Peach Jam: Friday Observations

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Nike Peach Jam is one of the top events on the AAU circuit, and the Wolfpack coaches were on hand to watch several targets participating in the event. Here are some thoughts and observations from Friday's action.

2013 PF/C Moses Kingsley -- Kingsley really asserted himself around the rim on both ends of the court for the Arkansas Wings. He had rather impressive blocks and finishes around the rims.

Some of his blocks were jaw dropping, and the way he gets off his feet so quickly is something that you just can't teach. He has a body that almost already ready for college as well. He plays hard and pursues everything.

He has a little ways to go on offense, as he gets lost in the flow sometimes, but at that level, that's almost expected of a big man.

Kingsley says N.C. State is one of his main four, and he could visit the Wolfpack in August.

2013 F Reggie Cameron -- At 6-foot-8, Cameron is a combo-forward with a feathery touch from deep. His shooting stroke is hard to contain, and he also possesses the ability to go inside.

Though, he didn't play as well in the night session as in his big game in the morning, he still was able to show why he is who he is.

He's not the most fluid of athletes, but while playing with the N.J. Playaz, he simply showed that he could be a match-up nightmare, as evidenced by his 21-point, 5-rebound outing against Team United.

2014 PG Shelton Mitchell -- N.C. State dropped in on the 6-foot-3 North Carolina native to check him out, and Mitchell is a true point guard that is very heady. His basketball IQ is off the charts.

He's only a 2014 kid playing with the CP3 16s, but he possesses the ability and savvy to play up if he wanted to. Mitchell continues to make a buzz about himself, and even though his team went 1-1 on the day, he still was sensational at times.

He doesn't have an N.C. State offer just yet, but he has been on campus, and the coaches were at his games to evaluate. Could an offer be coming?

2013 G Xavier Rathan-Mayes --
The 2013 guard has come along way.

In the game of the day that featured two of the best AAU teams in the country, he had a huge impact in stretches. His team, CIA Bounce, fueled by the nation's best player, Andrew Wiggins, knocked off the Texas Titans in overtime by 1.

Rathan-Mayes played solid defense, and he knocked down some big-time shots. He was burying deep 3-pointers with defenders draped all over him. He falls in love with the jumpshot a bit, but you have to like how he can step back and bury shots that he can create for himself.

To have that type of impact in front of almost every major college coach in America is a way to see your recruitment sore.

2013 PF Julius Randle -- A physical specimen that is just absurdly gifted, Randle went right at Wiggins, and Wiggins took the challenge of guarding Randle all game.

Randle and his chiseled frame played passive (literally) in the first half, as he had the ball in his hand almost every possession but impacted the game without taking a shot. At 6-8, he was driving the lane and kicking the ball to teammates. He finally just got ticked off and was just pounding on Wiggins while driving, pushing and fighting him all the way to the rim before finishing with power. It was almost impossible to imagine anyone stopping him.

It kind of reminds you of how LeBron James overpowers his opponents when driving, just doing anything he wants.

A well-rounded player and a superb athlete, but even with his advanced passing skills, you don't want to see a player of Randle's magnitude not attempt a shot in the first half.

Randle's recruitment will come down to the heavy hitters at the end but expect to see N.C. State run the complete race here and be in it at the end.

Additional Peach Jam Notes
Peach Jam Day Three Notes (Brian Snow)

Moses Kingsley, C, Arkansas Wings – While Kingsley is still a little rough around the edges on the offensive end, he can change the game on defense. He was credited with eight blocks in a win over Bluff City, and completely took away the rim on defense. Also he rebounds well and has a decent tough around the basket. As he gets stronger it is scary to think of what his upside can be.

Anthony Barber, PG, Boo Williams – Barber is definitely better in a camp type setting which is more free flowing and up and down, but still even in structure the talent is clearly able to shine through. He can get to the rim virtually at will, and now he is a respectable, if not solid three point shooter. His decision making at times can need work, but the physical tools are simply through the roof, and once again Barber put his team on his back and kept them in the game.

Julius Randle, PF, Texas Titans – There is only so much that can be said about Randle. In the morning game he wasn't at his best, yet he still dominated the action. Randle was a beast down low, virtually played volleyball on the glass, and then blocked shots, handled the ball, and drove his man from the perimeter at will. When he has his mind set on dominating, there just isn't much that can be done to stop him.

Kameron Williams, SG, Baltimore Elite – At the end of the day he just flat out gets buckets. Williams is a knockdown shooter from deep, and then also has a little game to him off the bounce. A better athlete than advertised, Williams finishes above the rim, but will struggle in traffic due to a lack of physical strength. Still at the end of the day he always going to put points on the board, and usually he does it in an efficient manner.

E.C. Matthews ran off a long list of Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Iowa, Arizona, Indiana, Oregon, UNLV, North Carolina State, Xavier, Georgetown, Memphis, Dayton, and USC.

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