The Texas Titans were one of the favorites going into the Peach Jam and definitely lived up to the hype in pool play as they were the only team to go undefeated. Their stars shined as Cade Cunningham averaged 24.4 points per game on 73 percent shooting and Greg Brown averaged 21.6 points per game. It didn’t end there as Rondel Walker, Mike Miles and JaKolbe Coles all averaged at least 13 points per game.
They didn’t have an easy pool either with teams like Seattle Rotary, Houston Hoops, Team Durant, Alabama Fusion and the PSA Cardinals all being in Pool A. For as impressive of a prospect as Cunningham is, he may be an even more impressive leader. He made a strong case for being ranked the number one prospect in the nation. The Titans took a tough loss to the runner ups in Team WhyNot, but still left quite the impact on this year’s Peach Jam.
There was no denying that Boo Williams was one of the most talented teams coming into the Peach Jam. They have one of the most dynamic offenses with Cameron Thomas, Aminu Mohammed, Mark Williams and Zion Harmon. These four definitely came to play as they averaged 76.2 points per game combined.
Their most impressive game was their 93-91 overtime victory over the AOT Running Rebels. Zion Harmon and Mark Williams were exceptional in this one as Zion Harmon scored 26 points and had 11 assists and Mark Williams scored 23 points shooting 9-12 from the field. Williams won the game in overtime with an alley-oop finish. Boo Williams had a well put together team that could have easily taken home the Peach Jam Championship.
MoKan Elite wouldn’t have been most people’s pick to win the championship, but Head Coach Chris Neff and his squad proved them wrong by taking home the most sought out hardware in the EYBL. They were excellent through pool play and only took a 71-70 loss to the AOT Running Rebels. For as impressive as they were in pool play, they were even more impressive in the playoffs. They started off in the quarterfinals knocking off the New York Renaissance, then in the semifinals, they took down the Houston Hoops to put them in the Championship. They squared off against Team WhyNot and came out with an 85-84 victory.
I was most impressed with how cohesively MoKan played. They have their stars, but their role players certainly stepped up as well. Kansas commit Dajuan Harris, Michael Peake, Coban Porter, Luke Kasubke and more shined alongside stars Kennedy Chander and N’Faly Dante. Chandler controlled the pace while showing off his playmaking ability and Dante was a force down in the post. It took every player to take down tough opponents like the Houston Hoops and Team WhyNot.
-Team WhyNot made a quite the run to the championship game for the second year in a row. Unfortunately for them, they took a tough 85-84 overtime loss to MoKan Elite. This shouldn’t take anything away from the team’s performance throughout the Peach Jam. They started off bracket play knocking off the number one seed in the Texas Titans and then pulled off another upset against Boo Williams. Players Jalen Green, Nimari Burnett, Devin Askew and Addison Patterson shined for the California based squad.
-Houston Hoops made a run all the way to the final four as they made it through one of the tougher pools in Pool A and won in the elite eight against the scorching hot Indy Heat. One player that deserves a ton of credit for this run is 2021 wing Langston Love. Love put together some impressive scoring outings and led his team to victory throughout the week. He scored at will off the bounce and also showed he can step it out and knock down shots. There’s a reason why he is considered to be one of the top guards in his class.
-The NY Renaissance took the Peach Jam by storm especially Jonathan Kuminga and R.J. Davis. Lately, more people are putting Kuminga as the number one ranked prospect in the 2021 class. He definitely backed up that reputation with his performance at the Peach Jam. Kuminga was close to unstoppable with the ball in his hands as he was consistently knocking down shots and attacking the rim. R.J. Davis’ stock has taken off and he didn’t slow down at the Peach Jam. These two along with prospects like Lance Ware led the Renaissance to the Elite Eight.
-Indy Heat may have not been the most talked-about team going into the Peach Jam, but that definitely wasn’t the case a couple of days in as they soared through pool play. Nijel Pack shined by scoring 19 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game. Other double-digit scorers included D’Andre Davis, Jaden Ivey, and Caleb Furst. Similar to MoKan Elite, the Heat played very well together and led them to victories against some of the most talented teams throughout Peach Jam.
Isaiah Hill, a class of 2021 Guard from Union Catholic (NJ), has picked up an offer from NJIT.