Peach Jam: Day Five

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - The Oakland Soliders led by Aaron Gordon and Jabari Bird came hope with the 17-and under title while King McClure led the Texas Titans to the 16-and under championship at the Peach Jam.

Aaron Gordon, PF, Oakland Soldiers – Gordon didn't quite have his best game in the semi-finals, but in the finals he stepped it back up and played very well. In a low scoring slug it out game, Gordon had a double-double and used his athleticism and length to dominate on the boards. Also he got out in transition when he could and finished well. For good measure he continued to show the developing skills on the wing hitting outside jumpers, and was just impossible to guard much of the game.

Jabari Bird, SG, Oakland Soldiers – Bird wasn't exactly the most efficient player on the court all day on Sunday, but he did find a way to be very effective. His free throws won the game for the Soldiers in the championship, and then he showed a lot of athleticism and versatility on the offensive end in the semis and the finals. Bird can be one of the toughest covers in the nation when he is going right, and for the most part he was all tournament long.

Austin Ruder, SG, MoKan Elite – Again it was Ruder who really had it working for MoKan. He is mostly a set shooter, but he had a few nice drives to the basket and gave effort on the defensive end. Still it was Ruder's ability to stretch the defense that kept MoKan in the game, and helped them make a few strong runs in the second half.

Greg McClinton, CP3 All-Stars – A long and athletic forward, McClinton stuck to his strength in the semi-finals and was excellent for CP3. McClinton was grabbing rebounds, scoring around the rim, and using his athleticism to cause problems on the defensive and offensive ends. Someone who when he plays hard can have a big impact on the game, McClinton showed a high motor in what was a very tight contest.

Elijah Staley, SF/PF, Southern Stampede – A very good and athletic combo forward, Staley put in a lot of good work for the Stampede in a double overtime loss. Now he didn't shoot the ball great, but Staley did hit a three, got some buckets around the rim, and was just productive. Defensively he made plays with a steal and a block, and was someone whose length and athleticism caused problems as the Stampede made a great second half run.

Ahmed Hill, SG, Southern Stampede – With points tough to come by, Hill was able to step up. He had a team high 18 points, and did it mostly in the mid-range. Hill's athleticism and natural shooting ability are impressive, and then he is also able to attack the rim well. For Hill he needs to be a little bit more efficient from deep, but still it was an impressive game for him.

Jakeenan Gant, PF, Southern Stampede – Just a big time athlete who can make plays all over the floor, Gant was nearly at his best in the finals. He slashed to the rim using the dribble, made outside shots, and was good on the glass. When Gant adds strength it is scary to think about how good he could be.

Stanley Johnson, SF, Oakland Soldiers – Johnson didn't have a real efficient day overall as everything off the dribble wasn't falling for him, but in catch and shoot situations he was very good. A solid athlete, it is Johnson's savvy and feel for the game that stood out. He knows how to set his defender up, and never seemed to force anything. Also on the defensive end he did a very solid job.

Lourawls Nairn, PG, MoKan Elite – The man simply known as "Tum-Tum", Nairn had a very good game. He is an attack mode point guard, and he did just that. Nairn didn't shoot one jump shot the entire game, but he can get to the bucket at will and has excellent speed with the basketball. Nairn's play in the second half helped to spur a big MoKan run to stay in the game. If he can get a consistent jumper, he will be very difficult to defend.

King McClure, SG, Texas Titans – No one in the 16-and under championship game came close to putting on the scoring display that McClure did. Just a flat out efficient player who knows how to score, McClure went for a cool 26 points. What was impressive is that McClure didn't settle at all, he attacked and got himself to the foul line. For a 2015 prospect it was great to see his poise and confidence in a big spot under pressure.

Samir Sechic, C, Texas Titans – Not a great athlete by any stretch, but Sechic is skilled and knows how to play the game. He can hit shots out to 18 feet, and then inside he has good footwork and a nice touch. Sechic won't impact the game much on the defensive end, but he runs the floor hard and is a max effort guy with skill.

Lourawls Nairn has offers from Kansas State, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi, and Oklahoma. Also interest from Indiana, Florida, DePaul, and Minnesota.

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