Peach Jam: Day 1, Part B

N. Augusta, S.C. -- The first day of the Peach Jam is in the books. Jared Sullinger was a bull in the paint and arguably the most dominate player in attendance on day one. Kyle Wiltjer was good too, as his skill set on display in a big win.

Cameron Clark, SF, Team Texas – After seeing Clark at three different events in the past month, we're starting to get a pretty good feel for his game. As the summer has progressed his confidence has grown and he's become a more consistent scorer. Offensively his game starts from mid-range, where he loves pulling up off two dribbles for a jumper. From long range he's a pretty good off the catch shooter, despite a slightly slow release. He'll need to get stronger to finish better at the rim, but that is something that will come with time.

Will Barton, SG, Nike Baltimore Elite – Over the past few months Barton has clearly proven himself as an elite wing in the 2010 class. Recruitniks rave over his ability to score, and it's warranted, but the 6-foot-6, 160-pounder does so much more. Despite lacking strength, he's tough enough and to mix it up inside and has turned himself into a quality rebounder, especially on the offensive end. Against Team Texas he had at least four tip dunks. In his late game he apparently went off for 40 plus.

Jared Sullinger, C, All-Ohio Red – It's hard to stop writing about the big fella headed to Ohio State. Against Team Florida, "Sully" – as he's known – dominated every defender thrown at him on his way to 25 points and just one missed shot. The 6-foot-7, possibly 6-foot-8 big man, is a beast inside. He uses his lower body as well as anyone to get to the rim and finish around the basket. It's clear he's playing like the best big man in the country.

Doron Lamb, SG, NY Gauchos – Despite being on the bench for what seemed like half the game against the Oakland Soldiers, Lamb certainly made a strong effort to keep the Gauchos in this one. The Soldiers opened up a double-digit lead late in the second half, before Lamb's offensive explosion. His middle game is impressive, as he uses floaters and one and two dribble pull-ups to score. Offensively he's incredibly skilled and a guy that can really put some points on the board.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG, BABC – A number of the big boys were checking out Carter-Williams during the 16 and under session. Although he's a year old for his grade, the 6-foot-3, 160-pound lead guard is an impressive all around player. He could probably play a variety of positions, but we like him as a point man because of his feel, vision and ability to make the right passes. Scoring seems to come easy to him too, as he's got a good stroke to 22-feet and has great touch around the basket.

Brad Beal, SG, St. Louis Eagles – When Beal needed to get a bucket he did during his game against the Houston Hoops. He's got a smooth, crisp game with a quality jumper that extends to 23-feet. Beal's also capable of attacking off the dribble. Once in the paint, Beal is a good enough athlete and has a strong enough frame to finish at the rim.

Nick Johnson, PG, Oakland Soliders – Pressure doesn't seem to bother Johnson. The 6-foot-2 smooth guard had the NY Gauchos defenders breathing down his back, but he didn't waiver. Johnson has a good stroke to the three-point line and great touch around the basket. He's a guy that has established himself as one of the premier lead guards in the 2011 class.

Kyle Wiltjer, PF, Oakland Soldiers – After his performance at the Hoop Jamboree, we knew exactly what Wiltjer could do. So it wasn't surprising to see him light up the NY Gauchos for a bunch of deep buckets. Coaches were salivating over his skill set and ability to stroke it. Perhaps the most impressive play of the day was when he came off a staggered screen and buried a 23-footer during an Oakland Soldiers run. We'd like to see him be a little more aggressive inside, but this big is as skilled as any 6-foot-9 junior in the country.

Cameron Clark said Kentucky, Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are coming at him the hardest. He said he's hoping to visit Arizona following July.

Michael Carter-Williams said Umass and Rhode Island are his only offers to date. Boston College, Providence, Marquette, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Georgetown are also recruiting him.

John Manning has offers from George Mason and Richmond. Virginia Tech, Virginia, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgetown and N.C. State are also in the mix with his recruitment.

J.D. Weatherspoon claimed scholarship offers from Maryland, Ohio State and Xavier. He also has interest from Florida, West Virginia, Connecticut and VCU.

Jaylen Bond, a 2011 prospect, has interest coming in from Florida State, Villanova, West Virginia, Temple, St. Joseph, LaSalle, Memphis, Florida and Virginia.

Josh Smith told Scout.com that he wanted to end his recruitment soon, but he still listed a number of schools, including the whole PAC-10. He also mentioned Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio State and LSU.

John Manning looked good in Team Takeovers 16's game. He's got good size at 6-foot-9, and he's not afraid to mix it up in the paint. Roosevelt Jones is a tough dude. He got a number of buckets at the rim against the Houston Hoops 16's. Tony Wroten can really pass the ball. His court vision is impressive and he was quite unselfish during his night game. Joel Wright is a great get for Fordham. He tore up Seattle Rotary inside for 22 points. Melsahn Basabe got better as the Gauchos game against the Oakland Soldiers went on. He was active on the glass and scored a number of put backs. He's not there yet, but Nerlens Noel has the look of a future prospect. The 2012 prospect lacks the strength to be real effective, but he's lengthy and runs the floor.

Beal drew a litany of college coaches. We spotted Duke, UNC, Florida, Kansas, Ohio State, Villanova, Oklahoma, Arizona,

Among the schools checking out Clark, of Sherman (Tex.) High, were Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona and Kentucky. The first three had head coaches peaking at the court.


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