Recruiting Roundup: Nike EYBL Oakland

  • 05/29/2012 3:42 pm in

The fourth and final Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) session took place over the weekend in Oakland as some of the top Nike travel teams from around the country solidified their position in the Peach Jam, Nike’s premier event of the summer.

All four teams featuring IU commits and targets — California Supreme, Mokan Elite, Spiece Indy Heat and Team Takeover — qualified for the Peach Jam, which will take place July 19-22 in North Augusta, South Carolina. Only the top 24 of 40 EYBL teams made the cut.

Here’s a look at how Trey Lyles, Stanford Robinson and several of IU’s recruiting targets performed statistically over the weekend:

· Trey Lyles, Spiece Indy Heat: 16.0 points (52.5% shooting), 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks in 24.0 minutes per game.

Notes: Overall it was another solid session for Lyles as the talented 6-foot-8 forward shot a high percentage and took 45 free throws over six games. His free throw percentage on the weekend (68.9) was better than it’s been in weeks past, but this is an area of potential improvement for Lyles as the summer rolls along.

· Trevon Bluiett, Spiece Indy Heat: 19.2 points (55.7% shooting), 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steal in 25.0 minutes per game.

Notes: Bluiett continues to be overlooked by some of the national recruiting analysts because of a perceived lack of athleticism, but the fact is he puts the ball in the basket consistently. The 6-foot-5 wing led Spiece Indy Heat in scoring for the session once again thanks to a 34-point outburst in a win over Bluff City on Sunday.

· Jaquan Lyle, Spiece Indy Heat: 10.3 points (59.0% shooting), 3.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game.

Notes: Lyle shot the ball exceptionally well at EYBL Dallas (60.9 percent) and that trend continued in Oakland. While he’s more than capable of scoring, Lyle is best when acting as a facilitator for others and then taking his looks within the flow of the offense.

· Marcus Lee, California Supreme: 8.7 points (57.9% shooting), 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 1.2 assists in 18.7 minutes per game.

Notes: Lee scored at a better clip than he did at EYBL Dallas (6.8 points per game), but the name of his game is altering and blocking shots. It’s been noted by several analysts that his offensive game is raw, but his length and athleticism continue to draw the attention of the nation’s elite programs.

· Jordan Mathews, California Supreme: 12.2 points (47.6% shooting), 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists in 22.0 minutes per game.

Notes: Mathews may be out of the picture for IU given the recent commitment of Stanford Robinson, but we’re still including him here as we  have the past few weeks. While his overall field goal percentage was respectable out in Oakland, Mathews struggled from behind the 3-point line (3-of-10).

· Semi Ojeleye, Mokan Elite: 17.6 points (53.2% shooting), 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists in 22.0 minutes per game.

Notes: Ojeleye’s play was a big reason Mokan Elite made a late push to qualify for the Peach Jam. He had a great weekend shooting the ball from behind the 3-point line at EYBL Hampton (18-of-37), but has cooled off considerably in the last two sessions. The Hoosiers are one of 11 schools still being listed by the Ottawa, Kansas forward.

· BeeJay Anya, Team Takevover: 7.6 points (51.6% shooting), 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game.

Notes: IU’s primary big man target remaining in the 2013 class had a solid but not spectacular weekend. Anya’s free throw percentage was just 40 percent in Dallas, but he did record a double-digit rebounding game and had at least two blocks in all five Team Takeover games.

· Stanford Robinson, Team Takeover: 15.8 points (50% shooting), 4.2 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game.

Notes: After missing the first EYBL session in Minneapolis, Robinson has steadily improved his play over the final three sessions. This was his best weekend of the spring scoring wise as he had a pair of games with 20+ points. His free throw percentage was also outstanding as he knocked down 19 of 22 attempts from the line.

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  • psvirsky

    I love reading the notes because I have no idea what to do with AAU stats.  I guess a couple things like shooting percentage and blocks are useful to see, but otherwise the stats just don’t seem to mean much.

  • The EYBL actually does a great job of keeping stats, and for that reason, they’re pretty worthwhile just to see how guys stack up when facing some of the elite players and teams in the country.

  • The EYBL actually does a great job of keeping stats, and for that reason, they’re pretty worthwhile just to see how guys stack up when facing some of the elite players and teams in the country.

