Recruiting Roundup: Nike EYBL Hampton

This weekend marked the second of two April evaluation periods, and the nation’s top event was session two of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) in Hampton, Virginia. Tom Crean and assistants Steve McClain and Tim Buckley were on hand at different points throughout the weekend tracking various prospects.

Here’s a rundown of how many of the names on the IU radar performed over the weekend:

· Trevon Bluiett, Spiece Indy Heat: It was an efficient scoring weekend for the Park Tudor junior-to-be as he averaged 15.4 points on 55.2 percent shooting from the field. Spiece went 4-1 on the weekend and Bluiett drew the praise of Rivals.com national analyst Eric Bossi:

The 6-foot-5 sophomore isn’t the most athletic guy, he doesn’t strike you as the best ball-handler or the most dangerous shooter. But, the guy has a commanding feel for the game and is a throwback player with a skill and craft-based game like Mark Aguirre and Adrian Dantley had back in their day. The guy produces at a high level and gets the job done.

Bluiett mentioned recent interest from Florida to Chris Fisher of 247Sports. Bluiett also told the NBE Basketball Report that Duke is his dream school while mentioning Indiana and Butler as the two schools recruiting him the hardest.

· Trey Lyles, Spiece Indy Heat: The 2014 IU commitment put up stellar numbers in Hampton — 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game — and will likely begin next high school season as the best player in the state regardless of class. His play impressed the NBE Basketball Report:

Considering he stands 6’10” 230 pounds, Lyles’ skill level is basically unfair. He has legit 3-point range, a strong handle, and a variety of moves on the block. Lyles is also an excellent rebounder using his wide frame to create space and eat up rebounds. Indiana will be able to feature him as a low post scorer very early in his Hoosier career.

· Jaquan Lyle, Spiece Indy Heat: Lyle didn’t stand out in one category statistically in Hampton, but he continues to build a reputation as one of the best passers nationally in the 2014 class. He finished the weekend with averages of 5.6 points, 4.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game.

· Marcus Lee, California Supreme: Lee, who picked up three more offers over the weekend, may be the hottest recruit in the country right now. His numbers over the weekend (6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds per game) weren’t gaudy, but they were enough to draw this heavy praise from Bossi:

While the 6-foot-9 big man from Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley isn’t putting up swollen numbers, the coaching crowds watching him have been gigantic as nearly every big-time program has offered. Thin and quick, he patrols the paint swatting shots, is an outstanding passer and shows plenty of promise as a scorer thanks to soft touch.

· Jordan Mathews, California Supreme: Mathews, a 6-3 guard and the son of UCLA assistant coach Phil Mathews, drew the attention of Crean according to Inside Indiana (premium link) and has growing interest in the Hoosiers. Mathews, a member of the 2013 class, averaged more than 16 points in session two.

· BeeJay Anya, Team Takeover: The imminent hiring of Kenny Johnson should further aid Indiana’s pursuit of the DeMatha big man, who averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as Takeover finished the weekend 3-2.  After speaking with Anya, Clint Jackson of the Duke and UNC Rivals sites tweeted that he believed the Hoosiers were strong with the DeMatha big man.

· Stanford Robinson, Team Takeover: After missing the first EYBL session in Minneapolis with a broken nose, Robinson returned to average 7.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting.

· Semilore Ojeleye, Mokan Elite: Another new name on the 2013 radar, Ojeleye was watched by Crean according to this Bossi tweet. The 6-6 small forward is a consensus top 40 player and he showed off his ability to knock down perimeter shots by hitting 18 of his 37 attempts from behind the 3-point line. He finished the weekend with averages of 17.8 points and 5.2 rebounds, but Mokan Elite went just 1-4.

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens)

  • N71

    I followed the link this morning and you’re right.  Setting aside this Duke issue I really like the idea of a great IU team made up of great Indiana kids, its a 1+1=3 effect that’s really special.  I started watching Trevon play as a freshman due to my watching Yogi.  Similar thing with regards to Paterson, Trey, Devin, Hartman, Jeremy, etc.  As a young player in Indiana you develop a bond with the local culture because you are great at something we love, its hard not to develop a fondness for these kids.  That cannot be duplicated by leaving to play at Duke for example, an element is lost.  Its particularly special as IU basketball continues to emerge from it’s dark period.  We will be the #1 team in the country next year and fun to watch.  You will also have a bond between the players and the local culture that is unique.  That is an intangible that’s impossible to quantify but its real.  Trevon will certainly have an awareness of this magic whenever he decides.  If he chooses to leave so be it, I’ll wish him success because he’s one of our own.  IU will be fine either way.

