D.J. Richardson, SF, Illinois Warriors – Playing against the SC Ravens, Richardson did his best to get to the basket and score in the lane. He's relied on to score for the Warriors and he uses an impressive mid-range game to do majority of his work. He hit a handful of one and two dribble pull-up jumpers and a floater in the Warriors win.
Darius Smith, PG, Illinois Warriors -- In the Warriors quarterfinals contest against California Supreme, they were missing Richardson, so they needed someone to step in and be a scoring threat. Smith was the guy that made the move and he filled the stat sheet with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Chicago (Ill.) Marshall standout is quick and a capable shooter from long range.
Xavier Henry, SF, Athletes First – The top wing in the 2009 class was on point from long range in the second half of his game against Team Florida. There was a stretch where he buried four three-pointers, including one from 25-feet. Although Henry didn't do much going to the basket, he proved how quick it is for him to get hot from deep.
Marcus Jordan, SG, Rising Stars – The son of the greatest player to play the game of basketball – Michael Jordan – relentlessly attacked the basket against Team Jones. At 6-foot-4, 185-pounds, Jordan has a strong frame that he uses to finish at the rim. Jordan also knocked down a few 18-footers and a three-pointer. He had a good week at LeBron and he's carried over his strong play to the Peach Jam.
Kammeon Holsey, PF, Georgia Stars – For the second day in a row, Holsey had it working on the block. The 6-foot-8 power forward was the Stars' go-to option when they needed a bucket in their quarterfinals match-up with Boo Williams. For majority of the game, the recent Georgia Tech commit had his way with B.W.'s front line and scored it with both hands around the rim. Holsey went for 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Steven Pledger, SG, Boo Williams – With Boo Williams down 11 and just eight minutes left in their game against the Georgia Stars, Pledger stepped up and knocked down some big shots. To go with a pair of threes he hit, he also knocked down a spot-up 18-footer and a 15-footer off of a curl. Pledger finished the game with 14 points in the game.
Ricardo Ratliffe, PF, Boo Williams – When Pledger wasn't nailing jumpers, Ratliffe was scoring inside. The 6-foot-7 big man made a big impact on the offensive end and especially came alive during Boo Williams' second half run. Ratliffe, who is now expected to go the Junior College route, went for 20 points and five rebounds in their win over the Stars.
Andy Brown, PF, California Supreme – It was Brown's 18-foot jumper with three seconds left that lifted California Supreme over the Illinois Warriors. Brown, a standout at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, was active the entire game and proved to be a reliable pick and pop type guy. He's got nice touch around the basket and is capable of facing up defenders. Going forward we'd like to see him hit the glass a little more, but it's hard to complain about the effort Brown put together in the quarterfinals. Brown finished with 15 points and six rebounds.
Justin Cobb, PG, California Supreme – Although it was Brown that hit the big shot, Cobb was the one that paced C.S. throughout their contest with the Warriors. Spending majority of his time on the ball, Cobb was effective creating for teammates and scoring off the bounce. He especially had his jumper working from mid and long range. For the game he went for 23 points.
Jereme Richmond, SF, Rising Stars – The 6-foot-7 wing has done a great job of letting the game come to him this week at the Peach Jam. But it sure doesn't take him long to turn it up a notch. Against Team Jones, Richmond scored off moves in the post and from the wing, which is his natural position. When the Illinois commit gets it going he's tough to stop, as he doesn't have much trouble getting into the paint and he adjusts his shot with ease.
Terrance Ross, SG, Team Jones – Some coaches like Ross, others are more impressed with his teammate, Terrance Jones. On Monday, against the Illinois Warriors it was Ross that stepped up his game. A high level athlete with what seems to be a tremendous upside, Ross is also a solid spot-up shooter, especially when he has time to get his feet set.
Ralston Turner, SG, Alabama Challenge 16's – In our second look at Turner, we finally have picked up a better feel for his game. The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder seeks jumpers off the bounce and has a good-looking stroke that on Monday found the bottom of the net at a good clip. He finished with 17 points against the Albany City Rocks.
Taran Buie, PG/SG, Albany City Rocks 16's – There was a debate on the sideline among coaches as to what position Buie really is. At times he's plays on the ball, and can be effective, but he's also pretty impressive looking to score from the two-guard spot. A capable long-range shooter, Buie also showed a strong handle and some craftiness when he attacked the rim. He finished with 22 points against the Alabama Challenge.
Shane Southwell, SF, New York Gauchos 16's – When the Gauchos needed a bucket, Southwell was usually the guy that stepped up and scored it when the ‘Chos took on Team Final. Southwell, who stands 6-foot-7, is a long wing that can get to the rim and has nice touch once he's there.
Tobias Harris, PF, Albany City Rocks – In the first round of the Sweet 16 tournament, the City Rocks and Boo Williams went head-to-head and Harris proved to be the difference. The 6-foot-8 forward showed some toughness by fighting off a hard fall and willed the "Rocks" to a win. Although we didn't get the final tally, Harris must have scored at least 25 points. Harris has an impressive skill set and really used his body well around the rim.
Derrick Wilson, PG, New York Gauchos 16's – If you're guard for the Gauchos it's a requirement that you're tough and willing to attack the basket. Wilson certainly meets those standards. At 6-foot-1, 200-pound he's a stocky, built guard that's quick and has no problems getting by defenders and into the lane. Once in the paint, he uses a nice floater, but also has the ability to use his body at the rim and finish.
Michael Gilchrist, SF, Team Final 16's – It appears the 2011 class is going to be a good one, and Gilchrist is among the best – if not the best – in the entire class. Equipped with long, wiry arms, Gilchrist is capable of adjusting shots at the rim with ease, but he's also quick to pull the trigger from long range, as he has an impressive stroke.
Andy Brown said he's looking strongly at Arizona, Stanford, San Diego and Utah. According to the Brown, he has scholarships from all four except Stanford. His plan is to make a decision by the end of the summer.
Kryrl Natzazhko has been a hot name at Peach Jam all week. On Monday he showed an ability to knock down 18-footers. Trevor Cooney, of Team Final, shot the ball very well in his afternoon game. Drew Crawford has good size for a two-guard. Over the course of the week he's really shot the ball well. Kenny Hall proved he could face up defenders and knock down jump shots. He hit a pair of mid-range jumpers and a three-pointer in the loss to Boo Williams.
Only four teams remain in contention for the Peach Jam title – BABC, Houston Hoops, Boo Williams and California Supreme. Houston Hoops and Boo Williams will match up on one side, while BABC and California Supreme will do battle in the other semi-final. The two winners will then face off at six, Tuesday evening.
Pool Play (Five Games) Point Leaders
1. Xavier Henry – 23.8
2. D.J. Richardson – 21.4
3. John Wall – 21.0
4. Marcus Jordan – 20.4
5. Gary Franklin – 19.6
6. Tommy Mason-Griffin – 19.4
7. Terrence Boyd – 19.0
8. Jordan Hamilton – 18.0
9. D.J. Cooper – 17.8
10. Carrington Tankston – 17.2