After watching every team in the Peach Jam, Rivals.com's Justin Young looks back at the Nike event and breaks down his top surprises from Augusta. A couple of new names emerged from the event while a couple of players raised their games to new heights.
Michael Jordan's kid was pretty darn impressive over the course of several games at the Peach Jam. It was probably the best game-to-game effort he's had on the grassroots circuit this year. The 6-foot-3 guard scored with the best of them and played a physical brand of basketball that made it tough for defenders to keep a body between Jordan and the rim. Thought to be a mid-level prospect, Jordan may have played himself into a high-major scholarship offer this month.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound center had everyone talking after displaying an aggressive and interesting offensive game. The IMG (Fla.) big man has an array of skills when it comes to scoring the basketball. If he improves his rebounding and his defensive intensity, Natyazhko could be one of the best centers in the nation.
As a guy that entered the Peach Jam with a handful of quality mid-major offers, Broghammer put in an effort that made a handful of high-majors jump into the race. The 6-foot-8 native of Minnesota showed off a nice skill set in the post, scoring on the blocks and moving the ball around to his scorers. He's equally impressive as a passer as he is a rebounder. Notre Dame, Penn State and Santa Clara offered shortly after the Peach Jam. He certainly earned them with his play.
The three-star Georgian was a steady scorer for the Stars at the Peach Jam and his ability to get to the rim was his go-to weapon as his team went 5-0 in pool play. The 6-foot-3 guard has been the most consistent player for the Stars this AAU season and he was a sure bet in the scoring column. For teams that are looking for players to put points on the board, Coleman has been one of the best in the Peach State for a long time.
The 5-foot-11 point guard gave a nice sampling of what he can do at the Peach Jam. He showed he can score in one game. He proved he could run a high-level team in another. And most of all, he showed his defensive presence in a quarterfinal game against the Georgia Stars. His lock-down ability turned the game around and swung the lead around by 20 points. His name has been a hot one of late amongst schools on the Eastern seaboard. After seeing him in action at the Peach Jam, it's easy to see why.
With a lot of attention given to his teammate Tommy Mason-Griffin, it is understandable why the 5-foot-9 point guard gets overlooked sometimes. He shouldn't be. Fenton was equally important to the Hoops' success at the Peach Jam. Fenton, a New Mexico commitment, does a great job of directing traffic and knew that TMG was the hot hand and did his very best to put the ball into his hands as much as he could. Fenton's speed will be a nice upgrade in the Lobos backcourt next fall.
The more you watch the class of 2009 forward, the more you appreciate his game. The 6-foot-8 forward seemed to always make positive plays and always seemed to be at the right place at the right time. His basketball IQ is his best asset. Ludwig can rebound, pass and hit shots. He's still in need of more strength but he'll outsmart his defender more times than not. Whatever level he goes to, Ludwig should be a fine college basketball player.
With point guards in high demand in the class of 2009, it wouldn't come as a big surprise if the 6-foot floor general saw his recruitment intensify after his play last week. California Supreme played deep into the tournament thanks in large part to his steady effort at the one spot. He scored on jumpers and drives and then found his teammates for scores. His effort was commendable and noticeable. Cobbs has been strong all summer long.