HAMPTON, Va.- The Nike EYBL is loaded with talent but no prospect in this session 2 or throughout the spring matches the prowess of Tyus Jones.
Tyus Jones has one of those special feels for the game.
Jones doesn't win the basketball look test off the court, but no one in the country controls a basketball game like Jones does. With superb control of his handle, he sees the game and executes on his vision like few players on the circuit have done in recent years.
With his shooting touch and quick first step, Jones can score at all three levels while always ready to deliver the timely pass. He plays through contact and plays bigger than his 6-2 height on the defensive end.
It's a point guards game these days, and Jones is the point guard supreme in the 2014 class. Emmanuel Mudiay is his top competitor at the position, but the only advantage Mudiay has on Jones is his height. Yet, Mudiay doesn't necessarily accomplish anything more than Jones because of his height.
As expected, Coach K, Tom Izzo, John Calipari and others tracked Jones throughout the weekend. But with the highly potential package deal between Jones and Jahlil Okafor, Duke is the perceived frontrunner for the two.
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Devin Booker (2014, Alabama Challenge) - With overwhelming media attention surrounding him, Booker had a solid weekend for the Alabama Challenge. He made shots from the outside and provided a focal point of the offense that helped free up teammates.
Jeff Garrett (2014, Alabama Challenge) - A 6-7 athletic small forward, Garrett played a pivotal role in handing the Houston Hoops their first loss in the EYBL series. With star player Devin Booker out most of the first half in foul trouble, Garrett hit big baskets from three and inside the arc. He also defended and rebounded at a high level throughout the game.
Larry Austin has added strength to his game.
Garrett listed offers from UAB, Tennessee, George Mason and Alabama and said UAB was recruiting him the hardest and he hoped to visit the school soon.
Larry Austin (2014, St. Louis Eagles) - Austin had it going when 247Sports watched him. He repeatedly got into the lane and finished proficiently with his floater. He also see the floor well and has grown to 6-2 and gotten stronger.
Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Memphis are recruiting him the hardest. Oklahoma State is at the top of his visit soon list. Missouri, Iowa and Illinois have also offered. Florida State and UConn are showing interest.
Ahmed Hill (2014, Southern Stampede) - It was rough sledding for the Southern Stampede over the weekend, but there is no denying the talent of Hill. An electric athlete, Hill also has great body control when attacking the rim.
Looking for a school where he has a great relationship with the head coach, Hill had the likes of Tom Crean, Billy Donovan, Leonard Hamilton and Mark Fox watch him play at various times over the weekend. Hill listed Indiana, Kansas, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Texas and Marquette as the schools recruiting him the hardest.
Zylan Cheatham (2014, Cal Supreme) - Cheatham is an explosive athlete whose game resembles that of Oregon recruit Jordan Bell.
Cheatham listed offers from USC, Memphis, Arizona State and New Mexico along with interest from Arizona. The 6-8 power forward also said that New Mexico is recruiting him the hardest.
Leon Gilmore (2014, Houston Hoops) - Playing alongside three high profile wings, the 6-7 left handed Gilmore is establishing his own well deserved reputation.
A physical athlete who can score, rebound and defend, Gilmore picked up offers from Texas, Houston, Creighton and Oklahoma State after his performance in last weekend's EYBL session. He is also hearing from Oklahoma and Georgetown.
Reid Travis (2014, Howard Pulley) - A 6-7 physical power forward as well as high major quarterback prospect, Travis controlled the paint for Howard Pulley and finished off the high level playmaking of Tyus Jones.
He listed offers from Minnesota, Michigan State, Northwestern, Stanford, Harvard, Gonzaga, Iowa, Notre Dame and Penn State. He has met with the new Minnesota staff twice and would like to visit Stanford and Gonzaga in the near future. Harvard and Iowa have told him he can play both sports and Boston College wants him for football. My inclination is that it will be basketball only for Travis.
Chris Sandifer (2014, Oakland Soldiers) - A 6-5 lefty, Sandifer shot lights out when 247Sports was watching.
He has offers from UNLV, San Diego State and Colorado and interest from Marquette, Arkansas, Arizona and Washington State.
Johnnie Vassar (2014, Oakland Soldiers) - A cannonball point guard at 6-0, 180-pounds, the left handed Vasser specializes in getting into the lane and finishing with floaters and lay ups with either hand.
Originally from Chicago, Vasser has offers from DePaul, SMU and USC. Villanova and Florida have recently turned up the heat and West Virginia is also involved.
Justin Coleman (2014, Georgia Stars) - Almost a carbon copy of Arizona recruit Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Coleman has great speed, a feel for the game and tough shot making ability.
He said Butler is recruiting him the hardest, and he also has offers from Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Devin Mitchell (2014, Georgia Stars) - Talk about a deep range tough shotmaker, Mitchell has to be one of the best in the 2014 class. Whenever 247Sports put an eye on him, Mitchell was draining deep, contested shots.
Alabama, Georgia, UAB, Cincinnati and Xavier have offered. Miami and USC are showing interest.
Mikal Bridges (2014, Team Final) - Watching the 6-7 Bridges brought to mind Ohio State lengthy scorer Laquinton Ross. Bridges scores with ease and has the instincts and length to make plays defensively and on the glass. The key is how much strength he can develop with his skinny frame.
St. Joe's and Temple have offered and George Washington, Penn State, Florida and Georgetown are showing interest.
Demetrius Houston (2014, Alabama Challenge) - At 6-6, 200-pounds, Houston specializes in making athletic plays as a combo forward.
Alabama and Mississippi State have offered, and both visited him at his school last week. He is also hearing from Clemson, UCLA, Memphis and LSU.
Terry Larrier (2014, Team Scan) - At 6-8, 185-pounds, Larrier is an intriguing combo forward prospect. He slashes to the basket and although thin, doesn't shy away from contact. He also defends and rebounds with focus.
He said Providence, VCU, Drexel and Maryland are recruiting him the hardest, and he also has offers from Oklahoma, Connecticut, St. John's, St. Joe's, Villanova, Siena and Wake Forest.
William Lee (2014, Alabama Challenge) - A good athlete at 6-9, Lee made several impressive plays along the baseline.
Offers are in from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, Georgia, Wichita State, Stanford, Notre Dame and UAB.
Khadeem Lattin (2014, Houston Hoops) - Another 6-9 athlete, Latin continues to improve skill wise.
He listed offers from Oklahoma, Georgetown, Louisville, Memphis, SMU, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.
D'Angelo Russell (2014, E1T1) - Russell said he will cut his list after the summer and plans to sign in the fall. Ohio State and Louisville were the two schools he named who are recruiting him the hardest and have been the steadiest in his recruitment. North Carolina and Michigan State are picking up the most steam in his recruitment. North Carolina has offered.
Jared Terrell (2014, Expressions Elite) - The physical shooting guard said Marquette, Cincinnati and Providence are recruiting him the hardest. He also listed offers from Creighton and Miami.
Lourawls Nairn Jr. (2014, Mokan Elite) - The speedy point guard said Kansas State is recruiting him the hardest. He also listed offers from Kansas, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Iowa.
Marvin Clark (2014, Mokan Elite) - A physical 6-7 lefty, Clark has Oregon at the top of his list. He wants to visit Oregon, Iowa and Oklahoma, however, before he commits anywhere. Wichita State has also offered. Tulsa and Arkansas are showing interest.
Jakeenan Gant (2014, Southern Stampede) - At 6-9 and ultra athletic, Gant is one of those prospects in the 2014 class with enormous upside. He plays with energy and is developing ways to impact the game.
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