Peach Jam: Louisville checks out top targets

AUGUSTA, Ga. - University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and two assistants spent the day at the Peach Jam, evaluating some of the top targets left on the board for the Cardinals. Here's a closer look at those targets and their performances.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and two assistant coaches - Kenny Johnson and Wyking Jones - spent Thursday at the Nike Peach Jam in Augusta, Ga.

Pitino and Johnson also made a stop at the Nike Peach State across town.

Here's a closer look at the targets the U of L staff checked in on during the Peach Jam:

ALLONZO TRIER: Just love the way he plays the game, on both ends of the floor. He has the mentality on offense that he can score anytime he wants - and normally he does it. He can finish above the rim and also showed a nice mid-range jumper on this day. He had 26 points in 26 minutes in the morning game in a win over Team Takeover. His team lost the night game to CIA Bounce but he had another stellar effort. Have heard Arizona was in the lead but he says he's open and there are plenty of school in line.

ANTONIO BLAKENEY: He's a pro folks. His game is so smooth and he still has some improving that he can do. He reminds me of former UK player Tony Delk and the style that he played when he was in college. Blakeney can make the outside bucket and can also get to the rim. He's a better athlete than most give him credit for. There's a lot of chatter about Blakeney and he's living up to the billing. He didn't shoot it well and had just 13 in front of coach Pitino but is still a winner and helped his team to a narrow win.

ISAIAH BRISCOE: Briscoe is one of the toughest dudes you will find on the AAU circuit this season. He gets into the lane, is tough to guard and always seems to finish even with contact. Briscoe had 22 in the morning game and with Pitino watching in the evening was 17 of 20 from the line and hit for 33 points. Briscoe will visit U of L next month and is an intriguing prospect. He doesn't shoot it well - more than anything a lack of confidence - but makes up for it with his toughness and ability to get to the line. He was 20 of 25 on the day and is one of the top five scorers in the EYBL league.

PRINCE ALI: Offensively, he's super skilled. He can score it a number of ways, including from outside. Ali is smooth, runs the floor well and is great in transition - with or without the ball in his hands. While his team lost by 20 and 30 on the day, Ali had 20 and eight rebounds in the morning and 12 and six in the evening session - in front of Pitino. He's interesting because he's so good on offense.

BRYANT CRAWFORD: Another solid guard, Crawford started the day with 29 points on 13 of 21 shooting in a loss to Athletes First and Trier. Crawford didn't hit a three in that game but nailed one and had 12 in a night loss to Playaz and Briscoe. Like I said, Crawford is solid but needs to be more assertive and I'd like to see a more consistent stroke. He's one I want to watch again a couple of times tomorrow.

STEPHEN ZIMMERMAN: One of the best big guys in the country, Big Zimm had a double-double with 10 and 10 and four blocks in a loss to Houston Hoops and then added seven points, nine rebounds and four blocks in a loss to Mac Irvin Fire. Zimmerman is just 6 of 19 from the field in the first two games, but he's still one of the elite prospects out there. He's versatile, sees the floor as well as any big man around and just gets it done on both ends.

CALEB SWANIGAN: Not sure in the end that the Cardinals will need to try and get Swanigan, but they are in the mix and Kenny Johnson doing a great job. Swanigan is in much better shape and really dominated in the game I saw. He even hit buzzer-beating three-point shots at the end of regulation and the end of overtime against Team Scan, only to lose in 2OT. He's a Zach Randolph-type player with more quickness. He's going to be a load in college.

MALINK MONK ('16): One of the top juniors in the class, Monk was watched by Kenny Johnson during one game and had 34 in the two games on the day. He's a super athlete and well-rounded player. He was just 1 of 7 in the night game from three but had five steals and four assists.

TYUS BATTLE ('16): Wow! He has improved so much since the last time I saw him. Finished with 17 in the morning and had 16 in a double OT win over Spiece Indy Heat. Battle is so fast from end-line to end-line, plus he's smart and really has a high basketball IQ. He's a keeper.


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