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Peach Jam Preview: Pool D

By D1 Circuit Staff, 07/09/19, 5:00PM EDT

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Preview Includes:

  • Pool Listing
  • The Favorite
  • The Contenders
  • The Sleeper
  • Quick Hitters
  • List of ESPN Ranked Players
  • Top Head-To-Head Matchups
  • Full Pool Schedule

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The Favorite(s):

An argument could be made for a few teams in Pool D to be considered 'the favorite' to advance to bracket play. Vegas Elite is the highest-scoring team in the league at 93.5 points per game, and if they play their ideal pace, triple-digits is easily within reach. The three-headed monster of Josh Christopher, Jaden Hardy, and Julian Strawther leading a rotation with nine top 150 recruits, and Vegas Elite enters the Peach Jam as a legitimate contender for the crown. 

The Mac Irvin Fire sport the best regular-season record at 10-3, and they have a deep, talented lineup with high-major players across the board. The backcourt of Adam Miller and Marcus Watson Jr has proven to be lethal, and Mike Foster, Ryan Kalkbrenner, and Seryee Lewis have gotten it done on the interior. Head coach Mike Irvin has his best squad in years, and the Fire will be looking to make a splash in their return to Peach Jam.

Team WhyNot is too talented not to be in consideration as a favorite. WhyNot features six players ranked top 45 in their respective classes and will be lead by the junior star-power of in the top 45 in Jalen Green, Nimari Burnett, and Addison Patterson. Terren Frank and Devin Askew are certified weapons in their roles, and Wilhelm Breidenbach provides some substance down low.

The Contenders:

The Nightrydas entered the season as one of the favorites to win the Peach Jam crown, and they found their groove as the season progressed. Three Top 10 prospects - Isaiah Todd, Scottie Barnes, and Moussa Diabate - will lead the Nightrydas and they figure to be a nightmare for the rest of the pool. The Nightrydas will likely go as far as the trio takes them, and Barnes brings valuable Peach Jam experience to the table. Head coach Boobie Francis needs immediate and consistent production from the rest of the rotation, primarily point guard Jayden Stone, swingman Dudley Blackwell and shooting guard Kam Woods.  The frontcourt is rounded out by big men Jaylen Haynes and Jamille Reynolds, completing a rotation that is more than talented enough to win a title.

The Indy Heat bring a potent 8-man rotation to North Augusta, and they've relied on the star services of a pair of early college commits, Nijel Pack (Kansas State) and D'Andre Davis (Nebraska). Big man Caleb Furst is the highest-ranked recruit in the rotation, and the 6-foot-10 sophomore will need to stay out of foul trouble alongside junior Kiyron Powell. Juniors Nelly Davis (6-foot-4) and Jaden Ivey (6-foot-2) will need to play the best basketball of their spring, and the Heat could use an uptick in production from highly-ranked sophomore Luke Goode (247 No. 108).

The Sleeper:

All Ohio Red is the underdog here, mainly because their team is mainly chock full of sleepers. Donovan 'Puff' Johnson helps lead the unit offensively, sharing the scoring duties with junior guard Javohn Garcia. Johnson is the brother of Cam Johnson, recently picked 11th by the Phoenix Suns out of North Carolina, and 'Puff' has plenty of game himself. Johnson averaged 15 points per game in eight games, while Garcia - a two-year EYBL veteran - averaged 16.9 points in 11 games. All Ohio's fate will likely be determined by their supporting cast. Garvin Clarke (10.4 PPG), CJ Anthony (9.5 PPG), Dom Penn (6.6 PPG), Marcus Johnson (5.5 PPG), Obinna Killen (7.0) and Mo Njie (4.9) combine to average 48.9 points per game, and AOR could use a lift in production from Killen (6-foot-8) and Njie (6-foot-9). All Ohio had plenty of firepower to surprise in Pool D, and they'll need a quick start against Team WhyNot, Vegas Elite, and the Nightrydas.

Quick Hitters:

  • Vegas Elite's entire rotation holds a ranking by ESPN or 247 sports, including five in the top 50 and two in the top ten (Hardy, Christopher).
  • Of all 24 Peach Jam teams, the Indy Heat will feature the fewest players on their roster.
  • The Mac Irvin Fire will be making their first Peach Jam appearance since 2015.
  • The Nightrydas are the only team to feature three top ten recruits in their rotation (Barnes, Todd, Diabate).
  • Pool D features more ranked recruits than any other division at Peach Jam.
  • Vegas Elite set the EYBL scoring record in the season opener, putting up 130 points in a win over the Playaz.
  • Jalen Green will be playing his first full session with Team WhyNot after transferring from the Oakland Soldiers after Session 1.

