his skills will be crucial for Melo moving forward.

Four guards run alongside Locke, led by juniors Wynston Tabbs (13.1 PPG) and Brendan Adams (8.2 PPG). They combined to hit 86 three-pointers at a 43 percent rate, which is arguably the most efficient shooting trio in the Peach Jam field. Tabbs played the first session with Team Takeover, and flourished in a scoring role after moving over to Melo. Tabbs turned himself into one of the most efficient offensive players in the field, shooting 44 percent from distance and 76 percent from the line during the regular season with Melo. Junior Tyree Myers (4.4 PPG, 5.0 APG) leads the squad in assists, and the 6-foot point guard improved with every session. Defensive-specialist Demetrius Mims rounds out a deep rotation, one that may turn some heads at the Riverpark Activities Center.

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Perry Hall (MD) teammates Anthony Higgs (6.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG) and LaQuil Hardnett (7.7 PPG, 5.8 RPG) lead the way in the frontcourt. Higgs and Hardnett are versatile forwards who produce without having plays called for them, pairing terrific motors with developing skillsets. Both shot over 55 percent from the floor in the regular season, so it will be very interesting to see if their production rises with more looks. 6-foot-10 junior big man Nate Roberts hasn’t played up to his massive potential, and if he does, Melo becomes a different team. Roberts is much better than his statistics indicate, and he’ll be one of the better rim-protectors in North Augusta. 6-foot-7 junior Ike Nweke (5.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG) is the perfect glue-guy for Melo, and he figures to continue to see major minutes in a reserve role.

Locke and Tabbs have proven to be the two dynamic playmakers, and if a third steps up, Team Melo becomes absolutely scary. Seven of their rotation players average between 3.4 and 8.2 points per game, further indicating that they need a third to step up. Hardnett is the most likely suspect to step up into a more featured role, as his averages and production rate begs for more minutes and looks on the offensive end. Adams is another candidate to break out, while it’s just as likely that Tabbs turns into a bigger star alongside Locke. Basically, Melo needs a scoring punch at the Peach Jam, and the best place to find it is likely in a third-party.

X-FACTOR:

3RD SCORER 17


MOKAN ELITE

Season Record: 11-5 Coach: Chris Neff Director: Matt Suther

WICHITA, KS

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OKAN took home the 2016 Peach Jam crown behind an incredible run led by Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr. Obviously that led to lofty expectations this season, and MOKAN answered the call. Junior Jontay Porter, also a veteran of last year’s title run, put together one of the best all-around seasons EYBL history. He helped lead MOKAN to an 8-0 start, landing atop the D1 Power 10 for half of the regular season. They limped to a 3-5 finish to close out the season, and depth might be the reason why. MOKAN only runs eight players in their rotation, a liability that might catch up to them if injury strikes in North Augusta. That being said, MOKAN is one of the most disciplined and well-coached squads on the circuit, and they play as a team. All eight rotation players understand and own their role, something that can be said of very few18 grassroots teams.


THE STAR

Porter is MOKAN’s go-to guy, and he’s one of the best players in the entire country. The 6-foot-10 point-forward earned First-Team All-EYBL honors, averaging 18.1 points in 16 regular season games. His numbers speak for themselves, but Porter also passes every eye test. He plays with a sense of confidence and purpose that he already knows he’s better than people think he is. It can’t be easy playing in the shadow of the top recruit in the nation, but Porter has proven he’d be a star no matter who his brother is. As long as he’s on the court and the offense is filtering through him, MOKAN will be an extremely tough out in Pool A.

Juniors Cooper Kaifes, Israel Barnes and Ochai Agbaji start in the backcourt for MOKAN, and all three showed flashes of greatness during the regular season. Kaifes stood out league-wide, knocking down 35 three-pointers while shooting 44.9 percent from behind-the-arc. Barnes proved to be their most aggressive guard, earning a team-high 82 free throw attempts (70.7%), while Agbaji cemented himself as one of the best perimeter defenders on the circuit. Sophomore Tylor Perry sees big minutes in a reserve role off the bench, and is a valuable commodity behind-the-arc. This is a group of unsung heroes, and if MOKAN has any plans of replicating last year’s success, they’ll need this group to take their abilities to the next level.

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Porter does a bit of everything for MOKAN, and he’s joined by three talented role-players. 6-foot-7 sophomore Malik Hall (9.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG) has settled into his support role nicely, providing MOKAN with a long, athletic forward who can stretch the floor. 6-foot-11 Roman Wilson, also a sophomore, has gotten better as he’s seen more minutes, while 6-foot7 junior Parker Braun (5.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG) has been rock solid as an energy guy for head coach Chris Neff. Like most frontcourts, they will need to stay out of foul trouble - especially Porter. This unit practices quite a bit with one-another and figure to be playing their best ball come July.

When MOKAN has found themselves in trouble, it’s been due to their lack of an offensive scoring punch. Porter makes things go on that end of the floor, but defenses will likely double-team him constantly, which means MOKAN needs one of their other seven players to step up. All four guards are capable of scoring in double-figures, while Kaifes is capable of getting red-hot from behind-the-arc. MOKAN will need to avoid any extended scoring lulls against their five pool play opponents. Their defense will keep them in games, but they’ll need their offense to catch fire if they want to make serious run. Their perimeter offense shouldn’t be a problem; MOKAN is second in the Peach Jam field with 119 threes made.

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NIKE

PHAMILY

Season Record: 2-14 Coach: Marvin Bagley Director: Marvin Bagley

LOS ANGELES, CA

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egardless of popular opinion on the matter, the Phamily is in the Peach Jam, which is clearly a business decision for the NIKE Elite Youth Basketball brass. The 2-14 Phamily struggled mightily during the regular season, not able to capitalize on the remarkable season-long statistical output Marvin Bagley III. Ultimately, Bagley didn’t have enough help alongside him, which resulted in a less-than-impressive record while losing numerous close games. The Phamily will have a rare shot at redemption, but if you think they won’t be competitive, than you’ve never seen Bagley play. If they advance out of Pool A, it would be one of the better stories of the season. 20


THE STAR

Bagley absolutely tore apart the EYBL competition in 2017. No one made more field goals (142), scored more points (387), grabbed more rebounds (223) or played more minutes (357) than the 6-foot-11 junior. Bagley’s regular-season averages were some of the best of all time, putting up 25.8 PPG, 14.9 RPG, 3.1 BPG, 1.7 APG while shooting 54.6% from the floor. In reality, pinpointing an area of Bagley’s game that isn’t incredibly refined is a very difficult task. Bagley pairs his talent with a non-stop motor and the on-court smarts of a point guard, and his play during the regular season cemented every bit of his hype. The FirstTeam All-EYBL performer will be the most talented player in the Peach Jam, and as long as he’s on the floor, the Phamily have a chance against anyone they play.

he Phamily backcourt features five players, led by junior Ofure Ujadughele (6.7 PPG) and sophomore EJ Jackson (6.3 PPG). The 5-foot-7 Jackson mans the point for the Phamily, while Ujadughele is the squad’s best perimeter defender. Talented junior scorer Bryce Hamilton joined the squad during the final two sessions, and his presence at Peach Jam would be huge for an underperforming backcourt. 6-foot-7 freshman Marcus Bagley (5.5 PPG) suffered a leg injury which kept him out for an extended period of time during the second half of the season, and he should provide a lift now that’s he’s back to 100%. Elijah Scranton, BJ Askew and Jayce McCain round out a set of guards that will be looking to obtain a stronger identity before Peach Jam play.

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Bagley is as close to a one-man show as you can get, but he was aided by the addition of junior EYBL veteran KJ Hymes (4.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG). The 6-foot-10 forward joined the Phamily after beginning the season with the Las Vegas Prospects, and struggled to find the necessary chemistry alongside Bagley. These two are unlikely to spend much time on the bench during July, so if they want to win, they’ll need to learn to play alongside each other effectively. Junior swingman Spencer Washington joined the fray mid-season, and the brother of the Kentucky-bound PJ Washington could provide a spark if his perimeter jumper is on.

One thing is expected; Bagley will be better than ever. But will he have the help he needs in order for it to show in the win/loss column? That remains to be seen. The Phamily will use the month of June and early July to shore up their strategies, but they will certainly need a player or two to step up their game in North Augusta. A strong candidate is Ujadughele, who is much more effective than his statistics imply. He and Hamilton are highly sought after recruits for a reason, and if they play like it in July, that should bode very well for their chances in Pool Play. They already tried the Bagley ‘do-it-all’ approach, which only further proved that the star big man needs some big time assistance in South Carolina.

X-FACTOR: HELP 21


NEW YORK LIGHTNING

Season Record: 10-6 Coach: Shandue McNeill Director: Dana Dingle

NEW YORK, NY

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he New York Lightning might be the EYBL’s biggest surprise squad in 2017, flying under-theradar en route to a 10-6 regular season finish. Head coach Shandue McNeill implemented a rotation that ran nine deep in the regular season, and while they didn’t have a bonafide star, their core proved to be more than talented enough to win on the circuit. They got hot during the middle of the season, winning six in a seven game stretch, including four over Peach Jam bound squads. Junior guards Jaren Rhoden and Anthony Nelson will likely be at the top of the stat sheet during the month of July, but it will continue to take a team effort in order to continue their winning ways. 22


THE STAR

As mentioned before, Rhoden and Nelson are their horses, but Rhoden has stepped up his game to another level. Lightning Director Dana Dingle was very high on Rhoden coming into the season, and Rhoden did nothing but back up that positive sentiment, leading the Lightning in scoring (14.1 PPG) and rebounding (5.1). The 6-foot-6 playmaker earned EYBL regular season Honorable Mention, and a big reason why is his efficiency. Rhoden shot 55.9 percent from the floor on 161 shot attempts, 73 percent from the line and 39 percent from behind-the-arc - all team highs. The Lightning will undoubtedly be relying on Rhoden during July, and if he steps up to the plate, the Lightning will have one of their best chances to reach Peach Jam bracket play, which would be a first as a program.

The Lightning backcourt doesn’t lack depth, and for numbers purposes, we will treat Rhoden as a small forward. The 6-foot-4 Nelson (10.5 PPG) is their most aggressive player, evidenced by his team-high 39 free throws made. Nelson is long and athletic, making him a terrific defender and the perfect complement to Rhoden. Freshman Posh Alexander (7.6 PPG) and junior Junub Chuol (9.4 PPG) play big minutes for McNeill, and both shot over 50 percent from the floor for the regular season. Director Dingle’s son Jordan Dingle (6.8 PPG) and Jalen Hawkins (5.8 PPG) form one of the best bench duos on the circuit. Both blew up for double-digit scoring games during the regular season, and that scoring punch off the bench should help them steal a game or two in pool play. The Lightning only connected on 64 threes on the year, so if they can continue to improve from distance, that will help shore up a noticeable liability.

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The Lightning frontcourt is thin, but very talented. Rhoden defends most team’s small forward, and the offense usually filters through his skills. 6-foot-11 junior Joel Mensah (7.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG) got better with every session, averaging over double-figures during the season’s second half. Their best frontcourt player is arguably their youngest. 6-foot-10 sophomore Aidan Igiehon is an absolute monster of a prospect, and has shown flashes of greatness - including five double-figure performances. Whie his consistency needs improvement, Igiehon is only going to get better as he plays more minutes. Fredelin De La Cruz rounds out the frontcourt, and the junior proved his worth while playing big minutes in the mid-season. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 10.1 PPG in four wins over Peach Jam squads.

When the Lightning defend, they win. In their six losses, they gave up 75.5 points per game, while allowing 10 fewer points per game less in their 10 wins. Their entire rotation is gifted athletically, and when a group like that buys into the defensive-first mindset, you get yourself a team like McNeill’s. Like most athletic teams, the Lightning excel in transition, but they can’t get in a rhythm unless their defense is on point. On paper, they are more than capable of beating every team in their pool. The Lightning will be one of the Peach Jam’s biggest sleepers, so don’t be surprised if they advance out of a tough Pool A.

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E1T1 UNITED

Season Record: 12-4 Coach: Steve Reece Director: Steve Reece

ORLANDO, FL

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nother year, another stellar showing from Orlando’s Elite Youth Basketball representative. Head coach Steve Reece guided E1T1 to a 12-4 regular season finish, riding the dominance of veteran junior Emmitt Williams. United totes a bevy of talent across all positions, and their core is as good as any on the circuit. Take away a couple head-scratching losses, and E1T1 may have taken home the regular season title. In the last game of the season, E1T1 took out number one seed Team CP3, proving that they are capable of taking out anyone. Simply put, E1T1 is a serious contender, and anything less than a trip to bracket play would be a disappointment. Also worth noting - if you like offense, E1T1 may just be you’re team; they averaged (74.8 PPG) during 24 the regular season.


THE STAR

As mentioned before, Williams is their horse. The 6-foot-7 freak athlete keeps adding to his overall arsenal, but it’s his rebounding, motor and basketball IQ that put him on the map. He implements a natural rebounding ability with his impressive length, while playing with an energy level that is difficult to match. Williams, a Second Team All-EYBL performer, is E1T1’s on-court leader and operates as one of the most veteran players on the circuit. Now that he’s confidently knocking down perimeter jumpers, Williams is one of the hardest players on the circuit to defend. The best part about Williams’ game is you can tell how much he wants it. He’s a born-winner, and leaves it all on the court every time out.

Juniors Antwann Jones, Will Richardson and Nick Honor receive the bulk of the minutes in the backcourt, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more talented trio at Peach Jam. All three are dynamic scorers in high school, and each one has shown off different aspects of their respective games. Jones has become a strong facilitator in addition to his offensive arsenal, while Richardson has shown off his rebounding and defensive abilities. Both are proven scorers and capable of going off on a moment’s notice. Honor is the best shooter of the bunch, knocking down 31 threes at a 38.3% clip. Throw in Samir Stewart and Jimmy Beane, and E1T1 presents one of the deepest and most talented backcourts in the country. Expect this unit to have a huge July.

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United has limited options alongside Williams, but they’re obviously equipped with more than enough talent to win. Junior big man Bryce Workman also gets big minutes in the frontcourt, and has proven to be very productive in his role. A 6-foot-8 high-energy player, Workman averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 62.1 percent from the floor. 6-foot-8 swingman Joshua Mballa (5.5 PPG) is one of the most underrated players on the circuit, and he will have a huge opportunity to get more college looks in July. It remains to be seen whether or not Mballa will be back from Francie in time for the tournament. While E1T1 will undoubtedly play small, they’ve actually been one of the better rebounding teams in the EYBL. There are a number of talented frontcourt in their pool, so Mballa and James will need to consistently produce if E1T1 has hopes of advancing.

When E1T1 shoots it well, they win. Basically everyone in their rotation is capable of stretching the floor, and they will need to be on point from the perimeter to make up for their lack of size. If Williams gets minutes at the center position - which he almost assuredly will - then there will be times when all five players on the court can strike from the perimeter. E1T1 can get up and down with the best of them, preferring a frantic pace to pair with their elite speed and athleticism. If they impose their game-plan and play to their pace, E1T1 is a dark-horse to walk away with the Peach Jam crown.

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hen Tre Jones went down with an ankle injury in game number 15, two things happened. The first, is his candidacy for EYBL regular season Most Valuable Player took a hit. The second is simple, and may be the biggest argument as to why Mr. Jones should be MVP; the Howard Pulley Panthers became a completely different team. And not in a good way. The Panthers limped to the finish line, losing the game in which Jones excited, followed by a loss to the struggling Nike Phamily. It became abundantly clear just how important Jones was to Pulley’s success, and losing him for an extended period of time would be devastating. Luckily, Jones escaped serious injury, and the damage looks like it was limited to to those two losses. His absence showed just how important he is to the Panthers, and we’re sure no one would blame us if we awarded him MVP anyway. He was a razor-

close decision, but settling for top offensive player on the circuit is no small consolation. Through 14 and a half games, no player matched Jones’ overall offensive production. The 6-foot-3 floor general put up averages of 19.3 points, 56.5 FG%, 80.0 FT%, 8.3 assists and only 1.8 turnovers. He led the 13-3 Panthers to a share of the EYBL regular season title while accounting for over half of Pulley’s points. Jones’ offensive game improved across the board from a year ago. His court vision is dynamic, his decisionmaking nearly flawless, and he’s turned into one of the EYBL’s best finishers at the basket.

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MARVIN BAGLEY III THE COMPLETE PACKAGE

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number of words have been thrown out regarding the young man wearing 35 for Nike Phamily. Stellar. Dominant. Phenom. Hard-worker. Scorer. Potential. Marvin Bagley III’s 2017 supremely impressive regular season left few with any doubts about one of those superlatives regarding the budding superstar. “Best.” Bagley is the best player in the nation. That much is no longer up for debate. And by the end of the season, a second word had been cemented. “Toughest.” This second one? It’s not actually about Bagley, but nonetheless was revealed by his 2017 season. The NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League is damn tough. The EYBL already had this reputation throughout grassroots basketball circles, and it was further confirmed by Bagley’s team’s success; 28 there is absolutely nothing like the competition on the NIKE circuit.


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here is a reason the E in EYBL stands for Elite. The relentlessness of the EYBL reared it’s ugly head during Bagley’s junior run with the Nike Phamily. Unable to find much consistency across their rotation, Bagley’s Phamily stumbled to a 2-14 record. 16 games and only two wins? It’s not the first time that a team with a top recruit has struggled, but Bagley’s situation is unique. Why, you ask? Simple. Bagley put up arguably the best individual statistical season in NIKE EYBL history. Which brings us back to that word “best” again. Usually the elite recruit is the driving force in the win/loss column; as the player goes, so goes the team. Quite the contrary for Bagley. The 6-foot-11 junior absolutely ruled the competition over 16 games, leading the circuit in total points (387), points per game (25.8), field goals (142), rebounds per game (14.9), total rebounds (223), offensive rebounds (92), and minutes played (357). Throw in 47 blocks (3rd) at a 3.1 per-game clip, and you’re looking at the most complete player in the country. He was simply dominant. Bagley runs the floor with ease, attacks the boards with unmatched ferocity and is blessed with unlimited God-given athletic ability. A smooth lefty, Bagley can stretch the floor, take you off the dribble and effectively create for his teammates. Most importantly, Bagley plays with the effort of an unsigned senior. Every play could be his last, and Bagley plays as such.

You’re probably thinking, if he’s so good, why did the Phamily struggle so much this spring? That brings us back to “toughest”.

“UNTAPPED POTENTIAL” -ESPN’s Paul Biancardi While Bagley put up unreal statistics, the EYBL proved just how unforgiving it can be. 54 of ESPN’s 2018 Top 100 suited up on the circuit this year, including 15 of the top 25. 13 of their opponents had a record above .500, while 12 qualified for Peach Jam. The Phamily faced a ruthless schedule, and their rotating lineup around Bagley didn’t help matters. Four of their losses came by six points or less, as their chemistry was undeveloped. With ESPN 3-star junior teammates KJ Hymes and Bryce Hamilton in tow, as well as evolving underclassmen EJ Jackson (2019) and

Marcus Bagley (2020), the talent is there. They closed out the season with two wins in Los Angeles, proving they can play with the best. Rest assured, all of the factors came into play when the Elite Youth Basketball staff decided to grant Bagley’s Phamily an unprecedented wildcard bid to the Peach Jam. The decision didn’t come without backlash. A 2-14 team qualifying for Peach Jam is unheard of, especially considering the competition. A multitude of teams finished with higher records and missed out on playing in July. Why would the league subject themselves to that type of negative response? One reason; Marvin Bagley III.

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The 6-foot-11 super-prospect dubbed ‘Sweepstakes’ will have a gigantic target on his back in July, looking to validate a risky decision by the EYBL. Ultimately, the event would not have been the same without Bagley, who proved to be a fan favorite throughout the circuit. When asked what came to mind when they thought of Bagley, the industry’s most trusted names didn’t mince words regarding their superlatives. “Multi-talented,” said MADE Hoops’ Pat Lawless. “The best,” said Rivals’ Corey Evans. “Untapped potential,” ESPN’s Head of Recruiting Paul Biancardi concluded. Biancardi has had

him ranked atop ESPN’s 2018 rankings for four years, and for him to say his potential is just starting to show is a scary proposition.

“THE BEST” -Rivals’ Corey Evans

Yes, Bagley is an extraordinary talent. But what we’ve learned over the three years of covering him is that Bagley is more than just a basketball prodigy. He loves music, loves his family and has a passion for Jesus and the Bible. He knows he doesn’t have all of the answers, and that’s what makes his potential, as Biancardi said, ‘untapped.’

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is simply a good person. He is a God-fearing, always-willing-tohelp type of guy. Bagley’s father Marvin Jr. has zero doubts about what his future holds, and D1 Circuit doesn’t either. When you pair once-in-ageneration talent with a strong work ethic, a close-knit inner circle and a drive to get better, the product can be special. But there’s a fourth measure that Marvin Jr. puts above all else with his oldest son. And gives us our last, and most important, word to describe Bagley III. “Heart,” Bagley Jr. said confidently. “That’s what makes him special.”

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Season Record: 10-6 Coach: Leo Papile Director: Leo Papile

ABC has never missed the Peach Jam since it began in 1996, and the run continues with another strong squad in 2017. Head coach Leo Papile, a living legend in grassroots basketball, loved the makeup of his squad at the beginning of the season. They opened with a 6-2 record, finishing with a .500 record in the back half en route to a 10-6 finish and a wildcard berth. BABC runs about eight deep, and will be one of the top defensive squads in North Augusta. They own five wins over Peach Jam competition, which bodes well for their chances in Pool Play. If their patented zone press is clicking, Papile has more than enough weapons at his disposal to make a run at advancing. 34


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Cole Swider is their go-to guy. The 6-foot-8 junior excelled as the feature piece, averaging 19.4 points per game while shooting 49.5% from the floor. Capable of playing three positions, the versatile Swider led BABC in scoring, rebounding (6.3 per game) and steals (1.6 per game). Swider is efficient in multiple categories; he knocked down 42 threes in 16 games and shot 82.6% from the line in 46 attempts. The BABC faithful is hoping they get another performance like Swider had versus Team Takeover, a win in which he put up 37 points and 7 rebounds on 13-for-17 shooting, 7-for-9 from deep. If Swider catches fire, there isn’t a team in North Augusta that BABC can’t hang with.

BABC will unleash a trio of guards that combine to average 32 points per game, and they share one thing in common; they all play with a chip on their shoulder. Jakigh Dottin (12.8 PPG) and Shandon Brown (11.1 PPG) are multi-year veterans with the BABC program, and both have carved out perfect roles in Papile’s system. Dottin plays extremely physical, using an aggressive playing style to impact numerous statistical categories. Maurice Works completes the three-guard set, combining with Brown to hit 36 threes on the season. This squad backcourt a unique amount of team chemistry, and they are especially capable of catching fire if their press is on point.

