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NIKE EYBL Atlanta: All-Breakout Team

By D1 Circuit Staff, 05/16/18, 5:30PM EDT


Ja'Mare Redus

Team: Pro Skills (TX)
Record: 2-2 (7-5 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 10.8 PPG, 7.5 APG, 4.3 RPG, 1.8 SPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 11 PTS, 7 AST, 4 REB, 2 STL
Game 2: 9 PTS, 6 AST, REB, 3 STL
Game 3: 16 PTS, 8 AST, 5 REB
Game 4: 7 PTS, 9 AST, 7 REB, 2 STL, 2 BLK

Ja'Mare Redus stepped up his game in a big way in Atlanta, turning himself into a major impact player for Pro Skills. Redus led the session in assists with 7.5 per game, and showcased an improved scoring (10.8 PPG) and rebounding (4.3 RPG) ability. Redus is becoming more comfortable as he continues his run on the circuit, and he's turning himself into a two-way weapon. He's a big, physical guard who continues to get better, and head coach Jeff Webster has to be smiling ear to ear as Pro Skills continues to evolve as a unit.

Ismael Cruz

Team: The Truth (CA)
Record: 3-1 (4-8 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 16.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2.3 SPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 15 PTS, 5 REB, AST, 4 STL
Game 2: 14 PTS, REB, AST, 3 STL
Game 3: 22 PTS
Game 4: 15 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 2 STL

Ismael Cruz was rock-solid in his four-game EYBL debut for The Truth, helping them to three wins while maintaining their chance at a Peach Jam bid. Cruz scored in double-figures in all four games, and showcased an impressive on-ball defensive ability. The 6-foot-3 Fresno (CA) product previously ran with EBO in the Gauntlet, and he didn't skip a beat during his EYBL debut. A native of Puerto Rico, Cruz has a chance to substantially raise his stock if his continues this type of production into Hampton.

Josh Corbin

Team: All Ohio Red
Record: 1-3 (4-8 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 17.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.3 APG
Full season stats

Game 1: 19 PTS, 2 REB
Game 2: 14 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST 
Game 3: 14 PTS, REB, 4 AST
Game 4: 22 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST 

Josh Corbin put together a consistent and productive four-game stretch in Atlanta, averaging 17.3 points per game en route to becoming All Ohio Red's leading scorer (12.8 PPG) for the season. Corbin was massive in All Ohio's session-closing upset overtime win, putting up 22 points, six rebounds and three assists against a talented E1T1 backcourt. All Ohio likely needs a perfect fourth session if they intend on making Peach Jam, and they'll need Corbin's continued production in order for that to happen.

Courtney Brown Jr.

Team: Howard Pulley (MN)
Record: 2-2 (4-8 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 15.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 10 PTS, 4 REB
Game 2: 19 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST, STL
Game 3: 18 PTS, 4 REB, AST, STL
Game 4: 14 PTS, 3 REB, STL, BLK

Courtney Brown Jr. helped the Panthers pull off two huge upsets in Atlanta, scoring in double-figures while displaying a new-found aggressiveness on offense. Brown scored 19 and 18 points respectively in their wins over E1T1 and Team CP3 - two wins that proved that Pulley is still a legitimate threat despite their 4-8 record. Brown is currently being recruited by a host of Division 1 schools, and that list is bound to grow if he can continue to put up this type of production. 

DeAntoni Gordon

Team: Nike Team Florida
Record: 1-3 (6-6 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 13.5 PPG, 59.5 FG%, 5.8 RPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 15 PTS (7-10 FG), 7 REB
Game 2: 16 PTS (7-11 FG), 6 REB
Game 3: 16 PTS (8-12 FG), 4 REB
Game 4: 7 PTS (3-9 FG), 6 REB

Nike Team Florida was without Scott Barnes in Atlanta, and DeAntoni Gordon did an admirable job of picking up his absent production. Gordon averaged 15.6 points in NTF's first three games, including a 15-point, 7-rebound performance in a buzzer-beating win over the Oakland Soldiers. The 6-foot-8 Gordon is committed to Wichita State, and the Shockers' fanbase should be plenty excited about Gordon's potential. He impacts a game without having a play called for him, a trait that will translate well at the next level.

Zach Freemantle

Team: Playaz Club (NJ)
Record: 3-1 (6-6 overall)

EYBL Atlanta stats: 18.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.5 BPG
Full season stats

Game 1: 13 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 5 BLK
Game 2: 29 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST, 5 STL, BLK
Game 3: 17 PTS, 12 REB, AST, STL
Game 4: 15 PTS, 10 REB, STL

Zach Freemantle was tremendous for the Playaz in Atlanta, racking up three double-doubles while averaging 18.5 points per game. Freemantle put up 29 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in an east coast battle against the Playaz, and followed it up with a 17-point, 12-rebound performance against rival Team Final. Freemantle shot 55.3 percent from the floor (26-for-47), displaying a refined post game and strong rebounding ability. Freemantle has improved with every session, and has the Playaz in a solid spot to capture a Peach Jam berth in Hampton.

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