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by Brian Flinn, Future150 (12:22 AM CT, Fri July 20, 2012)
Meeks is one of the top bigs in the nation
Meeks is one of the top bigs in the nation
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

North Augusta, SC (Future150) -- Thursday brought about the first full day of games of the 2012 Nike Peach Jam as well as the start of the 17U division pool play. There was plenty of excitement throughout the day as big names played well, while under-the-radar guys stepped up. Here are a few of the guys who really played well on the second day of games:

Aaron Gordon, 2013 SF, Oakland Soldiers: Gordon’s return was much anticipated...and he didn't disappoint. Time and time again Gordon snatched rebounds and dribbled coast to coast for dunks or set his teammates up. His transformation to full-time small forward is complete to say the least.

Isaiah Briscoe, 2015 PG, NJ Playaz: While the Playaz struggled with the Oakland Soldiers team as a whole, Briscoe was a bright spot. A big point guard who is quick with the ball and can pin his defender to his hip, Briscoe was one of the only guys who could consistently find his shot in their first game as he hit 16 footers with ease.

Jaquan Lyle, 2014 PG, Indy Speice: In Hampton, he looked like more of a prospect. Now, he looks like more of a player. He got into the lane and created for himself and others all game as well as showed off an improved stroke from the perimeter.

Troy Williams, 2013 SF, Boo Williams: It seems that Troy is playing with less on his mind lately now that he has dialed down his recruitment. He was best when attacking the rim and using his freakish athleticism to finish over would-be defenders. His ball handling ability was fantastic as well, including a highlight reel crossover that left his man looking foolish.

Kennedy Meeks, 2013 C, Team United: Meeks’ body is misleading for his style of play. While it looks like he uses force, Meeks has a surprising amount of skill. He used moves and counter-moves in the post and even showed a fadeaway jumper and runner.

Rondae Jefferson, 2013 SF, Team Final: Jefferson is one of the more intriguing players in the class of 2013. A forward with point guard vision, Jefferson attacked the rim with a ferocity in the morning session. While his passing ability is his most dangerous weapon, the rest of his offensive game is still developing, making him even scarier of a prospect.

Tyler Davis, 2015 C, Texas Titans: On a team where there are plenty of big names, Davis gets overlooked. The big man showed a surprising amount of skill and great footwork in a win over Mac Irvin. He is already an elite rebounder and should get even better as his body develops.

Shep Garner, 2014 PG, Team Final: Garner is one of the less talked about point guards in the class of 2014, which is absolutely loaded at the position. On Thursday he shot the lights out, finishing with 21 points in a victory of CP3 All-Stars 16s.

Thon Maker, 2016 C, Jackson Tigers: Any time you block five shots and alter countless more in just one half of play, it has to be considered a good day at the office. Maker might be one of the most skilled big men in his class, even if he didn't really show it while playing up in 17U division today. He is definitely an intriguing prospect, claiming the #1 spot in the 2016 class at this early stage in the process.

Dayshawn Watkins, 2013 PG, Arkansas Wings: Watkins had a tough individual matchup as he went up against Nigel Williams-Goss and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. As is turns out, he was more than up to the task. He led the Wings to an upset victory of Cali Supreme by both distributing and scoring the ball while causing problems for Jackson-Cartwright all night.

Clayton Custer, 2014 PG, MoKan Elite: He was a big factor in MoKan’s upset of Cali Supreme Thursday morning and was the go-to-guy in an upset of Houston Hoops. Custer can shoot it from deep as well as get into the lane and create for others. He is a high IQ guard who plays bigger than he is. It’s no wonder why a majority of the Big 12 is involved in his recruitment.

Justice Winslow, 2014 SF,  Houston Hoops: Winslow is one of the premier talents in the nation. That much was proven during a loss to MoKan that saw Winslow finish both at the rim and create for his teammates. While he says he doesn’t want to play the point going forward, he is a playmaker. Overall he did a little bit of everything and showed how versatile he can be.


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