Peach Jam Day Three: Evening Report

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Pool play is over, only the best remain. Win and move on, lose and go home. The Nike EYBL Quarterfinals are done, leaving only the Georgia Stars, Memphis YOMCA, BABC, and the Oakland Soldiers standing.

2012 Prospects

Dominic Artis - PG, Oakland Soldiers - Arguably the most impressive player on the night, the diminutive lead guard dominated the NJ Playaz. At only 5'10, it was impressive to see Artis use his significant leaping ability to sky for boards and hang in the air for acrobatic layups. The Playaz had no idea how to keep Artis out of the lane, and were equally inept at keeping him from draining threes. The rumors around the gym seem to have Artis ending up at UCLA, and it would seem to be a great pickup for Ben Howland.

Kyle Anderson - PG, NJ Playaz - "Slo-Mo", as he's called by everyone, really has an interesting and unique game. He's certainly not the most athletic or talented player in the gym, but he's sees the floor well and utilizes mismatches better than anyone on the circuit. At 6'7, it's safe to say he'll spend some time in the paint and he has plenty of spins and post moves to be effective down there at the next level. He uses pump fakes well in the perimeter and never appears out of control, so it's certainly plausible that a coach will use him at the point some too.

Brandon Ashley - PF, Oakland Soldiers - Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Washington, and a slew of others have tracked his every move and Ashley hasn't disappointed. He's definitely improved his body since last summer, using his improved strength to seal off his man on the post more often than not. His spin moves and hooks are progressing, though he still does attempt to dribble the ball a time or two too many down low - but that's nitpicking the elite forward. He's a top-tier talent and has put up the production this week to back that up.

2013 Prospects

Aaron Gordon - PF, Oakland Soldiers - While he's still limited mainly to dunks and spot-up shots, it's clear that Gordon is going to be one of the elite prospects in his class. He's a very gifted athlete with an excellent frame that should hold weight well. His dunks and highlights will generate the discussion across the web, but his rebounding deserves mention. He sees the ball really well off the rim and really attacks with both hands, something that isn't easy to teach to young kids. The same schools tracking his teammate Ashley are tracking him as well.

Nerlens Noel - C, BABC - The big man was at it again in the quarterfinals, making it a nightmare for Team Takeover forwards Jerami Grant and Beejay Anya to score inside. Noel's shot-blocking is one of the truly elite skills in the country right now, regardless of class. He was a force inside helping BABC blow out Takeover, who came into the event as the favorites with a 15-0 record in EYBL summer play.


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