North Carolina recruiting: Recapping the weekend for Tar Heels’ targets on Nike EYBL circuit
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It wasn’t an evaluation period, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t good basketball played on the AAU circuit last weekend.
The Nike EYBL hosted its third event of the spring in Atlanta, a three-day event that included several key Tar Heels targets.
Here’s a look at how those players fared.
Player: 5-star Class of 2019 PF/C Armando Bacot; 5-star Class of 2020 C Hunter Dickinson
Team Takeover has seen a lot of the Tar Heels staff and will continue to do so during the next set of evaluation periods with the transfer of 5-star power forward/center Armando Bacot from Team Loaded.
The team put on a show, too, winning every game by at least 7 points.
Bacot didn’t carry any one game, scoring 11 on Friday and 8 and 9 in his two Saturday games. He also put up modest 6-, 5- and 4-rebound games, respectively. Bacot did not play in the team’s victory against Rose City on Sunday.
Hunter Dickinson, a Class of 2020 center who’s seen early interest from the Tar Heels, also didn’t play Sunday and put up solid numbers in his team’s first three games. Dickinson put up 6-, 8-, and 6-point games and added 7 rebounds on Friday.
Player: 5-star Class of 2019 SF Wendell Moore
Although he wasn’t perfect, 5-star Concord, N.C., small forward Wendell Moore showed his tantalizing potential.
On Friday, Moore dropped 24 points along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds in 29 minutes as CP3 crushed the Georgia Stars 86-69. He followed that with a 23-point, 4-rebound performance Sunday.
Moore also showed some room for growth. In his team’s only loss, a 60-50 game against Howard Pulley. Moore was held to 6 points and had 3 fouls in 29 minutes. There was no box score for the team’s first game Saturday, a 79-60 win against The Family.
Player: 5-star Class of 2019 SF Keion Brooks
There might not be a player who’s done more for his stock in the last couple of weeks than Keion Brooks, a 5-star small forward from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Brooks is one of the newest offers for the Tar Heels, and he continued to show why the blue bloods are after him during the weekend.
Brooks’ worst performance came in his second game on Saturday, in which he scored 19 points and added 8 rebounds.
In his remaining three games, Brooks never scored fewer than 21 points. On Sunday, he dominated with 43 points and 22 rebounds in 36 minutes.
Player: 5-star Class of 2019 CG Jalen Lecque
N.Y. Renaissance struggled, though 5-star combo guard Jalen Lecque had at least one performance that made the team worth watching.
Against Bacot, Dickinson and Team Takeover on Saturday, Lecque had a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists while playing 48 minutes. He also had 5 rebounds.
The rest of the weekend didn’t bring huge numbers for Lecque, but that was mostly because he didn’t take a ton of shots. On Friday, he scored 7 points but had just 5 attempts from the field and 5 free-throw attempts.
In the second game on Saturday, Lecque had 9 points, again with just 5 attempts from the field and 4 free throws. Sunday was a little worse for Lecque — 9 points on 3-of-9 shooting (0 for 2 from 3-point range).
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