Future150 Midwest Analyst. Covering Midwest high school basketball.
Hampton, VA (Future150) -- On the last day at Boo Williams, a few players really stood out and had fantastic games. While a couple of individual performances weren’t enough to get their team the win, players like Emmanuel Mudiay had too big of a game to be ignored. Others were the reason their teams were able to pull of crucial victories on the final day of competition. Here are some of the top performers from Day 3:
Kameron Williams, 2013 SG, Baltimore Elite: Williams came into this weekend with a solid reputation as a deadly shooter and in his final game he more than lived up to expectations. He made a few shots in the first half, but it was the second half that he really showcased his game, shooting perfect from the field and finishing with 30 points. He is truly one of the elite shooters in the class of 2013.
Jordan Bell, 2013 PF, ICP: A defense first forward, Bell was active around the rim on both ends of the floor. He blocked a couple of shots and altered at least seven more and on the offensive end he finished through contact as well as took his man off the dribble. While is defense is ahead of his offense at this point, he is always improving and it will only be a matter of time before it catches up to his defense.
Tyus Jones, 2014 PG, Howard Pulley: Jones had a monster effort against the Bluff City Legends in his final game, scoring 37 points while grabbing 5 rebounds and handing out 8 assists. Jones had the best weekend of anyone in the EYBL and proved he is one of the best in 2014.
Jonathan Williams III, 2013 PF, Bluff City Legends: He might have struggled in his first game of the weekend, but he played really well in his last one. As a whole, Williams struggled, but against Howard Pulley he began to look like the player we saw last summer. He rebounded the ball extremely well and was a bull in the paint, ultimately finishing with 15 points and 13 boards while making 6 of his 8 shots from the field.
James Young, 2013 SF, The Family: Young is one of the fastest risers in the class of 2013 and he showed why he is on Sunday. In both games Young was able to get to the rim and finish with ease as well as rebound the ball at a high rate. It was in his game against CIA Bounce (CAN) where he showed his full offensive arsenal. He hit multiple three pointers and still got to the rim when he wanted to, there is no doubt that Young is an elite scorer.
Theo Pinson, 2014 SG, CP3 All-Stars: Make no mistake, this is Pinson’s team now that Purvis isn’t playing AAU ball. He proved that on the last day of competition as he went off for 28 points in his morning game. Pinson is a proven scorer that excels slashing to the rim. While the major schools like Duke and UNC are already after him, it’s only a matter of time before Pinson’s name is mentioned more, as he is an elite player in the loaded 2014 class.
Emmanuel Mudiay, 2014 PG, Texas Pro: Mudiay hasn’t been playing with Texas Pro this year but came back to play with them this weekend. In his last game he didn’t disappoint, scoring 38 points while grabbing 8 boards and finishing with 8 assists. Kentucky was on hand to watch him and he has been linked to the Wildcats often. While he hasn’t committed yet, it might be a matter of “when” he will and not “if” he will.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, 2013 SG, CIA Bounce: Mayes is one of the top shooters in the class of 2013 and proved that in his match-up against E.C. Matthews and The Family to ends the day, Mayes hit shots from well beyond the three point line and was ultimately the difference when CIA Bounce pulled away for the win, scoring 19, including five 3 pointers. He also showed he is more than just a shooter, grabbing 7 rebounds and 5 assists.