Peach Jam: Day One (Session Two)

Without Kevin Durant in attendance, it was the backcourt duo of Tywon Lawson and Jerome Dyson that got it done for the D.C. Blue Devils on the first night of action at the Peach Jam. Leonard Washington put some work in as well.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Without Kevin Durant in attendance, it was the backcourt duo of Tywon Lawson and Jerome Dyson that got it done for the D.C. Blue Devils on the first night of action at the Peach Jam. Teams Seen in Pool C - D.C. Blue Devils, Miami Tropics, Friends of Hoop, Metro Hawks, Louisiana Select, Team Texas


Jason Bennett, C – The word was that the Florida big man played well in the morning, but he was non-existent at night, fouling out in about a half-dozen minutes of action without scoring a single point. Cincinnati and Miami remain the co-leaders for a guy that remains inconsistent from game to game.

Josue Soto, PG – Bennett's running mate started off slow in his head-to-head matchup against fellow future ACC floor leader, Tywon Lawson, but he came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half. Soto finished with 22 at night – and had 37 in the morning session.

Jerome Dyson, SG – The Proctor Academy (N.H.) shooting guard, who played well at Nike Camp last week, finished with 15 points while teaming with Lawson in the backcourt. Dyson didn't force the action and it was clear that he's still trying to get acclimated with his new ‘mates.

Lance Thomas, F – After a sub-par showing in New Jersey last week, arguably the hardest-working player in the Class of 2006 is back to himself, outworking opponents and dominating inside of 15 feet. Thomas, whose playing with the New Jersey All-Stars this week, scored 27 points against the Gauchos in the night session.

Tywon Lawson, PG – It appeared as though his 40-point game earlier in the day would be a benchmark for the afternoon after the UNC-bound floor leader came out knocking down his first four shots (including a trio of trifectas) early in the game against Josue Soto and the Miami Tropics, but Lawson slowed down and didn't connect on another shot from long range and finished with 19.

Spencer Hawes, C – The Seattle big man could never got into the flow and was held scoreless until late in the game when the outcome was already in hand. Hawes picked up a couple of early fouls and finished with 6 points in a victory against Louisiana Select.

Earnest Williams, SG-SF – Doesn't get a lot of pub playing alongside Spencer Hawes, but he was impressive – connecting on three trifectas and also using his athleticism to get to the basket and finish.


Leonard Washington, F – People will question his potential down the road, but this is a kid who always gets it done at this level – and should be a heck of a college player. His combination of quickness, strength and ability to seemingly always play hard is a tough matchup for any opponent. You can almost always count on the 6-6 power forward to take at least a few charges in every game.

Orin Chin, F – The Dr. Krop (Fla.) forward was the Miami Tropics best player. He did some work in the paint and also stepped outside and displayed the ability to score from long range.

Papa Dia, PF – The Senegal native who played sparingly at South Kent (Conn.) last season is the best prospect on a decimated Team Texas squad. Dia blocks shots, runs the court well and the 6-9 big man can also step out and shoot it from the perimeter.


Jerome Dyson has picked up offers from Maryland and Boston College since Nike Camp. Dyson said the Terps and Eagles are in the mix, along with UConn, Providence, Notre Dame, Miami and N.C. State. … New Jersey All-Stars rising junior shooting guard Jeff Jones has offers from N.C. State and Virginia. … It's too bad that South Kent (Conn.) teammates Dragolav Papic (2007) and Uros Apic (2008) aren't allowed to play in the event. Papic, a 6-8 rising junior, is arguably the best pure shooter in any gym in North Augusta. He said they aren't allowed to play because they haven't spent a year playing in the U.S. yet. … Leonard Washington's co-leaders are Georgia Tech and Texas. … Friends of Hoop's Ryan Anderson has been labeled as a shooter, but he's also got good court vision. … Metro Hawks forward Jonathan Mitchell is down to five, but one is clearly in the lead: Marquette. Mitchell also lists Georgia Tech, Georgia, Virginia and Villanova. … Papa Dia said that St. Joseph's, Virginia Tech and TCU have expressed interest.

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