Peach Jam News, Evaluations, Day 1

Day one of the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam was full of intense play, and the players who stood out the most was Kyle Anderson, with Brandon Ashley and William Goodwin also having good days...

Kyle Anderson, SF/PG/PF, New Jersey Playaz – There might not have been an overall more productive player on the day than Anderson. He scored the ball when needed, got everyone involved, and rebounded at a high level as well. His feel for the game is at the highest level, and as the best player on the team his unselfishness makes everyone better. Anderson willed his team to a big opening victory nearly recording a triple-double, and in the process had to silence any doubters that were remaining.

William Goodwin, PF, Memphis YOMCA – The bruising power forward was a complete monster on day one. In his morning game, Goodwin was perfect from the field and controlled the glass. His energy and toughness down low helped YOMCA rally from a potential upset loss. Goodwin is one of the biggest and most mobile people on the circuit, and he put it to work to the tune of 14 points and nine rebounds on only four total shot attempts. That right there is high level efficiency.

L.J. Rose, PG, Houston Hoops – If you glance a stat sheet you'll see that Rose scored zero points in the Hoops win. But upon a second glance you'll notice he tossed out 11 assists and turned it over just once. A bigger, more physical type lead guard, Rose has terrific vision and puts the ball in the right place for his teammates. He's not the scorer he was when he was younger, but his passing and ability to set up guys continues to improve.

Brandon Ashley, PF, Oakland Soldiers – Any time the Soldiers needed a bucket they got it into Ashley's hands. Up against the best post prospect in the 2013 class, Ashley didn't back down. In fact the top 10 prospect in 2012 showed off his array of offensive skills. His confidence on the offensive end is high and he's really developed his ability to score with his back to the basket and facing it. He finished 8-for-12 from the field, scoring 19 points and grabbing six boards.

Jarnell Stokes, PF/C, Memphis YOMCA – Stokes wasn't quite as dominant or active as Goodwin, especially on the glass, but he was very impressive. He didn't miss a field goal attempt, and showed that he is an excellent passer. Stokes has good hands and corralled everything that came his way. He just unfortunately he didn't get a ton of touches.

Jordan Bell, PF, Cal Supreme – He is an inch or so undersized for the position, but that is completely irrelevant. Bell is flat out one of the best shot blockers around. He was swatting absolutely anything that was near him on Tuesday. Now there is no doubt he is raw on offense, but he can score around the rim some, and he also rebounds very well. Still what impressed so many on looking coaches was his freakish ability to block shots and change the game on defense.

Parker Cartwright, PG, Cal Supreme – This cat isn't going to worry you in layup lines, but once the game gets going, he is an absolute problem. Cartwright is a high level shooter who can pull up and hit shots as well as spot up off the catch. Also he is one of the best passers in the country and has a unique feel and understanding for the game. At the moment his body needs to mature, but his skills, they are at the absolute highest level. Once he fills out strength wise, he will be impossible to guard.

*Jabari Bird, of the Oakland Soldiers, was 5-for-9 from the field and scored 10 points in the Oakland Soldiers win over Texas Titans.

*D'Vauntes Smith-Rivers got loose in the second half scoring 25 points on 7-for-12 shooting. The strong, developed guard spent some time on and off the ball and proved to score it at a high level.

As it is every year the Nike Peach Jam was a whose who of college coaches on the first day. While a number of assistant coaches stopped by, there was a large contingent of head coaches rolling around the recreation center.

Jarnell Stokes drew head coaches from Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Baylor. Also Alabama, Auburn, Texas, Kentucky, and UCLA were present.

Jordan Bell had head coaches from UCLA, Arizona, and Washington State. Also assistants from St. John's, USC, Oregon, Washington, and San Diego State were keeping close tabs.


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