Peach Jam: Day 2, Part B

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – We sat courtside for pool play and watched Marquis Teague rack up 34 points and Michael Gilchrist scurry down the floor for the game-winner. Yet, the biggest highlight was Anthony Davis who captivated an audience with his tremendous play at both ends.

Anthony Davis, PF, Meanstreets: If you're looking for a July signature moment, this may have been it. Davis went 9-for-12 and finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds in a win over the Playaz. A dozen of his boards were offensive and most of his 24 points were memorable. Derrick Randle will remember the remarkable dunk Davis threw down on him. However, the pair of lefty finishes, the wing drive and creates and the blocks/alters were amazing. Davis not only was the best player on the floor, he was the hardest playing guy.

His rise from the spring to this moment has been astounding. He's in the driver's seat for the No. 1 spot in the class. On April 1st, he wasn't in our Top 100. Now he's guarding multiple positions and has college coaches salivating. His skill, length, size and upside put him near the top of every category with his peers. He's also got the momentum to carry him home and as the late bloomer, history is on his side.

Michael Gilchrist, SF, Team Final: Mike DeCourcy of TSN penned this piece detailing his journey back from the gold medal game. Gilchrist is a warrior and with 4.7 seconds left against Team Fla., he grabbed a missed free throw and raced the length of the floor for the game-winning bucket. It was vintage Gilchrist, ever the competitor and typically on the winning side. Gilchrist had himself a full day at the Peach Jam and even found time to do a little recruiting. He sought out Davis after the Chicagoan's game and dapped him up.

Jabari Brown, SG, Soldiers: He didn't make a 3-pointer or perimeter shot yet still looked like a stud. Brown is back after a groin injury derailed his NBA Camp. Instead of firing J's when they weren't falling, Brown posted up, dropped a few runners and went into attack mode. He's a great scorer, no doubt, which makes the fact that he doesn't chuck shots more impressive. When he's hot, he let's ‘em rip, when he's not, he finds other ways.

Joe Coleman, SF, Pulley: One coach mentioned that "he's only goes right." That may be the case but "right" isn't wrong. A competitive kid, Coleman kept coming at the rim. He'll be a strong mid-major recruit but if someone bigger moves on him it wouldn't come as a surprise since he appears wired up to take orders and bust chops. Not a perimeter guy, but an energy giver.

Michael Gbinije, SF, Team Takeover: His team is called Takeover but Gbinije is more comfortable simply blending in. The beauty of his game is that he's confident enough to pick his spots and smart enough to bring his teammates along. When his jumper wasn't falling in the morning game he went to the glass and passed the ball. The effect was cumulative with his teammates as Takeover shared the ball and won easily.

Levi Randolph, CG: Bama Challenge: He's right on the cusp for the McDonald's game and now its up to him to push himself to the finish line. Randolph is a big combo and he's got a huge responsibility on his team. We'd like to see him pop his jumper off quicker but that's something Anthony Grant will enjoy working on with him.

Marquis Teague, PG, Spiece: With John Calipari sitting courtside, he unleashed the full arsenal – 34 points later Teague was finished for the day. An assortment of tear drops, blow bys and dart to the basket gave one the impression Teague was playing on skates. Everyone's different and has each style, Teague gets buckets and quickly. The family lineage leading to the NBA continues with him.

Cinmeon Bowers, PF, Playground Elite: Recently reclassified into the 2012 group, Bowers wasted little time in making his presence felt. If they make a movie about the Peach Jam, Charles Barkley would play Bowers. His team got drilled but he beasted today. The guy's undersized but he makes up for it with man strength and a freight train mentality to the rim.

Jarnell Stokes, C, YOMCA: We caught a half of his and that was all that was needed to sign off on him. Against the younger Gauchos, he went 7-for-8 in a half including a pair of left-handed finishes. We had him for 19 and 7 in the first half. As if his size 21 boats aren't evidence enough of his size, he flattened the Gauchos single handedly.

Jonathan Williams, a 2013 prospect, broke his foot and will miss the summer. …

Chris Richards rose up and played well in a loss Tuesday night. … Michael Gbinije showed us the left hand in the morning and it was pretty. … Mikeal Hopkins is getting his swagger. He likes having the ball in his hands and can make a play. … Junior Omar Calhoun's shot looks improved since the spring. … If you're a high-low guy, Brandon Ashley and Kyle Wiltjer combined on back-to-backs to one another. Pretty stuff from a pair of outstanding bigs. …

The steady progress of center Aaron Hammons is worth noting. He's owning his area as a board man and shot blocker. … Junior Kyle Anderson earned much respect Tuesday night. He had a tough guard in Anthony Davis and kept plugging away. He stood in there on defense and offensively showed his versatility. …

If there's a more under rated scorer than Phil Greene we haven't seen him yet. … Speaking of under rated, we offer up point guard Will Cummings and shooting guard Reshawn Rembert of Team Fla. … Michael Gilchrist moves his feet so well and he's committed to being a big time defensive player. …

Cinmeon Bowers listed Xavier, Maryland, LSU, Minnesota, Miami and Iowa State. … Joe Coleman favors Minnesota (no offer) with Santa Clara and Colorado State in the chase. Seton Hall, Southern Cal and Texas A&M show interest. …

Nic Moore turned heads for Spiece. He holds offers from Valparaiso, Evansville, St. Bonaventure, Ohio and IPFW. … Jamari Traylor lists Arizona, Dayton (offer), Bradley, Minnesota, Colorado, UTEP (offer), Washington State and West Virginia. … Phil Greene has an offer from West Virginia, DePaul, St. John's, Oregon State and UAB. …

Omar Calhoun's crowd included Jamie Dixon, Jay Wright, Kevin Willard and Gary Williams. … Underclassman Javon Thomas drew Mike Rice and Jay Wright from the Big East. … Bruce Pearl was the lone high-major head coach for Jarnell Stokes. …


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