  • Btrowbri1

    Is it just me or are Anya’s numbers dissappointing? Eveytime i see these updates his stats just aren’t that impressive. He should be dominating with his size. Is he much more a project offensively than i was aware of?

  • psvirsky

    Sorry for the confusion – I don’t doubt the veracity of the stats, and for that reason, they’re worth posting.  I just mean that the style of play in AAU makes stats an untrustworthy indicator of talent (just a generalization, clearly not true for every AAU game/team/tournament).

  • I agree with what you’re saying in a lot of instances, just wanted to point out that EYBL is one of the events where I feel like stats are worth passing along.

  • HoosierTrav

    I’m really confident that Anya is gonna be in candy stripes. It feels great to be a Hoosier fan. The giant has been awakened. This is just the tip of the iceberg for future recruiting.

  • Bob Knight Chair

    The notes are very helpful, when you try and sneak a couple minutes in while working. Please keep up the great work.

    The site is extremely clean from a website design perspective. Should not go unrecognized.

  • Bob Knight Chair

    The notes are very helpful, when you try and sneak a couple minutes in while working. Please keep up the great work.

    The site is extremely clean from a website design perspective. Should not go unrecognized.

  • Bob Knight Chair

    Stats are great. Shooting percentage, is a great addition. 

    Right or wrong, I try and compare them to Indiana’s team statistics. Everyone seems to be great impact players.

    Maybe it is too far of stretch, but a stat for impact performance. I know it would be challenging to implement for your up to the minute reporting. If it takes 5 hours to compute than it would be too much.

  • Bob Knight Chair

    Will certainly be interesting to see how the scholarship numbers play out. I have a hard time seeing him going to another school.

    We have given a soccer scholarship to his close friend, signed Robinson, signed his coach Kenny Johnson. I am sure is second nephew is a direct admit to Kelley school of business.

  • HoosierKen73

    I agree wholeheartedly Alex. That’s the first thing I look at when reading these articles. While the style of play does have some impact, depending on the position being played, it is a measure of the individuals performance against other elite players of a particular age group. I for one was very interested in how Stanford is coming along and it was great to see his improvement, as you pointed out. I would love to see BJ in candy stripes, but wow, ya really gotta like Semi and Marcus Lee as well. Wish we had room for them all… This is such a sweet change from what we were experiencing just a few years ago… Love those Hoosiers. Go IU!!

  • superhoops

    No it’s not just you.  His numbers have been, currently are and most likely will be disappointing.  This guy should dominate, but rarely does.  I would pass on him, but I’m in the minority.

  • twarrior87

    I used to feel the same way, but then found out a little about these events. Some of it has to do with playing time, some of it has to do with playing against other elite talent, and some of it has to do with the style of the game being more perimiter play.

    You’ll be happy to know that on his high school team (Dematha) as a Sophomore he averaged 10.0 ppg., 11.0 rpg. and 6.3 bpg in 36 games.

    So you’ll be happy to know he averaged a double-double and over 6 blocks per game as a sophomore in high school.

  • HoosierKen73

    Like you, I sometimes am not sure on Anya. I see places where he’s listed at 6′ 8″, 250 lbs..and others he’s listed at 6′ 10 260 lbs. He looked pretty good in that recent video, but as you so aptly point out, he rarely has a dominating performance. If he is 6′ 10″ he maybe a very good ‘big’ to go after.. If he’s really only 6′ 8″, you could be right on the ‘pass’. If you can believe the ratings, he’s top 20 material, but ratings have been wrong before. Think Lee maybe has a greater upside, but just don’t know sometimes what to think of Anya.

  • Btrowbri1

    I understand that AAU basketball is perhaps more taylored to guard play and he might not get the touches but still. The guy is a physical freak. He might just not have the passion for the game to keep getting better. However, i trust Crean’s judgement and if he wants him he is probably the real deal.

  • Btrowbri1

    I typed my last response before seeing this. Those stats are much more impressive! I figured it had a quite a bit to do with style of play. I wonder what his Junior stats look like.

  • dtfreed

    How about checking heights, T. Lyles has been listed 6’9″ forever and Hartman said last year he was 6’7″ and probably grow another inch or so, Lyles is probably 6′ 10″ by now, why don’t sites update as opposed to going with their 8th grade height?

