Peach Jam Day Two: Evening Report

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – With a nasty storm pounding the roof above the courts and heavy rolls of thunder shaking the gym, the Nike EYBL Finals continued into the evening of Day 2.

Alex Poythress - 2012 SF, Georgia Stars - While not really a player on Kansas fans radars, Poythress' assault on the rims deserves a mention. His dunks were a fitting start to the night, matching intensity with the thunder overhead. Poythress is a big-time athlete that All Ohio Red just had no answer for all night.

Tony Parker - 2012 C, Georgia Stars - The big man had his way with Kenny Kaminski and All Ohio, providing rebounding and shot-blocking while Poythress provided the offense. Parker has a big, soft set of hands to go with really long arms, making him play much taller than his listed 6'9. When he gets to a college weight program, he's going to turn into a real force on that level.

Adam Woodbury - 2012 C, All Iowa Attack - the tall center continues his breakout summer with solid play in each game. Even though he is still a mostly beneath-the-rim player, he consistently gets the ball up to the glass before shot-blockers have a chance to react. He can go over both of his shoulders with little baby hooks and even showed a willingness to use power moves down low against the Mac Irvin Fire.

Jabari Parker - 2013 SF, Mac Irvin Fire - By my estimate, Parker is the best prospect and player in the tournament. His team struggled a bit in the first half with All Iowa Attack, but Parker's steady play never let them get too far behind. He found the open shooter all night, and continues to show much-improved shooting mechanics in his own right. He also did a very nice job defending the 6'11 Woodbury in the post, despite being at a significant height disadvantage.

Word Around The Gym Was...

...that 2012 PF Brandon Ashley is going to be tough to get off the West Coast. Arizona, Washington, and Kentucky (along with many, many others) were front and center for his games.

...that 2013 PF Aaron Gordon says Washington and Arizona are co-leaders, but he hinted that Washington could be ever-so-slightly favored.

...that Washington is currently thought to lead for 2013 star Jabari Parker.

...that L.J. Rose is down to Texas and UCLA, with plenty of people giving opinions on why one or the other leads. More people told me they were hearing Texas, but it wasn't exactly a scientific poll.

Go-To Moves

2013 BABC center Nerlens Noel's shot-blocking ability. He got credited officially with 12, but I'm not even sure that's accurate. He's far and away the best shot-blocker in the country and has been doing nothing but swatting shots in every single game. He now has (officially) 27 total through 4 games.


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