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Swider will spend most of his time at the small forward position, leaving the middle to two-time Defensive Player of the Session Dimon Carrigan (7.1 PPG). The 6-foot-9 athlete has excelled in the EYBL, finishing with 3.4 blocks per game, good for second on the circuit. Do-it-all forward Caden Dumas is the perfect utility guy in the BABC rotation, and gives them another threat behind the arc. Juniors Alex Christie and Martin Mann will both see significant minutes off the bench. Both understand their role in the system and should provide some nice relief to the starters.

Take away an 11-point loss to Boo Williams, and BABC’s remaining five losses came by an average of four points per game. Therefore, if they can stay consistent throughout the course of a 32-minute contest, they be able to flip those narrow defeats to clutch wins. BABC is at their best when they’re getting up and down the floor. In their 10 wins, they average a hair over 75 points per game, compared to 63.8 in their six losses. Papile’s squad has all of the pieces necessary to advance to bracket play, but their ability to finish close games is their most noticeable drawback. One thing is certain - this team loves flying under-the-radar, and don’t be surprised if they spoil the fun for squads in Pool B.

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TAKEOVER

Season Record: 11-5 Coach: Keith Stevens Director: Keith Stevens

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eam Takeover might not have the star power of past seasons, but their 2017 regular season proved why they are one of the top grassroots organizations in the world. The 11-5 squad struggled out of the gates, going 4-4 through the season’s first half. Like the elite program they are, the Keith Stevens-led Takeover squad rallied to a 7-1 finish, and they will enter North Augusta as one of the league’s hottest teams. They play a hard-nosed style of basketball, deploying rotation that ranks up there with the best defensive squads in the field. Takeover only has eight players averaging between 4.6 and 10.9 points per game, so their rotation comes at you in waves. Takeover is always a contender in North Augusta, and this year will be no different. 36


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6-foot-10 junior Jalen Smith is one of the best big men in the country. Smith (10.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG) is the only double-digit scorer for Stevens, and he probably underperformed statistically over the 16-game schedule. The 2016-17 Baltimore City Player of the Year is a gifted athlete with an impressive frame, and Takeover would be smart to start filtering their offense through him more often; he shoots it at a 57.4 percent clip. Smith is a strong interior defender, an asset of his game that will be very beneficial against their frontcourt opposition in pool play. If Smith gets going, Takeover will be a tough out.

Junior Myles Dread (8.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG) has been rock solid in the starting lineup for Takeover. The 6-foot-4 Dread sets the tone defensively, and is a streaky shooter from the perimeter. 6-foot-6 guard Brandon Slater (7.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG) also starts in the backcourt, and the Villanova commit is a prime candidate to break out in July. Slater is a superb defender for Takeover, usually taking on the opposition’s best swingman. 6-foot-2 juniors Tre’ Wood and Xavier Johnson run the point for Takeover, each supplying strong facilitation skills. Sophomore Anthony Harris is one of the best underclassman shooters in the EYBL, knocking down 20 threes at a 46.5 percent clip.

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Smith rarely comes off the court for Takeover in a thin frontcourt. 6-foot-9 forward Bryce Golden (8.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG) has been solid on both ends of the floor, and will likely need to improve on his production against the frontcourts of Pool B. 7-foot-1 junior Aapeli Syrjamaki receives sparse minutes at the center position, and is relied on mainly for his defensive skills. Takeover is accustomed to playing small, so expect Slater and Dread to both see minutes in the frontcourt over the course of Peach Jam. Their lack of size hasn’t led to any noticeable deficiencies, but Smith will definitely need to stay out of foul trouble.

Everyone and their mother knows that Takeover is going to lock you down defensively, but in 2017, their offense struggled to keep up. They have the necessary amount of talent to put up bigger numbers, but this just isn’t a squad that is going to blow you out of the water in the scoring department. They will face some heavy-hitters in Pool play, making it a necessity that they improve their current offensive output. They showed flashes of greatness during the season’s second half, and they did it without scoring as well as they’re capable of on paper. The talent is there, and we can’t wait to see how Stevens improved his squad during June and early July.

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TEAM CP3

Season Record: 13-3 Coach: Andy Poplin Director: CJ Paul

WINSTON-SALEM, NC

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eam CP3 earned a share of the 2017 regular season title, finishing 13-3 behind one of the most talented rotations in the country. Head coach Andy Poplin is a defensive wizard, and he was on his game; CP3 held opponents under 70 points in 12 out of 16 games. That statistic becomes more impressive when realizing they are the third-best offensive squad on the circuit at 76 points per game. CP3 has had tremendous success in recent Peach Jam appearances, and this year’s expectations figure to be no different. 38


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Coby White and Jaylen Hoard share the spotlight for CP3, each taking on very different roles. White, a Second Team All-EYBL performer, is a prolific scorer. The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 21.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 55.9% from the floor. He also recorded teamhigh averages in steals (1.3) and three-pointers (24). White is verballycommitted to North Carolina, and will play pressure-free in July, which is a scary proposition for their pool play opponents. Hoard, a 6-foot-8 junior and All-EYBL Honorable Mention selection, averaged 14.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 16 regular season games. Hoard versatility on both ends will be key, and he’s already proven he can stretch the floor with 15 threes made.

White leads the backcourt, and he has plenty of help. Montverde (FL) junior Leaky Black averaged 8.6 PPG, 3.8 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.2 SPG in 11 regular season games, proving to be one of the more versatile guards in the EYBL. The 6-foot-8 Black plays more like a guard, but is usually required to match up with a larger player defensively. Black is also verbally committed to the Tar Heels, so he also won’t have the burden of college coach stress. Greensboro Day (NC) teammates John Newman (8.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.3 APG) and Will Dillard (4.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.2 APG) both put up numbers that prove they are more than just lock-down defenders. Their stellar defense will be on full-display, as will dualsport athlete Tre Turner (7.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG). The 6-foot-4 stud WR/ CB on the gridiron provides one of the best sparks off the bench in the nation.

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Hoard is their biggest player at 6-foot-8, which presents CP3’s only noticeable liability. He usually guards the opposing team’s tallest player, and does so with efficiency due to his long frame and quick feet. Alongside Hoard is 6-foot-7 swingman Hunter Tyson (8.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG) is one of the most unsung players in the league, and he’s due to explode onto the scene in July. He’s a much better shooter than his statistics indicate, and if he catches fire in North Augusta, CP3 becomes almost impossible to stop. 6-foot-8 junior Jack Hemphill (4.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG) will play valuable minutes off the bench, and will be counted on for sturdy defense.

This squad has all the makings for a deep Peach Jam run, and they’ll do it behind their non-stop defense. They shouldn’t have any problems scoring the ball, but their offense is set up by their defense. If they can play their pace, force turnovers and get up and down the floor, they become a nightmare to deal with. Also worth noting, two of their losses came by a total of three points. They were a stone’s throw from going 15-1, so it would be wise to consider CP3 one of the favorites heading into North Augusta.

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RM5 ELITE

Season Record: 9-7 Coach: Mo Williams Director: Tracey Bingham

DALLAS, TX

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M5 entered year two with pretty lofty expectations, and they delivered in a big way. The 9-7 Dallas-based Elite Youth Basketball affiliate went 9-7 during their encore EYBL season, riding a rotation that features five players averaging double-figures. Their 16-game stretch was good enough to earn one of four wildcard bids, and they figure to be a force in July. They don’t have any noticeable weaknesses across the board, and while they’ll be one of the younger teams in North Augusta, they are all battle-tested against the league’s best. They took a fully-healthy Pulley squad to overtime, which cemented their status as a contender for bracket play. 40


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RM5 trots out a trio that competes with any top three on the circuit. 6-foot-8 Juniors Gerald Liddell and Reggie Chaney team up with 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Tyrese Maxey to average just under 40 points per game, and each are capable of taking over a game. Maxey (15.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.1 APG) is their best scorer, while Liddell (11.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.7 APG) is their most versatile on both ends of the floor. Chaney (11.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG) is the bruiser in the middle, and RM5 would be smart to filter things through their veteran big man a little more. Maxey is the most likely to go off in the scoring column, but Chaney and Liddell are just as important to RM5’s potential success.

Maxey found some major success during his 16-game EYBL stretch, and he has a ton of help alongside him. Sophomore De’Vion Harmon (8.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.2 SPG) is a ball of energy on both ends of the floor, and should gain some valuable experience by running with Team USA U-16 in June. Two more sophomores - Chris Harris and Avery Anderson - both proved to be producers at grassroots’ highest level of basketball. Harris (10.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG) is a sparkplug offensively, while Anderson (5.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.2 APG) adjusted nicely after moving up from 16U after the second session. Rounding out the guards is Keonte Kennedy, a talented junior guard who moved over from Pro Skills after the second session. Kennedy made his mark during the final session, averaging 11.2 points and shooting 44 percent from distance. While a bit inexperienced, this squad has tons of talent that should show well for itself in July.

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Liddell and Chaney are the horses in the frontcourt for RM5, and they have limited help alongside then. 6-foot-7 junior Evan Marshall (5.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG) provides strong minutes off the bench, while juniors Ibrahim Ali and Marlon Cunningham (New Mexico commit) will both need to be ready for more responsibility if the starters get in foul trouble. They don’t necessarily have optimal height, but they more than make up for it with their length and athleticism. Chaney will be one of the toughest and most experienced big men at Peach Jam, and as said before, RM5 would be smart to utilize their big man early and often in pool play.

If RM5 puts it all together, they are a handful. Unfortunately, they struggled to gel early in the season which led to a few questionable losses. On paper, not many teams can compete with RM5’s overall talent, so putting together a string of consistent performances is the only thing keeping them from a bracket play berth. When they lock down on the defensive end, their offense opens up as they like to get up and down. Head coach Mo Williams will experience his first Peach Jam, and the 13-year NBA veteran is more than used to the bright lights. Will his squad be as well? Time will tell.

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HOUSTON HOOPS

Season Record: 8-8 Coach: Tim Schumacher Director: Hal Pastner

HOUSTON, TX

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ouston Hoops had been spoiled for the last number of years, spitting out several high profile alumni such as De’Aaron Fox, Jarred Vanderbilt, Kelly Oubre, Justise Winslow and many more. They rolled over a completely new lineup in 2017, and it took a little bit to get completely comfortable with one another. Hoops secured an automatic berth with an 8-8 record, closing out the season with a gigantic upset win over MeanStreets. Ja’Vonte Smart is their top dog, but this group of nine players offers up several threats that the opposition will have to deal with. While they certainly don’t have the firepower of years past, Hoops could completely erase their lackluster regular season with a deep Peach Jam run. One thing is certain; head coach Tim 42 Schumacher will have his team playing their best ball come July.


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Ja’Vonte Smart is their guy. The 6-foot-4 junior starred with Elfrid Payton Elite as a freshman during the 2016 Peach Jam, and that experience should come in handy as he looks to lead Hoops to bracket play. Some would say Smart underperformed after averaging 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.1 steals during the 2016-17 high school season, but it was nothing more than an adjustment period of playing around such a talented group of players. Expect Smart to raise his aggression level during July, and don’t be surprised if he ends up on some type of all-Peach Jam team. He was playing his best basketball of the spring during session four, and will look to capitalize on his USA Basketball experience in June and July.

Smart is their lead guard, and he has a few sidekicks that pack a scoring punch. Juniors Antoine Davis (12.9 PPG), Jamal Bienemy (7.1 PPG, 3.5 APG, 2.8 RPG) and Greg Williams Jr. (6.9 PPG, 2.8 APG, 1.5 APG) are all relied upon heavily in a four-man rotation. Bienemy, a 6-foot-3 combo guard verbally committed to Oklahoma, needs more looks. Bienemy shot 57.6 percent from the floor during the regular season, but only got to the line 13 times. Davis helped Hoops clinch a bid with the top performance of Los Angeles, dropping 37 points in the upset win over MeanStreets. He’s a 45 percent three point shooter, an asset that will need to be in full force come July. The 6-foot-3 Williams is a heralded recruit who is due to blow up, and if he does, Hoops entire rotation of guards will be a problem.

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Just like the guards, the forwards go four deep. Junior swingman Jacobi Gordon (11.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG) recently pledged a high-major verbal commitment to Cal, as did 6-foot-7 teammate Matthew Mayer, who will be heading to Baylor. 6-foot9 forward Tyreek Smith (5.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG) is the Hoops only underclassman, and the sophomore has flourished in reserve, energy role. 6-foot-7 junior Mitchell Seraille (6.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG) rounds out the frontcourt, and he’s the team’s top rebounder and interior defender (1.3 BPG). The Hoops won’t wow you with their size or depth, but their set of forwards has enough talent to carry them to a bracket play berth. Expect one of the four to step up in a big way.

The Hoops had a whirlwind of a season. They opened 3-1 in Hampton, 2-2 in Indianapolis, 0-4 in Atlanta and finished with a 3-1 showing in LA. Sessions one and four prove that the Hoops are capable of stringing together wins, but they only recorded three wins over Peach Jam contenders - one of them being against the 2-14 Phamily. The talent is there, evidenced by the fact that they have six or seven high-major prospects. The Hoops will need to channel their late-season energy if they want to make a run to bracket play.

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MEANSTREETS CHICAGO, IL

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Season Record: 11-5 Coach: Tyrone Slaughter Director: Tai Streets

or the second straight season, MeanStreets enters Peach Jam after a very strong regular season. They turned over a brand new roster in 2017, and got even better after junior Darius Bazley joined the fray halfway through the EYBL season. ‘Streets finished 11-5 and operated as a ranked squad during the entire season after their 6-0 start. They struggled a bit during their midseason action, but closed the season strong with a 3-1 record including win over rival Mac Irvin. They only run eight deep, but head coach Tyrone Slaughter and company has one of the more balanced lineups at Peach Jam. With four players averaging in double-figures, MeanStreets can hit you with a variety of different fashions and will undoubtedly be a problem in Pool B. 44


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6-foot-7 junior Tim Finke returns to Peach Jam after running with the St. Louis Eagles in 2016, and the Champaign Central (IL) product figures to have a much different role this time around. Finke (14.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.0 APG) was the go-to guy for MeanStreets before the arrival of Bazley, and both are standouts in different ways. While Finke struggled from the perimeter during the regular season, he’s as dangerous as anyone and will turn ‘Streets into a different team if he gets hot. The 6-foot-8 Bazley (15.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.5 BPG) joined halfway through, and instantly became one of the best bigs on the circuit. Bazley committed to Syracuse in June, and we are excited to see how he plays without any pressure from college

Junior Xavier Castaneda (4.9 APG, 8.5 PPG), the point guard for Whitney Young’s 4A State Title team, is the catalyst for MeanStreets, and he has plenty of weapons to work with across the board. Finke spends a ton of his time at the two, while fellow Whitney Young (IL) juniors Javon Freeman-Liberty (11.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.2 APG) and Justin Boyd (4.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.2 APG) split time at each guard position. Their rotation filters through these four, and while they may struggle defensively, they can put up points with the best of them. If Castaneda is distributing as well as he’s capable of, MeanStreets is arguably the top offensive squad in the pool.

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Bazley is a game-changer, but their most important player might be junior swingman Damezi Anderson Jr. The 6-foot-7 swingman is one of the better shooters on the circuit, knocking down 43 three-pointers (41.7%) in 16 games. Combine that with his 83.3 percent showing at the line, and Anderson (13.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG) becomes one of MeanStreets most important weapons. 6-foot-8 juniors Deante Johnson (3.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG) and Orlando Allen (3.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG) round out the rotation, providing MeanStreets with two active athletes who do the little things for coach Slaughter.

MeanStreets can score with the best of them in grassroots basketball, but it won’t matter if they can’t stop anyone. They have the makeup of a good defensive team, but have failed to form any cohesion against the nation’s elite talent. They’ve dealt with a few departures and additions, which hasn’t helped their progress as a unit. MeanStreets will look to set their fast and phrenetic tone early and often, which means they need to be prepared for teams to match their style of play. The athletes are there, so the MeanStreets’ faithful will hope their offense helps spark their defense in North Augusta.

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ne of the most enjoyable aspects of grassroots basketball is witnessing the progression of players as their skills develop and their roles expand over the course of a few years. In 2017, perhaps no player’s development has been more profound than BABC star Cole Swider’s. As a key role player last season, Swider made a name for himself as a sharpshooter with a high basketball IQ. This season, that same sharpshooter has added skills on both ends of the floor, as well as on the sideline. “Last year my role was to go out and hit shots,” Swider said. “Now it’s to be more of a scorer and rebounder, and buying into this team as a leader.” The swingman averaged 19.4 points while connecting on nearly half of his overall attempts. Although his deep shooting has not been quite as effective as last season, the areas in which he improved and made an impact have far overshadowed that fact. Swider worked hard on his own perceived “weaknesses” and that work has paid off big time. “I wanted to improve my driving ability to make me more of a versatile scorer,” said the BABC star. “Defensively, I wanted to improve on my one-on-one defense and just being able to

guard quicker players.” His improvement parlayed into a verbal commitment to Villanova, choosing the Wildcats over Syracuse, Duke and Xavier. The experience and leadership Swider brings to the table, however, may be his biggest contribution to the program. Despite losing several stars off a major Peach Jam title contender, Swider believes this year’s edition could have the tools to get even further.

“We play with

an intensity and determination to win that’s hard to beat,” said Swider.

Swider gives that honor to Leo Papile, the program director. “He’s a legend,” said Swider. “He keeps you level headed; we never get too high or too low which helps us win games.” BABC’s leader and one of the top rising juniors in the country will have his work cut out for him on his quest to lead the Boston boys to a title. But both Swider and his squad have been in the underdog role before, and they would have it any other way. “We play with an intensity and determination to win that’s hard to beat,” said Swider. “We are ready.”

“We are ready.

“I think we have more firepower, which combined with the defense we have always had, makes us more dangerous,” said Swider of this year’s makeup. “Every team in Peach Jam is great though so we have to stay true to ourselves.” Of course, BABC has long been one of the elite teams on the circuit and has managed to become one of the few teams to advance to Peach Jam year after year. The secret? Aside from the signature press on defense,

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TEAM PENNY

Season Record: 10-6 Coach: Todd Day Director: Dujuan Taylor

MEMPHIS, TN

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eam penny is no stranger to success in the EYBL, and the story was the same in the 2017 regular season. Lead by one of the younger rotations in the circuit, head coach Todd Day and Penny Hardaway found success behind a their veteran floor general Alex Lomax. Penny finished with a 10-6 record, earning an automatic berth while instantly becoming one of the major contenders for the Peach Jam title. Their past showings in July have set the bar high, so anything less than a bracket play appearance would be considered a disappointment. It will be a challenge with four sophomores as major rotation players, but we wouldn’t advise betting against Team Penny. 50


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The aforementioned Lomax is the heart and soul of this squad, and while he might not have the most eye popping numbers, the 6-foot-1 point guard is as important to his team as any player in the league. Lomax has a number of weapons at his disposal and he’s a capable scorer when called upon. His Peach Jam experience is highly valuable for this young squad and it’ll be on him to have them prepared as soon as the ball tips in July. Expect Lomax to compete for a spot on the all Peach Jam team and don’t be surprised if he makes a huge late-game play, as he’s accustomed to doing.

Lomax gets things going and a few others play big roles in the team penny back court. Juniors Ryan Boyce (7.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG) and Jordan Johnson (8.1 PPG, 2.0 RPG) have both proven to be efficient players in the EYBL, with the 6-foot-6 Boyce standing out as a versatile defender and Johnson operating as the team’s best perimeter shooter (47.9%). 6-foot-4 junior Jayden Hardaway, the son of Penny, is also a threat behind-the-arc, hitting 18 triples in a reserve role. Junior Martrell Brooks will see minutes in a reserve role. Penny’s five-game rotation is one of the more veteran groups at Peach Jam.

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Team Penny is gigantic in the frontcourt, and pair their size with a lot of talent. 6-foot-8, 240-pound beast Carte’Are Gordon is fully healthy and will look to build on his Peach Jam title run with MOKAN Elite from a year ago. Sophomores Chandler Lawson (12.4, 8.0 PPG), DJ Jeffries (11.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG) and James Wiseman (9.8 PPG, 6.9 RPG) form one of the best underclass trios in the country.. Lawson moved up from 16U after the first session, while Wiseman made his away over to Penny from Bradley Beal Elite after the second session. Jeffries has been in the fold the entire season, showing flashes of his limitless potential. 6-foot-11 junior Trey Jemison (3.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG) and 6-foot-9 sophomore Malcolm Dandridge (4.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG) give Penny some much needed bulk and depth, rounding out an impressive group of players - and maybe the best frontcourt in North Augusta.

While we hate to harp too much on the importance of Lomax, one fact is difficult to argue; if Lomax struggles, so does Team Penny. He’s one of the most veteran players in the country, and his leadership is extremely important considering how young Penny’s frontcourt is. If Lomax is on point, the entire squad plays better and Penny becomes one of the scarier teams in North Augusta. He’s battle-tested, a great leader and a proven winner, so when combining Penny’s talent with Lomax’s leadership, the Memphis’ faithful should love their chances at advancing to bracket play.

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PLAYAZ CLUB

Season Record: 9-7 Coach: John Allen Director: Jimmy Salmon

PATERSON, NJ

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he Playaz are one of the longest running programs in grassroots basketball history, and they rarely have a down year. Head coach John Allen, a Playaz alum from 1997, did wonders with a somewhat thin lineup, leading New Jersey’s EYBL representative to a 9-7 regular season finish and an automatic berth to Peach Jam. Four players average in double-figures, while seven average between 8.4 and 18.1 points per game. As a team, the Playaz hit 114 three-pointers, third among Peach Jam contenders. They match up fairly well with the rest of Pool C, and if the core of their rotation catches fire, they can score with the best of them. 52


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Jalen Carey is the Playaz’ go-to guy, and the junior was impressive during the regular season. A 6-foot-4 combo guard, Carey (18.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.3) is one of the top shooters on the circuit. He knocked down a team-high 38 three-pointers, shooting an extremely efficient 44.2 percent from distance. He also has the ability to score in bunches; Carey put up over 20 points in seven games, and scored 30+ on three separate occasions. The Immaculate Conception (NJ) star was very consistent through 16 regular season games, and will need to up the ante at Peach Jam.

