EYBL Session #2: Tracking Minnesota’s “Big Three”

May 1, 2013
EYBL Session #2: Tracking Minnesota’s “Big Three”

With Reid Travis joining Tyus Jones on Howard Pulley’s roster and Rashad Vaughn playing for Wisconsin Playground Elite, each of Minnesota’s “Big Three” from the 2014 recruiting class are participating in this year’s Nike EYBL.

In this article Late Night Hoops takes a look at the statistical performance of each of these players during the second session of the season. Games were played Friday through Sunday in Virginia. The final session of the EYBL regular season (Session #4) will take place in Minnesota on the last weekend of May.

For a statistical recap of EYBL session #1,
see this article from LNH.

Howard Pulley bounced back from a 1-3 opening weekend by winning all five of their games in Virginia. For the season to date, Pulley’s competition is 43-38. Their session #1 opponents are a combined 22-14 while the session #2 foes are 21-24.

Wisconsin Playground Elite posted a 1-4 record in session #2 after a good 3-1 start on the first weekend of competition. Playground Elite’s session #1 competition is now 11-25 on the year and their session #2 competition is 20-25. Combined, their opponents now have a record of 31-50.

On Saturday Pulley and Playground Elite squared off and didn’t disappoint. Pulley won 84-83 in overtime and were led by Tyus Jones who had 23 points, 10 assists and 4 steals (and only 3 turnovers). Reid Travis added 19 points and 10 rebounds while his DeLaSalle teammates Jarvis Johnson and James Lawson added 15 and 11 points, respectively.

For Playground Elite, Rashad Vaughn had a strong game with 21 points and 10 boards. Leading all scorers for his team was Sandy Cohen who scored 24 on 71.4% effective field-goal shooting (including 4/7 3FG). Cohen picked up offers from Minnesota, Marquette and others this weekend.

EYBL Session #2: Selected stats for Tyus Jones, Reid Travis and Rashad Vaughn

Averages MPG PPG RPG APG TPG BPG SPG
Jones 31.0 23.8 3.0 7.4 2.2 0.2 3.2
Travis 27.2 18.8 8.2 1.2 2.6 0.6 0.6
Vaughn 31.2 17.0 6.0 3.0 3.4 0.4 0.8
Shooting eFG% 2FG% 3FG% FT%
Jones 57.5% 52.1% 47.4% 87.5%
Travis 50.0% 52.3% 00.0% 72.2%
Vaughn 42.4% 46.0% 24.1% 62.1%

Spectacular Start for Tyus Jones
After nine games Tyus Jones is averaging 22.1 and 7.7 assists in about 31 minutes per game. His  58.3% eFG% is excellent as is his 2.8 to 1 assist to turnover ratio (69 assists, 25 turnovers).

Of all EYBL players, Jones is second in scoring average and the leader in minutes, assists and steals.

What was also been very impressive is his ability to get to the line often. In the first three games of the season Tyus got to the line only 10 times. Over the last six games, he’s attempted 57 free throws (9.5 attempts per game average in those six). For the season, Tyus has a free throw rate of 55.8% and is making 88.1% of his free throw attempts.

What may hold Pulley back from an EYBL title is their rebounding. Reid Travis has been very good and both James Lawson (defensive rebounding) and Sam Neumann (OR & DR) have chipped in as well. However, Pulley as a team gets only 26.1% of their own misses while their opponents have an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.8% against the Panthers.

Tyus has only 2 offensive rebounds on the season. He can’t possibly start crashing the boards too, right? After all, he is human (right?!).

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