The Nike Elite Youth Basketball league made its regular season finale in the City of Angels over the weekend. With Peach Jam bids on the line, tons of star power in the building, there were a few prospects that stood out among the crowd.
Best Overall Performance: Cole Swider (2018/6’8/BABC)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Cole put on an absolute show against Mokan Elite, finishing with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for BABC. Swider connected on 5 triples in the second half from multiple spots beyond the arch. The highly skilled 6’8 forward was able to knock down shots as the ballhandler in pick and roll, coming off screens and off the catch. While his shooting stole the headlines, Swider was extremely impressive putting the ball on the floor and attacking the rim, where he converted with a series of floaters and finishes at the rim. He attacked the glass extremely well and battled the bigger Jontay Porter all game long.
Stock Prediction: Most national publications have Cole ranked in the 90-150 range, but he is no doubt due to climb up the rankings when updated. Swider will be a top 100 player when the initial Endless Motor Sports rankings for 2018 are released later in June.
Recruitment: Cole recently named a top 8 of Villanova, Indiana, Providence, Miami, Xavier, Michigan, Syracuse and Creighton. Swider recently informed Endless Motor Sports that he has no leaders and is looking to schedule visits in the near future with a decision coming before his high school season starts.
Breakout Underclassmen: Trendon Watford (2019/6’8/Team Florida)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Already known as one of the best sophomores in the country, Watford took his game to another level on Sunday. Against PBC, Trendon imposed his will with a versatile attack from several different spots on the floor on his way to 16 points. He broke down the defense off the dribble in isolation consistently, where he was able to finish at the rim or find teammates for easy shots at the basket. Watford used his superior size and strength in the post as well, backing down defenders in the paint before converting layups. His motor was on full-tilt all game, as he sprinted in transition and absolutely crushed the glass with 14 rebounds. Trendon averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds over 2 games on Sunday, in what are the best performances we’ve seen from Watford this year.
Stock Prediction: A universal top 20 player in the class of 2019, Trendon is going to maintain his 5 star status that is well-deserved. At 6’8, Trendon is one of the only players in the country with the size and skill to play the 1-5 spots. He’s a special talent indeed.
Recruitment: Watford holds several high-major offers and bluebloods are likely to get involved very soon. However, Trendon is the brother of former Indiana star Christian Watford, so the Hoosiers may be difficult to beat.
Best Scorer: Coby White (2018/6’4/Team CP3)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Coby absolutely torched CIA Bounce on Sunday morning with 29 points on 11/19 from the field. He repeatedly got to the basket in the first half after freezing defenders by changing speeds and then exploding to the basket and finishing through contact over bigs. White also had several nice passes in the half court, including a few no-look dimes to teammates that resulted in easy layups. In the second half, he started working off ball and buried two catch and shoot triples. Coby really thrived in transition in the second half as well, grabbing defensive rebounds and simply outrunning the defense as he showed superior speed with the ball in his hands before converting at the rim. The electrifying guard averaged 24.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game in 2 games on Sunday.
Stock Prediction: Services seem to split as to where Coby should be slotted, with a few publications having him as a top 20-30 type, while some view him in the 55-70 range. We’ve viewed Coby live multiple times this Spring, and his talent level and production certainly warrant a ranking among the top 50 players in the country for 2018. We expect those services that currently have him slotted in the 55-70 range to give him a bump.
Recruitment: Coby is a North Carolina commit, and the Tarheels are getting an absolute assassin that can put up huge numbers at any given moment.
Most Skilled Post: Kamaka Hepa (2018/6’10/Portland Basketball Club)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: The Portland product is among the most skilled bigs we’ve viewed in 2017. Against Team Florida, Hepa absolutely dominated with his perimeter game, as he drained four threes on his way to 20 points. Not just a shooter, his ability to create shots off the dribble from the wing at a legit 6’10 is elite for a prospect of that size. Kamaka was able to blow by defenders with advanced footwork and change of direction dribbles on multiple occasions. His vision from the high post was superb as well, as he found cutting teammates for easy layups on a few occasions. Defensively, he was a solid rim protector and averaged 2.5 blocks per game on Sunday.
Stock Prediction: Kamaka is a universal top 50 player in the country, and well deserving at that. He may be a bit higher than 50ish upon release of the Endless Motor Sports 2018 rankings.
Recruitment: A ton of offers from high-majors out of the Pac 12, Big 12 and others. Hepa has the feel of a high upside prospect that could pick up attention from bluebloods later this summer.
Best Shooter: Antoine Davis (2018/6’2/Houston Hoops)
Day 2 Wrap-Up: Antoine willed Houston Hoops to a victory over Meanstreets on Sunday with a 37 point explosion. Davis connected on 8 threes from all over the court. He got buckets in every way imaginable, stepback midrange jumpshots, attacking closeouts from the wing and catch and shoot triples from the wings and corners. It was likely the most impressive shooting performance on the EYBL circuit in 2017 thus far. And this performance is not unprecedented for Antoine, he was already shooting 44% from deep heading into Sunday and opposing teams are certainly aware of his shooting ability. The fact that he was able to have a performance of that magnitude with teams focused on him is a testament to how good of a shooter he is.
Stock Prediction: Currently unranked to most large publications, that should change very soon. Davis will no doubt be reflected among the top players in the Endless Motor Sports 2018 database. He is among the elite shooters in the country without a doubt.
Recruitment: Antoine held a handful of mid-major offers prior to April, with UMass, Nevada and Oakland University all extending offers within the past month. We think Davis is going to rack up a high-major offer before summer is over, his shooting ability to simply too good to ignore.