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Matchup to watch: Expressions Elite vs. Team Scan

By D1 Circuit , 05/09/13, 4:15PM EDT

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WHAT THEY'VE DONE

Boston's Expressions Elite has exploded on the EYBL scene, starting an impressive 9-0 through two sessions. Head coach Tyron Boswell's squad features four players who average double figures, highlighted by 2014 F Abdul-Malik Abu. The 6-foot-8 big man has helped Expressions find its stride, averaging 16.0 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game. Elite faces a tough test to start off the Dallas session, facing its defensive-minded neighbors from the Bronx. Team Scan (6-3) is led by Chris McCullough and Cheick Diallo, two of the most impressive big men in the 2014 class. Averaging a combined 25.1 points per game and 19.4 rebounds per game, the two form one of the most productive duos in the EYBL. 

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Frontcourt vs. Frontcourt

PF Abdul-Malik Abu, C Aaron Falzon & SF Jared Wilson-Frame vs. PF Chris McCullough, C Cheick Diallo & SF Terry Larrier

More than likely, the outcome of this matchup will be determined by the play of the frontcourt. Both teams boast impressive front lines, so it will be interesting to see how 2015 C Aaron Falzon handles the physical and athletic inside play of McCullough and Diallo. The 6-foot-8 big man will likely have his hands full with fellow 2015 C Cheick Diallo, who has been a man amongst boys in the early stages of the Elite Youth Basketball League, averaging 13 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. He has definitely benefitted from extended defensive focus on the Syracuse-bound Chris McCullough. Blessed with freakish athleticism and a wide frame, McCullough averages 11.9 points per game and shoots a gaudy 60.3 percent from the field. His matchup with Abdul-Malik Abu will be a pleasure to watch, as they have cemented themselves as two of the top power forwards in the EYBL. Rising 2015 swingman Jared Wilson-Frame will look to contain Terry Larrier, a promising wing who has picked up interest from numerous colleges over the first two sessions.

PREDICTION

Expressions Elite squeaks out a win.

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