There were several basketball players who shined during the last day of action of the Nike EYBL session in Houston, Texas. Anthony Davis, Johnny O'Bryant, Austin Rivers, Ricardo Gathers, Dajuan Coleman, Wayne Blackshear, and Trevor Lacey were stellar, while a rejuvenated Carlton Brundidge put on the offensive show of the weekend...So with that in mind here's a quick look at the top performers on day two at the League America facilities in Houston. Players are listed in order of height:
Isaac Austin, 7-foot, 220 pounds, Team Texas: He showed why he is among elite prospects in rising junior class. He blocked shots, used his length to board, made outlet passes and showed he can finish in the paint or pop a mid-range jumper. With strength he can become a dominator in the paint.
Tyler Adams, 6-10, 260, Jackson Tigers: This big-bodied post man can score with both hands on the blocks and controlled the glass with the best at EYBL. He runs the court well and does a good job denying the ball to the post. He showed the ability to pop out and score with 10-footer or a quick drive.
Nerlen Noels, 6-10, 200, BABC: This long and lean young insider showed a soft jump hook on the blocks, ran the court really well and swatted a couple of shots while we watched. Once he adds strength he will be a force inside.
Austin Kuemper, 6-9, 230, ICP: This surprising big man showed he can more than hold his own on the blocks. He has excellent hands and strength to finish in the paint. He popped a 12-footer on a pop out and hit the boards hard.
Anthony Davis, 6-10, 190, Meanstreets: He didn't get into the flow on offense on Friday night like we've seen in the past, but that all changed on Saturday as he tore it up, scoring with quick post moves. He needs to continue to work on getting stronger, but his ball skills and quicks make him a bad matchup for most bigs!
Johnny O'Bryant, 6-9, 225, Jackson Tigers: He dominated on Saturday with his strength and quickness off the dribble at the rim. He even popped a couple mid-range shots to keep the defense honest, but it's his ability to score in the paint that has schools excited about his future.
Dajuan Coleman, 6-9, 265, Albany City Rocks: This physical low block scorer can dominate at times with his body, excellent hands and touch to 15 feet. He can flat out post-and-turn with efficiency and could even be more effective if he works on slimming a little and adding explosion...then look out!
Eric Katenda, 6-9, 205, Albany City Rocks: This long face-up four man slashed to rim and finished with his length. He can face and drive with either hand and keeps defenses honest with his nice touch from 15 feet.
Desmond Hubert, 6-9, 200, New Jersey Playaz: He has excellent length and a soft shooting touch, from a jump hook in the blocks to facing on baseline to 15 feet. He caught our eye, though, with a couple drives and flushes. He needs to add strength and a few pounds on his frame, but high majors will wait for him to mature physically.
Julian Royal, 6-8, 220, Southern Kings: This physical power forward flushed a drive off the dribble drive, stepped out to nail an elbow jumper and used his strength to clean glass. He is tough in transition because he can handle and finish with best in EYBL.
Nick Jacobs, 6-8, 215, Southern Kings: This athletic big man knows how to create space to score with a jumper or a quick move to the hoop with the dribble. He can catch and finish in the paint or get on glass with a quick bounce off the floor.
Henry Brooks, 6-8, 185, Southern Kings: This skilled forward was a real surprise with his ability to handle the rock, create drives or pop a 17-footer on the perimeter. He has to get stronger to complete the package, but he will see high major interest this summer.
Dorian Smith, 6-8, 185, Boo Williams: This multi-skilled combo forward showed why the Big East is starting to jump all over him. He can knock down jumpers off the dribble or make a drop-down pass to the post. He finishes in the lane, but needs to work on continuing to get stronger...Lots of schools will come calling this spring.
Torren Jones, 6-8, 200, Arizona Stars: This rising sophomore insider can flat out score with his length on the blocks, or step out and face, or drive to the hoop. He's just starting to mature physically, but he has the tools to become a dominant power forward in time.
Chris Walker, 6-8, 190, Georgia Blazers: This rising sophomore power forward showed he can hang with the big boys around the hoop with his length and quick feet. He can pop out and knock down the elbow jumper or fill the lane in transition. Raw talent with a bright future!
Cimeon Bowers, 6-7, 230, Playground Elite: This strong facing four man loves to attack the hoop off the face-up with dribble drive. He has an OK shot from 17 feet in. He is a tough rebounder who can start the break off the glass and then finish on the other end.
