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EYBL Session 2: Saturday Standouts in Dallas
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (12:10 AM CT, Sun May 11, 2014)
2016s Caleb Swanigan, Jayson Tatum & 2015 Prince Ali at EYBL
2016s Caleb Swanigan, Jayson Tatum & 2015 Prince Ali at EYBL
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Dallas, TX (Future150) -- The second EYBL session kicked off its action on Saturday morning in Dallas, Texas, where the action on the floor heated up as quick as the afternoon temperatures did. Several highly regarded prospects predictably stood out, while there were some new names who made an excellent impression on Future150 staff as well.

Jayson Tatum, 2016 SF, St. Louis Eagles: The 6-foot-5 wing lived up to his billing on Saturday morning, filling up the stat sheet against the Georgia Stars, scoring 22 points on 8-17 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists, and had three steals. He's highly skilled, can play either the shooting guard or small forward spot, and makes his teammates better on the floor. Great showing by the Missouri native. 

Shake Milton, 2015 SG, MoKan Elite: Milton may have been the most efficient prospect in Dallas on Saturday. He led MoKan Elite to an upset win over Spiece Indy Heat, scoring 20 points on 6-7 shooting from the floor, as well as 8-8 from the free-throw line. Most importantly, he made big plays down the stretch when his team needed them most. The 6-foot-4 combo guard is an intriguing prospect who has high major suitors, and with good reason.

Caleb Swanigan, 2016 C, Spiece Indy Heat: The 6-foot-8 post has lost a considerable amount of weight and dedicated himself to getting into better shape, and it's paying off on the floor. On Saturday, he registered games of 23 points and 11 rebounds as well as 18 points and 11 rebounds. His strength and motor make him nearly impossible to stop on the glass and he finishes extremely well around the rim. His foul shooting touch has been very impressive as well this weekend. 

Myles Powell, 2016 SG, NJ Playaz: The sharpshooting guard is a sneaky scorer for the Playaz. He registered games of 12 and 13 points on Saturday before injuring his ankle in the second game of the day. While he is only 6-feet tall, he knows how to create for himself, and more imporantly, how to get open without the ball in his hands. Look for the Trenton Catholic (NJ) wing to continue to have a big summer going forward.

Chris Clarke, 2015 SF, Boo Williams: One of the most athletic prospects in attendance this weekend is the 6-foot-6 Cape Henry (VA) wing. A bouncy, energetic forward, Clarke is a very active rebounder on both ends of the floor and proved to be a very good passer from the short corner. He loves to attack the rim and gets to the link frequently. There's no question he has high major talent, now he just needs to match it with high major production.

Quinndary Weatherspoon, 2015 SG, Jackson Tigers: Another weekend, and another big time performance for the Velma Jackson (MS) wing. This morning, he hung 27 points, 10 rebounds & five steals on Meanstreets in their win, while shooting 10 of 17 from the floor. Oklahoma, Tennessee & Wake Forest are the latest schools to get involved with the scoring machine.

Deshawn Corprew, 2016 SG, Boo Williams: In an absolutely loaded 2016 class nationally, the 6-foot-5 wing put his name in the ring as a possible top 50 talent with his play this weekend. He showed off an excellent long range shooting stroke on Saturday, as well as his explosiveness and aggressiveness on the boards. His best game came Saturday morning, when he registered a 16 point, six rebound performance in a Boo Williams loss. Look for Corprew to enter the national rankings at our next update.

Juwan Morgan, 2015 PF, MoKan Elite: The 6-foot-8 forward is a high academic prospect, which helped him to land a Vanderbilt offer in the past month. However, his skills are catching up to his smarts. He is an active rebounder on the defensive end, and he finishes well around the rim with both hands. If he can add strength to his frame and touch up on his post moves, his value will increase greatly.

PJ Washington, 2017 PF, Team Penny: When you think about youngsters playing up in the EYBL, Washington should be the poster child. He came out and scored the first ten points of Team Penny's second game of session two. The big bodied forward showed the ability to score both inside and with the mid-range jumper. He is clearly ahead of the curve in his class, and his improvement has been clear this spring.

