Pulley Hosts Nike EYBL This Weekend
May 23, 2014
Howard Pulley will again host the Nike EYBL this weekend at HP Academy in Eagan. Directions and schedules are available at NikeEYB.com.
Games run throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday, with some early morning competition on Memorial Day.
The remainder of this article focuses on Howard Pulley’s statistics (team and individual) through the first three sessions of the 2014 Nike EYBL season.
Pulley thrashed a very good Team Final last weekend by a score of 70-39 and that helped the season-to-date numbers quite a bit. Malachi Richardson (2015 Syracuse commit) and Levan Alston were limited to 2/17 (0/9 3FG) shooting for Team Final in that one.
For the season, it’s been Pulley’s edge in turnovers that has helped their efficiency margin the most. They’re not a team that rebounds the ball well, but they’ve been able to overcome shortcomings in that area (as they did a year ago, but with great shooting).
The table below is sorted by minutes played (as a percent of all possible minutes). Each player’s Offensive Rating, %Poss (Usage), and %Shots are also listed:
|Gary Trent Jr.||2.6%||143.5||20.5%||33.6%|
On offense, Sacar Anim has maintained a solid Offensive Rating with high usage. Depending on the particular game, however, any one of several players is capable of carrying the load on offense.
Alex Illkainen improved his numbers in session 3 and is one we’ll want to watch this weekend. He appears to be feeling more comfortable at this level and his play should continue to reflect that.
Amir Coffey has been very good, although he hasn’t been an aggressive shooter. His usage is around 19% and his %Shots are approximately 16% which illustrates his strong passing ability and unselfishness. As we look toward the type of player he projects to be in college, we’d like to see that usage rate a bit higher, but that can come next year. Amir is a legit star prospect.
Two names that aren’t brought up as often as others on this roster are Joe Rosga and Brock Bertram. Rosga isn’t shy about shooting and with good reason – he’s 19/43 on 3-point attempts (44.2%). Bertram hasn’t seen a lot of minutes, but the 2016 center from Apple Valley has been very good when he’s been on the court.
Shooting, rebounding, assists and turnovers:
|Gary Trent Jr.||70.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||32.8%||0.0%|
Among the figures above that stand out:
- Amir’s 68.9% eFG% is ridiculous. He’s made 60% of his 2FGA (21/35) and 53.8% of his 3FGA (14/26). That assist rate is pretty as well.
- Sam Neumann has been great on the defensive boards, but looks allergic to the offensive glass.
- Bertram has nice numbers across the board.
- No doubt, Jarvis Johnson has struggled overall. But, he’s also had individual possessions in EYBL play where he’s shown why he’s held in such high regard by many. Always an entertaining player to watch and much better than his season numbers look.
One other quick note: It’s not Gary Trent’s time quite yet (with regard to the HP 17U team), but the 2017 guard and Bertram’s Apple Valley teammate has the potential to be very special.