The Nike EYBL starting things off in Hampton, Virginia at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. As usual, there were players who boosted their stock in the first live period. Here are some of the main storylines from the weekend.
Class of 2018 power forward Jontay Porter
Class of 2018 power forward Jontay Porter was outstanding in the first session at the Nike EYBL. Porter averaged 19.2 points and 13 rebounds per game. He was a matchup nightmare with his ability to sink shots from deep. He told the media that he would head to Missouri for an unofficial visit, which took place today. He recapped this visit for MADE Hoops.
“The visit to Missouri was great,” he told MADE Hoops. “I got a great feel for the coaches and how they’d implement me into their program if I did decide to go there.”
He will have a big decision to make, but in the meantime, Porter is doing an excellent job leading MoKan Elite. MoKan finished the weekend with a 4-0 record and will use that momentum in the second session of the Nike EYBL this weekend in Indianapolis.
Even though his team went 0-4 on the weekend, Lecque was the breakout prospect of the weekend. He averaged 20.8 points per game and shot 65 percent from the field. Lecque is a great athlete and got the rim at will at points throughout his games.
He added multiple offers as a result to his high level performances. Texas Tech, Minnesota, Houston, Wake Forest, Kansas State and St. John’s have now all offered. The class of 2019 prospect is starting to play up to his potential, but will look to led his team to a couple of win this weekend in Indianapolis.
Class of 2018 wing Nahziah Carter
The Albany City Rocks finished the first weekend as one of the five undefeated teams in the Nike EYBL. The City Rocks played great team basketball in all four games. Nahziah Carter and Isaiah Stewart were the primary scorers for the City Rocks as Carter finished the weekend with 15.8 points per game and Stewart had 10.8 points per game. Buddy Boeheim, Jeenathan Williams and Joe Girard also stepped up with a couple of impressive performances.
Carter’s recruitment is still up in the air at this point. He decided to decommit from Dayton when Archie Miller was hired as the Indiana Head Coach. Miller is now recruiting Carter for the Hoosiers 2018 recruiting class as they don't have any available scholarship offers for the class of 2017.
Class of 2019 power forward Isaiah Stewart was one of the best big men for his class at session one. He averaged a double-double and had some clutch plays in games to led his team to four wins. He worked on a couple things heading into this AAU season.
“I’ve been working on getting bigger and my back to the basket and face up game,” said Stewart. “I want to make sure I am ready so when I get the ball in a game I know what I am doing.”
Stewart mentioned that Notre Dame and Georgetown are recruiting him the hardest right now. Overall, the City Rocks are a well-put together team that could go far this Nike EYBL season.
Class of 2020 guard Raejon Figures
The NJ Playaz clinched their Peach Jam birth right away as they won the 15u championship this past weekend. They play very well together and have a lot of talent from top to bottom. Combo guard Zion Bethea has really hit his stride recently and has continued to expand his scoring ability. He and Raejon Figures are impressive playmakers who stepped up in bigtime situations.
Luke Koloja, Taj Thweatt and Amir Williams also shined for the Playaz at moments. Koloja has good size coupled with a good skillset, while Thweatt has good athleticism and is a strong finisher. Amir Williams is flowing under the radar right now, but won’t be for much longer. Williams is a good athlete, who was a consistent scorer throughout the weekend.
They will be a fun group to follow in the next couple of years especially when they will play alongside Elijah Hutchins-Everett, who is currently playing up on the 16u team.
-Marvin Bagley was the most dominant player at the Nike EYBL. He averaged 25.5 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. With him being such a dynamic player, he makes all of the services who have him ranked as the top player in the country that much smarter.
-Class of 2019 guard Noah Hutchins is a prospect on the rise. The Albany City Rocks (NY) product has great athleticism and utilizes it well in the open floor. He is still coming into his own, but is progressing toward being a high major prospect. Hutchins is definitely someone to watch.
-Class of 2019 prospect Keion Brooks Jr. may have performed better than anyone else in his class at the first session of the Nike EYBL. He showed a lot of versatility with his ability to play inside and out on offense. The list of schools recruiting him continues to grow and deservingly so.
Class of 2020 guard Nate Tabor
-Bol Bol (Class of 2018 power forward | Cal Supreme)
-Ayo Dosunmu (Class of 2018 guard | Mac Irvin Fire)
-Anthony Nelson (Class of 2018 guard | NY Lightning)
-Wendell Moore (Class of 2019 wing | Team CP3)
-Nate Tabor (Class of 2020 guard | NY Rens)