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Nike EYBL Day 3 Recap:
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (1:08 AM CT, Sat July 21, 2012)
The Howard Pulley team is lead by #2 ranked Tyus Jones
The Howard Pulley team is lead by #2 ranked Tyus Jones
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

North Augusta, SC (Future150) -- The second full day of pool play began on Friday and some major teams desperately needed a win after a disappointing first day of games. There where playoff implications in a lot of the games and you could feel the raised intensity level because of it. Here are a few of the guys who stepped up when their team needed them the most.

Bobby Portis, 2013 PF, Arkansas Wings: Portis is seemingly improving all the time. Friday morning he showcased a more refined post game as well as the ability to hit foul line jumpers. Defensively he is one of the elite shot blockers in the class and he rebounds the ball at a high rate. Arkansas fans should be ecstatic about his arrival.

Keith Frazier, 2013 SG, Houston Hoops: Simply put, Frazier is one of the top scorers in the nation.  In a big time matchup against the Arkansas Wings, Frazier shouldered much of the offense early on. Down the stretch he scored some crucial baskets. He is a complete scorer who is starting remind some of Ricky Ledo.

Luke Worthington, 2013 PF, Wisconsin Playground Warriors: Worthington might not be overly flashy or athletic but he gets it done in the post. He used a combination of post moves and up-and-unders in  order to get his points. He had 11 in the first half alone when Wisconsin really took over the game.

Rene Castro, 2013 PG, BABC: A scoring point guard, Castro was largely responsible for BABC staying competitive in the morning game against Wisconsin Playground Warriors. He got into the lane with ease and was nearly unstoppable off the bounce. A-10 programs would love to have him but Seton Hall has been involved for a while as well.

Tyler Ennis, 2013 PG, CIA Bounce: Ennis is one of the elite point guards in the class of 2013 and proved so in his matchup against Billy Garrett Jr. and Mac Irvin Fire. He got into the lane and created for others as well as finished shots himself. He is a high IQ lead guard who rarely turns the ball over.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, 2013 SG, CIA Bounce: He set the tone early for CIA bounce, setting his teammates up as well as hitting shots. He was a terror in transition, where he started the break and either finished the play himself or set his teammates up for easy baskets.

Obi Enechionyia, 2014 F, Team Takeover: A relative unknown coming into the summer, there had been rumbles of how good this kid was. Enechionyia lived up to the expectations, hitting the glass hard, blocking shots and scoring from both the block and hitting threes. He was the catalyst in his teams thrilling matchup with Cali Supreme, that saw Team Takeover win in overtime.

Derick Newton, 2014 SG, Cali Supreme: Newton has great size for the wing and uses it to his advantage when getting into the lane. He already has a college ready frame so it is hard to say if he’s going to grow more. He was a major factor throughout as he constantly looked to attack the basket.

Chris McCullough, 2014 PF, Team Scan: McCullough is a big power forward who has burgeoning perimeter skills. He was at his best in transition as he finished plays around the rim and attacked the basket from the high post. He is a physical specimen who rebounds at a high rate and is a big time athlete.

Tony Upchurch, 2014 SG, Houston Hoops: Upchurch is more known for being a big time football prospect as a wide receiver but could be one of the better walk-ons in the country if he decides to continue to play basketball as well. Upchurch had 6 threes while leading his team in scoring, 4 of those coming in the first half.

Dayshon Smith, 2013 PG, NY Lightning: Scooch put on a scoring clinic in the first half of his Nike Invitational game, finishing with 13 in the first half alone. He did a majority of his damage by getting into the lane and finishing. Smith also was a willing passer and showed that he can run the offense. URI, Umass, and a majority of the A-10 would love to have him; as would a slew of other mid-majors.

Duane Wilson, 2013 PG, Wisconsin Playground Elite: Duane was unconscious in his evening matchup with Tyus Jones. He led WPE to the victory by hitting three pointers and scoring at will in the lane. Marquette fans will absolutely love him.

Tyus Jones, 2014 PG, Howard Pulley: Jones is the ultimate point guard in that he can both score and possesses elite vision. He knows how to run a team and rarely turns the ball over. He had 7 assists to one turnover against Wisconsin and was a major reason why Howard Pulley was in the game.

Andrew Wiggins, 2014 SF, CIA Bounce: Wiggins turned in one of the greatest performances in Peach Jam history on Friday night. There are certain games that scouts still talk about even ten years later and Wiggins vs Randle brought about one of those games. In the end it was Wiggins that prevailed, finishing with close to 30 points and 10 rebounds.

Matt Jones, 2013 SG, Texas Titans:  On a night where Randle struggled a bit, Jones was the one to pick up the slack. Already regarded as one of the elite shooters in the class of 2013, Jones showed he could do more than just make threes. Duke fans should be excited for his arrival.

Kameron Williams, 2013 SG, Baltimore Elite: One of the big risers from the Spring, Williams is proving that he can score at an elite level no matter who his opponent is. An efficient shooter, Williams was the leading scorer in EYBL play and has continued his torrid pace here at Peach Jam.

Josh Hart, 2013 SG, Team Takeover:  Hart was the bright spot in an ugly game that saw a ton of technicals and a couple ejections. He finished with 26 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and proved he is a high major wing prospect.

 

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