Peach Jam: Day One (Session 1)

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – The Nike Peach Jam tipped on Tuesday and Scout.com is attacking the event pool by pool. Our initial report highlights a pair of guys who turned average Nike Camp performances into high-scoring games in Pool A.

Tuesday's First Session: SYF Players, BABC, South Carolina Ravens, Illinois Warriors, New York Gauchos, New Jersey All-Stars

2006 CHECKLIST

Edgar Sosa, PG, Gauchos: SYF had no answer for him in the second half. Sosa lit it up for 28 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist (unofficially, as if anything is official in AAU ball anyway!). Sosa took 23 shots and made just one perimeter shot. However, he was more than anyone could handle off the drive and in transition. Simply put: he made plays.

Anthony Gurley, SG, BABC: By his standards, Nike Camp had to be at best average. On Tuesday, he was anything but. We credited him with 36 points on 11-for-21 from the field and 4-for-10 from downtown. Like Sosa in the game before him, no one could make it difficult on him. With his future college coach sitting courtside, Gurley went off for a big number.

Jon Scheyer, SG: His team won big against the Ravens and Scheyer certainly had his moments, though this wasn't, by his standards, much of a shooting exhibition. Finishing with 16 points on 4-of-14 from the floor, Scheyer looked best when he was creating chances for others. He zipped an assist to Manuel Cass in the first half that looked pretty special; he had 4 assists in the game.

Lance Thomas, PF, NJ All-Stars: Our final tally had Lance with 15 points and 9 rebounds. This is an important event for him because the word out of camp last week was that he struggled. This is a good prospect and the coaches think so too. To that end, most would like to see him get comfortable as a power forward and play with the ruggedness and toughness – along with the athleticism and skill – that he used to make a name for himself. His best moments have come as a power forward and that's the spot he can impact most from.

2007 CHECKLIST

Michael Holmes, PF: His 22 points were key in the Ravens even keeping it close. He scored it in a variety of different ways including tips, mid-range jumpers and stickbacks. Holmes was a beast on the glass and tough inside. His shining moment was on a hustle play when a kid thought he had an open layup but Holmes took care of that.

NEWS & NOTES

Purdue head coach Matt Painter was in the stands watching Manuel Cass and Billy Cole (2007). … We're speculating a bit but coaches from South Carolina, Clemson, UNC, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and St. John's took in a game in which Lashay Page, Michael Holmes and Laron Dendy participated in. … Jeff Ryan of the Illinois Warriors drew Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings, West Virginia's John Beilein and Stanford's Trent Johnson. …

2007 forward Robbie Hummel was watched by Painter, Homer Drew, Beilein, Chris Mooney of Richmond, Bruce Weber and N.C. State's Herb Sendek. …

UConn coach Jim Calhoun and assistant Tom Moore were courtside with Curtis Kelly. … Brian Zoubek is not here with the NJ All-Stars. He recently rolled his ankle badly and hopes to be back by the AAU Nationals later this month. …

Scanning the crowd for Lance Thomas we saw Duke, Villanova, UNC, Arizona (head coach), Georgia Tech (head coach), Wake Forest, UConn and Virginia (head coach). …

Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon was front and center watching Gilbert Brown. …

SCOUT'S SEAT

Manuel Cass had 19 for the Illinois Warriors and is a bouncy power forward that should be a mid-major priority. … Andrew Ott had by far the best game we've seen him put together. He drilled shot after shot on the perimeter. …

WHAT WE DIDN'T SEE

"The Word" around the gym was that Tywon Lawson dropped a 40-spot in his first game at the Peach. At one point, the phone rang and he 23 of his team's 53 points. WOW! … Boo Williams won in a laugher prompting the following statement from an assistant coach: "Duke Crews is a beast.

QUOTABLE

"Boo Williams second team would make the Final Four here. They're a joke! – anonymous Division I assistant


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