Peach Jam: Day 1, Part B

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- One of the more energetic and exciting tournaments of the year tipped off on Tuesday and Brandon Ashley, James Woodard and Aaron Gordon were among the top performers.

Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Houston Hoops – Since last year, Sulaimon has rounded out his game. Originally know for his shooting ability, he's turned himself into much more than just a spot-up shooter. Off the dribble he's confident, is a good passer and looks to create opportunities for himself. Duke keeps reeling in high level guards and this is another. He finished 6-for-14 from the field on his way to a game high 18 points.

J-Mychal Reese, PG, Houston Hoops – A quick and crafty guard, Reese is upgrading his stock among college coaches. His reputation used to be as a shoot first guard, but he's molding his game and learning how to create for others, but also mix in his scoring package. He lived at the free throw line in a win over the Arkansas Wings, as he pumped in 12 free throws on his way to 17 points.

L.J. Rose, PG, Houston Hoops – If you glance a stat sheet you'll see that Rose scored zero points in the Hoops win. But upon a second glance you'll notice he tossed out 11 assists and turned it over just once. A bigger, more physical type lead guard, Rose has terrific vision and puts the ball in the right place for his teammates. He's not the scorer he was when he was younger, but his passing and ability to set up guys continues to improve.

Kenny Kaminski, PF, All-Ohio Red – Early on Kaminski struggled to get jump shots to fall, but as the game wore on the 6-foot-7 power forward headed to Michigan State got better. He tossed his frame around inside searching for boards and didn't back down from Team Takeovers aggressiveness. As the second half hit the big fella got hot and pumped in four threes on his way to 21 points.

Patrick Holloway, SG, Team Takeover – With Arnaud Moto out with a knee injury Team Takeover needed every one of Holloway's 18 points to squeeze past All-Ohio Red. Holloway found space in the All-Ohio Red zone and was able to pump in four three-pointers and a couple of mid-range shots. High mid-majors should be all over this 6-foot knock down shooter.

Alex Poythress, SF, Georgia Stars – Although Poythress, a 6-foot-7 wing out of Tennessee, didn't necessarily shoot it well from the field (6-for-15), he was a force on the glass, reeling in 10 boards and still pumped in a team-high 17 points. Using his athleticism he slashed through the lane in the half court set and was particularly effective when he had opportunities in transition.

Tony Parker, C, Geogia Stars – When Parker was able to get a touch inside something good usually came of it. He knows how to carve out post position and has developed a handful of impressive post moves that he can use to score. On top of that he has great hands, touch and is playing with more energy than he did at this time last year. He finished 7-for-9 from the field and scored 16 points.

James Woodard, SF, Athletes First – Easily one of the best offensive performers of the day, Woodard buried five three-pointers on his way to a 27-point outing. The southpaw from Edmond (Okla.) Memorial was aggressive when he got the rock and showed terrific range on his shot. On top of the spot-up threes, Woodard hit shots on the move and from mid-range. He finished 9-for-16 from the field.

Brandon Ashley, PF, Oakland Soldiers – Any time the Soldiers needed a bucket they got it into Ashley's hands. Up against the best post prospect in the 2013 class, Ashley didn't back down. In fact the top 10 prospect in 2012 showed off his array of offensive skills. His confidence on the offensive end is high and he's really developed his ability to score with his back to the basket and facing it. He finished 8-for-12 from the field, scoring 19 points and grabbing six boards.

Prince Ibeh, C, Texas Titans – College coaches are always searching for quality post prospects and Ibeh is a developing post player that affects the game on the defensive end. At 6-foot-11 he has extremely long arms, is a quality athlete and is quick off his feet. Ibeh scored just six points, but he grabbed 10 boards and blocked a handful of shots.

Bobby Portis, PF/C, Arkansas Wings – It's not often that you find a sleeper at the Peach Jam, but Portis, a 6-foot-8, may 6-9, post prospect fits into that category. Portis is the owner is an impressive basketball frame, as he has strong shoulders and long arms. On offense he ran the floor looking to score, was able to get points with his back to the basket and face up for mid-range jump shots. On the opposite end he boarded and contested shots. He's a 2013 prospect that should begin getting more national run.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Oakland Soldiers – The post tandem of Gordon and Ashley was pretty impressive on Tuesday. Gordon matched Ashley's point total of 19 points, but also grabbed 12 rebounds and was 6-for-10 from the field. He races up and down the floor, scores in transition and is developing his ability to score around the rim. He's ramping up his game and his motor and ability to board is impressive.

Daquan McNeil, SG, Baltimore Elite – In a seven point win over Baltimore Elite, McNeil pumped in 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He spent a good amount of time at the line, as he shot 14 free throws. A 6-foot-4 scorer, McNeil is a junior-to-be that attacks the rim and is a crafty scorer. He was a big part of Baltimore Elite's big win Tuesday night.

Troy Williams, SF, Boo Williams – An athletic and active wing, Williams is one of the top small forward talents in the 2013 class. Despite falling to Baltimore Elite, Williams went for 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting. He hit a few jump shots, including a three-pointer, but majority of his work was done finishing at the rim.

*Have to give Archie Goodwin credit for toughing this out. Fresh off a severe wrist injury, he's playing in a brace. Most of his 14 points came in transition or off strong drives to the rim.

*Damyean Dotson is a new name we came across for the Houston Hoops. The 6-foot-5 guard was 6-for-8 from the field, including one three on his way to 12 points and five rebounds.

*A solid mid-level lead guard, Jordan Potts showed improvements to his overall game. For the most part he handled the Takeover pressure well and was able to create shots for his teammates, as well as showcase his mid-range jumper.

*Jabari Bird, of the Oakland Soldiers, was 5-for-9 from the field and scored 10 points in the Oakland Soldiers win over Texas Titans.

*Matt Jones pumped in 14 points, while his big man Julius Randle scored 13 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Randle was just 4-for-14 from the field, but played hard and made sure to hit the glass.

*Anthony Barber, one of the top lead guards in the 2013 class, was an efficient 6-for-8 from the field and scored 21 points in the loss to Baltimore Elite.

*D'Vauntes Smith-Rivers got loose in the second half scoring 25 points on 7-for-12 shooting. The strong, developed guard spent some time on and off the ball and proved to score it at a high level.

*James Woodard rattled off a list of schools that included Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Tulane, Wichita State and Missouri State.

*Stevie Clark said Marquette has offered him a scholarship. He also mentioned Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Tulsa and Penn State.

*Bobby Portis, a 2013 big man, said Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, UTEP, Georgetown and Baylor have shown college interest.

As it is every year the Nike Peach Jam was a whose who of college coaches on the first day. While a number of assistant coaches stopped by, there was a large contingent of head coaches rolling around the recreation center.

Former Wake Forest guard and current NBA superstar Chris Paul was in the building supporting his AAU team the CP3 All-Stars.

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