Hampton EYBL Recap, Part 1: Backcourt Prospects

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The 2017 Nike EYBL Session in Hampton has come and gone. Unlike last year, when the event took place outside of a Live Evaluation Period, college coaches were in Hampton in full force to evaluate prospects while making their presence known to established targets. There certainly is a different energy in the building during a Live Evaluation Period. Finding a spot to park proved to be a challenge, but as always it was a fun experience.

UVA assistant coach Jason Williford was on hand Saturday and Sunday while head coach Tony Bennett arrived for the latter half of the 5 p.m. games on Saturday and stayed through Sunday. The 17-and-unders were the feature attraction, but the 16-and-under group drew attention from the Cavalier coaches as well. Williford watched the Team Takeover 16U squad play at least twice. Bennett watched them at least once.

TheSabre.com was on hand for coverage of this Hampton EYBL event. I’ll provide two recaps, first focusing on the backcourt prospects I watched and then the frontcourt players.

Perimeter Prospects Previously Offered By UVA

KELDON JOHNSON, Wing, 6’6”, 205 pounds, Boo Williams, Class of 2018

Johnson began the session with a 34-point performance in a win over Nike South Beach Friday night and continued his excellent play throughout the weekend, leading Boo Williams to a perfect 4-0 mark (all double-digit victories). In four games the former Park View High (South Hill, VA) standout averaged 25.2 points per game on 54.9% shooting.

Johnson, who is now at Huntington Prep (W.V.), looked like a completely different player than this time a year ago, when he was recovering from an ankle injury and getting his feet wet with BWSL. The unquestioned leader of this year’s Boo Williams 17U team is in great shape, playing aggressively yet intelligently, and with a ton of confidence. He did the majority of his scoring in the midrange and around the