2016 Nike EYBL Preview

The 2016 Nike EYBL circuit will be filled with talent as many of the top players across the country have chosen the Nike circuit as their number one choice. This year’s Nike EYBL features newcomers Team Griffin (OK), We All Can Go (TN), RM5 Elite (TX), Team United (NC), Phoenix Phamily (AZ), and the defending adidas Uprising Gauntlet champs The Rens (NY).

Star power is everywhere in this year’s Nike EYBL as 20 of the top 22 prospects in the class of 2017 will be participating. Early favorites to take home this year’s Peach Jam championship appear to be Mokan Elite (MO), PSA Cardinals (NY), California Supreme (CA), Team CP3 (NC), Boo Williams (VA), and Expressions Elite (MA). All the hype on the 2016 class has really overshadowed the 2017 class, but this summer I believe the 2017 class will have scouts raving as another extremely talented class finishes their AAU career. Stay tuned for a great summer of basketball on the circuit.

Division A

Peach Jam Contenders 

Team CP3 (NC)
Team CP3 will be led by a stout front line headlined by 2016 6’ 10” PF Wendell Carter and looks to be a lock for Peach Jam play. Team CP3 has a very strong frontcourt with give players 6’ 8” or taller on their roster and their backcourt is led by strong guards 6’ 3” Devontae Shuler, 6’ 5” Jalen Seegars, 6’ 3” Michael Huiett Jr, and 6’ 2” Lavar Batts Jr. Watch out for Team CP3 to have another strong season in EYBL play.


California Supreme (CA)
California Supreme is STACKED from the inside out as their two 7-footers DeAndre Ayton and Brandon McCoy will be an unstoppable combination in the paint. California Supreme will also feature high major guards 2019 6’ 5” Cassius Stanley, key-returner 6’ 6” Jordan Shakel, and 6’ 5” Ethan Thompson. California Supreme has one of the better teams in the EYBL and will be a force to be reckoned with in the paint.


Team Takeover (DC)
Team Takeover has another very strong team coming into Nike EYBL play led by returners 6’ 6” DJ Harvey, 5’ 7” Chris Lykes, and 6’ 1” Aaron Thompson. All three veteran EYBL players will look to take a leadership role on this year’s squad, however with only one player 6’ 8” or taller (6’ 10” Luke Garza) Takeover will have to play strong help defense to compete in a division full of elite big men.


Georgia Stars (GA)
Although the Georgia Stars lost their strong core of Azubuike, Forrest, Harper, and Carter the Georgia Stars have rebuilt their lineup and re-tooled with another strong front line. 7-footer Ikechukwu Obiagu will lead the Stars frontcourt beside 6’ 10” Garrison Brooks and 6’ 8” Bebe Iyiola. A guard trio of 6’ 0” Davion Mitchell, 6’ 2” Jamie Lewis, and 6’ 4” Daniel Lewis will lead their backcourt. The defending champions certainly don’t have the team they did last EYBL circuit, but don’t count them out!


 Players to Watch

2017 7’ 0” C DeAndre Ayton (California Supreme)
2017 6’ 10” PF Wendell Carter (Team CP3)
2017 6’ 7” SF Brian Bowen (Meanstreets)
2017 6’ 6” SF DJ Harvey (Team Takeover)
2017 7’ 0” C Ikechukwu Obiago (Georgia Stars)
2017 7’ 0” C Brandon McCoy (California Supreme)
2017 6’ 7” SF Justin Smith (Mac Irvin Fire)
2017 6’ 3” SG Devontae Shuler (Team CP3)
2017 6’ 10” C Kaleb Wesson (All Ohio Red)
2017 5’ 7” PG Chris Lykes (Team Takeover)
2017 6’ 4” SG Aljami Durham (Southern Stampede)
2017 6’ 4” SG Andrew Platek (Albany City Rocks)
2017 6’ 1” PG Markell Johnson (King James)
2017 6’ 2” PG Jayvon Graves (King James)
2017 6’ 6” SG Nojel Eastern (Meanstreets)
2017 6’ 2” PG DaMonte Williams (Mac Irvin Fire)
2017 6’ 6” SF Jordan Shakel (California Supreme)


