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Dallas Nike EYBL recap

5/14/2012

DALLAS -- There were many great matchups over the course of the weekend during the third session of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Here is a look at who stood out during the event:

Standout players

Julius Randle (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood)

2013, PF, 6-foot-8, 240 pounds


Before anointing anyone the No. 1 player in the 2013 class, we need to make sure we don’t dismiss Mr. Randle. He is still the most unstoppable force in the class. His game is pure power with just a little finesse mixed in. Randle drives to his left 90 percent of the time, but defenders can’t stop him from doing it. When he is attacking in the paint, no high school player can stop him.

Duane Wilson (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Dominican)

2013, PG/SG, 6-2, 170 pounds


Wilson is the consummate scoring point guard who can score and distribute with equal effectiveness. He is at his best when he is in attack mode, and he has become much more explosive and confident than he was last season. He has turned himself into one of the best guards in the country.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Los Angeles/Loyola)

2014, PG, 5-10, 150 pounds


He may not look like it, but he is an assassin on the basketball court. With a small and unassuming frame, he may not pass the immediate look test, then the ball goes up and he takes over. He understands how to control tempo and make his teammates better while scoring at the same time.

Andrew Wiggins (Toronto/Huntington Prep, W.Va.)

2014, SF, 6-7, 190 pounds


This is getting a little monotonous, but Wiggins had a few dominant performances again. He is without question one of the three best talents in all of high school basketball right now. He is very explosive and has really improved the consistency of his jump shot. He may glide at times but now knows when to take over games. Catch him now while you only have to pay $5 to watch him play live; very soon you will have to pay $25.

Stanley Johnson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei)

2014, SF, 6-6, 225 pounds


He is a very versatile forward who can play every position on the floor. Johnson is strong with a very good basketball IQ and is good at everything, but great at nothing. He has become much more assertive as a scorer, but his best attribute is that he can do whatever his team needs in order to win.

Johnathan Williams III (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind)

2013, PF, 6-9, 215 pounds


He has always been known as a player with talent but did not always show it or play productively. Well, the production is coming pretty fast. Williams was rebounding, blocking shots and scoring inside all weekend. Williams is a lefty inside/outside performer who is shooting up the rankings like a rocket.

Kameron Williams (Baltimore/Mount St. Joseph's)

2013, SG, 6-2, 175 pounds


What separates Williams from many others is that he does not have to get ready to score. He is always ready, which puts pressure on any defense. He is a natural scorer who has range on his jumper and understands how to use a shot fake to create space, if needed. He also does not force up shots and he plays under control with a good sense of pace. One of the leading scorers in the entire EYBL, he holds offers from Miami (Fla.), VCU, Providence, Richmond, Wake Forest, DePaul, Drexel, USF and Virginia Tech.

Underclassmen to watch