The Nike EYBL’s final regular season session took place this past weekend in the lone star state in the city of Dallas hosted by Drive Nation. This was the last session where all 40 EYBL teams meet before the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina in July. There were plenty of prospects who stood out but here we take a look at which prospects stood out more than others.
2021 F Jonathan Kuminga of NY Rens (NY) – Kuminga proved his top-5 ranking in his class to begin things off Friday afternooon for the NY Rens. He put on an incredible display stacking 43 points and going 17-24 from the field in his primetime matchup against two top-5 2020 prospects in Cade Cunningham and Greg Brown. Jonathan shows more and more confidence in scoring the ball game in and game out. He is able to use his high level strength and power at times to make his way to the rim, shooting and making the three ball more consistently, and is one of the better individual defenders regardless of class. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 20.0 points per game over the weekend.
2020 F Greg Brown III of Texas Titans (TX) – The 6-foot-8 forward Greg Brown has had himself an amazing spring period with Texas Titans this EYBL season. Brown plays with much more energy than most of his opponents and does the dirty work down low consistently. Greg certainly impacts both ends and his game never goes unnoticed. He is an above the rim type of forward with extremely long arms that helps him blocks shots defensively and catch lobs offensively. Greg has that high motor that you like to see a talented prospect like himself, his offensive game has improved, and he is a powerful finisher when attacking the rim.
2020 F Earl Timberlake Jr. of Team Durant (DC) – Since his junior campaign ended at powerhouse DeMatha (MD) a couple months back, Earl Timberlake Jr. has looked way more confident in scoring the ball this spring period with Team Durant (DC). Besides being one of the best on-ball defenders in the 2020 class, he holds good size and strength at his position and has proved he can score in an array of ways. Earl moves fairly well without the ball, slashing and/or cutting the rim for an easy layup or power finish. He is a versatile defender by being able to guard tremondously on the perimeter or even down low with players taller or bigger than he is.
2020 F Scotte Barnes of Nightrydas Elite (FL) – Scottie Barnes is a different breed and his unique skillset standsout in every single game he plays. Barnes was on another level this weekend for Nightrydas Elite (FL), trying to punch their ticket into the Nike Peach Jam in July. At 6-foot-9, Scottie is at his best when the ball is in his hands. A point forward, has elite vision at his size, solid passing instincts, and facilitates an offense fairly well. Barnes is a walking double-double and at times could be considered a walking triple double as he posted a 23 point, 11 assist, and 11 rebound game against E1T1 (FL). He is extremely versatile on both ends of the floor.
2020 SG Brandon Boston Jr. of Athletes of Tomorrow (GA) – Brandon Boston Jr. was literally in the zone throughout the weekend in Dallas, Texas. The 6-foot-7 wing averaged 27.6 points per game in AOT’s five games and did it in good fashion. He continues to prove he is one of the best, if not the best, shooter in his class. Brandon is a high percentage shooter from the perimeter, quick off the floor, and moves without the ball incredibly well. Boston Jr. actually proved to us that he is more than just a shooter from beyond the arc. Attacking the basket and finishing at the rim is something BJ has always been able to do but I do believe this weekend he was way more confident in doing so.
2020 F Isaiah Jackson of The Family (MI) – Here is a prospect that does not always standout with his scoring abilities but is always consistent when it comes to protecting the rim. I do not know many shot blockers, regardless of class, like Mr. Isaiah Jackson. Isaiah holds great activity around the rim defensively and offensively. He is fantastic leaper off the floor with an elite wingspan that helps him contest and block multiple shots. Jackson has supreme accuracy when blocking shots and just has a knack for having his opponents change up their shot attempts when he is on the floor. The 6-foot-9 forward is also effective on the glass and plays with a solid motor when on the floor.
2021 PG Zion Harmon of Boo Williams (VA) – The EYBL veteran, Zion Harmon, performed well this past weekend in Dallas for Boo Williams (VA). The 5-foot-11 floor general put on a great display of scoring the ball and dishing out a plethora of assists. Harmon has shown great improvements on his scoring abilities, scoring off the bounce and off ball screens and connecting on a few mid range jumpers. Zion proved as well that he is able to create scoring opportunities for his teammates and has the elite vision to read and react to whatever the defense is giving him. His solid play punched Boo Williams (VA) a ticket to the Nike Peach Jam in July.