Peach Jam: Day 1, Part B

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The prestigious Nike Peach Jam tipped off Monday morning and the first day of the event provided plenty of big efforts, including Levi Randolph's game winning jumper.

Ben McLemore, SF, St. Louis Eagles – In a morning game against All-Ohio Red, McLemore had his game working. With Brad Beal traveling from Germany to North Augusta, the Eagles needed his scoring out put. From burying threes to attacking the basket to throwing down monster dunks in transition, the 6-foot-5 wing headed to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill had his full game on display. He was 8-for-12 from the field to the tune of 24 points.

Roosevelt Jones, SF, St. Louis Eagles – Butler got a nice player in this 6-foot-4 power wing. A garbage man inside, Jones, of O'Fallon (Ill.) High, never takes a possession off. Offensively he's scrappy and hits the glass looking for put back opportunities. He'll also attack the basket and finishes well through contact. On defense he likes to defend the oppositions best player and he usually does a good job of frustrating him.

Sam Thompson, SF, Mac Irvin Fire – A versatile guy, Thompson can play three different positions and he did that during a match up with Athletes First. At 6-foot-7, Thompson is a talented passer, a high level athlete and a guy that seems to show something different every time out. Today it was his middle game that impressed me. He was 6-for-11 from the field for 15 points.

Wayne Blackshear, SG, Mac Irvin Fire – Not only did Thompson play well for the Fire against Athletes First, but the Irvin brothers had Blackshear, a standout at Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park, scoring at will. He clicked off four three-pointers and a handful of buckets at the rim on his way to an 18-point outing. The two are a heck of a tandem and feed well off each other.

Josh Richardson, SF, Athletes – The search is on for some new guys in the class of 2011 and although Richardson is a name that has been rolling around for quite some times, a number of coaches have asked questions about the 6-foot-5 athlete. At this point we see the wing prospect as an upper lever mid-major prospect. He's a pretty good athlete with a solid basketball frame. He's solid going towards the rim, but he must continue to develop his long-range shot.

Darion Atkins, PF, Team Takeover – On Monday I fielded question after question about this 6-foot-8, 215-pound post player. Atkins put together a strong showing for Team Takeover finishing with seven points and 10 rebounds. He was active on both ends, spent a considerable amount of time on the glass and he ran the floor well. He's one to watch as the summer progresses.

Josiah Turner, PG/SG, Oakland Soldiers – Early on in this one, Turner was relentless with is effort to get to the basket. Arguably the top driver in the class, the 6-foot-3 guard was not to be denied and up until the game was out of hand, he usually completed the play. Now we'd like to see him show some consistency with his long-range shot, but he's a talented combo guard that continues to impress.

Jabari Brown, SG, Oakland Soliders – The Soldiers guard trio of Brown, Turner and Nick Johnson is a fun to watch. The three play with great confidence and as a team. The best scorer of the three is this 6-foot-3 guard out of Oakland (Calif.) High. Normally he would have been dropping in deep threes, but against Playground Elite he attacked the basket and scored at the rim. Brown has some toughness in his game and he's a guy that refuses to back down from an on the court challenge.

Levi Randolph, SG, Alabama Challenge – One of the more talented players during the first day of the Peach Jam was this Alabama commitment. Randolph has great size for the guard spot and is proving that he's capable of playing a few different positions. On Monday he spent a good amount of time on the ball, but also proved to be a very good scorer. Down the stretch, Randolph took over burying an 18-footer just before the buzzer sounded.

Richard Longus, PF, Oakland Soldiers – A talented young prospect, it's easy to like the effort that this Fremont (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd standout puts up. A 6-foot-6 forward with a set of long arms, Long isn't afraid to mix it up inside and has a strong motor. He's a good defender, stays active inside and is a willing rebounder. The jury is still out, but he looks like a nice 2012 prospect.

Cimeon Bowers, PF, Playground Elite – Originally a 2011 prospect, Bowers, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward out of Milwaukee (Wisc.) Rufus King, has reclassified to 2012. Up against a loaded Oakland Soldiers squad, Playground Elite was a bit overmatched, but Bowers and company still played very hard. A rugged big man, Bowers won't back down from a challenge and isn't afraid to mix it up. He's quite mobile for his size, has good touch around the basket and showed a mid-range jumper.

Stevie Taylor, PF, Mac Irvin Fire 16's – Showing off an improved game, Taylor played with confidence during the 16's session on Monday. He ran the floor well, banged in the paint and showed more offensive skill than expected. He was active on both ends and even knocked down a three-pointer.

Arnuad Adala-Moto, SF, Team Takeover – It's been a few months since seeing the Team Takeover youngsters and since the last glance, Adala-Moto is much improved. We originally thought he was a post prospect, but he proved to us he's on his way to being a full time wing. A strong dude, Adala-Moto was aggressive offensively and tried to get to the rim at every opportunity. A pretty good athlete, this 6-foot-5 strongly built wing is one to monitor.

Darion Atkins listed a host of schools. He said Wake Forest, Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, George Mason, George Washington and Pennsylvania are all in the mix.

Omar Calhoun claims scholarship offers from Louisville, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Florida, Arizona, Seton Hall, Miami and Villanova.

Ben McLemore said he doesn't really have a favorite, but that "Kansas is at the top of his list." He also mentioned Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Purdue and Illinois.

Sam Thompson said his list still sits at five – Florida, Ohio State, Kansas, Georgetown and Oregon State. He's planning a trip to Florida in August for their elite camp.

Austin Colbert, a 2013 prospect, said it's still very early in his process. He did, however, mention North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgetown and Villanova.

Shaquille Boga had seven assists to just one turnover in the St. Louis Eagles game against All-Ohio Red. Mike Shaw does all the little things for the Fire. He's a very good rebounder and has a knack for securing loose balls. Nate Anderson, a 6-foot-8 post prospect for All-Ohio Red proved to be very good in pick and pop situations. He shot the ball well during the morning session. Charles Eaton, a 6-foot-2 guard for the Alabama Challenge, is an underrated guard prospect. He shot the ball well off the catch and is a solid athlete. Daiquon Walker is one to watch on Team Final 16's. He has good speed and handles the ball well.


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