  • Geoff_85

    After a few visits, he will LOVE Indiana. Hopefully we can grab a Final Four birth or 2 and an NCAA Championship before then.

  • Geoff_85

    I agree, and I think most people do as well. As the years go by, and Indiana continues to be as successful as they were last year, and even more so in the coming years, kids will be citing Indiana as their dream school and they will be lining up to come here.

  • Geoff_85

    It already is history – Kevin Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Trey Lyles, etc.

  • HoosierKen73

    Agree with you on Lyles. Read in an article on this site in the past week, he’ll be the best player in Indiana when he starts his Junior year, this year.. he’s now listed as 6′ 10″ and calling himself “6’10″ Indiana commit” on his Twitter account..he WILL be a beast. Shoot he could grow another inch or two…Just can’t wait to see him in candy stripes. I’m sure he will bring other studs with him.

  • Ecodustin

    Micheal Lewis was a pUKe fan ….. hated Bobby Knight…… glad he came around!!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I don’t know that Wiggins is a sure thing for UK yet

  • millzy32

    Let Trevon do a few campus visits before he decides his “Dream School”.  If he visits Duke and sees all the pretentious ugly females there and then remembers all the beautiful co-eds he saw at IU he may change his mind. 

  • millzy32

    Let Trevon do a few campus visits before he decides his “Dream School”.  If he visits Duke and sees all the pretentious ugly females there and then remembers all the beautiful co-eds he saw at IU he may change his mind. 

  • millzy32

    Anya sounds like a Marco Killingsworth type.  Am I way off base with this comparison?

  • millzy32

    Speaking of Sean May and his fall from the NBA how much does he remind you of someone who is coming out this year and will probably be playing in Europe or nowhere really soon?  Say a kinda big guy with very little hops who played at OSU last year.  Sullinger and May could be twins.

  • ScoopGeoff

    I’m sorry I haven’t seen Blueitt live, but the post said he “doesn’t strike you as the most dangerous shooter” and you just compared him to one of the most dangerous shooters in the NCAA over the past half decade.

  • Kenneth234

    What I read was he shot 55.2% from the field, and he certainly was stroking the three in the state championship game as well. 

    I’ll give you that the quote reads: “The 6-foot-5 sophomore isn’t the most athletic guy, he doesn’t strike you as the best ball-handler or the most dangerous shooter. But, the guy has a commanding feel for the game and is a throwback player with a skill and craft-based game like Mark Aguirre and Adrian Dantley had back in their day. The guy produces at a high level and gets the job done.”To me this sounds a lot like Robert Vaden.  I don’t think Vaden was one of the top shooters in the NCAA over the last decade.  He was certainly well above avg, but certainly not on the level of a Jimmer Fredett, Stephon Curry, etc., but I have no complaints about Vaden, other than he followed Davis to UAB.  Would have been great to have him with Gordon, Crawford, D.J. White and company.  But the guy was a baller more than he was a pure shooter imho.

  • Kenneth234

    I have yet to see Anya display that level of ball skill or outside touch.  But as far as physical make up, sounds like a fair comparison.  However, I am not sure how old  Killingsworth was when he played at IU, but to consider that Anya is likely 16-18 years old, and that comparison is at least mentionable, he is worthy of recruiting.  Also, I believe that Anya has an incredible wing span for his height that Killingsworth did not, which gives him a certain level of interest already. 

    I was also under the impression that Anya was a much heavier guy a couple of years ago, which he is still a big guy, but the thought that he has had to dedicate himself to improving his body and has gotten to where he is now, says a lot as well.  Without all that weight, perhaps now it will be easier for him to improve other aspects of his game over the next year.

  • ScoopGeoff

    In 2006-07, Vaden’s first year at UAB he made 142 3-ptrs setting a school AND Conference USA record. He was #2 in the country in made 3′s that year…. His 379 career 3-ptrs are good for #10 in the HISTORY of the NCAA…

    So I stand by my point.

  • ScoopGeoff

    In 2006-07, Vaden’s first year at UAB he made 142 3-ptrs setting a school AND Conference USA record. He was #2 in the country in made 3′s that year…. His 379 career 3-ptrs are good for #10 in the HISTORY of the NCAA…

    So I stand by my point.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Dont let him visit Florida, Arizona, or UCLA then….

  • Kenneth234

    Well, for perspective, his first year at UAB, Vaden only shot 40.8% from the field and 40.0% from 3pt range.  His Senior season, he shot 39.8% from the field, and 34.6% from 3pt range.  I rest my case!

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