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EYBL Oakland: Day Three
Isaiah Taylor, PG, Texas Pro: Taylor is worth a look for schools searching for point guard options. He has good size at about 6-foot-1, is athletic, can get by his defender and his best attribute is his vision, as he consistently creates for his teammates. His 9 assists to 1 turnover against Team Final on Sunday morning said it all, but add 12 points and 4 steals and you have a pretty impressive performance. Taylor is deserving of some more recruiting attention. Rondae Jefferson, SF, Team Final: You love a guy that can impact the game when the shots aren't falling and against Texas Pro Jefferson only hit one field goal outside of the one three-pointer he knocked down, yet still found a way to help his team win, grabbing nine rebounds and coming up with three assists. He hit a couple free throws down the stretch to cement the win. Marcus Lee, C, Cal Supreme: As a scorer, Lee didn't get a ton of opportunities against ICP Elite and didn't score much, but he made several impressive plays regardless. It's been written here before, but his passing really is underrated and his effort is always there. He rebounded his area well – Lee came up with seven for the game – and played tough defense as always, blocking three shots. Zach LaVine, PG/SG, Friends of Hoop: In a game played in the Bay Area Memorial Weekend Classic in Walnut Creek, LaVine and Friends of Hoop went up against Play Hard Play Smart. First off, LaVine has grown a few inches in the last year and is now at 6-foot-3. He was very unselfish in this game, consistently passing up open shots for teammates. He did start the game pretty aggressive as a scorer, making some quick slashes to the basket for easy dunks and displaying a smooth pull-up jumper. LaVine definitely appears to have expanded his game and improved as a prospect and player over past year. Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin Fire: Unfortunately for Okafor, he just couldn't get many passes thrown his direction in a loss to Texas Titans. That said, this kid is a beast and did everything in his power to help his team win regardless. 16 rebounds – 9 offensive – say it all about what kind of effort he put forth. When Okafor did get the ball, he would use his body to back in his defender until he was close enough to softly toss the ball in. He scored 12 points, but he's so good on the block that he deserves more shot attempts. Jabari Parker, SF, Mac Irvin Fire: The truth is that in a loss against the Texas Titans, Parker had some impressive moments – he always does – but he wasn't at his best. He missed all five three-point shots and with the outside ball not falling, he had to take it to the basket and/or look for Jahlil Okafor more often than he did. Parker did play hard, had some aggressive rebounds and even when the shot doesn't fall, you usually think it's going to. Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans: In a matchup against Jabari Parker and Mac Irvin Fire, Julius Randle and his team came out ahead. Over-handling on the perimeter can lead to turnovers, but around the basket his athleticism, strength and size are near impossible to stop at this level, and Randle kept going strong to the rim, and his opponent had no choice but to foul him. His 11 of 15 made free throws helped him score 23 points, and add in 13 rebounds and Randle's effort is a big reason why his squad pulled off the win. Matt Jones, SG, Texas Titans: Jones didn't really appear interested in the Parker/Randle showdown and came out guns blazing. The shots were falling early and often for Jones, a big time shooter who ended up with four three-pointers in the game. 19 points and 8 rebounds in a game where he was considered a side note heading in isn't bad. Derrick Griffin, PF, Houston Hoops: Griffin just makes some mind blowing plays on the court with his unique size, length and hops. Effort alone makes him very productive, and he had 17 points to go with 10 rebounds by just playing hard and taking care of business around the basket. He may be a five-star football prospect, but he would easily have a future in basketball as well. Keith Frazier, SG, Houston Hoops: He's expanded his offensive arsenal in the last year. The three-point shot was always there, but Frazier also has some athletic drives to the basket and displayed a sweet looking 10-foot floater from the baseline. At 6-foot-6, Frazier has terrific size for position and is tough to contain as a scorer. Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, Cal Supreme: Jackson-Cartwright didn't play too much more than a half against ICP Elite but was phenomenal. On one play, he blocked a shot and came away with a steal on the same defensive sequence. Later, he split two defenders, drew another into the air and then found a guy for an open lay-up. He cleared space very well on a couple long pull-up two-pointers. He just has an uncanny feel for the game and ability to play the point guard position. Kameron Chatman, SF, ICP Elite: It was a tough shooting game for Chatman against Cal Supreme, but it's easy to see how good this kid has the chance to be. Even though he couldn't get the jumper to fall, he kept playing hard, rebounded, kept making the right pass to teammates and never gave up on defense. Justin Jackson, SF, Houston Hoops: At 175 pounds, Jackson isn't very intimidating but he quietly goes about his business and is pretty productive in the process. Jackson had pull-up and spot-up threes, also nailing a floater with 45 seconds left that gave his squad a one-point lead in what proved to be a loss to CIA Bounce. Andrew Wiggins, SF, CIA Bounce: Just a ridiculous athlete, Wiggins was literally unstoppable going to the basket, making one drive to the hoop after the other with very little resistance from the Houston Hoops defenders. Wiggins also has a floater with a release point so high that you can forget about blocking it. He had an easy 30 points and 7 rebounds against Houston Hoops. There aren't too many – if any – players in high school with Wiggins' ceiling. * Jaren Sina had the outside shot working against Team Pro, nailing five of them in a win and finishing with 17 points. * Nigel Williams-Goss had success going to the basket against ICP Elite, scoring 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field. * The shots weren't falling for Roschon Prince, but he did contribute 10 rebounds against Cal Supreme. He did score 15 points on 7 of 20 shooting, mostly on lay-ins. * Give Damian Jones time and strength and he'll put it all together. The 2013 Texas Titans big man shows what he's capable of in flashes, and kept fighting tough against Jahlil Okafor, despite giving up so much weight in the matchup. Isaiah Taylor has offers from San Jose State, George Mason and Lehigh with interest from Pepperdine, Washington State, Illinois, Texas A&M, Cornell, Kansas State, Florida State and LSU. Dominic Woodson said schools from California and Texas are recruiting him the most, including Texas A&M and U.C. Davis. Zach Lavine confirmed that UCLA is his leader and that he'll visit Westwood next weekend. Josh Martin has an offer from Washington, with interest from Florida State, Providence and Washington State. Donovan Dorsey has heard from Washington, Washington State, Stanford, Seattle, Arizona and Oregon State. Kameron Chatman's most recent offer is from Memphis. He said Washington, Oregon, Oregon State and UCLA have recruited him the hardest. He grew up a North Carolina fan.
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