Peach State Showcase: Day One Rundown

AIKEN, S.C. – There were a number of quality performances on day one of the Peach State Showcase, but none better than Ari Stewart's effort against Team Georgia.

Ari Stewart, SF, Worldwide Renegades Orange – With not much time off from LeBron James Skills Academy, Stewart hit the road once again and put up a big time effort. He's a high level athlete and he showed that off, as he worked the baseline for a few rim-rocking dunks. It appears his jumper is improving too. He mixed in a spot-up three-pointer and a step back 18-footer on his way to 18 points.

Richard Howell, PF, Worldwide Renegades Orange – Howell has put together a pretty good spring, so it wasn't a surprise to see him hooping it up at Peach State. The 6-foot-7 face up four man scrapped for buckets inside and was active on both ends.

Garrius Adams, SG, Garner Road – Word on the street is Adams is on the verge of a big July. Playing in front of a handful of high major programs, the 6-foot-4 guard stepped up and knocked down four three-pointers and made a few nice moves to the rim. For the game he went for 17 points.

Jordan Williams, C, New England Playaz – Over the course of the past few weeks Williams has stepped up his game. At the It Takes 5ive Classic in Cincinnati he showed some promise inside, and on the first day of the Peach State Showcase, Williams showed his consistency. He's a big kid (6-foot-9) with a nice set of hands and good touch around the basket. High major schools are starting to show interest and he's certainly deserving.

Justin Martin, SF, Blessed IJN – The 6-foot-7 wing had his game on full display on Friday. Playing with a new AAU team, Martin fit right in, especially on the offensive end. Martin's athleticism is a key tool and he uses it to snag rebounds and score around the bucket. He also showed an ability to adjust at the rim and knock down spot-up threes.

Russell Byrd, SG, Blessed IJN – Speaking of knocking down threes, that's Byrd's specialty. The 6-foot-6 guard has great size for the position and pure stroke. His mid-range game is solid too, as he's able to hit one and two-dribble pull up jumpers and floaters.

Nate Lubick, PF, New England Playaz – This 6-foot-8 big man is a worker inside and against the Baltimore Stars he played the role of garbage man. He likes to battle in the paint for offensive rebounds and he works the baseline for put backs and possible dunk opportunities.

Naadir Tharpe, PG, New England Playaz – The first thing we noticed about Tharpe's play was his vision. He sees the court extremely well and did a great job of getting his teammates open looks. Tharpe's got a strong handle, is quick, especially in the open court, and showed he could knock down open jumpers.

Ari Stewart said he's hearing from Xavier, Wake Forest, Oregon, Miami, South Florida, Alabama and Georgia Tech. He said Xavier, Wake Forest and Oregon were at the top of the list.

Richard Howell said he has scholarship offers from Oregon, Marquette, Tennessee, Texas and USC. The plan is to sit down and narrow his list following July.

Garrius Adams listed Texas A&M, Virginia, Miami, Winthrop, Providence, South Florida, Central Florida and Tulane.

Jordan Williams has scholarship offers from UMass, Rhode Island, Xavier, St. John's and Fordham. He also has interest from Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Maryland and Wake Forest.

Justin Martin mentioned Florida, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Michigan State, Xavier, Marquette, Tennessee, Purdue and Indiana.

Russell Byrd claimed scholarship offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, Baylor and Notre Dame. He also has interest from Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Florida and Ohio State.

Melvin Tabb said majority of the ACC is showing him interest. Oklahoma and Memphis have shown interest as well.

Ian Miller can really score it. He got hot from deep and is capable of going off the bounce and knocking down mid-range jumpers. Erik Murphy, of the New England Playaz, showed off his touch inside against the Baltimore Stars. He's a skilled prospect and a good get for the Gators. Stan Okoye is very active. The 6-foot-5 energy guy seemed to be all over the court and attacked the rim hard.

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