The Scrimmage is a one day event put on by Nike EYBL squad Team Final using three courts at Life Center Academy in Burlington, NJ. It not only has EYBL teams involved but also teams from other circuits too as they all prepare for the coming live period events to round out April. So without further ado here are some of the standout players on display at The Scrimmage.

Christian Ray 6'6' '19 K-Low Elite (Haverford School) – Ray scores the ball at a high level for his HS team but for K-Low of the Adidas Gauntlet series his main job is to use his intensity to shake things up around the basket and in his 2 games today he did just that. He rebounded at a high level on both ends of the court and his physicality on defense played a part in his teams ability to stay in games when the offense was not clicking. One thing you can count on where Ray is concerned is effort as he seldom takes a play off and that trait alone should endear him to college coaches.

Dahmir Bishop 6'5' '19 K-Low Elite (Imhotep Charter) – Bishop is one of the fastest rising players in the Philly area with tremendous range, a solid handle, savvy playmaking skills and an ability to help out defensively using his quick hands and feet to get steals or force turnovers. On this day however he had 10pts in a game 1 victory then followed that up with just 5pts in a loss but by no means should that be construed as a if he doesn't score K-Low is in trouble moment. K-Low had a 7 minute span in their loss and that proved fatal. Like all shooters Bishop will have off days but when he is in a groove this team will be very good and his recruitment will certainly heat up.

Chris Ings 6'1' '19 K-Low Elite (Neumann-Goretti HS) – People have been trying to tag Ings as a PG for years now but that is not exactly accurate. Instead why can't we call him a basketball player who plays the Guard position. He's to me anyway more of a combo guard who can handle the ball quite well and pass it too but one who uses his quickness to get from end to end in a flash always looking to make a play whether driving to the rack for a fast strike bucket or penetrating the lane to draw a defender away where he can hit the back door cutter for the easy hoop. He's very crafty at the defensive end as well using that same quickness he shows on dribble drives to strip weaker ballhandlers of the rock to trigger K-Low's transition game. Despite their 2nd half slump in their game 2 loss Ings and his backcourt mate Mark Bradshaw 6'0' '19 (Glasgow, DE HS) kept the game from getting out of control with their combination of timely baskets and lock down defense. Ings recruitment looks ready to take off with some solid performances in the early live period if he can sustain what he showed everybody today.

Jack Forrest 6'4' '19 Jersey Shore Warriors (Lower Merion HS) – At this point and time it appears that Forrest is Ivy League bound as several ancient eight programs have made the trek out to the Main Line to see this young man play. The Warriors play in the Hoop Group circuit and they are one of the better teams in that grouping of teams and players like Forrest are certainly a reason why this team continually makes runs to event championship games. He can definitely shoot the ball with a smooth looking jump shot with range to beyond the arc. He is becoming more than just a jump shooter though as he has gotten tougher when driving to the basket and on this day made several runners thru contact a skill that had not been his forte in the past. An often overlooked part of his game is passing the ball and he does it really well finding open teammates for easy baskets with precision passes delivered on a silver platter. He's working hard defensively and while not a strong suit in his game right now he seems to embrace this shortcoming and is working hard to make it a strength which as his recent history has shown us will strive to improve.

Nick Alikakos 6'7' PG JS Warriors – (Hill School) – Originally Nick was headed to the Naval Academy to continue his hoops career but a change of heart led him to a post grad year at the Hill School culminating in a Pa. Independent Schools state title. He drew some D-1 interest during the season so with these two live period weekends coming up he will get one more shot to show colleges that his game is good enough to help a school out and with his motor and non stop work ethic I think some schools should key on him to get a decent evaluation of his skill level. He played hard in both games here as the Warriors split their two tilts. In game 1 he rebounded and played physical defense getting 4pts and close to double digit boards then when offense was needed in their game 2 win he scored 13pts all around the basket and all highly contested. This young man would be a valuable addition to the right squad if they pay attention.

Malik Slay 6'2' '18 JS Warriors (Downingtown East HS) – Another young man who is graduating this spring but could use these two live period weekends to try and draw some possible D-1 interest. With a host of D-II schools showing some varying degrees of interest Slay will use the live periods to determine if Prep School is an option or whether to pull the trigger and head to a D-II school to continue his academic and athletic career. This day was certainly a good one in terms of gauging his skill level as they went up against two shoe company teams and in my opinion played well enough to garner some extra attention in the next few weeks. He was more assertive with the ball than in the past driving it to the basket and scoring thru contact or finding the open man for a scoring opportunity. He has a good basketball IQ and was his HS team's point guard the past 3 seasons so he definitely shows leadership qualities. In both games today he played tough D getting several steals that he either converted his self or fed his teammates for fast break baskets. I think he could be a serviceable player in a low 1 program as well as a major contributor at the D-II level if given the chance. (End part 1)