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Peach Jam Championship Day Recap
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (11:59 AM CT, Mon July 23, 2012)
2014 Ahmad Hill playing defense at Peach Jam
2014 Ahmad Hill playing defense at Peach Jam
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

North Augusta, SC (Future150) -- The final day of Peach Jam kicked off on Sunday  with CIA Bounce vs a surprising MoKan Elite squad. While CIA eventually pulled away, MoKan stuck around for a majority of the game behind combined efforts of their guys. The other Semi-Final featured CP3 vs Oakland Soldiers in what proved to be a more exciting tilt. Sandwiched in between the Semi-Finals and Finals game was the 16U championship, which featured Team Texas and Southern Stampede, two of the top teams in the nation. Here are some of the guys who stood out on the most important day of their AAU season.


Tyler Ennis, 2013 PG, CIA Bounce: Ennis was the one player that looked to be awake for the full forty minutes in their early morning semi-finals game. He paced the team with 13 points in the first half and was a major reason they led after the first 20 minutes. While he facilitated more in the 2nd half, he still had his offense going, hitting numerous threes and getting into the lane.

Andrew Wiggins, 2014 SF, CIA Bounce: Wiggins closed out their semi-final matchup in the final three minutes by scoring 10 of his 24 points in that span. What was more impressive was how effortless he made it look. Wiggins played better in the championship and proved he is the best prep player in the nation despite losing to the Oakland Soldiers.

Jabari Bird, 2013 SG, Oakland Soldiers: One of the biggest reasons the Soldiers took home the EYBL title was the play of Jabari Bird. He had taken time off earlier this season to work on his game and it really showed this week. Bird was more demonstrative and demanded the ball down the stretch, often scoring when Oakland needed him to the most.

Stanley Johnson, 2014 SF, Oakland Soldiers:  Johnson has transformed himself into a full time small forward and its easy to see that he is greatly improved on the perimeter. In the semi-final game, Johnson locked up Theo Pinson, who was one of the best performers leading up to that game. He also made big shots down the stretch and helped Oakland win the title.

Elijah Staley, 2014 PF, Southern Stampede: The two sport star showed how good he could be on the hardwood on Sunday, scoring the ball at the rim as well as knocking down some key three pointers. Defensively he did a good job on Mickey Mitchell, often forcing him into uncomfortable situations.

Samir Sehic, 2015 PF, Team Texas: Sehic was huge for Texas in the final matchup. No one could guard him in the post as he sealed and scored on multiple occasions. Sehic also stepped out and hit a couple of 16-footers as well. He was a major scoring presence in his team’s championship victory.

Ahmed Hill, 2014 SG, Southern Stampede: Hill is an electric scorer who can put points up in bunches. He did just that during the second half and overtime of the 16U title game on Sunday. While he was held in check in the first half, Hill came out and made a ton of shots when it mattered most. When it’s all said and done he could be one of the better scorers in his class.

King McClure, 2015 SG, Team Texas: McClure was the other player who stepped up in the title game for Team Texas. He was a nightmare in transition, where he got to the rim and finished plays on the break. He also hit a couple of big shots down the stretch and knows how to get to the rim and draw fouls. McClure is a big time prospect.
 

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