NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- All-Ohio Red captured the Nike Peach Jam U-17 championship by defeating Team Final 62-53 after trailing at halftime. Power forward Jared Sullinger (Columbus Ohio/Northland; committed to Ohio State) scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and pulled down 21 rebounds as All-Ohio scored 38 second-half points. Mike Gilchrist (Somerdale, N.J. / St. Patrick's) led Team Final with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Tyreek Duran (Philadelphia/Neuman-Goretti) supported Gilchrist with 12 points, and 6-9 post Rakeem Christmas (Philadelphia/North Catholic) was a factor in the lane with 5 blocks. Point guard Aaron Craft and shooting guard Kevin Gray also scored in double figures for All-Ohio with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The Family (Detroit) defeated All-Ohio 77-60 in the U-16 Peach Jam Final. The Family was led by 2011 guard Carlton Brundidge (South Field, Mich.) with 27 points and 6-6 wing LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.), who added 21 points.
We at ESPN have attended all of the major events in the spring and summer thus far and would be hard pressed to find a team event that has more talent under one roof than the Nike Peach Jam. Tournament director Van Johnson Jr. did a terrific job as the Nike Peach Jam again lived up to its reputation of being one of the marquee events of the July evaluation period
Jared Sullinger (Columbus, Ohio/Northland; committed to Ohio State) -- Sullinger simply wears down opposing post players with his size, strength and physical play. He is a terrific rebounder who seems to get all balls that come off the rim within his reach on both ends. He also has a great feel in the post. He is tremendous at maintaining or seeking out contact while the ball is in the air in order to seal his defender in the lane. He scored with jump hooks and power drop-steps through contact. He has very good, but not great, athletic ability, which allows very athletic players to block his shot sometimes. This doesn't bother Sullinger at all; he continues to take the ball back at the defender. In most cases it results in a putback basket or an and-1. Sullinger has great anticipation of where his misses are coming off and follows his own shot on a regular basis. He plays with a killer instinct and changes the game with his ability to dominate in the low post.
Tyreek Duran (Philadelphia/Neuman-Goretti) is a quick point guard who loves the open floor. He can take an outlet pass and push the ball to the other end of the floor with speed in attack mode, which puts constant pressure on the defense. When in the paint, Duran can get to the rim and score the layup or find his teammates for the assist. In the half-court setting, Duran shows a nice change of pace when he handles the ball. He can run the show and understands enough to get others involved. He must be careful not to overpenetrate and get in trouble. He is a good on-ball defender who displays good lateral foot speed and active hands. He plays with so many superstars on Team Final that at times he gets overlooked. The mid-majors should be calling this tough Philly player.
2011 prospect Carlton Brundidge (Southfield, Mich.) slashed and shot his way to 27 big points in the U-16 final. Brundidge knifed through the defense to score on strong drives. He is a capable shooter from long range, but he is at his best punishing opponents on his way to the basket. When he gets a head of steam with the ball in his hands, the defense gets out of his way. He was able to get a lot done by sprinting the wing hard in transition. He plays with relentless energy and passion, and refuses to be denied when he wants to score -- even gathering his own misses for putbacks. It is also important to point out that Brundidge continued to make plays on both ends of the floor even in a stretch during the first half when his shot was not falling.
LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) also provided offense for The Family in the U-16 final. Henton was beating his defender off the dribble to score. The lefty showed a nice midrange game. He is able to secure the rebound on the defensive end and outlet or lead the break himself. When he outlets it, he continues to run the floor, often getting a return pass or getting a tip-in. He is not afraid to chase down a loose ball and dive on the floor. He operates well from the high post area. His strong body allows him to finish through contact and maintain his intensity throughout the game.
Trey Lewis (Reynoldsburg/Garfield Heights) came out shooting early and often. He hit a spot up 3-pointer on the game's opening possession on his way to 19 points (five 3s). He loves to use the between-the-legs dribble to change direction and keep his defender off balance while giving himself room to operate. His release is smooth and quick and the shot is soft with excellent rotation. He showed that he can break you down off the dribble. He penetrates for kicks to open teammates as well as drop-offs to post players for easy scores.
Kevin Brooks contributed to this report.
Paul Biancardi, who spent 2007-08 as an assistant coach on Rick Majerus' staff at Saint Louis University, is the national recruiting director for ESPN Scouts Inc. He has 18 years of coaching experience at the Division I level. He was an assistant at Boston University, Boston College and Ohio State before becoming the head coach at Wright State, where he earned Horizon League Coach of the Year honors in the 2003-04 season. He is on the selection committees for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award and the McDonald's All-American Game.