A look at how the Louisville basketball prospects at the Nike Peach Jam performed during the first evaluation period

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The University of Louisville basketball staff had at least one coach - many times two - at the Nike Peach Jam all week during the first evaluation period. Cardinal Authority takes a look at the Louisville prospects in the event and how they performed.

The Nike Peach Jam is always one of the biggest events in July.

The University of Louisville basketball coaches spent more time at the event that at any other with Rick Pitino, Kenny Johnson and David Padgett all evaluating prospects in the event.

Pitino and Johnson spent almost two entire days at the Peach Jam.

Here's a look at the U of L targets at the Peach Jam and how they performed:

Brandon Randolph: The top Louisville target at the Nike Peach Jam helped the PSA Cardinals to a runner-up finish. He had 77 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals in six games. He was so good in two games and in two others that I saw was still solid but disappeared for a few minutes here and there. His team is loaded so it's hard for all of them to have a good game every time out. He's a keeper folks and way up near the top of the board for the Louisville staff.

Brandon Slater: He played for Team Takeover 16s and he was sensational for the Peach Jam 16s event. Slater helped Takeover to the semifinals and averaged 11.5 points, six rebounds and four steals a game. He's one of the top '18 targets for the Cardinals and a solid player.

R.J. Barrett: He's the No. 1 player in the '19 class and was so good for UPlay Canada in the 16s. They lost in the title game and Barrett averaged 22.2 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. He's one of the best players we've seen all year and the Cardinals will try to land him in '19.

Darius Garland: The 2018 point guard from the St. Louis Eagles just gets better and better all the time. He's starting to get stronger and has put on a little weight, making him even better. Going to remain a top target for 18 class.

Devontae Shuler: A nice surprise, and a player a lot better than I expected. The Oak Hill guard averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds a game for Team CP3 but had 17 steals in six games. He's a defensive standout. He's down the line but I would imagine the staff keeps on him.

Simi Shittu: The 6-foot-10 prospect from the Class of 2018 is very talented; averaged 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds for CIA Bounce. He had 14 points and 14 rebounds against the Playaz. Pitino saw him one time and several assistants watched him. He's a guy on the '18 board that Louisville could start to seriously pursue.

Chaundee Brown: Had 110 points and 22 rebounds in five games for Nike South Beach. He's a very strong, physical wing prospect who can get to the rim any time he wants; he has a body ready for the college game right now.

D.J. Harvey: Harvey hit 21 of 45 from the field, including 4 of 18 three-pointers, and averaged 10 points a game for the 2-3 Takeover team. He did average 6.2 rebounds but also 2.5 turnovers a game in Peach. He was up and down and the three games Rick Pitino saw were down.

Luka Garza: The power forward averaged 9.4 points a game and hit 45 percent from the field, but was just 4-for-12 from three-point range. He had two double-digit rebounding games but didn't play well at all with Rick Pitino watching. He's slipped down the board.

Quade Green: Best point guard in the event? Helped his team to the title game with Randolph but I don't think he's on the Louisville board moving forward. Still mentioning the Cardinals.

Brandon McCoy: The 7-foot center didn't attend the Peach Jam with his California Supreme team. Expected to narrow his list in the next few weeks and Louisville is still in the mix.


The EYBL teams that didn't make the Peach Jam played in the Peach Invitational:

Alex O'Connell: The athletic shooting guard was sensational in the three games he was evaluated by Cardinal Authority, scoring from three-point range, pull-up jumpers and several athletic dunks. He earned an offer from Louisville and is a major target for the staff.

Lance Thomas: He's made more improvement than anyone we saw this week - from the spring. He can handle it, has great passing skills and can score from anywhere on the floor - and he's 6-10. Pitino was intrigued enough to offer and we love the kid.

Collin Sexton: One of the best PGs in the class but his recruitment is all over the place. I'd say the staff will focus on the other PGs they are recruiting in the class.

Matt Coleman: The point guard for Boo Williams had a really good week; he averaged double figures and also around six assists a game. Coleman is likely to be an official visit guy for the Cardinals and is a top target at PG.

Ikey Obiagu: I'd say he's probably off the board now; very solid on defense just way behind on offense. Perhaps not as much upside as some of the other post player targets on the board.

Also, I did not include Balsa Koprivica and Vernon Carey - both have Louisville offers - because we only saw one game but they helped Nike Team Florida win the 15s title. Both are top 10 players in the '19 class.

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