POOL D RANKED PLAYERS: 22 (ESPN)

Team Jersey # Name Pos. Height High School Grad Year ESPN Rank
All Ohio Red 22 Donovan Johnson G 6'7 Moon Area 2020 61
Indy Heat 1 Justin Powell G 6'5 North Oldham, KY 2020 60
Indy Heat 6 Caleb Furst F 6'10 Blackhawk Christian 2021 31
Mac Irvin Fire (IL) 4 Adam Miller G 6'4 Morgan Park 2020 26
Mac Irvin Fire (IL) 5 Michael Foster Jr F 6'10 Washington 2021 6
Nightrydas Elite (FL) 7 Isaiah Todd F 6'10 Trinity Academy 2020 8
Nightrydas Elite (FL) 1 Scott Barnes F|W 6'9 University School 2020 9
Nightrydas Elite (FL) 23 Jayden Stone G 6'3 Sunrise Christian 2020 74
Nightrydas Elite (FL) 4 Dudley Blackwell G 6'6 Somerset Academy 2020 93
Nightrydas Elite (FL) 25 Moussa DiabatΓ© F 6'10 DME Academy 2021 9
Team WhyNot (CA) 4 Jalen Green G 6'6 Prolific Prep 2020 2
Team WhyNot (CA) 25 Nimari Burnett G 6'3 Prolific Prep 2020 21
Team WhyNot (CA) 6 Addison Patterson G 6'6 Bella Vista Prep 2020 31
Team WhyNot (CA) 15 Terren Frank F 6'7 Sierra Canyon 2020 43
Team WhyNot (CA) 5 Devin Askew G 6'3 Mater Dei 2021 16
Team WhyNot (CA) 12 Wilhelm Breidenbach F 6'9 Mater Dei 2021 36
Vegas Elite (NV) 13 Josh Christopher G 6'5 Mayfair 2020 10
Vegas Elite (NV) 22 Mady Sissoko F 6'10 Wasatch Academy 2020 35
Vegas Elite (NV) 0 Julian Strawther F 6'7 Liberty 2020 37
Vegas Elite (NV) 20 Noah Taitz G 6'3 Bishop Gorman 2020 97
Vegas Elite (NV) 1 Jaden Hardy G 6'4 Coronado 2021 4
Vegas Elite (NV) 10 Zaon Collins G 6'1 Bishop Gorman 2021 49

Top Head-to-Head Matchups:

All Ohio Red vs. Team WhyNot (CA)

Donovan Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 61) vs. Jalen Green (2020 ESPN No. 3)
Javohn Garcia (2020 unranked) vs. Addison Patterson (2020 ESPN No. 31)
CJ Anthony (2020 unranked) vs. Devin Askew (2021 ESPN No. 16)

Nighrydas Elite (FL) vs. Mac Irvin Fire (IL)

Scottie Barnes (2020 ESPN No. 9) vs. Adam Miller (2020 ESPN No. 26)
Jayden Stone (2020 ESPN No. 74) vs. Marcus Watson (2020 247 No. 336)
Isaiah Todd (2020 ESPN No. 8) vs. Mike Foster Jr (2021 ESPN No. 6)
Moussa Diabaté (2021 ESPN No. 9) vs. Moussa Diabaté (2021 ESPN No. 9)

Indy Heat (IN) vs. Vegas Elite (NV)

Nijel Pack (2020 247 No. 180) vs. Jaden Hardy (2021 ESPN No. 4)
D'Andre Davis (2020 247 No. 151) vs. Josh Christopher (2020 ESPN No. 10)
Caleb Furst (2021 ESPN No. 31) vs. Mady Sissoko (2020 ESPN No. 35)

Nighrydas Elite (FL) vs. TeamWhyNot (CA)

Scottie Barnes (2020 ESPN No. 9) vs. Nimari Burnett (2020 ESPN No. 21)
Isaiah Todd (2020 ESPN No. 8) vs. Wilhelm Breidenbach (2021 ESPN No. 36)
Jayden Stone (2020 ESPN No. 74) vs. Jalen Green (2020 ESPN No. 3)
Dudley Blackwell (2020 ESPN No. 93) vs. Terren Frank (2020 ESPN No. 43)

Mac Irvin Fire (IL) vs. Indy Heat (IN)

