Nike Peach Jam: EYBL Finals, Day 1

With college coaches into their second week of evaluation, the focus shifted from Indianapolis' Adidas Classic to North Augusta's Nike Peach Jam. After a successful inaugural summer "season" of Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), some of the best talent in the country converged for Day 1 of the league finals.

Drew Gooden Soldiers 17s

Josiah Turner – 6'3 PG, 2011 – With most of the Team USA 17s still en route from Germany, the stage was set for some new players to steal the day. Turner stepped his game up from the first whistle this morning at 9am, leading the Soldiers to two comfortable wins. Even though it's a bit of debate as to what kind of guard Turner is, I can answer it in one word: efficient. Turner finished his morning game with 17pts on 6-8 shooting (5-5 FT), 5 assists (though I think that may have been quite a bit low), and 5 rebounds.

Jabari Brown – 6'4 SG, 2011 – With Turner leading the way, Brown took a back seat early on and turned up his intensity when it was needed. When Brown gets even the slightest hint of an opening, he's a great shooter, but when he's left wide open (as he was through most of the day) he rarely misses from deep.

Mac Irvin Fire 17s

Sam Thompson – 6'6 WG, 2011 – The tall and lean Thompson is a tantalizing player. He's arguably one of the three or four most talented players in the event, but he's also one of the least consistent. What he does have, however, is a great set of tools (including absolutely outrageous athleticism) and a massive upside. If and when this young wing starts to play with fire, and maybe even a mean streak, there will be very few wings on his level.

St. Louis Eagles 17s

Ben McLemore – 6'5 SG, 2011 – With Brad Beal not returning until Tuesday from national team duty in Germany, the onus was on McLemore to pick up the scoring slack. He did just that by shooting at a high clip from long range and sprinkling in a few trips to the line. Despite McLemore's solid play, the Eagles only went 1-1 in the first day of play.

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