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2018 Peach Jam Preview: Underrated Impact Players To Watch

By D1 Circuit Staff, 07/11/18, 6:00PM EDT

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The 2018 Peach Jam has tipped off, and there are a number of high-major players that are flying under-the-radar.

We detailed a bunch of sleepers below who will be looking to improve their stock of Peach Jam's five-day stretch.

E1T1 United (FL) guard Marsei Caston
2018 averages: 14.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.8 APG

E1T1’s attacked combo guard impressed in 12 games, averaging nearly 15 points per game while shooting a high percentage (50%) and playing impactful defense for head coach Steve Reece and company. If E1T1 wants to advance out of pool play, they’ll need the Potter’s House Christian (FL) product to have a big six games.

E1T1 United (FL) guard Zaire Wade
2018 averages: 5.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.0 APG

The son of future NBA Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, sophomore Zaire joined E1T1 halfway through the season, and made a big difference in his eight games. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged a team-high 4.8 assists per game, sliding into a backcourt featuring Tre Mann, Lance Erving and Carsei Caston. Wade is an energetic guard who never stops moving, and he’s proven to be more than capable of producing at the 17U level.

Team Takeover (DC) forward Terrance Williams
2018 averages: 9.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 55.2 3PT%

Team Takeover has a lot of studs in their rotation, and that leads to Terrance Williams going under-the-radar. The 6-foot-7 sophomore averaged 9.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting a blistering 55.2% from downtown. If he’s connecting like that in North Augusta, Team Takeover is impossible to beat. Williams is a high-major prospect, but has the chance to explode on the national scene with a big tournament.

Team Takeover (DC) guard Jahmir Young
2018 averages: 6.2 PPG, 2.4 APG, 1.8 RPG

Jahmir Young backs up an impressive crop of guards, but the point guard is more than capable of impacting the game, as he operates as the floor general for WCAC powerhouse DeMatha during the high school season. Young dropped 30 points and five assists in a session four win over Rose City, and he’ll provide a nice offensive spark off the bench for head coach Keith Stevens.

Team WhyNot (CA) guard Iverson Molinar
2018 averages: 12.1 PPG, 51.7 FG%, 3.7 RPG

Iverson Molinar was one of the bigger surprises this spring, and it’s rather confusing that his name hasn’t entered the conversation of being nationally ranked. The 6-foot-3 combo guard enjoyed an impressive regular season, averaging 12 points and four rebounds while shooting an efficient 51.7% from the floor. Molinar is a high-major talent, and has a chance to take his game to another level in North Augusta.

Team WhyNot (CA) guard Jovan Blacksher Jr
2018 averages: 12.1 PPG, 3.4 APG, 3.2 RPG

Team WhyNot’s floor general was uber important to Team WhyNot’s offensive success in 2018. Blacksher averaged a team-high 3.4 assists per game while hitting a team-high 23 three-pointers, and did so while operating a lineup full of weapons. He only shot 56% from the line, so his averages will be improved if he can convert from the stripe.

AOT Running Rebels (GA) forward Babatunde Akingbola
2018 averages: 3.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.4 BPG, 1.1 SPG

Babatunde Akingbola is AOT’s best true big man, and his presence on the floor is vital to their success over the next five days. Akingbola is one of the best rim protectors in the country, and provided he plays without getting into foul trouble, his presence on the floor turns AOT into a different kind of nightmare. He only averages four points per game, but he’s efficient in his minimal opportunities in the paint, shooting at a 58.5% clip.

PSA Cardinals (NY) guard Joe Toussaint
2018 averages: 5.8 PPG, 4.5 APG, 1.5 RPG

Joe Toussaint is a perfect complement to Cole Anthony in the PSA Cardinals’ backcourt, Toussaint broke out in June, putting together terrific individual performances at Pangos and NBPA Elite camps. Toussaint is the best passer on the roster, and he will have ample opportunities to make plays for his teammates in North Augusta. Toussaint (Rivals 3-star) is one of the more underrated players at Peach Jam, but that will undoubtedly change if he has another strong showing.

Houston Hoops (TX) guard Donovan Williams
2018 averages: 8.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.2 APG

Donovan Williams made a name for himself nationally this spring, operating as the best athlete on a team full of athletes. Williams’ numbers don’t do his production justice, as he isn’t a primary option offensively with Tyrese Maxey, Chris Harris Jr and De’Vion Harmon in the rotation. Williams length and ability in the open floor will be a weapon for the Hoops as they look to advance to bracket play.

Houston Hoops (TX) forward Bryce Okpoh
2018 averages: 8.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 58.5 FG%

Bryce Okpoh is criminally-underrated. The 6-foot-7 combo forward is a terrific fit alongside his running-mates, as his athleticism and natural sprinting ability allow him to become a menace in transition. Okpoh impacts a game without having a play run for him, and is one of the best offensive rebounders in the country; he had more offensive rebounds (46) than defensive (44) this spring. Okpoh will need to be huge in an undersized Hoops’ rotation, and if he answers the bell, the Hoops could make something special happen.

