KU Targets Watch: Peach Jam

The Peach Jam was an important event for the KU coaching staff, as evidenced by the fact that Bill Self himself attended the event for multiple days. And for good reason: Some of the 'Hawks' top targets were in attendance, and there also were some big-time underclassmen to remember for the future.

Senior Prospects

Kyle Singler, 6-9 WF/PF, Medford (Ore.) South -- After the summer, it's going to be tough to exclude Singler from the Scout.com top 10. Singler's skills and intelligence both are at the elite level, and considering that he's 6-9 and a solid athlete, it's tough to heap anything but praise upon him. He sees the court very well in a variety of situations, and he has a full understanding of when to sit down in the post, look for his jump shot or merely play the role of assist-man on the perimeter. He's also a tough rebounder and hard worker on defense, though it is true that the best athletes can beat him off the dribble on the perimeter.

Derrick Rose, 6-3 PG, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon -- Teaming with top-10 Eric Gordon in the MeanStreets backcourt, Rose took turns playing the starring role. Where Gordon was more consistent and a bigger factor as a scorer, Rose picked his spots as offensive dominator, but anytime he pressed the gas to look for his own, he almost always made something positive happen. Taking that into account, it's even more impressive that he prefers to share the ball and let his points happen (or not happen) naturally. His stock took a mini-hit after he suffered an ankle injury prior to the expected showdown against O.J. Mayo at the ABCD Camp, but after leading MeanStreets to a championship at the Peach Jam, the chirping from the gallery has again gone quiet. His combination of size and incredible quickness put him on a par with the best point guard prospects of recent years, though some still will wait until he shows more of a killer instinct before bestowing him with that honor.

James Anderson, 6-6 WF, Junction City (Ark.) High -- Anderson showed why he has become one of the hottest prospects in the Class of 2007. Though he did not get a lot of support from his Arkansas Wings teammates, Anderson impressed many more coaching staffs than just that of KU, showcasing his easy athletic ability and skilled scoring moves off the dribble. Anderson's jump shot was inconsistent and his attempt to emerge as a serious contender for the McDonald's All-American Game may suffer as a result, but that won't cause anyone to back off. The key for Anderson was to prove he was more than a "shoe camp specialist" who could thrive in individual settings such as Nike Camp and the NBA Camp, and he clearly passed the test.

Junior Prospects

Scott Suggs, 6-6 SG, Washington (Mo.) High -- The St. Louis Eagles have a terrific 16-under unit that already is drawing high-major coaches from both coasts -- not to mention the Midwest -- and Suggs may be the club's best prospect. He's thin now and should add weight with time, but even though he gets pushed around at times he's already a legitimate weapon. He has smooth athleticism and a jump shot that looks fine to at least medium-range. He's tall for a college wing, too, and he has great potential as a man-to-man defender. He has Big 12 talent and likely will continue to draw looks from the 'Hawks.

John Brandenburg, 6-10 C, St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet -- Also with the Eagles, Brandenburg doesn't always put up great numbers because of the team's depth. Still, just watching him run the court and get to loose balls with his solid reaction time, he projects as a top 100 talent and probably better. He scores inside with a soft shooting touch, and he's already a decent passer out of the post.

JaMychal Green, 6-8 PF, Montgomery (Ala.) St. Jude -- It's unclear as of now whether Green has the kind of talent that would make him an impact player for a program as strong as KU, but he's definitely a high-major in the Class of 2008. He's a big-time athlete who gets up and down the court with speed. How quickly he can add consistent offense will determine what sort of offers he ultimately gets.

Nick Williams, 6-4 SG, Mobile (Ala.) LeFlore -- Playing with the 17-under Alabama Lasers, Williams is difficult to evaluate because his team was overmatched. Playing in the most murderous pool at the event by far, the Lasers were something of a tackling dummy for the best teams. The Lasers finished 1-4 and were outscored by more than 70 points during their five games (and that includes the lone win). Not surprisingly, Williams pressed and had difficulty getting comfortable with his team, so his play wasn't impressive. He has shown more promise in the past, and in situations when his team maintains competitive contact, he typically fares much better.

Murphy Holloway, 6-6 PF, Irmo (SC) Dutch Fork -- Looking at Holloway, a person might think he was a wing player. He's slender and very athletic, and defensively he actually might do OK defending other three-men. However, he's at his best working inside. Holloway hits the glass hard and gets his points on a lot of putbacks and dunks in transition, and no one in the Class of 2008 has played any harder over the past few months. The farther he gets from the basket, the more he tends to blend in. He figures to be a good athlete and competitor for a high-major school, understanding that an elite program would have to compensate for his lack of scoring elsewhere in the lineup.


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