Plenty of more talent here in part two of the EYBL Session III top performers. With a focus on the Midwest teams, here are some more standouts at the 17U level from Louisville. 

Dravyn Gibbs-Lawhorn – 2023 – G – Indy Heat

One of the most electric and bouncy guards of the tournament who not only scored it at a high level but is an incredibly impactful player on both ends. A tough on ball defender with great energy who uses his quickness and athleticism to get all over ball handlers. The Purdue commit plays extremely well off the dribble getting into the paint and finishing but also knocked down threes at a high percentage. 

John McCrear – 2023 – F – Mac Irvin Fire

An incredibly high upside 6’8” wing forward. As well to his length he is an extremely athletic wing. With all his physical tools he is a highly impactful player. He scores it very well around the basket but can also spot up for the three to have a 19-point game on Monday. 

Mackenzie Mgbako – 2023 – SF – NJ Scholars

Not only is the Duke commit a 6’8” forward with a strong build but has plenty of game to go with it. He truly impressed in his Monday game scoring 18 points while leading his team to a 3-point victory. He excelled scoring in the mid-range. With his height, moves, and ability to get great elevation on his jumper, he is unguardable when he is hitting his shots. He is such a gifted scorer as he also uses his physicality to get all the way to the rim but also hits outside jumpers. There are just so few players around with all his abilities. 

Tahaad Pettiford – 2024 – G – New Heights Lightning 

Along with Elliot Cadeau, the 2024 duo playing up led the 17U Lightning to a 4-1 tournament. Not only is Pettiford a gifted versatile scorer with 17 points per game but showed a great ability to defend out on the perimeter. With his ability to hit shots off the dribble and get to the basket, he is a true three level scorer. 

Miles Rubin – 2023 – F/C – Meanstreets

While Rubin has continued to take great leaps with his game over the last several months, he was playing at another level. Even against some top 2023 big men, Rubin still played at a high level. He really works on the defensive end to guard opposing big men as well as be a shot blocker. Rubin stands at 6’8” but plays even with his motor and length. He was very effective screening while scoring rolling to the bucket as well as on dump offs and put backs. Rubin has proved he is one of the top big men in the Midwest’s 2023 class with a game that should translate very well to the collegiate level. 

Curtis Williams – 2023 – SF – The Family

Throughout the weekend Williams showed the ability to do a bit of everything for The Family. He is 6’6” with good strength and plays with plenty of energy. A tough defender that can defend multiple positions effectively. Offensively he can score anyway needed, spotting up for three, off the dribble, doing dirty work inside to finish. In his teams win Sunday over CP3, Williams hit some clutch shots down the stretch to lead the way. 

Sonny Wilson – 2023 – PG – The Family

Wilson is such a gifted and elusive playmaker with the ball in his hands. With his handle and quickness, he has a great ability to get to wherever he wants on the floor. A smart player who can read the floor and attack the defense effectively. He is at his best finishing around the paint as well as pulling up in the mid-range but can also extend out to three and hit shots there at a high percentage.