What was described as The Bahamas edition of the Nike EYBL Camp is scheduled for Aug. 20 at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau. The game will feature 12 top high school players against a team from the Bahamas and include a brief training camp in the two days beforehand.
Last year, the Nike EYBL Select Team downed the Bahamas Select Team by 125-65. The EYBL team was coached by Gary Payton and included Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Malik Monk, Miles Bridges, Gary Trent Jr., Jonathan Isaac and De’Aaron Fox among others.
“It’s a paid-for vacation,” Nick Blatchford,Under Armour director of grassroots and college basketball, said last year when the game was announced. “That seems to be a pretty fair interpretation. The fact that they’re putting something together, kind of last-minute, tells me they’re trying to play defense.”
Where this gets interesting is the status of DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2017 who is from The Bahamas. Ayton, who plays for Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, played in Elite 24 last year. But he also ran with Cal Supreme on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer, making it more likely he attends the Nike event.
However,Brittany Connerly, who is an academic adviser and director of media and educational relations for Hillcrest Prep, said Ayton is not planning to play in either event because it conflicts with the start of school.
Wendell Carter (Pace Academy, Atlanta) is expected to play in the Nike event, along with point guard Trae Young (Norman North, Okla.), Kevin Knox (Tampa Catholic) and a returning Trent. Mohamed Bamba and Washington commit Michael Porter Jr. also could attend.