North Augusta, SC– The second day of the Nike Peach Jam was exciting from start to finish. Multiple players seized the moment and stood out on the big stage. Here are some of the players that did just that on Thursday.
Meanstreets (IL) wing Brian Bowen may have had the best performance out of anyone on Thursday as he finished with 36 points and 10 rebounds in a big win against Nike South Beach. Bowen has led his team to a 3-0 record thus far in Peach Jam. He can shoot at a high level, but also has a great feel for the game. He has been very vocal with his teammates and has helped put Meanstreets in a position to go far in the event.
Porter is clearly one of the biggest names coming into the Nike EYBL and his two performances on Thursday showed why this is the case. He has a great ability to score on the perimeter and a knack to put himself in the best position to do so. He finished off the night with a 33 point and 13 rebound performance in a win against Team Takeover. He will look to keep this momentum going heading into Friday.
One of if not the best rim protector shined on Thursday with one very impressive game against the Phoenix Phamily. Robinson scored 19 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 4 shots. He also showed signs of development on the offensive end. He made many difficult shots around the rim and through contact as well. Robinson committed to Western Kentucky recently, which was largely due to WKU Head Coach Rick Stansbury’s prior relationship with him when he recruited him at Texas A&M.
Although his team is 0-3 heading into Friday, Chaundee Brown has been of the best scoring guards throughout Peach Jam play thus far. The class of 2017 prospect had a 24 point and 22 point performance on Thursday. Brown has good playmaking ability and is an excellent slasher. He has a built frame, so he is always ready for contact in the lane. He has been one of the biggest risers throughout EYBL play this year.
Lonnie Walker went for two 26 point performances on Thursday and along with his teammate Daron Russell, has guided Team Final to a 2-1 record. The class of 2017 shooting guard has always had an ability to shoot it at a high level, but his performance against the very talented E1T1 United still opened some eyes. He shot 10 of 17 from the field and finished with 26 points. Walker had Kentucky, Villanova, Oregon and more watching him throughout Peach Jam.
Another name that further solidified his status of being one of the best point guards in the class of 2017 was Trae Young. The MoKan Elite product broke the game open against Expressions Elite as he knocked down multiple threes in the second half. Young finished with 28 points, but scored 26 of them all in the second half. Against Team Takeover he had a balanced game where he finished with 17 points and 9 assists. He has proven himself this Nike EYBL season as a point guard that can impact the game in more ways than just shooting the ball.
Class of 2017 point guard Daron Russell stepped up in a big way for Team Final in his two games on Thursday. In his game against Houston Hoops (TX) he scored 19 points and made three shots beyond the arc, but his performance against E1T1 United is where he shined. Russell finished with 25 points in the highly anticipated game. Russell has offers from Seton Hall, SMU and more, but this list could grow after his play on Thursday.
-Quade Green (Class of 2017 PG/PSA Cardinals, NY)
-Deandre Ayton (Class of 2017 C/Cal Supreme, CA)
-Jordan Nwora (Class of 2017 F/NY Rens, NY)
-R.J. Cole (Class of 2017 PG/NJ Playaz, NJ)
-Brandon Slater (Class of 2018 SG/Team Takeover 16u, DC)
-Vincent Williams (Class of 2018 F/All Ohio Red 16U, OH)
-Foster Loyer (Class of 2018 PG/All Ohio Red 16U, OH)
-R.J. Barrett (Class of 2019 SF/Nike UPlay Canada, CAN)