Pro Skills (TX) forward Tylan Pope
2018 averages: 10.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 54.5 FG%

Tylan Pope was one of the biggest breakout performers of the spring. The 6-foot-6 Pope is an undersized, athletic forward with an long wingspan and elite jumping ability. Pope is a high-major talent, and he has a chance to open some eyeballs this weekend.

Pro Skills (TX) forward J’Wan Roberts
2018 averages: 10.7 PPG, 52.9 FG%, 7.7 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 1.2 SPG

J’Wan Roberts started the season in style, taking home the Defensive Player of the Session in Dallas. The 6-foot-7 forward didn’t slow down after that, averaging 11 points per game while turning himself into a impact defender. Roberts shot a team-high 50 free throws in the spring, and will need to continue that aggressiveness as Pro Skills attacks pool play. If Roberts simply shows up and improves on his play from the spring, he is going to become a hot commodity during Peach Jam.

Pro Skills (TX) guard Ja’Mare Redus
2018 averages:

Just like Pope and Roberts, Redus had a breakout spring worthy of several division 1 offers. Pro Skills’ point guard averaged a team-high 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Proving to be just as good of a lock-down defender as he is place-setter on offense. Redus is ultra-quick, fast in the open-floor and has more than enough athleticism. Redus will be playing huge minutes for head coach Jeff Webster, and he should enjoy a solid Peach Jam.

Team CP3 (NC) forward BJ Mack
2018 averages: 12.6 PPG, 56.8 FG%, 6.2 RPG

Before our eyes, BJ Mack has turned himself into a versatile, composed combo-forward capable of impacting a game in multiple different facets. Mack shot 57% from the floor during the EYBL regular season, showing the ability to stretch the defense (47.4 3PT%) while maintaining his status as a banger down low. Simply put,the 6-foot-8 Mack will be crucial to No.2 CP3’s success at Peach Jam.

Nike Team Florida forward D’Antoni Gordon
2018 averages: 11.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG

DeAntoni was the perfect energy player for Nike Team Florida. Verbally-committed to Wichita State, Gordon runs the floor with ease and is a good finisher around the basket. Gordon isn’t a focal point on the scouting report, and does the majority of his damage on the glass and in transition. Nike Team Florida is a big threat in Pool A, and Gordon should help them surprise.

Brad Beal Elite (MO) guard Yuri Collins
2018 averages:

Yuri Collins has flown under-the-radar for far too long, and that’s about to change at Peach Jam. Brad Beal Elite’s point guard averaged () assists per game this spring, and his presence on the floor is vital. Collins is cool and composed while running BBE’s offense, and his playmaking abilities are going to pleasantly surprise a lucky college fan base. BBE is a popular pick to make it to bracket play, and they’ll need Collins to be on point.

Playaz Club (NJ) forward Zach Freemantle
2018 averages:

Al-Amir Dawes is unranked and could easily be listed here, but his Third Team All-EYBL spring should be enough to get him some national love. Freemantle, on the other hand, is still criminally-underrated on the national level. The 6-foot-8 Freemantle played tremendous this spring for the Playaz, and they wouldn’t be in North Augusta without him. His skills are constantly developing and he plays hard as hell – two traits that should help the Playaz surprise in pool play.

Team United (NC) guard Khalil Robinson
2018 averages:

Juwan Gary and Patrick Williams get most of the love, but Robinson quietly put together a super strong spring for Team United. The 6-foot point guard doesn’t make many mistakes on offense, and provides a sturdy, reliable defender for head coach Ed Cooke and company. Team United will be an underdog in North Augusta, but their floor general should help keep them competitive. Expect Robinson to see the offers flow in after a strong Peach Jam.

MOKAN Elite (KS) guard Dujuan Harris
2018 averages:

DuJuan Harris was terrific in his role for MOKAN this spring. Harris isn’t expected to score the ball, he’s expected to get it into his teammates’ hands. In 16 EYBL games, he did just that in, averaging a league-high () assists per game. Harris is dynamic with the ball in his hands, and also plays some freakishly-good defense. If Harris performs like he did this spring, expect him to blow up at Peach Jam while MOKAN operates as a favorite.

Renaissance (NY) guard Tyler Bertram
2018 averages:

Tyler Bertram is one of the best perimeter shooters in the nation, evidenced by his team-high () three-pointers. Bertram’s ability to stretch the floor should open things up for Jalen Lecque and the rest of the backcourt, and if the Vermont Academy product is clicking, he has the ability to completely change a game. Bertram will need to be effectively defended, and if he isn’t, the Renaissance become one of the best offensive units in North Augusta.

