Peach Jam: Day Three

Aaron Gordon

NORTH AUGUSTA - Players like Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle were absolutely dominant on day three of the Peach Jam.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Oakland Soldiers – It doesn't get much better than Gordon was on Friday. Still not 100 percent healthy, Gordon was absolutely dominant for the Soldiers in two games. His athleticism is better than ever, and now he is also making threes. Add in that he was impossible to keep off the offensive glass, and Gordon is someone who more than solidified his spot in the top five, and is priming himself for the conversation of the top spot in the rankings. He was simply that good.

Jabari Bird, SG, Oakland Soldiers – A big wing with good athleticism, Bird was not going to be contained in a rout of Spiece. Bird scored every way imaginable, and then was also very strong on the defensive end. He is stronger and bigger than most he is guarding, but what is so special is how he uses his quickness to stay in front on the defensive end. Offensively he just has that savvy and natural ability to play off the dribble and then also make shots off the catch.

Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas Wings – This kid just keeps on getting better and better. The future Razorback was a beast down low for the Wings in a key win, and also was a factor on the defensive end blocking shots. More than anything, his size and athleticism combined with a high skill level is making him one of the most difficult interior players in the country to defend.

Moses Kingsley, C, Arkansas Wings – While Kingsley is still a little rough around the edges on the offensive end, he can change the game on defense. He was credited with eight blocks in a win over Bluff City, and completely took away the rim on defense. Also he rebounds well and has a decent tough around the basket. As he gets stronger it is scary to think of what his upside can be.

James Young, SF, The Family – This cat just flat out knows how to put the ball in the basket. Young is arguably the best scorer in the class, and he does it mostly from three or on offensive rebounds. Add in that he is very strong and is impossible to check in transition, and that makes for a special skill set. At this point Young is a virtual lock to get 20 points every single time out.

E.C. Matthews, SG, The Family – When Young isn't scoring it, Matthews often times is. The 6-foot-3 combo player is getting much better as a shooter, though his game is still about going to the rim. Matthews was impressive during the morning game, and then absolutely exploded in the evening. Add in that he is a good passer, and it is easy to see why his versatility is so difficult to handle for opposing defenses.

Anthony Barber, PG, Boo Williams – Barber is definitely better in a camp type setting which is more free flowing and up and down, but still even in structure the talent is clearly able to shine through. He can get to the rim virtually at will, and now he is a respectable, if not solid three point shooter. His decision making at times can need work, but the physical tools are simply through the roof, and once again Barber put his team on his back and kept them in the game.

Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans – There is only so much that can be said about Randle. In the morning game he wasn't at his best, yet he still dominated the action. Randle was a beast down low, virtually played volleyball on the glass, and then blocked shots, handled the ball, and drove his man from the perimeter at will. When he has his mind set on dominating, there just isn't much that can be done to stop him.

Kameron Williams, SG, Baltimore Elite – At the end of the day he just flat out gets buckets. Williams is a knockdown shooter from deep, and then also has a little game to him off the bounce. A better athlete than advertised, Williams finishes above the rim, but will struggle in traffic due to a lack of physical strength. Still at the end of the day he always going to put points on the board, and usually he does it in an efficient manner.

Daquan McNeil, SG, Baltimore Elite – At times it has been an up and down summer for McNeil but the morning on Friday was definitely a high point. McNeil scored going to the rim, made jumpers, and then also was able to get to the foul line and convert. Not an elite athlete, he has enough quickness to be tough to guard, and then also has a good feel for how to play the game. When he is assertive and looks for his shot, McNeil is tough to handle.

Anders Broman, SG, Howard Pulley – It seems like Howard Pulley is always loaded with knockdown shooters form the outside, and Broman is definitely one of them. He is more than capable of lighting up from distance, and does so best off the catch. Broman's footwork doesn't look great off the bounce, but he has a quick trigger and when the feet are set you can usually book it as three points.

