Action begins on Friday in Aiken, South Carolina where the 2008 Peach State Showcase kicks off. The first year of the event, teams in three divisions battle to take home the tournament titles. Play begins Friday afternoon at 1:00 and the championship games are slated for Sunday afternoon. Games will be played at the USC-Aiken Convocation Center, located on the campus of USC-Aiken, Aiken Technical College, and several local high schools. Click here for a list of locations, and click here for the tournament schedule.
The Nike Peach Jam Invitational will once again play host to the nation's top high school basketball talent at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, SC. Known as one of the most prestigious tournaments, the Nike Peach Jam will include the elite 24 Nike travel teams, as well as a 16-and-under division of premier teams. The format will continue to provide an exciting basketball format for the hundreds of Division I college coaches and members of the media to scout the top athletes. Games begin July 12th and the championship games are held on July 17th.
Pack Pride will have extensive coverage of the events, starting Friday afternoon and running through Sunday. Stay tuned for exclusive photos, video highlights, scouting reports, player interviews, and much, much more!
2008 Peach State Summer Showcase
C.J. Leslie, F, World Wide Black: NC STATE 2010 VERBAL - Leslie returns to action this weekend with World Wide Black and expect him to be one of the focal points of the offense. The talented combo forward has had a big spring, and finds himself a five-star prospect regarded as one of the top 15 players in the 2010 class.
NC State has landed a gem in Leslie, and he'll be the key cog for World Wide Black's offensive attack at the Peach State.
Ryan Harrow, PG, Lou Will Elite 16s: NC STATE 2010 VERBAL - The Wolfpack's latest commitment, Harrow is a 6'0 point guard that has a high basketball IQ, keeps his teammates involved, makes open shots, and can often dazzle fans with his play. When he plays with the 16's, his role is to score, score and pass, but when he plays up with the 17's he serves primarily as the distributor. This weekend he'll have the green light as the Lou Will 16's have a great chance at winning their division.
Lorenzo Brown, G, Lou Will Elite 17s: After a week off to attend some summer school courses, Brown will be back in action this weekend. The four-star and top-30 prospect is capable of playing shooting guard or point guard, but he'll be running the show here. NC State has a big lead for his services, and a decision could come in the next couple of months.
Matt Wilson, C, United Celtics 17s: The local product from Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft has turned some heads this spring and July is a big month for him. At nearly 7-feet tall and 230 pounds, he has the size you're looking for and is an athletic, fluid athlete. Now he's starting to put it together on the hardwood. With college coaches watching, this is a pivotal weekend for Wilson. NC State, South Carolina, Davidson, and UNC-Wilmington are already heavily involved.
Richard Howell, F, World Wide Orange: A rugged power forward, Howell continues to showcase his talents each week for World Wide Orange. He already holds several offers, and he is receiving some interest from the Wolfpack. The 6-foot-8 four-star prospect is a strong rebounder, can score on the block, plays hard, and does a lot of the little things.
Melvin Tabb, F, Carolina Raptors Select: One of the top in-state players in the 2010 class, Raleigh's Melvin Tabb followed up a strong Nike Hoop Jamboree with a solid showing at the Adidas Take 5Five Classic. Like Leslie, the 6'8 forward is capable of playing the '3' and '4' positions, but at this time he's better suited to play power forward. As his game expands, he could develop into a true wing. Tabb is receiving interest from NC State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Florida among others. He'll have a chance to show what he can do this weekend against the big boys as his 16-under team will actually be playing in the 17-under division.
Bishop Daniels, G, Carolina Raptors Select: Just a rising sophomore, Daniels might be the top 2011 player in the state of North Carolina. Hailing from Raleigh, he'll be playing at Word of God this year to form a dynamic backcourt with John Wall. An explosive athlete, Daniels is known for his jumping ability, but he also flashes a solid jumper and mid-range game. He's on the radar of several teams, including NC State as he attended the Wolfpack's Elite Camp in June.
Bernard Sullivan, F, United Celtics 15s: Also a 2011 product, Sullivan had an injury that sidelined him for much of his freshman season at Charlotte (NC) North Mecklenburg. He'll be looking to showcase his skills at the Peach State. The 6'8 forward is talented and plays with a lot of intensity.
Nike Peach Jam Invitational
John Wall, PG, South Carolina Ravens: Wall is expected to play with the Ravens, although it is not his normal team. However, the connections with Nike will have him at the Peach Jam, as he was also at the recent LeBron James Skills Academy. The top point guard in the country, Wall is considering Oregon, Baylor, Oklahoma State, NC State, Kentucky, and Kansas among others.
Tristan Spurlock, F, Boo Williams: Not much has been written on Spurlock recently, so we'll be trying to get up with him for an update. A skilled forward, he can hit the deep jumper or take defenders off the dribble. Spurlock is also a sound defender and strong rebounder. He's one of the top players in the country and is considering Georgetown, Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson and NC State among others.