Ricardo Gathers, 6-7, 245, Louisiana Select: He drew a number of man vs. boys comments in the stands as he uses his body to seal off players on the blocks, then thunders the drop step with authority. But, he really impressed us with his quickness and bounce in transition or ability to catch the oop pass and finish. He kept defenses honest with the 15-footer off the dribble.
Andre Horne, 6-7, 220, E1T1: This young rising sophomore talent uses his body well to create space on the blocks to score and get on the glass. He's long, athletic and active enough to hold his own versus players two years his senior.
Mike Gbinije, 6-6, 200, Team Takeover: Smooth wing talent can knock down the three, or pull-up off the dribble from 12-15 feet. He is a wiry strong finisher who can throw it down off the drive or go get it off the glass then finish in traffic.
Jordan Williams, 6-6, 190, Team Texas: This athletic wing can knock down the jumper from the perimeter or create the drive where he can finish with flush or pull-up jumper. He has excellent ball skills and can run the break in transition off the glass too.
Leron Black, 6-6, 190, Memphis YOMCA: This highly skilled rising freshman forward showed he can really explode off the dribble or bounce to the rim. He has good ball skills and hit mid-range jumper too. But, it's his long and athletic frame that, when added to his skills, make him special for his age.
Wayne Blackshear, 6-5, 210, Mack Irvin Fire: He came back from injury two weeks ago, maybe not at 100 percent, but good enough that he proved he as another intangible to work with, one that can pay dividends down the road, and that's toughness.
Kentavious Caldwell, 6-5, 200, Georgia Blazers: This aggressive wing man was one of the bright spots for the Blazers. He has the range and uses his length to finish drive off the dribble. He plays hard with a lot of intensity, and that will draw high major interest.
Michael Williams, 6-5, 170, BABC: This under-the-radar wing man knocked down threes, drove to the rim and finished in traffic, and knocked down pull-ups in the face of helping bigs. Sleeper who oozes major potential.
Austin Rivers, 6-4, 185, E1T1: Make no mistake about it, Rivers can flat out get it done on both ends of the court. He makes plays on "D" to go with his ability to knock down threes or cross and go off the dribble. It is his basketball I.Q. that sets him apart from other guards in the rising senior class.
Hikeem Stewart, 6-4, 185, FOH-Seattle: He showed he can break you down off the dribble and get to the rim with the best in Houston. He has range to arc, but really impressed us with his langth and quick feet on the defensive end.
Quddus Bello, 6-4, 180, D-One Sports: "Deuce" really did a lot of little things you don't always expect of a scorer. he made passes off penetration, sees the court and runs break with pass first mentality, and made some big steals for D-One on defense. He can be more than a numbers guy!
Jabari Brown, 6-4, 190, Drew Gooden Soldiers: He was knocking down threes with regularity to set up his ability to create highlights with dribble drive game. He has offensive gifts to make an immediate impact at next level.
DeMarcus Harrison, 6-4, 190, South Carolina Ravens: This physical wing man can knock down threes with regularity and can flat-out finish drive with strength in traffic. He has solid ball skills and creates drive or pull-up jumper.
Trevor Lacey, 6-3, 205, E1T1: He was running at the two spot a lot in Houston, and he used his combo skills, size and strength to lift his game in our eyes. He showed drive, but can pull up and stick a 12-15 footer or hit cutter on baseline to go with his ability to finish in traffic.
Nick Johnson, 6-3, 175, Drew Gooden Soldiers: He continues to mature as a player using his combo skills to run the break and deliver the rock to go with solid perimeter jumper and his highlight finishes at the rim.
Carlton Brundidge, 6-2, 190, The Family: He struggled on Friday night, but left everyone talking on Saturday with a 53-point outburst. He knocked down threes, finished everything in the lane and dropped pull-ups with regularity. He has combo skills, so lots of schools will take a look because of his versatility.
Nino Jackson, 6-0, 170, Athletes First: This athletic combo guard can knock down a 17-footer of the dribble or break you down with the cross and go. He has a solid pull-up game to go with his ability to pass off the dribble or finish at the rim off the dribble.
Shane Larkin, 5-11, 175, E1T1: He has really honed his court vision to see the pass both in transition and off the dribble. He can still knock down the perimeter jumper as well as get to rim offensively, but it was his point guard skills that impressed me this weekend.