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NIKE EYBL Indy Breakout Performer(s): Demarius Jacobs & Jared Butler

05/02/2017, 5:00pm CDT
By D1 Circuit Staff

While sifting through the individual performances from Indianapolis, one thing was evident - a number of different athletes stepped up across the circuit.

Plenty of players are worthy of this accolade each and every session, but Indianapolis featured two players that stood out amongst the pack.

Demarius Jacobs (Mac Irvin Fire) and Jared Butler (MEBO Elite) were those two guards, and their extended performances in Indianapolis helped keep their respective teams stay in Peach Jam contention.

Jacobs averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.0 steals in four games, establishing himself as the Fire's number two option alongside junior Ayo Dosunmu. The uber-athletic Jacobs impacted the game on both ends of the floor, and managed to throw down an in-game 360-dunk. His emerging production will be vital for the Fire moving forward, as the Chicago EYB affiliate looks to build on their 3-5 record. Jacobs certainly opened eyes in Indianapolis, and the Fire now have another established, dependable scoring option in the backcourt.

Butler was just as impressive, morphing into a star for Rodney Hood's Mississippi EYB representative. Butler was everywhere for MEBO, averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals in four games - two wins. The 6-foot-3 guard is running MEBO with precision, picking up his passing production big time after the first session. He dished out 20 assists in their final three games after a 32-point outburst versus E1T1 in the session opener.

Butler has a chance to build on special 2017 season alongside ESPN top-50 junior Robert Woodard. The two wins they picked up in Indianapolis should give them confidence moving forward, and if their floor general continues his consistent play, Mississippi could be looking at their first Peach Jam bid in three years.

Check out highlights of Butler below from Endless Motor Sports.

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