2019 Nike EYBL – Breakout Performers in Dallas

Jalen Terry, The Family Detroit (2020 PG – ESPN #71 – Michigan State Commit)

Terry is one of the few committed players in the 2020 class and has been a consistently reliable source of scoring on the EYBL circuit. However, the Michigan State commit took another step forward this weekend in Dallas. The Flint native tied his single-game high against City Rocks and bested his previous scoring mark twice against top point guards Zion Harmon (Boo Williams – 30 points) and Nijel Pack (Indy Heat – 28 points).

Piecing together complete performances, Terry averaged 25.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.5 APG and 4.5 SPG. His defensive skills led to 3-straight games of 5+ steals and played a big part in forcing 11 turnovers against AOT’s Sharife Cooper. However, it’s Terry’s offensive balance that makes him a dangerous played anywhere on the court.

Playing best out of the pick-and-roll, the #14 ranked floor general has great use of change of pace moves to keep defenders off-guard. Slight hesitations in his movement and dribbling give him the edge against opponents to create space for his shot, survey the floor and blow by bigs to the rim. The style of play is a constant mind game with the other team and one Terry usually wins.

Adam Miller, Mac Irvin Fire (2020 SG – ESPN #23 – Considering: Kansas, Illinois, Arizona State and Louisville)

Mac Irvin Fire had a bit of a letdown this weekend, dropping their final two games of the Dallas session. However, Adam Miller did everything in his power to keep his team in games. A dangerous scoring option for the Chicago-area squad, Miller gave himself the ultimate ‘green light’ in the final three games this weekend.

Pouring in 36, 39 and 35 points respectively against Team Melo, Texas Titans and MEBO Team Hood respectively, he was several buckets away from doubling his prior EYBL record of 24. To describe him in simple terms, Adam Miller is a pure scorer.

Capable of stopping on a dime, knifing through the defense or spotting up, he is a very hard player to guard. As he showed throughout the weekend, Miller can get hot in a hurry. When he is ‘off’ his game, 20+ points is still realistic production for the combo guard.

Richie Springs, PSA (2020 PF – 247 Composite #101 – Considering: UConn, Illinois, Providence, Creighton, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Saint Louis, Seton Hall, Penn St, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure and Minnesota)

Springs has made tremendous leaps in his EYBL career from last Summer to this one. While his impact was minimal for PSA in 2018, the 6’9” Brooklyn product has played lots of minutes during this year’s circuit. Improving on his craft, Springs averaged 7.0 PPG and 4.9 RPG prior to this weekend’s session with two games of 10+ points.

Turning the corner in Dallas, the big man recorded three games of 18+ and averaged 14.8 PPG and 7.0 RPG. Springs extended his scoring range to just inside of the three-point line and is a capable enough dribbler to take defenders to the hole. His athleticism has been fundamental to his development as a well-rounded offensive threat and has enabled him to be effective catching the ball at any point in the half-court.

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