EYBL Peach Jam Day 3 recap

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The elimination process began on Day 3 at the EYBL finals at the Nike Peach Jam creating an intense atmosphere with players competing to extend their play. The elite players continue to rise to the occasion and a few lesser known prospects have made an impression on college coaches in attendance.

Be sure to tune in to catch the championship game Friday on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET.


Julius Randle (McKinney,Texas/Prestonwood Academy)
2013, PF, 6-8, 240 pounds | Texas Titans

A man among boys even against the nation's elite. A rare combination of power and skill who scores both inside and out. What makes him so special is how he handles the ball to get to the rim and get old-fashion 3-point plays. He shoots it well from the perimeter and can not be stopped when he wants to score. He has excellent hands and is a great rebounder when he puts his mind to it.

Jaron Blossomgame (Alpharetta, Ga./Chattahoochee)
2012, SF, 6-6, 195 pounds | Georgia Stars

Blossomgame has been a glue guy for the Stars all week. The athletic slasher is an active defender and rebounder who is improving his perimeter jump shot. He plays within the team concept and picks his spots to take over, but he definitely has the ability to take over a game. He is a quiet stat stuffer who seems to be constantly around the ball both offensively and defensively. The Clemson commitment is a major reason why the Stars made the semifinals.

Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn./Oak Hill Academy)
2012, PF, 6-8, 240 pounds | Memphis YOMCA

Stokes has been Mr. Consistency with his production throughout the EYBL tournament. He is a bully in the low post who sets the tone with his physical play. He can drive to the basket or knock down a 15-foot jumper, but does most of his damage in the paint where he punishes opponents into submission attacking the rim. He has great hands and has shown he can finish through contact against the best.

Dominic Artis (Vallejo, Calif./Salesian)
2012, PG, 5-11 175 pounds | Oakland Soldiers

Artis is a fast-rising point guard who can do everything a point guard needs to do. He is crafty with the ball and a solid distributor who is very good at running his team. He is a solid scorer who understands when to score and when to pass.He can attack from mid-range or from deep with range to 20 feet. He is becoming a Pac-12 priority.

Billy Garrett, Jr. (Chicago/Morgan Park)
2013, PG, 6-3, 180 pounds | Mac Irvin Fire

Garrett has terrific feel for the game and how it's supposed to be played. From his dribble drives, he can either score or find his teammates. When left open, he makes opponents pay with a smooth style of play and the confidence and talent to drain it behind the arc.
He looks very comfortable with the ball in his hands running his team, driving to the basket or playing a two-man pick-and-roll game. What also stands out are his advanced instincts for the game and a soft scoring touch.

Anthlon Bell. (Memphis, Tenn./Bartlett)
2012, SG, 6-3, 180 pounds | Memphis YOMCA

While sometimes streaky from behind the arc, Bell is a 3-point specialist who can go on some torrid runs. He has shot it very well during the tournament. When he starts heating up and gets in a rhythm shooting 3s, he has the ability to break open a game with consecutive shots. His shooting range opens the floor for his teammates to drive to the basket.

Breakout player

Georges Niang (Methuen, Mass./Tilton School)
2012, PF, 6-7, 235 pounds | BABCOCK

The future Iowa State Cyclone is a rough and tumble low post brawler who loves contact and backs down from no one. He has excellent skill, understands how to play to his strengths and can beat opponents in the paint or from the perimeter in pick-and-pop situations. He scored 31 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while leading his team to a quarterfinals victory.

Ones to watch

James Young (Troy, Mich./Troy)
2013, SF, 6-5, 210 pounds | The Family

James is an athletic small forward who is truly gifted at putting the ball in the basket. The lefty is one of the better scorers in the 2013 class and has range up to 22 feet. He is also adept at putting the ball on the floor and slashing to the basket. Young is a very good athlete and one of the true up-and-comers in the 2013 class.

Tony Farmer (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights)
2013, SF, 6-6, 220 pounds | All Ohio Red

Farmer is a dynamic wing who has been playing all over the court. He has an improved handle that now allows him to get to the basket from the wing. He is very right handed but his strong body and strength allow him to shred the defense and get to the basket. He has improved his shot and range and can now hit jumpers out to 20 feet. He needs to improve his consistency in all areas but he is on track to become an elite level talent in 2013

Tyus Jones (Apple Valley ,Minn./Apple Valley)
2014, PG, 6-0, 160 pounds | Howard Pulley

This young gun has an impressive package of offensive tools at a young age.He shoots 3s easy and knows when he is open to do so. Jones shows the ability to hit dribble pull-ups inside the arc before the second line of defense closes out. For a young player, he understands why and how to use a shot fake against defenders who come charging at him. His great court vision allows him to make the assist and he is in control of himself as he leads his team.


• Team Takeover's Amaud Adala Moto was out this week due to a knee injury, which clearly hurt Takeovers defense and overall depth. "We miss Moto's energy and defense," coach Keith Stevens said

Kyle Anderson must have set an unofficial record for triple doubles at the Peach Jam. He averaged a phenomenal 18.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists during the tournament and just missed getting another one with a 20 point, 10 assists and 9 rebounds effort in a loss to the Oakland Soldiers.

• If basketball doesn't workout there are a few players here who look like they could have a successful go as tight ends or defensive ends in the NFL. Ricardo Gathers, Brian Brigewater and Jarnell Stohere're all powerfully built power forwards that look like they could play on Sundays.

• Dejuan Colman had both coaches of his potential future schoolss -- Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and John Calipari of Kentucky -- in attendance to watch to big fella.

• It's never too early to start the recruiting process, right? Sitting along the sidelines for Jabari Parker were Mike Krzyzewski , John Calipari , Tom Izzo, Bruce Webber, Tubby Smith, Oliver Purnell and Lorenzo Romar.

Mike LaPlante, a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting, has over 20 years of coaching and recruiting experience. Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at espndt@gmail.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter. Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting. He is also one the voters for the McDonald's All-American Game and Gatorade Player of the Year. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.