With stars Lamar Stevens and Tony Carr moving on to the next level, Team Final can officially be called Walker’s team this season and he proved he was more than ready to fill in those rather large shoes throughout the weekend in NYC. A superb shooter with a variety of moves to create space, Walker was tremendous on the offensive end and against Arkansas Wings, he flatout put Team Final on his back on the way to a hard-fought victory. The tough-nosed lead guard looks like he is just getting started in his new role as Team Final’s primary option, and he could not look more comfortable.
Sexton looks ready to take the League by storm in 2016, showing out with multiple 30-point efforts and completely carrying his Southern Stampede squad to two victories in three tries. While his overall shooting percentage should see some improvement, Sexton showed a knack for finishing through contact and getting to the charity stripe at crucial moments. As he logs more minutes and experience in the EYBL, this young man should continue to blossom as an elite scorer. Sexton's performance made him an easy choice for Breakout Performer of the Session.
Making a name for himself as a rising young wing last season, Knox picked up where he left off and then took his game to a new level entirely. With E1T1 being unquestionably Knox’s team, the long, versatile forward was impressive from the outset, using a smooth, yet aggressive style to make plays for his team. With improved ballhandling and the raw skills he showed glimpses of last year, Knox has turned into a beast on the court and should contend for a spot on one of these teams each session.
A floor general at heart who will do whatever it takes to win, Johnson was all over the floor making plays throughout the weekend for King James. Whether it was rebounding (10 boards vs Stampede), dishing (6 dimes against no turnovers vs MeanStreets), or scoring (16, 16, 18 in 3 games), Johnson answered the bell as King James went 2-1 in NYC. The physical guard was better as the weekend wore on, and that trend should continue this weekend. Look for Johnson to shoot (and make) more from deep in Indy.
The Pro Skills big man showed off unrivaled interior defense throughout the weekend, making the paint his home and taking all comers. Robinson was a force under the basket, turning away several seemingly easy buckets and wiping the glass any time a shot was missed. Most impressively, however, was Robinson’s prowess on the other end, as he made 19-for-23 from the field through three games (you read that correctly) for an unreal 83.0 percent shooting percentage. Pro Skills was in every game they played in, and should continue to be competitive as long as this beast is on the floor.