Quite a few records were set in Hampton, including most three-pointers made in a game. The 6-foot-2 sharpshooter drilled an EYBL single-game tying record 10 treys in a 105-70 dismantling of Team Takeover. He ended with 34 points on 10-12 from distance, hitting numerous contested jumpers during the outburst. MOKAN made an EYBL team record 17 three-pointers, and at one point they made seven in a row. This type of game can do wonders for a player like Teson. Shooting that impressively against the best competition in the nation should open the eyes of scouts and coaches across the nation.
The Playaz are hot. Since the second session in Dallas, Playaz has gone 8-0 and they're beating teams down big time. In Dallas, we noted that Playaz won their four games by an average of 23 points. In Hampton, they continued their hot offensive trend, winning by an average of just over 15 per game. You'd think that Isaiah Briscoe is solely to credit but that's not exactly the case. Actually, our Session 2 MVP somewhat struggled in Hampton in comparison to his Dallas session and it was Temple Gibbs Jr., Moustapha Diagne and others that sparked another offensive onslaught. With another successful weekend in the books, Playaz have to believe that they're now one of the favorites to make a run at the Peach Jam.
Team SCAN has struggled to score in the season's first two sessions. But in their 4-0 performance in Hampton, they managed to score more than 70 points twice and held their opponents to an average of 54 points per game.
We were ready for Malik Monk to make another huge splash at EYBL Hampton. Well, it wasn't all that big of a splash individually but helped Wings Elite go undefeated in Virginia. None of the games were all that pretty but a big win over division foe MOKAN Elite is a victory to hang your hat on.
During the first game of the session, the 6-foot-4 scoring machine delivered 42 points on Team United, going 14-for-20 from the field en route to a 103-77 win. In the blowout, Blakeney went 5-for-8 from distance and 9-for-10 from the free throw line. In what was a remarkable display of offense, Blakeney scored in just about every possible fashion. In the year of the shooting guard, Blakeney is proving to be among the elite. Through three sessions, he has put of averages of 19.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Expect more fireworks in Minneapolis.
Malik Newman | Jackson Tigers
The consensus top-ranked guard in the 2015 class delivered in a big way this weekend. While the Tigers left with a modest 2-2 record, Newman did everything he could to bring home the other two wins. In four games, the 6-foot-5 scoring guard averaged 29.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, highlighted by a 36-point, five rebound performance in a session-opening win over King James. Scorers like Newman don’t come along often, and there is a possibility we may be watching his last four EYBL games if the Tigers come up short in Minneapolis. On behalf basketball fans everywhere, we hope Jackson qualifies for Peach Jam so Newman has a chance to show out on the biggest stage.
Sterling Taplin | The City Rocks
The City Rocks point guard may be the most unheralded player on the circuit. The 6-foot-2 lead guard was at his best this weekend, putting on impressive performances while keeping the Rocks in Peach Jam contention. Taplin has his best game against the St. Louis Eagles, dropping 27 points on 9-for-15 shooting, including four rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Eagles made a late charge behind Jayson Tatum’s huge game, but Taplin used his veteran-leadership and poise to bring home the much-needed win. He plays extremely hard, plays with great physicality and his teammates love playing with him. He will be attending St. Thomas More Prep in Connecticut this upcoming season, and with performances like this weekend, he should expect to see his recruitment pick up substantially.
We have officially changed Tatum to a guard. Blessed with incredible size (6-foot-8) for a player that handles it so well, Tatum was fantastic in Hampton. In four games, Tatum averaged 23.3 points and 8.8 rebounds while leading the Eagles in two wins and two heartbreaking losses. No one has shown the ability to consistently hold down Tatum, and we expect him to continue statistical domination through Minneapolis.
Malachi Richardson | Team Final
Minus a poor offensive showing against a buzzsaw Howard Pulley squad, Richardson was extremely efficient for the 10-2 team from Philadelphia. In three wins, Richardson averaged 22 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The Syracuse-commit is the straw that stirs Team Final’s drink, and the emphasis that defenses put on him allow for his teammates to be effective. Richardson combines length, athleticism and a smooth jumpshot to make up an impressive offensive repertoire. Looking at the numbers closely shows one thing - if Richardson has a good game, Team Final wins.
