Peach Jam: Day 2, Part A

N. Augusta, S.C. -- Harrison Barnes was his normal dominant self on Monday, but Tobias Harris and Rakeem Christmas played at high level on Monday at the Peach Jam as well.

Harrison Barnes, SF, Howard Pulley – The nation's top 2010 prospect was on his game during the morning session against the Houston Hoops. When Barnes wanted to score, he did, whether it was strong drives to the hoop or pull-up jumpers from 22-feet. Barnes finished with 36 points and 10 boards.

Jacob Thomas, SG, Howard Pulley – Likely a mid-level prospect, Thomas, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, is quite the shooter from long range. Against the Hoops he got hot and buried jumper after jumper from behind the stripe. Going forward he'll need to diversify his game, by adding some mid-range moves.

Tobias Harris, PF, Albany City Rocks – It's pretty hard to do what Tobias Harris has been able to accomplish. The 6-foot-8 power forward got his body in shape, tightened up his skill set and has now become the talk of quite a few high major coaches.

During the evening session he went about his business scoring a number of buckets off drives to the rim and in the paint. His mobility has improved and he's got great touch around the basket. He finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Boo Williams.

Travis McKie, SF, Boo Williams – While Harris was scoring buckets for the Albany City Rock, McKie was doing his best to keep Boo Williams in the contest. The future Wake Forest wing did drop in a handful of jumpers, but majority of his points came from attacking the rim. His overall game continues to develop and his wing skills seem to improve every time we see him. McKie finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Jeremy Lamb, SG, Georgia Stars – There hasn't been a large amount of guys that have raised their stock considerably in July, but Lamb appears to be one of them. High major offers are rolling in and for good reason. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound wing can shoot it from deep and has the potential to be a good defender because of his length. Some may be worried about his lack of strength, but he appears to be a pretty good looking prospect.

Terrence Jones, PF, I-5 Elite – One college coach said Jones had a "unique" game, and honestly that may be the best way to describe it. The 6-foot-8 face up forward goes about his business differently than most on the court because of his skill set and versatility.

Against Team Final, Jones proved himself defensively, as he drew the task of guarding Michael Gilchrist, and he held him to just five points. Offensively, Jones couldn't fully get it going against Team Final, but he still finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Austin Rivers vs Marquis Teague, PG – As usual with big time match ups, this one never fully materialized. The game from the get go wasn't close, as E1T1 pulled away from Spiece and won by a large margin. Over the past week there's been a lot of talk about which one of these electric guards are better.

After seeing them go head-to-head it makes the call even more tough. Rivers, a Florida commit, is the better shooter of the two, and has range that extends well beyond the three-point line. Teague, on the other hand, is faster and gets to the rim more efficiently. Long story short, both of these guys are dynamic guards that will have terrific college careers.

Amir Williams, C, The Family – A number of Midwest college coaches dropped by Williams' game during the Sweet 16 portion of the Peach Jam on Monday. At 6-foot-9, 215-pounds Williams is a solid athlete that gets up and down the floor well and is effective on the defensive end blocking shots. Offensively he's still developing, but has good hands and a right jump hook inside.

Carlton Brundage, SG, The Family – We've now seen him at three events over the past few weeks and the more we watch him the more we like him. Despite being a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, Brundage can flat out score. Using his strong, stock frame he can get to the tin, but he also has a pretty consistent long-range jumper.

Rakeem Christmas, C, Team Final – Every time out we wonder if we have him underrated as the No. 5 player in the 2011 class. His size, athleticism, wingspan and timing all factor into him being the nation's top shot blocker. Against I-5 Elite he got a few blocks, rebounded the ball well and scored in and around the paint. Because his defensive game is so good, he doesn't get a lot of credit for his offense, which is actually pretty good. He went for 13 points and six boards in the blow out win.

L.J. Rose, PG, Houston Hoops – Fresh off a trip overseas with the USA Team, Rose has had a pretty impressive summer. He played well at the King City Classic and now he's doing some nice thing at the Peach Jam. What really stands out is his ability to stroke it from long range. In his early session game he went for at least five three-pointers, including a few well beyond the three-point line. Rose handles the ball with care, especially under pressure, and has an impressive IQ for a guy his age.

Ladarius White, SF, Jackson Tigers – It's still early, but we love the potential of this 6-foot-5 versatile prospect. We list him as a wing, but he's capable of spending time on the ball or even at the two spot. His jump shot looks solid, he handles the ball well and is a quality athlete with great size.

Dejuan Marrero said Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue and Virginia have offered him a scholarship. He also mentioned Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Michigan, Kentucky and Wake Forest.

Victor Oladipo said he's heard from Maryland, Indiana, Marquette, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State and all of the ACC except Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Johnny O'Bryant claims scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Mississippi, Kentucky, Memphis, Florida State, Oklahoma and Florida. North Carolina is also in the mix.

Alex Kirk said his recruitment is still wide open. Among his offers are USC, Arizona, Arizona State, New Mexico, Maryland, Cal and OSU. UCLA, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt have also shown attention.


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