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Naismith HS POY announces semifinalists, all 10 are NIKE EYBL alumni

By D1 Circuit Staff, 02/07/17, 1:15PM EST


The Naismith High School Player of the Year award committee released their final 10 candidates, and the EYBL is well-represented.

All ten candidates have NIKE EYBL experience, with nine playing in the 2016 circuit. Trevon Duval starred for the Playaz in 2014, helping lead New Jersey's EYBL club to their first Peach Jam championship.

Wendell Carter (GA Stars & Team CP3), Gary Trent Jr, Michael Porter Jr, Trae Young and Kevin Knox all played two seasons in the NIKE EYBL (2015 & 2016).

2017 Naismith HS Player of the Year Candidates

First Last HS Position EYBL Team College Choice
DeAndre Ayton Hillcrest Prep F California Supreme Arizona
Mo Bamba Westtown School F PSA Cardinals Undecided
Brian Bowen La Lumiere F MeanStreets Undecided
Wendell Carter Jr. Pace Academy F Team CP3 Duke
Trevon Duval IMG Academy G NJ Playaz Undecided
Kevin Knox Tampa Catholic F E1T1 United Undecided
Michael Porter Jr. Nathan Hale F MOKAN Elite Washington
Collin Sexton Pebblebrook G Southern Stampede Alabama
Gary Trent Jr. Prolific Prep G Howard Pulley Panthers Duke
Trae Young Norman North G MOKAN Elite Undecided