Carey does work in the backcourt, and he has a few highly-talented running mates. Junior point guard Ja’Quaye James (10.6 PPG, 5.1 APG, 3.3 RPG) is diminutive in stature, but the 5-foot-8 Teanck (NJ) product is ultra-effective. James is one of the quickest guards in the nation, and his assists numbers indicate that he’s becoming one of the most dynamic point guards in the country. Tavon Jones, also a Teaneck product, is their most aggressive guard next to Carey. Jones (10.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.4 APG) is an unsung hero for the Playaz and has a chance to build his stock in July. Sophomore Al Amir-Dawes (8.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.1 APG) scored in double-figures four of their past six games, and he should continue to produce as he sees more minutes at Peach Jam. Fellow sophomore Paul Mulcahy (3.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.1 APG) is a versatile weapon of the bench for coach Allen and will be given significant minutes to contribute.

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The Playaz frontcourt is a predominantly a two-man show. Juniors Valdir Manuel and Marcellus Earlington are highly-skilled big men who both enjoyed strong regular seasons. The 6-foot-10 Manuel (9.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG) is the Playaz top rebounder, and helps them stretch the floor as a 45% threepoint shooter. Manuel scored in double-figures nine of the Playaz last 11 games, so he figures to be playing his best basketball in July. Earlington (13.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG) was one of the biggest surprises of the regular season, and the dual-sport athlete is clearly more than just a dominant defensive end on the gridiron. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Earlington is the Playaz version of Draymond Green, and he will be key to their success in Pool C.

The Playaz have struggled on the defensive end of the floor, relying on outscoring their opponents to build their resume. Eight of the Playaz nine wins came when they scored over 70 points, making it clear that they have to put the ball in the basket efficiently in order to win. If play at their pace and shoot the ball well, performances like their 108-point outburst versus The Family aren’t out of the question. They have seven capable scorers, and if Carey catches fire, the Playaz could easily spark an upset or two and advance out of Pool Play.

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CITY ROCKS

Season Record: 10-6 Coach: Jim Hart Director: Jim Hart

ALBANY, NY

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t was a roller-coaster season for upstate New York’s Elite Youth Basketball League representative. The 10-6 City Rocks started the season going 4-0 in Hampton, scoring wins over three Peach Jam bound Howard Pulley, Team Final and RM5. The proceeded to lose their next four in Indianapolis, only to rebound and go 6-2 over the final eight games. Five of their six losses came to Peach Jam contenders, while they own five wins over the same group of competition. The Rocks will lose leading-scorer Nahziah Carter (12.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG) for Peach Jam, as the nephew of Jay-Z stayed in the 2017 class and committed to Washington in early June. 54


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Carter was the closest thing the Rocks had to a ‘star’, but now that he’s college bound, they will have to step up as a unit. Aside from Carter, The Rocks’ rotation featured four players averaging in double-figures, led by junior Buddy Boeheim (12.2 PPG) and his smooth shooting stroke (47.4 3PT%). Fellow junior Jeenathan Williams (11.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG) is a tough, physical guard who was remarkably consistent for head coach Jim Hart and company. Williams is a prime candidate to pick up some Carter’s production. Sophomores Isaiah Stewart (11.0 PPG, 8.4 RPG) and Joseph Girard III (10.4 PPG) are also budding stars for the Rocks, and both enjoyed impressive campaigns as underclassmen. They won’t rely on one player in particular, but that’s an aspect of the Rocks that will help keep them dangerous.

Boeheim, Williams and Girard make up a good portion of the Rocks’ backcourt. Boeheim (27) and Girard (42) combined to knock down 69 three-pointers at a 45 percent clip, proving to be two of the most dangerous shooters in the pool. Juniors Mika Adams-Woods (4.9 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.9 APG), Greg Dolan (4.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.7 SPG) and Jalen Pickett (5.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.1 APG) all see significant minutes in one of the deeper frontcourts at Peach Jam. Adams-Woods is a developing distributor, and will be leaned on heavily to create opportunities for his teammates. 6-foot-6 junior Dominick Welch rounds out a seven-man backcourt that should be a well-oiled machine come July.

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Stewart is one of the best prospects in the 2019 class, and he’ll need one of his teammates to step up in a big way as the City Rocks move on without Carter. Williams will undoubtedly play small forward for Hart and company, a positional move that benefits his physical style of play. 6-foot-9 forwards Joe Jones (2018) and Xavier Mayo (2019) will both play extended minutes in wake of Carter’s departure, as will undersized junior Jalen Pickett (5.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG). Stewart will get the bulk of the minutes at center when the Rocks go small, but they’ll need increased production from the rest of the group in order to advance.

There is more than enough talent on the Rocks roster to remain competitive in North Augusta, and they’ll be relying on a bevy of young talent to replace their star swingman. The second half of their rotation - Pickett, Welch, AdamsWoods and Dolan - will need to up their production in a big way. We expect Williams and Stewart to improve on their regular-season numbers, with the latter proving to be one of the best underclassmen in North Augusta. Hart’s Rocks will be underdogs, and they probably prefer it that way.

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FLORIDA

Season Record: 8-8 Coach: Adrian Sosa Jr. Director: Adrian Sosa Jr.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

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or the second time in Peach Jam history, the NIKE EYB gives us a play-in game. Nike Team Florida (8-8) and Team Final (7-9) are competing for the right to play in Pool C, with the loser heading to the Peach Invitational Tournament across town. These two squads come to North Augusta with slightly different makeups. Team Final is a veteran-laden squad, while Nike Team Florida brings one of the youngest squads in the field. Both rely on two stars, and both have depth issues, which should make for an intriguing matchup on July 12th. 56


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Vernon Carey Jr and Trendon Watford are not your typical sophomores. Both are members of USA Basketball, and both put up some impressive numbers as underclassmen on the circuit. Watford (13.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.8 APG) ran in the EYBL as a freshman, refining his game nicely for his encore season. Carey (17.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.1 BPG) earned All-EYBL Honorable Mention while proving to be one of the best underclassmen in the country. They have more help in the scoring department than Reddish and King do, but both are just as capable of taking a game into their own hands. Watford is a proven killer in the clutch, hitting the buzzer-beating three-ball to land NTF in this play-in game.

NTF hits you predominantly with three talented guards, each brings something different to the table. Sophomore Kyle Sturdivant (9.9 PPG, 3.7 APG, 2.2 RPG) and juniors Trey Doomes (11.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.2 APG) Neftali Alvarez (5.9 PPG, 2.5 APG 2.2 RPG) form an underrated trio that will cause problems for Final. Doomes can fill it up with them best of them,, while Sturdivant is one of the best facilitators in his class. All three guards will see significant minutes in this matchup, and will be crucial for NTF’s chances if they advance to Pool Play.

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Junior KJ Buffen (8.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG) and sophomore Balsa Koprivica (8.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.6 BPG) assist Carey and Watford in the frontcourt, forming a talented albeit young four-man rotation. The 7-foot-1 Koprivica shot 69.2% from the field during the regular season, and figures to be a matchup nightmare for Final. The 6-foot-7 Buffen is a perfect complement to the other three, utilizing his athleticism and motor to become a major factor.

Both of these can fill it up. Nike Team Florida averaged a hair under 77 points per game this season, while Team Final went 5-0 in games in which they scored over 80 points. Both teams have noticeable liabilities on the defensive end of the floor, and both will have to deal with an immense amount of offensive talent. Final and NTF both shoot it at a 32% clip from behind-the-arc, so whichever team outperforms their percentages will have a great chance at victory.

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TEAM FINAL

Season Record: 7-9 Coach: Aaron Burt Director: Rob Brown

PHILADELPHIA, PA

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or the second time in Peach Jam history, the NIKE EYB gives us a play-in game. Nike Team Florida (8-8) and Team Final (7-9) are competing for the right to play in Pool C, with the loser heading to the Peach Invitational Tournament across town. These two squads come to North Augusta with slightly different makeups. Team Final is a veteran-laden squad, while Nike Team Florida brings one of the youngest squads in the field. Both rely on two stars, and both have depth issues, which should make for an intriguing matchup on July 12th. 58


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Cam Reddish and Louis King form one of the top duos on the circuit. The juniors combined to average 40.6 points, 14.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals while putting up roughly 50% of Team Final’s total shot attempts. Reddish is widely-regarded as a top-five recruit in the 2018 class, and King isn’t far behind him. Both are extremely versatile combination players that are capable of taking over a game. They also combined to hit 62 threes on the season. If they are knocking down their perimeter jumpers, Team Final becomes a very dangerous team. Expect to see a LOT of Reddish and King.

Reddish does the majority of the ball-handling in the halfcourt for a thin Final backcourt. Sam Sessions (5.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.8 APG) and Justin Anderson (5.7 PPG, 1.2 RPG) don’t put up major numbers for head coach Aaron Burt, but the pair of juniors are effective in Final’s seven-man rotation and will need to be in this affair. 6-foot-7 freshman Mikeal Jones will see time in the backcourt with Final goes big.

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King and Reddish both act as frontcourt players for Final, and they’re assisted by Jones and junior Maurice Murray. The 6-foot-7 Murray is the shooter on the team (10-17 3PTM) and could provide a huge lift for FInal off the bench if he can knock down some triples. Junior center Sean Good should factor in defensively against NTF’s frontcourt.

Both of these can fill it up. Nike Team Florida averaged a hair under 77 points per game this season, while Team Final went 5-0 in games in which they scored over 80 points. Both teams have noticeable liabilities on the defensive end of the floor, and both will have to deal with an immense amount of offensive talent. Final and NTF both shoot it at a 32% clip from behind-the-arc, so whichever team outperforms their percentages will have a great chance at victory.

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BOO

WILLIAMS

Season Record: 13-3 Coach: Boo Williams Director: Boo Williams

HAMPTON, VA

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oo Williams is one of the most historic grassroots basketball programs in the world, which make it very surprising that they’ve spent the past two Peach Jams on the sideline. Led by Most Valuable Player finalist Keldon Johnson, Boo rebounded in a big way in 2017, rattling off a 13-3 record while cementing themselves as one of the top contenders at Peach Jam. Johnson turned into Boo’s on and off court leader this spring, putting up some of the best averages in program history while becoming one of the most vocal players in the country. Boo topped six Peach Jam qualifying teams during the regular season, and all three of their losses came against winning programs. Consider head coach Boo Williams to have a contender at his disposal, as he 60 enters Peach Jam with his best squad in years.


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Simply put, Johnson turned into a superstar this spring. The 6-foot-6 junior ran with Boo in 2016, leading the Virginia-based program to an underwhelming 7-9 record. Johnson used their Peach Jam snub as nothing but motivation, and helped them with six more games than a year ago. He is arguably the best rebounding guard on the circuit, and the same can be said about his versatility; the Huntington Prep product averaged 20.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists while earning First Team All-EYBL. Boo is going to go as far as Johnson takes them, and if his regular season is any indication, Boo has a great chance to be playing on Sunday.

Johnson splits time at the two and three, with the backcourt being led by 8thgrader Zion Harmon. Standing at 5-foot-10, Harmon (12.3 PPG, 3.3 APG, 1.8 BPG) is the youngest player in EYBL history, and he proved that he’s more than worthy of playing four levels up. He’s one of the smaller guards on the circuit, but he makes up for it with elite quickness and agility. Keyontae Johnson, a 6-foot-6 junior with good length, has been a solid role player for Boo. Johnson (7.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG) excels in transition and is a versatile defender. Junior Jason Wade rounds out the set of guards, and he’s the strongest defender of the bunch, leading the team in steals at 1.6 per game. Wade (6.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.5 APG) shot 61.9 percent from the floor in the regular season, proving to be one of the best bench players on the circuit.

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Both Johnson’s see time at the three, as does sophomore Aundre Hyatt. A 6-foot-7 shooter, Hyatt (10.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG) led Boo with 37 threepointers, and he becomes a real weapon if he’s connecting from deep. He is a volume shooter, but has been effective doing other things in Boo’s offensive scheme. 6-foot-7, 275-pound Anderson Mirambeaux is an absolute tank on the interior, and the sophomore was up for Underclassmen of the Session after LA. Mirambeaux (7.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG) teams with fellow sophomore Qudus Wahab to round out a relatively thin Boo Williams frontcourt. The 6-foot-11 Wahab (4.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG) is only scratching the surface of his potential, and is likely to improve leaps and bounds during the dead period. Juniors Sasha Suhkanov and Nyzaiah Chambers round out a frontcourt that has more than enough pieces to compete in Pool C.

Boo Williams allowed 75+ points four times. They lost three of those games. In the other 12, all wins, Boo held their opponents to 59.5 points per game, which would rank second across Peach Jam contenders. They play a relentless style of defense that can play a bit too aggressively, as it was cracked by four Peach Jam contenders; Team Penny (96), Team CP3 (75), E1T1 (77) and CIA Bounce (88). Essentially, if Boo’s rotation locks in and defends for 32 minutes, they become an extremely difficult out. They hold a 6-3 record versus Peach Jam opponents, one of the better marks in the field. They haven’t been to North Augusta in three years, and if they defend like they did the majority of the season, it’s going to be a grand return.

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ALL OHIO RED

Season Record: 13-3 Coach: Matt Sylvester Director: Jerry L. Watson

COLUMBUS, OH

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he defending E16 champions kept up their success in the 2017 EYBL. All Ohio Red finished with a 13-3 record, owning arguably the most productive top four of any team at Peach Jam. Led by Second Team All-EYBL performer Foster Loyer, AOR has all the pieces to make a deep run in North Augusta, provided they stay healthy. They scattered losses outside of an eight game winning streak, and when they lost, they lost close; two of their losses were by two points - one on a buzzer-beater to MeanStreets, and the other in OT against the Soldiers. They have one of the best overall resumes in the country, and figure to be one of the toughest outs in the field. With no glaring weaknesses actors their rotation, consider AOR to be a frontrunner in Pool C and a strong contender to win it all. 62


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All Ohio incorporates multiple stars across their rotation, but Loyer shined the brightest over the 16-game schedule. One of the smaller players on the circuit, Loyer flourished in his floor general role, relying on his own creativity in the scoring and facilitation department. Loyer averaged 17.5 points, 3.7 assists and 2.9 rebounds, and put up an astounding season long performance at the free throw line; AOR’s point guard shot 83-for-84 (98%). Not many players are going to match the heart and resolve of Loyer, who isn’t afraid to take and initiate contact. Behind Loyer’s lead, All Ohio Red and head coach Matt Sylvester should feel terrific about their chances of advancing out of pool play. Loyer is a gamer, and he will continue to turn heads in North Augusta.

Junior Dane Goodwin is Loyer’s sidekick in the backcourt, and the 6-foot-5 combo guard is ranked as one of the best in the 2018 class for a reason. Goodwin (13.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG) does a bit of everything alongside Loyer, and he fits in perfectly with their rotation of talent. His perimeter shooting numbers (38%) leave a bit to be desired, but if his high school numbers are any indication, he should raise that percentage at Peach Jam. Braden Norris (5.9 PPG, 1.4 APG) and DeShon Parker (3.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG) round out the backcourt, and both will see significant minutes in pool play.

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Do-it-all junior Vincent Williams plays the majority of his minutes in the frontcourt, operating as All Ohio’s most versatile prospect. Put simply, Williams (12.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.2 APG) isn’t high enough on national prospect boards. The 6-foot-5 Williams teams with 6-foot-9 forward Thomas Kithier. Also a junior and committed to Michigan State like Loyer, Kithier (12.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.1 BPG) got better with every session. Kithier excels as a screener, and is one of the best in the EYBL at executing the pick-androll. Both he and Williams are capable of stretching the floor, and operate well in transition. 6-foot-7 Jordan Mitchell (5.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG) is the only underclassmen on the roster, and the sophomore should see big minutes as the () ranked recruit in ()’a 2019 class. Juniors Treaughn Williams, Jake McLaughlin and Ross Ryan all see time in a six-man frontcourt.

All Ohio played well all year, and when they shot they ball well, they beat the living tar out of people. They hold seven wins over Peach Jam contenders while owning an average margin of victory of 14.6 points per game. They’re the only squad with three 25-point blowout wins, which was due to their offensive execution and lights out shooting. They play a style of basketball that translates perfectly to tournament play, and deploy one of the deepest rotations in the country. Their pick-and-roll game has been a delight to watch, and if they continue to operate as efficiently as they did over the 16-game regular season, they should have a great chance at defending their crown.

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CARDINALS

Season Record: 11-5 Coach: Munch Williams Director: Mark Carter

NEW YORK, NY

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ed by one of the most talented all-around rotations in EYBL history, PSA advanced all the way to the Peach Jam championship game before falling to a MOKAN squad that was on a mission all season long. The likes of Quade Green, Brandon Randolph, Mo Bamba and Hasahn French took the league by storm and made for a balanced, potent offense. In typical PSA fashion, and despite losing all four of those stars, the Cardinals were once again among the league’s elite, riding high on the strength of their star point guard and outstanding efficiency on both ends of the floor. An up-and-down Los Angeles session was all that stopped this team from grabbing a share of the regular season title. Head coach Munch Williams is battle-tested at the Peach Jam, and they’ll 66 have lofty expectations to live up to.


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Cole Anthony (16.1 PPG, 7.0 APG, 2.6 SPG) is the engine that makes this team go on both ends of the floor, and not only is he a born leader, he also may be the best two-way player in the country depending on who you ask. Dominating the ball this season, Anthony adjusted just as well if not better than anyone could’ve hoped to the immense responsibility given to him and the big shoes (Green’s) he had to fill. An improved shooter and ball-handler, Anthony excels in transition where he is just as terrifying with a couple teammates running by his side as he is soaring to the cup himself. On defense, Anthony holds court (no pun intended) with the best of them, and his dedication on that end of the floor is an indispensable skill every team needs but no others have. He was the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, triggering one of the top defenses in the league.

Anthony is a major strength in and of himself for PSA’s backcourt, and he has a trio of junior guards running beside him. 6-foot-4 Chase Audige (7.1 PPG) was the second option for a good portion of the season, especially during sessions three and four. He appears to be coming into his own as a scorer and all-around player, and if he can find more consistency (25% now) from behind the arc, that would provide a major boost to an offense that has had trouble at times. Combo guard Jose Perez (7.2 PPG) is a great compliment to Anthony and allows PSA to play big across the board. 6-foot-1 Aaron Clarke (7.3 PPG) has been a primary target of Anthony dimes and usually capitalizes. Sophomore Joe Touissant (2.4 APG) is the only underclassmen of the group, and has proven to be a solid facilitator off the bench.

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The story with the PSA frontcourt this season has been outstanding defense, and mediocre offense. 6-foot-8 junior Isaiah Mucius (6.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG) brings experience from playing on the runner-up squad and gets after it on the boards. Big man Mamadou Doucoure is very raw on the offensive end, but he is a stalwart protecting the rim and for that reason sees a ton of time in crucial minutes. 6-foot-9 junior Jake Forrester (6.9 PPG) came on strong at the end of the year and figures to be a major contributor on both ends. He is a scary shooter for a player his size. Hameir Wright (5.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG) reclassified to 2017 and committed to Washington, making him ineligible for the Peach Jam.

No surprise here. PSA has won games on the strength of their savvy, experience, and defense, but they have had trouble all season finding offense aside from Anthony and Audige and they simply need their big men to step up and join in the fun. Forrester is the most likely candidate to step up, as he came on strong in Los Angeles’ final game, but they’ll need their entire group to step up. PSA wouldn’t be here if there defense couldn’t keep them in games, but finding more scoring would make them a terrifying team to face in an elimination game.

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EXPRESSIONS

ELITE

Season Record: 11-5 Coach: Todd Quarles Director: Todd Quarles

BOSTON, MA

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elcome to the biggest surprise of 2017. After the program’s best season in 2016, which included a trip to Peach Jam bracket play and four high-major rotation players, Expressions figured to have a bit of a rebuilding year. Quite the contrary, as head coach Todd Quarles assembled a very strong core rotation that battled their way to an 11-5 regular season record. Seven guys play the majority of their minutes, with All-EYBL honorable mention point guard Marcus Zegarowski leading the way. They went 5-4 against Peach Jam contenders, including two huge wins over E1T1 and MOKAN Elite. They are a legitimate threat in Pool D and should should not be taken lightly. 68


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Zegarowski (14.8 PPG, 3.6 APG, 3.6 APG) is one of the best true point guards on the circuit, and he doubles as one of the most dangerous shooters. The 6-foot-2 junior hit a team-high 42 three-pointers, shooting a blistering 43.3 percent from behind-the-arc. He operated a 16-game schedule with a 2-to1 assist-to-turnover ratio, effectively utilizing the talents of his teammates. Zegarowski is a strong on-ball defender, and played his best ball at the end of the regular season, earning First Team All-LA honors. He will need to keep up his stellar play in July if Expressions has hopes of replicated last year’s success.

Four guards star alongside the Zegarowski-led backcourt, and they make up the best shooting team in the 2017 EYBL. Juniors Philmon Gebrewhit (9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.6 APG) and Joe Kasperzyk (8.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.2 RPG lead the way, hitting 17 and 20 three-pointers respectively. Kasperzyk shot it at a 48.8 percent clip during the regular-season, while the 6-foot-7 Gebrewhit proved to be one of the best rebounding guards in their division. Junior Max Zegarowski - brother of Marcus - is the best shooter of the bunch; 6-foot8 Zegarowski (6.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG) knocked down 33 triples. Sophomore Noah Fernandes, the lone sophomore of the group and an Elite 100 invitee, did a great job alongside the upperclassmen. Fernandes (7.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.5 APG) got better as the season went on, and will be looking to capitalize on a rare Peach Jam opportunity for Expressions’ underclassmen.

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The Expressions frontcourt is thin, but very talented. Junior Dana Tate is the team’s most skilled player, and will be a major area of emphasis in the opposition’s scouting report. Tate (13.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG) is a 6-foot8 swingman that can beat you from multiple areas, finding circuit success behind his athleticism and motor. 6-foot-7 swingman Jahbril Price-Noel (5.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.0 APG) provides some nice versatility, owning his niche role in the Expressions’ rotation. 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete Jonathan Cenescar sees time in both the backcourt and frontcourt, and figures to see minutes in pool play. This group suffered a setback when talented junior Jordan Hardwick reclassified to the 2017 class after session two.

Expressions has to be on from behind-the-arc if they want to remain competitive throughout the first two days of Peach Jam. Each and every one of their guys is capable of stretching the floor, making them a fairly difficult task to guard on short notice. The brothers’ Zegarowski combined to hit 75 three-pointers, with the rest of the group hitting 70. Their season-long performance proves they are more than capable of catching fire, so they’ll need to be locked in against five very strong defensive units. They’ll struggle defensively with the opposition’s size throughout July, but it won’t matter if their shots aren’t falling.

