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Nike Peach Jam - Day Two Rundown

Posted on 14. Jul, 2010 by Alex Schwartz in High School, Tournaments

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- The 2010 Nike Peach Jam kept on rolling on Tuesday and the stars took things into their own hands on day two. Amongst the top players on the day were two players ranked in the top three in the nation headed to the same college. While some lesser-known players did show well, it was the big-timers who were, well, big-time in front of the college coaches.


Top Performers


Shaq Boga, 2011, PG, 6’0, 170lbs, McCluer (MO), St. Louis Eagles-

The St. Louis Eagles got top 10 player and Florida-commit Brad Beal back from FIBAs on Tuesday, but it was Boga who led the way anyway. A talented floor general, Boga put up 22 points (8/12 FG, 0/1 3P, 6/9 FT), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 turnover in a 63-54 win over Louisiana Select. Boga has improved his game over the past year, especially in the scoring department, though he is still able to distribute the rock.

Ricardo Gathers, 2012, PF, 6’7, 245lbs, Riverside Academy (LA), Louisiana Select-

There is no way around the fact that the rising junior was an absolute beast on this day. A strong, chiseled post presence, Gathers did everything he possibly could to get his team the win, but came up short. Gathers ended up with 26 points (9/21 FG, 0/2 3P, 8/14 FT) and 11 rebounds, five of which were offensive. It felt as though Gathers had much more than 26 and 11, as he was dominant, especially in the second half when he scored 22 points. Gathers was superb on the offensive glass, routinely grabbing misses and turning them into free throw attempts. Despite being a touch undersized, Gathers more than makes up for it with his hard play and huge frame.

Michael Gbinije, 2011, SF, 6’6, 200lbs, Benedictine (VA), Team Takeover DC-

With his future head coach Mike Krzyzewski watching, the Duke-bound wing had a quality game Tuesday night. Gbinije got to the cup time after time, easily slipping past defenders to create scoring chances. The silky smooth Old Line State star finished with 21 points (8/13 FG, 5/7 FT) and 7 rebounds in a 61-55 win over the Howard Pulley Panthers. He would have had more points, but missed a number of easy layups around the cup, which was the only real negative about his showing.

Michael Gilchrist, 2011, SF, 6’7, 190lbs, St. Patrick’s (NJ), Team Final-

If Gilchrist was worn out after winning the gold medal in Germany, he sure did not show it. In a big-time matchup against fellow top 10 prospect Anthony Davis with his future coach John Calipari on the sideline, Gilchrist was phenomenal. The Kentucky-commit ended up with 26 points (7/12 FG, 1/2 3P, 11/17 FT), 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. The only things Gilchrist struggled with were turnovers (he had 4 and just 1 assist) and first half free throws. An ultra-talented player with a tremendous motor, Gilchrist can do just about everything, from handle and run the point to rebound and bang down low with the bigs. He showed why he is the top player in the country regardless of class in the 60-54 Tuesday win over Meanstreets.

Kevin Johnson, 2011, C, 6’10, 225lbs, Taft (CA), California Supreme-

Deceptively nimble for his size, Johnson was his team’s best player in a tough 79-58 loss to Spiece Indy Heat. The big man dropped 15 points (6/10 FG, 3/6 FT), grabbed 9 rebounds (3 offensive), and blocked 3 shots. Should Johnson shed about 10 pounds in order to improve his stamina and mobility he could be a top-notch player. Johnson has the tools to be a great college player with height, size, and post moves, and he is doing a good job of putting them all together.

James McAdoo, 2011, PF, 6’8, 210lbs, Norfolk Christian (VA), Boo Williams-

Like Gilchrist, McAdoo showed no signs of fatigue after coming back from Germany. In front of a massive crowd of coaches (including Roy Williams), media members, and fans for Boo’s nightcap against Each 1 Teach 1, McAdoo was the best player on the floor. The future North Carolina Tar Heel had 16 points (7/13 FG, 0/2 3P, 2/4 FT), 8 rebounds (3 offensive), 6 blocks, and 2 steals in the 65-54 win. His assist-to-turnover ratio was poor as McAdoo had zero dimes and five turnovers, but he was outstanding regardless. McAdoo is a defensive terror, utilizing his long arms to block and alter shots and get in the passing lanes. Offensively he has a versatile game, but does settle for the jumper too much. All said, he is a surefire top 10 player in this class.

Dominique Pointer, 2011, SF, 6’5, 180lbs, Quality Education Academy (NC), The Family-

After impressing at the King City Classic, Pointer has followed it up with a great Peach Jam. The Detroit native was by far the best performer on the floor in his team’s 67-44 thrashing of the Albany City Rocks. Pointer had 24 points (8/16 FG, 1/3 3P, 7/8 FT) and 7 rebounds (3 offensive). Pointer is a big-time athlete with a strong frame who gets to the cup with ease, and once there is prone to throwing down big-time slams, as his did a handful of times in the win. Pointer had more than twice as many points as his team’s second leading scorer and was the only player in the game with 20+.

Marquis Teague, 2011, PG, 6’1, 185lbs, Pike (IN), Spiece Indy Heat-

Yet another player who came over from Germany for Tuesday’s games, Teague had a rough morning session and started the night game slowly. In the second half, with John Calipari watching, things clicked for the future Kentucky Wildcat. Teague completely transformed in the second 16 minutes into a scoring machine who was also throwing out pinpoint passes, wreaking havoc on defense, and even rebounding. Teague finished with a game-high 25 points (10/19 FG, 1/1 3P, 4/8 FT), 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers. An aggressive, lightning quick player with an elite skill set, Teague is a definite top five talent and may well be the best guard in the class.


Recruiting Nuggets


Rene Castro, 2013, PG, 6’4, 175lbs, Beaver Country Day (MA), BABC 16s- A talented rising sophomore, Castro already holds and offer from Boston College. In addition, Castro has received mail from Lafayette, Drexel, USC, Oregon State, and Florida Atlantic.

Siyani Chambers, 2012, PG, 5’11, 170lbs, Hopkins (MN), Howard Pulley Panthers- The slender rising junior floor general lists just one offer at this point, from Santa Clara. In addition, Florida State, Washington, and Cal Poly are showing interest and Chambers has no favorites.

Shaq Johnson, 2012, SF, 6’4, 195lbs, Salem (GA), Southern Kings 16s- The strong, ultra-athletic wing does not yet have any scholarship offers, but is receiving interest from a trio of SEC schools. Auburn, Georgia, and Florida are involved with Johnson already.

John Manning, 2011, C, 6’11, 215lbs, Chantilly (VA), Team Takeover DC- A tall, long, hard-working post player, Manning lists offers from William & Mary, Tulane, and George Mason. He has interest from Penn State, Michigan, Harvard, and Central Florida, with no leaders at this point. “Those are the main ones right now,” Manning said of the seven schools he mentioned.

Ben McLemore, 2011, SF, 6’5, 185lbs, Oak Hill Academy (VA), St. Louis Eagles- McLemore, considered a big-time rising senior, rattled off a list of Kansas, Missouri, Purdue, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Provide. He noted that those are merely the ones that he could remember and that they have all offered. “I don’t have any favorites, but Kansas is still at the top of my list, still one of my favorites,” McLemore said.

Brandon Morris, 2012, PF, 6’7, 190lbs, Miller Grove (GA), Southern Kings 16s- A long combo forward from the Peach State, Morris holds one scholarship offer thus far, from Georgia. In addition, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, UAB, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, and Georgia Tech are expressing interest. Morris has Auburn, Clemson, and Georgia as his leaders right now.

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