Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TerpsRecruiting's All-EYBL teams

The first Nike EYBL event finished up this past weekend. It was one of the first live AAU circuit events of the summer for college coaches to get a look at the talent out there.

And thanks to the EYBL's ability to collect box scores, here's your all-tournament team, with brief writeups of Terp targets. (Hey, it's cheaper than a plane ticket to Los Angeles.) Let's get started...


Rashad Vaughn is one of the top targets on Maryland's board this summer, and you can see why. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound junior is a consensus blue-chip player and proved it at the EYBL event, leading scorers with 24.3 points per game on 52% shooting.

Of the first team, all but Bonzie Colson were top 50 players in the class of 2014 -- and all were known commodities prior to the EYBL event. Look for Colson's stock to soar as he put BABC on his back. The 6-foot-7 junior held offers from schools like Quinnipiac, Vermont, Siena and Fairfield. But with a strong summer, he may earn himself a slew of high-major offers.

Player PPG RPG FG% AAU Team / College
Rashad Vaughn 24.37.0 52% Wisconsin Elite / n/a
Tyus Jones 20.0 3.0 57% Howard Pulley / n/a
Stanley Johnson 19.8 10.8 44% Oakland Soldiers / n/a
James Blackmon 19.0 4.3 53% Spiece Indy Heat / Indiana
Bonzie Colson 16.8 9.0 51% BABC / n/a


No Terps targets on this list, although two names are particularly intriguing. Allonzo Trier lived up to the hype. The 2015 point guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma did it all over the weekend, scoring points (18.7), grabbing rebounds (4.3) and serving as his team's floor general.

Perhaps the biggest out-of-left-field surprise all weekend was in Ajon Efferson. Though small in stature, Efferson was one of the most effective players in the field. The junior will need a few more performances like that to stay on the radar of college programs. But for the first event of the summer, it's a good start.

Player PPG RPG FG% AAU Team / College
Trevon Bluiett 18.7 5.0 42% Spiece Indy Heat / n/a
Allonzo Trier 18.7 4.3 43% Athletes First / n/a
Ajon Efferson 17.3 2.5 54% ICP Elite / n/a
Justin Jackson 17.3 5.0 66% Houston Hoops / UNC
Jae'Sean Tate 16.8 8.0 50% All Ohio Red / Ohio St.


Expect the Terps' coaching staff to be planted front and center for Expressions Elite's games this summer. Big man Abdul-Malik Abu is among the top priorities for Maryland. The versatile power forward holds offers from a dozen high-major programs, a number sure to rise after his performance this weekend. Abu averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on an efficient 58% from the floor.

Expect D.J. Hogg's name to become more familiar over the summer. The 2015 power forward put up a stellar performance at the EYBL, scoring 29 of his team's 65 points in a win over Seattle Rotary.

Player PPG RPG FG% AAU Team / College
DJ Hogg 17.0 4.8 45% Texas Titans / n/a
Kelly Oubre 16.3 6.8 53% Houston Hoops / n/a
Reid Travis 16.0 9.3 42% Howard Pulley / n/a
Abdul-Malik Abu 15.5 4.5 58% Expressions Elite / n/a
Elijah Thomas 15.5 7.0 58% Team Texas Elite / n/a


Everyone on the fourth team is a top 50ish recruit, including one of Maryland's primary targets: sharpshooting guard Dion Wiley of Team Takeover. Wiley averaged 15 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds on 46% from the floor and 48% from three-point range.

Keelon Lawson is one of the top players in the class of 2015 and one to keep an eye on this summer as his stock continues to rise.

Player PPG RPG FG% AAU Team / College
Dion Wiley 15.0 2.8 46% Team Takeover / n/a
Keelon Lawson 15.0 7.3 47% Bluff City Legends / n/a
Justise Winslow 14.5 6.8 52% Houston Hoops / n/a
Devin Booker 16.5 1.8 54% Alabama Challenge / n/a
Chris McCullough 12.5 7.3 78% Team Scan / Syracuse

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