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EYBL Session 3: Hampton Recap


Now that the teams have made it back to their respective cities and the stats have been tallied up, let’s take a look at some of the major story lines from this weekend’s action at Nike’s EYBL Session 3.

Mixed success for Ohio teams

The beat goes on for All-Ohio Red

Led by Jalen Coleman and Esa Ahmad, All-Ohio Red finished the weekend at 3-1 to bring their mark to 8-3 overall, which has them still in second place, one game behind Team Penny in Division B. The success for Red this weekend was due in large part to their three-point shooting, knocking down eight per game, with Coleman leading the pack. The La Lumiere star was 14-of-24 on the weekend from beyond the arc in their four games, en route to averaging 16 points per game.

Red had some impressive wins, including an 82-63 win over Houston Hoops in their opening game. The only loss this weekend came to the Oakland Soldiers, led by the dominant big man duo of Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman who combined for 20 rebounds and five blocks in a 69-53 win.

Ahmad talks about Maryland visit

After visiting Maryland on Friday, Esa Ahmad continued to impress with 14 points and four rebounds per game. The Shaker Heights star spoke about the visit and his list after the win over Houston Hoops.

“They just took me around campus, [to] visit the dorms and got to look at the Comcast Center, it was a nice campus,” Ahmad said. “I want to start paring things down next month or two, but after the visit, [Maryland] really moved up my list.”

King James still looking for breakthrough

Coming into the weekend the schedule set up nicely for King James to get back into the thick of things in terms of a Peach Jam run. They were just a couple of plays from being 4-0 this past weekend, but ended up splitting their four games in Hampton at 2-2. In their opening game against the Jackson Tigers, scoring sensation Malik Newman torched King James for 36 points, hanging on to defeat VJ King and company 73-68 in the opening game of Saturday morning.

After being held to just nine points in the loss, Duke-commit Luke Kennard stepped up with games of 19 and 18 points in wins over New York Lightning and Baltimore Elite respectively. King James seemed to be on the right track, and in their final game of Session 3 they led The Family at one point by 15, but turnovers and this buzzer-beating three from Miles Bridges handed the Shooting Stars their second loss of the weekend. The loss moved them back to 5-7, which is fifth in Division A play, one game back of The Family.

Instant offense: Newman, Trier, Blakeney put up big numbers

As mentioned above, King James was ousted in their first game by Malik Newman with 36 points, but that was just the beginning. The Jackson Tigers star put up 33 and 31 point games later on in the weekend as he improved his scoring average to 24.4 points per game. Newman’s outside shot was huge in that first game, hitting five of eight from deep in the game, including two fade-away threes in the first half over taller defenders.

In most cases, averaging 24.4 ppg would be first in most AAU leagues, but then again most leagues don’t have Athletes’ First guard Allonzo Trier, who is scorching the nets to the tune of 28.5 points per contest. His average jumped up over the weekend in Richmond thanks in large part to four straight 30-plus games, including a 35-point outburst in a 60-54 win over Meanstreets. Add in the fact that he is shooting 92% from the free-throw line, and you have all the parts to be the best scorer in the EYBL.

Even Newman’s 36 and Trier’s 35-point games were not enough to be the top performance over the weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, and that honor goes to E1T1 guard Antonio Blakeney, who had a session-high 42 points in a 103-77 win over Team United. Blakeney is known to be a volume shooter who can get hot at a moment’s notice, and this was no different, as the Orlando-native made 14 of his 20 shots en route to the big performance. The Oak Ridge HS guard sits just seventh on the scoring averages however, due in part to a tough four-point performance in a loss to CIA Bounce.

Rising talent: 2016 Jayson Tatum continues to shine as he plays up

Although the EYBL is comprised mostly of 2015 talent, there were a couple 2016 stars who took the spotlight this weekend in Hampton, and 6-foot-8 Jayson Tatum was arguably the most impressive. Playing for the St. Louis Eagles, the shooting guard had consecutive 31 point games and is using his size to his advantage, picking up a majority of his points in the paint. In an interview after an 84-60 over NTL Red Storm, Tatum says he will grow to be at least 6’10, and sees himself playing anywhere between the two and the four in college.

Team SCAN and NJ Playaz complete perfect weekend

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Playaz Basketball Club continues to dominate the EYBL thanks to some strong first-half starts. In three of the four wins in Hampton, the Playaz jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead, and have won each game by an average of 15.2 points. Guard Isaiah Briscoe has really been the key to their success and is filling the stat sheet, leading the team in points (17.8) and assists (4.9), and is second in rebounds with 6.9 per game, second to forward Shakiur Juiston.

Just up the road from the Playaz is New York City’s Team SCAN, who also finished up a 4-0 weekend, including a key wins over Howard Pulley and The Family. Post play from high-motor guys Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant gave Team SCAN the boost they needed, combining to average 31.2 points and 18.6 rebounds in the four games at Session 3. Bryant went against Huntington Prep teammate Miles Bridges on Sunday morning, and Bridges won the battle (17 points and 15 rebounds), but it was Bryant and his team who won the war as Team SCAN outlasted The Family 59-51 in one of the more competitive games all weekend.

King James Shooting Stars 16U Mixtape @ Spiece Run-N-Slam [Video]

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Led by some of the top players in Ohio’s 2016 class, the King James SS had an excellent showing at the Spiece Run-N-Slam on May 2-4, making it all the way to the championship game against some of the Midwest’s best talent.

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Xavier Simpson Highlights @ Spiece Run-N-Slam [Video]

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2016 Point guard Xavier Simpson put his talent on display this past weekend at the Spiece Run-N-Slam where he led his King James 16U team to the championship game. Simpson averaged 13.8 points, 3.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds in eight games in Fort Wayne.

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Derrick Daniels buzzer beater tip-in at Spiece Run-N-Slam [Video]

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2016 forward Derrick Daniels adds to the 16U King James Shooting Stars lead at halftime with a tip in buzzer-beater. Daniels and his King James team would hang on to defeat Indiana Elite 54-53 to advance to the semifinals of the Spiece Run-N-Slam.

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Nick Detlev hits game-winning lay-up for VJ Sports at Run-N-Slam [Video]

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Tied at 77 with just seconds remaining in overtime of, VJ Sports 7-foot-2 center Nick Detlev grabbed an offensive rebound and his put back at the buzzer won the game for his squad.

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King James Shooting Stars 16U with easy opening win at Spiece Run-N-Slam [Video]

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King James Shooting Stars 16U team led by Ibi Watson, Derek Funderburk and Co. cruised to an opening round victory over Hoopgrind Michigan in the Spiece Run-N-Slam tournament on May 3.

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