U of L targets shine at the Peach Jam

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Cardinal Authority spent all day Friday at the Peach Jam, evaluating and interviewing the University of Louisville basketball targets. Here are some insights:

Here are some insights from the Peach Jam on the University of Louisville targets:

Abdul Ado ('16): Had a chance to watch the 16s Georgia Stars and 2016 prospect Abdul Ado. The 6-foot-11 Ado is a great shot blocker with awesome timing. He's big-time on the defensive end and has some moves, just lacks confidence on offense. I had a great first impression and he said he wants to visit u of L in August.

Isaiah Briscoe: He's a winner and so, so, so very tough. In a win over CIA Bounce, Briscoe had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists. He was only 7 of 17 from the field, but hit a couple of late free throws to seal it. In an 81-77 win over E1T1, Briscoe helped the Playaz to a 15-point lead but fouled out and had to hold on. Briscoe finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in the big win. He's a kid who grows on you after watching him a few times. Plus, he's a big-time winner.

Antonio Blakeney: He continues to score. He had 21 in the loss to Playaz and then had 26 - 11 of 24 shooting - in a win over Athletes First and Trier. Blakeney is athletic, can stroke it and is just an all-around top player. He's a pro folks.

Stephen Zimmerman: The Big Zimm looked sharp and back to his old form on Friday. He was running the floor well, getting out into transition, even making a few nice passes. Zimmerman had eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots in a 10-point win over the Travelers. In a win over Howard Pulley, Zimmerman also had eight points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks. He talked up U of L and coach Pitino, noting the style was "a great fit." He will visit U of L on Sept. 26.

Allonzo Trier: Another super stud! Trier had two huge games on Friday. He had 59 points in two games on Friday at Peach Jam. He was 18 of 28 from the field and 19 of 23 from the line in two games. Not sure what player that Trier reminds me of, but if you like good-sized guards who can score from anywhere and are extremely athletic, well Trier is your guy. He had 24 and four rebounds in a loss to E1T1. He hit 12 of 18 and had 35 in a loss to Team CP3

Bryant Crawford: The guard from Team Takeover continues to score the ball. He had 23 in the morning against Team CP3 and then 10 and six assists in the night game - a win over CIA Bounce. Crawford isn't shooting it well from three-point range - 2-for-9 on the day - but he's getting it done in other ways for Team Takeover. Some coaches believe Louisville is the leader for the combo guard. The U of L staff will have some tough decisions to make.

Prince Ali: With two bum ankles and cramps in his leg, Ali still played 18 minutes and had six points, three rebounds and two assists in a win over Jackson Tigers. He then didn't play in a 63-62 loss to Texas Titans. Ali showed some grit in the morning game. He's a gamer and has big-time offensive skills.

Caleb Swanigan: He's a big=body kid and really has done a lot to become more athletic. He's super skilled and has huge hands, grabbing anything that's near him. In a loss to All-Ohio Red, Swanigan had 15 points and 15 rebound. He was just 6 of 14 from the field, but has nice form and touch and that will come around.

Malik Monk ('16): One of the better '16 prospects in the country, Monk said he's been hearing from the U of L staff. The Cardinals have had assistant coaches watch him twice. he had eight points in 21 minutes in a loss to the NY Lighting. Monk is going to have to do a better job on the boards - 2 in two games on the day - but overall he's a superb player.

Jamal Murray ('16): Remember the name. He's been so impressive for the CIA Bounce that I would expect a bunch of new interest. Murray had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals in the evening win over Athletes First on Thursday night and 18 points, six rebounds and three assists in a loss to Team Takeover on Friday.

Tyus Battle ('16): Battle made a recent visit to U of L and is drawing a crowd at Peach Jam. He had just seven points - foul trouble - in a loss to Mokan ELite and hit for 17 points and four rebounds in a win over Boo Williams. He's a super talented kid with tremendous upside.


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