Peach Jam: Pool B

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – A college coach said it best: you'll always remember where you were the night Kendall Marshall hosted his coming out party. Mix in a halfcourt game-winner from Terrence Boyd and it was a full night of action.

Kendall Marshall, PG, BWSL – All spring long we credited him for limiting mistakes and running the Boo machine. On Friday, he cranked it up to another level. Dexter Strickland and whoever they threw at Marshall couldn't do the trick. He canned 4 3s in the first half and finished with 28 for the game. However, the poise, pace and presence of this young kid in the highest level game of the event was simply remarkable. The capper were the four consecutive game-on-the-line free throws he clearly wanted to take and then sank each of them. With some of the country's best bigs on the floor, Marshall was most comfortable on center stage.

Lance Goulbourne and Nasir Robinson, Team Final – The boys from the Charlotte Royals were not prepared for the peppering these two gave out. Goulbourne alone dumped 29 points and Robinson countered with 15 of his own. They thoroughly beasted the Royals inside. Goulbourne was a shot blocking maven. Complete mismatch against the unsuspecting Royals.


Goulbourne Gets 29!
Samardo Samuels vs. Ed Davis – The Metro Hawks won a battle but lost the war. "Whatever Barry Bonds is getting must have gotten re-directed to Samardo," a college coach said. We couldn't agree more. His 21 points weren't enough to offset Boo Williams guard play but it was close. Samuels muscled through everyone and turned himself into the aggressor. There was no answer for Louisville's future franchise player.

Scott Suggs, SG, STL Eagles – A quiet first half turned into quite the offensive effort from Suggs. He finished with 15, two of which came on a tough spinner in traffic to put the Eagles up by 3 but couldn't hold on as a last second halfcourter did them in.

Terrence Boyd, SF, Athletes First – With 3.3 seconds left and a tie score, John Brandenburg missed 2 free throws. Boyd grabbed the rebound, raced down the floor and sank what we think was a near half court shot to end it at the buzzer. The signature moment of the Peach Jam belonged to this kid.

Xavier Henry, SG, Athletes First – Before we get into the offensive display he put on, let's talk about the most impressive aspect of this game: rebounding. Henry committed himself to the offensive boards and owned the glass. As the game dictated, he needed to step up late and did. Bucket after bucket he delivered on tough shots. The biggest was a traffic drive he was going to shoot right handed, thought twice about it, switched to his left in mid-air and lifted it over a pair of defenders. No one could check him with the game on the line and that's why he's elite of the elite.

AAU Move of The Summer – Tyreke Evans is not at the Peach Jam but his brother is. Reggie Evans is on the bench for Team Final. Rick Pitino is locked in a tussle to get Evans so what does he do? The Louisville coach shows up and watches Evans' brother coach the team. Guys in the gym couldn't stop talking about the strategy. That's creative by the boys in the ‘Ville. …

Boo Williams has potential all-league mid-major prospects sitting on the end of his bench who get no time at all. Year after year, this is the deepest squad on the entire AAU circuit, not to mention their younger teams are absolutely stocked with talent. Wise coaches know to recruit the pants off his kids and show up in Orlando for the AAU Super Showcase when Boo rests his premier players and lets the "subs" earn scholarships to America's finest mid-level programs. …

Torres Roundtree and Jesse Perry are two of the hardest playing, ball-hawkingest wings on the circuit. … One counter move goes a long way in AAU ball. Just ask Brandenburg who played hard the entire game but was on the receiving end of a Daniel Orton high level counter action. …

Lance Goulbourne has offers from Vanderbilt, Rutgers, West Virginia, Marquette, Northwestern and St. Joe's. … Kendall Durant, a combo with BWSL, is getting hit up by VCU, Akron, Tulsa and Quinnipiac. Plus, the Hokies and Terps are watching. "I never played AAU before this year," Durant said. He intends to attend New Hampton Prep for a post-graduate season. … Bradford Burgess has offers from Richmond, Western Carolina and VCU. …

Jamie Dixon watched Nasir Robinson in the evening. … Lance Goulbourne's crowd included Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Temple. … John Beilein watched Kenny Gabriel. … Xavier Henry was watched by John Calipari, Jeff Capel and Roy Williams. … Trent Johnson of Stanford buzzed John Brandenburg. Missouri, St. Louis and Illinois had assistants in the gym. …

"This kid wants us to recruit him and that's good. But, he just stepped on my brand new white on white Air Force 1's."

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    Teams Seen – Boo Williams, Athletes First, Metro Hawks, Charlotte Royals, St. Louis Eagles, Team Final.


    Evan Daniels is in Augusta finishing up our coverage. Telep moves on to West Virginia for the Triple S Harley Davidson Shootout beginning on Saturday

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