Nike EYBL Session III Recap.
Writer: Andrew Martin
NIKE EYBL Session III tipped off in Dallas over the weekend and with Peach Jam looming over teams, the talent was at an ultimately high level. Here are some takeaways from the weekend:
Jaden Hardy showed out in a big way this weekend individually while also helping Vegas Elite go 4-1 at Drive Nation in their first year playing in the EYBL circuit. Hardy shot the ball extremely well in Dallas at a 56% TSP, as well as putting his passing ability on full display. The point guard shot the ball from three as well as anyone and hit some tough three's off the dribble. Hardy is currently the No. 2 player in the class of 2021 via ESPN, and while Patrick Baldwin Jr (No. 1 in 2021) will be very difficult to pass, the 6’4” guard certainly proved he isn't going anywhere. Combine his skills with 5-Star Josh Christopher and you get one of the deadliest one-two punches on the circuit that will look to make some noise at Peach Jam in July.
Class of 2021’s Jonathan Kuminga was an absolute force in Session III; the 6’8” 200-pounder is nearly unstoppable when he gets a full head of steam going to the rim, and his jump shot is only getting better, shooting 50% from the field. With the chatter that the wing could make Dallas home before the fall, Kuminga posted a personal EYBL high 43 points while going 7-11 from deep against Cade Cunningham, Greg Brown III, and the Texas Titans. Kuminga seems to be consistently improving his arsenal of skills making more and more heads turn. There’s a legitimate case he pulled himself into the top three conversation for the 2021 class.
AOT counterparts and ESPN top 20 prospects Sharife Cooper and BJ Boston makeup by far one of the more exciting teams to watch at EYBL. Cooper specifically shot a very accurate 15-17 from deep over the course of the weekend, but his passing may have been even more impressive. With 27 turnovers this weekend he needs to improve his decision making, but with seven assists a game it's obvious that Cooper’s floor vision is very advanced.
As one of the most efficient players this weekend, BJ Boston had one of the best offensive performances in Dallas scoring at least 25 points per game. Boston continues to be inconsistent from deep this summer but once again showed he’s one of the most effective players on circuit when it comes to getting to the rim. His ability to keep defenders off balance is the key to his scoring ability and with his deadly crossover, and he won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
While playing for one of the most loaded and talented teams, Cade Cunningham still manages to stand out as one of the smartest players on circuit. Standing in at 6’5” and 215 pounds, Cunningham might have the best passing ability and vision in his class. However, over the course of the last year his scoring has become increasingly better. With 124 points this weekend and two 30+ point games, he is becoming a matchup nightmare that can hurt you with an array of tools. On top of all that, Cunningham threw down possibly the biggest poster of the weekend on Sunday against Mac Irvin Fire that got the entire facility going crazy. The positionless playmaker could be a top three player by the end of the summer.
Greg Brown III
While only playing three games this weekend, Greg Brown III impressed everyone with every aspect of his game. While having some big poster dunks for himself, he had 20+ points in every game including a 31 point performance against Jonathan Kuminga and the New York Renaissance. The far more impressive part of his stat line in that game was the 20 rebounds he grabbed to go along with 37 for the weekend. He also posed as a major problem for offenses with numerous blocks, showing why he’s one of the best all around talents in his class.
At 6’8”, 210 pounds, ESPN’s No. 5 prospect Scottie Barnes has great ball control while being able to play numerous positions and roles on the court. We’ve seen Barnes score the ball well and be an effective rebounder all summer long. What stood out this weekend was his defensive play. He took his rim protection to the next level in Dallas blocking two shots in four of his five games.
Adam Miller may have had the best offensive performance at session III this weekend. Miller scored 149 total points including 36, 39, & 35 points in his final three games while shooting 43% from the field and 42% from beyond the arc. After grabbing everyone’s attention in Dallas, Miller will look to stay hot in July as him and Michael Foster lead 10-3 Mac Irvin Fire to Peach Jam.