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Peach Jam/Peach State: Day Four
Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans – Just an absolute beast, Randle at times was completely dominant. He scored down low, took his man off the dribble, and was playing good defense. Now he did in short spurts seem to take some possessions off, but still he was as good as any player in the event and showed why he is battling to regain the No. 1 spot in the 2013 class. Damian Jones, PF/C, Texas Titans – While Randle was dominating on the offensive end, Jones was doing on defense. The long and athletic interior prospect was blocking shots and in general causing havoc with his length and athleticism. Offensively he is still very raw, but Jones can develop into a game changer with his natural shot blocking. Kyle Davis, PG/SG, Mac Irvin Fire – His speed with the basketball is simply absurd. In the open court Davis can really get to places in a hurry, and he is tough to contain because of how athletic he is. Add in that Davis is turning himself into a fairly reliable threat from the outside, and it is easy to see why so many more schools are taking a liking to his game. Davis isn't a true point guard, but his toughness changed the game against the Titans, and his play at the point spurred a huge Mac Irvin run. Sterling Brown, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – There is absolutely nothing flashy about Brown, but when he was on the court Mac Irvin played great. When he was off the court and resting they struggled. The bottom line is the kid just knows how to play the game. He has a good feel for when to shoot and when to drive, and then defensively he gives effort. Not an elite athlete, Brown finds a way to be very effective and his basketball IQ really shines through. Chris Perry, PF/C, Each 1 Teach 1 – Very few players are seeing their stock rise quicker than Perry. He is long, rebounds well, is tough, and can score a little bit with his right hand. An even with the rim athlete, Perry uses strength and savvy to get things done more than athleticism. Things have really picked up on the recruiting trail for Perry, and they will only get better after this event. Detrick Mostella, SG, Southeast Elite – An elite type athlete, Mostella is a problem when the game is up and down. When things slowdown in the half court he did struggle a little bit more, but still he finds ways to get things done. Mostella is a natural scorer who loves to slash to the rim, though also a capable shooter. Not a high profile name, Mostella definitely has a high-major game. Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin Fire – There might not be a tougher cover one-on-one in the post in all of high school basketball than Okafor. He showed off big time moves around the rim, and then for good measure turned and faced and drove scoring on Randle. His feel for the game is impressive, and has hands like vice grips. Okafor is just dominant every single time he steps on the floor. Grayson Allen, SG, Douglas Brothers Elite – How he stayed under the radar for so long is simply baffling. Allen has good size, is an excellent athlete, and knows how to finish through contact. Also Allen is a solid shooter, and is the complete package as a player. It is nearly impossible to imagine a situation where he doesn't end up very highly ranked, and he better be ready because his phone is about to get super busy hearing from college coaches. Chris McCullough, PF, Team Scan – When his teammates actually decided to throw him the ball he was very effective. However McCullough didn't honestly see the ball very often. Instead he had to go get it off the glass or make a steal on defense, both of which he managed to do. Add in that McCullough when he did get a touch usually had two people on him, and it was very impressive that he was able to dominate the way he did in a big time game. Ahmed Hill, SG, Southern Stampede – This kid is just a big time scorer. It doesn't matter if it is off the catch, off the bounce, in the half court, or in transition, the bottom line is he just knows how to put the ball in the basket. Also Hill showed that on the biggest stage he shines the brightest, and that is very important. Hill has elite potential, and in a huge win on Saturday night he put all of it on display. Elijah Staley, PF/SF, Southern Stampede – While Hill was the man on the perimeter for the Stampede, on the interior it was Staley. He rebounded well, blocked a shot, finished with athleticism around the rim and battled through contact. As if that wasn't enough he knocked in a pair of threes, and showed off the vast natural ability that has so many coaches tracking his progress. JaQuel Richmond, PG, CP3 All-Stars – There are always some epic battles at the Peach Jam, and Richmond was a part of one. With his team needing some scoring, Richmond stepped up and hit some dagger shots in overtime to give CP3 a huge win and allow them to advance in the bracket play. A good athlete, Richmond can get to places on the court, and then has solid floor vision and is a good shooter. He hasn't a had a great spring and summer, but this showing was one of the most impressive by any player during the event. Joel Berry, PG, Each 1 Teach 1 – Battling Richmond every step of the way was Berry. Berry was just excellent in every single aspect and nearly led Each 1 Teach 1 to an improbably comeback win. There was nothing that could be done to keep Berry out of the lane, and then for good measure he was hitting step back jumpers as well. His size, strength, shot making, and point guard skills clearly put him up there with the nation's best. Theo Pinson, SF, CP3 All-Stars – Pinson is good for several highlights in every single game, and he did just that in helping his team advance to the semi-finals. Pinson doesn't have a great ability to beat kids off the bounce in the half court, but when he gets space he can be a problem, and then he is so freakishly athletic that there is nothing that can be done to challenge him at the rim. Also Pinson was playing good defense both on and off the ball. Kevin Zabo, PG, CIA Bounce – After spending a lot of the summer on the 17-and under squad, Zabo is now getting consistent minutes with the 16's, and looks great. His pull-up jumper is big time, and he had it working. Also he has a great feel for how to play and just commands the team when he is on the floor. Now that he is on the floor consistently getting minutes, Zabo is showing that total game that made him such an intriguing prospect when he was younger. Diamond Stone, C, The Family – Stone was at the mercy of his teammates for the most part. As a center he just didn't get many touches at all down low, however when he did good things usually happened. Stone scored off of tip ins and rebounds, and then defensively blocked some shots. A great prospect, Stone is still refining his game, but was solid in his team's final game of the event. Daniel Giddens, C, Game Elite – Giddens is going to be very good once he gets more mature physically and understands just how dominant he can be. He has all the tools, he runs the floor, has solid hands, a nice touch, and good feet. High-major coaches are raving about him, and for good reason and he is already very good, and he hasn't even scratched the surface of how good he will be. Kevin Zabo listed offers from West Virginia, George Washington, and Iowa State. Also he is hearing from Illinois, Georgetown, and Villanova. JaQuel Richmond has offers from Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Charlotte, and Oklahoma State. Also he is hearing from Ohio State, Xavier, Alabama, Syracuse, and Duke. Chris Perry says that Cincinnati, South Florida, Memphis, Murray State, Missouri, Illinois, and others have been working hard in his recruitment. Grayson Allen had a huge collection of coaches watching. Here is the full list Florida, Florida State, Texas, Tennessee, South Florida, Boston College, Texas, Illinois, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Georgia. Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Florida, Providence, Minnesota, and Marquette were present for Diamond Stone. Mick Cronin from Cincinnati and assistants from Tennessee, Illinois, South Florida, UCF, and Charlotte were all present for Chris Perry.
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