Peach Jam Stats: 27.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 7.3 APG, 3.1 SPG
Young told D1 Circuit before Peach Jam began that he would be satisfied with nothing less than a championship after failing to advance out of pool play in 2015, and the MOKAN point guard played like a man possessed throughout the week in North Augusta in leading his squad to their first title. A leader all season long, Young simply would not allow his team to be denied and his hot shooting and superior court vision was a major contributor to MOKAN’s success. At times, notably in the title game against the PSA Cardinals, it seemed as though the Norman North (OK) star could not be guarded, with teams struggling to find an answer. The shifty point guard lit up the scoreboard in a variety of ways, scoring on the break, the pick-and-roll, and lighting it up from deep.
Peach Jam Stats: 16.7 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 8.3 APG, 3.7 SPG
Although his PSA Cardinals ultimately fell short of their goal of winning Peach Jam, there is no question they wouldn’t have even been in the final game if not for their floor general. Green’s ability to make those around him better was on full display in North Augusta, with swingman Brandon Randolph and big man Mo Bamba benefitting the most from his unselfishness. Beyond his passing, however, Green took his scoring to an entirely new level, notably in the clutch in the quarterfinals against Expressions and the semis in a huge comeback victory over Team Penny. Green’s patience allows him to choose his spots to score wisely, and clearly frustrates opposing guards. Throw in the fact that Green remained one of the top defensive gamechangers in the tournament, and there’s no question he deserves a spot on this team.
Peach Jam Stats: 26.4 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 3.1 APG
While his good friend and point guard was sensational in his own right, Porter, Jr. was the best player on the floor in the championship game victory, putting up 33 points on 12-16 shooting, including 5-6 from three. Throughout the week, it looked as though the silky smooth wing could do absolutely anything he wanted to on the court, whether it was going up-and-under a defender for a circus shot, throwing down a thunderous dunk in transition, or drilling a contested jumper from anywhere on the floor. Porter, Jr. is a scary player to matchup against and he showed that time and again at Peach Jam, as neither Cal Supreme nor the PSA Cardinals, who MOKAN beat in the semifinals and championship, had an answer for the young man.
Peach Jam Stats: 15.3 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.7 APG
As the leader for arguably the deepest grassroots team in the country, Washington had his work cut out for him in trying to lead his Team Penny to a Peach Jam title. Although they were ousted in the game of the tournament by the PSA Cardinals, Washington did everything he could to get them over the top. The point-forward did it all, getting teammates involved, battling big men down low to sky for tough boards, and getting his own scoring in a variety of ways, especially in the midrange. The striking thing about Washington is that while he is very loose and outgoing off the court, when he is in the game he is calm, cool, and collected, and his teammates absolutely fed off that throughout the summer.
Peach Jam Stats: 21.6 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 2.4 BPG
Ayton’s performance and leading his Cal Supreme to the semifinals at Peach Jam cannot be overstated, as he did it all without his friend and partner in crime, Brandon McCoy. The top high school prospect in the country showed off his rare skillset throughout the week, running the floor extremely well and making jumpers with absurd ease, considering his size. One can only imagine what the Supreme could have done with McCoy on the floor, but for those in attendance, simply watching Ayton go to work and show off all aspects of his offensive arsenal was a joy in and of itself. Ayton’s stock, against all odds, undoubtedly rose to new heights with his performance in the EYBL this season, which is even more amazing when one considers the fact that he wasn’t even planning on playing AAU at all in 2016.