High School: DeMatha Catholic (MD)
Rank: 38 (ESPN)
Stats: 17.9 PPG, 48.8 FG%, 70.4 FT% (57-81), 26.9 3PT% (14-52), 9.2 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.2 TOPG, .8 SPG, .9 BPG
Earl Timberlake Jr put together one of the bigger standout resumes this spring, and he helped lead Team Durant to a 9-4 regular season record. Timberlake is built like a truck, and he is constantly playing downhill. The 6-foot-6 junior has been playing out of position for the undersized Team Durant squad, but that helped him put up some very impressive rebounding numbers for a guard through 13 games. Defensively, Timberlake has some special potential. He's strong as an ox, has extremely long arms, and has quick enough feet to efficiently guard positions 1-4. Timberlake carries himself like a pro, and if he continues this output at Peach Jam, Team Durant has a great chance to find themselves in bracket play on Saturday.
High School: Prolific Prep (CA)
Rank: 21 (ESPN)
Stats: 20.4 PPG, 45.9 FG%, 81.3 FT% (61-75), 32.4 3PT% (24-74), 3.7 RPG, 3.2 APG, 2.4 TOPG, 1.8 SPG
Nimari Burnett took the EYBL by storm last season after joining Team WhyNot after the first session. Burnett helped lead an underdog WhyNot squad all the way to the Peach Jam Championship game, and he used his experience from 2018 to have a big sprint. The 6-foot-3 Prolific Prep product averaged 20 points, four rebounds and three steals in 13 games, leading the four-headed backcourt monster of Jalen Green, Addison Patterson, and Devin Askew. Burnett is adept at finding his own shot and rarely takes a bad one, and his one-on-one ability should come in handy in clutch situations at Peach Jam.
High School: Brewster Academy (NH)
Rank: 3 (ESPN)
Stats: 17.0 PPG, 43.6 FG%, 64.8 FT% (35-54), 33.8 3PT% (22-65), 5.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, 2.6 TOPG, 1.1 SPG, .6 BPG
Terrence Clarke carries an enormous amount of potential, and he continued to realize it over 13 EYBL games this spring. Clarke led a young Expressions Elite squad to a 9-4 regular season record, consistently stuffing the stat sheet with efficiency. Long and athletic, Clarke has a refined offensive repertoire that allows him to create a shot against just about anyone. Clarke continued his stellar play at the Nike Elite 100, and he should enter Peach Jam playing the best basketball of his life. Jason Smith, Clarke's head coach during the high school season at Brewster Academy, raved about the star sophomore.
"Terrence is as talented as any player we’ve had in our program at Brewster Academy," Smith said. "He has a tremendous basketball IQ and understanding of the game. He’s passionate about working hard to improve his overall game."
Outside of basketball, according to Smith, is what makes Clarke really special.
"Off the court, he’s very well liked by all in our community due to his charismatic personality and friendliness to all," Smith said. "I’m excited about his future and seeing his continued growth and development."
High School: West Memphis
Rank: 87 (247)
Stats: 17.7 PPG, 66.4 FG% (99-149), 59.3 FT% (32-54), 6.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.5 TOPG, .6 SPG, 1.1 BPG
Woodz Elite took home the E16 title a year ago, and Chris Moore was a huge reason why. He was back and better than ever this spring for Woodz, averaging 18 points and six rebounds per game while helping his squad to a 10-3 record and a spot in the top ten of the EYBL Power Rankings. Moore is a strong, athletic swingman, and while he may be a tad undersized to be a power forward, Moore's intangibles have allowed him to become a matchup nightmare.
"Chris Moore is very important to the team," Woodz Elite coach Antonio Buchanan said. "Without him, this team wouldn’t be in the place they are in now."
Moore isn't ranked in the top 100 anywhere, a fact that remains frustrating to Buchanan, especially due to his consistent production and overall versatility.
"(Moore) is very underrated for sure, people are not taking notice about what he does," Buchanan says. "He rebounds, scores, blocks shots, and defends the best players, 1-5."
High School: Whitney Young
Rank: 27 (ESPN)
Stats: 24.1 PPG, 50.1 FG%, 83.1 FT%, 40.6 3PT% (26-64), 4.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.5 TOPG, 1.5 SPG (11 games)
DJ Steward was lights out this spring for MeanStreets, using his scoring expertise and matured floor game to help propel the Chicago EYBL representative to a Peach Jam bid. Steward proved to be one of the best bucket-getters in the country, and his one-on-one offensive game is calculated and efficient. Steward averaged 24 points and five rebounds over 11 games, saving his best performance for the finale at EYBL Indianapolis. With seconds remaining in double overtime, Steward had 43 points and the ball in his hands. The rest was history, and his ridiculous output was good enough to earn him EYBL Performance of the Season.