Which Recruits Generated the Most Buzz on Twitter at the 2013 Nike Peach Jam?
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It was the perfect way to start off the July evaluation period.
The Nike EYBL finals at the Peach Jam featured some of the best players in the 2014 class and had all the big-name coaches in attendance. The top recruiting writers were front and center to take it all in.
Here are the 10 players who generated the most buzz.
10. Kelly Oubre, Houston Hoops
CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello wrote that one NBA scout told him that Oubre was the best wing at LeBron James' camp last week.
The news on Oubre was that he had cut his list to five schools after Peach Jam, according Jason Jordan of USA Today.
Kelly Oubre tells me that he'll cut his list to 5 after #PeachJam. Who will definitely make the list? "Kansas. Other 4 are up for grabs."— Jason Jordan (@JayJayUSATODAY) July 12, 2013
9. Justise Winslow, Houston Hoops
Winslow impressed throughout the last few weeks on the United States' U-19 team and continued to do so at Peach Jam.
Justice Winslow is playing point guard at one end, defending Cliff Alexander at the other. And it doesn't look like he's breaking a sweat.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 13, 2013
8. Joel Berry, Each 1 Teach 1
Berry, a UNC commit, was on the championship team at Peach Jam, and he got some love from ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep.
Joel Berry. Never understood why some questioned him. Always looked good with me in gym. Reports of his demise = premature. Eybl champ— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 14, 2013
7. Trey Lyles, Spiece Indy Heat
Lyles is being recruited by both Louisville and Kentucky, so he generated a lot of buzz with the quote below.
Yes, Trey Lyles did say the following: "Kentucky gets players to the league faster, but Louisville might develop them a little bit better."— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 12, 2013
6. Tyler Ulis, Meanstreets
Ulis, a 5'9" point guard, had one of the eye-opening performances of the weekend against the top point guard in the 2014 class, Tyus James. Ulis won the game and put up an impressive 22 points and 17 assists.
His father, James Ulis, took to Twitter to show he was one proud pop throughout the weekend.
Tyler Ulis after 4 games, 36 assist n 9 turnovers! Ball in hand all every possession of the last two games! #protecttherock— James Ulis (@ulis5620) July 13, 2013
5. Cliff Alexander, Mac Irvin Fire
Most of the talk about Cliff Alexander during Peach Jam was about his raw power. See the video below for a rim-hating sample.
I missed the whole Sharknado thing because of the Peach Jam. But could not have been more devastating than Chicago's Cliff Alexander.— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) July 12, 2013
4. Stanley Johnson, Oakland Soldiers
The leading scorer at Peach Jam, Johnson told Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News he plans to make a college decision around January.
One school definitely not in the mix? Wisconsin.
Stanley Johnson asked about post-dunk pose in front of Bo Ryan: "I don't know who Bo Ryan is, by the way."— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) July 12, 2013
3. Malik Newman, Jackson Tigers
Newman is the lone 2015 recruit on this list. That'll happen when you drop 40 points, which he did in a loss to Houston Hoops.
Newman, who averaged 22.2 points for the tournament, is the top player in his class, according to Rivals.com. He cannot tell you a ton about the schools that are chasing him, because, as he told the Courier-Journal in Louisville, he doesn't watch much basketball.
What he does like to do is...shoot. A lot! He led the tourney in attempts per game at 19.2.
Malik Newman is really good but he's a volume shooter. His green light has a green light. #PeachJam— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) July 12, 2013
2. Tyus Jones, Howard Pulley
Most of the talk around the top point guard in the 2014 class centered around his desire to play with big man Jahlil Okafor. CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish wrote about the oddity of the package deal.
The leader of the pack for the two is thought to be Duke. For more on Duke's pursuit, check out a story from Laura Keeley of the News & Observer.
You'll learn that it's easy to see why Okafor would love to play with Jones.
Confident that I could average 15 ppg this week if Tyus Jones was my pg. He sees things that normal players don't. #peachjam— Jason Jordan (@JayJayUSATODAY) July 13, 2013
1. Jahlil Okafor, Mac Irvin Fire
Okafor had me dropping superlatives at his ridiculously advanced post game during the U-19 FIBA World Championships.
The top player in the 2014 class has that effect on people.
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