Posted On: 07/14/21 5:39 PM

No bigger stage for elite hoopers exists than Peach Jam.  The format is unique this year, because of Co-Vid fears.  Nike doesn’t want to fly players from all over the country in to potentially pass a deadly virus around the gym, only to be transported back to all corners of the nation.  So, in order to limit that possibility the NIKE EYB will exist in a bubble in North Augusta, South Carolina and Augusta, South Carolina for two consecutive weeks. 

Here is a look at Wednesay’s Top Performers with an emphasis on TN-based recruits.

2022 6-8 PF Tarris Reed Jr. – MoKan Elite

A dominant pro?  Tough to say, but Tarris will be a monster in college.  Rugged, strong, impetuous. Reed Jr. is the kind of player that winds up at Kansas.

2024 6-2 PG Jaye Nash Jaye Nash 6'2" | PG Briarcrest Christian | 2024 State TN – MoKan 15u 

Strong shoulders. Great change of direction.  Good passer, but needs better concept of where his teammates are and are going to be.  He will be wonderful throughout his high school career and certainly capable of being the featured guard at a HM program afterwards.

EYBL Stars (Tuesday)

2023 6-3 G Jack Medalie Jack Medalie 6'6" | SG Franklin | 2023 State TN – AOT 16u

After a balanced game Wednesday, Jack and his team really struggled to wake up Wednesday.  Medalie missed his first three shots, two of them from three-point territory.  He was not alone in this struggle.  AOT shot an abyssmal 1-14 from deep to begin the game and made just 32.5% of their shots overall. Jack did pull down 2 rebounds in the first quarter.

2024 6-8 PF Alijah Curry Alijah Curry 6'8" | PF Memphis East | 2024 State TN – MoKan 15u

Alijah and MoKan played a hyper-athletic E1T1 squad Wednesday afternoon.  Curry gets off the ground quickly.  He also limits his touch to the least amount of time.  In other words, already Curry is a quick operator and capable of getting the pass up and off the glass before defenders converge.  A valuable skill already mastered.

2022 6-11 C  Felix Okpara Felix Okpara 6'11" | C Hamilton Heights | 2022 State #87 Nation TN – MoKan 17u

A day after a forgettable performance, Felix came out strong Wednesday.  He scored the very first points of the game, hounding the glass for a putback.  He continued his trademark altering of shots.  Okpara scored an unchallenged dunk off a beautiful layoff by Damien Mayo Jr. Okpara exited his second EYBL game tied for 3rd (2.5 blocks per).

Okpara has a stronger base this year.  He is able to fend off bigs who aspire to pound him to oblivion.  Okpara is much better about controlling his body and the lane now.  The celiing is scary. There has been pushback within Tennessee that Felix is deserving of Top 3 statewide.  Well, maybe.  But, who do you drop out?  Brandon Miller Brandon Miller 6'8" | SF Cane Ridge | 2022 State #21 Nation TN , Chandler Jackson Chandler Jackson 6'5" | SG Christian Brothers | 2022 State #71 Nation TN , BJ Edwards?

 

Scores

60 Houston Hoops 15u (Tuesday)
46 Team Thad 15u

49 AOT 16u (Tuesday)
40 Team Melo 16u

Drive Nation 15u
NJ Scholars 15u   11:30cst

MoKan 15u
E1T1 15u

73 Real Run 15u
71 Team Thad 15u

MoKan 17u
PSA Cardinals 17u

 

 

All Tennessee-based players

 

Numbers are merely jersey numbers.

Felix Okpara Felix Okpara 6'11" | C Hamilton Heights | 2022 State #87 Nation TN (MoKan 17u)
Brandon Miller Brandon Miller 6'8" | SF Cane Ridge | 2022 State #21 Nation TN (Brad Beal 17u)
Tyler Byrd Tyler Byrd 6'3" | SF Tipton-Rosemark Academy | 2022 State TN (Team Thad 17u)
Amarr Knox Amarr Knox 6'3" | PG Bartlett | 2022 State #212 Nation TN (Team Thad 17u)
Chandler Jackson Chandler Jackson 6'5" | SG Christian Brothers | 2022 State #71 Nation TN (Team Thad 17u)
Malik Dia Malik Dia 6'9" | SF Ensworth | 2022 State #230 Nation TN (Team Thad 17u)
Justin Morgan Justin Morgan 6'6" | SG Memphis Nighthawks | 2022 State TN (Team Thad 17u)
Keyron Crawford Keyron Crawford 6'6" | SF Briarcrest Christian | 2022 State TN (Team Thad 17u)
Rico Sain II Rico Sain II 6'2" | PG South Side | 2022 State TN (Team Thad 17u)

Jack Medalie Jack Medalie 6'6" | SG Franklin | 2023 State TN (AOT 16u)
#1 Jordan Frison Jordan Frison 5'10" | PG Overton | 2023 State TN (Team Thad 16u)
Devaki Garr Devaki Garr 6'0" | PG Ensworth | 2023 State TN (Team Thad 16u)
Isaiah West Isaiah West 6'3" | SG Goodpasture | 2023 State #180 Nation TN (Georgia Stars 16u)
#1 Regale Moore Regale Moore 6'2" | CG Bartlett | 2023 State TN (Woodz Elite 16u)

Sam Medalie Sam Medalie 6'1" | PG Franklin High School | 2024 TN (AOT 15u)
Ahmad Nowell Ahmad Nowell 6'2" | SG Houston | 2024 State TN (NJ Scholars 15u)
Alijah Curry Alijah Curry 6'8" | PF Memphis East | 2024 State TN (MoKan 15u)
Jaye Nash Jaye Nash 6'2" | PG Briarcrest Christian | 2024 State TN (MoKan 15u)
#2 Julius Thedford Julius Thedford 6'3" | CG Memphis East | 2024 State TN (Team Thad 15u)
#10 Braxton Jumper Braxton Jumper 6'1" | CG Whitehaven | 2024 State TN (Team Thad 15u)
#18 Marcus Gray Marcus Gray 6'0" | SG St. Benedict | 2024 State TN (Team Thad 15u)
#23 Christian Alston Christian Alston 6'4" | SF Bartlett | 2024 TN (Team Thad 15u)
#45 Khylan Payne Khylan Payne 6'6" | PF State TN (Team Thad 15u)

 

MoKan 15u Starters

#3 Jaye Nash Jaye Nash 6'2" | PG Briarcrest Christian | 2024 State TN *
#5 Tyrique Brooks (MO)
#5 Christian Gilliand* (MS)
#21 Alijah Curry Alijah Curry 6'8" | PF Memphis East | 2024 State TN *
#22 Ethan Lathan* (MO)
#23 Zaxton King (KS)

Team Thad 15u Starters

#3 O’Keefe*
#4 *
#5 Christian Gilliand* (MS)
#10 Braxton Jumper Braxton Jumper 6'1" | CG Whitehaven | 2024 State TN * (TN)
#45 Kylan Payne* (TN)

 

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