Wise strong at the Peach Jam

Lance Thomas is keeping up a torrid pace in front of a packed gym every time he steps on the court while Nic Wise may want to buy property in North Augusta.

Teams Seen in Pool C - SYF Players, South Carolina Ravens, Illinois Warriors, New York Gauchos, BABC, New Jersey All-Stars, Peach Jam Select, Arkansas Wings, Portland Legends, Athletes First, Tennessee Travelers, Houston Hoops


Gilbert Brown, SG-SF – The Pittsburgh-bound wing has plenty of athleticism and that's no secret, but what has been a little surprising is how far Brown's outside shot has come in recent months. Brown never really got a chance to take a lot of shots this past season at South Kent, but with the shorthanded New Jersey All-Stars, he's getting plenty of looks.

Lance Thomas, F – Another big-time effort for the energetic forward from St. Benedict's. Once again, he went to work from 15 feet and in – and put up 20 points in a loss to the South Carolina Ravens. Work ethic is practically unmatched on the court – and intangibles are impossible to truly measure.

Doneal Mack, SG – Playing with the South Carolina Ravens, Mack scored all 16 of his points from inside the 3-point arc. Got to the basket and finished.

Jon Scheyer, SG – He wasn't the only one who struggled for the Illinois Warriors in a bad loss to the SYF Players. Scheyer hasn't really had his outside shot working like he did a year ago here, but he's still doing plenty of other things to make his teammates better.

Jamil Tucker, SF – The long, slender forward who said he has not even been offered a scholarship to Ohio State yet really has good ball skills for a 6-9 kid. Puts it on the floor and can get past bigger defenders. Still needs to rebound better, but he's skilled.

Edgar Sosa, PG – He had it going against BABC, especially in the first half. He went for 17 points prior to the break – including a trio of trifectas. Also sped down the court as time ticked off and the Gauchos up one point to seal the victory.

Anthony Gurley, SG – He's making Wake Forest assistant Jeff Battle look good, pouring in 27 points in BABC's loss to the Gauchos. The Newton North (Mass.) shooting guard can score in a variety of ways – and that's exactly what he's done here all week.

Nic Wise, PG – The Arizona-bound floor leader seems to play his best basketball at the Peach Jam and this year is no different. The stocky point guard scored 23 points in the nighcap, a 71-62 victory against the Tennessee Travelers. Wise knocked down five shots from downtown and also was solid in distributing the ball.

Michael Washington, F – The long Arkansas Wings forward is more comfortable drilling 3's, but he also went down, posted up and scored a couple buckets with his back to the basket. Finished with 15 points.

Obi Muonelo, G – The well-built, powerful combo guard had arguably his best game of the event, drilling five 3-pointers and doing a nice job of setting up his teammates while finishing with 21 points in a rout against the Portland Legends.

Seth Tarver, SG: The Portland Legends wing has a lot more pressure on him to score without Kevin Love and Kyle Singler in attendance – and the athletic Tarver had it going from mid-range – and even knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

Arbury Butler, F – A long, thin forward from the Arkansas Wings is considered more of a mid-major kid right now, but high-majors will monitor him because he's so active and gets a ton done. Works hard and really runs the court well and blocks shots on the defensive end. Had a team-high 17 against the Peach Jam Select.


Mike Holmes, PF – The Lee County (S.C.) and South Carolina Ravens forward did most of his work from the paint, but he can knock down mid-range jumpers. He was relentless on the boards and also had a few nice passes. Holmes finished with 21 points before suffering a knee injury late in the victory against the New Jersey All-Stars.

Jeff Jones, SG – He's never played the point prior to winning MVP honors at last week's Eastern Invitational, but he's done a nice job over the last two games of picking his spots to score – and also running the club. He'll need to continue to work on his decision-making, but he's handled the pressure fairly well.

Hamidu Rahman, C – Hasn't done a whole lot to impress. He's been the one whose suffered the most from the New Jersey All-Stars only having six active bodies on the team. Needs to get into better shape and become tougher in the paint.

Gary Johnson, PF – He might be the Class of 2007's version of Lance Thomas. Plays hard on every possession and gets a ton done in the paint. Finished with 13 points against the Tennessee Travelers with most of his scoring done on putbacks and inside baskets.

Blake Griffin, F – The younger brother of Oklahoma freshman Taylor Griffin plays a lot like his older brother, but is more athletic. Did a nice job on finishing in the paint and running the floor. Had 16 points and 10 boards in the nightcap. 2009 CHECKLIST

Alex Oriakhi, PF – Just turned 15 years old and is headed to the Brooks School (Mass.) for his freshman season in the fall. Has plenty of promise with a good body. Rebounds well, blocks shots – needs to work on his offensive game, but again, he's just 15.


Metro Hawks wing Doneal Mack has received recent interest from UConn and Florida, but Virginia Tech continues to occupy the lead spot. … Brandan Wright's top three remain unchanged: Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. Louisville, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Kansas are on the outside looking in. … Mike Holmes lists South Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest and North Carolina. His high school coach, Jabari Deas, added Virginia Tech and Auburn. … Jamil Tucker, in addition to Ohio State, mentioned USC, Indiana, Arizona and Miami. … Obi Muonelo likes Oklahoma State, UConn, Illinois and Texas. … Gauchos guard Terrell McKenzie sat out the morning session due to disciplinary reasons. … Blake Griffin said that Oklahoma (offered), Illinois, Tulsa, Wichita State and Nebraska are in the mix while he'd like to hear from Kansas. … Gary Johnson's list stands at seven: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Arizona and UConn.

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