The last time Javonte Smart was at Peach Jam, he was a freshman playing for EP Elite for 2015. Fast-forward two years, and Smart finished off his EYBL career in style, helping upstart Houston Hoops defy the odds and advance to bracket play. The quarterfinals is where Smart looked his finest, dropping 33 points, six rebounds and three assists in a narrow defeat to Boo Williams. Smart keeps his head on a swivel and is always looking for the open teammates, evidenced by his 27 assists in Pool Play. Smart is bound for LSU, where he will undoubtedly be an instant go-to guy for his hometown Tigers.
Just like the second half of the EYBL regular season, Tyrese Maxey was red-hot in North Augusta. The sophomore combo guard did a bit of everything for RM5 Elite (TX), who had a great chance of advancing to bracket play thanks to Maxey's stellar play. In his first Peach Jam outing, RM5's budding superstar dropped 28 points (10-19 FG), six assists and four rebounds in an upset win over BABC. Maxey, who is ranked top-20 in his class nationally, promised to be back and better than ever next year. If his performance last week is any indication, a bracket play berth is on the horizon for Mo Williams' EYB representative.
One more win, and you're looking at a sure-fire First-Team All-Peach Jam performer. Simi Shittu continued his dominant ways in North Augusta, averaging 20 points and nine rebounds while shooting a blistering 65.5 percent from the floor. The 6-foot-8 versatile forward was runner-up for top performance, an outing that saw him put up 25 points (10-15 FG), 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a Peach Jam opening win against Cal Supreme. Shittu is a superstar in the making, and will look to capitalize on his Peach Jam momentum and put forth a stellar senior campaign at Vermont Academy.
While the Rocks rely heavily on their outside shooting, they would have gone absolutely nowhere without their man in the middle. 6-foot-9 sophomore Isaiah Stewart impressed on both sides of the ball, averaging 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting over 60 percent from the floor. His 2.2 blocks per game were good for a top ten finish at Peach Jam, and his ability to defend multiple bigs came up clutch in wins against Team Penny and All Ohio. Stewart has a very bright future, and he'll be a force to be reckoned with when he becomes a featured player in their offense. Texas offered over Peach Jam, the first of what should be many high-major offers for the talented 2019 forward.
Dimon Carrigan took home Defensive POTS during the Peach Jam, averaging 3.8 blocks per game while impacting countless other shots. Lost in his defensive ability was his improvement on the offensive end, as the Peach Jam saw Carrigan average 10 points a game and shoot over 50 percent from the floor. The BABC big man picked up offers from the likes of Texas, Syracuse and Clemson, making it clear that his countless hours in the gym are paying off. Carrigan was a monster in July, and he's only scratching the surface of his potential.