By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
Prolific Prep began the season with two wins last weekend. On Friday night in Napa the Crew cruised to a easy 127-60 win over Las vegas Prep on a night where they honored the first responders for their efforts during the North Bay Wildfires a month ago.
Last weekend Prolific Prep was somewhat tested winning by scores of 104-93 over Elite Prep of Seattle, and 90-71 over ASI Academy. To begin the game Friday night the Crew (3-0) jumped out to a big lead right away, which was much to coach Billy McKnight’s liking.
“Last weekend we started both games, and we just kinda didn’t have any energy, we just kinda thought things were going to kinda happen for us, and we wanted to make a point and go about things the right way,” he explained afterwards. “We’re trying to make it so teams fear us when they have to play us — they’re not comfortable, and that takes energy, and that takes a mental focus, and I thought we did a much better job with that tonight.”
There were many people who had big nights, but the one who stood out was Onyinyechi Eyisi who had 20 points, and 15 rebounds.
“He’s actually been pretty consistent this year,” McKnight explained of Eyisi’s consistency three games into this season, as opposed to last season. “The minutes he’s been giving me are great, and I’ve got to give him credit, because I’ve told him so many times I’m really happy with the way he’s playing. He made a pick in transition where we had the ball, and he made a pick for a guard straight out of transition, it was for Jeenathan (Williams), and Jeenathan drove right down the middle, and gave the ball back to him for a dunk, and those are the things we work on in practice, and we’ve been working on those things for three years, and so I’m happy to see when guys do that. That’s one of the things that our new bigs need to get used to is those types of things, because those are the types of things that you see in the NBA, you don’t see those types of plays in college a lot of times, so he’s making so advanced plays, that just like a little example. He’s doing a lot of really, really good things on the court, and I’m really happy.”
Williams had 19 points, and seven board on the night. One of Prolific Prep’s biggest additions Jordan Brown, who is from Sacramento suburb Roseville had 21 points with 15 rebounds. The ceiling for Brown is even higher than that for the senior who is being targeted by UC Berkeley.
“You saw just a snippet of him tonight,” McKnight explained of Brown. “If we had thrown him the ball every time down the floor he would’ve had 70 (points), I don’t think that’s a lie, but it’s something where he was playing extremely unselfish, he’s playing the right way, I wanted to make sure he was safe, and he’s not getting himself off-balance to where he’s hurting himself. He’s really a heck of a player, you’ll see a lot more of that going forward.
The Crew will continue their home stand today against Elite Prep of Los Angeles suburb Pasedena. The game will tip-off at 6 P.M.