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EYBL: Fox shows complete game

HAMPTON,Va.--TheactionrolledonSaturdayforDaytwoofNike'sstopinHamptonfortheirEliteYouthBasketballLeague.
Foxindifferentrole
WhenhetakesthefloorwithhisKaty(Texas)CypressLakeshighschoolteaminthewinter,2016'sNo.11playerDe'AaronFoxisreliedupontocarrytheloadoffensively.WiththeHoustonHoops,though,the6-foot-2pointguardhasotherpiecesaroundhimandisinmoreofasetuprole.
Thoughhewasn'thappywiththewaythatheshottheballonSaturdaymorning,Foxwaspleasedwithhisfloorgameandheimpressedwithhisquicknessandabilitytopenetrateholesinthedefense.
Duringhisjuniorseason,FoxfoundhiswaytoTexas,Baylor,KansasandTexasA&Mandthoseprogramsaredoingwellinhisrecruitment.AlsostrongareArizona,FloridaandN.C.State.
Foxsaidthathehopestocreateatopfivesometimeinthenearfuturebeforemakinghischoiceattheendofthesummer.
Thoughheisopen,FoxsaidthatnewTexascoachShakaSmartandhisstaffhavemadeagoodfirstimpression.
"(Smart)calledtheseconddayhewasinAustinandIkickeditwithhimalittlebit,"FoxtoldRivals.com."Oneoftheassistants,CoachMorrell,heactuallyvisitedmyschoolthefirstminutethecoachescouldcomeout.SoIthinkthey'removinguponmylist."
GeorgiaStarsrollineveninggame
Certainly,classof2017seven-footerZachBrownisgoingtohavehisshareoffinemomentsintheEYBL.But,itwasn'tgoingtohappenforthefive-starprospectagainsttheGeorgiaStarsandtheirmurderer'srowofafrontlinethatisbackedupbysolidguardplay.
Ledbythethree-headedbigmanmonsterof2017five-starprospectWendellCarter,2016five-starUdokaAzubuikeand2016top30prospectAbdulhakimAdo,theStarsrolledtoan88-50winwhileholdingBrowntojusttwopoints.
The28pointsand22reboundsthatthetriocombinedfordon'tdoagreatstoryoftellinghowdominanttheywere.Forone,thetrioonlyplayedacombined47minutes.Plus,totrulyunderstandtheirimpactonthegameyouhavetowatchinperson.Itisn'toftenthatyouseeathreecenterlineuponanylevelofbasketballbutthetrioof6-foot-10guysplayedwelltogether.Azubuikeisthepowerbrokerofthebunchandatruebulldozerinthelanewhoistryingtodunkeverything.Carterisavolumerebounderwithgreathandsandtouchto12feetwhileAdoisalongandathleticshotblockingspecialistwhocanrunthefloor.
Aspreviouslymentioned,theStarsgotsolidplayfromtheirguardsaswell.Four-starTrentForrestledtheway.TheFloridianattackedthebasketallnightlongandscoredateam-high16pointswhilehandingoutfourassistsandgrabbingfoursteals.
MoreSaturdaynewsandnotes
TheHoustonHoopsfeatureatop-five2017talentinJarredVanderbiltClickHeretoviewthisLink.-whowasoutstandingwith14points,ninereboundsandfiveassistsinamorningwin-andthepreviouslydiscussedDe'AaronFox.However,itwasunknownRobertWilliamsClickHeretoviewthisLink.whostoletheshowintheirwinoverPlaygroundElite.AmostlyunknowncomboforwardfromVivian(La.)NorthCaddo,Williamshasgrownafewinchesfromlastsummerandisupto6-foot-7.Togoalongwithhissizehehaslongarmsandhe'sincrediblyquickoffthefloor.Hedunkseverythinghecan,showedtouchonafloaterandisoneofthoserareguysathissizelikeaJordanBell(Oregon)orJordanMickey(LSU)whoisagreatstraightupshotblockerbecauseofhislengthandquicknessoffthefloor.WilliamssaidthathisonlyoffersofarisfromBaylorClickHeretoviewthisLink.andmentionedthathe'sheardfromTexasA&MClickHeretoviewthisLink.andLSUClickHeretoviewthisLink.recently.
