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EYBL Mid-Season Report: Team Takeover (DC)

By D1 Circuit Staff, 05/10/16, 12:45PM EDT


Mid-season recap:

Team Takeover has evolved into a dominant program over the last six years, and it was more of the same to start off 2016 in Brooklyn. Head coach Keith Stevens and company cruised to three blowout wins, riding the backs of veterans Chris Lykes and DJ Harvey to an undefeated first session. Harvey admitted they may have been slightly over confident after session one, faltering twice in the second session, but they have set themselves up as prime contenders to win Division A.

The Star(s):

The aforementioned Lykes (18.4 PPG, 2.7 APG) embodies the Team Takeover mindset to a T. The diminutive point guard is one of the most consistent playmakers in the EYBL and should continue to see a recruitment uptick similar to that of Tyler Ulis in 2013. Harvey (10.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG) needs to be listed here as well, based on his high ranking and his effectiveness on last year's Peach Jam Final Four squad. He needs to be much more aggressive offensively in Hampton and Atlanta.

The Supporting Cast:

Takeover deploys a group of talented wings that compliment their star pieces nicely. Their big man Luka Garza (10.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG) has seen his stock skyrocket as seen by recent high-major offers from Louisville, Alabama, Northwestern & Penn State. Junior contributors Eddie Scott (6.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG) and recent Pitt-commit Aaron Thompson (5.6 PPG, 3.9 APG) have both garnered interest from several division one schools after the first two sessions. Takeover has developed a trend in which everyone takes on their specific roll and executes it in cohesion in Stevens game plan.

Session 3/4 Outlook:

The DC-based EYB affiliate has all the pieces to match last year's Peach Jam output. They have a dark-horse MVP candidate in Lykes, a tremendously talented wing in DJ Harvey, and a healthy rotation that's as tough as anyone on the circuit. They will be tested in sessions three and four, but Stevens' group should feel comfortable about their Peach Jam chances after Hampton.

Division A Previews

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Division B Reports

Division C Reports

Division D Reports