Peach Jam Bracket Play Standouts (Part 2)

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Posted On: 07/15/18 8:57 AM

I stopped over to the bracket play day of Peach Jam in Augusta on Saturday.

Former and current NBA players Scottie Pippen, Kenyon Martin and Victor Oladipo all stopped by accompanied by a slew of Divison I head coaches.

Here is a look at the top performers from a busy Saturday in the Nike EYBL top tournament (Part 2).

ICYMI: Part 1

Dudley Blackwell (Westminster/Team Nighrydas)

Passing was on point today for 2020 Westminster guard Dudley Blackwell. At 6’6″, the rising junior has a versatility about him that colleges covet, hence his offer on Saturday from UF. He was dribbling around a lot of traffic and making his few looks count. He looked like a true big point man out there in the quarterfinal win against MEBO.

DJ Steward (Illinois Oak Park/Mean Streets)

Chicago basketball makes you think of tough athletes. 2020 Oak Park guard DJ Steward is the next in line out of the state of Illinois. He proved to be a reliable shooter who steps into an opening often. He can also double-clutch on his dunks and he rarely if ever comes out of the game. There’s no wonder he’s ranked No. 2 overall in the Prep Hoops Illinois 2020 rankings.

Reece Beekman (Louisiana Scotlandville Magnet/Phenom University)

A super focused guard, 2020 Scotlandville Magnet athlete Reece Beekman goes to the cup more often than not. The 6’3″ guard flourishes with his smoothness and core strength. He’s best served as a scoring point man and his ceiling is high with his playmaking ability.

Jalen Barr (North Carolina Olympic/Team United)

A 6’4″ 2019 guard/forward, Jalen Barr was beyond impressive in the quarterfinal loss to Team Why Not. Barr is loaded with natural athleticism. He routinely ran in transition and dunked home his own drives. He had a block on Cassius Stanley with 30 seconds left that was beyond impressive.

Jalen Duren (Pennsylvania Roman Catholic/Team Final)

Villanova’s Jay Wright was among the coaches in the house watching Jalen Duren in a 15U quarterfinal loss to Renaissance. The 2022 Roman Catholic forward is huge at 6’9″ and loaded with potential. Duren is a sure win in a 1-on-1 situation at his age. He needs to get better at boxing out, but he is vocal for his side and willing to put in the work