Peach Jam: News & Notes

Take a look at some of the ongoings at the Peach Jam, including tons of tidbits - including news on Jon Brockman and Shawne Williams.

It's been an up-and-down week thus far for Jon Brockman.

The 6-6 undersized power forward from Snohomish (Wash.), who struggled in a loss to Boo Williams on Wednesday night, rebounded with a 31-point effort in a victory over the Tennessee Travelers on Thursday morning.

Brockman, who said he has yet to field scholarship offers from North Carolina and Duke, had an audience that consisted of Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina's Roy Williams, Arizona's Lute Olson, Washington's Lorenzo Romar and UCLA's Ben Howland.

Brockman, disappointed from his performance the previous night, went to work against the Travelers – finishing strong in the paint, running the court for layups and dunks and also showing his deceptive athleticism with reverse layups.

Brockman was without his sidekick, Martell Webster, who has been held out of the tournament and is not expected to play the rest of the Peach Jam after his guardians decided he needed to rest his foot – which kept him out of most of his high school season and in the spring.

``I'm trying to convince them to let me play, but they don't want me to," Webster said.

Anyway, back to Brockman, who is down to six schools: Duke, UNC, Arizona, Washington, UCLA and Gonzaga.

Brockman said that there's no clear-cut favorite of the group, but sources close to the situation told that Washington and UCLA are out in front – with Duke closing.

``Right now I'm just trying to find the right place and the right fit," Brockman said. "Right now they're all the same."

Brockman said he'll likely take some official visits in the fall.

If Shawne Williams goes to college, the Memphis native still maintains he'll be playing for Tigers coach John Calipari.

The 6-9 Williams, who basically sat out all of last season after breaking his fibula, transferred to Laurinburg (N.C.) towards the end of last season – but he didn't play, instead just taking classes.

``I'm committed to Memphis," said Williams, who is still working himself back into shape. "Memphis is the place where I want to be and where I'm going to be happy."

Notes: Friends of Hoop's Micah Downs, who has committed to Kansas, should take a lesson from Brockman in terms of day-in, day-out effort. When Downs comes to play, he's an elite player. However, he blends in far too often. … Brewster Academy-bound 6-6 power forward Jeff Adrien of BABC has caught the attention of plenty of high-majors. He had virtually the entire Big East looking on in Wednesday night's victory. … Farnold Degand, a 6-2 senior guard at O'Bryant (Mass.), is leaning towards taking a scholarship offer from Iowa State that will be on the table for three more days. "I'm more than 50-50 right now," said Degand, who also has offers from Boston University and Northeastern. … Taylor Griffin is a 6-6, 225-pound undersized power forward at Oklahoma Christian (Okla.) whose play will certainly attract more interest. Dayton, UNC-Wilmington, Oklahoma, Tulsa and Kansas State were in the mix – and Michigan State and Villanova has recently become involved. Griffin is a 3.8 student who scored a 23 on the ACT. … Glenbrook North (Ill.) 6-5 wing Jonathan Scheyer received an offer from Duke recently. Coaches have differing of opinions on the well-rounded junior, but he played well on Thursday, scoring 24 points in a win against YOMCA. … Don't be completely shocked if Scheyer and Illinois Warriors teammate, Julian Wright, end up playing together at the next level. Wright, who in this writer's opinion just may have the most potential of anyone in the Class of 2005, has Illinois, Arizona and DePaul as his final 3 while Scheyer is also considering the Illini, along with others. … Don't be surprised if Webster's teammate at Seattle Prep, 6-10 junior Spencer Hawes, becomes one of the top big men in the nation. … Athens (Ala.) 6-8 senior power forward is no further along than he was a month or so ago in choosing between Alabama and North Carolina. In the past, the Crimson Tide were the clear-leader. Not any longer. Now the two are basically in a dead heat. … Syracuse-bound point guard Tiki Mayben stayed home for summer school. … A name to remember is Edmund Santa Fe (Okla.) 6-4 guard Obi Munelo. He's strong, gets to the basket, knocks down the outside shot and makes good decisions. He finished with 28 points against the SC Ravens. … Providence-bound 6-7 senior Jonathan Kale is a completely different player after playing pickup against Ryan Gomes a while back. Now he's more intense, vocal and is a terrific get for Tim Welsh and the Friars. … Woodside (Va.) 6-2 shooting guard Stefan Welsh can really shoot it from deep, but has to learn the definition of shot selection. … South Lakes (Va.) 6-4 shooting guard Ryan Scott is the son of former NBA player Dennis Scott, who lives in Atlanta and is in attendance for the tournament. … Also in attendance: Former Arizona wing Andre Iguodala, who was drafted by the 76ers and was watching his former team – the Illinois Warriors. … Houston Hoops forward Jermichael Finley is a 6-6 athlete who has played extremely well, but he's a bigger recruit on the gridiron as a wide receiver/tight end. According to his AAU coach Hal Pastner, Arizona is the current leader. … Denis Clemente went for 42 in the Miami Tropics loss to the DC Blue Devils. Clemente has already been offered by Arkansas. … Byron Eaton, who normally plays with the Dallas Mustangs, is suiting up for Team Texas – and is struggling with a new group of guys. … Jeremiah Rivers is much better than he is showing at the Peach Jam. The 6-4 junior wing is having trouble getting looks with Keith Brumbaugh and Walter Hodge on his team. … First it was UCLA 2007 commit Taylor King rounding back into form last week at the ABCD Camp. Now Nic Wise, an Arizona commit from the same class, has stepped up his game over the last couple days.

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