Cain & Juiston came up big at Peach Jam

Elijah Cain and Shakur Juiston were a big part of the New Jersey Playaz run to the Peach Jam crown. Who is recruiting the talented duo?

Isaiah Briscoe received majority of the ink during the New Jersey Playaz run through Peach Jam, but without Shakur Juiston and Elijah Cain a championship at Nike’s most prestigious grassroots event wouldn’t have been possible.

Juiston, a 6-foot-7 power forward, played with effort and energy on both ends of the floor. He was active on the glass and used his athleticism to impact the game.

“Shakur might be the best athlete on my team,” New Jersey Playaz team director Jimmy Salmon told “He was measured at 6-7 and he has a 7-feet-1 wingspan. He’s a great defender and believes that every rebound is his and he’s tough as nails.”

“He’s done that all year,” Salmon added. “He’s quietly been our unsung hero because he always plays the tougher post player at 6-7. He’s the reverse from the norm. In high school he’s a three man on his team. For us he’s a four. He’s as gritty as they come. He’s total glue guy for us.”

Juiston currently has interest from MAC schools, plus St. Peters, Fairleigh Dickinson and Long Island University. Those three have offered him a scholarship. Juiston hasn yet to take a college visit.

While Juiston impacted things for the Playaz on the interior, it was Cain who helped them on the perimeter.

“I thought the Peach Jam was his best event of the year,” Salmon said. “He can play three spots on the perimeter and he always plays the toughest perimeter player on the other team.”

Cain went for 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the championship win over Team Penny.

According to Salmon, Cain has a top three of Memphis, LaSalle and Delaware. Cain has taken unofficial visits to all three.

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