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July 13, 2009NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.- There have been the usual top prospects on top of their game at the Nike Peach Jam, and there have also been some lesser known prospects making a big impression.
Jeremy Lamb (2010 Georgia Stars)- No player's recruitment has blown up faster over the past two days than lamb's. A low major to mid-major recruit prior to the Peach Jam, Lamb now has a Kentucky and Connecticut offer while more offers are certainly pouring in. A terrific shooter, Lamb also has a confident scoring game off the dribble. He does need to put weight on his thin frame, but his length and instincts allow him to make plays.
Markel Brown (2010 Louisiana Select)- Does Oklahoma State ever have a good one in Brown. A bouncy scoring machine, Brown drained three-pointers and attacked the rim authority in a win over Team Texas. And on the defensive end, he was impressive as well. No longer an under the radar prospect, Brown will likely grab a fourth star in the post summer rankings.
Matt Derenbecker (2010 Louisiana Select)- This lefty small forward is a smooth and skilled offensive performer. A sharp shooter who can hit from deep as well as hit shots putting the ball on the floor either direction, Derenbecker can also be a facilitator with his passing ability. Like Brown, Derenbecker will jump into the pos summer rankings.
Cameron Clark (2010 Team Texas)- Clark has been one of the most active small forwards during the first two days of the Peach Jam. His defense and rebounding has been impressive, and he has found a variety of ways to score.
Phil Pressey (2010 Team Texas)- When Pressey stays within himself and keeps his game efficient, he is one of the better point guards in the class. At times, however, he falls into lapses of over dribbling and forcing shots. When his focus is on creating rhythm shots for teammates and letting his points come to him, he is as fun to watch as any point guard in the class.
Austin Rivers (2011 Team Stat)- The scoring combo guard started out the event with an 18 point first half in a blowout win over Howard Pulley. With his teammate Brandon Knight drawing Howard Pulley's top defender, Rivers took advantage with slashing right hand drives to the rim and deep threes.
Brandon Knight (2010 Team Stat)- Besides his tendency to force some bad shots, Knight has the total package as a point guard. He gets to the rim with punishing drives either direction, scores from all three levels, creates scoring opportunities for his teammates and defends and rebounds at a high level. In his game against Howard Pulley, Knight was the game's lead scorer with 20 points. In his second game of the event, however, he suffered a foot injury that has him on crutches.
Harrison Barnes (2010 Howard Pulley)- Barnes doesn't have a lot of help around him, but that hasn't stopped him from being one of the top performers at the event. He is shooting the ball at a high level from behind the arc and is scoring game off the dribble continues to improve.
Deshaun Thomas (2010 Indy Spiece)- Thomas took on the challenge of competing against Barnes and had an impressive outing. He scored 27 points to Barnes' 28 points in a close Indy Spiece win. When Thomas takes his game to the rim and avoids settling for jumpers, he is one of the toughest forwards to guard in the class.
Tobias Harris (2010 Albany City Rocks)- Speaking of forwards who are difficult to guard, no four man in the class scores like Harris. Composed and efficient with the ball in his hands, Harris puts up points that will easily translate to the next level. His stock is rapidly rising.
Marquis Teague (2010 Indy Spiece)- Along with Thomas, Teague shoulders a heavy burden offensively for Indy Spiece. His numbers have been up and down based on opponents' defensive schemes. But when he doesn't face a double team, he gets to the rim as well as any player on the circuit.
Meyers Leonard (2010 Mac Irvin)- Meyers has been impressive in his last two events. He is becoming for confident in his offensive game, and his length and athleticism are producing results on the defensive end.
Jared Sullinger (2010 All Ohio Red)- An offensive player who punishes defenders with his strength and aggressiveness, Sullinger continues to impress. Josh Smith's size game him a little trouble in their match up, but Sullinger also showed some dribble game in that match up that bodes well for his future.
Juwan Staten (2010 All Ohio Red)- Sullinger might be the anchor for All Ohio Red, but Staten is certainly the engine that makes that team run. He has a lethal burst off the dribble, shoots the ball well and is a sound decision maker.
Julien Lewis (2011 Houston Hoops)- Love his explosiveness and motor. The energy he brings to the court and his versatile skill package will help him have an impact early in his career at Texas.
Scouting the Coaches
There was a full house for the Howard Pulley, Team Stat match up. Head coaches from Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Iowa State amongst others watched the game.
Bob Huggins, Tom Izzo and the Kentucky staff are keeping an eye on Adreian Payne.
Bob Huggins and Mike Brey are tracking Tobias Harris.
Head coaches from Memphis, UCLA, Maryland and Washington are watching Terrence Jones.
The Seattle Rotary, All Ohio Red game drew head coaches from Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Florida, Michigan State, Arizona and West Virginia.
Alex Kirk has drawn head coaches from Vanderbilt, Baylor and California.
Trent Johnson is keeping an eye Andre Stringer.
Johnny O'Bryant had head coaches from Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Kansas and Florida watching him
Jeff Capel and Travis Ford are tracking Cameron Clark.
Ben Howland has been a presence at Josh Smith's games.