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.
Lecque -a five-star recruit in the 2019 high school class- took a circuitous route to this year’s NBA Draft. Despite being able to have played in college this past season, he played an extra year at Brewster Academy (N.H.) in 2018-19. After committing to play for NC State in 2019-20, he entered the 2019 NBA Draft. His sterling athleticism was on display at the 2019 NBA Combine, when he posted an eye-opening 43 1/2-inch maximum vertical jump. Lecque decided to stay in this year’s draft as the rare fifth-year high school senior. We got an up close look at the Manhattan native and his New York Rensaissance AAU squad during the 2018 Nike EBYL Peach Jam.
Brazdeikis -the 2019 Big Ten Freshman of the Year- proved his worth during his first season in Ann Arbor. The 2019 AP Newcomer of the Year averaged 14.8 PPG and 5.4 RPG while shooting 46.2-percent from the field. He also shot 39.2-percent from beyond the arc and 77-percent from the foul line. Brazdeikis hopes to hear his name called at some point during the 2019 NBA Draft.
Despite missing the majority of his freshman campaign due to injury, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland has a solid chance of hearing his name called in the 2019 NBA Draft’s Top 10 picks later this month. The former Brentwood Academy (TN.) and McDonald’s All-American provides deft ballhandling skills at the point guard spot. Prior to his time at Vandy, he earned his stripes playing against the likes of players such as Phoenix Suns center DeAndre Ayton and 2019 UNC signee Cole Anthony in the AAU circuit. In his five games as a Commodore, Garland averaged 16.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG and 2.6 APG. His father, Winston, spent seven seasons in the NBA after starring at Missouri State.
DraftNasty went inside the game of former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young during the 2016 Nike Peach Jam. Along with fellow 2018 NBA Draft prospect Michael Porter, Jr., Young helped lead Mokan Elite to the championship. For his efforts, he earned Co-MVP honors with Porter, Jr. During this past season at Oklahoma, he earned consensus All-American honors after leading the nation in points per game (27.4) and assists per game (8.7). Along the way, he shot 42.3-percent from the field, 36.1-percent from three-point range and 86.1-percent from the free throw line.
Arizona’s Deandre Ayton became the Wildcats first consensus All-American in nearly two decades. The 7’1, 260-pound center averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Blessed with a soft shooting touch, long arms and excellent footwork, he is widely regarded as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. We went inside the 2017 McDonald’s All-American’s game during the summer of 2016 while competing for California Supreme Elite’s AAU squad at the Nike EBYL Peach Jam.
Duke PF Marvin Bagley III averaged 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in 2017-18 to earn consensus first-team All-American honors. DraftNasty went inside his game the last two summers during the Nike EBYL Peach Jam while he starred for the Nike Phoenix Phamily AAU squad. During the 2017 Peach Jam, Bagley III averaged 24.6 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists 2.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. His versatile game gives future NBA suitors plenty of options.