Division B

Peach Jam Contenders

E1T1 United (NC)
E1T1 United always brings a formidable squad in Nike EYBL play and this year will be no different. E1T1 will be led by elite 2017 SF Kevin Knox who will look to prove he is the number one player in the class (currently Top 5). Alongside Knox will be 2018 star big men 6’ 8” Silvo De Sousa and 6’ 7” Emmitt Williams. E1T1 is certainly a strong contender to make a run at this year’s peach jam title behind a strong front line of future stars.


Boo Williams (VA)
Boo Williams looks to be one of the favorites to make some noise in this year’s Nike EYBL circuit behind a trio of elite guards, Georgetown-commit 6’ 4” Tyler Foster, 2017 6’ 2” Matt Coleman, and star youngster 2018 6’ 4” Keldon Johnson. Boo Williams combines their stellar backcourt play with 7’ 2” C Brandon Newton, 6’ 11” Providence-commit Dajour Dickens, and 6’ 9” PF Josh Calton. Boo Williams have all the pieces to make a deep run into Peach Jam and will be a tough out during the summer circuit.


Houston Hoops (TX)
Houston Hoops are just another team with an extremely talented front line as 6’ 9” big men Jarred Vanderbilt and Isiah Jasey lead them. Last season Houston Hoops finished 13-4 and with much of their core returning they are a major threat to make a run in Nike EYBL play. Other key players on this year’s Houston Hoops squad are 2017’s 6’ 4” G JJ Chandler, 6’ 7” F Royce Hamm, 6’ 7” F Jaedon LeDee, and 6’ 4” G RJ Nembhard who will all likely receive big minutes for the contenders.


CIA Bounce (Can)
CIA Bounce will rely heavily on their star 2018 big man 6’ 9” Simi Shittu to carry the load offensively on the inside. He will team up with fellow big men 6’ 9” Brandon John and 6’ 11” Cole Lawrence this season. Their backcourt will feature a strong guard combo of 6’ 3” Jahvon Blair and 6’ 2” floor general Howard Washington. CIA Bounce have a strong team this season but will need to have someone step up and establish themselves as their go-to threat on the offensive end.


 Players to Watch

2017 6’ 8” SF Kevin Knox (E1T1 United)
2017 6’ 6” SF Gary Trent Jr (Howard Pulley)
2018 6’ 9” PF Simi Shittu (CIA Bounce)
2018 6’ 8” PF Silvio De Sousa (E1T1 United)
2017 6’ 9” PF Jarred Vanderbilt (Houston Hoops)
2017 6’ 5” SG John Petty Jr (We All Can Go)
2017 6’ 2” PG Matt Coleman (Boo Williams)
2017 7’ 1” C Zach Brown (Nike South Beach)
2019 6’ 0” PG Tyger Campbell (We All Can Go)
2017 6’ 9” PF Isiah Jasey (Houston Hoops)
2018 6’ 2” PG Tre Jones (Howard Pulley)
2017 6’ 10” PF Mitchell Robinson (Pro Skills)
2018 6’ 4” SG Keldon Johnson (Boo Williams)
2017 6’ 3” SG Jaylen Nowell (Seattle Rotary Style)
2017 6’ 3” SG Daejon Davis (Seattle Rotary Style)
2017 6’ 2” PG Howard Washington (CIA Bounce)
2017 6’ 7” PF Ethan Chargois (Team Griffin)


Division C 

Peach Jam Contenders

 PSA Cardinals (NY)
This year the PSA Cardinals may be the favorite to win this year’s Nike EYBL Peach Jam, as they are completely loaded from top to bottom. In the frontcourt they feature elite high-major big men 7’ 0” Mohamed Bamba and 6’ 10” Deng Gak. The PSA Cardinals backcourt isn’t half bad either as they will be led by 2019 6’ 1” Cole Anthony, 2017 6’ 0” Quade Green, and 6’ 5” scorer Brandon Randolph. This team is a very dangerous group of players who will have an opportunity to make some noise this summer.


