Duke’s Tre Jones stood out in all of his big tests in 2020, so it is no surprise that he earned 2020 ACC Player of the Year honors. The sophomore guard has a multi-faceted game that features variety on the offensive end and scrappiness as a defender. His NBA lineage is represented by his older brother, Tyus (Memphis Grizzlies). Will the former Apple Valley (Minn.) star be a first-rounder in the 2020 NBA Draft? We go inside his game during his two-year run (2016-2017) with his AAU squad, Howard Pulley, in the Nike EBYL.
Duke guard Cassius Stanley has been a standout dating back to his days as a 16-year old. The 2020 NBA Draft first-round prospect starred for his AAU squad, California Supreme Elite, with current Phoenix Suns center DeAndre Ayton. We take a look back at Stanley’s game during the summer of 2016.
Stewart -the 2019 Naismith High School National Player of the Year at La Lumiere HS (N.Y.)- finished his freshman season at Washington as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection. Aside from averaging 17 points per game, the New York native also put up 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per outing. He posted 14 double-doubles during the year. During his time on the Nike EBYL circuit with City Rocks, Stewart cemented his standing as a two-way player. He already possesses an NBA-ready frame and could very well hear his name called in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft.
McDaniels -a former 2019 McDonald’s All-American- averaged 13 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in 2019-20 as a freshman at Washington. During his time as an AAU standout on the Nike EBYL circuit, he was a significant contributor for the Seattle Rotary. The Federal, Washington native and 2020 NBA Draft prospect is following in the footsteps of his brother, Jalen, a 2019 second-round draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
Duke PF/C Vernon Carey, Jr. was the ACC’s Rookie of the Year in 2020 after averaging nearly 18 points and nine rebounds per game. In the process, he earned NABC National Freshman of the Year honors and consensus second-team All-American honors. Carey, Jr. is following in the footsteps of his father, Vernon, Sr., an eight-year NFL veteran and former first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2004 NFL Draft.
During his time at the prep level for South Garland HS (Tex.), Maxey filled up the stat sheet. The consensus five-star recruit finally ended up signing with the Wildcats and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2019-20. Maxey averaged 14 points per game and shot an impressive 83.3-percent from the free throw line. Known for his clutch play during his brief stay in Lexington, Maxey has a solid chance to hear his name called in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft. We caught our first glimpse of Maxey’s diverse game during his days on the Nike EBYL circuit with the Houston Hoops AAU squad.
As Oturu has continued to grow, his game has also taken the necessary steps. The All-Big Ten defender averaged 2.5 blocks per game in 2019-20, while also averaging 20.1 points per game and 11.3 rebounds. Oturu ranked second in the Big Ten with 18 double-doubles and has firmly put himself in a position to hear his name called relatively early in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Cole Anthony’s rise from top-ranked recruit to North Carolina All-ACC point guard took on quite the journey. He was a productive member for one of the Nike EBYL’s most competitive AAU squads (PSA Cardinals) before becoming the leader of the unit. In 2019-20 at North Carolina, Anthony battled a knee injury but still averaged 18.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds and 4 assists. His star may be diminished heading into the 2020 NBA Draft, but the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game MVP is still going to be one of the most sought-after guards in this year’s draft.
Despite missing the majority of the 2018-19 campaign due to a foot injury, Bol averaged over 21 points per game, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in nine games. We got the opportunity to view Bol as a member of the Cal Supreme Elite AAU squad during the 2017 Nike EBYL tour. Many of the characteristics that were on display during his short stint at Oregon shined regularly on the AAU circuit. His father, the late Manute Bol, was one of the NBA’s top shot blockers during his career. While not quite as tall as his 7’7″ father, the younger Bol does contain a 7’7″ wingspan.
Despite going down to two knee injuries in 2018-19, former Missouri forward Jontay Porter still has an outside shot of hearing his name called in the 2019 NBA Draft. Prior to his injury, Porter -the younger brother of Denver Nuggets 2018 first-round pick Michael Porter, Jr.- was considered a potential first-round pick in this year’s draft. Blessed with a seven-foot wingspan, the former Tiger displays range and above average footwork on the floor. As a freshman, he shot 36-percent from three-point range and 75-percent from the free throw line. We spotlight his matchup with Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley during the 2017 Nike EBYL Peach Jam while a member of the Mokan Elite AAU squad.