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NIKE EYBL All-LA: Second Team

By D1 Circuit Staff, 06/01/17, 7:00PM EDT


Darius Garland | Brad Beal Elite (MO)

LA Stats: 16.0 PPG (19-38 FG 50%), 3.5 RPG, 4.5, APG, 1.0 SPG

Game 1: 18 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST, 3 STL

Game 2: 12 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST

Game 3: 22 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST

Game 4: 12 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST

Simply put, Garland is an elite point guard, and his performances in LA are just further evidence of the latter. Garland's presence on the floor makes BBE one of the most dangerous squads on the circuit, as his talent and experience rivals the EYBL's best. BBE is riding into Peach Jam after going undefeated (8-0) in the final two sessions, and while he won't necessarily 'wow' you with his numbers, no one is more important to their team than Garland. The talented junior has Peach Jam experience from 2016, so he will know exactly what it takes to win in North Augusta.

Cole Swider | BABC (MA)

LA Stats19.3 PPG (29-51 FG 57%), 8.8 RPG, 1.5 SPG

Game 1: 28 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL

Game 2: 15 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST

Game 3: 4 PTS, 7 REB, 1 STL

Game 4: 30 PTS, 12 REB, 1 STL

BABC needed a big session four in order to stay in Peach Jam contention, and boy did Cole Swider deliver. The 6-foot-8 junior put together his best session since the opening circuit stop, averaging 19.3 points while leading head coach Leo Papile and company to a 3-1 showing. Swider does a little bit of everything for BABC, but his shooting is what separates him from the pack. He can be streaky, but he rarely has a bad game due to his growing versatility. His teammates love playing with him, and that cohesion and chemistry should go a long ways for the defensive-minded squad from Boston. Swider plays with a passion and a fire that helps bring his game to another level, and he was firing on all cylinders out west.

Keldon Johnson | Boo Williams (VA)

LA Stats: 16.3 PPG (25-54 FG 47%), 9.8 RPG, 3.0 APG

Game 1: 14 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST

Game 2: 18 PTS, 16 REB, 6 AST

Game 3: 15 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST

Game 4: 18 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST

Through 16 games, Keldon Johnson has proven to be one of the most consistent stars in the country. He led Boo Williams to a 3-0 finish in LA after a session-opening loss to CIA Bounce, putting up averages of 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds. He does a tremendous job of keeping his teammates involved while consistently making himself a threat to score. Johnson is one of the best rebounders in the country for player his size, evidenced by his 16-rebound performance against Nike Team Florida. Boo Williams will be returning to Peach Jam for the first time since 2014, and performance's like Johnson's in LA are a big reason why.

Simisola Shittu | CIA Bounce (CAN)

LA Stats: 19.0 (30-48 63%), 9.3 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.1 SPG, 2.3 BPG

Game 1: 7 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST, 2 BLK

Game 2: 32 PTS, 15 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK

Game 3: 17 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 3 BLK

Game 4: 18 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST, 2 BLK

Simi Shittu was rock solid once again in Los Angeles, helping his Bounce squad secure a bid to the Peach Jam. Minus one average game in the scoring department, Shittu put up four strong performances that would have been worthy of a higher honor if a Bounce fared better than 2-2. Pound for pound, not many players can match the versatility and skill that Shittu possesses, and he's started to play the best basketball of his career. Shittu exploded in a loss to Emmitt Williams and E1T1, racking up (). Shittu is likely to find himself on an All-Regular Season team and will make Bounce a serious threat in July.

Emmitt Williams | E1T1 (FL)

LA Stats: 14.0 PPG (28-40 70%), 9.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.2 SPG

Game 1: 18 PTS,13 REB, 3 AST

Game 2: 19 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST, 3 STL

Game 3: 21 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL

Game 4: 11 PTS, 3 REB

Throughout the entire 2017 season, Emmitt Williams has been a staple on All-Session teams. The 6-foot-7 athletic specimen was on display once again in Los Angeles, helping guide E1T1 to a 3-1 finish to close out the regular season. Williams put his cape on in a huge game two performance against CIA Bounce, taking an inbounds pass with seconds remaining and drilling a mid-range jumper to win 80-79. Pound-for-pound, Williams might be the best rebounder in the country, and his presence will make E1T1 a formidable foe in North Augusta. Expect the junior to be playing his best basketball in July.

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