Every year there are a handful of prospects that seemingly come out of nowhere and steal the show during the first live evaluation period. This year was no different, as a handful of under the radar prospects made a big splash during EYBL Session 1 in Hampton.
Here are 5 prospects that broke out in a big way during EYBL Session 1.
I. Moses Wood (2018/6’7/Las Vegas Prospects) – an extremely skilled player that can play either forward position, Moses was a revelation all weekend long. At 6’7 he’s a very good shooter with tremendous vision from either the high post or when creating off the dribble. He averaged 9.5 points per game while shooting 4/8 from distance for the weekend with good mechanics. While Wood isn’t explosive, he’s very fluid with good body control. He has a good motor and consistently pursues the ball on the glass. For a player that isn’t an elite athlete, Moses is also a good rim protector. He timed blocks superbly, and averaged 1.5 blocks per game. While Wood isn’t a big name in recruiting circles right now, mid-major and high-major programs in need of a combo-forward that can stretch the floor will no doubt ramp up the interest sooner rather than later.
II. Carlos Curtis (2018/6’2/Wisconsin Playground Elite) – a great athlete that was absolutely relentless attacking the rim all weekend long, Carlos displayed great body control and finishing ability despite being only 6’2. He just put so much pressure on the defense to react at all times and drew fouls to the tune of an amazing 33 free throw attempts in 4 games. For a prospect with questions about his jumpshot, Curtis answered the call by shooting 3/8 from distance on the weekend. It was a stellar EYBL debut for Carols, as he averaged 18.8 points per game while shooting nearly 55% from the floor. He also showed great motor and ball pursuit on the glass, averaging 6.2 rebounds per game as a guard. As of now, Curtis holds one offer from Green Bay, but we expect that list to increase shortly. Mid-major programs should be all over Carlos, as he’s a high upside guard with potential to be an extremely effective two-way player at the next level.
III. Javon Freeman-Liberty (2018/6’4/Meanstreets) – the 6’4 wing is a good athlete with a great motor. But that’s not all Javon brings to the table. Throughout the weekend Freeman-Liberty showed some nice ball skills and ability to create shots off the dribble. He utilized ball screens, where he made solid decisions and was able to score or get buckets for teammates. Javon averaged 10.5 points and an impressive 3.5 assists per game at the wing spot. While he needs to continue to develop his jumpshot, Javon has a lot of tools to work with and high upside athletically. Loyola (IL) is the only program to extend an official offer, but mid-major programs with a need for an athletic wing with playmaking skills should certainly give Javon a look.
IV. Antoine Davis (2018/6’2/Houston Hoops) – Antoine was the best shooter we viewed all weekend long, and it wasn’t even close. Davis is the epitome of a knockdown shooter with unlimited range. He connected on 10/14 shots from beyond the arch for an amazing 71% through 4 games. The best attribute about Antoine is that he isn’t limited to being a catch and shoot prospect, he consistently hits midrange shots and triples off the dribble that are heavily contested at times. Davis has a quick release, superb balance, good arch and beautiful rotation on his shot. Simply put, Antoine Davis is among the best shooters in the country. Antoine currently holds a handful of mid-major offers from mostly Texas schools, but he’s an elite shooter as opposed to a good shooter and his stock is definitely on the rise.
V. Anthony Nelson (2018/6’4/NY Lightning) – a lefty guard with a big frame and superior strength, Anthony is at his best going downhill toward the rim. He consistently finished through contact against bigger defenders all weekend long. He’s a scoring guard that draws fouls at an extremely high rate and connected on 16/22 from the charity stripe while averaging 14.8 points over four games. While Nelson isn’t a knockdown shooter, he can keep the defense honest. He knocked down a pair of catch and shoot triples against The Family and added a midrange jumper off the bounce for good measure. He also showed some shiftiness with his handle on a few occasions, with a nice spin move and left to right crossover to create separation from his defender. Anthony was offered by Towson and UMASS earlier this week, and we expect him to get looks from ACC, B10, and Big East Schools as well.