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CAL SUPREME

Season Record: 13-3 Coach: Jason Quinn Director: Gary Franklin

LOS ANGLES, CA

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al Supreme competed for a Peach Jam championship a season ago, and while they finished with similar marks and once again find themselves as a favorite to take home the prize, the 2017 edition is very different from 2016. However, one crucial similarity is the elite frontcourts from each year; last season it was DeAndre Ayton and Brandon McCoy (both ESPN Top 10 prospects), while this year it is Bol Bol and Shareef O’Neal. Supreme trots out a balanced rotation and talent to spare at every position on the floor, but it will be this frontcourt that will make or break their legacy. 70


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The 2017 regular season MVP, Bol Bol has been nothing short of mesmerizing in his first season in the EYBL. The 7-foot-2 (and still growing) big man can do it all on the floor: rebounding, blocking shots, disrupting passing lanes, heating up from long range, and setting up teammates for easy looks. While Bol rarely handles the ball for prolonged periods of time, the offense completely runs through him and his basketball IQ is so high that even touching the ball on every possession makes a world of difference. When Bol is clicking in all aspects of his game, it is truly beautiful to behold and his confidence is contagious.

While the frontcourt may grab the headlines, the backcourt depth on this squad separates them from the contenders and puts them into the elite category of teams with a legitimate shot to run the table. Spencer Freedman (11.9 PPG) sets the table for the offense as the team’s floor general, and when he gets hot from long range he is capable of scoring in bunches. Aside from that, he has superior court vision. Devonaire Doutrive has been somewhat inconsistent this season, but he is more than capable of handling the scoring load; it will all depend on getting his jumper going early and often. Tevian Jones tends to rely on his outside shot too much, but his bread and butter is getting to the cup.

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Bol is the straw that stirs the drink for this team, but his partner in crime in the frontcourt is just as tough to prepare for when looking at what he does. O’Neal (15.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG) started off slow in the season’s first weekend, but it didn’t take him long to find his stride and become a force on both ends of the floor. The big man does most of his damage from inside 15 feet, but his jumper is improving every day and you can’t sleep on him because of his court vision. After the twin towers, the frontcourt gets a bit thin, but both Nathan Mensah (7.1 RPG) and Michael Wang (Bol’s teammate at Mater Dei) provide size and energy to crash the boards and barring injury should be more than enough for their run.

Looking at the Supreme’s shooting numbers, this pick may seem a bit off, but the idea here is that they have been one of the best shooting team’s in the EYBL in this or any season, and they are more than likely to keep that up in Augusta. But is Freedman struggles, or Bol, or Jones, then that would put a lot more pressure on the big men to perform and would also make them predictable. If they remain red-hot from deep, they will be one of the teams to beat.

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Season Record: 13-3 Coach: Corey Frazier Director: Tim Holloway

ST. LOUIS, MO

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iding the strength of a balanced attack, one of the league’s best floor generals, and relentless defense, Bradley Beal Elite matched the success of last year’s Jordan Goodwin-led squad and improved on it, finishing with a fury to claim one of the top spots in the Peach Jam. They took until May to truly start to separate themselves from the pack, but once they did they didn’t look back and their offense became one of the very best in the league by the end of the season. They haven’t lost an EYBL contest since April, and will undoubtedly be one of the most well-coached and well-prepared teams in North Augusta. 72


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As the top-ranked point guard in the class of 2018, Darius Garland had a target on his back from the opening tip. All he’s done in response is quietly put up outstanding averages of 17 points, five assists and three rebounds, playing sound defense against both guard spots and showing poise in his second year running the offense for the St. Louis boys. A player who truly lets the offense hand him his opportunities, the Brentwood Academy (TN) product shoots it from the perimeter with the best of them, and can get into the lane seemingly at will, where he is a terror passing the ball or slashing all the way to the bucket himself. His presence alone makes this team a tough out, and he’s a candidate for basically every award we give out at the end of July.

Joining Garland in the Beal backcourt are Fred Thatch and Kale Catchings, both of whom proved worthy of the second option status but neither of whom were consistent enough to fully stake their claim. Thatch (6.8 PPG) is a great ball-handler and shows a solid chemistry with Garland, but his long range shooting must improve in order for him to continue developing as a scorer. He is also a good on-ball defender, and has traded checking opposing point guards depending on the personnel. Catchings (6.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG) showed an affinity for knocking down shots from range, especially when Beal needed them most, but he’ll need more looks if he’s going to make an impact in pool play. Junior Shaun Williams (5.0 PPG) provides energy and defense off the bench, and will have a big opportunity to improve his stock.

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Sophomore Francis Okoro and juniors Jericole Hellems and Karrington Davis make up the bulk of the minutes for Beal’s frontcourt. Hellems (8.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG) is the most offensive-oriented of the trio, a 2016 Peach Jam veteran who also struggles with his shot, but he knows his strength lies in getting to the hoop and converting tough buckets. Okoro (8.9 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.0 BPG) is one of the best underclassmen in the league, and he will need to play huge when Beal goes to a smaller lineup around him. Davis (8.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG) has stepped up to put up a few double-doubles, and if he factors into the game on the offensive end, this team is at its most dangerous. Sophomore EJ Liddell (8.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG) moved up to 17U upon the departure of fellow sophomore James Wiseman, and the 6-foot-7, 220-pound athlete made an immediate impact.

Top to bottom, BBE is about as balanced and deep as a program could ask for in grassroots. While they excel defensively, proven by their eightgame win streak, this squad isn’t all that big and their transition game fuels much of their offense. When they face a team like Cal Supreme, they will be tested with some elite bigs who can make life tough on the inside and in the halfcourt. Much of Beal’s ability to combat that will fall on Okoro and Davis, as well as Hellems, Liddell and junior Joe Reece helping when they can. Shutting down inside scoring will be key to this team’s pool play run.

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Season Record: 9-7 Coach: Marshall Collins Director: Mark Olivier

OAKLAND, CA

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he Soldiers went for a rollercoaster ride during the 2017 season, performing quite differently at every stop. They escaped the first session with a 3-1 record, proceeding to go 2-6 over their next eight, including an 0-4 showing in session three. It was put up or shut up in Los Angeles, and the Soldiers delivered, winning all four matchups and qualifying for Peach Jam on the season’s final day. The Soldiers’ success in July will be completely dependent upon which squad shows up. They have the talent to win, but they’ll need more consistency if they expect to compete in their pool. 74


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Junior big man Taeshon Cherry is the Soldiers’ best player, and his strong spring has elevated him into one of the top forwards in the country. The 6-foot-9 Cherry, who recently verbally pledged to USC, put up averages of 13.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, operating as the go-to go for the Soldiers. Cherry has long been a defensive stalwart, and credits his dedication on that end of the floor with allowing his offensive game to flourish. While he doesn’t need to score a ton to impact games, the Soldiers rely on him to fill it up near the cup.

A trio of guards do most of the damage in the Soldiers’ backcourt, all with different strengths and weaknesses. Kyree Walker (8.4 PPG) is one of the primary ball-handlers and he has the ability to get hot from deep. He is excellent as a distributor, and works well with James Akinjo (10.1 PPG, 4.3 APG) in a on-ball off-ball arrangement. Akinjo has been one of the top assist men in the league, especially over the final month. Both Walker and Akinjo are streaky shooters, but are far from one-dimensional playmakers. 6-foot-6 junior Jack Schwietz is the top long range threat for the Soldiers, and has been a solid rebounder playing a stretch three most of the season. UC-Davis commit Kihel Clark is a strong shooter as well, especially at the line, but has seen limited minutes most of the year.

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Cherry is a strong start on the front line for the Soldiers, but much of their leverage throughout the season has come from their depth. Amadou Sow (9.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG) is a tough, bruising forward who not only gives the Soldiers another rim protector, but he hasn’t been afraid to assert his will in the post. If he continues to progress offensively he would immediately turn the Soldiers into an elite contender. Junior Toure (8.5 PPG) has also come along near the basket, but his ability to crash the boards and serve as another body near the hoop are his best assets. Junior Mason Forbes (6-foot-8) and sophomore Raymond Hawkins (6-foot-11) have adapted well to their roles, with Hawkins operating as the squad’s top interior defender. These five give the Soldiers as consistent and versatile a frontcourt as any team in the field.

Many teams in the Peach Jam field do not boast the depth or size of the Soldiers, but what they lack in those departments many make up for in shooting from deep. The Soldiers have a few players (Schwietz and Walker) who can get hot and knock down a few in a hurry, but that hasn’t been a calling card for them yet. There will likely be at least one game where they will need to answer back with some big jumpers from range, and if they prove that ability they can go deep into the weekend in Augusta.

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CIA BOUNCE

Season Record: 8-8 Coach: Tony McIntyre Director: Tony Mcintyre

ONTARIO, CAN

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IA Bounce had an up-and-down 2017 regular season, finishing with an 8-8 record and an automatic berth from Division C. Like Bounce teams of the past, the star power is high for the Toronto EYBL representative. Junior forwards Simi Shittu and Ignas Brazdeikis - veterans of Bounce’s 2016 squad - form the most productive duo on the circuit. While Bounce plays up to 10 guys in their rotation, their Peach Jam chances depend on the play of their two stars. Their 4-5 record versus Peach Jam competition leaves a bit to be desired, but their 21-point throttling of top seed Boo Williams proves they are capable of outing anyone. 76


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The 6-foot-10 Shittu is one of the most versatile players in the class, averaging 20.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 16 games. The Vermont Academy product shot 58.5 percent from the floor, operating as a point forward in Bounce’s gameplan. He is one of eight players to average a double-double for the season, and has the ability to impact every statistical category. Brazdeikis, a 6-foot-8 swingman who gets buckets from all over the court, was Bounce’s leading scorer. Brazdeikis averaged 22.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 15 games, scoring doubles-figures in every game but one. He is more than capable of going off offensively, and if he does, Bounce becomes a different team. Shittu and Brazdeikis are two of the more battle-tested players in North Augusta, and the Bounce faithful should feel great about their chances with them at the helm.

Sophomore Quincy Guerrier has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2017 season. The Thetford Academy product is the only other Bounce player to average in double-figures, putting up 16- game averages of 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 Guerrier provides Bounce a long, athletic shooting guard who is evolving defensively. Junior Keshaun Saunders (5.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG) came on strong late, while sophomore Joel Brown led in assists at 3.8 per game. Juniors Deon Ejim (3.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG) and Sammy Rautins (4.1 PPG) will both see minutes off the bench. This group doesn’t have any superstars, but if they’re cohesively working through their two stars, they can definitely compete in their pool.

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Shittu and Brazdeikis are obviously the horses in the frontcourt, and they have limited help. Guerrier will undoubtedly see time at the small forward position, as will Rautins in a small lineup. 6-foot-8 juniors Adong Makuoi (3.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG) and Brandon John (2.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG) will see minutes in reserve roles, and will need to step up their production big time if Shittu or Brazdeikis gets into foul trouble. This group isn’t deep, and will likely struggle to stop the opposing frontcourts of Pool D.

Bounce’s two studs will hardly see the bench during pool play, and rightfully so. Shittu and Brazdeikis were remarkably consistent during the regular season, and if the supporting cast can step up their contributions, Bounce becomes a legitimate contender to advance from Pool D. Someone from the backcourt needs to step up alongside Guerrier, with the likely candidates being Brown and Saunders. Bounce’s chances of competing hinge on the play of Shittu and Brazdeikis, but their chances of winning hinge on the rest of their core.

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hen Bol Bol announced he was going to run with California Supreme, the level of intrigue only grew. Nothing but rave reviews were pouring in. Many people that had seen him first-hand preached about Bol’s potential. ‘He was just tapping into it,’ they said, ‘But what would happen when he started to flourish?’ “Bol is going to blow up,” said one scout. “It’s Marvin Bagley, and Bol,” another scout claimed. A third minced zero words. “He’s going to completely dominate.” Turns out, all three proclamations were correct. Supreme’s 7-foot-2 junior took the EYBL by storm, leading Cal Supreme to a 13-3 finish while putting up some staggering numbers across the board. Being the son of the late NBA veteran Manute Bol, many expected Bol to be an elite defensive presence. He was that and more, averaging (4.5 blocks) per game. What we didn’t know, is how skilled he was on the offensive end. In 15 games, Bol averaged (24.1 PPG).

His three-point shot looks natural, he runs the floor with ease and he is always a beast on the boards. The Supreme staff knew they had found a bonafide gamechanger. “Bol has been big for us, and he’s a great talent, very skilled and versatile,” Director Gary Franklin said. “I think that our coaches realized that early on, so they put him in a position to allow him to be who he is a player.” Bol’s versatility is arguably the most important spect of his game, and the Supreme staff realized that quickly. It didn’t take long for the staff to let their big man loose. “(The coaching staff) didn’t want to just keep him in the post, and that allowed him to display his overall talent.” Marvin Bagley put up historic numbers in the EYBL, with Bol Bol even or right behind him in most statistical categories. The difference was the win/loss column, as Bol assimilated into a lineup of very talented players something that helped him greatly on both ends. “I do want to add that I think having the right pieces around him like Spencer (Freedman),” Franklin added. “He’s a highlyskilled point guard who sets the table as for our team. He has one of the highest IQs I’ve seen since Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Arizona).

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Blocks Per Game It’s difficult to mention Cal Supreme without bringing up Shareef O’Neal, Bol’s partner in the frontcourt and son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. Having another member in the frontcourt to rely on has been key for Supreme’s success. “Bol and Shareef our one-two punch,” Franklin said. If Bol is the heavy-hitter with O’Neal providing the knockout blow, then squads are in trouble come July. Bol’s skill set is truly difficult to prepare for, and his overall game will only improve after another month of training and practicing with his squad. Bol will be one of the biggest draws in North Augusta, an event Franklin plans to thrive in behind his star big man. “We are looking forward to making a run,” Franklin concluded. Bol has already shown so much, but the intrigue surrounding his game remains the same. That speaks volumes about the potential he possesses, and how good he can be. Be prepared to see the best version of him yet in Mid-July.

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or the PSA Cardinals, two things matter more than anything; defense and effort. For the fourth straight season, they have hardware to back up their mindset. Sophomore Cole Anthony takes home the 2017 Regular Season Defensive Player of the Year, continuing the trend of elite defense for the New York City based program. Big men Cheick Diallo (2014) and Kassoum Yakwe (2015) started the defensive dominance, followed by Kentucky-bound Quade Green in 2016. Heading into the 2017 EYBL regular season, Anthony was already established offensively on the national level. Exiting it, the same can be said about his defense. The 6-foot-1 floor general ran alongside Green in 2016, allowing him to learn from the best while instilling a defensive mentality that has clearly stuck. Green led the EYBL in steals in 2016, and Anthony did the same over the past two months. While his numbers aren’t as

gaudy as Green’s, head coach Munch Williams thinks he’s had just as much impact. Why? Simple: leadership - and intelligence. “While most teams use their center to anchor/lead their defense, we allow Cole to give advice on what defense we should use at certain spots in the game and which defensive scheme is most successful during a given game,” Williams said of his point guard. “He has positioned himself as an assistant coach defensively while leading on the court.” Anthony’s defensive prowess is even more impressive considering the crucial role he has offensively. He’s the leader in all facets for the Cardinals, which allows him to captain a tremendous defensive unit. His steal total isn’t the highest of any league leader, but his ability to lock down the opposing guard was uncanny. The Cardinals gave up a league-low 59 points a game, and Anthony allowed 11.2 points per game to the team’s top opposing guards - limiting

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Rebounds Per Game the likes of Tyler Herro, Javonte Smart, Tyrese Maxey and Tyger Campbell to single digits. Anthony is the only underclassmen to ever win Defensive Player of the Year, and the only underclassmen to be recognized on a regular season all-EYBL squad (Third Team). When asked about his former teammate, Green acknowledged Anthony’s defensive prowess, but didn’t stop there in his accolades. “Cole is the best two-way player in the country, don’t matter the class,” Green confidently stated. “He will guard the best player, and cook the best player.”

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oming into the 2016 Nike Elite Youth Basketball season, few around the country were aware just how good CIA Bounce forward Simisola Shittu was at basketball. Sure, he was coming off a stellar sophomore year at Monvterde Academy in Florida, taking home Hoop Hall Most Valuable Player honors among numerous accolades. Though, despite his developing frame and evolving skillset, Shittu still felt slighted on the national level. His performances weren’t translating into wins for CIA Bounce. Work had to be done. Flash forward one year later, and not only has Shittu risen up the rankings and commanded the respect he deserves, he has his squad firmly entrenched in the battlefield that is the Nike Peach Jam. Despite averaging a doubledouble and putting up a few of the best scoring games of the season, however, Shittu feels he still has a lot to prove. “I feel like I proved I’m a top player in my class but I still feel underrated even though I put up big numbers,” said Shittu. “But I definitely thought I showcased my development in the past year.” Shittu, who was named the Most Valuable Player at the NBA Top 100 Camp, has proven to be not just an athlete who can score in close, but a versatile wing at times who can run the floor as well as control the break. Shittu transferred to Vermont Academy for his junior season, and worked countless hours to improve on certain areas of his game. If the gym is open, Shittu is likely in it. That progress has been tough to ignore for coaches and

opponents alike. “My handle is a lot better, my jumper is more fluid, my IQ has gone up and I have been able to lead both vocally and by example.” said Shittu. “I’m also a really good passer and most people don’t realize that.”

“I want to be a top-five player in my class” Due to the fact that Shittu has been a dominant scorer all season so far, the other areas of his game have been naturally overlooked. However, the Canadian product has upped his assist average to three per game, second on the team only to point guard Joel Brown.

out and he can really score at all three levels.” Shittu believes that in order for the Bounce to advance out of pool play, he and Brazdeikis will need to “continue to dominate” and they will need to avoid losing control at the end of close games. As for the star himself? He has some lofty personal goals for the summer, all but guaranteeing his place in basketball circles as a future star. “Besides win Peach Jam this summer, I want to be a topfive player in my class,” Shittu announced. From where we are standing, that goal seems more likely every day.

Unlike other teams where one player is doing a lot of the scoring and there’s a steep falloff in production, Shittu has the advantage of playing with his close friend and partner in crime, Ignas Brazdeikis. Another versatile scoring forward, Brazdeikis allows Shittu to focus on other aspects of his game when his shots aren’t falling. “I’ve been playing with Ignas since the 7th grade,” said Shittu of his buddy. “We know each other’s games inside and

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Howard Pulley

After losing Brad and Gary and Theo from last year, what was the key to you guys replicating last year’s success? We all knew what we had to do to step up and we all know the roles that we have to play in order to win.

thing I did notice was that the Basketball IQ was a lot higher than most leagues I’ve played in.

the one to get everyone pumped up for a big game? Definitely, I definitely do.

How is playing with a player like Tre? It’s great he makes my job a cakewalk. All I gotta do is run the floor and set good screens.

Was your role for Pulley bigger than you thought it would be or about what you expected? Pretty much what I thought it was gonna be.

What do you feel you bring to that table that has helped you carve out a prominent role for the team this year? Team hype. I think most definitely I try and bring lots of energy to the court on the defensive end and running the floor hard in transition.

How has the recruitment been going and what are you still hoping to show college coaches? It’s been great, showing a lot of interest from a variety of schools. And my offensive game.

Did anything surprise you about the EYBL? Nope it was everything I expected fast and strong basketball one

Do you take pride in being

What do you guys on Pulley like to do when you aren’t practicing or playing? What do you do when you’re just hanging? We just be clowning! Some guys play 2k and just chill and rest up for the next game.

antoine davis Q&A

houston hoops

What was your favorite game/moment from the regular season? Probably my 37-point game against MeanStreets. What was the main key for you guys advancing to Peach Jam? We all shot the ball really well. And we played really good team defense. If we share the ball and all that we could make it to the championship game or win it all. Who is the X factor for your team and why? I think I’m the X factor because when I come off the bench I’m like

the spark plug. I’m like the guy who brings scoring and energy off the bench. What’s something about your game you are really working at this summer? Just getting stronger and work on my defense. If you could say one thing about your game to college coaches, what would it be? That I know how to play the game. When did you realize you could have a future in basketball?

When I started getting really good at it in high school, and then people were telling me that I had a chance at making money playing basketball. What were some challenges you faced in the EYBL this year that maybe you weren’t expecting? I don’t really know. I really expected it to be hard and I was prepared for it.

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Darius Bazley Q&A

meanstreets

How do you feel the second half of the season went being new to the EYBL and coming in to a successful team after 8 games? I think it went pretty good! Came into this team and the guys accepted me with open arms right away. We finished 11 and 5, had a chance to tie the best Meanstreets record ever. We came up short but that’s okay because we made Peach Jam which was the ultimate goal.

you weren’t expecting? Was the transition easier than you thought? Yes there were some challenges. I think me competing against that kind of talent consistently was a challenge for me and it definitely wore me out. And no the transition wasn’t easy at all. I knew what to expect coming in because I played in the EYBL last year, in fact it was tougher than I thought it would be.

What do you feel makes you guys different from other teams that will help you win it all? I mean this in the most humbling way there is but...We have me. No other team has me. I think when I’m playing at my best we’re a scary team because everyone around me gets better.

What matchup from your pool are you most looking forward to and why? Gerald Liddell only because he’s a top player in the 2018 class. I’m looking forward to competing against him.

Was there any challenges that came your way in the EYBL

How’s recruitment going? Anything in particular you want to show college coaches yet this summer?

Recruitment has been well! And coaches know I can play and they know my skill set. I just want to to show them now the little things, the intangibles What drives you the most not only on the court but in all aspects of your life? Just me wanting to be successful. I’ve seen people who aren’t successful and they struggle and I’ve seen people who are successful and don’t have to worry about anything and I don’t want to struggle. If at the end of the summer, college coaches are talking about you, what do you want them to say/take away from your game? That I’m going to be a pro! That’s all I want them to say...Is that I’m a pro.

Foster Loyer Q&A All ohio red

What was the key for your guys success in the regular season? I would say the key to our success has just been playing as a team. Playing team defense, playing for the guy next to you. The key for offense has been our ball movement, making the extra pass and getting good shots. We have a really balanced offensive attack and play with great chemistry. What did you learn this year in your first playing 17U? The biggest thing was probably continuing to adjust to the speed of the game and the great athleticism at the 17U. Learning to create space on your shots, how to set up your teammates. Who is the X factor for your squad? And why?

