The Elite Youth Basketball League arguably features the best prep basketball talent in the country. Playing next to the top talent in the country – and still turning heads – here's a look at four of the most undervalued players in the Class of 2014.
Tyrell Bellot-Green continues the recent trend of top-level basketball talent coming from Canada. Being the son of street ball legend Shawn “Biggs” Green, basketball is definitely in his blood. His strongest asset is his low-post game, being able to out-position and out-muscle his opponents for easy finishes and put-backs. Heading into Session 3 in Dallas, he is looking to improve on averages of 11.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game. Paired in the frontcourt with shot-blocking whiz Chris Egi, Bellot-Green will look to continue a very-balanced CIA Bounce attack.
Bonzie Colson may be the most undervalued player on the entire circuit. The 6-foot-7, 230 pound brute from St. Andrew's, Mass., has been a force inside for BABC. He has refined post moves – think Al Jefferson – and is developing a face up game to his arsenal. Most of his opponents have been aware of his production in the post, so Colson has adapted by becoming a tremendous passer off the low blow. All other analysis aside, Colson's numbers (18.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG) speak for themselves. Not a bad start to his first nine games in the EYBL. Continued production against elite competition will definitely start turning heads.
Sandy Cohen opened a lot of eyes during Session 2 in Hampton, Va., garnering offers from several high-major Division 1 schools. Through nine games, Cohen (9.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.3 APG) has displayed an impressive floor game while flourishing as a knock-down shooter in Playground's offense. He is taking full advantage of playing with fellow recruits Rashad Vaughn and Jerrelle Deberry, as defenses have given him the freedom to show off his offensive arsenal. As the next two sessions unfold, it will be interesting to see which other schools come calling for Cohen's services.
The son of former University of California-Los Angeles and NBA star Pooh Richardson, Julian Richardson is starting to carve his own niche as a player. Richardson (11.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG) has been a consistent performer offensively through two sessions and is a very capable defender. He has shown the knack to impact the game in a variety of ways, and has been very effective finishing at the rim. He's being overlooked right now, but he's one of the key assets on a strong California Supreme squad. If Richardson can continue his steady play during the final two sessions, offers from high-major programs should start rolling in.