Peach Jam: Day One (Session 2)

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – Pool A at the Peach Jam isn't quite what it could have been if Kyle Singler hadn't gotten hurt last week and if Kevin Love was still with the Portland Legends. Regardless, Scout.com laid eyes on 6 teams in the evening session where Michael Washington led his team to a win.

Teams Seen In Pool A – Portland Legends, Houston Hoops, Arkansas Wings, Athletes First, Peach Jam Select, Tennessee Travelers

Michael Washington, PF, Ark. Wings – The Travelers didn't have anyone his size who could match him and he put up 13 points and 11 rebounds, fairly modest numbers given the circumstances. However, Washington showed the flashes of promise we know he has. In fact, he passed the ball extremely well, blocked a few shots showed off a few high-major moves inside. Still scratching the surface, he's a talent.

Nic Wise, PG, Houston Hoops – The Hoops were in trouble and needed a rally in the 4th quarter and that's when Wise stepped up. Now, we all know he's not the ideal size, the best athlete or even the strongest playmaker. We also know he's accustomed to winning. During a brief final quarter sequence, Wise busted a 3-pointer, dimed an assist and came up with a key steal. Those three plays were the key to the Hoops rally against Athletes First. Finished with 19.

Seth Tarver, SF/SG, Portland Legends – When the duo of Singler and Love decided to remain on the West Coast (Singler due to injury), it became clear Tarver would have to step up his play. He went from No. 3 scoring option to the No. 1 slot. He put up a solid 27-point initial effort but his evening session wasn't as strong. We had Tarver down for 14 points and 5 boards on a 5-for-15 shooting night.

Gary Johnson, PF, Houston Hoops – Per usual, he put for the same type of effort and got after it on the glass. He easily had double-digit rebounding numbers with a big crowd of head coaches lining the sideline of the gym.

The crowd for Seth Tarver included Washington State, SMU (head coach), Wyoming and UNLV. … Obi Muonelo's crowd consisted of the head coach from Miami, plus assistants from Oklahoma, Georgia and UConn. …

Add a new school to Gary Johnson's list: Duke. Johnson said the Devils are coming a little stronger now. His current interests lie with Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky and Kansas. Assistants from Duke and Oklahoma watched him tonight and Rick Barnes, Tubby Smith and Lute Olson were also in the crowd. …

Aubrey Butler, a forward for the Arkansas Wings, says he's got no offers thus far but is hearing from Tulsa, Purdue, Ole Miss, Florida State and Kent State. Many of them were in the building Tuesday night and Tulsa head coach Doug Wojcik was there. Butler thought Tulsa was close to offering. …

Gary Johnson is one of the hardest playing guys on the circuit and an excellent player. The next step for him is putting together a go-to-move to score with his back-to-the-basket, especially against size. …

Blake Griffin, a 2007 forward, is always around the ball. He had 10 rebounds in the game but most impressive was a strong post-up hit. … Obi Muonelo had a strong morning but found the sledding rougher in the evening when he scored 14 points, but went 6-for-22 from the field, including 1-for-9 from downtown. … Teammate Keith Clark had a big first half and a strong opener but Athletes First could stave off the Hoops. …

Two impressive early session efforts of note were Spencer Hawes with 25 and 11 and Josue Soto getting 37. Hawes then found foul trouble in the evening and was limited to just 6 points and 2 boards. …

Lance Thomas scored 28 points against the Gauchos in the evening. … Brandan Wright went for 21 and 10 against The Family which is now 0-2. … Team Texas' leading scoring for the second straight game was Brandon Fields who had 31. … The machine known as Boo Williams rolled to its second consecutive 20+ point victory. … The entire Duke staff was watching Chris Wright in the evening. …

UP NEXT (Pool C, Wed. AM) – DC Blue Devils vs Friends of Hoop, Miami Tropics vs Team Texas, Metro Hawks vs Louisiana Select


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