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EYBL All-Houston: First Team

By D1 Circuit, 05/14/15, 4:15PM EDT


Jayson Tatum: St. Louis Eagles

26.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2.0 SPG, 1.3 BPG

Tatum finished a close second in the previous two MVP selections. In Houston, he left zero doubt. The 6-foot-8 guard dazzled for the Eagles, finishing the session with a 4-0 record while putting up his best single-session statistics. He shatters the eye test, deploying an impressive arsenal of offensive moves. What makes Tatum special is his ability to impact all areas of the games. His numbers are extremely efficient and he’s getting more consistent as time passes. Through three sessions, it would be fair to say that Tatum is leading the regular season MVP race. 

Trae Young: MOKAN Elite

25.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.8 SPG

Like buckets? Trae Young can fill it up with the best of them, and he was on fire in Houston. The 6-foot-2 sophomore stepped up for a MOKAN squad that was without Michael Porter for three games, and he delivered. Young scored 29, 27, 22 and 23 in four Houston, bumping his season average to 20.1 PPG. He was active in different aspects of the game as well, using his scoring ability to open things up for his teammates. He has turned out to be one of the best offensive weapons in the league and he is becoming more comfortable with each session. 

De'Aaron Fox: Houston Hoops

23.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.3 APG,1.3 SPG

Fox has his second straight uber-impressive session, highlighted by an incredible performance against EP Elite: 40 points (13-18 FG), 6 steals, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Fox scored 17 straight points in the outburst, using his speed and athleticism to get wherever he wanted on the court. We get the feeling Fox can talk over a game with his scoring ability at the flip of the switch, so this level of aggression is something he should look to replicate in Minneapolis.

Gary Trent Jr.: Howard Pulley

30.5 PPG (52.6 FG%), 4.0 RPG, 1.3 APG

Trent Jr. dominated offensively in Houston, scoring 43, 33 and 33 in his first three games. Efficient scoring is often hard to find, and Trent Jr. is displaying his ability to be just that early on in his EYBL career. He had one of the best individual games in this year’s EYBL, scoring 43 points in 21 minutes en route to performance of the session. Howard Pulley would be lost without their star, and we expect him to be locked in at home in Minneapolis.

Omari Spellman: PSA Cardinals

12.5 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 1.8 BPG

Spellman put up strong numbers all weekend, but his entire contribution doesn’t show up in the boxscore. He played strong defense without finding himself in foul trouble, and his impact on the boards was substantial. He had the top rebounding rate in Houston, a tough task to achieve when considering the amount of minutes Spellman plays. He runs the court well, has an active motor and rebounds as well as anyone. If PSA can get this type of play – or even better – they are in great shape as they attempt to achieve their Peach Jam goals.

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