Brenden Padilla of BearsTruth.com and Coast2CoastRecruiting.com contributed to this report.
Performances of the Day
The California Supreme bounced back from two subpar days with two wins today, one of which was over the hometown Texas Titans. The 6-3 guard Mathews was a big reason why. He has a good looking shot, and he works well on the right side of the court. He’s not a tremendous ballhandler, and he struggles to create his own shot off the dribble, but he’s a deadly spot up shooter and he finishes better than average going to the basket with contact. Mathews said he’s hearing most from VCU, Colorado, San Francisco, Indiana, Washington State, San Deigo State, Kansas and Gonzaga.
The Hampton, VA native playing for Boo Williams was impressive today. He’s got good handles, and he’s quick going to the rim either direction. He also finishes his shots in the lane better than most guards. He’s 6-2, which makes him one of the bigger points we’ve seen on the weekend. He was the Virginia player of the year this year. In the game we watched he scored 27 points (12 of 13 at the line), 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Quite frankly Okafor outplayed Jabari Parker in every game we saw this weekend. He’s a physical player who, unlike Parker and some of the other forwards we’ve seen this week, actually seems to like playing on the low block. He knows the parts of his game that he’s good at, and he utilizes them. He’s very efficient from the floor, not taking any bad shots. He also plays with consistent effort, something you don’t see a lot on the circuit.
Oubre, who we talked about on Friday, wasn't exactly statistically great today, but he hit a cold blooded three to seal their second game of the day. Oubre is the player that really stuck out to me the most this weekend. When it comes to all around ability, he might be further along than his Hoops teammates Winslow and Jackson. He has a nice all around game, he is a good athlete, and he's got great touch on the ball. I expect Oubre to be a player that makes a huge jump in the national rankings this summer.
The 2014 swingman from Apple Valley, California impressed us today. He's got a good mid-range game, and he faces up better than most people you see. He needs to add weight but he's got a good frame. He's great at getting the ball on the perimeter and taking one dribble to a spot and making a shot. He kept the Soldiers in their game against CIA Bouncer for a while before they began to pull away.
News and Notes
Team Takeover also features Ishmail Wainwright. Wainwright already has a college build and is a great defender. He also excels in finding his teammates. Ishmail had 10 points and 8 rebounds in Takeover’s win over the Oakland Soldiers. Wainwright is wide open. But he did say he is looking for a college coach that will push him and also have a good relationship with him on and off the court.
Juwan Parker of the Jackson Tigers is a 6’5 shooting guard who does many things for his team. He is the type of guy that will earn quick playing time in college because he is a solid well-rounded player. Parker is looking at Memphis, Stanford, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, and Marquette. Memphis seems like the team to beat. Parker has visited the Tigers three times already. Parker plans on making a decision at the end of the summer.
CIA Bounce is known for Andrew Wiggins and his abilities. But CIA isn’t 15-0 in EYBL due to Wiggins alone. 2013 guard Xavier Rathan Mayes is also a big contributor. His strength is his shooting and scoring ability. Xavier drives constantly and finishes well at the rim. This summer he is working on becoming more explosive. Rathan Mayes has offers from Illinois, Florida State, South Carolina, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, Connecticut, and Kansas. Mayes plans on cutting his list at the end of the summer.
Next Level Ballers Update
This morning, Brenden went over to Carrollton for the Next Level Ballers tournament which included a number of top players in 2014 and 2015.
Team Texas Elite has two players who will be highly ranked in the 2015 rankings. Point guard Austin Grandstaff is a great passer who finds the open man and makes the smart basketball play. Austin is working on getting quicker and adding strength this summer. Grandstaff’s high school teammate Elijah Thomas is a big bodied power forward who excels at using his body. Thomas knows what to do with his back to the basket. Once he adds some more strength he will finish stronger around the rim and be even tougher to stop. Grandstaff and Thomas have visited Texas, Texas A&M, and Baylor already and this summer they plan to visit Duke. Grandstaff says Texas, Texas A&M, and Arizona are recruiting them the hardest.
Emmanuel Mudiay is one of the top players in the 2014 class. At the partnering tournament, Next Level Ballers, Mudiay had 17 points in a close loss to the Dallas Trojans. Mudiay prides himself on finding his teammates and getting to the basket. Emannuel has put a lot of work into his shot and he is trying to make it more consistent. He also is working on limiting turnovers when pressed. He is hearing from Arizona, Baylor, Kentucky, Texas, Marquette, and some other Big 12 schools. He hopes to make a decision at the end of next school year.
Isaiah Briscoe is one of the youngest players in playing with the 17 and under teams at EYBL. The 2015 NJ Playaz point guard is 6’3 and he has a quick first step to get past his defender. Briscoe uses his body well to create space for his shot. He is playing up this year to in order to play better competition. He is working on his speed and agility on the floor. Briscoe has offers from: Seaton Hall, Baylor, Syracuse, Miami, Rutgers, Depaul, Cincinnati, and Pittsburg. He is also hearing from Kentucky and Ohio State. Isaiah’s sister played basketball for Syracuse so he has visited there a few times already.
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