Nike EYBL Minnesota Recap – May 25, 2015

Class of 2016 wing Jayson Tatum of St. Louis, Mo., has used the EYBL to sharpen his craft. Jon Lopez / Nike

Class of 2016 wing Jayson Tatum of St. Louis, Mo., has used the EYBL to sharpen his craft.
Jon Lopez / Nike

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:

By: @BrandonClayPSB

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.

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 ELITE 60 prospect in the rising junior class.

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.

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 ELITE 25 prospect, finds a way to get teammates involved by moving the basketball.

A staple in the 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-Bio-2Brandon 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 National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach him at [email protected]