HAMPTON, Va. -- Brad Beal and Michael Gilchrist had big performances on Saturday in victories at the Nike EBYL Session I games at Boo Williams Sportsplex, while Marquis Teague and Austin Rivers played big on Friday.
Here are the some of the top performers from the first Nike session:
Michael Gilchrist scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half after Seattle Rotary threatened to keep it close going into halftime. A drive through the zone for a dunk, a three-pointer from the top of the key when Tony Wroten went under a screen, and a series of defensive rebounds and perimeter stops led to Team Final putting the game away. He showed off his non-stop effort and production regardless the opponent.
Friday he had just eight points but led the offensive rebound charge that gave Team Final a chance to keep it close in second half of their loss to Each One Teach One Elite. He also took the task of guarding Austin Rivers during some of the second half comeback attempt, keeping him from getting in the lane the couple times the two were matched up on the perimeter.
Tony Wroten’s team hit a ton of three-pointers against the zone in the first half and Wroten scored 16 points finishing 3-of-4 from behind the line himself. Most of the Seattle points came in the half court and it was there that he showed a nice understanding of when to pick his spots, highlighted by a look-away pass to a baseline cutter for a lay-up.
Defensively he set the tone guarding Gilchrist and hitting the floor for several loose balls in the second half. It was an impressive pace he played with the team overmatched in size. Also of note is he sat stretches of minutes in both halves, presumably to bring him back along slowly after coming off the knee injury that kept him out of the high school season. Wroten would go for a pair of 30-point games in two other contests, one against Louisiana Select.
Brad Beal (Florida) was hitting right from the start in morning game against D-One Sports. He finished with 31 points and had everything working from two-dribble pull-ups to long balls and power drives. Beal played to his reputation as one of top scorers in his class as his team blew the game open for 96-60 win.
Ben McLemore of the St. Louis Eagles had 18 points in the win over D-One. The small forward with size was aggressive going to the rim and a finisher in transition. His length on defense bothered the opposition and helped create turnovers on perimeter.
Quincy Miller had a rough morning in D-One Sports' blowout loss to the St. Louis Eagles, where he finished with a scattered 21 points. He started steady knocking down jumpers before the game blew open. Sunday he let his place at the top be known as he came back and hit for the tournament's high of 45 points against the Tennessee Travelers.
Wayne Blackshear (Louisville) was quiet in the first half and had only three attempts as smaller guards for The Fire dominated the ball against California Supreme. Play picked up in second half where he helped lead the charge, showing off the power drives and long ball that have him a top prospect in his class.
Mike Shaw, a combo forward, had a complete game and flashed versatility against California Supreme in helping The Fire pick up the win. Scored on a pair of jumpers in pick-and-pops and was active defensively on both the glass and on the perimeter, outworking opposing bigs and disrupting drives with hedges.
Shabazz Napier (Connecticut) picked apart Team Texas as BABC impressed in building 20-point lead throughout all the while without Syracuse commit Michael Carter-Williams, who went down with a back spasm at start of game. Napier was off the ball and shot it from deep both off the catch and dribble. He got in the lane for assists, pushed it and finished on defenders in transition, and defensively had several deflections and a pair of steals jumping the passing lanes.
Tyrone Johnson, a football star, ran the point for Team Final and was deadly with the dribble against Seattle. His left-to-right crossover set him up for jump shots and assists and had his scoring success at the rim, getting to it at will throughout and finishing with 17 points.
Darian Barnes showed he's someone to watch and may be hidden on the loaded Team Final. He made his presence felt in select minutes, protecting the lane on defense and playing above the rim with dunks.
Dominique Ditlefsen, the long wing, led ICP Elite to win over NY Gauchos, showing his athleticism and burst in transition as well as finishing with adjustments at the rim.