LOCATION: Dallas, TX
HEAD COACH: Jeff Webster
2015 EYBL RECORD: 10-7
KEY RETURNEES: N/A
Pro Skills debuted on the Circuit in 2015, taking over the third Texas EYB representation from the wildly-successful Texas Titans. Led by stars Marques Bolden and Andrew Jones, Pro Skills sprinted out of the gate and finishing with a 10-7 record, qualifying for Peach Jam. They ran into a few buzz saws in South Carolina and were ultimately eliminated, but head coach Jeff Webster has to consider 2015 a success for his program. Jones probably made the biggest individual rise of any player, and when Marques Bolden and Kelvin Robinson make their decisions, seven alumni will be headed to college for a free education.
2016 should be an interesting year for Pro Skills, especially after their first go-round in the league. Once again, they are a roster full of unproven commodities, but there is a ton of potential at each position. Chalmette (LA) forward Mitchell Robinson will man the middle, giving pro skills an elite big man for the second straight season. They have good size and should be solid defensively, but they will need a couple guards to step up in the backcourt. We didn't know what to expect in 2015, but expectations moving forward have now been set; Peach Jam or bust.
Robinson, who verbally committed to Texas A&M last October, is the highest rated prospect on the roster, and he has his coaching staff raving about his potential. He will be their go-to guy and he's eager to show out in 17U after running 16U with the Alabama Challenge last year. Listed at 6-foot-10, 200 pounds, Robinson is one of the most physically and athletically gifted players in the EYBL. His bounce will certainly catch a few defenders in compromising situations at the rim.
The buzz from Pro Skills' camp has revolved around junior guard Marco Anthony. Hailing from San Antonio, the 6-foot-7 Holmes guard gives Pro Skills terrific size in the backcourt. He has a host of mid-majors after him, and picked up an offer from Iowa State in February. The circuit will put him on display, and we liken a potential rise similar to the UT-bound Jones.
Caleb Daniels probably belongs in the sleeper section as well, but he'll definitely be a big part of this unit. Like Robinson, Daniel is an import from Louisiana, and he will likely turn into a star for Pro Skills. Daniels has ideal size at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, and just like Anthony, he will have a chance to undergo a recruitment explosion. 6-foot-8 forward Jared Pearre, who played for Team Texas in 2015, will see minutes in the frontcourt, with Keaton Hervey, Elijah Elliott and Jordan Myers contributing on the wing.
Who will step up next to Mitchell Robinson? There are plenty of potential candidates, but the answer to that question will likely determine the success level of Head Coach Jeff Webster's bunch. This is a very well-run organization, and Webster tends to get the most out of his players. They will bring an underrated bunch to New York City, and will likely develop their true identity moving into sessions two and three. Another candidate to break out is Jarrett Culver, who has great size in the backcourt at 6-foot-5. The Pro Skills coaching staff speaks highly of the Lubbock (Texas) junior.
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