Our big fella, Thomas Kithier. With us, everything starts on defense and he is the centerpiece of that defense. When he’s controlling the boards and we’re getting out and running we are very hard to beat. What do you bring to the table as the floor general that helps get the offense and defense going? Doing whatever it takes to set up my teammates. One of my biggest jobs is just being the communicator out on the court, setting up guys that have it rolling, getting our team to play together on both sides of the floor. What are your favorite things to do outside of basketball? I enjoy going to baseball games, and being out on the lake in the summer! Any teams or players you

are really excited to face off against? Not specifically, just looking forward to getting to Peach Jam and competing for a championship. At the end of a game, who has the ball for All Ohio Red? I always want the ball at the end of the game. It’s my job to make that game winning play, not always a shot for myself, but to put our team in the position to make the shot. Especially when the other team is fouling, 100% confidence to go make those game winning free throws. Outside of a championship what would make for a successful Peach Jam and what do you hope to learn? We aren’t going to be happy with or settle for anything less than a 85 championship.


jake forrester Q&A

psa cardinals

What was the biggest challenge for you personally this season? I think the biggest challenge for me this season was to learn how to play with a group of guys that we’re all good and how to fight for playing time.

a team to get it done within the last minutes.

play and I am there to help any teammate.

What’s it like playing with Cole? Cole is a great player, great teammate, and a great leader. He will push you to play the best you can in that amount of time.

How is playing in the EYBL different from not only HS ball but also other grassroots leagues you’ve played in? Playing with Mo (Bamba), Cam (Reddish) and Brandon (Randolph) in high school basketball we played against some good competition but playing in the EYBL is much different than all other leagues just because of the talent that you play every single game.

What are your personal goals the rest of the summer, and how are you working on those goals/skills? For the rest of the summer I will continue to work on the aspects of my game that need work. I’ll work on those aspects by staying in the gym Monday through Friday.

What was the biggest win in your opinion and why this season? I think the biggest win this season was when we beat Albany City Rocks. We were down in the beginning and then we came back and play well as

What do you bring to the table that you feel helps PSA the most and makes you guys most dangerous? I feel like I bring energy right when I get on the court to when I step off the court. I do not give up on any single

What is the one key to you guys winning it all? The key to us winning is staying together and not losing our heads while games get tight.

jalen hawkins Q&A

new york lightning

What was the one thing you learned this year in the EYBL that you didn’t know coming in? I learned that everything is not easy and it is not like regular AAU. You can’t just show up and expect everything to be handed to you like you have to work for everything that you want to get also it is not overrated at all it’s legit a tough league to play in and everybody for the most part has the same amount of talent. Has your role gotten bigger on the team as the season went on or did you expect to shoulder a lot of the scoring load from the start? My role has definitely gotten bigger and it make me think I could really help this team with my scoring and

defensive stops and we could really be something special for 17U. What was your favorite/most memorable game during the regular season? When we were playing New Jersey Playaz and the coach put subs in when we were down 17-16 in the second half he had confidence in us to come back and coming back to get the W with my brothers and having fun every moment of that game was great. Everybody knew everybody so it was more of a bragging rights game. What are the keys for you guys making a run out of pool play? It was mostly defense and everybody was thinking we were an easy win and we turned a lot of heads during regular season play so everybody

knows who we are now. What pro player do you watch the most to improve your game? Patrick Beverly; he’s a defensive stretch and he could give you a bucket if you need it. Any team or player you most look forward to facing? Emmitt Williams and Tre Jones. Emmitt is an all-around player who is good at everything he does. It should be a fun game. And Tre Jones I would be guarding him so that will be a little battle and I’m looking forward to it. How would you describe the way you guys play in one sentence? 86 Intelligent and unpredictable.


taeshon cherry Q&A

Oakland soldiers

What was the biggest win in the regular season for you guys? Cali Supreme because they a top team this year and we wanted to win the battle of California and i think we proved a lot that game.

What was the key to you guys doing so well in LA? Playing as a team mainly and just playing for each other. I think we have a good chance to win Peach Jam if we keep playing like we did in LA.

Any team you look forward to facing most? PSA because they beat us bad in the regular season so i think that we need to get them back for sure.

You’ve always been known as a great defender but this year you took on more of the scoring load. What adjustments did you make or was it just a matter of more being asked of you on that side of the ball? I made adjustments from a defensive perspective because i know i need to give a 110% on both sides of the floor and defense gets me into my offense

What did you improve on most from last year to this year (personally)? My leadership and my shooting definitely.

that’s the main adjustment i made. What are your main goals for the start of fall, basketball wise? Just to come in everyday as a leader and make everyone on my team better including myself. Who is your biggest inspiration on and off the court? My biggest inspiration is LeBron because he do things on and off the court for his city which is what i want to do plus he was a Soldier so he’s the one that inspires me the most.

tyrese maxey Q&A

RM5 elite

How do you feel you developed throughout the regular season? I feel like i became a better leader for my team. What was the key to you guys putting things together and figuring out how you could win games to get to Peach Jam? We just had to figure out each other’s tendencies and play out roles for the betterment of the team! What’s your favorite aspect of playing in the EYBL? Competition. What are you hoping to

accomplish in Peach Jam, and how are you preparing? Of course we want to win as much as possible. And we will get some practice in late June and early July. What’s your pregame routine like? I just listen to music and get focused on the task at hand. What was your best game personally this season and why? Session 1 game 3 and because my team was struggling and we finally got our first EYBL win. What’s an aspect of your game that you think gets

overlooked and you wanna prove? My defense. What was the moment or season when you realized you could have a future in basketball? 6th grade Nationals when I helped lead my team to the national championship game and i had played well on the national scene. Since then i just kept working to where i am now; and have a lot more work to do to make it to the next level.

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Marvin bagley III Q&A nike phamily

Favorite food and restaurant? Orange chicken and Panda Express If you could go on vacation to one spot tomorrow, where would it be? Hawaii Favorite pair of sneakers that you own? I like the Space Jam 11s, those are my favorite ones. If you could have one pair, which ones would you cop? I like the Carolina 11s, the baby blue ones. I like those. Who’s your biggest role

model and what’s the best advice they’ve given to you? I would say Jesus. I read the bible whenever I don’t have the answer in life and follow that. I trust in him to guide me through my whole life. If it wasn’t basketball, what would your dream job be? Music. I love music. I have a passion for it, just like basketball. What do you like specifically about music? I used to make beats but since we moved I don’t have my keyboard and stuff. I write and rap, I’ve made a few songs, but I love music. Basketball is first, but when I’m not playing, i’m either writing

music or recording it. Who are your favorite musical artists? Oh I have a lot. Drake, JCole, Kendrick Lamar, Logic. Ted Campbell, for those of you who don’t know, check out his music. What would people be surprised to see on your playlist? It’s a pretty normal playlist, a couple Justin Bieber songs. I’ll play that when I’m looking to relax or just vibing. What’s your biggest pet peeve? Snoring. Not even close, snoring.

jakigh dottin Q&A babc

What’s your favorite food? Chicken from my mom. What’s your least favorite food? Tomatoes. I don’t like tomatoes at all. Favorite TV Show? I would have to say Spongebob or The Martin Show. Favorite Movie? Harlem Nights Favorite musician? A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar Favorite sport other than basketball? Football

Favorite athlete outside of a basketball player? Donovan McNabb Favorite part of AAU? Traveling. Basketball opens up a lot of opportunities. To go to Los Angeles and be able to play in front of a bunch of people, in front the best players in the country and all this media, it’s just the greatest feeling. What’s your least favorite part of AAU? Traveling. I’m from Cambridge so from Cambridge we have to go to Boston Logan Airport and then fly all the way to LA on six hour flights and then come here

and then we can’t drive back, you know? Best movie you have seen lately? Aliens. I just saw Aliens, go see that. It’s crazy. Favorite sneakers that you own? My Jordan Gold 11s. I’m actually wearing them next game. What’s your favorite type of fast food? McDonald’s. Big Mac #1, twenty piece nuggets. What are you studying in college? 88 Special education.


shandon brown Q&A babc

Favorite food? I gotta go with ribs.

basketball? Football

Least favorite food? I’m not a seafood person. I don’t like shrimp, I don’t like any of that.

Favorite part of AAU? Just being with your brothers every trip and traveling to different states across the country enjoying time outside of basketball.

Favorite TV show? Family Guy, easily Family Guy. Favorite movie? I have a bunch of them, “Four Brothers” with Mark Wahlberg and “Juice” with 2Pac. Favorite athlete outside of basketball? Tom Brady Favorite sport outside of

What’s your least favorite part? The drives. Driving to Atlanta, driving to Virginia, it depends on how we fit in the van.

I have a little bit of Prince Royce in there. I don’t know if you all know about Prince Royce. If you could date one celebrity, who would it be? Meagan Good If one person deserves to punch you in the face, who would it be? My brother

Favorite musician? Chance the Rapper Who would we be surprised to see on your itunes?

Ofure Ujadughele Q&A nike phamily

What’s your favorite food? Pizza What’s your favorite restaurant? Five Guys

work hard. He never lies to me, tells me a had a bad game or tells me I had a good game. He makes me better all the time. I have to give a big thank you to him because he is the reason why I am here.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Either lying or when people chew their gum really loud.

If you could date one celebrity, who would it be and why? I’m going to have to go with Rihanna, because she’s Rihanna.

If you could go on vacation one place tomorrow, where are you going and why? Hawaii. I think it’s very beautiful out there. I’ve seen a lot of pictures, it seems like a great atmosphere just to be around.

If it wasn’t basketball for you, what would your dream career be outside outside of this sport? I would think about Chemical Engineering, or something in the engineering department.

Who inspires you the most and why? My dad. He always pushes me to

What is your favorite pair of kicks you own? My Kobe Peach Jams from last year, those are my favorite shoes just to

hoop in. What pair do you want the most? The Space Jams Is there an athlete or NBA player that you looked up to and tried to emulate your game after growing up? Definitely Russell Westbrook. We both have balance explosive, both quick. I look him up often. I try to imitate my game to be just like him.

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tre jones Q&A

howard pulley

If you could vacation one spot tomorrow, where are you going? Dubai What is your favorite food? Either mac & cheese or cinnamon rolls What is your favorite restaurant? Ruth’s Chris Steak House What’s your favorite pair of sneakers you own? The Jordan Taxi 12s or Space Jams If you could have one pair of sneakers, what would they be? The “Red October” Yeezys If you could have a career outside of basketball, what would you do? I would probably be a singer or a rapper.

What artist would surprise people in your itunes library? What would be weird for people to see? Probably not weird, I have some soft songs for when I get my feels. Who is your favorite athlete whether it’s basketball or nonbasketball? For basketball I would probably say Kyrie, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron. I have a ton of respect for those guys. I like to watch those guys a lot. For non-basketball I would say Neymar, the Brazil soccer player. What is the best advice that you have ever been given? I’ve watched my brother go through the whole process and how humble he was with everything. He never let any moment blow his head up too much or anything like that, so I would probably just say being humble.

Daniel Oturu Q&A Favorite food? Chinese food

What’s your favorite chinese food restaurant? It’s this place in Minnesota called “Ming Garden”, it’s really good.

howard pulley

stay humble. There are a lot of opportunities in the world, don’t let it get to your head. Just stay humble and keep working.

If you could vacation one place tomorrow, where are you going? I’m already here, Los Angeles.

Is there an NBA player that you tried to emulate your game after growing up? No not really. I just like to watch a lot of players play and take bits and pieces of what they do and incorporate it into my game.

Who inspires you and why? My parents. They work so hard for me to have a good life, so I just try to work hard to give back to them.

Who is your favorite athlete of all time whether it’s basketball or non-basketball? Either LeBron or Kobe.

What is the best advice that they have given you? Just to work hard and always

What is one thing that no one knows about you? I just got into taking photos, so

What is your biggest pet peeve? Maybe styrofoam rubbing together, something like that. What is your favorite part of AAU? Playing against the best competition across the country with guys you’ve been playing against across the state for almost 10 years now growing up. You get to finally play together and compete against the top players in the country. What is your least favorite part of AAU? You have to miss out on some things back home. I have a lot of family that travels here, but when they don’t travel here they are always hanging out. So I have to miss out on those type of things, but it’s always worth it.

photography. What kind of photos do you like to take? Tell me about that. Any kind. I like to take action photos at games and sunsets. All different types of photos, it’s pretty cool. I just got into it. So if it wasn’t basketball then, would you look for a career in photography? Or do you have another career in mind? Sports Management. I just want to be around the game, you know? What musician would people would be surprised to see in your itunes library? Adele

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Francis Okoro Q&A

Bradley beal elite

Favorite food? It’s an African food because I am from Nigeria. It’s called Jollof Rice. It’s rice mixed with tomatoes and some other stuff to make it. If you could go on vacation one place tomorrow, where are you going and why? I would love to go to Madrid, Spain. I’m a huge soccer fan, I

love Real Madrid. I’ve always wanted to go there, it’s my dream place to be. If it wasn’t basketball for you, what career would you go into? Probably engineering because i’m really smart with technology. I think i’m pretty talented doing engineering, I can fix things. Especially Electrical Engineering,

Antwann jones Q&A Favorite food and favorite restaurant you’ve been to? We just had BJ’s (LA), that was the best food I’ve ever had.

If you could pick one spot to vacation, what would it be? I’m gonna go to Los Angeles, Venice Beach If you could eat dinner with one person, who would it be? That’s a tough one. Dead or alive?

e1t1 united

I’ll go Rihanna.

My next question was celebrity you’d like to date, but I’m guessing that’s the same? No no, If I had to date any celebrity right now it would be Waka Flocka’s girlfriend. She’s gorgeous.

I am really good at math and physics. What’s your favorite pair of sneakers you own right now? My favorite pair right now is the Jordan Ovos. If you could one pair of sneakers, what would you be wearing? The Nike Futures

Grey 11s. The pair I wish I had was the Cool Grey 11s (laughs), I need to get them. What’s your biggest pet peeve? When we have a big game and someone doesn’t show up. I hate that. I want to compete at all times.

Favorite pair of sneakers, and favorite pair of kicks you wish you had? My favorite pair of kicks are the Cool

Who’s the greatest athlete of all time? LeBron James!

Favorite musician? Playboi Carti

Favorite athlete outside of basketball? Odell Beckham Jr.

Q&A Shareefcalo’neal supreme Favorite food? Pizza

Least favorite food? Probably like some type of vegetable. Favorite TV show? Dragon Ball Z Favorite movie? The Revenant Favorite sport other than basketball? Football

What are you studying in college? Business Favorite part of AAU? Traveling. Least favorite part of AAU? Probably just being surrounded and harassed for pictures and stuff, I mean I like it but sometimes it gets too overwhelming.

Favorite movie you’ve seen lately? Logan What are your favorite shoes of all time? The Craig Sager shoes, those are my favorites. Favorite fast food? Chik-fil-A

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jalen smith Q&A

team takeover

Favorite food and restaurant? Ruths Chris.

Favorite place you’ve ever visited? Hawaii.

Who’s your role model, on or off the court? My role models are my parents. The advice they give me is keep working hard, and no matter what give 100% effort.

How did you get the nickname sticks? Cause I was skinny

Who is a music artist people would be surprised to know you listen to? I’d day Drake, that would be one.

Dream career outside of basketball? Business management

If you could date a celebrity, who would it be? Karrueche.

Favorite subject in school? Math.

What is your least favorite part of grassroots? Playing more than one game in a

day. What’s your favorite part of grassroots basketball? The traveling for sure. Who is your favorite athlete of all time? Kobe. Is he who you try to emulate your game after? I model my mentality after him for sure. Which player do you model yout game after? Playing wise, I play like Hakeem (Olajuwan).

Alex Lomax & DJ Jeffries Q&A Team penny

Favorite food? Alex: Hot wings DJ: Pizza

What is your biggest pet peeve? Alex: Stanky breath DJ: Stanky breath

Favorite restaurant? Alex: Chings DJ: Chings

Tell me something that someone would be surprised to know about you? Alex: I eat my boogers. Nah i’m just playin. My feet are ugly.. I never show anybody my feet, DJ: My feet are ugly too, but I can sing.

What is your favorite TV show? Alex: Spongebob DJ: Spongebob Favorite movie? Alex: Any Marvel movie DJ: Suicide Squad If you could vacation one place tomorrow, where are you taking the trip to? Alex: Hawaii DJ: The Bahamas

What is your favorite part about AAU? Alex: Good competition DJ: Same What is your least favorite part about AAU? Alex: Ending DJ: Same

If you could date one celebrity, who are you dating? Alex: I want Beyoncé, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj...I want all of them! If I can’t have all of them, then Rihanna. DJ: Beyoncé Who is someone that people would be surprised to see in your itunes music library? Alex: Keri Hilson DJ: PND (PARTYNEXTDOOR) Who is your role model whether it’s on or off the court? Alex: Penny Hardaway and Dwyane Wade DJ: Same, same, same.

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de’vion harmon Q&A Rm5 Elite

Favorite food? Probably sweet rocks

Dream job? Playing in the NBA.

Least favorite food? Probably broccoli

Favorite part of AAU? Playing the game that I love.

Favorite TV show? Drake & Josh Favorite sport other than basketball? Football Favorite musician? Charlie Rose

Least favorite part of AAU? Sometimes the coaches call you a lot, but I mean it’s the business. Favorite athlete outside of basketball? Dez Bryant Best movie you have seen lately? I’ve seen a lot of movies. The best movie I have probably watched lately is Think Like a Man Too.

Favorite athlete? LeBron James Dream vacation spot? Dubai.

Who inspires you and why? My mother. She is the one that has been with me through everything. She’s been with me since I was born, since I came out of the womb. She went through so much to get me here, which is who I am. She provides for our family at home and outside of the house. All I want to do is make her proud and if I can do that then i’m going to be doing fine. Favorite pair of shoes you own? Probably the Pure Money 4s. Favorite fast food? Sonic

Philmon Gebrewhit Q&A expressions Elite

If you could go on vacation one place tomorrow, where are you going and why? The Bahamas because it’s nice and I’m trying to stay on the beach. What’s your favorite food? Pizza What’s your favorite restaurant to eat at? Five Guys What’s your favorite pair of kicks you own? I like the OG 1s. The red and black OG 1s. What’s one pair that you wish you could have?

I gotta get the original Spaceships. Who is an NBA player that you emulated your game after growing up or do now? Definitely Bradley Beal right now. He gets good shots. That’s my guy. I like Bradley Beal a lot. Also Penny Hardaway. Big guards, big guards.

Who are your favorite music artists besides Frank Ocean? Drake, Fab, Meek Mill. If you could date one celebrity, who are you dating? Rihanna.

Who is the greatest athlete of all time if your eyes? LeBron James. Not even close. Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you? I like Frank Ocean.

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Q&A

Buddy Boeheim Albany City Rocks, NY How was the EYBL circuit for you? What was the biggest challenge of the league? It’s been an unbelievable experience for me playing against the best competition in the country. The biggest challenge of the league for me was adapting to the fast pace that the games are played at What’s it like being part of the City Rocks program? The City Rocks have been like a family to me, and it’s great to play on a team with so much talent. Coach (Jim) Hart and the coaching staff has been a big part of my success. The coaches trust me to make the right play and give us a winning game plan each time out. Your father is a living legend in the sport of basketball. What has his impact been and how has he impacted you as a player and as a son? My dad has had the greatest impact on my basketball career in many ways. He told what I had to do at a young age if I wanted to be successful in basketball and has always believed in me as a player. As a son, he’s been a great father for me and had made me a better person overall. What role does your mom play? She seems like a total ‘super-mom’ from the outside

looking in. (laughs) yeah she is exactly that and then some. She has even tried to give my dad and I some coaching tops over the years, and we try not to laugh. She has been an amazing mom for me and wife for my dad. Don’t get yourself in trouble, but tell us something about your father that we may not know… (laughs) my dad loves our dog so much that sometimes we think he likes her more than us. But he’s actually a very fun dad who loves to play games with us. He’s a completely different person off the court as a father. Outside of shooting, what’s your biggest strength on the court? Probably my decision making. When you look at schools at the next level, what NEEDS to be there? I think the program needs to feel like a family. I want a good coaching staff, and a close group of players who care about winning fist.

Rocks? Honestly, we feel like we are a team that can make a deep run and won’t be satisfied unless we do so, and win it all. You’ve had the luxury of knowing a lot of young players at Syracuse. Has any player stood out over the years? I’ve always liked all the guys on the teams, it’s family forever. But more this past season I became really close with all of them. What type of influence has your older brother Jimmy played? He was an EYBL veteran himself, did he give you any advice? He was really just helped me as a player and a competitor. We always use to have battles playing against each other, and he’s taught me a ton over the years. The Rocks seem like a very close-knit bunch. Who would you say is the biggest clown on the roster? I dont know, probably my man Mike (Adams-Woods)

What’s your dream job? Anything that involves basketball.

Last question - who’s your favorite player of all time?

What will make the 2017 Peach Jam a success for you and the

Kobe Bryant.

