MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Nike Elite Youth Basketball League has become the staple of the grassroots youth circuit. Featuring 40 of North America’s top youth boys programs, the EYBL has emerged as an ideal place for elite prospects to compete and showcase their abilities. Here’s our take on the action during Session IV:
Playing with the Saint Louis Eagles, Jayson Tatum of St. Louis, Mo., has shown the polished skill set that colleges and professional teams covet. In each of our evaluations over the past year, Tatum has shown the growth on both ends that our staff would expect from the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the class of 2016. As highly-regarded talent evaluator, John Stovall remarked on Saturday, “Tatum is unique in that he does a little of everything.” A Naismith Trophy Second Team All-American in 2015, Tatum has placed himself at the top of the 2016 National Player of the Year discussion.
’16 W Jayson Tatum’s (MO) EYBL play has him in the 2016 #NaismithWatch POY mix.
— Brandon Clay (@BrandonClayPSB) May 25, 2015
Class of 2017 guard John Petty Jr. of Huntsville, Ala., already has an offer from Kentucky. On Saturday, Petty Jr. led Alabama Challenge against the Kentucky Travelers. The Travelers showcase class of 2016 guard Brad Calipari, who is the son of Kentucky’s coach John Calipari. Petty Jr. and Calipari battled it out in front of Coach Cal on Saturday afternoon with Petty Jr. showcasing the skills that have made him a BrandonClayScouting.com ELITE 60 prospect in the rising junior class.
Kentucky HC John Calipari in the gym watching his son, Brad, play against ’17 G John Petty & the Alabama Challenge. pic.twitter.com/IwHdMI1czg
— Brandon Clay (@BrandonClayPSB) May 23, 2015
Class of 2016 wing Jakolby Long of Mustang, Okla., was impressive in this same event a year ago. Since then, Long has added even more size and showed the ability to get to the paint to finish. A left-handed shooter, Long even knocked down an open jump shot during this evaluation. When he makes open shots coupled with attacking the basket, he is tough for Athletes First opponents to guard.
Bruce Brown of Boston, Mass., created a buzz in the spring when his name was mentioned in conjunction with a possible move up the to the 2015 class. Fortunately for BABC, the four-star scoring guard stayed put and is wreaking havoc on EYBL opponents this summer instead of enrolling in summer school. Brown is a capable scorer who was at his best in the open floor attacking the rim.
#BCSElite100 ’16 G Bruce Brown is leading BABC through the rigorous Nike EYBL.
— Brandon Clay (@BrandonClayPSB) May 26, 2015
Matt Coleman of Norfolk, Va., is setting himself up to be one of the nation’s premier lead guards in the class of 2017. The go-to option for Boo Williams this season, Coleman uses a blend of skill and speed to make plays especially in the open floor. In the halfcourt, the BrandonClayScouting.com ELITE 25 prospect, finds a way to get teammates involved by moving the basketball.
A staple in the BrandonClayScouting.com ELITE 100, class of 2016 post Edward Ekiyor of Ottawa, Ont., is a problem on the interior for CIA Bounce opponents. Ekiyor is a talented frontcourt prep who makes a living around the rim corralling rebounds and finishing baskets at the rim. He has also shown himself as a consistent shot changer on the defensive end as well.
Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and serves on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and is the HS Boys / Girls All-American Team Board of Selectors Chairperson. He is also the Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com