Published on July 22nd, 2014 | by Alec Lewis0
Our EYBL Peach Jam Thoughts and Recap
If you watched the Peach Jam this year or have watched it in the past, you know how successful the EYBL has been. When it comes to AAU, you can’t beat it.
Unfortunately, Five Star Recruits was unable to attend the eventa but even then, we followed each game and each player and I decided to put together some thoughts I had on the event as a whole and specifically a few players that stood out:
Isaiah Briscoe 6’3″ guard of the New Jersey Playaz-
Throughout the Peach Jam, there was no player that was as valuable to his team as Isaiah Briscoe. This 2015 guard — who has the skill set to play both at the point and at the two — is high on Arizona, Rutgers, St. Johns, and a few others. At the Peach Jam, Briscoe was able to lead his team to the championship game and was able to seal the title by converting two free throws, not to mention his stat line that was 3 assists shy of a triple-double. “I’ve been with this program for seven years,” Briscoe said. “I told them that this is what I wanted, I wanted to win Peach Jam before I left, so they put me on the line.” Briscoe is confident, he knows his game, and he has all of the entangles. He didn’t wow us with a 40 point performance like Malik Monk did but his play speaks for himself. He’s a big time, big moment player that will be a solid player at the college level.
2016 SG Malik Monk of the Arkansas Wings-
Prior to the Peach Jam, Malik Monk was known as a solid prospect. After the Peach Jam, many are seeing Monk as a future NBA star. Sure the media and analysts might be overreacting, but if you’d seen Monk’s 40 point performance, you’d probably share those views. Monk is a player who has every shot in his arsenal. He showed his range and he showed his freakish athleticism in North Augusta and he’s a guy that Arkansas’s Mike Anderson knows can’t escape the state. Kentucky and Kansas also have interest, so expect these schools to court him as they’ve done with many stars in the past.
2015 and 2016 PF Keelon and Dedric Lawson of Team Penny-
In the wake of the University of Memphis’s hiring of Keelon Lawson, KJ and Dedric’s father, many wanted to see what Memphis’s own had to offer. KJ showed improvement, but also showed temper. After receiving a technical and shedding a tear in an early game some questions can be raised about his attitude. Fortunately, we’re not here to do that. KJ excelled in the mid-range and showed a killer instinct all week. He didn’t settle for the perimeter jumpers and he showed solid defense at times. Dedric, KJ’s brother who’s also committed to the University of Memphis in the 2016 class, didn’t show his best throughout the course of the week. But that still was enough to single-handedly lead his team on the glass and still provide a huge impact for Team Penny. I’m not sure many expected Penny to make it to the title, but they did. And KJ and Dedric were huge pieces in their run.
2015 PF Ben Simmons of Each 1 Teach 1-
Ben Simmons is a one-and-done guy. This week at the Peach Jam, he wowed coaches with his versatility, but sadly, he’s already an LSU commit and he’s pretty solid at that. In six games at the Peach Jam, he averaged 18.8 points and 9.2 rebounds and was able to lead Each 1 Teach 1 to the semi’s where they were defeated by Team Penny. Simmons certainly vied for the #1 prospect and in my opinion, ESPN has it wrong with Ivan Rabb. Simmons should be number 1.
2017 PF PJ Washington of Team Penny-
Another Team Penny talent, PJ Washington, starred at the Peach Jam this past week. Although a lot of news early in the week was dedicated to Emanuel Mudiay’s choice to forego college, the big news was Prime Prep. A high school started by Deion Sanders in Texas was shutdown this week and unfortunately, Washington did attend this school. That’s news for another day, though. Washington played big for Penny all week. For a sophomore, his strength was pretty remarkable and his smarts on the court were another standout quality to this guy. We’ll make sure to keep an eye out for Washington as SMU and Memphis seem to be in the mix, but of course, he’s only 15.
2015 SG Kevaughn Allen of Team Penny-
I hate to keep commending those on Team Penny, but some of these guys are must-inclusions. Usually in an event like the Peach Jam, there’s that one guy that not many people talk about that just speaks with his game. That was Kevaughn Allen. How Billy Donavon found this guy I’ll never know, but he reminds me of Michael Frazier. He’s a tad bit shorter, but he makes that up with his athleticism. Just like Frazier, he can stroke it from downtown and his intangibles are similar. Without Allen, Penny wouldn’t have made it to the championship. He’s that good. He made clutch shot after clutch shot and was huge for Penny. So Gator fans, be happy. You’re getting a great one.