Richey | Back on the trail at EYBL

Richey | Back on the trail at EYBL

The Nike EYBL essentially has the weekend to itself, with the Under Armour and adidas circuits not in action. Here's four things to know, courtesy beat writer SCOTT RICHEY, before games start today in Atlanta:


Adam Miller sat out the first two weekends of EYBL play in April with an injury but is expected to play for Mac Irvin Fire in Atlanta after making his return last weekend at the Spiece Run-n-Slam. The 2020 four-star guard averaged 14.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists for state champion Morgan Park this past season.


There's only one player in the EYBL — among those with at least three three-point attempts per game — making them at a better rate than 2019 Illinois priority target Kahlil Whitney. The 6-foot-7 wing is shooting 48.6 percent (just behind New York Lightning guard Jordan Dingle's 48.8 percent) while averaging 23.4 ppg.T


Brad Beal Elite is No. 6 on the EYBL Power Rankings with a 6-2 record after two weekends. While Francis Okoro might not end up at Illinois, Brad Beal Elite still boasts a roster with several Illini targets. Tops among them? The most recent Illinois Mr. Basketball E.J. Liddell in addition to breakout 2020 guard Moses Moody.


Three of the top 10 rebounders in the EYBL are Illinois recruiting targets, including the player at the top in Isaiah Stewart at 10.5 rebounds per game. While the Illini have offered the Rochester, N.Y., native, they're in better shape with Bronx, N.Y., standout Kofi Cockburn. The 6-11 Cockburn is averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds this spring.