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Nike Peach Jam - Day One Rundown

Posted on 13. Jul, 2010 by Alex Schwartz in High School, Tournaments

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- The Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Finals kicked off yesterday as the Peach Jam got underway. Featuring 24 of the top U17 teams and 16 of the top U16 teams in the country, college coaches from coast to coast gathered in South Carolina to watch some of the elite talent this coountry has to offer. A number of players seized the opportunity and showcased their skills .

 

 

Here's a look at who stood out !!!!

 

Kyle Anderson, 2012, SF, 6’8, 223lbs, St. Anthony’s (NJ), New Jersey Playaz-

Despite being one of the youngest players on the floor, Anderson was the catalyst to his team’s dominant 80-49 victory over Cali Supreme. The versatile rising junior had a double-double with a game-high 17 points (6/7 FG, 1/1 3P, 4/6 FT) and 11 rebounds to go along with 6 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal, and just 2 turnovers. Anderson still needs to improve his quickness, but he is long, gets past his defenders to get to the cup, finds the open man, and scores around the rim. Having played point guard for much of his life, Anderson is more of a point combo forward, which makes him an intriguing long term prospect.
 

Wayne Blackshear, 2011, SG, 6’5, 210lbs, Morgan Park (IL), Mac Irvin Fire-

Even when Blackshear is not at his absolute best, the Louisville-commit is still outstanding. In his team’s 69-61 win over Athletes First, Blackshear had 18 points (7/11 FG, 4/5 3P, 0/2 FT) to lead all scorers. A shooting guard who can score from anywhere on the floor, Blackshear did not turn the ball over at all. He is one of the better three-point shooters in the crop of rising seniors, but play him too close and he will get to the basket off the bounce. A leader at both ends, Blackshear is a vocal player who gets the job done.
 

Jabari Brown, 2011, SG, 6’4, 190lbs, Oakland (CA), Drew Gooden Soldiers-

The boys from Northern California dominated Wisconsin Playground Elite to the tune of 84-67 and Brown was the main reason why. An elite 2011 prospect, Brown had over twice as many points as any other player on the court with 32 (12/21 FG, 1/3 3P, 7/8 FT) as well as 8 rebounds. Johnson is a special player due to the fact that he is an elite sharpshooter who also possesses phenomenal athletic ability. A strong, sturdy two with a quality handle, Brown was one of the top three performers I saw.
 

Michael Carter-Williams, 2011, SG, 6’5, 170lbs, St. Andrew’s (RI), BABC-

The Syracuse-bound Carter-Williams was the best player of the day it is not even a question. A slender combo guard, Carter-Williams poured in 44 (10/20 FG, 4/10 3P, 20/24 FT) of his team’s 68 points, good for 64.7% of the total. BABC beat the Georgia Stars 68-60 in overtime, and only was able to get there because MCW knocked down a halfcourt buzzer beater at the end of regulation. Carter-Williams was outstanding at the line and got there time and time again. He did have 7 turnovers and just 1 assist, but grabbed 9 rebounds. This was by far the best I have seen Carter-Williams play, as he showcased a complete offensive game as well as leadership abilities.
 

Levi Randolph, 2011, SG, 6’5, 180lbs, Bob Jones (AL), Alabama Challenge-

Like Blackshear, Randolph was not at his best, but he got the job done. In a big upset victory over the Howard Pulley Panthers, 65-63, Randolph hit the game-winning shot with less than five seconds to go and then stole the inbounds pass to seal the deal. The Alabama-bound combo guard had a double-double with 16 points (7/17 FG, 0/3 3P, 2/4 FT) and 12 rebounds as well as 2 assists, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers. Randolph got better and better as the game progressed as he began to find his stroke. Randolph has a nice handle, superb athleticism, great rebounding ability for a guard, a solid midrange game, and a good basketball IQ.
 

Amadou Sidibe, 2012, PF, 6’8, 200lbs, Cardinal Hayes (NY), New York Gauchos 16s-

In the two U16 games I watched, the ex-Fordham commit was easily the top performer. The Gauchos lost to Boo Williams Summer League, but Sidibe was not the reason why. An absolute beast on the boards, Sidibe grabbed rebounds left and right, both on offense and defense. The big man also blocked shots and scored around the basket. He runs the floor, has some major potential at the next level, and was a top three performer on the day.
 

Marvin Singleton, 2011, PF, 6’5, 215lbs, Hopkins (MN), Howard Pulley Panthers- A recent Northern Iowa commit, this undersized power forward did all he could to give Pulley the win, but it was not enough. Singleton had over a third of his team’s 63 points with 22 (8/12 FG, 0/1 3P, 6/6 FT) along with 11 rebounds for a double-double. He did have 2 turnovers, but was outstanding nonetheless. A strong, powerful player who outworks and outmuscles defenders, Singleton is hard to contain around the post. He has great hands, plays hard, and can put the ball on the deck a bit.
 

Sam Thompson, 2011, SF, 6’6, 210lbs, Whitney Young (IL), Mac Irvin Fire-

Blackshear was the best player for the Windy City squad, but Thompson was not far behind. A big-time athlete, Thompson showed that he is more than a high riser, knocking down a number of jumpers, especially late in the game when his team pulled away. Thompson had 15 points (6/11 FG, 1/4 3P, 2/4 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal, and 2 turnovers. Thompson has a high ceiling and has a chance to develop into a big-time player.

 

Recruiting Nuggets

 

Stevie Clark, 2013, PG, 5’8, 160lbs, Douglass (OK), Athletes First- Entering his sophomore year, Clark already has an offer from Marquette. He mentioned Arizona, Lamar, Wichita State, and Kansas as other schools that are showing interest.
 

Charles Eaton, 2011, SG, 6’2, 170lbs, Selma (AL), Alabama Challenge- Eaton has no offers as of now, but is receiving recruiting interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Murray State, Georgia, and East Carolina. He lists Alabama and Arkansas as his favorites at this point.
 

Thomas Hamilton, Jr., 2013, PF, 6’9, 220lbs, Whitney Young (IL), Mac Irvin Fire 16s¬- Merely a rising sophomore, Hamilton already has an offer from Illinois. No one else is involved in his recruitment yet, as this is his first event back since straining his patella in January.
 

AJ Hammons, 2012, C, 6’11, 260lbs, Oak Hill Academy (VA), Spiece Indy Heat- Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and Xavier have already offered the Indiana native. Marquette, Ohio State, North Carolina, and Kentucky have shown interest.
 

Martavious Newby, 2012, SG, 6’3, 200lbs, Booker T. Washington (TN), Memphis YOMCA 16s- The rising junior claims offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Auburn, and East Tennessee as well as interest from Kentucky, UTEP, Missouri, and Southern Mississippi. Newby has Memphis and Tennessee atop his list and would like to hear from UConn, Louisville, Texas, and Georgetown.
 

Amadou Sidibe- One of the top 2012 players in the Big Apple, Sidibe holds the equivalent of an offer from Yale, and is also receiving interest from Rutgers and Boston College. He is no longer considering Fordham, to which he was once committed.
 

Tavares Sledge, 2011, PF, 6’8, 210lbs, Brookwood (AL), Alabama Challenge- Sledge does not yet have any offers, but is fielding interest from South Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri State, Murray State, and Miami. He has South Carolina as his favorite right now.
 

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