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PEACH JAM HISTORY

YEAR

TEAM

NOTABLE PLAYERS

2016

MOKAN Elite

2015

Georgia Stars

2014

Playaz Club

2013

E1T1 United

Michael Porter Jr, Trae Young, Carte'Are Gordon, Jontay Porter Wendell Carter Jr, Udoka Azubuike, Jared Harper, Brandon Robinson Isaiah Briscoe, Trevon Duval, Temple Gibbs, Moustapha Diagne D'Angelo Russell, Joel Berry, Grayson Allen

2012

Oakland Soldiers

Aaron Gordon, Jabari Bird

2011

BABC

Nerlens Noel, Georges Niang, Jake Layman

2010

Team Takeover

James Robinson, Michael Gbinije

2009

All Ohio Red

Jared Sullinger, Aaron Craft, Adreian Payne, Juwan Staten

2008

Boo Williams

Kendall Marshall, Andre Dawkins

2007

NY Gauchos

Kemba Walker

2006

MeanStreets

Derrick Rose, Eric Gordon

2005

Boo Williams

Scottie Reynolds

2004

Illinois Warriors

Julian Wright

2003

NY Gauchos

Sundiata Gaines, Russell Robinson

2002

All Ohio Red

Andrew Lavender

2001

Team Texas

Bracey Wright

2000

Wisconsin Playground

Travis Diener

1999

Riverside Church

Omar Cook

1998

Houston Jaguars

Taleik Brown

1997

Illinois Warriors

Quentin Richardson

1996

Riverside Church

Elton Brand, Ron Artest, Lamar Odom

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ALBANY CITY ROCKS N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

2

Dominick Welch

G

2018

Cheektowaga

3

Mika Adams-Woods

G

2018

Bishop Ludden

4

Greg Dolan

G

2018

Williamsville South (NY)

5

Davis Franks

F

2018

Northfield Mt. Hermon

11

Joseph Girard III

G

2019

Glens Falls

14

Jeenathan Williams

F

2018

University Prep

21

Joe Jones

F

2018

The Park School

22

Jalen Pickett

G

2018

Aquinas

33

Isaiah Stewart

F

2019

McQuaid Jesuit

34

Xavier Mayo

F

2019

The Hill School

35

Buddy Boeheim

G

2018

Jamesville-Dewitt

The City Rocks (10-6) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

17

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.105 (9th)

1.068 (27th)

0.037 (17th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

56.0% (4th)

49.3% (17th)

TO%

18.8% (24th)

18.6% (18th)

OReb%

33.4% (23rd)

35.8% (31st)

FT Rate

32.6% (23rd)

35.4% (21st)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

39.4% (2nd)

32.8% (25th)

2PT%

54.7% (7th)

49.4% (13th)

FT%

64.4% (33rd)

68.4% (26th)

Block %

8.8% (17th)

8.6% (26th)

Steal%

8.4% (16th)

9.6% (5th)

3PA/FGA

28.9% (30th)

39.2% (39th)

A/FGM

46.5% (35th)

50.9% (19th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

64.5 (31st)

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ALL OHIO RED N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Foster Loyer

G

2018

Clarkston

3

Braden Norris

G

2018

Hilliard Bradley

5

Vincent Williams

G/F

2018

St. John's Jesuit

10

DeShon Parker

G

2018

Wayne (OH)

11

Treauhn Williams

F

2018

Reynoldsburg

12

Jordan Mitchell

F

2019

Gahanna Lincoln

21

Dane Goodwin

G

2018

Upper Arlington

22

Thomas Kithier

F

2018

Dakota

25

Jake McLaughlin

F

2018

Tri-Valley

33

Ross Ryan

F

2018

Centerburg

RANK

2

All Ohio Red (13-3) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.138 (5th)

0.987 (8th)

0.151 (2nd)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

57.3% (1st)

47.2% (7th)

TO%

20.4% (34th)

18.9% (13th)

OReb%

32.9% (25th)

31.6% (10th)

FT Rate

42.9% (13th)

34.6% (20th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

37.7% (4th)

31.5% (17th)

2PT%

57.7% (4th)

47.2% (7th)

FT%

72.5% (4th)

66.0% (16th)

Block %

9.6% (6th)

9.0% (21st)

Steal%

8.2% (15th)

7.8% (29th)

3PA/FGA

34.0% (15th)

35.9% (33rd)

A/FGM

56.9% (7th)

47.9% (9th)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

62.7 (36th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

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BABC N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Shandon Brown

G

2018

New Hampton

2

Ghared Boyce

G

2018

Everett

3

Maurice Works

G

2018

South Kent

4

Devrae Burns

G

2018

Cru Academy

5

Jakigh Dottin

G

2018

Cambridge Rindge & Latin

13

Cole Swider

G

2018

St. Andrew's

41

Dimon Carrigan

F

2017

Cambridge Rindge & Latin

42

Caden Dumas

F

2017

Choate Rosemary Hall

43

Jared Whitt

C

2018

South Kent

44

Martin Mann

F

2018

Lawrence Academy

45

Alex Christie

C

2018

The MacDuffie School

RANK

7

BABC (10-6) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.082 (13th)

0.974 (5th)

0.108 (7th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

50.2% (17th)

46.2% (4th)

TO%

18.6% (21st)

22.7% (3rd)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

OReb%

35.9% (8th)

38.6% (39th)

FT Rate

35.2% (19th)

37.7% (32nd)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

31.3% (25th)

28.2% (6th)

2PT%

Other Components

52.0% (12th)

47.8% (8th)

FT%

72.2% (5th)

65.0% (9th)

Block %

11.9% (38th)

14.4% (1st)

Steal%

8.5% (19th)

11.3% (4th)

3PA/FGA

34.8% (12th)

30.0% (12th)

A/FGM

47.6% (29th)

50.5% (17th)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

65.5 (24th)

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BOO WILLIAMS N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

3

Zion Harmon

G

2021

Bowling Green

10

Keldon Johnson

G

2018

Huntington Prep

11

Jason Wade

G

2018

Trinity Episcopal

20

Aundre Hyatt

G

2019

Miller School

22

Keyontae Johnson

G

2018

IMG Academy

32

Qudus Wahab

C

2019

Virginia Academy

33

Sasha Sukhanov

F

2018

Teays Valley

40

Nyzaiah Chambers

G

2018

Oscar Smith

54

Anderson Mirambeaux

F

2019

Teays Valley

Boo Williams (13-3) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

8

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.082 (12th)

0.979 (7th)

0.104 (8th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

52.8% (10th)

47.9% (8th)

TO%

17.5% (15th)

19.5% (9th)

OReb%

31.1% (31st)

31.0% (8th)

FT Rate

32.0% (20th)

28.7% (4th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

32.0% (20th)

33.1% (27th)

2PT%

54.9% (6th)

46.9% (5th)

FT%

66.9% (21st)

64.8% (8th)

Block %

7.9% (8th)

6.8% (31st)

Steal%

7.6% (10th)

9.5% (6th)

3PA/FGA

29.7% (27th)

33.9% (30th)

A/FGM

49.5% (26th)

56.5% (36th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

66.4 (18th)

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BRADLEY BEAL ELITE N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Joe Reece

G

2018

Vashon

3

Shaun Williams

G

2018

Hazelwood Central

5

Fred Thatch Jr.

G

2018

Sikeston

10

Darius Garland

G

2018

Brentwood Academy

11

Kale Catchings

G

2018

Christian Brothers College

12

EJ LIddell

F

2019

Belleville West

12

Jadis White

G

2018

Chaminade

21

Jericole Hellems

F

2018

Chaminade

22

Karrington Davis

F

2018

Chaminade

23

Francis Okoro

F

2019

Normal West

Bradley Beal Elite (13-3) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

6

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.077 (16th)

0.936 (2nd)

0.142 (6th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

49.5% (21st)

44.5% (3rd)

TO%

19.1% (27th)

19.4% (10th)

OReb%

37.9% (3rd)

29.7% (4th)

FT Rate

48.4% (1st)

36.7% (28th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

28.3% (36th)

34.8% (30th)

2PT%

51.4% (13th)

41.1% (1st)

FT%

71.4% (8th)

65.1% (10th)

Block %

8.0% (9th)

13.7% (3rd)

Steal%

7.8% (12th)

8.7% (16th)

3PA/FGA

21.3% (39th)

30.0% (11th)

A/FGM

49.0% (27th)

46.4% (4th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

69.3 (4th)

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CAL SUPREME ELITE N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Bol Bol

F

2018

Mater Dei

3

Devonaire Doutrive

G

2018

Birmingham

4

Tevian Jones

G

2018

Chandler

5

Gianni Hunt

G

2019

Bishop Montgomery

11

Shareef O'Neal

F

2018

Crossroads

13

Spencer Freedman

G

2018

Mater Dei

20

Michael Wang

F

2018

Mater Dei

22

Nathan Mensah

F

2018

Justin-Siena

Cal Supreme Elite (13-3) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

5

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.063 (17th)

0.917 (1st)

0.145 (4th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

51.8% (12th)

43.4% (1st)

TO%

20.4% (35th)

18.3% (20th)

OReb%

34.0% (19th)

29.2% (2nd)

FT Rate

38.6% (12th)

25.9% (2nd)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

36.0% (5th)

28.7% (9th)

2PT%

50.1% (17th)

43.6% (2nd)

FT%

70.7% (12th)

63.9% (5th)

Block %

8.4% (15th)

12.0% (7th)

Steal%

9.7% (37th)

7.6% (31st)

3PA/FGA

44.6% (1st)

34.1% (31st)

A/FGM

64.2% (2nd)

48.8% (11th)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

63.3 (35th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

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CIA BOUNCE N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Joel Brown

G

2019

ASPIRE Prep

2

Laoui Msembya

G

2019

Thetford Academy

3

David Abiodun

F

2018

Orangeville Prep

4

John Akende

G

2018

Father Henry Carr

5

Samir Rautins

G

2019

St. Michael's College

6

Deon Ejim

G

2018

TRC Academy

8

Quincy Guerrier

G

2019

Thetford Academy

10

Keshaun Saunders

G

2018

Orangeville Prep

11

Simi Shittu

F

2018

Vermont Academy

13

Ignas Brazdeikis

F

2018

Orangeville Prep

14

Adong Makuoi

G

2018

TRC Academy

15

Brandon John

F

2018

TRC Academy

RANK

16

CIA Bounce (8-8) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.099 (10th)

1.057 (23rd)

0.042 (16th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

51.9% (11th)

48.4% (11th)

TO%

18.8% (26th)

15.0% (40th)

OReb%

39.3%(1st)

30.0% (5th)

FT Rate

43.9% (5th)

37.5% (31st)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Offense

Defense

3PT%

30.2% (30th)

30.1% (12th)

2PT%

54.5% (8th)

49.6% (14th)

FT%

61.9% (36th)

70.8% (35th)

Block %

9.0% (19th)

9.2% (14th)

Steal%

8.7% (23rd)

6.8% (37th)

3PA/FGA

28.5% (31st)

35.9% (2nd)

A/FGM

52.8% (16th)

44.9% (2nd)

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

69.3 (3rd)

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E1T1 UNITED N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Will Richardson

G

2018

Liberty County

2

Antwann Jones

G

2018

Oak Ridge

2

Jai Clark

G

2018

Apopka

3

Jimmy Beane

G

2018

Providence

4

Samir Stewart

G

2018

Sagemont School

5

Emmitt Williams

F

2018

IMG Academy

10

Nick Honor

G

2018

Lake Highland Prep

12

Joshua Mballa

F

2018

Arlington Country Day

22

Bryce Workman

F

2018

Sickles

RANK

10

E1T1 United (12-4) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.123 (6th)

1.046 (18th)

0.077 (10th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

54.0% (6th)

49.5% (19th)

TO%

16.6% (9th)

16.0% (36th)

OReb%

32.0% (27th)

32.5% (14th)

FT Rate

32.5% (24th)

29.0% (6th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

32.7% (18th)

32.5% (23rd)

2PT%

56.9% (5th)

50.0% (17th)

FT%

66.8% (24th)

62.5% (3rd)

Block %

8.4% (16th)

9.5% (13th)

Steal%

6.8% (3rd)

7.9% (27th)

3PA/FGA

37.0% (6th)

37.4% (37th)

A/FGM

55.6% (8th)

54.0% (27th)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

66.1 (21st)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

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EXPRESSIONS ELITE N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Jonathan Cenescar

G

2018

Cambridge, Rindge, & Latin

1

Joe Kasperzyk

G

2018

Hillhouse

2

Marcus Zegarowski

G

2018

Tilton (NH)

3

Noah Fernandes

G

2019

Tabor Academy

4

Jahbril Price-Noel

F

2018

Gould Academy (ME)

10

Connor Peterson

G

2019

Tabor Academy

11

Philmon Gebrewhit

F

2018

Holderness (NH)

15

Max Zegarowski

G

2018

Tilton (NH)

20

Jordan Hardwick

F

2018

Commonwealth Academy

22

Dana Tate

F

2018

MacDuffie

Expressions Elite (11-5) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

19

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.031 (28th)

1.015 (15th)

0.016 (19th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

50.8% (15th)

48.5% (14th)

TO%

16.3% (5th)

19.6% (8th)

OReb%

24.7% (40th)

32.2% (12th)

FT Rate

31.0% (29th)

37.3% (30th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

35.5% (7th)

27.9% (5th)

2PT%

49.1% (24th)

51.1% (24th)

FT%

69.4% (14th)

69.9% (28th)

Block %

14.4% (40th)

5.0% (40th)

Steal%

8.6% (21st)

9.2% (10th)

3PA/FGA

41.2% (2nd)

28.0% (4th)

A/FGM

60.0% (4th)

46.7% (6th)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

66.1 (20th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

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HOUSTON HOOPS N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Jamal Bieniemy

G

2018

Tompkins

1

Javonte Smart

G

2018

Scotlandville

3

Stacey Thomas

F

2018

Homeschool

4

Greg Williams Jr.

G

2018

Lafayette Christian Academy

5

Antoine Davis

G

2018

HHA

12

Tyreek Smith

F

2019

Trinity Christian

22

Mitchell Seraille

F

2018

Jack Yates

23

Jacobi Gordon

F

2018

Homeschool

35

Matthew Mayer

F

2018

Austin Westlake

Houston Hoops (8-8) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

24

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.018 (7th)

1.124 (35th)

-0.006 (24th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

52.9% (9th)

51.1% (26th)

TO%

14.8% (1st)

15.8% (38th)

OReb%

32.4% (26th)

36.5% (36th)

FT Rate

31.4% (26th)

28.9% (5th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

33.9% (13th)

30.3% (13th)

2PT%

54.0% (9th)

53.4% (34th)

FT%

66.7% (25th)

72.5% (40th)

Block %

8.0% (10th)

8.6% (25th)

Steal%

7.0% (4th)

8.8% (14th)

3PA/FGA

33.1% (20th)

29.3% (6th)

A/FGM

47.6% (30th)

50.9% (18th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

66.3 (19th)

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HOWARD PULLEY N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Ryan Larson

G

2018

Cretin-Derham Hall

3

Tre Jones

G

2018

Apple Valley

4

Blaise Beauchamp

G

2020

Hopkins

10

Jarvis Thomas

F

2018

Orono

22

Gabe Kalscheur

G

2018

De La Salle

23

David Roddy

F

2019

Breck

24

Courtney Brown Jr.

F

2019

East Ridge

31

Sy Chatman

F

2018

Cretin-Derham Hall

32

Daniel Oturu

F

2018

Cretin-Derham Hall

42

Zeke Nnaji

F

2019

Hopkins

Howard Pulley (13-3) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

1

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.148 (3rd)

0.963 (4th)

0.185 (1st)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

56.6% (2nd)

43.9% (2nd)

TO%

18.0% (18th)

18.9% (16th)

OReb%

35.5% (15th)

34.4% (25th)

FT Rate

38.4% (13th)

33.2% (15th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

34.5% (11th)

26.5% (1st)

2PT%

58.6% (1st)

45.7% (3rd)

FT%

64.0% (34th)

67.7% (21st)

Block %

7.7% (6th)

13.1% (4th)

Steal%

9.3% (29th)

8.6% (17th)

3PA/FGA

29.3% (28th)

29.7% (10th)

A/FGM

62.2% (3rd)

48.5% (10th)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

64.3 (32nd)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

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MEANSTREETS N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Javon Freeman-Liberty

G

2018

Whitney Young

3

Kaleb Thornton

G

2018

Bolingbrook

5

Justin Boyd

G

2018

Whitney Young

10

Xavier Castañeda

G

2018

Whitney Young

21

Orlando Allen

F

2018

Thornton

22

Damezi Anderson Jr.

F

2018

Riley

24

Tim Finke

G

2018

Champaign Central

32

Mike Adams

G

2018

Nazareth

42

Deante Johnson

F

2018

Edison

MeanStreets (11-5) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

21

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.050 (24th)

1.047 (20th)

0.003 (21st)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

50.1% (18th)

52.7% (34th)

TO%

17.7% (16th)

19.0% (12th)

OReb%

30.7% (33rd)

32.4% (13th)

FT Rate

34.8% (21st)

29.1% (8th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

32.8% (17th)

32.0% (20th)

2PT%

50.6% (16th)

54.7% (36th)

FT%

67.8% (17th)

63.5% (4th)

Block %

9.1% (22nd)

7.5% (29th)

Steal%

8.8% (24th)

9.5% (7th)

3PA/FGA

33.9% (16th)

29.5% (7th)

A/FGM

53.2% (13th)

45.1% (3rd)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

68.9 (9th)

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MOKAN ELITE N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Ochai Agbaji

G

2018

Riley

3

Tylor Perry

G

2018

Champaign Central

4

Cooper Kaifes

G

2018

Whitney Young

5

Israel Barnes

G

2018

21st Century Charter

7

Malik Hall

F

2018

West Aurora

10

Parker Braun

F

2018

Whitney Young

15

Roman Wilson

F

2019

Bolingbrook

33

Jontay Porter

F

2018

Whitney Young

MOKAN Elite (11-5) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

4

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.063 (17th)

0.917 (1st)

0.145 (4th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

51.8% (12th)

43.4% (1st)

TO%

20.4% (35th)

18.3% (20th)

OReb%

34.0% (19th)

29.2% (2nd)

FT Rate

38.6% (12th)

25.9% (2nd)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

36.0% (5th)

28.7% (9th)

2PT%

50.1% (17th)

43.6% (2nd)

FT%

70.7% (12th)

63.9% (5th)

Block %

8.4% (15th)

12.0% (7th)

Steal%

9.7% (37th)

7.6% (31st)

3PA/FGA

44.6% (1st)

34.1% (31st)

A/FGM

64.2% (2nd)

48.8% (11th)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

63.3 (35th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

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NEW YORK LIGHTNING N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Jalen Hawkins

G

2018

Conrad Academy

3

Anthony Nelson

G

2018

South Kent

5

Posh Alexander

G

2020

Our Saviour Lutheran

10

Junub Chuol

F

2018

Blair Academy

11

Jordan Dingle

G

2018

Lawrence Woodmere

12

Zach Light

G

2018

Northfield Mount Hermon

15

Jared Rhoden

G

2018

Our Saviour Lutheran

22

Aidan Igiehon

F

2019

Lawrence Woodmere

23

Joel Mensah

F

2018

Jserra Catholic

40

Fredelin De La Cruz

F

2018

Our Saviour Lutheran

NY Lightning (10-6) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

11

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.059 (20th)

0.993 (10th)

0.066 (11th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

51.1% (13th)

49.6% (20th)

TO%

21.3% (36th)

20.4% (6th)

OReb%

38.2% (2nd)

29.5% (3rd)

FT Rate

34.9% (20th)

38.1% (34th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

30.8% (27th)

30.5% (25th)

2PT%

52.3% (11th)

51.3% (17th)

FT%

66.3% (29th)

70.6% (34th)

Block %

8.0% (11th)

6.2% (36th)

Steal%

8.8% (25th)

11.4% (3rd)

3PA/FGA

21.2% (40th)

30.4% (14th)

A/FGM

54.4% (11th)

53.8% (25th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

69.0 (5th)

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NIKE PHAMILY N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Ofure Ujadughele

G

2018

Chino Hills

2

BJ Askew

G

2018

La Mirada

3

Jayce McCain

G

2018

Folsom

4

EJ Jackson

G

2019

Serra (CA)

5

Whitten Dominguez

G

2018

Hart

10

Bryce Hamilton

G

2018

Pasedena

12

Chris Gayles Jr.

G

2018

Paraclete

23

Marcus Bagley

G

2020

Sierra Canyon

24

KJ Hymes

F

2018

Hillcrest Prep

32

Terren Frank

F

2020

Harvard-Westlake

33

Spencer Washington

G

2018

Findlay Prep

35

Marvin Bagley III

F

2018

Sierra Canyon

Nike Phamily (2-14) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

35

Offense

Defense

Differential

0.0917 (39th)

1.060 (24th)

-0.143 (35th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

43.4% (40th)

50.7% (25th)

TO%

23.1% (40th)

19.3% (11th)

OReb%

37.6% (4th)

34.2% (24th)

FT Rate

35.6% (17th)

36.5% (26th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

22.6% (40th)

31.1% (16th)

2PT%

48.4% (29th)

52.5% (31st)

FT%

61.0% (37th)

72.2% (39th)

Block %

9.6% (26th)

11.7% (8th)

Steal%

10.3% (39th)

8.4% (20th)

3PA/FGA

34.3% (14th)

30.6% (17th)

A/FGM

47.6% (31st)

52.1% (21st)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

68.4 (9th)

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NIKE TEAM FLORIDA N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

KJ Buffen

F

2018

Gainesville

1

Logan Alters

G

2019

University School

2

Trendon Watford

F

2019

Mountain Brook

3

Kyle Sturdivant

G

2019

Norcross

4

Neftali Alvarez

G

2018

Miami Christian

5

Balsa Koprivica

F

2019

TBD

10

Miguel Diaz

F

2018

Miami Christian

12

Jeffrey Hernandez

G

2018

Miami Christian

15

BJ Greenlee

G

2019

The Rock

20

Zay Flowers

G

2018

University School

22

Vernon Carey Jr.

