Some of the best high school basketball players in the country are on display this weekend as the fourth session of the Elite Youth Basketball League takes place in Minnesota.
The EYBL is widely considered the best AAU circuit. With this being the fourth of five events this year, it's the last chance for teams to move up in the standings and make the Peach Jam Tournament in July. It's an exciting time for all parties involved -- these tournaments give the nation's brightest players a ton of exposure to college coaches from around the country. It also provides some of the late-bloomers with a chance to shine and shoot up in the national rankings.
Here are some of the players to keep an eye on this weekend:
Height, weight: 6'9, 205
Currently the No. 1 player in ESPN's class of 2015 rankings, Rabb is the total package out of the Bay Area. He has a terrific touch on the offensive end -- especially around the rim -- is very athletic, runs the floor with ease and does a great job cleaning up the glass. Defensively, Rabb's long arms and quick bounce off the floor make him an elite defensive prospect.
Rabb is hearing from just about every major program in the country. A likely one-and-done candidate, he could make a major impact in his lone season on campus, wherever he may wind up. Rabb will need to continue adding weight and strength to his frame, but all the skills and tools are in place.
Rabb made unofficial visits to Georgetown, North Carolina and Duke recently.
Height, weight: 7'0, 230 pounds
One of Rabb's teammates on the Oakland Soldiers, Zimmerman is a true seven-footer with plenty of room to grow as a basketball player. He's got a high basketball IQ and seems to get better and more aggressive every time out. ESPN calls him the most skilled big man in the 2015 class. Zimmerman's jump shot continues to improve, and he's now able to regularly knock down shots from behind the arc.
Height, weight: 6'3, 175 pounds
Newman is arguably the No. 1 guard prospect in the 2015 class and is a consensus top-five recruit nationally. He plays a bit like a combo-guard, lacking the skills to be a true point guard but not possessing the size of a true two-guard.
While his position down the road is up in the air, Newman is very skilled with the ball in his hands. He can score from just about every spot on the floor. Unlike many players his age, Newman's mid-range game is excellent and it's his go-to option when he isn't able to get to the rim. While Newman has improved his ball distributing, he has a lot of room to grow on the defensive end, though that can be said for just about every guard on the EYBL circuit.
Malik Newman finished with 27 in that last one. Eric Davis had 17 for the Family— Ryan Easterling (@RyanEasterling) May 24, 2014
Check out our interview and profile with Newman last week.
Height, weight: 6'9, 210 pounds
Diallo is a scout's dream because of his upside, length and ability to change a game on the defensive end with his shot blocking ability. He's a lengthy 6'9 and plays like a seven-footer because of his arm length. Diallo's great lateral quickness allows him to shut down the lane with ease. A top-10 prospect on most national rankings, Diallo's offensive game remains a work in progress. He doesn't have any go-to scoring moves, and while his athleticism allows him to get a handful of easy buckets each game, he'll need to continue improving on the offensive end to become a potential NBA lottery pick down the road.
Height, weight: 6'3, 200 pounds
Briscoe is a top-25 talent nationally thanks to his physical abilities. Scouting reports cite his ability to overpower defenders with his strength and get to the rim with ease. Briscoe possesses a strong jump shot and can knock down three-pointers with regularity. Where he will need to improve is as a ball distributor out of the backcourt. Briscoe tends to force up bad shots and he turns it over far too often. To become an elite prospect, Briscoe will need to do a better job commanding the ball, especially when he plays point guard instead of the two-guard.
Height, weight: 6'2, 180 pounds
The son of former NBA standout Rick Brunson, Jalen is a true point guard with an excellent feel for the game. He won't do much to blow you away on the floor, but he does little bit of everything -- and he does it well. Brunson can knock down the three-pointer and thrives when he gets out in transition to set up his teammates. He has also improved in recent months at attacking the rim and getting easy buckets.
Brunson recently trimmed his list to eight schools.