The Nike EYBL’s second session kicked off this past weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Pacers Athletic Center. The second session in the EYBL always means more competitve games and matchups and that also means more meaningful games for those trying to punch a ticket to Peach Jam. This session was not a live period but we take a look at some of the top prospects who stood out the most throughout the weekend.
2020 G Cade Cunningham of Texas Titans (TX) – Cade Cunningham is without question the front-runner to receive this year’s Nike EYBL most valuable player award. He has led his Texas Titans (TX) squad to an 7-1 overall record through two sessions while averaging 23.3 points per game and and just about 7.0 assists per game. The 6-foot-6 guard played almost perfect this weekend in Indianapolis. Cade has a great balance of when to score the ball and distribute. He scores the ball, rebounds, defends, and passes at an all time high. Cunningham is an elite level playmaker and by the end of the summer should be put right up in the top-5 or even at the number one spot in the 2020 class.
2020 SG Jalen Green of Team WhyNot (CA) – Jalen Green made his Team WhyNot (CA) debut this past weekend in Indianapolis and what a debut he had. Friday night Jalen scored a dynamic 26 points and leading his new squad to a victory over Team Durant (DC). We all know about Jalen’s gifted athleticism, but he continues to show he is much more than just a showtime, powerful dunker. He is capable now of creating space for his jumper and connecting on multiple jumpshots. He is a 6-foot-6 two-guard and although he holds a slim body frame, Green still holds very good upper body strength. The explosive two-guard also posted a 32 point performance over the weekend as well.
2020 SG Niels Lane of Team Final (PA) – One of the nation’s top breakout prospects in the 2020 class, Niels Lane put on a solid weekend in Indianapolis. Although he only averaged 14.5 points per game this weekend, Niels is still a special prospect and I see why high major programs are beginning to discover his talents. He is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard that plays with nice energy on both ends of the floor. He holds that scorers mentality and was able to prove he can score from all levels of the floor. Niels is a strong guard that contains good size and has received major offers from schools like Florida, Virginia Tech, Cal, Xavier, and others over the last week.
2020 SG Moses Moody of Brad Beal Elite (MO) – The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Moses Moody, has improved greatly since the end of his junior campaign at Montverde Academy (FL). Looking way more confident in scoring and becoming more than just a perimeter shooter, Moses is an excellent 3-and-D prospect with his incredible on ball defensive skills. He averaged 22.0 points per game this weekend for Brad Beal Elite (MO). Moody was engaged in all of his game this past weekend in Indianapolis and showed he can create his own shot off the dribble and get to his sweet spots to knock down jump shots.
2020 PG DJ Steward of Meanstreets (IL) – I do not think any other prospect regardless of class had a more stock rising performance this past weekend then 6-foot-3 point guard DJ Steward out of Whitney Young (IL). DJ averaged 30.7 points per game in Meanstreet’s four games this past weekend. He was very efficient from the field by knocking down jumpers from basically anywhere on the floor and moving without the ball extremely well. Since his outstanding performance, he received offers from Wake Forest and Indiana. Steward’s best outing this past weekend was his 46 point performance against Vegas Elite (NV) and where he hit the game winning shot.
2021 F Paola Banchero of Seattle Rotary (WA) – Top-5 sophomore, Paola Banchero, proved why he is considered a top-5 prospect in his class and probably a top-25 prospect regardless of class. The 6-foot-8 forward has his own unique style of play. Paola plays at his own pace offensively, has nice footwork for a kid his size, a fantasic rebounder, and has the skills to face up and/or post up his defenders. He holds high versatility on both ends of the floor and can also step out outside the paint and connect on jumpshots for sure. He is a certified walking double-double and proved that this weekend in Indianapolis where he averaged 23.5 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game.
2021 PG Daeshun Ruffin of MEBO Express (MS) – After his stock rising showing in Atlanta, Georgia just two weeks ago during the only spring live period, the 5-foot-10 point guard Daeshun Ruffin did not dissapoint once again this past weekend at the Nike EYBL’s second session. Despite only having 8 points in their last game against the Playaz Club (NJ), Ruffin averaged 22.0 points per game in MEBO’s first three games in Indy. He is as shifty as a point guard as they come and is an elite scorer at that. Daeshun holds elite quickness, a solid penetrator when getting to the basket, and seems to be very hard to stay in front of, just ask his defenders.