PSA Cardinals guard Christian Vital had a very good weekend, hitting 9-for-18 3-pointers and scoring in double-figures in his last three games. There are some really good combo guards out there in the 2016 class, but very few players who can actually step up and run a team entering major college basketball next season.
The play was very good at times and showcased that plenty of talented players are still looking to improve before the important July live evaluation period. The Nike EYBL continues to be at the forefront of the scene thanks to its longevity, history and overall approach to spring basketball.
Playing only a shade over 17 minutes a game this spring, Williams led the EYBL in blocks per game and tied for total blocks, even though he played 163 fewer minutes than his co-leader Kassoum Yakwe. Follow phillipshoops. At all three events, there were also plenty of classic back-to-the-basket big men who seemed to have no desire to shoot the ball outside of 15 feet.
The big names in the 2016 class came up with some signature performances this weekend. Other five-star 2016 prospects like St. Utah native Frank Jackson is a rising senior guard who is also rising up the Class of 2016 rankings thanks to a complete scoring package and an ability to play a bit of both guard spots.
The duo of Fox and 2017 wing teammate Jarred Vanderbilt were a two-man wrecking crew on the defensive end for Houston Hoops in Lexington and Fox uses his quickness and tremendous natural instinct to make plays in passing lanes that few others can make. Where to stay, where to eat, where to go at night. Briscoe is listed as No. The headlining matchup of Friday night was a 9: The consensus opinion among coaches and media for adidas, meanwhile, seemed to indicate that the Gauntlet has improved greatly since last year from a talent perspective.
At 6-foot-8, Vanderbilt can switch on any player on the defensive end and is already tremendous as an apex rebounder, often snaring balls at rim level that nobody else can get to.
Being the local guy, Meyer also has plenty of colleagues asking for recommendations on local places to go.
Restaurants and bars around town are also usually filled with coaches and fans throughout the week. All three shoe company circuits had a number of 2017 prospects starting at point guard on some teams and the amount of high-level floor generals is once again down. Having EYBL alums — like Kentucky players in Lexington —show up to watch games also enhances the credibility of the league going forward. He fondly remembers watching a high school version of Dirk Nowitzki play with an international team at Peach Jam in its early years before Meyer finally had the chance to play in the event himself with the South Carolina Ravens.
The last spring stop in the EYBL has been skipped over by some elite prospects in the past who try to take the holiday weekend off before a busy month of summer hoops.
After the fourth installment of the Nike circuit a few weeks ago, in Oakland, qualified teams were finalized and now are categorized into pools. Members of the 2017 class playing up on the 17U level seemed to acclimate well in the games I took in over the weekend. To see schedules, click here. With a large amount of head coaches present for his Friday night game against the Mac Irvin Fire, Walker had a solid outing.