F

2019

University School

23

Trey Doomes

G

2018

Allatoona

24

Levy Renaud

G

2018

University School

30

Caleb Edwards

F

2018

South Fork

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RANK

25

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.112 (8th)

1.120 (34th)

-0.007 (25th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

56.0% (3rd)

53.4% (35th)

TO%

19.4% (29th)

17.5% (24th)

OReb%

33.8% (22nd)

33.9% (22nd)

FT Rate

47.7% (2nd)

33.7% (19th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Offense

Defense

31.5% (24th)

32.4% (22nd)

2PT%

58.4% (2nd)

56.0% (37th)

FT%

66.6% (27th)

70.2% (31st)

Block %

7.5% (4th)

10.9% (9th)

Steal%

9.1% (28th)

7.8% (30th)

3PA/FGA

21.6% (38th)

34.9% (32nd)

A/FGM

53.0% (15th)

55.1% (32nd)

Other Components 3PT%

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

68.9 (6th)

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PLAYAZ CLUB N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Tavon Jones

G

2018

Linden

3

Al-Amir Dawes

G

2019

Patrick School

4

Ja’Quaye James

G

2018

Teaneck

4

Paul Mulcahy

G

2019

Gill St. Bernard's

5

Jalen Carey

G

2018

10

Justin Minaya

G

2018

Immaculate Conception Old Tappan

11

Tyrel Bladen

C

2018

Coatesville

22

Marcellus Earlington

F

2018

Don Bosco Prep

24

Valdir Manuel

F

2018

Patrick School

30

Alex Imegwu

F

2018

Seton Hall Prep RANK

15

Playaz Club (9-7) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.138 (4th)

1.093 (30th)

0.045 (15th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

53.4% (8th)

52.1% (31st)

TO%

15.3% (2nd)

17.6% (23rd)

OReb%

34.5% (16th)

32.7% (17th)

FT Rate

28.3% (34th)

33.3% (16th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

38.2% (3rd)

31.8% (19th)

2PT%

51.4% (14th)

54.1% (35th)

FT%

64.9% (32nd)

69.8% (27th)

Block %

11.5% (37th)

8.6% (23rd)

Steal%

7.2% (7th)

6.3% (39th)

3PA/FGA

33.1% (19th)

31.3% (19th)

A/FGM

47.5% (32nd)

52.7% (23rd)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

64.8 (28th)

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OAKLAND SOLDIERS N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

James Akinjo

G

2018

Salesian

1

Kihei Clark

G

2018

Taft

3

Darrion Trammell

G

2018

St. Ignatius

5

Kyree Walker

G

2020

Moreau Catholic

20

Junior Touré

G/F

2018

Prolific Prep

21

Mason Forbes

F

2018

Folsom

22

Raymond Hawkins

F

2019

Bishop O'Dowd

23

Amadou Sow

F

2018

Prolific Prep

24

Jack Schwietz

G

2018

Findlay Prep

35

Taeshon Cherry

F

2018

St. Augustine

Oakland Soldiers (9-7) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

18

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.049 (25th)

1.031 (16th)

0.018 (18th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

48.3% (24th)

49.9% (21st)

TO%

18.3% (19th)

18.7% (17th)

OReb%

36.7% (7th)

33.3% (19th)

FT Rate

30.5% (31st)

36.5% (25th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

32.1% (19th)

33.5% (28th)

2PT%

48.3% (30th)

49.8% (16th)

FT%

67.6% (18th)

65.8% (13th)

Block %

9.4% (24th)

9.0% (20th)

Steal%

8.5% (18th)

7.9% (28th)

3PA/FGA

32.4% (21st)

30.4% (15th)

A/FGM

53.6% (12th)

49.7% (13th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

65.3 (26th)

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PSA CARDINALS N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Cole Anthony

G

2019

Archbishop Molloy

2

Arashma Parks

F

2018

Commonwealth Academy

3

Joe Toussaint

G

2019

Cardinal Hayes

4

Aaron Clarke

G

2018

Pope John (NJ)

10

Isaiah Mucius

F

2018

St. James School

11

Mamadou Doucoure

C

2018

OSNA

12

Chase Audige

G

2018

The Hill School

21

Jose Perez

G

2018

Putnam Science Academy

22

Nikkei Rutty

F

2018

Trinity Pawling

23

Tyler Washington

G

2018

Hun School

25

Jake Forrester

F

2018

Westtown School

PSA Cardinals (11-5) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

12

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.046 (26th)

0.998 (9th)

0.058 (12th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

47.7% (29th)

48.7% (15th)

TO%

18.4% (20th)

22.7% (4th)

OReb%

35.7% (10th)

33.7% (21st)

FT Rate

44.5% (4th)

33.5% (18th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

33.2% (16th)

35.0% (31st)

2PT%

47.0% (34th)

46.2% (4th)

FT%

67.6% (19th)

71.1% (37th)

Block %

8.1% (12th)

9.0% (19th)

Steal%

7.2% (6th)

11.5% (2nd)

3PA/FGA

23.8% (37th)

40.0% (40th)

A/FGM

65.6% (1st)

56.8% (37th)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

60.5 (40th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

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RM5 ELITE

N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Tyrese Maxey

G

2019

South Garland

3

Gerald Liddell

F

2018

Steele

5

Chris Harris

G

2019

South Garland

10

Ibrahim Ali

F

2018

Maumelle

11

De'Vion Harmon

G

2019

Guyer

12

Keonte Kennedy

G

2018

Westlake

25

Evan Marshall

F

2018

Midlothian

32

Avery Anderson III

G

2019

Northwest

34

Terrell Curtis

G

2018

Maumelle

35

Reggie Chaney

F

2018

Findlay Prep

44

Marlon Cunningham

F

2018

Albuquerque

RANK

26

RM5 Elite (9-7) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.080 (14th)

1.105 (32nd)

-0.025 (26th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

49.1% (22nd)

51.3% (28th)

TO%

16.9% (10th)

17.3% (26th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

OReb%

34.3% (18th)

36.3% (34th)

FT Rate

35.9% (16th)

36.1% (23rd)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

31.5% (23rd)

35.3% (32nd)

2PT%

49.9% (20th)

50.6% (18th)

FT%

71.9% (10th)

70.2% (32nd)

Block %

8.2% (14th)

6.7% (32nd)

Steal%

9.5% (32nd)

9.4% (9th)

3PA/FGA

34.6% (13th)

30.8% (18th)

A/FGM

46.0% (36th)

50.5% (16th)

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

64.6 (30th)

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TEAM CP3 N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Coby White

G

2018

Greenfield (NC)

1

Leaky Black

G

2018

Montverde Academy (FL)

2

Will Dillard

G

2018

Greensboro Day (NC)

5

John Newman

G

2018

Greensboro Day (NC)

10

Alex Michael

G

2018

Greensboro Day (NC)

11

Tre Turner

G

2018

Northwest Guilford

12

Hunter Tyson

F

2018

Piedmont (NC)

14

Jaylen Hoard

F

2018

Wesleyan Christian

33

Jack Hemphill

F

2018

Ravenscroft (NC)

RANK

3

Team CP3 (13-3) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.158 (1st)

1.011 (13th)

0.146 (3rd)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

53.4% (7th)

50.6% (23rd)

TO%

16.2% (4th)

18.9% (14th)

OReb%

36.7% (6th)

28.7% (1st)

FT Rate

34.6% (8th)

33.1% (13th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

34.7% (8th)

30.1% (11th)

2PT%

54.0% (10th)

53.2% (33rd)

FT%

71.0% (11th)

66.1% (17th)

Block %

9.1% (21st)

7.8% (28th)

Steal%

7.3% (8th)

8.4% (22nd)

3PA/FGA

31.1% (23rd)

31.9% (21st)

A/FGM

49.7% (25th)

50.3% (14th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

65.4 (25th)

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TEAM FINAL N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

2

Louis King

F

2018

Hudson Catholic

3

Cliff Joseph

G

2018

Nottingham

5

Maurice Murray

F

2018

Timber Creek

10

Justin Anderson

G

2018

Archbishop Carroll

11

Sam Sessoms

G

2018

Shipley School

22

Cameron Reddish

G

2018

Westtown School

24

Mikeal Jones

F

2020

Girard College

32

Sean Good

C

2018

Trinity

Jon Bol Ajok

F

2019

Church Farm

RANK

28

Team Final (7-9) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.057 (21st)

1.091 (29th)

-0.034 (28th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

47.6% (30th)

51.8% (30th)

TO%

17.4% (14th)

18.9% (15th)

OReb%

35.1% (14th)

36.0% (32nd)

FT Rate

35.4% (18th)

36.8% (29th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

30.4% (29th)

26.7% (3rd)

2PT%

48.7% (27th)

56.9% (39th)

FT%

72.7% (3rd)

71.1% (38th)

Block %

7.7% (7th)

6.3% (34th)

Steal%

8.6% (20th)

8.5% (19th)

3PA/FGA

35.9% (9th)

30.4% (16th)

A/FGM

46.0% (37th)

47.0% (7th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

64.2 (33rd)

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TEAM MELO N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Demetrius Mims Jr.

F

2018

Poly (MD)

2

Anthony Higgs

F

2018

Perry Hall

3

Brendan Adams

G

2018

Calvert Hall

5

Tyree Myers

6

2018

Mt. St. Joseph

5

Nate Roberts

G

2018

Brewster Academy

6

LaQuil Hardnett

F

2018

Perry Hall

8

Wynston Tabbs

G

2018

St. Marys Ryken

10

Noah Locke

G

2018

McDonough School (MD)

11

Montrell Horsey

G

2018

Joppatowne

13

Koran Moore

F

2018

St. Frances Academy

14

Ike Nweke

F

2018

Georgetown Prep

RANK

14

Team Melo (9-7) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.053 (23rd)

1.005 (11th)

0.048 (14th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

50.9% (14th)

46.7% (6th)

TO%

18.8% (25th)

20.0% (7th)

OReb%

35.6% (12th)

35.3% (29th)

FT Rate

31.2% (27th)

36.6% (27th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

40.4% (1st)

26.6% (2nd)

2PT%

46.7% (35th)

50.7% (20th)

FT%

62.5% (35th)

65.9% (15th)

Block %

9.2% (23rd)

9.0% (18th)

Steal%

6.8% (1st)

8.9% (13th)

3PA/FGA

30.4% (26th)

36.8% (36th)

A/FGM

53.1% (14th)

54.3% (28th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

62.4 (37th)

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TEAM PENNY N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Jayden Hardaway

G

2018

Tennessee Prep

2

Alex Lomax

G

2018

Memphis East

3

Jordan Johnson

G

2018

Central

4

Trey Jemison

C

2018

Homewood

5

DJ Jeffries

F

2019

Olive Branch

10

Martrell Brooks

G

2018

Hamilton

12

Ryan Boyce

G

2018

Houston

15

Carte’Are Gordon

F

2018

Webster Groves

23

Kameron Jones

F

2018

Whitehaven

25

Malcolm Dandridge

F

2019

Memphis East

32

Arecko Gipson Jr.

F

2018

MASE

Team Penny (10-6) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

9

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.059 (19th)

0.976 (6th)

0.083 (9th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

50.1% (20th)

48.4% (10th)

TO%

19.6% (31st)

24.0% (2nd)

OReb%

37.5% (5th)

32.7% (16th)

FT Rate

40.0% (10th)

52.7% (40th)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

34.7% (9th)

27.6% (4th)

2PT%

49.4% (23rd)

51.8% (27th)

FT%

66.3% (28th)

70.2% (30th)

Block %

7.2% (2nd)

10.1% (10th)

Steal%

9.3% (30th)

12.2% (1st)

3PA/FGA

24.9% (36th)

32.2% (23rd)

A/FGM

54.6% (10th)

47.6% (8th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

67.6 (13th)

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TEAM TAKEOVER N0.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Tre' Wood

G

2018

St. John's College

3

Anthony Harris

G

2019

Paul VI

4

Xavier Johnson

G

2018

Bishop O'Connell

5

Brandon Slater

G

2018

Paul VI

11

Myles Dread

G

2018

Gonzaga

12

Miles Latimer

G

2018

Paul VI

23

Jalen Smith

F

2018

Mt. St. Joseph

24

Aapeli Syrjämäki

C

2018

St. Mary's Ryken

32

Bryce Golden

F

2018

St. James School

Team Takeover (11-5) 2017 17U Nike EYBL

RANK

13

Offense

Defense

Differential

1.001 (29th)

0.948 (3rd)

0.053 (13th)

Offense

Defense

EFG%

48.2% (26th)

51.5% (29th)

TO%

21.4% (37th)

25.6% (1st)

OReb%

30.5% (34th)

31.3% (9th)

FT Rate

47.7% (3rd)

36.1% (22nd)

Offense

Defense

3PT%

30.6% (28th)

36.6% (36th)

2PT%

49.0% (25th)

49.3% (12th)

FT%

72.1% (6th)

61.1% (1st)

Block %

10.9% (36th)

6.0% (38th)

Steal%

9.5% (33rd)

9.0% (12th)

3PA/FGA

26.2% (35th)

39.1% (38th)

A/FGM

58.8% (5th)

55.4% (33rd)

Tempo (Poss. Per 32 Mins.)

64.7 (29th)

Points Per Possesion Four Factors

Other Components

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121


122


123


124


125


NIKE E16 POOLS POOL A

MEBO EXPRESS (MS) TEAM TAKEOVER (DC) EXPRESSIONS ELITE (MA) E1T1 UNITED (FL)

POOL C

SPIECE INDY HEAT (IN) TEAM CP3 (NC) TEAM UNITED (NC) BRADLEY BEAL ELITE (MO)

POOL B

ARKANSAS WINGS (AR) BOO WILLIAMS (VA) CALIFORNIA SUPREME (CA) THE TRUTH (CA)

POOL D MOKAN ELITE (KS) RENAISSANCE (NY) CAL UNITED (CA) AOT RUNNING REBELS

NIKE E15 POOLS POOL A MEANSTREETS (IL) RM5 ELITE (TX) TEAM TAKEOVER (DC)

POOL C

MAC IRVIN FIRE (IL) PSA CARDINALS (NY) ARKANSAS WINGS (NY)

POOL B

THE FAMILY DETROIT (MI) MOKAN ELITE (KS) PLAYAZ CLUB (NJ)

POOL D AOT RUNNING REBELS (GA) TEXAS TITANS (TX) TEAM CP3 (NC) 126


E16 TEAM PREVIEWS AOT RUNNING REBELS

AOT makes their first appearance at the Peach Jam, sporting an uber-talented rotation headlined by sophomore Isaac Okoro (ESPN No. 42). Okoro leads an eight-man group, including five of his teammates from top ten nationally-ranked McEachern. They will have some of the best team chemistry in North Augusta, and with Okoro leading the way and Huntington Prep sophomore Elias King as his side, AOT should make some major noise.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

Elias King

G

2019

Huntington Prep

Isaac Okoro

G

2019

McEachern

Babatunde Akingbola

F

2019

McEachern

Sharife Cooper

G

2020

McEachern

Jared Jones

F

2019

McEachern

Tyson Jackson

F

2019

Oldsmar Christian

Brandon Suggs

G

2019

McEachern

Quinton McElroy

G

2020

McEachern

INDY HEAT Spiece Indy Heat secured a 16U Peach Jam berth for the first time in program history, finding success behind a group of underrated players. Sophomore guards Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville) and Ethan Brittain-Watts (Culver Military Academy) do work in the backcourt, while 6-foot-9 John-Michael Mulloy (Carmel) has established himself as one of the best two-way bigs on the 16U circuit. They will be an underdog, but this scrappy 10-man rotation has proven more than capable of besting their pool play opponents.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

Isaiah Thompson

G

2019

Zionsville

Javin Etzler

G

2019

Crestview

Caleb Hodgson

F

2019

Danville

Brandon Newman

G

2019

Valparaiso

Hayden Smithey

G

2019

Bishop Dwenger

Ethan Brittain-Watts

G

2019

Culver Military Academy

John-Michael Mulloy

F

2019

Carmel

Harold Bennett

G

2019

Southport

Craig Young

F

2019

Wayne

Noah Applegate

F

2019

Penn

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TEAM TAKEOVER Team Takeover has the top 16U squad in the nation heading into July, riding a perfect 11-0 E16 record into North Augusta. Five of their wins were by 20+ points, while putting up an 14.6 average margin of victory. Freshman Jeremy Roach (ESPN No. 8) is a budding superstar in the backcourt, while big men Hunter Dickinson (ESPN No. 9) has proven to be an absolute force on both ends. Simply put, they have too much talent to squeeze into one preview, so be sure to keep an eye on this squad through July - it won’t get much better.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

Casey Morsell

G

2019

St. John's

Jeremy Roach

G

2020

Paul VI

Hunter Dickinson

C

2020

DeMatha

EJ Jarvis

F

2019

Maret School

Justin Moore

G

2019

DeMatha

Jahmir Young

G

2019

St Mary's Ryken

Terrance Williams

F

2020

Gonzaga

Earl Timberlake

F

2020

Clinton Christian

Charles Thompson

F

2019

St. Stephens & St. Agnes

Carsten Kogelnik

G

2019

DeMatha

Brandon Joyner

F

2019

Bishop McNamara

Josh Watts

G

2019

Team Takeover

RENAISSANCE

The Renaissance narrowly missed out on the 17U Peach Jam, but if there’s any consolation, it’s that their 16U roster benefits greatly due to the snub. Sophomores Kofi Cockburn (ESPN No. 48) and Bryce Wills (247 4-Star) move down after running the regular season on the 17U circuit, and they’ll be joining a highly-productive lineup led by freshman Nate Tabor and sophomores Kareem Reid, Zach Crisler and Jared Garcia. We haven’t seen this entire rotation in action together as of yet, but adding Cockburn and Wills will only make their punch pack more power.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

5

Nate Tabor

G

2020

OSNA

21

Kareem Reid

F

2019

John Bowne

10

Zach Crisler

F

2019

LaSalle College

2

Bryce Wills

G

2019

Iona Prep

15

Jared Garcia

F

2019

St. Thomas More

23

Kofi Cockburn

C

2019

Christ the King

4

Alejandro Vasquez

F

2019

John Bowne

3

Daniel Klosk

G

2019

Wilbraham & Monson

11

Femi Odukale

G

2019

South Shore

24

Phil Joseph

F

2019

Phelps

33

Moussa Cisse

F

2021

St. Benedict's Prep

128


E1T1 UNITED Another year, another immensely-talented 16U roster for E1T1. Sophomore guards Tre Mann and Niven Glover are fresh off Elite 100 invitations, and they’ll lead a group of 12 prospects that play strong two-way basketball. They are a bit undersized, but the scoring punch provided by Mann, Glover and the rest of the backcourt led to eight wins ona tough 16U circuit. They don’t have as strong of a lineup top-to-bottom as year’s past, but this group is more than good enough to make noise in pool play.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Tre Mann

G

2019

Villages Charter

2

Niven Glover

G

2019

Oak Ridge

3

Jalen White

F

2019

Lakewood

4

Emmaniel Adedoyin

G

2019

Faith Christian

5

Isiah Kirby

G

2019

The Sagemont School

10

Terry Ivery

G

2019

Villages Charter

11

Johnnie Williams IV

G

2019

Booker

12

Ahren Freeman

G

2019

Providence

20

AJ CaJuste

G

2019

Oxbridge Academy

21

Rifen Miguel

F

2019

West Oaks Academy

22

Dante Wilcox

F

2019

Oxbridge Academy

24

Luke Anderson

F

2019

Lakeland

CAL UNITED

Cal United makes their debut in the E16 Finals at Peach Jam, and they’ll enter North Augusta with a rotation that is ready to compete. Sophomore Jonathan Daniels is one of the best guards in California, leading a group that runs 11 deep. Freshman Julian Strawther is a prime candidate to blow up in July, as is 7th-grader Skyy Clark - the youngest player in the field. Daniel Boatwright (ESPN 4-Star), Elijah Scranton (ESPN 3-Star) and talented sophomore swingman Darren Jones are just a few pieces in a talented rotation that expects to compete for a bracket play berth.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Jonathan Daniels

G

2019

Paraclete

2

Daniel Boatwright

G/F

2019

Village Christian

3

Julian Strawther

G

2020

Liberty

4

Dennis Flowers

G

2019

Chaminade

5

Jahmai Bartley

G

2019

Central

6

Stephen Perry

G

2019

Roosevelt

7

Darren Jones

F

2019

Cajon

10

Elijah Scranton

G

2019

Paraclete

9

Edward Turner

F

2019

Foothill

13

Josh Asiff

G/F

2019

Skyy Clark

G

2022

Heritage Christian

129


BRADLEY BEAL ELITE Bradley Beal Elite is one of the strongest programs in the country, evidenced by their work at 16U this season. The underrated Eagles secured eight wins during the spring, riding the strong play of 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Mario McKinney. The Eagles run nine players in their rotation, and it’s a total team effort as far as production goes. Sophomore EJ Liddell moved up to 17U halfway through the season, but the Eagles should have had plenty of time to make up for the loss of his production, especially if freshman Davion Bradford (ESPN No. 24) continues his evolution into an elite prospect.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

5

Mario McKinney

G

2019

Vashon

1

Ben Cooper

G

2019

Rockbridge Columbia

3

Caleb Love

G

2020

CBC

10

Kevin Jones

G

2019

Sikeston

11

Yuri Collins

G

2019

St. Mary's

21

Lewis McDaniel

F

2019

Ensworth (TN)

23

Chris Payton

F

2019

Bloomington (IL)

31

Davion Bradford

F

2020

CBC

33

Josh Wallace

F

2019

CBC

TEAM UNITED Just like the Renaissance, Team United is also the beneficiary of moving sophomores back down to their natural playing level. Patrick Williams (6-foot-6) and DeAndre Wilkins (6-foot-11) join an already stellar Team United rotation, one that notched 10 wins during the spring sessions. Their July motto is “Team Over Everything,” so we expect to see the best version of Team United yet. Sophomore Juwan Gary (ESPN No. 26) is a major player to watch, and his life should be made much easier by the additions of Williams and Wilkins. This team can win, and anything less than a

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

4

Patrick Williams

G

2019

West Charlotte

33

DeAndre Wilkins

C

2019

Wesleyan Christian

25

Jalen Barr

G

2019

Olympic

10

DeAngelo Epps

G

2019

Country Day

12

Cartier Jernigan

G

2019

West Charlotte

1

Khalil Robinson

G

2019

Gray Collegiate

23

Juwan Gary

F

2019

Gray Collegiate

21

Jamal King

G

2019

Word of God

32

Nicholas Etimov

F

2019

Greensboro Day

24 10

Arol Kacuol Audiese Toney

F F

2019 2019

Knoxville Christian Trinity Christian 130


BOO WILLIAMS For the first time in a few years, both 17U and 16U versions of Boo Williams will be participating in Peach Jam. Chase Coleman, the brother of Boo legend Matt Coleman (Texas commit), teams with Khyree Temple and Michael Christmas to lead a talented 10-man rotation. They put up a 7-3 showing during the spring, but went 2-3 against Peach Jam competition. They’ll need their best performance of the season in order to advance, but they have the talent on the roster to score some upsets.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Chase Coleman

G

2019

Maury

3

Khyree Temple

G

2019

Phoebus

5

Allen Strothers

G

2021

Suffolk Academy

10

Quadir Pettaway

G

2021

Hampton Roads Academy

11

Cameron Thomas

G

2020

Oscar Smith

15

Daryl Anderson

F

2019

Millwood School

21

Cithol Nakoi

F

2019

Williamsburg Christian

22

Tariq Balogun

F

2019

Miller School

23

Michael Christmas

F

2019

Landstown

33

Dajour Rucker

F

2019

Cape Henry

MEBO ELITE MEBO’s 17U struggled to a 6-10 record in 17U play, but that will be made a quick afterthought if their E16 roster performs up to expectations. 6-foot-3 sophomore Kira Lewis Jr (247 4-Star) is budding into an absolute superstar for Mississippi’s EYBL representative, while 6-foot-9 freshman N’Faly Dante (ESPN No. 20) burst onto the national scene with a superb spring. They will definitely be underdogs in Pool A, but this group plays hungry and has proven capable of beating the nation’s best.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Issa Samake

F

2019

Hamilton Heights Christian

1

Traemond Pittman

G

2019

Meridian

3

Kira Lewis Jr

G

2019

Hazel Green

4

Jayden McCorvey

G

2019

Pascagoula

5

Austin Crowley

G

2019

West Point

12

Jakorie Smith

F

2019

Raymond

20

Treylan Smith

G

2020

Petal

21

N'Faly Dante

F

2020

Sunrise Christian

25

Vontrel Pringle

F

2019

Meridian

131


EXPRESSIONS ELITE Expressions’ 16U squad doesn’t have a star, but much like their 17U squad, their rotation is solid top-to-bottom. Expressions grabbed seven wins during the spring behind the consistent play of Preston Santos, Daman Tate, Aireaus Raspberry and Dyondre Dominguez. Their entire squad stepped up at different times during the season, and they’ll need a complete effort to compete in pool play. They only own two wins over Peach Jam competition, so they’ll need to reverse their fortunes against the most talented competition.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

1

Dyondre Dominguez

F

2020

Tolman

3

Aireus Raspberry

G

2019

Cranston East

4

Preston Santos

F

2019

Brooks School

11

Daman Tate

G

2019

Cushing Academy

15

Rivaldo Soares

G

2019

O'Bryant

21

Jalen Samuels

G

2019

Franklin

22

Connor Raines

G

2019

Notre Dame-West Haven

23

Joe Pridgen

G

2019

Winchendon

24

Christian Beck

G

2019

Tyngsboro

35

Kassem Ouedraogo

F

2019

Wings Academy

THE TRUTH If you’re looking at a sleeper to take the E16 Championship, The Truth would be a solid pick. Freshman superstar Jalen Green (ESPN No. 2) has tons of talent around him, including fellow Elite 100 invitee Carl Lewis (6-foot-9). Jaime Jaquez (ESPN No. 58) gives The Truth three bonafide high-major prospects, and we haven’t even gotten to the meat of their rotation. This team has talent for days, and will be an extremely tough out in Pool B.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

John Clausell

G

2019

Leuzinger

1

Jordan Griffin

G

2019

Verbum Dei

3

Kirk Smith Jr

F

2019

Fairfax

4

Jalen Green

G

2020

San Jouquin Memorial

5

Kendal Frey Jr.