Woodz Elite (AR) guard Collin Moore
2018 averages: 8.1 PPG, 48.5 FG%, 4.6 RPG, 2.8 APG

Moore is a solid, composed offensive player, but his bread and butter is at the defensive end of the floor. Moore spearheads a deep Woodz Elite lineup, and he doesn’t get nearly the love he deserves. Moore averages a team-high 2.8 assists per game an grabs 4.6 rebounds per game – tops amongst the backcourt. Woodz Elite will be a favorite to advance in their pool, and if Moore can continue his consistent uptick, bracket play could be in their future.

Oakland Soldiers (CA) guard Scotty Pippen Jr
2018 averages: 17.4 PPG, 48.8 FG%, 3.3 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 SPG

The son of NBA legend Scottie Pippen was mighty impressive during the spring, but for some reason he’s not be accredited by the national rankings. They can’t ignore much longer, especially if Pippen can continue his impressive per-game averages. Pippen is mainly a scorer at this point of his career, but the other aspects of his game are coming along nicely. If he can produce an uptick in the assist department, he should be considered amongst the nation’s elite.

Indy Heat (IN) guard Isaiah Thompson

The Indy Heat’s biggest red flag this spring was their backcourt, as they had to operate without floor general Isaiah Thompson (247 3-star). the brother of Purdue point guard PJ Thompson, Isaiah is also committed to Purdue, and will finally get a chance to show Boilermaker fans the type of point guard they are getting in 2019. Thompson should provide a huge lift to a backcourt lacking depth, and they become an extremely dangerous entity in Pool A.

Indy Heat (IN) guard Jalen Windham
2018 averages: 8.5 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.3 APG

Without Isaiah Thompson, the Indy Heat desperately need someone to step up in the backcourt this spring. Windham was that guy, and the 6-foot-4 combo guard averaged nine points while shooting 46.3% from the perimeter. Windham hit a team-high 31 triples, and if the Indy Heat expect to compete, they need him hitting with that same accuracy.

MeanStreets (IL) guard Marquise Walker

2018 averages: 9.9 PPG, 2.5 APG, 1.8 RPG

Marquise Walker joins Brandon Newman (No. 80) and Armaan Franklin (No. 140) as the third member of MeanStreets’ talented backcourt. Walker averaged 8.1 points on 48.3% three-point shooting after coming over from the Mac Irvin Fire after session one. Walker averages a team-high 2.5 assists per game, and his playmaking skills will be vital to MeanStreets’ success. Walker should wind up being a High-Major recruit, and a big July would accelerate that fact.

NY Lightning (NYC) guard Jordan Dingle
2018 averages: 13.1 PPG, 39.6 3PT%, 3.7 RPG, 2.2 APG

Simply put, Jordan Dingle is one of the more underrated guards in the country. The 6-foot-3 looks as if he’s sculpted out of marble, and his productivity is highly-efficient. Dingle hit a team-high 38 three-pointers at a 40% clip, while getting to the line 46 times. Dingle needs to remain this aggressive, and if he does, the Lightning have a strong chance at earning a trip to bracket play.

Seattle Rotary (WA) guard Noah Williams
2018 averages: 9.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.8 APG

Rotary has four players averaging in double-figures, but it’s their fifth-leading scorer that is the glue that holds it all together. The 6-foot-5 point guard averages 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and a team-high 3.8 assists per game, doing a bit of everything for ‘Style’. The versatile guard will be playing huge minutes for Rotary, and his better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio should come in handy in pool play.

Drive Nation (TX) forward Victor Iwuakor
2018 averages: 9.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.6 BPG

Victor Iwuakor joined Drive Nation halfway through the season, and he put the finishing touches on a rotation that is as talented as any in the country. Iwuakor averaged 9.4 points per game on a league-high 77% shooting. He also grabbed 4.2 rebounds and blocked 1.6 blocks per contest. He adds a big, athletic presence on the frontline, and his teammates have learned to love him in transition.

Expressions Elite (MA) guard Joe Pridgen
2018 averages: 7.8 PPG, 55% FG, 5.0 RPG, 1.0 BPG

Joe Pridgen had a breakout spring for Expressions, averaging eight points per game on 55 percent shooting. He was second on the team in rebounds and blocked shots, and he provides a tough, strong presence on the wing. Pridgen is a workhorse, and Expressions will desperately need him to stay out of foul trouble. If he plays like he did this spring, expect Pridgen to gather a lot of offers after Peach.

City Rocks (NY) guard Symir Torrence
2018 averages: 6.5 PPG, 4.0 APG, 3.8 RPG

The City Rocks are a solid bunch, and they're glued together by the play of sophomore Symir Torrence. The budding high-major prospect is a jack-of-all-trades type, and will be a huge asset as the Rocks look to battle out of Pool Play.

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