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EYBL All-Minneapolis: First Team

By Alec Kinsky, D1 Circuit, 05/29/15, 5:20PM EDT


Zach Norvell: Mac Irvin Fire

18.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 2.6 SPG

Zach Norvell makes his first appearance on a 2015 All-Tournament team, and he does so with a bang. Mac Irvin finished 4-0, finishing 5th in their division while securing a spot at Peach Jam. Norvell played out of his mind, filling up the stat sheet while bumping up his scoring average. The Simeon-star kept Mac Irvin’s season alive versus the Wings, drawing a shooting foul as time expired from 45 feet away. He drained all three free throws, a win that ultimately clinched their bid to Peach Jam. Norvell is one of the most talented guards on the circuit, and he elevated his game to the next level in Minneapolis.

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Jarron Cumberland King James

18.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 2.4 SPG, 1.8 BPG

Jarron Cumberland is a monster. After missing the first session, Cumberland has taken the EYBL by storm with three very strong sessions. His play culminated in an ultra-impressive Minneapolis session, one that saw him average above the league average in five statistical categories. He plays composed at all times and has a effortless jump shot that extends well beyond the arc. In Minneapolis, Cumberland proved that he is much more than just a shooter, which bodes well for King James’ chances in North Augusta.

MIchael Porter Jr. MOKAN Elite

20.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.8 BPG

Porter Jr. saved his best for last, improving on his season averages across the board after a very impressive fourth session. The 6-foot-9 sophomore averaged a double-double while impacting the game from all facets. It’s fun to watch him evolve as the EYBL wears on, as it’s clear that Porter has become more comfortable playing against the nation’s top competition. He is surrounded by a very talented roster and plays within himself on the offensive end. If he keeps up the energy and motor that he deployed in Minneapolis, Porter’s ceiling becomes even higher.

Harry Giles Team CP3

20.6 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.0 BPG

What more can be said about Mr. Giles? The best player on the league’s best team was at it again, averaging a double-double while displaying moments of sheer domination. He looked comfortable handling the ball in the open court, showing off an expanded offensive repertoire en route to season-high scoring averages. There isn’t a player in the league that can match Giles’ blend of talent, size and athleticism, so the thought of him improving on these numbers should strike fear into Team CP3’s opponents at Peach Jam.

Udoka Azubuike Georgia Stars

14.0 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 3.4 BPG

Azubuike has been good all season, but he turned it up a notch in Minneapolis. The Georgia Stars finished a perfect 5-0 to close the season, relying on consistent frontcourt production from Azubuike and Wendell Carter. There are only a handful of rebounders in the EYBL that can compete with the 6-foot-11 behemoth. He is equally effective on both ends of the floor, blocking 3.4 shots per game in Minneapolis while contesting several others. Azubuike is the best true center in the EYBL, and he’ll head into Peach Jam playing better than ever.

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