Peach Jam: Final Day

When Eric Gordon opted to run with Derrick Rose and his Meanstreet Express squad, it was obvious they'd be a tough out at the Peach Jam. However, with little size, it didn't appear as though they had enough up front to win the title. Rose and Gordon proved people wrong with their unselfish play all week.

The newly formed backcourt of Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon lived up to the hype this week in Augusta as guard duo helped lead Meanstreet Express to the Peach Jam title.

The pair had incredible chemistry, especially in a semifinal victory against Boo Williams on Saturday. Rose was spectacular and put on arguably one of the most impressive displays of the summer, scoring an efficient 24 points and dishing out seven assists. However, those numbers don't do his performance justice.

``He just may be the most talented player in the country," said one Division 1 head coach. "He's like Jason Kidd."

Rose had his perimeter shot working early and also had an array of impressive passes – including one alley-oop to Gordon on a 2-on-1 break that brought the crowd to its feet.

Gordon finished with 17 points and seven boards in the semis while hard-working undersized big man Tim Flowers had 12 points and 15 boards. Ed Davis led Boo Williams with 14, Patrick Patterson added 13 and a struggling Chris Wright chipped in with a dozen points.

In the other semifinal, it was a balanced SYF Players squad that pulled away from the Illinois Warriors in the second half.

Scott Martin played his usual versatile game, finishing with a team-high 19 points and six rebounds. Recent Purdue commit E'Twaun Moore added 15 points and Greg Hill and J.R. Floyd chipped in with 9 apiece. Illinois-bound hard-working big man Bill Cole led the Warriors with 14 points and seven rebounds.

In the championship game, it was Gordon who led Meanstreet with 25 points and also had 10 boards. Rose finished with 13 points, six assists and four rebounds and Flowers had 13 points to go along with 21 rebounds.

Hill, who is headed to Bridgton Academy (Maine) in the fall, led SYF with 23 points – but the trio of Martin, Moore and Robbie Hummel combined for just 21 points.


Not since the days of Russell Robinson, Sundiata Gaines and Ronald Ramon have the Gauchos been so strong in the backcourt.

The backcourt duo of Kemba Walker and Jordan Theodore was dominant virtually all week and led the Gauchos to a 58-56 victory over JaMychal Green, Andrew Steele and the Alabama Challenge.

Walker scored 19 and the super-quick Theodore added 18 in the title game while Steele had 21 in the loss and Green added 12 points and seven boards.

In the semifinals, it was Steele who threw a 70-foot pass to Ronald Nored with one second left and the Challenge down 60-59 to Boo Williams. Nored connected on a desperation 25-foot shot from the left side that won the game for the Challenge. Steele, the younger brother of Alabama floor leader Ron Steele, finished with 18 points in the win while Andre Jones had 22 points and seven boards in the losing effort for Boo Williams.

Walker had 27 points in the semis to lead the Gauchos to a 66-61 victory over Al-Farouq Aminu and the Georgia Stars.


The following coaches took in the final day at the Peach Jam: Bill Self, Bruce Weber, Jeff Capel, Tommy Amaker, Tubby Smith, John Calipari, Billy Donovan, Indiana assistant Jeff Meyer, Matt Painter.

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