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NIKE EYBL Indianapolis Defensive POTS: Dimon Carrigan

By D1 Circuit Staff, 05/02/17, 6:00PM EDT


Another session, another award for Dimon Carrigan.

BABC's big man continued his stellar defensive play at EYBL Indianapolis, cementing his spot as the top shot-blocker on the circuit. 

At EYBL Hampton, Carrigan led the EYBL with 16 blocked shots while averaging 7.7 rebounds per game, resulting in three wins for the Boston-based Elite Youth Basketball affiliate.  

BABC won three more games in Indianapolis, due in large part to their stifling defense led by Carrigan, who has adjusted nicely to the EYBL.

"Adjusting to this level of competition was fairly easy because of my coaches and teammates who have been here before," Carrigan said. "They just said scoring will come and focus on the defensive end."

The 6-foot-9 junior was even more dominant blocking shots in the second session, averaging 4.8 blocks per game, including an EYBL season-high eight blocks in a huge win over Bradley Beal Elite.

Carrigan's presence allow his teammates to play defense much more freely, and he's proven the ability to produce without getting into foul trouble. He tallied five blocks in the Indy opener and three a piece in games two and three, totaling 19 blocks for the session. It's clear Carrigan prides himself on his defense, and he knows he's even more impactful than his numbers imply.

"Because of my length and my ability off my second jump, it really helps to block shots and change the game," Carrigan said. "I'm not just blocking shots, you really have to pay attention to how I'm changing the shots."

If Carrigan can keep this up, you can expect BABC to maintain their status as one of the most complete teams on the circuit. Carrigan knows he's learning from the best.

"The knowledge that man contains is beyond most," Carrigan praised of Head Coach Leo Papile. "Playing with these guys is different. Getting coached by him (Papile) and assistant coach Shawn Brown is just amazing, they're putting me through workouts I've never been through before."

We caught up with BABC's defensive-stopper in Indy, asking him about his adjustment to the EYBL, his thoughts on the next level and what he does best on the court.

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