We decided to give our readers an inside break down of the most talked about AAU circuit the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Nike sponsors (40) teams throughout the USA which includes one team from Canada, the perks are priceless all players receive a custom pair of Nike EYBL sneakers along with EYBL uniforms and an assortment of other gear.
The world of pool play doesn’t exist on the Nike circuit; there are no started programs who frequently get mercy ruled. This is high-level basketball at its best; out of the top 60 players (ESPN) for the class of 2014 over 42 of them play for an EYBL team, that’s 70% of the top players in the country.
Nike sponsors each of the 40 teams that fly into the four different locations to participate in there league, Los Angeles, Virginia, Texas and Minnesota, followed by the top 25 teams that will be selected to play in the Peach Jam.
I don’t think outsiders understand how great this league is, the league keeps stats each game such as Points Per Game, FG Percentage, 3-Point Percentage, Free Throw Percentage, Offensive Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds, Blocks, Steals, Minutes, and Assists just to name a few. From 2011 -2015 the #1 player in the class has played with a Nike team.
This is your ultimate league that every college coach would love to evaluate prospects in the college setting with a 30 second shot clock along with three referee. To top it all off, teams film each other and break down film to learn plays as well as tendencies of the team.
This is a quick glance of what players will encounter once they reach the collegiate level.
Rene Castro: Worcester Academy (Butler) “It was fun playing against the best competition all the time, it helped me become a better player”
That’s what the EYBL is famous for, having the best players in the country all competing against each other. If you want to be the best, you should play against the best.
Jaylen Brantley: Notre Dame Prep (Marshall) “EYBL was great, every game you’re playing against the best players in the country so you have to bring you’re a game. The experience of being able to travel around the country to play basketball in front of coaches to help your future “
Kamali Bey Wilbraham & Monson (Assumption College) has played on both circuits Nike & Adidas when asked how he would compare the two his response was “ I thought the Nike circuit was more competitive, every team has a stud on it, its like the BIG EAST compared to the A-10”
Which circuit would you say benefited most from “The EYBL with out a doubt, the organization of it, competition and everything was just better “
KJ Baptiste: Brimmer & May School (Brandies University) has played on both circuits, “Playing in the EYBL was playing in a much different level of basketball. Every game you play in is as competitive as a championship game. In my opinion I believe the EYBL is the toughest AAU circuit to be successful in because every game you play no matter what place the team is in your playing, they could beat you”
One high major head coach “ The advantage of playing in the EYBL we are able to evaluate the players while they are fresh, you only play two games a day so you are at your best each time you step on the court. “
The amount of coaches that attend the different sessions are amazing, head coach after head coach are all front and center to watch what Nike has done to the circuit. Created its on lane of Elite basketball.