Atlanta, Georgia – The Nike EYBL kicked off its first weekend of action April 26-28 during the live period. Among some of the top performers were:
‘20 Cade Cunningham, G, Texas Titans
Cunningham’s terrific weekend cemented his status as a top 5 prospect. In every setting, the 6-foot-6 wing has shown incredible poise and feel for the game. He did exactly that over the weekend, dominating the game as a primary ball-handler using his size and athleticism to get downhill or finding his open teammate Greg Brown. While sticking to his strengths, Cunningham shows potential as a shooter, going 2-3 from the arch vs Drive Nation. There is little to nothing Cunningham cannot do on the basketball court as was evident in session one.
‘20 Micah Peavy, G, Pro Skills
Peavy continues to flash his upside as an athletic, slashing wing in the 2-way mold which has led to his rise in rankings as of late. At 6-foot-7, Peavy is at his best when attacking the rim and finishing through traffic. His versatility allows him to check up to 4 positions defensively. He logged 23 PPG, 7 RPG, and 4 APG in his four games. The next step for Peavy is developing his outside shot, but he could very well leap into Top 35 discussion with his recent trajectory. After recently landing a Texas offer, Peavy looks to be a highly-sought after recruit this summer.
‘20 Jabri Abdur-Rahim, G, NJ Playaz
Abdur-Rahim has always looked the part, but his breakout performance as a rising senior should be noted. As hard as it is to reel in a 40 point game on the circuit, Jabri did it efficiently in two consecutive games. The 6-foot-7 wing prospect has improved his toolbox in every way since last summer by tightening his handle and becoming a better shooter and decision-maker. Abdur-Rahim made an array of difficult shot-making look easily going 15-34 (41%) from the arch in four games. Abdur-Rahim’s size and potential as a three-level scorer could possibly warrant a 5-star label. Villanova, Illinois, and Arizona State recently offered the talented wing.
‘20 Josh Christopher, G, Vegas Elite
I will say Josh Christopher has never backed down from a challenge. Christopher is certified scorer that can heat up in a hurry. His combination of strength and explosiveness is very difficult for opposing guards to defend. He did an adequate job of using these tools to compete defensively as well. While somewhat of a combo guard, Christopher cleared up all questions people might have had about him as a playmaker averaging 6 APG in four games – including a 10 assist game against Pro Skills. With one of the highest floors in the 2020 class, Christopher is a safe bet to be productive at the next level.
‘20 RJ Hampton, G, Drive Nation
Many had big expectations for Hampton entering the AAU season as he is one of the most touted recruits in all of high school basketball. He did not disappoint in any way. After quickly being introduced to the EYBL, Hampton soon settled in at the free throw line and never looked back. A smooth scorer and advanced finisher at the rim for his age, Hampton showcased impressive footwork and eurosteps in transition. Hampton has good size and length for a point guard standing at 6-foot-4 with a plus wingspan. Although Hampton didn’t put on a passing clinic, he is capable and was tasked to carry the scoring load. He poured in 41 points vs Phenom U. Hampton is reclassifying to the 2019 Class.
‘22 Emoni Bates, F, Bates Fundamentals 15U
Emoni Bates is as good as advertised. Literally. He has an EYBL club with his name across the front. I admit I was skeptical tial at first, but I have yet to see a 15-year old with his type of supreme skill, height, athleticism, and approach to the game wrapped all in one. Bates is a knockdown shooter with a deft handle. He willed Bates Fundamentals to a 5 point comeback in a 30 point outing vs E1T1 for everyone to see at the main LakePoint facilities. Bates will need to put on weight, but should be attainable given his youth. It is never fair to compare any young prospect to Kevin Durant; however, it seems that Bates is the only amateur with a game that can even be likened to KD. He is indeed a special prospect – some may say “generational” prospect – leading many to think that he may not touch a college campus with the one and done rule coming to an end.
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