Hampton EYBL Day 3: Recruiting Updates

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On the final day of play of the 2016 Nike EYBL, Session 3, 5-star small forward Michael Porter Jr. fought through an ankle injury to help MOKAN Elite gain a spot in the Peach Jam, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) class of 2017 point guard Chris Lykes continued to show his offensive prowess with a 24-point performance for Team Takeover, and Team Final class of 2017 combo guard Lonnie Walker IV helped Team Final to a win over BABC. I caught up with all three players — all three have been offered by UVA — for recruiting updates following their games.

Summaries of my interviews are below and will be followed in the coming days with full articles with quotes.


Chris Lykes has scheduled an official visit to Miami for the weekend of June 3-5. The following weekend, the reigning WCAC Player of the Year will head to Villanova for an official visit. As of now, these are the only two officials he has set. From UVA’s standpoint, the obvious hope is he doesn’t commit to one of these two schools and decides to further explore Charlottesville.

Lykes says some (he didn’t say who and I didn’t ask) have told him UVA would not be a fit because of the pace of play; however, he feels coach Bennett will adjust if he has more offensively-gifted players at his disposal. Bennett noted to Lykes also that all schools slow it down at some point. The bottom-line is that pace does not seem to be a factor for Lykes. If it is, he gave no indication of that.

Cavalier assistant Jason Williford has done a good job of keeping in close contact with Lykes and stopping by Gonzaga while Virginia evaluated. The talented 5’7″ point guard seems to have a good relationship with Bennett and Williford. He also mentioned UVA being close to home as a plus.

First things first, Bennett and company have to hope Lykes does not commit to the Hurricanes or Wildcats next month.


To say the University of Washington offers 5-star wing Michael Porter Jr. a family atmosphere is an understatement. Porter’s father just accepted an assistant coaching position with the Huskies, who are