ESPN basketball recruiting analysts Joel Francisco and John Stovall check in today with a recap of last weekend's third session of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, at the Hangar Athletic Xchange in Torrance, Calif. Among their notes are two decorated locals playing for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, Tilton's Nerlens Noel and King Philip's Jake Layman.
Once again, Noel continues to draw high praise for his intuitive shot-blocking ability:
Noel may have been the most promising prospect in the event. His shot blocking ability is simply awe-inspiring. He has impeccable timing and agility at both ends of the floor. His offensive game is still a work in progress, but he is one of the better passing big men in the country and he put together a couple of impressive face-up moves to get to the rim as well.
Meanwhile, Layman was labeled one of the tournament's "Surprise Players", opening many eyes with his awe-inspiring dunk on highly-touted sophomore Julius Randle:
Layman put an exclamation point on his outstanding weekend with a monster baseline throw down on Julius Randle (Dallas, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy), the No. 1 prospect in the 2013 class. The willowy, wing-type has great length, very long arms and deceptive quickness. He moves well without the ball and has a feathery 3-point touch. Notre Dame and Providence are his only offers, but others should jump in line as the month of July progresses.
With a 14-1 record, the BABC will move on to July's Finals at the Nike Peach Jam, at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, S.C.