King McClure, 2015 CG, Texas Titans: The recent Baylor commit has been working on his lead guard game and it has shown this weekend. He has good vision and was able to run the offense and set his teammates up for easy looks throughout the afternoon. He also showed that he still has the scoring prowess and explosiveness that made him such an intriguing prospect in the first place.

Prince Ali, 2015 SG, Southern Stampede: Ali is one of the best attackers in the EYBL and he was scoring in a variety of way on Saturday afternoon. He put points up on all three levels and was able to get any shot he wanted vs CP3. Make no mistake, UConn has another great guard on the way.

Esa Ahmad, 2015 PF, All Ohio Red: Ahmad first showed off his improved perimeter game at Real Deal in the Rock about a month ago, and it was on display again on Saturday. He put the ball on the floor and powered through defenders to finish at the rim. His improved game has turned him into a match up nightmare, and he will be rising in the updated rankings.

Georgios Papagiannis, 2015 C, Team Takeover: Papagiannis is a mountain of a man and is arguably the best big man in the class from 6 feet and in. He runs the floor incredibly well and knows how to seal his man on his block and finish with touch around the rim. He is still adjusting to the American game a bit but looks more and more comfortable each game. Look for him to start his ascent towards the top ten in the rankings.

Bruce Brown, 2016 CG, BABC: Brown has had a fantastic sophomore campaign and it appears that it will continue on the EYBL circuit this season. He had 28 points and five assists in one of their games this afternoon and is rapidly rising. He is a fantastic defender and has begun making the transition to lead guard. If he does that, look out.

Kenny Williams, 2015 SG, Boo Williams: Williams is another late blooming guard who can really shoot it from deep and has good size for his position. He was great in a closely contested loss against Team Final and was even better in a win over Team Scan in the afternoon session. He uses his length well and has a fantastic looking shot. UNC and Indiana have just begun to get involved with Williams, but don’t expect them to be the last bluebloods to call on him, either.

Elijah Burns, 2015 CF, Albany City Rocks: Burns has trimmed down a bit in the past year and added some explosiveness to his game because of it. That explosiveness was on display against the Alabama Challenge in their final game of the day. While the Rocks ultimately fell short, Burns showed the rebounding prowess and shot making ability that has made him a serious target for the likes of Notre Dame and Vanderbilt, among other programs. His stock is trending up as well.

Dimencio Vaughn, 2015 SG, New York Lightning: Vaughn must be considered one of, if not the top perimeter defender in the EYBL. He has a motor that never quits and is one of the more physically gifted prospects on the circuit.  He thrives in transition and his offensive game continues to get better with each outing. Programs in need of a lock down defender need to track him as soon as possible.

Trey Lowe, 2015 SG, Team Final:  Lowe is a fast rising guard who can score in a variety of ways. At 6-foot-6 he has great length and is an active body. He is capable of pulling up from beyond the arc or attacking off the bounce and finishing at the rim. He is just beginning to tap into his considerable potential and should make his initial debut into the rankings in our next update.

Isaiah Briscoe, 2015 SG, NJ Playaz: One of the best scorers on the EYBL circuit, Briscoe did not disappoint, putting up 27 in one game while also tallying 7 assists and pulling down 12 boards. He has proven time and time again that he is much more than a scorer and is an intense competitor. Look for him to continue to have a big final AAU season.

Chad Lott, 2015 CG, Nike Team Louisiana: Lott was the steadying influence for his team in a big win over the GA Stars on Saturday afternoon. He is equally capable of running the point or playing off the ball and being a go-to scorer. He will be a solid addition to any high major program looking for a combo-guard who is a natural leader.

Udoka Azubuike, 2016 C, Nike Team Florida: To quote one opposing coach, “Azubuike is the most physical kid I’ve seen on this circuit.” It’s hard to disagree with him, as he used a combination of physicality and quickness to score at the rim in what was a monster matchup versus Georgios Papagiannis. Azubuike is far from a finished product, and that’s a scary thought. He has a chance to be really special.


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