Cunningham started off Thursday’s action with a great performance in a win over Houston Hoops. He scored 29 points, shot 12-15 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 8 assists on the outing. The Texas Titans prospect is very talented but is more than that as he is very well rounded. Cunningham and the Titans head into Friday’s action with a 3-0 record.
Class of 2020 guard Hassan Diarra stepped up for the PSA Cardinals in a big way. He scored 21 points and dished out a key four assists. There are few players that I’ve seen play with his level of intensity and work ethic on both ends. He’s played a key role in his team’s 2-1 record and has helped put them in a position to make it out of pool play.
Elijah Taylor had quite the June high school live period and he picked up his play right where he left off. He was dominant on the boards and finished at will. Taylor not only produces but is a leader for this tight-knit Team Final group. Taylor is a pivotal piece to what makes this team so successful.
Houston Hoops has quite the talent in 2021 wing Langston Love. In an 89-73 win over the Seattle Rotary, Love put up big numbers as he scored 28 points on 11-18 shooting. He is tough to stop when attacking the basket with his strong build and finishing ability. Love has continued to make a statement throughout this Nike EYBL season.
Paolo Banchero showed everyone why he is regarded as one of the top 2021 prospects throughout the country with his play on Thursday. Banchero dropped 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds against a very talented Houston Hoops squad. Banchero is a tough matchup with how effective he is inside and out. There are few players here that can guard him well and it’s scary to think that he has another year left in high school.
In one of the biggest matchups of the day, where the NY Renaissance went up against Phenom University Jonathan Kuminga thrived. He was dominant off the bounce and stretched it out to the three-point line with four three-pointers. Kuminga played a key role in them beating Phenom U 88-61. This is a win he and his teammates will look to use for momentum heading down the stretch of pool play.