Expressions Elite (MA)
Expressions Elite may be the most overlooked team coming into this year’s Nike EYBL circuit as they feature a stellar starting lineup that combines size, talent, and experience. Expressions Elite will feature one of the toughest backcourts in the EYBL as 6’ 0” Tremont Waters and 6’ 6” Jermaine Samuels Jr will team up in the backcourt and 2017 6’ 7” wing Kimani Lawrence will provide a talented swingman. Down low Expressions Elite is a bit thin with their only significant big man being 2017 7’ 0” star Nick Richards. Watch out for Expressions Elite!


Las Vegas Prospects (NV)
In just their second season the Las Vegas Prospects appear to be a serious contender to quality for another Peach Jam in July. Led by their trio of 2017 stars 6’ 8” O’Shae Brissett, 6’ 6” Troy Brown, and 6’ 5” Charles O’Bannon Jr the Las Vegas Prospects look primed and ready to make a trip back to the Nike Peach Jam. The question for this year’s team will be who will step up inside? With only a few big men on their roster the Prospects will need to make up for their lack of size with strong interior team defense.


The Rens (NY)
After capturing the adidas Uprising Gauntlet championship last season The Rens will look to make an immediate impact in the Nike EYBL this summer. The Rens will be led by strong guard play as elite guards 6’ 7” Jordan Tucker and 6’ 5” Hamidou Diallo will team up with their ball handler 6’ 0” Jose Alvarado in the backcourt. In the frontcourt The Rens have the necessary reinforcements and will look to make an immediate impact in the Nike EYBL circuit after switching from the Adidas circuit.


Players to Watch

2017 7’ 0” PF Mohamed Bamba (PSA Cardinals)
2018 6’ 10” PF Marvin Bagley III (Phoenix Phamily)
2017 6’ 10” PF Billy Preston (RM5 Elite)
2017 7’ 0” C Nick Richards (Expressions Elite)
2017 6’ 5” SG Hamidou Diallo (New York Rens)
2017 6’ 6” PG Troy Brown Jr (Las Vegas Prospects)
2017 6’ 2” PG Alex Barcello (Oakland Soldiers)
2017 6’ 7” SF Jordan Tucker (New York Rens)
2017 6’ 8” SF O’Shae Brissett (Las Vegas Prospects)
2017 6’ 0” PG Quade Green (PSA Cardinals)
2017 6’ 6” SG Charles O’Bannon Jr (Las Vegas Prospects)
2017 6’ 8” PF Cody Riley (Phoenix Phamily)
2017 6’ 6” SG Jermaine Samuels (Expressions Elite)
2017 6’ 10” PF Deng Gak (PSA Cardinals)
2017 6’ 0” PG Tremont Waters (Expressions Elite)
2017 6’ 8” PF Terrell Brown (BABC)
2017 6’ 7” SG Jamal Cain (The Family Detroit)
2017 6’ 10” C Justyn Hamilton (Team United)


Division D 

Peach Jam Contenders

Mokan Elite (MO)
Mokan Elite is another one of the favorites to win the Nike Peach Jam this season as they will be led by the deadliest duo in the AAU circuit. 6’ 9” SF Michael Porter Jr and 6’ 1” PG Trae Young will be a deadly combination that is next to impossible to stop. Combine them with a strong supporting cast led by Michael’s brother Jontay Porter and you have a team primed to make a deep run in Peach Jam play. What else needs to be said about this dynamite group.


Team Final (PA)
Team Final may have the deadliest scoring combo in the Nike EYBL as they will feature 6’ 5” Lonnie Walker and 6’ 7” SF Cameron Reddish on the same roster. Two of the most prolific scorers in high school hoops will team up with tough as nails guard 5’ 11” Daron Russell and big men 6’ 8” Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and 2018 6’ 9” PF Marcus Littles. Team Final is also a tough out in Nike EYBL play and this year will certainly be no different. This team could produce a few very high scoring totals.


