#OTRHoopsReport: EYBL Weekend Recap – May 27, 2015
Malik Monk of the Arkansas Wings has a killer instinct when it comes to getting buckets. He is in the mix as a candidate for the Naismith Player of the Year in 2016. Photo cred – Jon Lopez/Nike
MAPLE GROVE, Minn., – The final session of the spring EYBL circuit concluded this weekend. Teams made a final push to punch their ticket to the coveted Nike Peach Jam, which will be held in July. By Monday, Team CP3 walked away with the league’s best record. Here is a recap of a few of the top 2016 performers from the weekend.
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Naismith Player of the Year Watch
Harry Giles of Team CP3 put on a show in his team’s final game on Monday. His team would need every bit of his 29 points and 20 rebounds to earn an overtime victory over Team Final to clinch the regular season championship. The 6-foot-10 power forward showed every weapon in his arsenal from sweeping sky hooks to hitting 3-point jumpers in the win. The highlight of weekend came when he shook a defender with in and out dribble then passed behind the back to a streaking Alterique Gilbert who finished an acrobatic reverse lay-in. Giles has firmly put his name amongst the country’s top players with his play this calendar year.
Another 5-star player who performed with consistency this weekend was The Family’s Miles Bridges. When we first saw the wing-forward over a year ago, he was a player who had not fully developed his face-up skill. Today the 6-7 left-hander is a primary play-creator who can score at all three levels. He finished the circuit averaging 19.9 points per game, which ranked him fourth overall. We see Bridges as a player who can bring instant impact to a college program, because of his blend of athleticism and skill.
In the Mix:
De’Aaron Fox of Houston Hoops is a tough cover for defenders. He showed willingness to keep the ball moving in the half-court allow class of 2017 teammate Jarred Vanderbilt to get plenty of touches. The left-handed guard finished the spring averaging 16.8 points per game.
Malik Monk of the Arkansas Wings proved once again that he is the premier shooting guard nationally in the class of 2016. He finished 6th in scoring in the league averaging 19.4 for the spring time. His instincts and poise make him one of the nation’s best.
Oklahoma commit Payton Pritchard of Seattle Rotary is noted for his steady ball handling skills. He displayed that once again this weekend. The 6′ point guard is one of the premier table setters nationally. Do not count out his ability to score the basketball during the game’s most critical moments.
Class of 2016 wing forward Jayson Tatum led his St. Louis Eagles to a 13-4 record in his team’s division. We currently have him as our No. 1 player in the nation in the BrandonClayScouting.com rankings.
Exposure & Showcase Opportunities
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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