Malik Monk has been a mainstay at the last three Peach Jam’s, and his 2015 showing was his best yet. Leading the two-time defending 16U EYB champions, Monk (ESPN 2016 No. 5) was equipped with a talent supporting cast. Monk and company were pitted against the treacherous Pool A, and were ultimately a victory over CP3 short of advancing into bracket play. Monk’s scoring ability is off the charts and after watching him tear up the EYBL for three seasons, it’s clear he has the “it” factor. It was a pleasure watching Monk do his thing, and he’s going to change the face of a program in due time.
If there’s a player that’s raised his stock during the EYBL more than Mr. Cumberland, we’d like to see him. The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter was all kinds of awesome at the Peach Jam, compiling averages of 18.1 PPG, 55.4 FG%, 5.2 RPG for King James. He recently committed to in-state powerhouse Cincinnati, and after his Peach Jam efforts, Mick Cronin and company have to feel like they just won the lottery. He’s smooth, composed and a very physically imposing presence for a backcourt player. Cumberland has a very bright future ahead of him, and we’re glad to say his star status launched in the EYBL.
Just like Yakwe, Travis Atson stepped up big time without Spellman in the lineup. PSA Head Coach Munch Williams waited all season for Atson to embrace his role, and the 6-foot-5 combo guard picked the perfect time. His impact stretched much further than just his improved offensive numbers, as Atson made himself into a constant pest at the defensive end. An opportunity presented itself and Atson took full advantage, and he proved to be a difference-maker amongst the nation’s top competition.
Efficiency may as well be Porter’s middle name. Ranked No. 2 in ESPN’s 2017 class rankings, the 6-foot-9 combination forward displayed production that is very rare for a player in his shoes. Porter averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds, while shooting a blistering 97.1% from the line. MOKAN’s bid for a bracket play berth came up just short, but Porter did everything in his power to advance his squad. Partnering with fellow rising junior Trae Young, Porter figures to be on the short list for pre-season EYBL Most Valuable Player in 2016.
Isaac made a meteoric rise up the ESPN rankings in May, due in large part to his breakout regular season for Florida’s finest Each 1 Teach 1. The 6-foot-9 forward employs a Kevin Durant-like skillset, and his ever-improving skillset was on display in North Augusta for everyone to see. Recently committed to Florida State, Isaac assuredly has Leonard Hamilton & staff more than excited for his arrival on campus. He does things on the court that a player of his size and stature shouldn’t be able to do, and his potential ceiling could be higher than any player in the 2016 class.