Our Dark Horses series continues with a look at five of the most undervalued players from the Class of 2015. These sophomores have the chance to become the future stars of the 2014 Elite Youth Basketball League.
Perhaps overshadowed would be the more accurate term to describe the 6-0 guard from Minneapolis. Because of the spectacular play of Tyus Jones, it's easy to overlook Jarvis Johnson's play. The ultra-quick point guard has had quite the impact during his first nine games on the EYBL Circuit, averaging 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. He has proven the ability to score, pass and defend at a high level and has god-given athleticism that can make jaws drop. Sharing a backcourt this season with Jones is extremely beneficial to his growth as a point guard and a leader. His progression will be fun to watch at EYBL Dallas before heading home to the Minneapolis for the final regular season session.
The sophomore from North Atlanta High School has exploded in the early stages of the EYBL season and is a big reason the Georgia Stars have won three of their past four games. In those games, Noah Dickerson has accumulated 52 points, 29 rebounds and three blocks. In the win over Mac Irvin Fire, Dickerson held his own against 2014 high-major prospect Cliff Alexander. The 6-foot-8, 260 pound big-man uses his body well in the paint and has a strong back to the basket game. It will be interesting to see his progress moving into the Dallas and Minneapolis sessions, as he is starting to turn heads quickly. Don't be surprised to see Dickerson gathering a few offers from power conferences by the time the EYBL season concludes.
The City Rocks are led by their 2015 big man, Tyler Lydon, who absolutely exploded on the recruiting radar after the Hampton Session, He had big shoes to fill as The Rocks lost productive big-men Chinonso Obokoh (Syracuse) and Manny Suarez from last year's squad. Lydon is averaging 7.9 points and 8.3 rebounds through two sessions – highlighted by a 19-point, 16-rebound performance against Baltimore Elite. He closed out the Hampton Session in impressive fashion, securing another double-double to a tune of 13 points and 12 rebounds. He is a very active player on both ends of the floor and is oozing with potential. While still a very young prospect, his early play in the EYBL suggests that he is on the rise.
If the EYBL came out with an award for most entertaining player, Allonzo Trier would certainly make a strong case. The 6-foot-4, ultra-quick combo guard can do it all on the court. He is an efficient scorer, utilizing a quick pull-up jumper as well as displaying the ability to finish with both hands at the rim. Through two sessions, Trier (18.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG) has lit up the opposition for Athletes First. He possesses a true passion for the game and plays with a chip on his shoulder, two important intangibles for a scoring guard that can't be taught.
Jared Wilson-Frame is a big reason Expressions Elite heads into Dallas with a 9-0 record and ranked second in the D1 Circuit power rankings. The 6-foot-5 swingman from Windsor, Conn., is a tremendous defender, using his length and athleticism to bother the opponent’s top forward. Perhaps the strongest characteristic of Wilson-Frame is his ability to affect the game in multiple ways. Through nine games, he's averaging 10 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three-point range. His impressive numbers have college coaches excited, recently collecting an offer from Rutgers for his work on the court – his second offer in addition to Providence.