Aaron Gordon, PF, Oakland Soldiers – After sitting out majority of the spring with an injury, Gordon returned to the court at Peach Jam and appeared refreshed and healthy. Using his high level athleticism, Gordon made plays at the rim and in transition. He snagged every possible rebound in his area and pushed the break with perfect outlet passes when he had the opportunity. Gordon finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in a blow out win.
Jabari Bird, SG, Oakland Soldiers – Much like Gordon, Bird appeared well rested and ready for a strong finish in July. He had a breakout scoring performance against the New Jersey Playaz, putting up 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Although he hit one three-pointer, Bird consistently hit mid-range pull-ups and scored well at the rim. He looked healthy and scored it with easy during the first full day of Peach Jam.
Stanley Johnson, SF, Oakland Soldier – While Gordon and Bird played great, it was Johnson who was the major standout for the Soldiers during the morning session. A strong 6-foot-5 wing, Johnson did a little bit of everything. He scored it from inside and out, made plays in transition, rebounded his area well and showed his impressive court vision. In all, Johnson finished with a game high 24 points, to go with five rebounds and five assists.
Semi Ojeleye, SF, MoKan Elite – In a 17-point win over California Supreme, Ojeleye pumped in 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting and snagged a game high 12 rebounds. Ojeleye is a strong wing with very good athleticism. When he gets shot opportunities off the catch and with his feet set, he shoots a good percentage and he was able to get some good looks on Thursday.
Nigel Williams-Goss, PG/SG, California Supreme – A versatile guard, Williams-Goss has the ability to play both on and off the ball. He filled both roles for Cal Supreme in their early morning loss. Williams-Goss is a talented passer that sees the floor well. Offensively, he's consistent from mid-range and hit at least three floaters in the contest against MoKan Elite.
Jordan Mathews, SG, California Supreme – The son of UCLA assistant Phil Matthews had a big performance to open things on Thursday. He pumped in 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field. Off the catch, Matthews is a particularly good shooter, but he looked to score off the bounce more than ever in the loss to MoKan, which showed as he made his way to the free throw line eight times.
Nick King, SF, Bluff City Legends – With Jajuan Johnson struggling to get things going offensively in a morning game, King had to step up more on that end of the floor. King did hit a three-pointer, but majority of his points came off strong drives to the rim. He finishes well going left. King, a 6-foot-7 wing, used his athleticism and strength on glass in this one snagging 11 rebounds to go with his 13 points.
Keith Frazier, SG, Houston Hoops – At Reebok Camp last week, Frazier struggled some. At the RBK Showdown Series he looked to be righting the ship. On Thursday, Frazier looked like his normal self, dropping 22 points on the Bluff City Legends. Frazier hit two key threes to close the first half and as usual found his way to the free throw line (8-for-12). Frazier was aggressive on the offensive end, made smart basketball plays and reeled in six rebounds.
Clay Byrd, SG, Team United – The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard doesn't need much time or space to get his shot off. Against Boo Williams the 6-foot-2 guard hunted long range shot attempts and connected on five of his six three points. He's a long-range threat that has a pure shot well past the three-point stripe.
Troy Williams, SF, Boo Williams – An athletic 6-foot-6 wing, Williams is at his best when he's using his athleticism around the basket. He's great in transition, can make plays at the rim and is a pretty good overall defensive player. He hit on two of his eight shot attempts from three. Ultimately, Williams is at his best when he's able to play an up-tempo game that allows him to get in transition and attack the basket.
Anthony Barber, PG, Boo Williams – Late in the game it was "Cat" who was making plays trying to give Boo Williams a chance. Barber has an extra burst that not many in the 2013 class can replicate. His speed allows him to make plays in transition, he's a tremendous passer and he's an improving scorer. Barber finished with 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting in the loss to Team United.
Sindarius Thornwell, SG, Team United – One of the better scorers in the 2013 class, Thornwell went for 24 against Boo Williams. The 6-foot-4 guard is a tough, hardnosed player that can score his points in a variety of ways. He's not known for his ability to rip the nets from long range, so instead he attacks the basket and looks for mid-range shot attempts. His relentless attacking of the basket led to a ridiculous 20 free throw attempts.
Kennedy Meeks, C, Team United – You won't find many guys that check in at 6-foot-9, 290-pounds that can do the things that Meeks can. He possesses a great set of hands and has a tremendous touch in the lane. He was efficient in the paint against Boo Williams and made sure to make his presence felt on the glass. Meeks also hit a pair of three-pointers on his way to an 18-point, eight-rebound effort.
Tyus Jones, PG, Howard Pulley – It's easy to like Jones, a 6-foot-1 lead guard out of Apple Valley (Minn.) High. His IQ is off the charts, but he's also a terrific passer that makes great decisions with the basketball. Up against CIA Bounce in a night game, Jones was relied more on to score, so he did just that pumping in 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting, including three three-pointers. Jones also chipped in six rebounds and four assists.
Justise Winslow, SF, Houston Hoops – Winslow is the ultimate stat sheet stuffer. Although he's tough to pin down form a position standpoint, Winslow gets a lot done on the court. At 6-foot-5, Winslow is a good passer that makes good decisions when he has the ball in his hands. He's also a talented rebounder,that hits the offensive glass especially hard. In a four-point win over the Bluff City legends he went for 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, CIA Bounce – An exceptional athlete and arguably the top overall player in high school basketball, Wiggins showed flashes of his game late Thursday night. Wiggins scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win over Howard Pulley. He hit two of his three shot attempts from long range and shot 8-for-15 overall from the field. He's as good as an athlete as you can find at the high school level and his improving jump shot is game changing for his overall scoring ability.
Elijah Thomas, C, Team Texas Elite – When motivated, Thomas, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound post player, is tough to handle in the paint. Thursday afternoon, Thomas certainly played an inspiring brand of ball. Thomas aggressively tried to get great position on the block and when he caught the ball low enough he'd turn and finish with his left hand. For his size, Thomas has a great set of mitts, good awareness of double-teams and has very good touch with his left hand.
*Justin Jackson finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Houston Hoops during their morning win. He was active on the glass and picked his spots offensively. He finished 5-for-10 from the field.
*Jakeenan Gant is an active 6-foot-7 power forward. He runs the floor well, is a very good athlete and makes sure to hit the glass every time a ball goes up.
*Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds in a win over Howard Pulley. A major shooting threat, Rathan-Mayes hit three three-pointers and connected on three other field goal attempts.
*Although he stands just 6-foot-6, Rodney Bullocks is active, athletic and energetic. He hits the glass hard and is capable of finishing in the paint. He scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in a loss to Team United.