Three days, 40 teams, 100 games. That’s the hook-up Friday night through Sunday afternoon at the Boo Williams Sportsplex as Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League makes its annual Hampton stop.
No recruiting maven, college coach – hundreds will attend -- or hoops junkie can hope to see a fraction of the action. So here are a handful of games that might merit a spectator’s attention.
Team Takeover vs. Alabama Challenge, Friday, 8 p.m., Court 4: Washington, D.C.-based Takeover always includes ACC targets, and this squad’s crop includes 2014 guards Dion Wiley and Phil Booth, and 2015 forward Marcus Derrickson. Wiley plays at Potomac High in Oxon Hill, Md., and is considering, among others, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina State, Georgetown and Maryland. Booth is from Baltimore’s Mount St. Joseph’s, and according to Rivals has offers from Georgetown, Maryland and Tech. A sophomore at Paul VI in Fairfax, Derrickson has offers from Virginia, Miami, Georgetown and Maryland. Also, as @odubleedblue reminded, Old Dominion is pursuing Team Takeover guard Tre Campbell from Washington's St. John's College High.
Houston Hoops vs. California Supreme, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Court 6: North Carolina 2014 commit Justin Jackson, a wing forward, is among three top-30 Rivals prospects playing for Houston. Jackson pledged to the Tar Heels in March, with Virginia, Arizona, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Washington among the runners-up, according to ESPN’s Dave Telep. Houston’s other marquee players are forward Justice Winslow and guard Kelly Oubre. An intriguing player for California Supreme is 2014 forward Payton Dastrup of Mesa, Ariz., a Virginia target who plans to take a two-year Mormon mission before starting his college career.
Howard Pulley vs. Wisconsin Playground Elite, Saturday, 11 a.m., Court 6: Name coaches figure to flock as Pully point guard Tyus Jones and Elite wing Rashad Vaughn occupy the same court. Both hail from Minnesota – no, this isn’t hockey -- Jones from Apple Valley, Vaughn from New Hope, and have offers from the sport’s premier schools. Stats in these settings border on irrelevant, but in last week’s EYBL session in suburban Los Angeles, Vaughn averaged 24.3 points in four games with a high of 31, Jones 20.0 with a high of 38. Should be a show.
Southern Stampede vs. Georgia Stars, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Court 5: Duke’s first 2014 commit came Wednesday from wing Grayson Allen of Jacksonville, Fla., acclaimed as one of the class’ best long-range shooters. He’ll play this weekend for the Stampede.
Boo Williams vs. Mac Irvin Fire, Sunday, 2 p.m., Court 2: Checking out the locals is always a must, and Boo has a curious import in 7-foot freshman Thon Maker of the Carlisle School in Martinsville. Equally curious, how will he fare against two of the nation’s most-heralded 2014 bigs: Mac Irvin Fire’s Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander.
Here's a link to a schedule and teams for the Boo event.
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