Peach Jam: Day Three

Eric Gordon came to the Peach Jam and teamed up with Derrick Rose to form arguably the best backcourt the country has seen since summer ball began in April. The pair hasn't disappointed as they advanced to the semifinals of the Peach Jam on Friday.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – The semifinals of the Peach Jam are set in Augusta and it's no surprise that the backcourt duo of Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon advanced and will face the SYF Players in one game while Boo Williams will go up against the Illinois Warriors in the other.

Gordon finished with 23 points and Rose added a dozen to lead the Meanstreets Express to a 51-45 victory over a Athletes First squad that just didn't have enough guard play to match up. Oklahoma pledges Kyle Hardrick (13) and Blake Griffin (10 points, 8 boards) paced the boys from Oklahoma in the losing effort.

SYF just edged out Kyle Singler (20 points, 9 rebounds) and the Portland Legends. Guard Greg Hill led SYF with 23 points while Scott Martin added 16 and E'Twaun Moore (Purdue) chipped in with 12 points.

Boo Williams fought off an outstanding effort from Gary Johnson (24 points) of the Houston Hoops. Glen Andrews (17 points) led Boo Williams while Chris Wright (13 points) struggled mightily with his shot and Patrick Patterson played well on the defensive end with 12 boards and 8 blocks.

Tyreke Evans (27 points) and Jeff Robinson (23) combined for 50 points, but it wasn't enough as a balanced Illinois Warriors club advanced, 77-69. Aaron Johnson had 14 points and 9 assists while Jacob Pullen added 13 and Brandon McGee chipped in a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). In the new under-16 bracket, it'll be the Alabama Challenge against Boo Williams in one semifinal while the New York Gauchos will square off against the Georgia Stars in the other.

Gani Lawal, PF, Georgia Stars – The Georgia Tech-bound forward has really gotten it done so far in Augusta. He finished nearly everything around the basket, scored buckets in transition and also stepped out and made a few mid-range jumpers. Finished with 30 and nine boards in a workmanlike effort.

Malcolm Delaney, G, Team Melo – For the second straight day, Delaney was a hot name among college coaches. He continues to be accurate from downtown – and also was more aggressive in getting into the lane. Went for a team-high 21 points in a win against the Arkansas Wings.

James Anderson, SF, Arkansas Wings – Finished with 14 points, but hasn't really erupted this week like he is capable of. One of the top wings in the nation, but doesn't always get after it for an entire game. He's got the size and tools to dominate and that will make him one of the more sought-after guys in the country.

Jamelle McMillan, PG, Friends of Hoop – It's no surprise that the son of NBA coach Nate McMillan is one of the most intelligent players in the country. He made it look easy on Friday, dishing out an array of assists (9) and also finishing with 23 points. Also played with his trademark defensive tenacity.

Chandler Parsons, SF, Nike Team Florida – He might have been the biggest stock-riser of the entire tournament. Put an exclamation point with a 23-point, 9-rebound effort in a win against the Alabama Lasers. Parsons has become an all-around player now that he is strong enough and has enough confidence to expand his game.

Blake Griffin, PF, Athletes First – He's had arguably as good a week as anyone here. He had a triple-double one game and he finished with 22 points and nine boards in a win against Gani Lawal and the Georgia Stars on Friday morning. He plays with a ferociousness that is unmatched by anyone not named Gary Johnson or Bill Walker – and he runs the court and finishes like a man.

Eric Gordon, SG, Mean Streets Express – He continues to shine and excel each and every game on his new team. He makes shots from just about everywhere without ever demanding the ball. Extremely efficient offensively and also finds a way to mix things up and get his share of boards and garbage buckets.

Derrick Rose, PG, Mean Streets Express – He has really deferred to Gordon and that was evident with a 5-point, 11-assist performance in a loss to The Family. He still needs to become more assertive, but it's hard to criticize someone so unselfish.

Scott Martin, F, SYF – Was solid on Friday, but not spectacular. He wasn't knocking down shots from the perimeter, so he was smart enough to get around the basket and make some things happen on the interior. Also played well defensively.

Kyle Singler, SF, Portland Legends – He was somewhat passive on the offensive end on Saturday. He got to the line, but made a conscious effort to get his teammates involved before looking for his own shot. Moves well without the ball, handles it extremely well and also is an unselfish passer.

Chris Wright, PG, Boo Williams – This one was not one of his better performances. He nearly shot Boo Williams out of the quarterfinals, but he continued to launch shots despite the fact that it wasn't falling. Wright is much better than he showed against the Houston Hoops.

Gary Johnson, PF, Houston Hoops – This was his best performance in a while. He went up against Patrick Patterson and although his team didn't win, he went toe-to-toe with the West Virginian and got the better on the offensive end with a flurry of ferocious dunks and even a couple of mid-range jumpers.

Jordan Theodore, PG, Gauchos – He's been one of the best backcourt scorers here this week. Can really slice to the basket with his quickness and acceleration. He still needs to work on getting stronger, but the 6-foot, 170-pound Paterson Catholic (N.J.) guard will be a hot commodity among Big East schools.

Greg Monroe, PF, New Orleans Panthers – The big man put on a show in front of Roy Williams on Friday afternoon. There's not much this kid can't do. He took it off the backboard on one sequence, took it the length of the court for a layup and then trailed on the way back and pinned a shot off the backboard. This kid has a chance to be special.

Xavier Henry, SG, Athletes First – Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel must have been licking his chops while watching Henry can a half-dozen trifectas in a game on Friday. His game is effortless, but he plays hard and can really stroke it from the perimeter. Look for this one to come down to a battle between OU and Kansas.

Marcus Britt, an underrated 6-foot-3 combo guard out of Arkansas, listed Memphis, Miami, Cincinnati or Purdue. … Junior guard Paul Williams of The Family said he likes Michigan State, Michigan, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Miami, Arkansas and Arizona. … Jordan Theodore mentioned that Georgetown is his leader, but that he also likes Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Cincinnati. … Scott Martin said that Michigan, Purdue, Notre Dame and Northwestern are at the top of his list, but he's also considering Indiana and Valparaiso.

North Carolina head man Roy Williams, Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury and both Duke assistants were in the gym to watch Greg Monroe on Friday afternoon. … As first reported by Scout.com, E'Twaun Moore made it official on Friday by committing to Purdue. … Chandler Parsons leads the event in scoring (25.4), but don't be shocked if Eric Gordon (25.3) catches him on Saturday in the playoffs. Tyreke Evans (23.4) is third and Nick Calathes (22.8) fourth. Tim Flowers of Meanstreets has a tournament-high 63 boards in six games. … Malcolm Delaney shot a sizzling 77 percent from 3-point range. … Patrick Patterson has 30 offensive boards – that's an impressive five per game.

Coaches in the Gym – Lute Olson, Paul Hewitt, Bill Self, Oliver Purnell, Lorenzo Romar, Brian Gregory, Fred Hill, Doug Wojcik, Bruce Weber, Mark Gottfried, Stan Heath, Tubby Smith, Roy Williams, Jeff Capel

``Kyle Singler has the entire package. He'd be the No. 1 guy in the class if I was voting." – One high-major head coach.


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