St Louis Eagles (MO)
Coming off a second place finish in the Peach Jam last season the St. Louis Eagles will look to return to the championship match this season. Losing Jayson Tatum off their runner-up team isn’t a good sign however as the Eagles will have to turn to big man 6’ 10” Jeremiah Tilmon to make an impact on the inside. 6’ 5” Jordan Goodwin and 6’ 0” Darius Garland will form a strong one-two punch in the backcourt and 2018 6’ 6” youngster Jericole Hellems will look to have a breakout summer to help the Eagles chances. 


Players to Watch

2017 6’ 9” SF Michael Porter Jr (Mokan Elite)
2017 6’ 5” SG Lonnie Walker (Team Final)
2017 6’ 1” PG Trae Young (Mokan Elite)
2017 6’ 10” PF Jeremiah Tilmon (St Louis Eagles)
2017 6’ 8” PF PJ Washington (Team Penny)
2018 6’ 7” SF Cameron Reddish (Team Final)
2017 6’ 10” PF Daniel Gafford (Arkansas Wings)
2017 6’ 6” SG Brandon Rachal (Elfrid Payton Elite)
2017 6’ 8” PF Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (Team Final)
2017 6’ 8” PF Xavier Tillman (Spiece Indy Heat)
2017 6’ 6” SG Khalil Garland (Team Penny)
2017 6’ 5” SG Jordan Goodwin (St Louis Eagles)
2017 6’ 0” PG Leondre Washington (Playaz Basketball Club)
2017 6’ 7” PF Brandon Johns (Spiece Indy Heat)
2017 6’ 0” PG Darius Garland (St Louis Eagles)
2017 6’ 9” PF Rayshaun Hammonds (Alabama Challenge)
2017 6’ 5” SG Chris Duarte (New York Lightning)


The Peach Jam Bubble features 11 teams fighting for 9 spots. After 15 Peach Jam contenders were named their are 11 quality teams that remain to fight for the remaining 9 spots. This year’s field is wide open with no clear bottom feeders in preseason play. The Peach Jam bubble will certainly be something to watch as we approach July. Who will make their mark and surprise the EYBL with a breakout summer?

Peach Jam Bubble

Meanstreets (IL)
Mac Irvin Fire (IL)
Team Penny (TN)
Oakland Soldiers (CA)
Phoenix Phamily (AZ)
We All Can Go (TN)
Howard Pulley (MN)
Seattle Rotary Style (WA)
The Family Detroit (MI)


Spiece Indy Heat (IN)
Playaz Basketball Club (NJ)


 


Division A

Southern Stampede (GA)
Albany City Rocks (NY)
All Ohio Red (OH)
Meanstreets (IL)
Mac Irvin Fire (IL)
Team Takeover (DC)
Georgia Stars (GA)
California Supreme (CA)
Team CP3 (NC)
King James (OH)


Division B

We All Can Go (TN)
E1T1 United (FL)
Nike South Beach (FL)
Seattle Rotary Style (WA)
Boo Williams (VA)
Howard Pulley (MN)
CIA Bounce (Can)
Houston Hoops (TX)
Pro Skills (TX)
Team Griffin (OK)


Division C

BABC (MA)
Team United (NC)
The Rens (NY)
Las Vegas Prospects (NV)
The Family Detroit (MI)
Oakland Soldiers (CA)
RM5 Elite (TX)
Phoenix Phamily (AZ)
Expressions Elite (MA)
PSA Cardinals (NY)


Division D

St. Louis Eagles (MO)
Team Final (PA)
Mokan Elite (KS)
Playaz Basketball Club (NJ)
Elfrid Payton Elite (LA)
Spiece Indy Heat (IN)
New York Lightning (NY)
Arkansas Wings (AR)
Alabama Challenge (AL)
Team Penny (TN)


Schedule:

Session 1: Brooklyn, NY April 16-17
Session 2: Indianapolis, IN April 22-24
Session 3: Hampton, VA May 13-15
Session 4: Atlanta, GA May 28-30
Peach Jam: North Augusta, SC July 6-10