Tommy Mason-Griffin vs John Wall – This was the match up of the day. After Wall came out hot, scoring nine of his teams first 12 points off of quick drives to the basket, Mason-Griffin got in a groove and became the talk of day one.
T.M.G. attacked the rim, created shots for teammates and knocked down a trio of three-pointers. While Wall was still pretty good throughout the game, he struggled from the field and got a little careless with the ball. This was Mason-Griffin's signature outing, as he got the best of the nation's top rated point guard.
Jack Cooley, PF, Rising Stars – With his teammates playing a little sluggish, Cooley made sure the Rising Stars weren't going to lose. He patrolled the paint looking for rebounds and had a number of finishes in the inside. His motor is impressive and he uses both hands around the rim.
D.J. Richardson, SF, Illinois Warriors – Right out of the gate Richardson got it going on the offensive end. The Illinois commit worked it from mid-range, by knocking down some pull-up jumpers and a couple of floaters in the lane. He also showed his range by knocking down a pair of 22-footers.
E.J. Singler, PF/SF – Team Jones – With Terrance Jones and Terrence Ross struggling from the field, Singler did his best to keep Team Jones in the mix. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound face up four man is skilled and capable of dropping in hooks inside or stepping out for mid-range or deep jumpers.
Xavier Henry, SF, Athletes First – For Henry it was the tale of two halves. In the first half he buried four three-pointers and made a few nice moves to the rim. But the second was a different story, as Henry, a 6-foot-6 wing, struggled from the field in the second half and failed to ever get it going. As good as Henry is, he still needs to tighten up his handle, as he gets a little careless with the ball when attacking the basket.
Mike Broghammer, C, Howard Pulley – The search for high major big man is on and Broghammer, a 6-foot-8, 230-pounder, made his best case for that level during the first day of the Peach Jam. Broghammer turned out the best game we've seen from him, and he did it by muscling up with one of the best bigs in the class, Daniel Orton. He worked the block for buckets, got up and down the floor fairly well and he showed nice touch in the paint.
D.J. Cooper, PG, Meanstreets – This quick lefty had it going from three-point range. He hit at least six three-pointers on his way to a 23 point outing during the night session. Cooper, who lacks size and strength, is a tough kid that can get into the lane and dish it off to teammates. He's also equipped with a nice floater.
Andy Brown, PF, California Supreme – C.S. is missing a number of key guys off their team, so they brought Andy Brown, who played with the SoCal All-Stars earlier in the year, with them to Peach Jam. It's a good thing he jumped on board because Brown seemed to do all of their scoring. The 6-foot-8 forward faced up defenders and hit deep jumpers, mid-range jumpers. He also worked the baseline for scores at the rim.
Kyryl Natyazhko, C, Team Florida – There aren't many quality bigs left in the 2009 class, but Kondratye showed he could be among the group. The 6-foot-10 IMG Academy product has a huge frame, runs the floor well and can score it around the rim. A number of high major schools were in the gym watching him and we expect a bunch more to evaluate him during Peach Jam.
Will Regan, PF/C, Albany City Rocks – When the Albany City Rocks needed a bucket, Regan usually stepped up and got it done. The 6-foot-8 post prospect was especially good on the block, where he used both hands to score at the rim. He's very god at using the rim to shield off defenders and worked the glass for offensive put backs. He dropped in 21 points in an Albany City Rocks win Saturday morning.
Tobias Harris, PF, Albany City Rocks – When Regan wasn't scoring for the Rocks, Harris was the guy. Harris, a 6-foot-8 skilled four man, showed some toughness by playing on a bum wheel and despite the injury, he still managed to be effective. Harris finished with 19 points, majority of them coming from mid-range or put back opportunities.
Tommy Mason-Griffin said he's down to Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor. According to the talented point guard, he has developed a "bond" with Jeff Capel and the Sooners are the favorite at this point.
Will Regan claims scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland, Arizona State, Penn State, St. John's, Buffalo and Fordham. He also has interest from Maryland, Duke, Virginia, Stanford, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Texas.
Nik Garcia has good size for the two-guard spot and he can really shoot it. He hit a big triple in Rising Stars' opening contest that put his team ahead for good. Terrence Ross didn't play his best game against the Illinois Warriors, but he did have an impressive two-minute stretch where he threw down a handful of big time dunks. Taran Buie puts up 19 points in Albany City Rocks' first game. He's quick with the ball in his hands and is capable of playing on and off the ball.
Rodney Williams put on an aerial assault in his game against Athletes First. The 6-foot-4 wing can flat out fly. Jason Morris pulled double-duty. He's playing with the New England Playaz at the Peach State Showcase and the New York Guachos in the Peach Jam. The kid is an impressive athlete. Stacey Poole stepped up in crunch time. He hit a pair of big three-pointers to get Team Florida back in their evening game.
Bruce Weber trailed all of the Illinois commits (Jereme Richmond, D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul) playing at Peach Jam. Terrence Ross and Terrence Jones drew quite a crowd. He had Roy Williams, Mike Montgomery, Texas, Baylor and UNLV. Tommy Mason-Griffin had Jeff Capel, John Calipari and assistants from Texas and Baylor in the stands. Wake Forest assistant Jeff Battle trailed J.T. Terrell.
John Wall drew Travis Ford and two Oklahoma State assistants, John Calipari and assistants from Baylor and Oregon. Will Regan had St. John's, Michigan, Rutgers, Duke, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech checking him out. Bill Self and John Calipari saw Xavier Henry during the evening session. UConn had an assistant keeping tabs as well. Henry's teammate, Daniel Orton, had Billy Gillispie and Bill Self watching his evening game. Ohio State and Oklahoma were there as well.