Tyus Jones, PG, Howard Pulley – Quite simply Jones is so good it is absurd to really think about. There is nothing that you want a point guard to do, that he doesn't do. He is a great passer, thinks the game, can score from deep, and knows how to lead. Add in that he is athletic and keeps on getting stronger, and it is clear the he is one of the premier players, and his leadership led Howard Pulley to a huge win over the Texas Titans.

Jake Wright, SG, Howard Pulley – A player on the business end of many of Jones' assists was Wright. A space the floor guy, White hit some huge shots down the stretch in the second half that kept Pulley in a good spot. While not the most athletic, there is never a substitute for being able to make shots, and Wright did just that in a big way.

Stanley Johnson, SF, Oakland Soldiers – One of the more talked about and debated players, Johnson is just flat out bringing his game to a new level. Some of his moves off the dribble are big time, and then he is a good shooter from deep. Add in that he moves his feet well on defense, and his body is going in the right direction, and Johnson is putting everything together during the summer. On Friday he was excellent, and proved he is one of the better wings in the class.

JaQuan Lyle, PG, Spiece Indy Heat – A talent for sure, Lyle did some good things despite his team getting blown out during an afternoon game. Lyle made some nice passes, some of which weren't caught, and then also was hitting shots from deep. Still he can lose some control of his emotions, but with his size and floor vision he is an absolute problem for defenses when things are clicking right.

Shep Garner, SG, Team Final – A scorer by nature, Garner had it working in the afternoon. He can make shots from deep, and then also is capable off the bounce. Garner played well, and kept them in the lead in the first half, though at the end of the day they couldn't hang on. Still as his jump shot gets more consistent, Garner wil become even more difficult to defend.

Raymond Doby, PF, Mac Irvin Fire – Always someone who could score with athleticism and strength inside, Doby is beginning to show ability outside as well. Doby hit a three, scored in the mid-range, and then also did some damage down low with his bread and butter. A good rebounder, Doby secured the glass and helped his team rally from a solid halftime deficit.

Josh Cunningham, PF, Mac Irvin Fire – Cunningham just keeps on getting better every single time out on the floor. He is a very athletic power forward who seems to still be growing. Cunningham can finish well above the rim and is a good rebounder. Now he is a bit undersized, but the strides he has made in the last six months are very encouraging.

Mickey Mitchell, PF/SF, Texas Titans – The thing that immediately stands out with Mitchell is his athleticism, but the more you watch the more you see how good of a passer he is. Mitchell can make plays from the high-post at a big time level. He also finishes well around the basket and is a capable jump shooter, but as a playmaker and matchup problem from the high-post, that is where he is at his best.

King McClure, SG, Texas Titans – McClure didn't start the game for the Titans, but you better believe he finished it. A good, not elite athlete, McClure just knows how to score the ball. He is excellent at going baseline and finishing with a mid-range floater, but then is also more than capable of going all the way to the rim. Not a lights out shooter, he has to be respected from deep, and shows a good concept of shot selection and how to play.

Jabari Bird says that California and Washington still lead.

Mike Young is hoping to make visits to Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Memphis, and Xavier after the month of July.

King McClure mentioned Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, North Carolina, and Duke.

Josh Cunningham has offers from DePaul and Nebraska. Also interest is coming in from Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Illinois State, and Illinois-Chicago.

E.C. Matthews ran off a long list of Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Iowa, Arizona, Indiana, Oregon, UNLV, North Carolina State, Xavier, Georgetown, Memphis, Dayton, and USC.

Tyus Jones and Julius Randle combined to draw head coaches from Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan State, Baylor, Kansas, and Kentucky for their game. Also assistants from Duke, Ohio State, and Minnesota were there.

Ja'Quan Newton had Mike Rice from Rutgers along with assistants from Penn State, Arizona, Villanova, Temple, and Pittsburgh.

Lorenzo Romar and Sean Miller were tracking the duo of Jabari Bird and Aaron Gordon. Also California, Oregon, and San Diego State made sure to be present.

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