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May 1, 2011

From the road: EYBL Dallas

FRISCO, Texas- The second session of the Nike EYBL is in the books. Among the final observations is that Archie Goodwin is establishing himself as one of the top wings in the 2012 class.

Archie Goodwin (2012, Arkansas Wings)- No one in the 2012 class matches Goodwin for attacking the basket with authority. A superb athlete with a powerful build, Goodwin finishes plays at the rim with graceful body control and with amazing ease. Although unrefined, he has the complete skill package for a wing scorer and the physical essentials of an NBA-level prospect.

Jabari Bird (2013, Oakland Soldiers)- Bird doesn't blow you away in any one area, but he is continually having a positive effect on the game. Whether it is knocking down a shot, making the extra pass or grabbing a timely rebound, Bird is a stabilizing force on the wing for the Soldiers.

Grant Jerrett (2012, California Supreme)- Potential is the word for Jarrett, but he is pretty darn good as he is. His greatest tools are his length and his body control. He has a great feel for blocking shots and keeping the ball in play, and offensively he is slippery in traffic. How much stronger and more aggressive he becomes will dictate the level he is able to take his game.

Katin Reinhardt (2012, California Supreme)- A skilled shooting guard, Reinhardt plays with strength and confidence. He is a solid defender and reliable shooter, and is a candidate for four-star status.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (2012, Spiece)- Smith-Rivera continues to impress. He moves seamlessly between both guard positions, and has a fearlessness to his game. His command of the game and his physical attributes indicate that he will be playing productive basketball for years to come.

Bryson Scott (2013, Spiece)- Scott's game continues to grow on me. He has a gift of probing the defense and then attacking the basket while maintaining an awareness of his teammates. He absorbs contact well, and also knocks down open jumpers.

Brice Johnson (2012, CP3)- A bouncy power forward, Johnson made a lot of positive plays with his constant effort. The motor and potential is there for Johnson to establish himself as a high major prospect.

A.J. Hammons (2012, Spiece)- Hammonds has typically been that big guy that left you wanting more out of him. It looks like this is becoming less the case with him. He does need to play tougher on a consistent basis, but Hammonds now looks more comfortable asserting himself on the court and is becoming more productive. With his size and mobility, he has a high ceiling.

Ricardo Gathers (2012, Louisiana Select)- Gathers is always going to be that undersized interior player that causes people to question why he doesn't play football. He is also going to be that player in college that produces night after night and helps his team win. He is a warrior in the paint and is developing a jump hook to help him score over bigger opponents.

Marcus Hunt (2012, Georgia Stars)- Hunt combines a high arcing, soft jump shot with great size for his shooting guard position. His ability to body up on defense and be productive on the glass makes him even more valuable as a prospect.

Tony Parker (2012, Georgia Stars)- Parker is playing an aggressive brand of basketball as a scorer and rebounder. When he is focused and in attack mode, he is a productive and reliable big man. Since his game isn't based on athleticism, Parker is best when he brings a physical and grinding mentality to the court.

Brandon Bolden (2012, Team Florida)- A promising prospect, Bolden is the prototypical wiry, long, athletic four-man with a developing skill game. If he applies himself in the weight room and is serious about his skill development, he will have a successful career at Georgetown.

Justin Jackson (2014, Houston Hoops)- It has been fun and will continue to be fun watching this prospect develop. With a Reggie Milleresque physique, Jackson has a knack for scoring and impacts the game in other ways with his length. He looks to be an instinctual player with a great chance of ending up an elite prospect in his class.

Steve Taylor (2012, Mac Irvin Fire)- Liked the post-up game I saw out of Clark this weekend. He is a dangerous spot-up shooter but not much of an off-the-dribble threat. So the post-up game gives him a valuable dimension inside of the arc.


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