Duke's Austin Rivers and Other Top Prospects at The Nike EYBL Tournament
March To March is out here at the Nike EYBL tournament here in Houston to watch the best of the best hoop against one another. The kids haven't disappointed.
Here are a few tidbits on what we've seen out the kids so far as well as a transfer nugget we've heard from source close to the situation. We'll have more evaluations and recruiting information later on so stay tuned.
We hope you enjoy. So here goes:
Austin Rivers is better than advertised, if you can believe it. He orchestrates his teammates like the son of an NBA point guard should, and he makes plays like he’s the second coming of Jason Williams—a more athletic Jason Williams.
He’ll be disgustingly good at Duke, especially if Kyrie Irving sticks around to flank Rivers at the two. Austin is too good to be true. No one can guard him here in Texas and he's facing great players every game. Simply put, he’s wrecking stuff and the rest of the ACC should be very afraid.
On to the state of Mississippi and its favorite high school superstar, Johnny O'...
Johnny O’Bryant is a 6′9″ man-child out there, and certainly another 2011 kid to watch. The kid never stops working. He’s perpetual motion personified and he’s got a polished game to go along with this effort which is a deadly combination for kids this young.
Physically O’Bryant will continue to fill out and his work ethic will ensure that his skills will trend upward with his physical maturity. You can tell basketball is important to him because he’s always giving great effort. Throw in native, God-given ability and it’s easy to see Mississippi, Miss State, Memphis, or Kansas will get a good one. Don’t bet against the state of Mississippi in this recruiting battle.
On to a Tar Heel prospect, James McAdoo.
McAdoo has been showcasing a dynamic inside/outside game that indicates he can be a member of that exclusive hybrid forward club. McAdoo is a 6′8″, long-armed wing with a credible face up game and the body control and footwork to take smaller players down in the low block.
If he can continue to develop his range he compares favorably to former UNC star Rick Fox, only James has a bit more length.
He’s been a shining star here in Houston this week and he'll continue to climb up in the recruiting rankings. He'd look good in powder blue, as he steps into Harrison Barnes shoes when and if Barnes bolts to the Association.
One University of Kentucky recruiting tidbit, Elroy Vargas looks to be a lock to go to Kentucky next season after playing a year at Florida. Jury’s out on whether or not the kid will be a difference maker at the four for Kentucky, especially considering he’s not a true face up four at this stage.
Remember, a face up four that can float on the perimeter is almost a must for the Dribble Drive Motion offense to be successful. The DDM requires you to play a four out with four perimeter threats to open up driving lanes. We're not sure Vargas can do that, but Coach Cal seems to like him.
As for disappointing tournament, Quincy Miller is struggling. The long 6′9″ wing seems to be struggling with players that have the same caliber of physicality and athleticism. A forgettable weekend for the 2011 prospect to be sure.
Check back frequently for more updates.
Kevin Berger writes the leading college hoops blog March To March .
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