Diallo is the complete package. The 6-foot-9 athletic center lead Team SCAN to a perfect 4-0 record in Hampton, earning gritty wins over Howard Pulley and The Family. He was particularly huge in the win over a streaking Howard Pulley squad, racking up 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting, 16 rebounds and six blocks. He forms one of the best frontcourt duos in Thomas Bryant, and it looks like they are peaking at the perfect time.
Henry Ellenson | Playground Elite
Playground’s only true big man is rising quickly. In four games, Ellenson showed out, averaging 21 points and 8.5 rebounds. He took on one of the toughest frontcourts in the EYBL, going head-to-head against the Soldiers’ duo of Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman. He proved his elite status, putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds in a huge win for Wisconsin’s club. He has favorable matchups in Minneapolis and is playing close to home, so we like his chances to continue his rise up the recruiting boards.
Miles Bridges | The Family
Bridges performances this weekend lead to an offer from Big 12 powerhouse Kansas, and the offer is well-warranted. The sophomore averaged 17.3 points, nine rebounds and 1.8 blocks, helping The Family to three huge wins and putting them back into Peach Jam contention. He hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer against King James, giving The Family a two-overtime win. Their only loss was to Hampton-unbeaten Team SCAN, and Bridges was a gigantic reason for that success.
Dedric Lawson | Team Penny
At this point, the Lawson brothers should just start trading off spots in this section. This session, the younger Lawson was extremely efficient, averaging a double-double; 20.5 points and 10 rebounds in four games. Lawson is a treat to watch, and his motor is second to none. Teaming up with his brother KJ, Paul Washington and Tarrance Baker, Team Penny has one of the most formidable frontlines on the circuit. Expect more sessions like this from Lawson, and be glad he’ll be back next year.
Against Team Penny, one of the best frontcourts on the circuit, Davis went off for 37 points on 15-for-21 shooting, adding eight rebounds, five blocks and three steals. The Michigan State-commit averaged 21.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in four games, shooting his stock up on every recruiting board. He has the ability to produce quietly, a trait that coaches love. Teaming with Caleb Swanigan should help any big man, and Davis has taken full advantage.
Jared Harper | G | Southern Stampede
The third leading scorer (17.8 points per game) amongst underclassmen, the 5-foot-7 Harper is an offensive dynamo. He leads the EYBL in three-pointers made (40) and shoots it at a 42.7% clip. Big things are in store for the 2016 point guard.
Bjorn Broman | G | Howard Pulley
The leading high school scorer in the nation, Broman brings a completely different mentality to Howard Pulley. The 5-foot-10 point guard stepped up big in four Hampton games, averaging 9.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds. He knows his role, and will be pivotal for Howard Pulley’s success in Minneapolis.
Riley had his coming out party for Cali Supreme in Hampton, and the freshman left scouts drooling. In four games, the 6-foot-8 freshan phenom averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He had his most impressive game against his toughest opponent, putting up 24 points and 5 rebounds against the Titans.
Carson Williams | F | The Travelers
The 2016 big man is coming on strong, and showed his potential in Hampton. In four games, Williams averaged 15.3 points and 5.8 rebounds, leading an undersized Travelers’ frontcourt. He needs to continue his production for The Travelers to remain competitive through Minneapolis and punch a ticket to Peach Jam.
Bryant Crawford | G | Team Takeover
Team Takeover has a lot of depth in the backcourt, Crawford being the latest to step up. He put up averages of 13 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds. Takeover will need this type of production to take home four wins in Minneapolis and qualify for Peach Jam
Jamal Murray | G | CIA Bounce
Tied with BABC at 54 with only a few seconds remaining, Murray took the outcome of the game into his own hands. The sophomore point guard struggled to get spacing, took a few seconds, stepped back and drilled a 28-footer at the buzzer. It was the definition of a dagger, especially in such a hard-fought game.
Malik Monk | Wings Elite
Similar to Murray, Monk hit a step-back three at the buzzer to give the Wings a win over the City Rocks. With seven seconds left, Monk drove coast-to-coast, missed a layup, got his own rebound and sprinted to the 3-point line. He got a foot of space and that’s all he needed to bring home the win.