Where: Hampton, Va.
Date: May 17-18
Reporting Staff: Rob Harrington
Top Teams: Team Final, Team Penny, New York Lightning, Howard Pulley, All-Ohio Red, Houston Hoops, Southern Stampede, Spiece Indy Heat, E1T1, Athletes First, Boo Williams Summer League, Playaz Basketball Club, BABC, CIA Bounce, Texas Titans, MoKan Elite, Wings Elite, Mac Irvin Fire, Oakland Soldiers, Team Takeover.
Top Players: Ivan Rabb, Ben Simmons, Stephen Zimmerman, Cheick Diallo, Thomas Bryant, Allonzo Trier, Henry Ellenson, Malik Monk, Prince Ali, Caleb Swanigan, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Isaiah Briscoe, Jalen Brunson, Levan Alston, Austin Grandstaff, D.J. Hogg, Malachi Richardson, Antonio Blakeney, Juwan Morgan, Noah Dickerson, Dedric Lawson, Edrice Adebayo, K.J. Lawson, Moustapha Diagne, Charles Matthews, Jessie Govan, and many more.
Looking Forward To: This will be my first EYBL event this season and, while I've trumpeted a strengthening set of competitors to Nike as beneficial to grassroots basketball, the Swoosh giant remains king of the mountain and fields the most potent stable of talent. Meanwhile, will this be the weekend that No. 1 rising junior Harry Giles suits up for the first time in nearly a year after undergoing knee surgery? Additionally, and unattached to the EYBL, a strong 16-under tournament will take place simultaneously and command some attention as well.