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2019 EYBL Team Preview: Pro Skills (TX)

By D1 Circuit Staff, 04/18/19, 4:00PM EDT

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Team Breakdown

Pro Skills’ approach to the EYBL is very simple; recruit the area’s most underrated players, and give them a platform to excel. The Dallas-based EYBL unit featured a number of breakout players in 2018, and their 2019 roster should yield similar results. This year’s version of Pro Skills features more star power than usual, as they will feature Micah Peavy, 247 Sports Composite 62nd ranked recruit in 2020, a sophomore 4-star prospect in Arthur Kaluma and Montreal Pena Jr and Michael Jefferson Jr - two 3-star recruits. This squad loves to fly under-the-radar, but it wouldn’t be wise to overlook this bunch. Pro Skills has played some of the most disciplined defense on the circuit since joining in 2015, and if they want a Peach Jam bid, they’ll have to efficiently stop the opposition from the season’s outset.

The Star(s)

Peavy is their highest-ranked player, and the 6-foot-7 junior guard had one of the best junior seasons in the country. Peavy transferred to Duncanville (TX) to play for his father, and he found an enormous amount of success, averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, and three assists while starring alongside Texas Tech commit Jahmius Ramsey. Peavy dropped 22 points and 13 rebounds in Pro Skills’ Duncanville’s 6A UIL State Championship win, and Peavy will be looking to ride that positive momentum into the EYBL. Peavy has elite size and athleticism, and he has a natural feel for the game offensively. Pencil him in for at least one All-EYBL performance during the season, and if he settles in with the rest of the unit, he should be one of the best overall guards on the circuit. Don’t let Peavy’s impressive offensive repertoire distract you from his elite defensive skills. Peavy will be able to defend multiple positions, and he should excel at turning defense into offense.

The Backcourt

Peavy will be a primary ball-handler, sharing the responsibility with Bryant (AR) product Khalen ‘KK’ Robinson. The 6-foot floor general is rock-solid on both ends of the floor and features long-distance range on his jump shot. Robinson averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game, helping Bryant advance to the state championship game. Robinson is a poised, heavy point guard that isn’t mistake-prone, and he’ll be operating as the primary table-setter for Pro Skills. Robinson is a lot of fun to watch, and his tough-as-nails on-court demeanor should be contagious. Waco Midway (TX) junior guard Michael Jefferson Jr will also see big minutes in the rotation. A 6-foot-6 combo guard ranked as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jefferson has a great feel for the game and is an impressive shooter from the perimeter. Jefferson averaged 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists during the 2018-19 high school season for Waco Midway. If his long-range jumper is clicking, Jefferson will undoubtedly develop into a valuable weapon. Bossier (LA) junior Cody Dean rounds out the rotation, and the 5-foot-10 guard doubles as an elite player on the baseball diamond. Deen averaged over 10 points a game for a Bossier team that advanced all the way to the state championship game. He will be a spark plug off the bench and will be expected to provide solid defense and good decision-making in the half court.

The Frontcourt

6-foot-7 sophomore forward Arthur Kaluma returns for a second year on the circuit, switching to Pro Skills after running with Houston Hoops in 2018. Kaluma (247 No. 46) is super bouncy with an evolving frame, and combination of size, length and athleticism should allow him to make a much bigger impact than he did as a freshman. Kaluma averaged 21 points, six rebounds, and seven assists during the 2018-19 high school season for Universal Academy (TX), and his ability to facilitate to his teammates is the most underrated aspect of his game. Kaluma will play a big role in Pro Skills' rotation and has a chance to put the entire nation on watch if he comes out guns blazing.

Last season, Houston commitment J’Wan Roberts exploded onto the national scene for Pro Skills, utilizing the Nike EYBL platform to prove he was criminally-underrated. Pro Skills has a few more breakout contenders in 2019, highlights by junior Montreal Pena. A 6-foot-9 big man from Martin high school in Arlington, Texas, Pena (247 Composite No. 256) is a long, lanky big man that never turns off his motor. Pena will be a major factor on the boards, and it will not come as a surprise if he averages double-figure points per game. Pena passes the ‘eye’ test with flying colors, mainly due to his length and athleticism. Pena has pieces of his game that cannot be taught, and he will undoubtedly l be an impact player on both ends of the floor for Pro Skills.

6-foot-5 junior Jonathan Alexandre is the lone returner from last year’s Pro Skills squad, and the swingman is constantly improving. Alexandre enjoyed a stellar junior season at Legacy Christian in Frisco, Texas, earning 1st Team All-State Honors while also being named to the TAPPS State All-Tournament team. 6-foot-10 junior big man Kenny Hunter and 6-foot-7 junior Jay Wilson round out the rotation for Pro Skills. Hunter is an underrated 6-foot-10 post player with a 4.0-grade point average from Huntington high school in Shreveport, Louisiana, and he improved at a rapid rate over the course of the high school season. Wilson is an undersized power forward with a big, physical body that is difficult to move. Wilson transferred from Guyer (TX) to the ISchool (TX) in mid-January, and he’s been focused on improving his ball-handling and overall offensive skillset. With his size and elite athleticism, Wilson should wreak havoc in transition - especially with the new shot clock rules.

Expectations

Since Pro Skills joined the EYBL, rostering underrated talent has been their calling card. Peavy, Kaluma, and Pena will lead the way, but they will likely need another rotation player to step up into a larger role. They have an extremely difficult schedule and can’t afford to get off to a bad start, so it is imperative that Peavy can efficiently produce and lead his teammates from the get-go. Their 9-man rotation will be well-coached, disciplined and constantly in attack mode on the defensive end. The goal remains the same for Pro Skills; develop their talent better than the rest, and earn a trip to Peach Jam. This roster has more than enough talent to earn a trip to North Augusta in July, and don’t be surprised if Peavy plays his way into All-EYBL honors by season’s end.

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Season Schedule

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Division A Previews

Division B Previews

Division C Previews

Division D Previews

Player Features

Division A Previews

Division C Previews

Division B Previews

Division D Previews

Player Features

Session 1

April 26-28

Atlanta

Session 2

May 10-12

Indianapolis

Session 3

May 24-26

Dallas

Peach Jam

July 10-14

North Augusta