Peach Jam/State: Day Two

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Malik Newman went for 40 points, while a host of big men -- Trey Lyles, Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander and Thon Maker -- also thrived during the first full day of the Nike Peach Jam.

Justin Jackson, SF, Houston Hoops – It's been a heck of a spring for Jackson, who is committed to North Carolina. He started strong scoring eight quick points. From 18-feet and in he's especially effective, where he can use his floaters and runners. He also has great touch in the paint and around the rim. Jackson finished with 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting. He also reeled in 12 boards and tossed out four assists.

Rashad Figures, SG, Team Scan – On a team that consists of high level talents like Chris McCullough, Terry Larrier and Cheick Diallo, Figures often times gets over shadowed. But the 6-foot-4 guard has had a good spring and he has filled a nice role for Team Scan. Figures shoots the ball well, especially off of the catch. He was 3-for-4 from three and scored 15 points. He also grabbed five boards.

Jahlil Okafor, C, Mac Irvin Fire – The nation's top player had a very workman like opening game at the Peach Jam. Okafor went for 13 points and 14 rebounds. As always, Okafor showed an array of finishes on the block. His touch around the basket is terrific. Okafor was also a presence on the backboard where he grabbed every board he could possibly get a hand on.

Cliff Alexander, C, Mac Irvin Fire – Coming off a MVP type showing at the LeBron James Skills Academy, Alexander, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound physical presence, showed flashes of dominance in game one at the Peach Jam. Alexander plays above the rim and dunks anything and everything in the paint. Against Boo Williams, he worked in a pair of mid-range jump shots and finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Trevon Bluiett, SG, Spiece Indy Heat – One college coach put it simply. He said basketball is a "make or miss" game. Well what Bluiett does is make jump shots. He's an effective shooter from the three-point stripe. He has deep range, a quick trigger and is able to deck the ball and hit jumpers as well. He hit three three-pointers in Spiece's one-point win over Team Final. He tallied 22 points.

Trey Lyles, PF, Spiece Indy Heat – There isn't a better power forward scorer in the country. Lyles has a variety of moves on the block and has great touch in the paint. Lyles is also able to stretch the floor with jump shots from both mid and long-range. His scoring touch is terrific and Lyles finished 8-for-14 scoring 21 points and reeling in 14 rebounds in Spiece's Thursday evening win.

Angel Delgado, PF, NY Lightning – Delgado's team took a tumble, but the 6-foot-8 power forward out of New York managed another double-double (17 points and 11 rebounds). Delgado ran the floor well, was active on the backboard and flashed more offense than he did 3 months ago. His calling card will always be his energy and ability to rebound. Rebounding translates and he's one of the better rebounders in the country.

Malik Newman, SG, Jackson Tigers – The Houston Hoops have a bevy of talented wings, but none could keep Newman, arguably the nation's top scorer, in check. The 6-foot-3 guard pumped in 40 points and scored them in a variety of ways. He shot 12-for-28 from the field, hit four three-pointers and was 12-for-16 from the free throw line. Newman is a very good shooter that has range well past the three-point stripe. Because of his shooting ability, it opens up his dribble drive game. He's a strong finisher, adjusts his shots well and the rim and also has a very impressive middle game.

King McClure, SG, Texas Titans – After being forced to the sidelines for the spring, McClure opened up Peach Jam with an impressive 22-point outing. McClure aggressively hunted his shot and was able to connect on four of his seven three-point attempts. To go with his ability to shoot from long range McClure is comfortable shooting off one and two dribbles and is a strong finisher at the rim.

Malachi Richardson, SF, Team Final – Although Richardson's team lost a close one to Spiece, the light appeared to be flickering on for him. He's always showed a lot of ability, but he turned it up a notch against Spiece from an aggression and scoring standpoint. He made mid-range jumpers and was aggressive with his moves towards the rim. He finished with a game high 16 points in the loss.

KeVaughn Allen, SF, Team Penny – At 6-foot-3, Allen is a tremendous all around athlete. He made plays in transition for Team Penny and looked to make plays at the rim. He got to the free throw line 10 times (making nine of them). He also showed off a pretty good-looking jump shot from three. He connected on two of his three attempts from long-range. Allen scored 17 points in Team Penny's win over the NY Lightning.

K.J. Lawson, SF, Team Penny – In Team Penny's match up with the NY Lightning, Lawson was the best player on the court. The lengthy 6-foot-7 combo forward was active from 18 feet and in. He used his great touch to finish off plays in the paint. Lawson also connected on mid-range jump shots and scored it well when he had opportunities in transition. He finished 8-for-14 and scored a game high 24 points.

D'Aaron Fox, PG/SG, Houston Hoops – The sophomore-to-be guard out of Katy (Tex.) Cypress Lakes scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and tossed out four assists in the Houston Hoops' win over the Jackson Tigers. A 6-foot-3 wiry guard, Fox has good speed, is able to slither his way into the paint and he's always a threat to make shots from both mid and long-range. Fox, who handled the ball quite a bit for the Hoops, has good vision and passing ability.

Thon Maker, C, Boo Williams – In a match up against the Mac Irvin Fire, Maker had to deal with not only one top five prospect, but two. In the end, Maker's team got the win and he put up an impressive 15 points and 10 rebounds. Up against a physical pair in Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander, Maker didn't back down. While he couldn't match their strength, he did show his skill and energy. He flashed good touch in the paint, connected on a right jump hook and scored a plus one finish late in the game.

*Trey Lyles said after his night session game that he doesn't have any favorites, but he did say he was down to Kentucky, Louisville, Duke, Florida, Butler and UCLA.

*Kelly Oubre scored 20 points on 7-for-17 shooting for the Houston Hoops against the Jackson Tigers. He also added six boards and tossed out four assists.

*Although his shooting number weren't great (2-for-9), Alex Robinson found ways to impact the game for the Texas Titans during the morning session. He tossed out seven assists and grabbed eight boards to go with his seven points.

*JaQuan Newton is a strong driver. He gets a piece of the paint when he wants and is a struggle for defenders to keep in front. Newton went 5-for-11 from the field scoring 13 points and tossing out five assists in a game Thursday evening.

*Deadrick Lawson had a strong outing against the NY Lightning. A long, lean forward, Lawson put up 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting. He also added five rebounds.

*John Calipari and Brandon Miller were front and center for Trey Lyles Thursday night. Louisville, Florida, Duke and UCLA had assistants watching.


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