  • Tom Spiece

    I measured Trey Lyles with his shoes on at the Spiece Fieldhouse at the “Run and Slam this Spring 2012 to see if indeed he was a true 6’8″ as he is listed. I have a permanent measuring pole set up just off of Court 4 so that I can check people quickly and eliminate hype which is pretty common as these fellows try to secure Div I offers. Trey is an even 6’10”. Since he is just wrapping up his sophmore season I think he might stretch out a bit by the time he hits Bloomington. tom spiece

  • WisconHoosier

    How about defining height?

    *  With shoes or without can make more than a 1 inch difference.

    *  Players can also be about 1 inch taller after a long sleep, as opposed to when they’ve been awake for hours (spine compression).

    *  So:  the same kid can be 6’8 with shoes in the morning.  Or he can be 6’6 without shoes in the afternoon.

    *  If you “round up an inch” a 6’6 player becomes 6’9.

    *  If a kid is listed at 6’9, someone will say he’s still growing, and is projected to be 7’0.

    *  I’m pretty sure Hartman is 7’2 right now. 

    *  And he’s still growing.

  • He’s not 6-10.

  • Jam

    In shoes?

  • SCHoosier

    Have to admit I have this little “cloud” about Anya..but think Crean’s judgemetn has proven excellent to this point. The 40% from the line didn’t do much for me at all.

  • SCHoosier

    take an inch off each player mentioned and I think you are there.

  • SCHoosier

    take an inch off each player mentioned and I think you are there.

  • Kevin

    I’m sorry but why do I keep seeing IU recruits tweet “Feathery”? Maybe I’m out of it but what does this mean?

  • ScoopGeoff

    Jam, read his first sentence…

  • ScoopGeoff

    Jam, read his first sentence…

  • Bob Knight Chair

    His heart adds the extra inch.

  • marcusgresham

    I know I want Anya at IU.  I’m just not sure if I’d prefer him playing low post or defensive end.  That dude looks like he could bring a pass rush.

  • SCHoosier

    I think those of you who pointed out that summer league stuff is playground and guard oriented are correct. Anya has a lot to offer in a structured offense..certainly on the boards and on defense. He’ll have to trim down and work on his FT’s..but I guess IU is better with him that without him . I just don’t see Lee getting moved off the west coast.

  • Jam

    Sorry

  • Jam

    Sorry

  • mrjonessodaandme

    His cousin also signed with Yeagley to play soccer at IU this fall. They seem to hang out a lot based on Twitter, so that definitely can’t hurt.

  • HoosierTrav

     I think what you’re not considering is the fact that he will not have to put up impressive numbers. He will need to get offensive/defensive boards and alter shots (which he does very well.) I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to an AAU game but they are guard/perimeter oriented and they rarely make it a point to feed the post consistently. BeeJay Anya is a stud and will be a stud. his body is B1G ready as a junior in high school, so that gives him an additional edge.

  • HoosierTrav

     And I wrote this before I read everyone else’s comments below stating exactly what I had said. Sorry bro.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    It’s just an area thing they’ve adopted. From Stan Robinson’s explanation, it just seems like “really, really good, and smooth to boot.”

  • Evansville Hoosier

    It’s just an area thing they’ve adopted. From Stan Robinson’s explanation, it just seems like “really, really good, and smooth to boot.”

  • HoosierDadE

    Taking your line from an earlier post Wisco…

    “IU and CTC encourages them to play in shoes”

  • marcusgresham

    He may be the SuperPritch

  • marcusgresham

    He may be the SuperPritch

  • marcusgresham

    Stanford Robinson apparently refers to himself as “Feathery” as in a feathery-soft jump-shot.

  • Pritch24

    Thank you very much lol I had no idea either

  • Diehard

    Seriously. One of the things we saw this year is that all-star talent is not the only variable in a successful team. How the pieces fit together and how well everyone plays his role are almost as important (although it helps when one of the pieces is Cody Zeller…). Anya may or may not be a lottery pick, but neither was Pritchard, and he was an important part a 27 win, Sweet 16 team. If “all” Anya becomes is a bigger, more athletic Pritchard, I would take him in a minute.

  • marcusgresham

    He has to continue the tradition of the blue tongue, though!