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Nike EYBL Indianapolis Best Team: Phenom University

By D1 Circuit Staff, 05/15/19, 5:45PM EDT


Six teams went 4-0 at EYBL Indianapolis, but one squad, in particular, stood out from the pack.

Phenom University didn't just stand out, they were completely dominant. 

Woodz Elite (AR), Mac Irvin Fire (IL), Expressions Elite (MA), PSA Cardinals (NY) and MOKAN Elite (KS) joined Phenom with unscathed records in Indy, but Milwaukee's EYBL representative was on another level on both ends of the floor.

In four games - all double-digit wins - Phenom averaged 101.5 points per game and won by an average of 28 points. Phenom scored 116 points against UPLAY and 108 against Team CP3, showcasing some of the best team chemistry on the circuit while being led by junior Jalen Johnson (247 No. 2) and sophomore Pat Baldwin Jr (247 No. 1).

Johnson dazzled all weekend to a tune of some impressive four-game averages; 14.7 points, 51.1 percent shooting, 10 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 2.0 blocks & 1.5 steals. Baldwin was right behind him in productivity and nearly doubled-up Johnson's scoring effort, averaging 26.5 points on 67.2 percent shooting from the floor and 15-for-29 shooting from distance. He also chipped in five boards a game.

The supporting cast was on another level. Junior 4-star guard Reece Beekman had an 11-to-1 assist-to-turnover ration, racking up 32 assists and only three turnovers.

Jaemyn Brakefield continued his standout EYBL campaign, putting up four-game averages of 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists.  Brakefield continued his torrid shooting spree, shooting 64 percent from the floor for a second consecutive session.

Jamari Sibley was consistent all weekend, capping it off with a 26-points, 5-rebound performance over UPLAY. Sibley averaged 16 points and four boards while shooting at a 59 percent clip

Carter Gilmore has settled into his role perfectly, and he fits like a glove in Phenom's system. Gilmore put up 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists to start the session, and capped off Indianapolis with a 13-point, 5-assist, 5-steal, 3-rebound performance against UPLAY. Carter's play has caught the eyes of colleges as the 6-foot-8 forward recently picked up mid-major scholarship offers from Appalachian State and Missouri State.

Ben Nau and Alex Huibregtse were both effective off the bench, Huibregtse in particular.  The 6-foot-3 Grafton (WI) product joined the club in Indianapolis, and he looked comfortable off the bat. Huibregtse went 9-for-15 from the perimeter, proving to be super-efficient while playing just over 12 minutes per game.

The Wisconsin EYBL affiliate is in their first year at 17-and-under and only their second as a program, but they have shown to be completely dominant. Their only loss was a first-session setback to the top-ranked Texas Titans, and they've looked virtually unbeatable since.

Check back tomorrow, as many of Phenom's players will be included in the individual All-Indianapolis awards. Scroll down for video highlights from the weekend.

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