THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- The time has come. More Peach Jam tickets need to be punched. It's now or never to make that happen, too, and the last stop is set to begin here at Sports Academy.
Over the next two days, from 8 AM to 11 PM PDT on Saturday and Sunday, Nike EYBL Session IV is bound to bring 80 more games with postseason fates on the line.
Buckle up. It's bound to be one crazy ride. Here are the five storylines to follow:
Can Nike Phamily FINALLY get a win?
As promised prior to Session III, this made the list once again. Despite having no real bearing on the division standings, the winless squad is still something to keep an eye on. After all, 2018 Flo40 No. 1 Marvin Bagley III has been too good not to follow at all times and seeing whether or not his team can get the proverbial monkey off its back only adds to the intrigue.
Will this be Jontay Porter's final Nike EYBL run?
Another repeat storyline? Absolutely. For anyone looking to follow something different, nearly every game has postseason implications. Yet, it's impossible to take this off the list when one of the best players on one of the best teams in the league just committed this week and could possibly reclassify. What decision Flo40 No. 23 Jontay Porter will make is still unknown, but this could be the final run with MOKAN Elite (KS). That would drastically change the outlook for this squad if he chooses to enroll at Missouri next month.
Can anyone catch UPlay Canada's R.J. Barrett to be the EYBL scoring champ?
The 2019 No. 1 prospect currently sits with a comfortable 2.6 points per game lead right now. However, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard will not be able to help his case any with having to miss this session due to final exams at Montverde Academy (FL). Someone will have to have a pretty magical weekend to take the top spot, but Bol Bol (25.4 ppg.) and Marvin Bagley III (25.1 ppg.) -- the two prospects right behind Barrett (28.0 ppg.) -- are talented enough to post massive numbers.
Which teams will win each division?
Heading into the final weekend, every division is up for grabs. All Ohio Red (OH) seems to have control in Division A with a two-game lead, but MeanStreets (IL) is capable to rattle off some victories. Division B will come down to two of the best point guards in the entire league with Howard Pulley (MN) and Tre Jones holding a one game edge over PSA Cardinals (NY) and Cole Anthony. Team CP3 (NC) and Boo Williams (VA) are both tied at the top of Division C with E1T1 United (FL) lurking right behind them. In Division D, there are four teams -- MOKAN Elite (KS), Bradley Beal Elite (MO), Team Penny (TN), and Team Takeover (DC) -- within one game of each other. There's bound to be craziness to sort all of this out.
Will Team Melo (MD) be the lone newcomer to make Peach Jam?
As it stands right now, Team Melo (MD) is the only first-year squad holding on to an at-large Peach Jam bid. Mississippi Express (MS) has some work to do in Division D at 5-7, while UPlay Canada and Portland Basketball Club (OR) have two wins and one victory, respectively. Of course, Team Melo has to take care of business this weekend, but it appears to be in good shape to represent the newcomers this season.
How To WatchNike EYBL Session IV 17U (Los Angeles, CA)
When: Saturday, May 27 - Sunday, May 28
On TV: Now Available on Roku & Apple TV 4 via the FloSports App
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