It took a few games for Jared Harper to regain the rhythm he developed at the 2014 Peach Jam, but boy was it worth the wait. Harper exploded late in pool play for the Stars, including a 27-point first half performance against the Las Vegas Prospects. He continued his stellar play in the bracket round, finishing the Peach Jam with averages of 16.2 points and 4.8 assists per game. He left his best for last, delivering 35 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds in their blowout Peach Jam Championship win over the St. Louis Eagles. With his scoring knack and playmaking ability, it’s clear that Bruce Pearl and Auburn got themselves a gem.
The three-year EYBL and Peach Jam veteran did all he could for Houston Hoops. Playing Superman after star teammate Jarred Vanderbilt was lost due to a concussion, Fox showed why he was arguably the top point guard at Peach Jam. Leading a young, undersized Hoops squad, Fox turned up the aggression. He led the Peach Jam in total assists, guiding the Hoops out of pool play and earning another shot at Peach Jam gold. Fox and company came up just short in bracket play against the STL Eagles, but he proved that he is one of the best all-around players in the nation. Talented, smart and supremely confident, you’re going to hear about Fox for many years to come.
What more can be said about the King James floor general? Simpson was tremendous in leading the Shooting Stars out of pool play, accumulating averages of 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists. He hit a game-winner against the Playaz that was pivotal to their bracket-play aspirations, building a Peach Jam resume that few can compete with. His teammates love playing with him and he genuinely makes everyone on the floor better. The numbers speak for themselves, and in this case, they show that Simpson gets better as the stage gets bigger.
The St. Louis Eagles’ star will go down as one of the best players to lace ‘em up in the EYBL. Tatum’s eight-game Peach Jam averages are arguably the most impressive of any of the 250+ players to touch the floor in North Augusta. He sparked a late-game charge in the semifinals against Team CP3, displaying his elite offensive skillset in dominant fashion. On top of his awe-inducing numbers, Tatum found the time to commit to Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils in between games on Peach Jam Sunday. They came up short in the Championship game, but Tatum did more than enough to prove that his ceiling is higher than ever.
This young man is a star. If his 2015 EYBL regular season wasn’t enough proof of that statement, the in-the-gym environment he stirred up at Peach Jam definitely was. Giles & company played every game at Peach Jam in front of a max-capacity crowd, embracing the target on their back that they earned with their dominant regular season. The 6-foot-10 future lottery pick had the entire complex buzzing, utilizing his length, athleticism and competitive spirit to Peach Jam averages of 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds. On top of his elite on-court play, Giles is a stand-up young man - a fact that is highlighted in our Peach Jam preview magazine. It wasn’t the ending that Giles anticipated, but he left a stamp on the EYBL that will be hard to replicate.