On the fourth day of the evaluation I spent time at the UA Finals, Peach State and Peach Jam. Isaiah Briscoe was the top performer, but there were a number of others that caught my eye.
BRISCOE’S TEAR CONTINUES
has been nothing short of spectacular at the Nike Peach Jam. The 6-foot-3 guard out of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic has led the NJ Playaz to the semi-fianls and is averaging 22.4 points a game.
“I think I’m playing great,” Briscoe told Scout.com. “I’m leading my team and doing whatever it takes to win.”
What does Briscoe contribute his spring and summer success to?
“I started boxing, running a mile every day and watching what I eat and things like that and my body is changing,” Briscoe said. “I still think there’s one more level as far as my body goes and once I reach that level I’ll be even more explosive.”
Briscoe is clearly a step quicker, but he hasn’t lost strength. A strong, crafty ball handler, Briscoe is able to get by defenders and is a terrific all around scorer at the rim, as he’s able to score through contact and adjust his shots at the rim.
“I can tell a big difference on the court,” Briscoe said. “I feel lighter, quicker and faster.”
Briscoe and the NJ Playaz will play in the semi-finals on Sunday morning against Team Scan. In the quarterfinals against the Texas Titans on Saturday evening, Briscoe went for 18 points on 8-for-18 shooting. He also reeled in nine boards and tossed out five assists.
On the recruiting front, Briscoe’s list of schools is still at seven -- Arizona
, St. John's and Seton Hall
“It’s going good,” he said of the process. “No leaders, I just have a straight seven.”
Briscoe said he plans to take some college visits after July, but is unsure where he will visit.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
, SG, The City: Mitchell has arguably been the biggest breakout performer of July. He entered the month as an unranked four-star, now he’s primed for a big move when Scout.com updates their list. At 6-foot-3, Mitchell has a powerfully built frame with a long set of arms. He’s an impressive athlete that defends, can handle the ball, sees the floor and is turning into a solid shooter. On Saturday morning, he was active on the glass, threw down dunks in transition, knocked down his only three-point attempt and made plays for his teammates. Mitchell finished with 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting and tossed out five assists.
, PG, Upward Stars: It’s been a strong July session for Dozier, a 6-foot-6 guard out of South Carolina. The long, wiry prospect has a tremendous feel for the game and is an impressive passer. Offensively, he’s at his best with the ball in his hands, so he can make plays for others. He struggled from the field against Stackhouse Elite, but he managed to standout with his ability to create and make plays for others. His vision is impressive and he’s showing improvement.
, SG/PG, Maryland 3D: It was a tail of two halves for Edwards, as he made mid-range pull-ups, threes and adjusting finishes in the first half. In the second he struggled to get shots to go down until Maryland 3D needed a big play. The 6-foot-2 combination guard hit a pull-up three-pointer from the wing at the buzzer to help his team advance over RL9. Edwards played with the ball in his hands for Maryland 3D and proved to be a good passer. He’s also a good long-range shooter that can make mid-range pull-ups.
, PF, Stackhouse Elite: White put together a strong showing against the Upward Stars. The 6-foot-8 power forward ran the floor with purpose, cleaned up misses inside and showed some aggression on the offensive glass. He has a lean frame and isn’t real strong, but he played with more effort and energy than seen in the past. He has a good set of hands and nice touch with either hand in the paint. In all, White finished with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting and reeled in 11 rebounds.
, C, Texas Titans: At 6-foot-10, Davis has terrific size and he uses it to his advantage. He’s strong, physical and tough in the paint. He battles with the opposition, pursues rebounds and looks to get his hands on shots. Defensively he was active against the Playaz and I charted him for a half dozen blocks. Offensively, Davis was able to establish low position, caught his entry passes and finished well at the rim. He went for 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Saturday night loss.
, PF/SF, Texas Titans: The Titans best scoring option is Hogg and he gave them all he could in a tough game against NJ Playaz in the quarterfinals. The 6-foot-7 combo forward buried five three-pointers. At his size, it’s easy for him to get his shot off and he’s comfortable shooting on the move and in pick and pop situations. Hogg is also equipped to deck the ball one or two times and drop in a runner in the lane. Hogg scored a game high 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting.
Shakur Juiston, PF, NJ Playaz: In a big atmosphere with the walls lined with college coaches, Juiston, a 6-foot-7 power forward, brought his best game. He’s an energetic player that uses his athleticism around the rim. He dunked back misses, corralled rebounds in and out of his area and ran the floor looking to score. Juiston finished with 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. Mid-majors should be all over this springy forward.
, SG, Team Penny: In a morning game against the Jackson Tigers, Allen had his jump shot working. The 6-foot-3 guard dialed up six three-pointers on seven attempts. He’s strong, athletic and quick. He’s able to get by the first line of defense often and he’s a pretty good passer with vision as well. Allen’s scoring package continues to improve and he’s making himself harder and harder for the opposition to guard. In all, Allen finished with 29 points on 9-for-12 shooting. He’s averaging 22 points a game in the Peach Jam.
, SG, Jackson Tigers: Speaking of scoring, Weatherspoon can do that as well. Weatherspoon pumped in 27 points on 8-for-18 shooting against Team Penny. Weatherspoon is a good shooter to three, especially when his feet are set. He went for five three-pointers in the loss. He has high major interest, but I’m surprised more schools haven’t jumped in, as Weatherspoon is a skilled scorer that can go off the bounce for buckets, but also has good instincts and passing ability.