This Weekend at the Nike EYBL: Oakland, CA

A summary of how Michigan recruiting targets performed in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League over the weekend.

Memorial Day marked the final regular season session of the 2012 Nike EYBL. Events weren’t open to college coaches but invitations to the prestigious Peach Jam event were up for grabs. The top 24 (of 40) EYBL teams will qualify for the Peach Jam and have a chance to play for the EYBL title.

Finalized league standings have been posted and the Peach Jam field is official. Of the notable Michigan targets, Devin Booker’s Alabama Challenge squad is the one team of note that didn’t make the field.

After the jump find a rundown of statistics, scouting reports, tidbits and more on how Wolverine targets played in this week’s EYBL session.

EYBL Sessions 4 Game Averages

Pts Reb FG FGA 3FG 3FGA FT FTA A T Blk stl Min
Reggie Cameron 14.6 3.8 5.6 10.4 2.8 5.6 1.2 1.4 1.0 0.8 0.0 0.6 28.0
53.8% 50.0% 85.7%
Devin Booker 14.5 2.7 5.0 12.2 2.8 5.8 0.7 1.0 2.5 2.0 0.3 0.7 27.2
41.1% 48.6% 66.7%
Jaren Sina 8.5 1.5 3.0 9.0 2.0 6.3 0.5 1.0 2.2 1.5 0.0 1.2 29.3
33.3% 31.6% 50.0%
Trevon Bluiett 19.2 2.8 6.5 11.7 2.8 4.8 3.3 4.5 1.8 1.5 0.0 1.2 27.0
55.7% 58.6% 74.1%

Notes & Observations

  • Reggie Cameron added USC and North Carolina State offers within the last week and kept up his lethal three point shooting, connecting on 50% of his triples in the fourth and final EYBL session. Cameron’s entire NJ Playaz squad took an unofficial visit to Stanford while they were out on the west coast.
  • Devin Booker had an up-and-down weekend in Oakland, averaging just eight points in his first three games but then bouncing back with 21 points per game over his final three. 26 points on 9-of-16 (6-9 3pt) shooting with five assists in a win over Nike Team Florida was perhaps his best statistical game of the tournament.
  • Trevon Bluiett’s 19 points per game in session four of the EYBL is especially impressive when you consider how efficiently (59% on threes) Bluiett racked up points on a team that’s loaded with talent as Spiece held the best record in Division B.
  • Jaren Sina struggled to find his jumpshot over the last month and those struggles continued in Oakland as he shot just 32% on three point attempts.

Scouts Say

NBE Basketball scouts Jaren Sina

Sina’s perimeter shooting played a major role in Team Final’s come-from-behind victory over Texas Pro in the morning session. Sina made six three-pointers with most coming in the rhythm of the offense.

That’s the key: if he’s allowed to flow into a shot they might as well add the three points to the board. He doesn’t get as much time on the ball with Rondae Jefferson being a very good facilitator, but Sina’s capable of directing traffic as well.

However, the more interesting tidbit might be that Sina doesn’t list the Wolverines in the NBE update. Michigan has shown interest in Sina this spring but with the addition of Caris LeVert to the backcourt in the class of 2012 it wouldn’t be surprising to see Michigan’s class of 2013 plans trimmed back, especially in the backcourt.

The Indy Star profiled Trevon Bluiett, calling him the most undervalued basketball recruit in the state of Indiana.

“As of late, I’ve heard from coaches saying, ‘I thought he wasn’t that athletic?’ ” Reynardo Bluiett said. “That’s one criticism I’ve read about him in the past. He’s never been a big dunker; that’s not his game. He’s going to have to continue to attack and be aggressive to get ready for the college game, but he listens and understands the game pretty well.”

Bluiett has decided to take the recruiting process slow. He also has offers from IUPUI, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Illinois and Xavier. Butler and Michigan are likely to offer in June, and Florida checked in recently.


Up Next: The Nike Peach Jam takes place July 19th through 22nd with the finals televised by ESPN Networks.

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