The Texas Titans were arguably one of the EYBL's best during session one as one of only four teams to finish 4-o. A lot of people questioned how having a team with so much individual talent would work, based off what I saw they are one of the most unselfish groups on the circuit. The backcourt of Cade Cunningham, Mike Miles and Rondel Walker are one of the best in the country. Walker did an outstanding job guarding Hampton on Friday night and whoever else was in front of him the rest of the weekend. Miles averaged 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists a game this weekend shooting 49% from the floor and having only 2 turnovers. Cunningham is averaging 26 point 6 rebounds and 7 assists per game while shooting a blistering 62% from the floor after session one. The front court of Greg Brown, JaKobe Coles and Richard Amafuele are one of the best in the country. Coles is averaging 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists per game while shooting 49% from the floor. Amafuele is shooting 63% from the floor Brown is averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds per game while shooting 71% from the floor after session one. This team got major contributions from every one of those players and Tyler McGhie made some key shots in big moments to help lead this team to a 4-0 record after session one.
Nike Pro Skills was one of the highest scoring teams in the EYBL this session. With Micah Peavy and KK Robinson leading the way Pro Skills finished session one 3-1. Peavy was clearly one of the five best players in the gym this weekend. He was aggressive from the first whistle Friday night all the way through the last whistle Sunday morning. Peavy is averaging 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per game while shooting 49% from the field after session 1. He has re-opened his recruitment and picked up offers from Arkansas and the University of Texas this weekend. KK Robinson was a maestro all weekend for Pro Skills. He averaged 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists shooting a blistering 57.5% this weekend. He picked up offers from La Tech and UTEP this weekend. 2021 Arthur Kaluma started slow but woke up the last 2 games including a double double in the last game with 12 points and 10 boards. 2020 6'9 F Montreal Pena Jr. was limited due to injury but while he was in there he did what he does, play with a motor and play above the rim. 2020's 5'9 G Cody Deen 6'6 G Michael Jefferson and 6'8 F Kenny Hunter both gave Pro Skills excellent minutes as well. This team is deep, they play hard and they play for each other.
Drive Nation struggled to an 0-4 record during the first session. The EYBL is a tough place to play as far as wins and losses go but they did have a few standouts. RJ Hampton was his usual self scoring the ball all weekend to a tune of 29 points 5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game and listed for having 0 turnovers in four games on 41 % shooting from the field. Jamal Shead struggled through the first 3 games but finished strong against the NY Rens, he is averaging 11 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds while shooting 26% from the field. 2020 6’8 Longview F Malik Henry had a nice weekend scoring in the paint shooting 69% from the field and rebounding. 2020 6’8 F Donte Houston played well in spurts. 2020 6’5 SG Jake Milkereit averaged 9 points per game shooting 47 % from the field. 2020 6'8 F Caleb Lohner struggled this weekend getting in a rhythm. He averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds on 34% shooting from the field. Peach Jam looks bleak for Drive Nation right now, they have the talent and one of the best players in the country to right the ship during the next session.
Kellen C. Buffington