The NIKE EYBL circuit has come to a close and play ended on an extremely high note. Fans were treated to a gutsy overtime game between MOKAN Elite and Team WhyNot. Several Memphis prospects competed in that championship game and it’s encouraging to see the type of talent that will hopefully be competing in the FedExForum in the coming years.
Let’s touch on some of the prospects that Tigers fans need to keep an eye on.
Kennedy Chandler – MOKAN Elite
The local Memphis star certainly shined bright on the biggest stage in AAU hoops. The Briarcrest point guard (class of 2021) led his MOKAN Elite team to a victory in the finals of the Peach Jam tournament.
Just last week, Penny Hardaway extended a scholarship offer to Chandler.
Chandler scored in double figures 5 times in the tournament, twice earning 20 or more points — including the championship game against the talented Team WhyNot. He also averaged over 5 assists per game through the entire AAU season, including Peach Jam.
In the championship game on Sunday, Chandler went heads-up against another highly touted point guard prospect in his class, Devin Askew.
On multiple occasions, Chandler was also matched up with one of the top shooting guards from the class of 2020, Jalen Green. On one such instance, Chandler took advantage of the situation and created this highlight for us.
Chandler may not have won MVP — 7 foot teammate N’Faly Dante took home that honor — but it was clear that he was needed out on the floor and played an integral role in his team’s success.
Jonathan Kuminga – NY Renaissance
Kuminga, a 6’9” forward from Congo, Africa is one of the top prospects in his junior class. Through the EYBL regular season he averaged 20.8 points and 6 rebounds per game. At Peach Jam he elevated his game even more, throwing in 27.4 points per game through pool play.
His New York Renaissance team ultimately fell to the champions MOKAN Elite in bracket play.
Expect Kuminga’s name to be talked about constantly for the next few years as he is an extremely talented player who brings an exciting style of basketball day in and day out.
Jalen Green – Team WhyNot
It is easy to see why Green is such a highly touted player in the class of 2020. The guard scored 27 points in the Peach Jam championship game, including an extremely contested layup to send the game into overtime.
Green carries himself as a gamer. He is the type of guy that knows how to bide his time and strike when the opportunity presents itself and the stakes are at their peak. Very athletic, Green looks taller than his list height of 6’6”.
Devin Askew – Team WhyNot
One of the top rated combo guards in the class of 2021, Askew impacts the game on both ends of the floor. In the Peach Jam finals against MOKAN, he made several clutch defensive plays in addition to creating opportunities for his teammates on the offensive end of the floor.
It doesn’t look like Memphis has offered Askew yet, but they were at least scoping out his game over the weekend.
While being able to share the ball well, Askew also has the ability to knock down shots. He showcased this side of his game against Mac Irvin Fire, where he hit 5 of 7 shots from deep.
Chris Moore – Woodz Elite
Moore is a forward from West Memphis, Arkansas, who has ties to Memphis through his brother – who played football for the Tigers.
Moore is what we call a “tweener” – someone who plays comparable to former UT Volunteer and current Boston Celtic Grant Williams. He is an undersized big man who can create matchup problems on the defensive end.
Moore played in 5 games at Peach Jam and averaged 15.9 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per contest while shooting 62% from the field.
Paulo Banchero – Seattle Rotary
Banchero’s stock went way up at Peach Jam. Though his Seattle team went 1-4 in pool play, he averaged a monster 25.2 points per game. During the regular season and wrapup tournament he also added over 11 rebounds per game.
Cade Cunningham – Texas Titans
Cunningham is battling for position as the top player in the class of 2020 and he had several solid performances at Peach Jam. In pool play, he scored in double figures in all five games, netting 29 points twice and 31 points against Seattle Rotary Style.
Though he is a player coveted by many schools including Memphis, Cunnigham’s brother was recently hired as a coach at Oklahoma State, so we may see his name fall off the list of Memphis prospects soon.
Greg Brown – Texas Titans
Brown is a very athletic 6’9” forward who said he plans to cut his list of schools to five soon. He claims that he will make a decision in the Spring according to Jason Munz of the Commercial Appeal.
Greg Brown has continued to impress with his athleticism and had a solid Peach Jam outing, despite his Texas Titans falling in the first round of bracket play to Team WhyNot after going undefeated in pool play. Brown averaged 21 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game in the EYBL final session. Currently Brown is listed as the number 8 player in the class of 2020 according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Isaiah Todd – Nightrydas Elite
Todd is another 6’10” forward who plays tough down low and has drawn interest from many schools. He is a top 15 prospect in the senior class. Apparently Memphis was cooling off on him due to the belief that he had already committed under the radar to UNC. That seems to not be the case and Memphis is now back in the mix.
Todd averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds in Peach Jam play.
Terrence Clarke – Expressions Elite
Clarke seems like a guy that is impressed with the fact that Penny Hardaway is the coach at Memphis. The star power of Penny can not be underrated when it comes to recruiting.
Clarke’s Expressions Elite had a tough showing at Peach Jam, winning only 2 of 5 games. In those matchups, Clarke averaged 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. Unfortunately, he shot extremely poorly from beyond the arc, connecting on a lone shot in of 22 attempts. Rated as one of the top prospects in the class of 2021, Clarke was squared up against the newly crowned top player in 2021, Jonathan Kuminga on Thursday. Against Kuminga’s Renaissance team, Clarke scored 18 points and hauled in 8 rebounds in 40 minutes of action, while ultimately falling short of victory after an overtime period.
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Zak (@BarnBurnerBro) is a native Memphian who covers the Memphis Grizzlies, Tigers, and St. Louis Cardinals for The Barn. He spends his free time exploring breweries, restaurants, and leading the Ivan Rabb stan club.