Hehasn'tbeenshootingitaswellasheiscapableofthroughthefirstfewroundsofEYBLplay,butfour-starsmallforwardJonathanIsaacClickHeretoviewthisLink.isshowinghistremendouspotential.Alegit6-foot-8,Isaachasaverygoodlookingstrokefromdeep,canhandletheballandheisaprettygooddefender.InHamptonwithFloridabasedEach1Teach1,Isaacisaversatilekidwhocouldplayaseitherastretchfourorsmallforwardonthecollegelevel.IsaaclistedoffersfromFloridaStateClickHeretoviewthisLink.,VirginiaTechClickHeretoviewthisLink.,BostonCollegeClickHeretoviewthisLink.,UCFClickHeretoviewthisLink.,USFClickHeretoviewthisLink.,UABClickHeretoviewthisLink.,ArkansasStateandWakeForestClickHeretoviewthisLink..
DallasbasedProSkillsElitehassizetoburnonthefrontline.Theyfeaturetwo6-foot-10centersfromtheclassof2016inMarquesBoldenClickHeretoviewthisLink.andSchniderHerardClickHeretoviewthisLink.,whobothrankamongthetop35intheirclass.Fromtheclassof2017,6-foot-8powerforwardIsaiahJaseyClickHeretoviewthisLink.alreadyranksNo.20and6-foot-7TristanClarkClickHeretoviewthisLink.isathree-starwhowillmakeapushforinclusioninthenextsetof2017rankings.
Theteamisstilllearninghowtoplaytogetherandhowtoinvolvealloftheirbigs,butoncetheydo,itwillbetoughtostopthemontheinterior.Herardisabrutewhoholdslowpostposition.BoldenisarimprotectorwhohasgoodtouchwitheitherhandwhileJaseyismoreleanandquick.Clarkcanrunthefloor,showssometouchandhasabodytogrowinto.
BoldensaidthatShakaSmartreachedoutthisweektoofferhimascholarshipatTexas.HealsolistedoffersfromLouisville,Kansas,TexasA&M,Oklahoma,UCLAandMiami.ClarklistedearlyoffersfromUTEP,RiceandIncarnateWordtogoalongwithinterestfromWakeForest,Texas,Baylor,VanderbiltandKansas.
TwoplayersthatstoodoutforPlaygroundEliteintheirlosstotheHoustonHoopswerethree-starjuniorforwardsBryceNzeClickHeretoviewthisLink.andKostasAntetokounmpoClickHeretoviewthisLink..At6-foot-6,Nzeisaprettygoodathletewhomakessomejumpersandwilldosomeworkaroundtherim.Asmartplayer,hehad16points,fourreboundsandfiveassists.
TheyoungerbrotherofMilwaukeeBucksstar-in-the-makingGiannisAntetokounmpo,Kostaslooksjustlikehisolderbrother.TheWhitefishBay(Wisc.)Dominicancomboforwardis6-foot-8ofarms,legsandelitelevelathleticismandquickness.HelacksstrengthandisstilllearningtheAmericangame,buthemakessomeplayswithhislengthandathleticismthatnobodyelseinthegymcanmake.He'syoungandquiterawontheoffensiveendbuthisphysicaltoolsgivehimachancetodevelopintoareallygoodplayer.He'snotyetreceivedanofferandmentionedCincinnatiandMarquetteastwoschoolsthathaveshowedinterest.Theofferswillbecomingsoon.Antetokounmpocouldeventuallymakeapushforthe2016Rivals150.
InthelastroundofmorninggamesonSaturday,theLasVegasProspectsoutlastedSeattleRotarySelectina63-61slugfest.2017'scurrentNo.3playerTroyBrownClickHeretoviewthisLink.didn'tshootwellbuthelpedtheProspectsoutontheglassandasapassertofinishwith12points,sevenreboundsandfourassists.2017'sNo.46playerCharlesO'BannonandNo.47playerOshaeBrissettClickHeretoviewthisLink.pickedupthescoringslack.A6-foot-5wingwhoisnotshyaboutputtingtheballup,O'Bannonscoredateam-high16onanassortmentofpull-upjumpersandtripstothefreethrowline.Alongandslender6-foot-7smallforward,Brissettmissedbadlyonhisfirstfewjumpersbutclosedverystrongmakingelbowjumpersandabigthreetofinishwith13.