G

2019

Narbonne

10

Keith Dinwiddie

G

2020

Verbum Dei

11

Jaden Shackelford

G

2019

Oak Hills

21

Darius Mason-Robertson

G

2019

Pasadena

24

Jaime Jaquez Jr

F

2019

Camarillo

25 32

Malik Muhammad Carl Lewis

F F

2019 2019

Verbum Dei Lynwood

132


TEAM CP3 Team CP3 enters July as the favorite in Pool C, as this program simply does not have a down year regardless of age group. The CP3 lineup, complete with all sophomores, is headed up by talented guard Wendell Moore (ESPN No. 27). The 12-man rotation secured a league-high 12 wins, winning 10 straight to close out the E16 season. Four of their wins are over Peach Jam opponents, and they weren’t particularly close, which leads us to believe that they will advance to bracket play anything less would be a huge bummer.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Keyshaun Langley

G

2019

Wesleyan Christian

1

Kobe Langley

G

2019

Wesleyan Christian

2

Chaz Gwyn

G

2019

Winstom-Salem Prep

4

Justin McKoy

F

2019

Panther Creek

5

Dericko Williams

F

2019

Kinston

10

Nick Brown

G

2019

Westchester Country Day

11

Wendell Moore

F

2019

Cox Mill

12

Isaiah Wilkins

G

2019

Mt. Tabor

21

Thomas Brunner

F

2019

23 33 35

Antavion Collum BJ Mack II Michael Fowler

G/F F F

2019 2019 2019

Memphis East Charlotte Catholic Greensboro Day

CAL SUPREME Cal Supreme is California’s third representative in the E16 field, and they have just as much talent as anyone on the west coast. Star freshman Josh Christopher (ESPN No. 18) teams with sophomores Kenyon Martin Jr and Antwan January (ESPN 3-Star) to form a nine-man rotation - one in which everyone is expected to produce. They went 9-3 during the regular season, but they only bested two Peach Jam opponents (BBE & Cal United). It will be fun to watch them battle fellow Cali-based rival The Truth in pool play.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Jaxen Turner

G

2019

Rancho Verde

1

Jordan Brinson

G

2019

Westchester

2

RJ Banks

G

2019

Bakersfield

3

Romelle Mansel

F

2019

St. Bernard

4

Kenyon Martin Jr.

F

2019

Sierra Canyon

5

Makani Whiteside

G

2019

St. John Bosco

13

Josh Christopher

G

2020

Lakewood

21

Antwan January

F

2019

Taft

25

Amir Adams

G

2019

Campbell Hall

133


MOKAN ELITE MOKAN followed up their 17U Peach Jam title with one of their best seasons as a program, and a big part of that success was the production from their 16U group. MOKAN went 8-1 through two sessions, toppling four Peach Jam contenders in the process. Their entire 10-man rotation is picking up offers left and right, and that trend figures to continue with a strong July. Rock Bridge teammates Isiaih Mosley and DaJuan Harris, Iowa-based Tyreke Locure, Tyem Freeman, Christian Braun - pick your poison. This squad will run you into the ground with their defensive discipline and offensive sets, which makes their contention a strong one for bracket play.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

9

DaJuan Harris

G

2019

Rock Bridge

10

DeAndre Sorrells

G

2019

Grandview

11

Tyreke Locure

G

2019

Des Moines North

12

Rodvon Jennings

G

2019

Hogan Prep

14

Christian Braun

G

2019

Blue Valley Northwest

15

Isiaih Mosley

G

2019

Rock Bridge

22

Jonathan Jackson

G

2020

Homeschool

24

Tyem Freeman

F

2019

Hillcrest

34

Michael Peake

F

2019

Northeast

35

Jevaughn Ferguson

C

2019

Sunrise Christian

ARKANSAS WINGS

The Wings sat out the 17U circuit, but if their 16U squad is any indication, they’ll be back with a vengeance in 2018. The Wings have the biggest roster in the field, relying on a balanced attack to land 10 wins on the E16 circuit. They only hold one win over Peach Jam competition, so we should find out pretty quickly what this squad is made of. Talented sophomore big man Grant Jones joined the fray in July, an addition that should fit nicely alongside fellow big Cole Anderson, who is returning from an injury. They’re sandwiched in a talented pool, but it wouldn’t be wise to bet against one of the most storied programs in grassroots basketball history.

NO.

NAME

POS.

YEAR

HIGH SCHOOL

0

Mylik Wilson

G

2019

Rayville (LA)

2

Jakaylyn Jackson

G

2019

Little Rock Central

4

KyLyn Arnett

G

2019

North Little Rock

5

Collin Moore

G

2019

North Little Rock

10

JaMichael Wilson

G

2019

Rayville (LA)

12

Michael Shanks

F

2019

Bentonville

22

Antoine Williams

G

2019

Little Rock Central

23

Cole Anderson

F

2019

Southwest Christian

24

Malik Cartwright

G

2019

Clarendon

25 31

Orion Virden Decorey Watkins

G G

2019 2019

Mills University Studies North Little Rock

32

Jessie Davis

F

2019

Red River

35

Jamarkus Wilson

F

2019

Rayville (LA)

42

Joshua Osborn Grant Jones

F F

2019 2019

Parkers Chapel Chisholm Trail

134


135


136


137


138


139


140


EYBL IN ESPN RANKINGS CLASS OF 2018 Rank Player

Height

Weight Hometown

EYBL Team

1

Marvin Bagley III

6'11

220

Phoenix, AZ

Nike Phamily

3

Cameron Reddish

6'7

203

Norristown, PA

Team Final

4

Bol Bol

7'2

220

Olathe, KS

Cal Supreme

9

Simisola Shittu

6'8

210

Burlington, Ontario, CA

CIA Bounce

10

Jontay Porter

6'10

240

Columbia, MO

MOKAN Elite

11

Darius Garland

6'2

170

Brentwood, TN

Bradley Beal Elite

12

Emmitt Williams

6'8

210

Lehigh Acres, FL

E1T1 United

13

Keldon Williams

6'6

205

South Hill, VA

Boo Williams

16

Louis King

6'6

205

Columbus, NJ

Team Final

18

Shareef O'Neal

6'8

205

Santa Monica

Cal Supreme

19

Tre Jones

6'3

175

Apple Valley, MN

Howard Pulley

20

Taeshon Cherry

6'8

205

San Diego, CA

Oakland Soldiers

22

Jaylen Hoard

6'8

200

Canon, France

Team CP3

23

Carte'Are Gordon

6'8

260

Saint Louis, MO

Team Penny

25

Tyler Herro

6'4

180

Greenfield, WI

Playground

26

Coby White

6'3

165

Wilson, NC

Team CP3

27

Javonte Smart

6'4

190

Baton Rouge, LA

Houston Hoops

31

Gerald Liddell

6'7

175

Cibolo, TX

RM5 Elite

32

Darius Bazley

6'8

200

Cincinnati, OH

MeanStreets

37

Jalen Smith

6'9

195

Baltimore, MD

Team Takeover

38

Antwann Jones

6'6

205

Orlando, FL

E1T1 United

39

Ayo Dosunmu

6'4

170

Chicago, IL

Mac Irvin Fire

40

Brandon Johnson

6'8

215

East Lansing, MI

Spiece Indy Heat

41

Jairus Hamilton

6'8

220

Concord, NC

Georgia Stars

42

Brandon Williams

6'10

175

Encino, CA

Cal Supreme

43

Robert Woodard

6'6

220

Columbus, MS

MEBO Elite

45

Khavon Moore

6'8

185

Macon, GA

Nike South Beach

47

Tyger Campbell

5'11

160

Des Moines, IA

Spiece Indy Heat

48

Cole Swider

6'8

200

Providence, RI

BABC

50

Cormac Ryan

6'5

170

New York, NY

Renaissance

141


CLASS OF 2018 CONTINUTED Rank

Player

Height

Hometown

EYBL Team

51

Daniel Oturu

6'10

220

Saint Paul, MN

Howard Pulley

55

Jalen Carey

6'2

170

Montclair, NJ

Playaz Club

59

Matthew Mayer

6'7

200

Austin, TX

Houston Hoops

61

Devonaire Doutrive

6'4

165

Inglewood, CA

Cal Supreme

62

Kamaka Hepa

6'9

200

Portland, OR

Portland Basketball Club

64

Rechon Black

6'7

180

Concord, NC

Team CP3

66

Foster Loyer

5'9

160

Clarkston, MI

All Ohio Red

67

Isaiah Mucius

6'7

180

New York, NY

PSA Cardinals

69

Jacobi Gordon

6'6

205

Houston, TX

Houston Hoops

71

Dane Goodwin

6'5

190

Upper Arlington, OH

All Ohio Red

73

Brandon Slater

6'5

180

Fairfax, VA

Team Takeover

77

Tim Finke

6'6

195

Champaign, IL

MeanStreets

78

Alex Lomax

6'0

180

Memphis, TN

Team Penny

80

Noah Locke

6'2

197

Owings Mills, MD

Team Melo

81

Kevin Porter Jr

6'5

195

Seattle, WA

Seattle Rotary Style

82

Will Richardson

6'4

170

Hinesville, GA

E1T1 United

83

David DeJulius

6'2

190

Detroit, MI

The Family Detroit

85 89 92 94 96 97

Gabe Brown Mike Devoe Ryan Boyce Jared Butler Jamie Lewis Marcus Bingham Jr

6'8 6'3 6'3 6'3 6'3 6'9

200 175 170 180 190 200

Belleville, MI Orlando, FL Germantown, TN Reserve, LA Atlanta, GA Grand Rapids, MI

The Family Detroit Nike South Beach Team Penny MEBO Elite Georgia Stars The Family Detroit

142


CLASS OF 2019

Rank

Player

Hometown

EYBL Team

1

RJ Barrett

6'7

185

Mississauga, Ont., CAN

Uplay Canada

2

Vernon Carey Jr.

6'10

260

Southwest Ranches, FL

Nike Team Florida

5 7

James Wiseman

6'11

215

Nashville, TN

Team Penny

DJ Jeffries

6'7

200

Olive Branch, MS

Team Penny

10

Trendon Watford

6'8

210

Mountain Brook, AL

Nike Team Florida

11

Cole Anthony

6'10

170

Briarwood, NY

PSA Cardinals

15

Balsa Koprivica

7'1

230

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nike Team Florida

18

Keion Brooks Jr

6'7

200

Fort Wayne, IN

Spiece Indy Heat

19

Chandler Lawson

6'7

200

Memphis, TN

Memphis East

21

Andrew Nembhard

6'3

160

Aurora, Ontario, CAN

Uplay Canada

22

Romeo Weems

6'6

210

New Haven, MI

The Family Detroit

24

Jalen Lecque

6'4

185

Arden, NC

Southern Stampede

26

Juwan Gary

6'6

190

Columbia, SC

Team United

27

Wendell Moore

6'4

200

Charlotte, NC

Team CP3

29

Tyrese Maxey

6'0

170

Dallas, TX

RM5 Elite

30

Rocket Watts

6'0

155

Detroit, MI

The Family Detroit

31

PJ Fuller

6'3

155

Seattle, WA

Seattle Rotary Style

33

Francis Okoro

6'8

210

Normal, IL

Bradley Beal Elite

38

Jordan Mitchell

6'7

195

Gahanna, OH

All Ohio Red

40

Marcedus Leech

6'4

170

Poplar Bluff, MO

Bradley Beal Elite

42

Isaac Okoro

6'5

200

Powder Springs, GA

AOT Running Rebels

44

Khalil Whitney

6'4

180

Chicago, IL

Mac Irvin Fire

45

DJ Burns

6'7

260

Rock Hill, SC

Georgia Stars

47

De'Vion Harmon

5'11

185

Denton, TX

RM5 Elite

48

Kofi Cockburn

6'10

250

Middle Village, NY

Renaissance

52

Avery Anderson

6'1

185

Justin, TX

RM5 Elite

53

Nobal Days

6'8

200

Racine, WI

Playground Elite

55

Aidan Igiehon

6'8

225

New York, NY

New York Lightning

56

Isaiah Stewart

6'7

230

Rochester, NY

City Rocks

58

Jaime Jaquez Jr

6'5

200

Camarillo, CA

The Truth

59

Malik Hall

6'5

190

Aurora, IL

MOKAN Elite

Rank

Player

2

Height

CLASS OF 2020 Height

Weight

Hometown

EYBL Team

Jalen Green

6'5

165

Fresno, CA

The Truth

4

Kyree Walker

6'4

210

Oakland, CA

Oakland Soldiers

8

Jeremy Roach

6'1

175

Fairfax, VA

Team Takeover

9

Hunter Dickinson

6'11

230

Hyattsville, MD

Team Takeover

15

BJ Boston

6'5

175

Norcross, GA

Georgia Stars

17

Scottie Barnes

6'6

195

West Palm Beach, FL

Nike Team Florida

18

Josh Christopher

6'4

190

Lakewood, CA

Cal Supreme

20

N'Faly Dante

6'9

210

Wichita, KS

MEBO Elite

22

Tramon Mark

6'4

180

Dickinson, TX

Houston Hoops

24

Davion Bradford

6'8

210

Maplewood, MO

Bradley Beal Elite

25

Elijah Hutchins-Everett

6'9

210

Wayne, NJ

Playaz Club

143


NIKE ELITE 100 ROSTER PT.1 FIRST

LAST

YEAR

SCHOOL

FIRST

LAST

YEAR

SCHOOL

John

Ajak

2019

Church Farm

Nobal

Days

2019

Washington Park

Babatunde

Akingbola

2019

McEachern

Mamadou

Diawara

2019

Hamilton Heights

Posh

Alexander

2020

Our Saviour

Hunter

Dickinson

2020

DeMatha

Avery

Anderson

2019

Northwest

Noah

Fernandes

2019

Tabor Academy

Luke

Anderson

2019

Lakeland

PJ

Fuller

2019

Nathan Hale

Alex

Antetokounmpo

2020

Dominican

Juwan

Gary

2019

Gray Collegiate

Cole

Anthony

2019

Archbishop

Joe

Girard

2019

Glens Falls

Khalif

Battle

2019

Roselle Catholic

Jalen

Green

2020

Memorial

Jaden

Bediako

2019

St. Marcellinus

Malik

Hall

2019

Sunrise Christian

Rashawn

Blakney

2019

Goretty

Chris

Harris

2019

South Garland

BJ

Boston

2020

Norcross

Anthony

Harris

2019

Paul VI

Keion

Brooks

2019

North Side

AJ

Hoggard

2020

John Carroll

Courtney

Brown

2019

East Ridge

Elijah

Hutchins-Everett

2020

DePaul Catholic

DJ

Burns

2019

York Prep

Aundre

Hyatt

2019

The Miller School

Michael

Christmas

2019

Landstown

Aidan

Igiehon

2019

Lawrence Woodmere

Josh

Christopher

2020

Mayfair

Tyson

Jackson

2019

Creekside

Kofi

Cockburn

2019

Christ the King

Antwan

January

2019

Taft

Bryce

Cook

2019

South Grand

Jaime

Jaquez

2019

Camarillo

Sharife

Cooper

2020

McEachern

DJ

Jeffries

2019

Olive Branch

Isaiah

Cottrell

2020

Bishop Gorman

Xzavier

Jones

2019

Martin Luther

Cade

Cunningham

2020

Bowie

Mikael

Jones

2020

Girard College

Taylor

Currie

2019

Clarkston

Darren

Jones

2019

Cajon

Malcolm

Dandridge

2019

Memphis East

Blaise

Keita

2019

Sunrise Christian

N'Faly

Dante

2020

Sunrise Christian

Jamal

King

2019

Wayne Country Day

Al-Amir

Dawes

2019

Patrick School

Elias

King

2019

Huntington Prep

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NIKE ELITE 100 ROSTER PT.2 FIRST

LAST

YEAR

SCHOOL

FIRST

LAST

YEAR

SCHOOL

Kobe

Langley

2019

Wesleyan

Tyreek

Smith

2019

Trinity Christian

Keyshaun

Langley

2019

Wesleyan

Richard

Springs

2019

Bishop Loughlin

Kira

Lewis Jr

2019

Hazel Green

DJ

Steward

2020

Fenwick

Carl

Lewis

2019

Lynwood

Isaiah

Stewart

2019

McQuaid Jesuit

EJ

Liddell

2019

Belleville West

Kyle

Sturdivant

2019

Norcross

BJ

Mack

2019

Charlotte Catholic

Nate

Tabor

2020

OSNA

Tre'Shaun

Mann

2019

The Villages

Dekeyvan

Tandy

2019

University Heights

Romelle

Mansel

2019

St. Bernard

Josh

Taylor

2020

Columbia

Kenyon

Martin Jr.

2019

Chaminade Prep

Isaiah

Thompson

2019

Zionsville

Ismael

Massoud

2019

MacDuffie

Drew

Timme

2019

Pearce

Tyrese

Maxey

2019

South Garland

Kyree

Walker

2020

Hillcrest Prep

Mario

McKinney

2019

Vashon

Jaykwon

Walton

2019

Carver

Anderson

Mirambeaux

2019

Teays Valley

Lance

Ware

2020

Life Center

Jordan

Mitchell

2019

Montverde

Trendon

Watford

2019

Mountain Brook

Wendell

Moore

2019

Cox Mill

Marcus

Watson

2019

Buford

Isaiah

Mosley

2019

Rock Bridge

Rocket

Watts

2019

Old Redford

Paul

Mulcahy

2019

Gill St. Bernard's

Justin

Webster

2019

Prestonwood

Zeke

Nnaji

2019

Hopkins

Romeo

Weems

2019

New Haven

Isaac

Okoro

2019

McEachern

Khalil

Whitney

2019

Roselle Catholic

Francis

Okoro

2019

Normal Community

Deandre

Wilkins

2019

Wesleyan

Addison

Patterson

2020

Athlete Institute

Trey

Williams

2019

The Colony

Scottie

Pippen Jr.

2019

Pine Crest

Patrick

Williams

2019

West Charlotte

Khalil

Robinson

2019

Gray Collegiate

Bryce

Wills

2019

Iona Prep

David

Roddy

2019

Breck

Mylik

Wilson

2019

Rayville

Moulaye

Sissoko

2019

Central Park Chris-

Roman

Wilson

2019

Park Hill

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NIKE EYBL ALUMNI IN 2017 DRAFT Player

College

EYBL

Draft Position

Jayson Tatum

Duke

St. Louis Eagles

No. 3: Boston Celtics

De'Aaron Fox

Kentucky

Houston Hoops

No. 5: Sacramento Kings

Jonathan Isaac

Florida State

E1T1 United

No. 6: Orlando Magic

Dennis Smith Jr.

NC State

Team Penny

No. 9: Dallas Mavericks

Malik Monk

Kentucky

Arkansas Wings

No. 11: Charlotte Hornets

Luke Kennard

Duke

King James

No. 12: Detroit Pistons

Edrice Adebayo

Kentucky

Boo WIlliams

No. 14: Miami Heat

Justin Jackson

UNC

Houston Hoops

No. 15: Sacramento Kings

Harry Giles

Duke

Team CP3

No. 21: Sacramento Kings

Tyler Lydon

Syracuse

The City Rocks

No. 24 Denver Nuggets

Caleb Swanigan

Purdue

Spiece Indy Heat

Tony Bradley

North Carolina

E1T1 United

No. 26: Portland Trail Blazers No. 28: Utah Jazz

Josh Hart

Villanova

Team Takeover

No. 30: Los Angeles Lakers

Davon Reed

Miami (FL)

Team Final

No. 32: Phoenix Suns

Ivan Rabb

Cal

Oakland Soldiers

No. 35: Memphis Grizzlies

Semi Ojeleye

SMU

MOKAN Elite

No. 37: Boston Celtics

Jordan Bell

Oregon

ICP Elite

Jawun Evans

Oklahoma State

Nike Team Texas

No. 38: Golden State Warriors No. 39: Philadelphia 76ers

Tyler Dorsey

ICP Elite

ICP Elite

No. 41: Atlanta Hawks

Thomas Bryant

Indiana

PSA Cardinals

No. 42: Los Angeles Lakers

Damyean Dotson

Houston

Houston Hoops

No. 44: NY Knicks

Dillon Brooks

Oregon

CIA Bounce

No. 45: Memphis Grizzlies

Sterling Brown

SMU

Mac Irvin Fire

No. 46: Milwaukee Bucks

Sindarius Thornwell

South Carolina

Team United

No. 48: LA Clippers

Edmond Sumner

Xavier

The Family Detroit

No. 52: Indiana Pacers

Nigel Williams-Goss

Gonzaga

California Supreme

No. 55: Utah Jazz

Jabari Bird

California

Oakland Soldiers

No. 56: Boston Celtics

Jaron Blossomgame

Clemson

Georgia Stars

146 No. 59: San Antonio Spurs


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