His Nike South Beach team did struggle, but Chaundee Brown was tremendous at the Peach Jam. Brown averaged 22 points and 6 rebounds per game, and was just phenomenal all the way around.
Brown shot 53 percent overall, 46 percent from three, and 89 percent from the foul line for one of the most efficient and impressive showings in the entire event.
Most impressively is Brown did things in a variety of different ways. When left open he nailed outside shots both off the catch and off the dribble. When defenses closed out hard on him he drove to the bucket and used his combination of strength and athleticism to finish around the rim.
Also Brown is a versatile defender and somebody who should be able to fit into any system that a team could play.
Playing in his hometown at the adidas Gauntlet Finale, Zion Williamson didn’t disappoint. A newly minted top five player in the class of 2018, Williamson put his complete game on display for everybody to see.
Williamson averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting a very impressive 61 percent from the floor.
With his big body and extreme athleticism, Williamson is one of the toughest matchups in the entire country, and fits in perfectly as a small ball power forward. Williamson can guard multiple positions, rebounds as well as anybody, and has a knack for finishing from the mid-range and in.
At times it was an up and down spring for Nick Richards, but the Expressions Elite big man showed his dominance at the Peach Jam. Richards, who again will make a push for five-star status, was one of the best on the glass and with blocking shots, and proved to be someone who could dominate a game without scoring a ton.
For the event Richards averaged a double-double of over 13 points and 13 rebounds per game while block nearly two shots per game.
On top of it all, Richards played within himself on the offensive end converting nearly two thirds of his field goal attempts. When Richards plays with this motor and efficiency, he is a problem to deal with for opposing big men.
Five-star point guard Trae Young took home the Nike Peach Jam championship and a co-MVP trophy with teammates and close friend Michael Porter. Young was terrific all weekend, averaging 27 points and just over seven assists a game, while shooting 24-for-51 from behind the three-point stripe.
Young’s game has matured over the course of the spring. He shot the ball significantly better at Peach Jam, compared to during the EYBL regular season (35 of 114). But he also took better care of the ball, as his turnovers per game were down from 4.1 to 2.5 at the event. Young is a crafty ball handler that changes speeds well and is capable of nifty, high glass finishes around the basket.
During the Under Armour All-America Camp, M.J. Walker was the easy candidate for top performer, at least during our viewings. Walker, a 6-foot-4 strongly built wing prospect, is showing more and more confidence as a shooter and all around scorer.
One of the games we saw, Walker was 7-for-11 from the field, knocking down a three-pointer off the catch, multiple mid-range jumpers and a handful of tough finishes at the rim. His scoring attack is versatile. His shot mechanics are good, as is his strength, athleticism and skill level.
Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech snagged an early commitment from 6-foot-5, wiry guard prospect Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Already a top 100 recruit, Alexander-Walker more than solidified his status as that caliber of a prospect.
Alexander-Walker led the event in scoring, putting up 20.2 points a game, while shooting nearly 45-percent from the field. Not necessarily known as a great shooter from long-range, Alexander-Walker shot the ball well making 9 of 25 shots from three in four camp games.
A guard with size, skill and impressive passing ability, Alexander-Walker should be able to help the Hokies as soon as he gets on campus.
Scout’s top prospect in the 2017 class, DeAndre Ayton, certainly lived up his to ranking at the premier event of the summer. The 7-foot sensation averaged 21.5 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.4 blockers, while leading California Supreme into the semi-finals of the Peach Jam.
Ayton is oozing with upside and potential, as not many prospects are blessed with his type of talent and physical features. At 7-feet tall, he’s able to score on the block, step away and make jump shots, while also being a force on the backboard and as a shot blocker, when he wants to be. There have been questions surrounding his motor and consistency, but he brought it here and continued his strong spring and summer.
One of the most unique prospects in the 2017 class, Kezie Okpala continued to show why he has such an extreme upside at Double Pump Summer Tip Off.
Pushing 6-foot-7 with extremely long arms, Okpala has a high level handle and can really pass. He's got the body control to get to the basket or the size, length and lateral quickness to defend multiple positions.
Okpala is still improving as a shooter and finisher, but his lack of strength has a lot to do with that. He's a player with a very high ceiling.
In camp games at the Elite 100, Juhwan Harris-Dyson played at a high level. Harris-Dyson has good size, length and athleticism, while he's an aggressive slasher who finishes at the rim.
Harris-Dyson's handle and vision allow him to play on the ball, while he can score it well enough to play off it. Defensively he's extremely versatile and will be able to defend anywhere on the perimeter at the next level.
He's on the very young side of the 2017 class and has a high upside.
Recruiting: Harris-Dyson committed to California on Monday.
Throughout the weekend at the Elite 100, Miles Norris showed why he's one of the top prospects on the west in 2018.
Norris has good size and athleticism, pretty long arms, can face up or post up, rebounds on both sides of the court and has good vision. He can get knocked off the block against stronger opponents, but consistently plays very well against his own age group.
He's still very physically mature but has shown consistent progress for two years straight, with every reason to believe he'll keep improving with strength. Norris has a really high upside.