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NIKE EYBL Mid-Season Report: Division A

05/09/2017, 6:30pm CDT
By D1 Circuit Staff

The Contenders:

All Ohio Red

The team to beat in this division is All Ohio Red, who have one of the most balanced and dynamic offenses on the circuit. Any one of their top six could lead them in the scoring column on a given night, and with Loyer and Goodwin leading their backcourt, they have a terrific chance at winning Division A - and defending their 16E crown.


MeanStreets is led by two-year EYBL vet Tim Finke (17.4 PPG), and they have positioned themselves well for a Peach Jam berth with a 6-2 start. They will add juniors Darius Bazley (ESPN No. 47) and Kevin Easley Jr (ESPN 4-Star), and will have their sights set on topping All Ohio Red for the Divisional crown.

Houston Hoops (TX)

After a strong session in Indy, Houston Hoops is back in the hunt while their star Javonte Smart (13.6 PPG) is coming into his own at the right time. Junior guards Antoine Davis, Greg Williams Jr. and Jamal Bieniemy are emerging for head coach Tim Shumacher, but their success will most likely depend on the production of their thin frontcourt.

Oakland Soldiers

The Soldiers went 2-2 in Indy, running into a couple buzzsaws. They have ample size with Taeshon Cherry, Amadou Sow and Mason Forbes, and James Akinjo came on strong in the second session. If he continues to play like he did against Cal Supreme, the Soldiers will have an absolute weapon as their floor general.

New York Lightning

The Lightning are led by a pair of guards in Jared Rhoden and Anthony Nelson, operating alongside a deep group of talent - probably the most underrated on the circuit. They’re well-positioned for a berth, but have a tough schedule ahead of them in Atlanta. Aidan Igiehon and Joel Mensah are only scratching the surface of their potential, and should play bigger roles moving forward.

Work Left to Do:

Spiece Indy Heat
Record: 4-4

Spiece Indy Heat is led by the talented trio of recent DePaul commit Tyger Campbell and forwards Keion Brooks and Brandon Johns. They play up-tempo while scoring a ton, but they need to up their defensive output if they want to make a run at the Peach Jam. With Campbell at the helm and Brooks and Johns getting better with each game, this squad should feel strong about their chances in July.

Team Final (PA)
Record: 4-4

The two-headed monster for Team Final, juniors Cam Reddish and Louis King, have been able to keep the team afloat so far, but one of them will need to step up big time in order from the Philly boys to have a serious shot. They will need a virtually mistake-free road ahead if they wish to qualify for Peach Jam, and will have a much better chance if they lock down defensively.

Mac Irvin Fire (IL)
Record: 3-5

The 3-5 Fire have looked great in stretches, and are capable of getting hot if Demarius Jacobs continues to play well alongside Ayo Dosunmu. Tamell Pearson and Toraze Dobbs are coming on nicely, and will need to continue their progression if the Fire want to sneak into Peach Jam play.

The Family Detroit
Record: 2-6

The Family has struggled through eight games, but they are definitely not eliminated. Last year, they swept the final session, but came up one win short. That means they’ll have to start their hot streak in Atlanta, and will be relying on guards David DeJulius and Duane Washington to lead them to another strong second half.

Playground Elite
Record: 1-7

Wisconsin's EYBL affiliate re-joined the circuit after sitting out 2016, and while their record definitely leaves something to be desired, it doesn't properly reflect how competitive they've been through eight games. Carlos Curtis (17.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.1 RPG) has stepped up huge alongside Wisconsin verbal commit Tyler Herro.

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