Nike EYBL Sunday: Five-star Emmitt Williams goes off
WESTFIELD, Ind. -- On the final day of Nike's EYBL Indianapolis session, five-star forward Emmitt Williams went off. More on him and some of Sunday's other standouts.
WILLIAMS IS A MONSTER AROUND THE RIM
Recruitment: Williams does not like to discuss individual schools but the likes of Baylor, Kansas, NC State, Oklahoma, USC, Florida, Florida State and others have offered.
His day: Playing with incredible energy, Williams led Each 1 Teach 1 to an overtime win while racking up 30 points and 21 rebounds. He isn't the tallest power forward ever, but his athleticism allows him to play much bigger than his size. He made a couple of threes on Sunday and intimidated on both ends of the floor.
Quotable: "I don't have any recent offers that I know of and no school is really set apart from the other at this point. Every school that has offered me is high on my list. The most important thing to me right now is my school work and finishing up strong there. Once that's over then I'll have some time to really start narrowing things down and make a list, maybe at the end of EYBL or at Peach Jam."
Prediction: Because Williams won't talk about schools recruiting him, it's tough to get any kind of feel for him. The only thing that is certain is that whoever lands him will be getting an intense competitor.
SUNDAY RECRUITING NEWS AND NOTES
His day: Brooks made a ton of free throws and showed that he is finding a nice balance between playing around the rim and hunting jump shots. He's still thin, but playing with more toughness and after 25 points on Sunday is averaging just under 19 points per outing in EYBL play.
Prediction: Brooks recruitment is shaping up as a Big Ten battle and Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue figure to be prominent.
Recruitment: Offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Texas and Iowa.
His day: Johns was active on both ends of the floor and did a nice job of cleaning the glass. When he rebounds and plays with some physicality, his entire game opens up. He hit a couple of three pointers and was good for 16 points and nine rebounds.
Quotable: "I don't think I've been as consistent as I know I can. I'm working on staying more aggressive and having that mentality. I know that when I'm more physical I'm more engaged."
Prediction: If the hometown Spartans decide to really turn up the heat, they will surely be tough to beat.
Recruitment: Offers from Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Oregon, Butler, Pitt, Illinois, and Northwestern.
His day: A tough wing, Finke shot the ball very well and competed on both ends of the floor. He finished with 27 points and eight rebounds and did a nice job trying to keep his Meanstreets squad in a game where five-star wing Cameron Reddish of Team Final was absolutely unguardable.
Prediction: Finke's brother plays at Illinois and his father was an athlete there as well, new coach Brad Underwood has also been putting in some work so the Illini have to be considered a factor. Butler, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame are looking strong as well.
Recruitment: Got first offer from Pepperdine on Sunday and has interest from UCLA, Stanford, UCSB, USC and Arizona.
His day: Playing for Paul Pierce sponsored Team Truth in the 16U division, Jacquez was a monster driving to the rim. He drew fouls, finished tough shots and helped to will his team to a victory.
Prediction: Now that he has picked up his first offer, look for West Coast programs to start offering in bulk.
Recruitment: Lewis missed parts of his sophomore year and hasn't had a chance to be evaluated much just yet but will land on high major radars.
His day: Before suffering a concussion, Lewis was a dominant force on the interior. He was too strong and athletic in the 16U game we saw him in as he dominated the glass and dunked most everything he touched.
Recruitment:Offers from St. Mary's, Santa Clara, Utah State, Fresno State, Montana, UCSB and Cal Poly. Interest from Oregon State, California, USC, Washington State, San Jose State and San Diego State.
His day: Rivals.com actually caught Johnson playing in the Terrific 24 during a last minute stop before heading home. The younger brother of the Miami Heat's Tyler Johnson, he's a fine athlete, can create off the dribble and has a knack for scoring the ball. He's a bit thin, but has upside.
Prediction: Because Johnson's older brother managed to stay relatively under the radar before developing into a pro at Fresno State, high majors are going to due their homework to make sure they aren't missing out if they decide not to offer scholarships. He's going to be an interesting guy to check on again during the summer.