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NIKE EYBL All-Atlanta: First Team

By D1 Circuit Staff, 05/16/18, 10:45PM EDT


Cole Anthony

Team: PSA Cardinals (NY)
Record: 2-2 (7-5 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 28.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.0 SPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 26 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, STL
Game 2: 28 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
Game 3: 31 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, BLK
Game 4: 30 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL

Just when we think Cole Anthony can't look anymore impressive, he proves us wrong again. The 6-foot-3 floor general does everything for the PSA Cardinals, and he's a model of consistency. Anthony averaged 28.8 points per game, and hung 31 points, nine rebounds and two assists on New York rival The Renaissance in a 36 point drubbing. Anthony is one of the leaders-in-the-clubhouse for EYBL regular-season Most Valuable Player, and has a chance to complete one of the most special seasons in EYBL history during session four.

Isaiah Stewart II

Team: City Rocks (NY)
Record: 4-0 (9-3 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 20.3 PPG, 65.4 FG%, 11.5 RPG, 2.8 BPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 20 PTS (9-21 FG), 17 REB, AST, BLK
Game 2: 27 PTS (12-15 FG), 12 REB, 3 BLK
Game 3: 11 PTS (5-6 FG), 7 REB, 2 AST, BLK
Game 4: 23 PTS (8-10 FG), 10 REB, 3 BLK

Isaiah Stewart was spectacular in Atlanta, leading the City Rocks to a perfect 4-0 showing while displaying a pattern of utter dominance. Stewart shot 65.4 percent from the floor and grabbed 46 rebounds over four games, including a 20-point, 17-rebound performance against fellow first-teamer Jaden McDaniels. The 6-foot-9, 250 pound Stewart is arguably the most physically-imposing big man on the circuit, and he was simply unstoppable during session three. On top of being a dominant ball-player, Stewart's teammates & coaches can't find a negative thing to say about him. He's the complete package for the Rocks, and the major reason why they're on the short list for Peach Jam championship contenders.

Jaden McDaniels

Team: Seattle Rotary Style (WA)
Record: 3-1 (8-4 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 22.0 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1.8 BPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 21 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST, 4 BLK
Game 2: 27 PTS, 18 REB, 2 AST, STL, 2 BLK
Game 3: 20 PTS, 9 REB, AST, STL
Game 4: 20 PTS (7-10 FG), 9 REB, BLK

Jaden McDaniels has played in the EYBL for 12 games, and we've seen enough to call out every major recruiting service for having his ranking criminally-low. The 6-foot-9 big man is set to skyrocket up the rankings after his latest four-game performance, one that saw him rack up 88 points and 45 rebounds - and 3 wins. Rotary is 8-4 on the season, and they can thank McDaniels for having a Peach Jam bid virtually locked up. Jaden McDaniels is on the short list for EYBL Most Valuable Player, and there aren't 15 players in America with a better current skillset. The scary part about McDaniels? While he's looking better with every session, he's only starting to tap into his potential.

Samuell Williamson

Team: Drive Nation (TX)
Record: 4-0 (9-3 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 19.5 PPG, 54.3 FG%, 4.0 RPG, 1.8 APG
Full season stats

Game 1: 19 PTS (7-13 FG), 6 REB, 2 AST vs. MeanStreets
Game 2: 29 PTS (13-19 FG), 6 REB, 3 AST vs. Georgia Stars
Game 3: 15 PTS (6-13 FG), 4 REB, AST, 2 STL vs. Indy Heat
Game 4: 15 PTS (5-12 FG), 6 REB, 3 AST vs. Pulley

Samuell Williamson played his best four games of the season in Atlanta, and was highly efficient in the process. Williamson shot 54.3 percent from the field in four wins, including a 29-point, six-rebound performance on 13-for-19 shooting against the Georgia Stars. Drive Nation loves to get up and down, which fits Williamson's style-of-play perfectly. Williamson and the rest of his teammates found their groove during session three, and if Williamson continues to lead like this, they are going to be a tough matchup for anyone that crosses their path.

Tyrese Maxey

Team: Houston Hoops (TX)
Record: 3-1 (9-3 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 22.5 PPG, 51.4 FG% 4.0 RPG, 4.8 APG, 3.0 SPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 27 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL
Game 2: 22 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST 2 STL
Game 3: 20 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL
Game 4: 21 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 4 STL

Kentucky fans were celebrating after Tyrese Maxey committed last week, and after his showing in Atlanta, we wouldn't be surprised if the party is still in full force. Maxey put up four 20+ point scoring performances, averaging 22.5 points and 4.8 assists per game in three wins. Maxey consistently stuffs the stat-sheet, and does so at a highly-efficient rate; the 6-foot-4 combo guard shot 52.6 percent from the floor during session three. Maxey looks as comfortable as any guard in the league right now, and when he's playing freely, he's borderline unstoppable offensively. Like the rest of the players on this list, Maxey is a certified MVP candidate, and is a threat to land future EYBL and Peach Jam awards.

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