Team: Indy Heat
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 17.2 PPG, 58.1 FG%, 3.5 RPG, 3.2 APG
Year: Junior (2020)
The Indy Heat went 4-0 in Atlanta behind an eight-man rotation, which means everybody is going to be playing a lot of minutes. Junior point guard Nijel Pack figured to be a primary beneficiary of the extended minutes, and he didn't disappoint. The 6-foot Lawrence Central (IN) product averaged 17 points on nearly 60 percent shooting and was active all over the floor. He closed the session with a 33-point outing in a close win over the NY Lightning. Pack shot 11-for-15 from the floor and made all 10 of his free throws in the 87-71 win.
After his standout session, Pack did a Q&A with Alex Bozich at Inside The Hall.
Team: Indy Heat
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 14.8 PPG, 66.7 FG%, 4.5 RPG, 3.0 APG
Year: Junior (2020)
Just like his teammate Nijel Pack, junior guard Jaden Ivey proved to be a major asset for the Indy Heat. An attacking guard that is constantly playing downhill, Ivey was extremely efficient in Atlanta while shooting nearly 70 percent from the floor. Can is a factor on the boards and is an improving facilitator, and his impact should continue for a very talented Heat squad. Ivey committed to Purdue on April 24th, and Boilermaker fans should have plenty to be excited about after seeing his session one performance.
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 15.5 PPG, 47.6 FG%, 5.2 RPG, 4.2 APG
Year: Junior (2020)
Ahron Ulis was a spark plug for MeanStreets during session one, and he put up some staggering statistics. The 5-foot-1 junior averaged a hair under 16 points per game on 48 percent shooting, but it's his other numbers that stand out. A smaller guard by stature, Ulis rebounded like a 6-foot-4 combo player en route to grabbing 5.2 boards per game. Ulis is very difficult to stay in front of defensively, and if the first session is any indication, he has plenty of high-major potential.
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 17.8 PPG, 65.7 FG%, 79.3 FT% (23-29), 5.2 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 2.0 TOPG
Ishmael Leggett played unbelievable in Atlanta. In four games - three wins - the 6-foot-2 combo guard averaged 17.8 points on 65.7 percent shooting. Leggett did a terrific job of creating contact when attacking the basket, evidenced by his 29 free throw attempts (79.3%). Leggett scored in double-figures in all four contests, but he saved his best work for last. In the session finale win against regional rival & No. 1 ranked Team Takeover, the St. John's (DC) product put up 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting.
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 14.8 PPG, 52.6 FG%, 83.3 FT% (15-18), 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG
Niels Lane has always displayed an immense amount of potential, and he started tapping into it in Atlanta. The 6-foot-5 combo guard was efficient across the board; he rebounded at a high rate (6.5 RPG), played terrific defense against some difficult competition, and he played clutch. In Team Final's last two games - upset wins over No. 4 Vegas Elite and No. 2 Nightrydas Elite - Lane was on another level. He put up 17 points and five rebounds in an injury-depleted win over the league's top scoring team (Vegas Elite), and he put the team on his back against the Nightrydas. In a 79-66 upset win, Lane put up 24 points (8-12 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and only one turnover. If he can consistently perform at this level, Lane is objectively a high-major recruit and Team Final should remain a factor moving forward.
Team: New York Lightning
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 15.2 PPG, 67.6 FG%, 50.0 3PT% (6-12), 4.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.2 TOPG
Max Edwards might be the most underrated player on this list. The Bunnell (CT) product doesn't play at the highest level in high school, so there was a giant question mark next to his potential production. Edwards is the perfect Lightning guard; tough, sturdy, plays great defense and doesn't make many mistakes. Edwards averaged 15.2 points per game on 68 percent shooting, and he showcased the score the ball at all three levels. Director Dana Dingle was impressed with his combo guard, and he figures to build off his recent offers from Cleveland State and Bryant in future EYBL sessions.
Team: UPLAY Canada (ON)
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 20.0 PPG, 47.7 FG%, 3.5 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.2 BPG, 1.5 TOPG
Taryn Todd was a major bright spot for UPLAY Canada. The Findlay Prep (NV) product was aggressive offensively all weekend for Ontario's EYBL affiliate, and the lefty showcased a professional scoring package. His pull-up is on another level and his ability to get the basket is improving every with every game. Todd scored 80 points in four games, but he also has major defensive chops, frequently defending high-major talent during UPLAY's first four games. Todd is somewhat of a hidden gem, but he shouldn't stay under-the-radar for much longer. Findlay knows how to develop players and UPLAY can say the same, so it's unlikely we've seen the best that Todd has to offer.
Team: Woodz Elite (AR)
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 12.5 PPG, 45.2 FG%, 11.0 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 BPG, 1.0 TOPG
Jaylin Williams was one of the biggest head-turners from the EYBL's opening weekend. Williams was huge in wins over MeanStreets (16 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists), and UPLAY (17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists), and his size and length should continue to be a huge asset for Woodz Elite (3-1) as they continue through their EYBL schedule. Williams struggled in Woodz Elite's lone loss against the now top-ranked Titans, and the correlation is probably not a coincidence. Williams is a game-changer on both ends, and if he continues to average a double-double, he will undoubtedly be one of the biggest risers up the national ecruiting rankings this spring and summer.
Team: Team United (NC)
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 16.0 PPG, 47.9 FG%, 37.5 3PT% (6-16), 3.2 RPG, 2.0 APG
Team United struggled to find consistency as a team in Atlanta, but Josh Banks was really, really good. The 6-foot-5 slasher put up 18 points, 17 points, and 20 points to start the season, proving his ability to efficiently produce against the league's best. He can score at all three levels and is definitely capable of rebounding at a higher rate (currently 3.2). His ability to consistently knock down shots from the perimeter should open up the rest of his game, but it would be nice to see him more active on the offensive boards and in transition.
Team: Alabama Fusion
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 11.0 PPG, 48.6 FG%, 8.8 RPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 1.2 TOPG
Colby Jones used Atlanta to make his case that he's a top-five rebounding guard in the 2020 class. A 6-foot-6 junior with a gifted shooting stroke, Jones is proving to be much more than just a scorer. He grabbed nearly nine boards per game in Atlanta, helping an underrated Alabama Fusion squad to a 4-0 finish with a scoring average of 90.5 points per game. Jones is a versatile defender and a terrific system-player, two traits that helped him earn recent offers from Georgia, Clemson, and Penn. The Fusion won 'Best Team' in Atlanta, and Jones' consistent production was a huge reason why.
Team: Houston Hoops (TX)
EYBL Atlanta Statistics: 15.5 PPG, 48.9 FG%, 13 3PTM (43.3%), 2.2 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.5 TOPG
With junior guard LJ Cryer out with an ankle injury, head coach Tim Schumacher desperately needed Braelon Bush to step up in the backcourt. The diminutive point guard delivered and then some. Bush scored in double-figures in all four games, averaging a hair under 16 points per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor. More impressively was Bush's jump-shot from the perimeter; the 5-foot-8 point guard knocked down 13 of 30 triples. He did a nice job of getting his teammates involved (4.0 APG), and if he continues to produce at this level, the Hoops should remain competitive amongst the league's best competition.