Ayo Dosunmu played nearly every minute for the Fire in Hampton, and for good reason. The 6-foot-5 floor general started the session off with a 17-point performance in a loss against Team Final, then rebounded by scoring 32, 26 and 25 points respectively in his final three games of the opening session - two of them being wins. Throw in 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, and you're reading about one of the most versatile and productive guards on the circuit. The Fire will need Dosunmu to keep up this pace in order to clinch a big to Peach Jam.
Offensively, Cole Swider is an absolute weapon. A calculated sniper from behind-the-arc, Swider uses his 6-foot-8 frame to his advantage, utilizing his size and lift on his jumper to give him constant open looks. Swider doesn’t have to create for himself as much as he does during the high school season at St. Andrew’s (Rhode Island), and thats made a big difference through four games. With playmaking teammates like Shandon Brown and Jakigh Dottin taking their games to the next level, you can expect Swider to continue his stellar production. We caught up with Cole during session one after his 37-point performance against Team Takeover.
Taeshon Cherry was absolutely terrific during the first session. Widely-regarded as one of the top juniors in California, the 6-foot-9 forward backed up his heavy expectations by leading the Soldiers to a 3-1 record while putting up some gaudy numbers in the process. Cherry's session was capped off by a 31-point, 10-rebound, 3-steal performance against the Las Vegas Prospects. You can expect Cherry to skyrocket up the rankings with continued efforts like this, and he is a sure-fire candidate to land on an All-Session team with every EYBL stop.
Shittu entered the 2017 EYBL as one of the most complete players on the circuit, and he backed up that talk with a terrific opening four games. Shittu’s versatility is his calling card, and the 6-foot-9 forward did not disappoint, averaging a double-double while racking up 14 assists in four games. Shittu can do whatever is asked of him, but is at his best when he is creating for others on offense. His basketball IQ is off-the-charts and he rarely makes mistakes, two intangibles that make him a terrific teammate. CIA Bounce looks to have a solid rotation in place, and they are in good hands being led by Shittu.
Bol Bol was exceptional during his first four games of EYBL play, helping lead head coach Dan Quinn and company to a 3-1 record. Bol balled out offensively, averaging 21.0 points on 56.6% shooting. He put up 8.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game during the same stretch, showing off his dynamic versatility. He told us mid-session that the game is much easier running alongside junior Shareef O'Neal, so Bol should only get better as he gets more comfortable alongside his teammates. They've had minimal practice time together as teammates, so what you saw in Hampton was a product of Bol's natural talent.