HAMPTON, Va. – Howard Pulley sophomore point guard Tyus Jones and E1T1 sophomore big man Dakari Johnson take home co-MVP honors as we take a look at the weekend's top-10 performers from the Nike-EYBL in Hampton.
Jones went for 37 points and eight assists in the finale against Bluff City Legends.
PG Tyus Jones, Howard Pulley [Co-MVP]
23.0 points, 7.2 assists, 2.2 steals
The 6-foot-1 5-star sophomore from Saint Paul (Minn.) Apple Valley did pretty much anything he wanted to all weekend long but saved his best for last, erupting for 37 points and eight assists in the finale against Bluff City Legends Sunday.
Jones, who is averaging 20.8 points and an EYBL-best 6.6 assists per game, can beat you himself or by setting up his teammates. Pick your poison.
SG Jajuan Johnson, Bluff City Legends
15.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 9 of 17 threes (52.9 percent)
The lanky 6-foot-5 2013 combo guard wasted little time making his name known, going for 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting and 4 of 5 three-pointers in a win over Boo Williams Friday night.
Even on cruise control, Wiggins still went for 18.6 points per game while shooting 62.6 percent.
Johnson, who has drawn comparisons to Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry, is a raw scorer who can also affect the game with his length and athleticism on the defensive end.
His all-around play has led to a score of new offers including Florida, Texas and Louisville among others.
SF Andrew Wiggins, CIA Bounce
18.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 62.6 percent FGs
The 2014 phenom more or less had it on cruise control the entire weekend and was almost too unselfish at times and still managed to dominate his competition.
CIA Bounce is the only undefeated team left in EYBL play and won its games in Hampton by an average of 16.8 points per game.
The 6-foot-7 wing is a world-class athlete and has all the tools to go with it, giving him the potential to be a transcendent-type talent.
PF Julius Randle, Team Texas Titans
Johnson was a monster, averaging 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 66.6 percent.
16.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward showed a brilliant all-around floor game, dominating when he had to but also knowing when to defer to his teammates, averaging 3.6 helpers per game.
The Titans are also off to an 8-1 start.
C Dakari Johnson, E1T1 [Co-MVP]
19.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 66.6 percent FGs
Johnson has worked to get himself into excellent shape and the hard work paid immediate dividends. Johnson was unstoppable on the block all weekend, going for 20 points on a perfect 10 for 10 from the field and 12 rebounds in a 66-57 win over Louisiana Select Saturday night as E1T1 is off to an 8-1 start.
If he continues to work, the 6-foot-10, 250 pounder has a chance to challenge Jahlil Okafor for title of best big man in the 2014 class.
Williams was a force inside, recording 15 points, five rebounds and eight blocks against Boo Williams in the opener.
PG Emmanuel Mudiay, Texas Pro
21.2 points, 6.0 assists
Mudiay missed his team's first game Friday night, but made his presence felt through four games, including a 31-point, 8-rebound, 8-assist outing in a loss to Nike Team Florida on Saturday.
SG E.C. Matthews, The Family
19.8 points, 63.0 percent FGs, 4.0 rebounds
While teammate James Young grabs most of the headlines, Matthews was a scoring machine and was extremely efficient while doing so, recording three 20-plus point outings in helping The Family to a 7-2 record.
PF Johnathan Williams III, Bluff City Legends
14.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks
The 6-foot-8 forward was consistently a force inside with 15 points, five rebounds and eight blocks in the opener and 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in the finale.
SG Kameron Williams, Baltimore Elite
19.0 points, 12 of 27 threes (44.4 percent)
Leading the EYBL in scoring at 22.7 points per game, Williams is one of the top perimeter scoring threats and posted 30 points including 5 of 8 threes in a Sunday win over King James.
SF Nick King, Bluff City Legends
15.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists
One of the most consistent performers of the weekend, the versatile 5-star 2013 small forward scored in double-figures in all five games.