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NIKE EYBL All-LA: Third Team

By D1 Circuit Staff, 06/01/17, 6:00PM EDT


Foster Loyer | All Ohio Red

LA Stats: 17.0 PPG (21-44 FG 47%), 2.3 RPG 5.3 APG

Game 1: 24 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST

Game 2: 12 PTS, 6 AST, 3 REB

Game 3: 14 PTS, 10 AST, 1 REB

Game 4: 18 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST

Just like every session so far this season, Foster Loyer was razor-sharp for All Ohio Red, resulting in a 3-1 finish for the second ranked team in the D1 Power 10. Loyer is fairly unassuming, but the lightning-quick point guard has settled in as one of the premier guards on the circuit. Take away a narrow session-opening loss to the Soldiers, Loyer would likely find himself with a higher honor. While he’s talented in numerous aspects of the game, he also capped off the best regular season free throw shooting performance in league history; the 6-foot guard went 83-for-84 from the line in 16 games.

Javonte Smart | Houston Hoops (TX)

LA Stats: 14.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 4.5 APG

Game 1: 15 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST

Game 2: 12 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST

Game 3: 14 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST

Game 4: 15 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST

The Hoops needed a strong session in order to qualify for Peach Jam, and Javonte Smart helped his squad deliver. The Hoops wrapped up an 8-8 season with a 3-1 showing in Los Angeles, narrowly qualifying for Peach Jam in a loaded Division A. Smart  was remarkably consistent in Los Angeles, saving his best for last; the 6-foot-4 junior put up 15 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds in a season-closing win over No. 10 MeanStreets. Smart (ESPN No. 23) will be no stranger to Peach Jam, starring for Elfrid Payton Elite as a freshman in 2015. If his session four contests are any indication, the Hoops will be major contenders in July.

Ayo Dosunmu | Mac Irvin Fire (IL)

LA Stats: 25.8 PPG (37-76 43.0 FG%), 3.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG

Game 1: 21 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL

Game 2: 28 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST

Game 3: 36 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL

Game 4: 18 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL

Mac Irvin failed to win a game in Los Angeles, but it was at no fault of Ayo Dosunmu. The 6-foot-5 point guard has been a mainstay on these teams throughout the season, arguably putting up his best four-game stretch of the saeason. Dosunmu can score in bunches, and is a much better facilitator than his statistics indicate. The Fire’s rotation requires Dosunmu to be a scorer first, a skill that comes naturally to the Morgan Park (IL) product. The Fire won’t be going to Peach Jam, but you can find Dosunmu tearing up North Augusta’s nets at the Peach Invitational Tournament.

Thomas Kithier | All Ohio Red

LA Stats17.0 PPG (30-45 FG 66.7%), 7.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.1 BPG

Game 1: 19 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, 2 BLK

Game 2: 12 PTS, 8 REB

Game 3: 24 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST

Game 4: 13 PTS, 7 REB, 3 BLK

Thomas Kithier joins All Ohio Red teammate Foster Loyer on the Third Team after putting up his best four-game stretch of the season. Kithier battled against some of the league’s most talented big men in LA (Taeshon Cherry, Brandon Johns, Trevion Williams), and came away looking like one of the most impressive forwards on the circuit. Kithier was extremely efficient from the floor and once again showed the ability to stay out of foul trouble. His offensive skillset is evolving, but as long as he continues to finish inside and play rock-solid defense, All Ohio looks to be in great shape heading into the finals.

Jaylen Hoard | Team CP3 (NC)

LA Stats18.0 PPTS, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG

Game 1: 24 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK

Game 2: 8 PTS, 3 AST, 1 STL

Game 3: 22 PTS, 4 REB, 2 BLK

Game 4: 18 PTS, 8 REB

Team CP3’s big man is coming off First Team All-Atlanta honors, and his encore was nearly as impressive. The 6-foot-8 versatile forward averaged 18 points and six rebounds while helping stabilize one of the top defensive units on the circuit. Hoard can do a ton of damage without having a play run for him, as his motor and intangibles help separate him from the opposition. Hoard is just tapping into his potential, but his four-game showing in Los Angeles continues an upward trend on par with the best prospects in the country. Hoard and First-Team All-LA guard Coby White form one of the best tandems in the country, and will undoubtedly make noise in North Augusta.

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