Movingrightondowntheline,2017'sNo.48playerDaejonDaviswasoutstandingforRotary.A6-foot-3guard,Davisisanathleticandrelentlessdriverofthebasketballwhocanalsoknockdownsomejumperstokeepdefenseshonest.Heledhisteaminscoringandreboundingwith17pointsandsevenboards.WashingtonheadcoachLorenzoRomarwatchedhimclosely.AlsointriguingforRotarywas6-foot-8forwardJalenMcDaniels.McDanielscanplayoutonthewingorasastretchfourmanandhasagoodlookingshot,canhandletheballandhedoessomethingsintransition.Hehasthelookofoneofthoseprospectswhocouldexplodelate.Thethree-starsaidhehasoffersfromBoiseStateandMontanaStatetogoalongwithinterestfromGonzaga,Nevada,OregonState,PortlandState,PortlandandSeattle.
Classof2016top-40bigmanTonyBradleyClickHeretoviewthisLink.ofE1T1wasn'trewardedwithenoughtouchesfromhisteammatesintheirmorninglosstoProSkillsElite.Thefour-starbattledwithphysicalityagainstahugefrontlineandwentfor11pointsand12reboundsdespiteonlytakingeightshots(5-8FG).He'sbackeduphisloftystatusandhadRoyWilliamsClickHeretoviewthisLink.fromNorthCarolinaClickHeretoviewthisLink.followinghimaroundallday.
OmariSpellmanClickHeretoviewthisLink.cameonstronginthesecondhalfandKassoumYakweClickHeretoviewthisLink.wasanenergygivertheentiregameinthePSACardinals'eveningsessionwinovertheNewJerseyPlayaz.Afive-starpowerforwardheadedtoVillanovaClickHeretoviewthisLink.,Spellmanhaslostalotofweightsincethebeginningofhisjuniorseasonandisasfitashehaseverbeen.Abigmoverintherecent2016rankingsupdate,the6-foot-7Yakwebackeduphistop-50status.Hewasgrabbingreboundsallovertheplace,goingtothebasketstrongandmakinghustleplaysduringastrong15point,10reboundandfourblockeffort.
Rapidfireobservations
Tofinishthenightout,wespentsometimemovingrapidfirestylethroughsome16Uand15ugames.Herearesomequickimpressions.
TheGeorgiaStarsalsohaveanimpressive16Ugroup.Liketheir17'stheyhaveabunchofsizeandskilltogowithit.6-foot-7ChumaOkekeClickHeretoviewthisLink.canshootandhasgoodballskillsandother2017prospectslikesmallforwardDeAndreBallardClickHeretoviewthisLink.andnearseven-footerIkeyObiaguClickHeretoviewthisLink.looktohavebrightfuturesaswell.
PlayingforthePSACardinals16's,2017centerMohammedBambaClickHeretoviewthisLink.showedwhyheisalreadyafive-starprospect.Hehasarmsthatstretchfordays,canrun,blocksshotsandfinishesaboveandaroundtherim.Oncehegetsstrengthandsomemoreoffense,lookout.
TheAlbanyCityRocks16UgroupactuallyknockedoffthePSACardinalsand6-foot-7wingHamierWrightClickHeretoviewthisLink.hadalottodowithit.Hecanplayontheperimeterorasastretchfour,isagoodathleteandhasanicelookingshootingstroke.He'sonewewillseekoutanotherviewingofinthenearfuture.
Finally, we didn't watch the CP3 15's for very long, but it didn't take muh time to identify Rechon BlackClick Here to view this Link. as a talent. He might not quite be his listed 6-foot-5, but he is a tall and quick combo guard who is very fluid with the ball in his hands. He's a good athlete, has a good looking shooting stroke and passes well. It would be surprising if there were many freshman in the state of North Carolina who are better prospects.