Adam Miller (2020 ESPN No. 26) vs. D'Andre Davis (2020 247 No. 151)
Marcus Watson (2020 247 No. 336) vs. Nijel Pack (2020 247 No. 180)
Caleb Furst (2021 ESPN No. 31) vs. Ryan Kalkbrenner (2020 247 No. 91)

Vegas Elite (NV) vs. All Ohio Red

Josh Christopher (2020 ESPN No. 10) vs. Donovan Johnson (2020 ESPN No 61)
Jaden Hardy (2021 ESPN No. 4) vs. Javohn Garcia (2020 unranked)
Julian Strawther (2020 ESPN No. 37) vs. Marcus Johnson (2020 unranked)
Mady Sissoko (2020 ESPN No. 35) vs. Mo Njie (2020 247 No. 183)

Vegas Elite (NV) vs. Mac Irvin Fire (IL)

Jaden Hardy (2021 ESPN No. 4) vs. Adam Miller (2020 ESPN No. 26)
Julian Strawther (2020 ESPN No. 37) vs. Seryee Lewis (2020 247 No. 210)
Josh Christopher (2020 ESPN No. 10) vs. Mike Foster Jr (2021 ESPN No. 6)
Mady Sissoko (2020 ESPN No. 35) vs. Ryan Kalkbrenner (2020 247 No. 91)

Nighrydas Elite (FL) vs. All Ohio Red

Isaiah Todd (2020 ESPN No. 8) vs. Mo Njie (2020 247 No. 183)
Scottie Barnes (2020 ESPN No. 9) vs. Donovan Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 61)
Dudley Blackwell (2020 ESPN No. 93) vs. Javohn Garcia (2020 unranked)
CJ Anthony (2020 unranked) vs. CJ Anthony (2020 unranked)

TeamWhyNot (CA) vs. Indy Heat (IN)

Devin Askew (2021 ESPN No. 16) vs. Nijel Pack (2020 247 No. 180)
Nimari Burnett (2020 ESPN No. 21) vs. D'Andre Davis (2020 247 No. 151)
Wilhelm Breidenbach (2021 ESPN No. 36) vs. Caleb Furst (2021 ESPN No. 31)

All Ohio Red vs. Mac Irvin Fire (IL)

CJ Anthony (2020 unranked) vs. Marcus Watson (2020 247 No. 336)
Donovan Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 61) vs. Adam Miller (2020 ESPN No. 26)
Mo Njie (2020 247 No. 183) vs. Ryan Kalkbrenner (2020 247 No. 91)

Indy Heat (IN) vs. Nightrydas Elite (FL)

Nijel Pack (2020 247 No. 180) vs. Jayden Stone (2020 ESPN No. 74)
D'Andre Davis (2020 247 No. 151) vs. Scottie Barnes (2020 ESPN No. 9)
Caleb Furst (2021 ESPN No. 31) vs. Isaiah Todd (2020 ESPN No. 8)

TeamWhyNot (CA) vs. Vegas Elite (NV)

Jalen Green (2020 ESPN No. 3) vs. Josh Christopher (2020 ESPN No. 10)
Nimari Burnett (2020 ESPN No. 21) vs.  Jalen Green (2020 ESPN No. 3)
Devin Askew (2021 ESPN No. 16) vs. Zaon Collins (2021 ESPN No. 49)
Terren Frank (2020 ESPN No. 43) vs. Julian Strawther (2020 ESPN No. 37)

Vegas Elite vs. Nightrydas Elite (FL)

Jaden Hardy (2021 ESPN No. 4) vs. Dudley Blackwell (2020 ESPN No. 93)
Josh Christopher (2020 ESPN No. 10) vs. Scottie Barnes (2020 ESPN No. 9)
Mady Sissoko (2020 ESPN No. 35) vs. Moussa Diabaté (2021 ESPN No. 9)
Julian Strawther (2020 ESPN No. 37) vs. Isaiah Todd (2020 ESPN No. 8)

All Ohio Red vs. Indy Heat (IN)

Donovan Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 61) vs. D'Andre Davis (2020 247 No. 151)
CJ Anthony (unranked) vs. Nijel Pack (2020 247 No. 180)

Mac Irvin Fire (IL) vs. Team WhyNot (CA)

Adam Miller (2020 ESPN No. 26) vs. Jalen Green (2020 ESPN No. 3)
Marcus Watson (2020 247 No. 336) vs. Devin Askew (2021 ESPN No. 16)
Brandon Weston (2020 247 No. 105) vs. Nimari Burnett (2020 ESPN No. 21)

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