"It's All About The Game"

From EYBL Hampton






Ron Bailey, Publisher

This month's EYBL Hampton had its fair share of under the radar talent.

May 28, 2014 - Almost two weeks ago Nike's EYBL stages it's Hampton leg, with teams from across the country arriving at Boo Williams Sports Complex to compete. Many of the nation's top high school aged guys were in attendance. Following are a few that might have escaped notice, but nevertheless stood out.

Terance Mann - 6'5", 195 pound Class of 2015 G, BABC 17u, Tilton School (MA) - For the last year and a half Mann has worked at becoming a lead guard, a guy that can score and pass from the point guard position. The process is still ongoing, but his progress is obvious; Terance works at getting others involved while mixing his own offense.

In terms of Mann's shooting, his jumper has a little hitch, but he's releasing it with confidence. Versus zone, Mann displays a good ball fake, before moving the rock. In terms of driving against zone, Mann will hit the seams, but at times seems somewhat hesitant to do so - that's a next step in his development, in addition to expanding his pick and roll instincts.

Terance Mann, off the bounce.

According to Mann, "FSU, Marquette, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Arizona State" comprise his school list.

LuWane Pipkins - 5'10", 160 pound Class of 2015 PG, Mac Irvin Fire 17u, Bogan (IL) - An oral commit to UMass, Pipkins should continue that program's trademark of fast, tough, penetrating point guards. He's a warrior.

On-ball defense is a strength of Pipkins, who makes foe's miserable advancing the rock. He's also capable of canning long balls regularly. In terms of shooting, mid-rangers have to be improved upon.

Terrence Phillips - 5'10", 170 pound Class of 2015 PG, Team CP3 17u, Oak Hill Academy (GA) - A quick, tough penetrating point guard that will definitely find teammates, Phillips also likes to get to the rim. His game is reminiscent of Boston's Rajon Rondo in that regard.

It also reminds one of Rondo's in that he must become a better shooter, particularly being more consistent. Phillips understands that fact. Add the need to get stronger to Terrence's development list.

Drexel and Peach State schools Georgia State and UGA, along with Auburn and others have offered him scholarships.

Cody Riley - 6'8", 230 pound Class of 2017 F, California Supreme 17u, Sierra Canyon (CA) - Just a rising sophomore, Riley is more than holding his own against older players. His primary default is spot up, three point shooting, but Cody also slashes to the cup, where he can finish or drop off to teammates.

Already strong for his class, Riley will continue becoming more effective by hitting the weights. He's presently a straight line driver/slasher, so more 'wiggle' with his ball patting will be helpful, as would an expanded stop and pop skill set.

Defensively, Cody must become more dialed in. He will throw shots at the rim spectacularly, but needs to stay in front of his man better.

Reportedly, schools along the West Coast are starting to sniff on Riley. Expect a deluge of institutions to pursue him going forward.


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