College Basketball Recruiting: 2012 Nike Peach Jam Top 5 Players
Some of the best high school hoops talent in the country has been on display this week at the 2012 Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC.
This is the national finals for the Elite Youth Basketball League sponsored by Nike.
Forty teams have competed previously in Minneapolis, Hampton, Dallas, and Oakland to qualify to be one of the top 24 under-17 squads in the nation.
MoKan Elite is playing CIA Bounce in one of the semifinals. The CP3 All-Stars will face the Oakland Soldiers in the other.
One of the surprises in North Augusta is that dominating Class of 2013 big man Julius Randle and Team Texas Titans didn't make the semis.
Here's a quick look at five players who are getting work done for the four EYBL semi-final teams.
Theo Pinson (CP3 All-Stars)
If you need a bucket, Theo Pinson is your man.
The 6'5" rising Junior from Greensboro, NC/Wesleyan Christian Academy has one of the best mid-range pull-up games of anyone in the class of 2014.
Averaging 17.7 points per game so far in SC, Pinson has demonstrated once again why schools like Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and just about everyone else in Division I hoops is after him.
Jabari Bird (Oakland Soldiers)
Jabari Bird is one of the best SG's in the nation.
He utilizes his length (6'6") to create matchup nightmares, dominates his opponents with his amazing mid-range and long-distance shooting skills, and is downright scary in the open court, throwing down highlight reel dunks in transition.
Bird has averaged 15.8 points per game at the Peach Jam while shooting 59.2 percent from the field.
Everybody on the West Coast (who is smart) is in on Bird.
Stanley Johnson (Oakland Soldiers)
Rising Junior Stanley Johnson is getting it done in so many ways on the court.
Because of an injury on his team, Johnson has taken on a greater scoring role than normal.
Mark Olivier, the Oakland Soldiers coach, describes Johnson's game to ESPN as "meat-and-potatoes...He's just so fundamentally sound. He's the ultimate team player."
The 6'5" wing from Fullerton, CA (Mater Dei H.S.) is one of the steals leaders at the Peach Jam.
Andrew Wiggins (CIA Bounce)
Andrew Wiggins is the No. 1 player in the class of 2014, but he is competing like he wants to be known as the best player in high school hoops.
The 6'7" SF from Toronto is a master at getting into the lane, drawing contact and the foul and then making his opponents pay.
In five games in SC, Wiggins is 23-for-27 from the stripe, while averaging 21.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
The son of former NBA veteran Mitchell Wiggins has Florida State and Kentucky at the top of his list.
An anticipated matchup between Wiggins and Class of 2013 phenom Jabari Parker didn't happen in SC since Parker is home in Chicago nursing a foot injury.
Semi Ojeleye (MoKan Elite)
At 6'6" and 220 lbs, Semi Ojeleye is a powerfully built SF that can do it all.
This week at SC, Ojeleye has done nothing but improve his status on the national scene.
Ojeleye elevated his game and had a huge quarterfinals, going for 33 points, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc and 9-for-9 from the line.
Duke, Indiana, Illinois and Kansas are four of the schools at the top of his list, with the Blue Devils the early favorite to sign the 4.0 student from Ottawa, KS.