Peach Jam: Day 3

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The same theme continued today, as the underclassmen are taking full stage and demanding attention. Nik Garcia showed serious range in one game, while a pair of Georgia Stars got it going, as they helped their team make it to the championship.

Adam Raye, Charlotte Royals – Although the Royals didn't play well at the Peach Jam, Raye managed to get it together in their final game against Boo Williams. The 5-foot-11 junior drained five three-pointers and score 20 points, but it still wasn't good enough to beat Boo. A lot of mid-level schools are evaluating him and in a class that is thin at the point guard spot, Raye will likely continue to get looks.

Jordan Theodore, PG, New York Gauchos – When it comes to playing defense on the circuit there aren't many guys that get after it like Theodore. The Seton Hall commit has quick feet, moves well laterally and completely frustrates opposing point guards with his defense. Against the Meanstreets, Theodore shut down Southern Illinois commit Kevin Dillard and attacked the basket, as the ‘Chos blasted Meanstreets and won by double figures.

Dexter Strickland, PG, Metro Hawks – The move to the point has been an easy one for Strickland, as he's grown accustom to attacking the basket and creating opportunities for his teammates. The 6-foot-3 junior-to-be finished at the rim on numerous occasions and hit a few jumpers as well. Although he played great in his last pool play game, in the playoffs Strickland reportedly broke his right index finger.

Xavier Henry, SF, Athletes First – With his size and versatility it's hard to question why many have him ranked so highly. Today certainly wasn't Henry's best performance, but he still showed off his skills and tremendous talent. Known for his sweet stroke from deep, he also can attack the rim and has no problem re-adjusting his shots once he gets there.

Marshawn Powell, PF, Boo Williams 16's – In what became one of the most intense AAU games we've seen on the circuit in a long time, Powell completely dominated the paint. At 6-foot-7, 225-pounds he had no trouble getting physical with the opposition especially to get position in the post. Once he got the ball on the block, he preferred the jump hook as his method of scoring. He's also capable of using either hand to finish and showed a number of other advanced post moves.

Nik Garcia, SF, Rising Stars – Shooter alert! Garcia got it rolling early in the game and before it was said and done, Garcia finished with 28 points and a 1-point victory over Boo Williams. The 6-foot-5 wing scored majority of his buckets off spot up three-pointers, however he did show an ability to put the ball on the floor, drain jumpers off of curls and hit one or two dribble step-ins.

Jeremy Tyler, C, California Supreme – College coaches were raving about Tyler's ability to affect an entire game. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound sophomore-to-be is already skilled enough to nail jump-hooks, make drop step moves in the paint and knock down 18-foot jumpers. Tyler affects the game defensively too, as he' s long, athletic and has shown great timing when attempting to block shots.

Brabham Leads The Stars
Matthew Brabham, PG, Georgia Stars 16's – At just 5-foot-9 the size kind of scared us at first, but once we saw his ability to get into the lane, dish the rock and even finish over much bigger defenders we changed our mind. He created well for his guys, but also showed that he could go out and get a bucket if his team needed it. His three-point stroke looked good, as did the floaters that he got to fall in the lane.

Kammeon Holsey and Kenney Hall, PF, Georgia Stars 16's – Both big man look to be potential high-major post prospects and in their game against the Rising Stars, they made a huge difference in the outcome. Holsey stands 6-foot-8, is long and can score when he gets the ball in the low post. Hall is similar, as he stands 6-foot-9 and is capable of doing some things on both ends of the court. His offensive game is solid, but will improve, and defensively he affects shots and hits the glass for offensive rebounds. With these two on the way up, next years Stars team won't skip a beat.

The Peach Jam has been full of great games and the field of teams has been narrowed down to just a few. In the 17 and under division the Gauchos will play the Georgia Blazers and the Georgia Stars will take on The Family in the morning semi-final games.

In the 16 and under division the championship game has been set. The Gauchos will play the Georgia Stars to determine the winner of the Sweet Sixteen tournament.

Adam Raye said he has scholarship offers from UNC-Greensboro, Elon and High Point. North Carolina State, Virginia Commonwealth and Clemson are also showing interest.

Dexter Strickland listed five schools and claims offers from each. The five he listed were Michigan State, Florida, Villanova, North Carolina and Ohio State.

Marshawn Powell said he's heard from Virginia, Oklahoma, Clemson and Kansas State.

Nik Garcia is hearing from Iowa, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Valparaiso, Butler and Purdue.

Kammeon Holsey rattled off Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Xavier, Tennessee Tech, Miami and South Florida.

Darryl "Truck" Bryant listed Miami, Providence, West Virginia, St. John's and South Florida.

James Steel claims scholarship offers from Michigan State, Xavier and Michigan. He said he's also heard from Northwestern, Iowa, Iowa State and Virginia Tech.

Donavon Kirk listed Michigan State, Michigan, Xavier, Indiana and Purdue.

"The beast is back. Tyrannosaurus Rex is back. An animal. A beast. He's just a monster." – This was one high-major coaches view on Jeremy Tyler subbing back into the game.

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