EYBL Session 4 in Los Angeles was invaded with huge star power, with the likes of Jay Z, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and De’Aaron Fox all making appearances. While those guys caught the attention at the entrance door, the 6 prospects below stole the show on the court.
I. Gary Solomon (2018/6’5/The Family) – After making his debut with The Family in Atlanta for EYBL session 3, Solomon didn’t need much time to make his mark on the team. With the score tied against Indy Heat and less than 10 seconds left in the game on day 2, Gary dribbled the ball up the court in semi-transition and calmly buried a pull-up triple at the buzzer to give The Family the win. While that was his headlining play of the weekend, he was effective in many more ways. Against Houston Hoops in The Family’s opening game, Gary attacked the basket hard on several occasions before finishing through contact with great body control. On day 2 against All Ohio, his vision was a revelation, as Solomon repeatedly blew past his man off the dribble before finding teammates for easy dumpoffs once the helpside defense committed to cutting off his driving lane. On the defensive end, Gary applied tremendous ball pressure all weekend and was a disruptive force with his length in not allowing the opposition to get comfortable. Solomon has a ton of tools to work with, coupled with great size/length and good athleticism. The best thing about Gary is that he’s not even close to reaching his full potential, his upside is outstanding as a two-way wing.
II. Bryce Cook (2019/5’5/Pro Skills) – This was our first time viewing Cook live, and he was one of the most entertaining players present. While only standing 5’5, Bryce’s impact on the game is much larger than his stature. In a day 1 matchup against City Rocks, Cook simply got wherever he wanted with the ball repeatedly. He broke down the defense off the dribble on multiple occasions with really nice ballhandling and change of direction before knocking down triples and an array of floaters in the lane on his way to 15 points. Bryce absolutely controlled the tempo of the game and is extremely slippery with the ball in his hands and just makes life difficult for the opposing defender. What he lacks in size, Cook makes up for with speed, quickness, ballhandling and a floater in the lane to negate shotblocking. At this point Bryce holds offers from Tulsa and Incarnate Word, but mid-majors should be all over this quick and shifty point guard.
III. Max Zegarwoski (2018/6’7/Expressions Elite) – Max was one of the better shooters we viewed in LA. We took in 2 Expressions Elite games, and in each of those Zegarowski made a huge impact with his ability to stretch the floor from the PF position. He knocked down 6 triples during that 2 game span and his makes rarely touched the rim, it was that pure. While known as a shooter, Max showed some willingness to crash the boards, pulling down 5 rebounds against BABC and 6 rebounds against MEBO Elite. Zegarowski is a high IQ player that stays within his game and is very efficient. For the weekend Max averaged 8.8 points and 3.5 rebounds while knocking down 11 shots from beyond the arch. Qunnipiac just extended an offer to Max in early May, and we suspect more will follow, as he looks like a quality option as a stretch 4.
IV. David Roddy (2019/6’6/Howard Pulley) – to say David had a productive weekend would be an understatement. Roddy averaged 13.5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game, while shooting 52.6% from the field and 45.5% from three………as an underclassmen. Upon first glance in a layup line, David appears to be a bruising type power forward that rebounds and plays a physical brand of post defense. Not so much. Roddy is extremely agile and skilled for a prospect built like a defensive end. He has really nice ballhandling ability for a prospect of that size and went coast to coast and finished with euro-steps on a few occasions against RM5 on day 1, including one beauty with the off-hand. He also stepped beyond the arch and knocked down a triple from the wing off the catch. While his skill level was a revelation, David also does the things you’d expect from a prospect with his strength. He posted up on a few occasions and bullied defenders to the rim before converting with soft touch and was a plus rebounder. North Dakota State appears to be David’s only Division I offer at this point, and that will certainly change this summer, as his combination of size and skill is quite rare.
V. Dimon Carrigan (2018/6’9/BABC) – Carrigan was an absolute stud against Expressions Elite on day 1, finishing with 14 points, 8 rebounds and a block. Dimon showed off a really nice jump hook over his left shoulder where he had good elevation and soft touch. We really liked his hands, as he was able to catch passes in tight spaces with no issues consistently. Carrigan was excellent at finishing in the paint, where he displayed really soft touch and was able to convert through contact a few times. Dimon also displayed some quick twitch explosion when he rose up in traffic for a two-handed dunk with good elevation. Defensively, he only blocked 1 shot but altered a ton more and made life tough for the opposition in the lane. He averaged 9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game over the weekend. Dimon holds a few mid-major offers at this point, but he has a high-major frame and athleticism. Although he’s a bit raw offensively at this point, he’s an elite rim protector with great hands and soft touch around the basket. With a few years of development, we really like his upside at the center position in college.
VI. Philmon Gebrewhit (2018/6’7/Expressions Elite) – positional versatility is the name of the game for Philmon, he played the 2-4 spots this weekend and did a bit of everything. On offense, Gebrewhit was impressive off the dribble where he got separation on his defender before finishing at the rim or creating easy shots for teammates. He also showed the ability to knock down triples off the catch or the midrange shot off the bounce. In transition he showed plus athleticism, running the floor well and showed some verticality when finishing. Defensively, Philmon has a ton of potential with his combination of size, length and lateral agility. He averaged 10.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game over the weekend and was most definitely one of the most versatile players we viewed in LA. Philmon holds a handful of offers from mid-majors at this point, but we think he’s a high-major prospect that has tremendous upside at the collegiate level. Not many high school wings possess his combination of size, ballhandling, shooting and vision.