Every year on 17u for the Nike EYBL there are a few names in the freshman class who make their mark on the grassroots scene. Some names in the class of 2019 that fit this are Cole Anthony, Trendon Watford and Cassius Stanley. Here are five names from the class of 2021 who impressed in 17u play.
This is Zion Harmon’s third year playing on the 17u level for the EYBL. Harmon was one of the most prominent players on Peach Jam qualified squad Brad Beal Elite. The class of 2021 point guard’s best attributes include his ball skills and knack for scoring. With all of the talented guards that are set to take part in Peach Jam, Harmon will need to be on top of his game the second week of July.
Seattle Rotary Style made their way back into the Peach Jam this year. While the main storyline for the Rotary may be class of 2019 prospect Jaden McDaniels, freshman standout Paolo Banchero is deserving of plenty of attention as well. Banchero took this EYBL season by storm by averaging 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. His physical play along with his athleticism makes him a force on both ends. He landed 5th on ESPN’s most recent class of 2021 rankings.
Freshman wing Terrence Clarke grew more comfortable in EYBL play as the season progressed. A testament to this is Clarke’s 22 point performance against a talented NJ Playaz team in session 3. ESPN’s 2nd ranked prospect in the 2021 class has a great deal of upside with how capable of a scorer he is off the bounce and his improvements with his jump shot. The Expressions Elite freshman star has made his mark this EYBL regular season.
NY Renaissance power forward Jonathan Kuminga is as intriguing of a prospect as they come. Kuminga has shown tremendous flashes and a lot of them have come from his outstanding athleticism. He is a versatile scorer, but is at his best when finishing around the basket. The lefty forward has great mobility and will be counted on when the Renaissance take the court this July at Peach Jam.
When talking top class of 2021 prospects Jaden Hardy’s name needs to immediately come to mind. Hardy went into this season with a big reputation and found a way to exceed expectations. Hardy plays beyond his years as he went on to average 15.1 points per game through the season. With him putting up numbers like these it’s scary to think he has another two years to go on the EYBL circuit.