Newly sponsored NIKE team Expressions Elite made a name for themselves while in Los Angeles, CA for the first session of EYBL. The Expressions Elite opened up with a 67-43 victory over NIKE TEAM LOUISIANA, Jared Terell and Abdul-Malik Abu who combined for 31 points. Abu received rave reviews from media outlets who were seeing the workhorse for the first time. Expressions also got a big contribution from ’14 Dimitri Floras. Floras played the role of a facilitator who had an impressive stat line of 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assist.
Expressions marched on to the beat of a 4-0 finish that saw wins over defending EYBL champs Oakland Soldiers, Arkansas Wings and Indy Spiece. A well balanced attack throughout the weekend from ’15 Jared Wilson-Frame and ’15 Aron Falzon was a piece to why Expressions were able to finish 4-0. With Wilson-Frame ability to attack the basket and Falzons outside shooting there was no real answer to stop this streaking team. Combined the duo averaged 22ppg to form an inside-out offensive fire power.
BABC also took the stage this weekend in LA and ran the table to a 4-0 start behind the strong interior play from ’14 Bonzie Colson. Colson shot over 50% from the field averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds per game. From BABC we also saw one the best shooting displays from outside of any prospect over the weekend as red hot ’14 Tyler Nelson shot 45% from deep including a buzzer beater win over Bluff City Legends. Nelson’s shooting comes to surprise from the media outlets that follow his game in New England but he caught the attention of those in LA. The point guard play of ‘15 Johnny Joseph could not go unnoticed as the 5’9 general ran the offense with a 7:2 assist to turnover ratio throughout 4 games. The improvement in Joseph’s ability to slow the game down is something new and it works for the wiry pass first point guard but it works.
Chris McCullough (Brestwer Academy,NH) of Team Scan and Kevin Zabo (Brewster Academy, NH) of CIA Bounce also played well in LA. McCullough shot well from the field and often lead the scoring attack. Playing the role of the lead guard for CIA Bounce this year with the departure of phenom Andrew Wiggins and Zabo did what he could to fill that void.