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Minnesota Nike EYBL recap

4/23/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The first installment of third-annual Nike EYBL featured a ton of talent and practically every Division I college had a representative spend some time at the three-day event. Here is a look at the top performers during the first session:

Standout players

James Young (Troy, Mich./Troy)

2013, SG/SF, 6-foot-6, 210 pounds


One of the best scorers in the 2013 class, Young is proving he is a top-10 player. He has range on his lefty jumper beyond 20 feet, is great at attacking the rim and can finish through contact. Young is one of those players who are wired to score and he has to be one of the EYBL's leading scorers after the first session. He scored 35, 29, 18 and 25 in four games as his team went 3-1.

Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley)

2014, PG, 6-1, 170 pounds


He is the best pure point guard in the country, regardless of class. He is the epitome of a player who makes his teammates better. Sometimes his game is only appreciated by basketball purists since there is very little flash, only production. However, Jones can definitely score when needed and scored double figures in every game this weekend, but he understands in order to win, all players need to be involved and successful.

Andrew Wiggins

(Toronto, Canada/Huntington Prep (W.Va.))

2014, SF, 6-7, 205 pounds


Wiggins is in the discussion for the best player in the country. Blessed with a great first step, uncanny athletic ability and improving skill, Wiggins can practically score at will. He has improved his motor, as well as the consistency of his outside shot and is now impactful in every game.

Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon)

2013, SF, 6-8, 220 pounds


Ranked No. 1 in the 2013 class for over a year, Parker did nothing this weekend to dispel that theory. Parker is now a legitimate 6-8 and is just too big and too skilled for the normal high school player. However, he is not just a scorer. He is a willing, effective passer and a good rebounder.

Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty)

2013, SF/PF, 6-8 220 pounds


He is one of the most explosive and athletic players in the country, but it’s not only his leaping ability. His motor is incredible. Gordon makes plays all over the court and his activity leads to rebounds, steals, dunks, put-backs and blocks. Overall, he is very productive and finds ways to help his team win.

Surprise players