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Peach Jam Preview: Pool B

By D1 Circuit Staff, 07/09/19, 1:45PM EDT

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Preview Includes:

  • Pool Listing
  • The Favorite
  • The Contenders
  • The Sleeper
  • Quick Hitters
  • List of ESPN Ranked Players
  • Top Head-To-Head Matchups
  • Full Pool Schedule

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The Favorite:

With an 11-2 record and one of the most complete rotations at Peach Jam, Phenom University (WI) enters the Peach Jam as the favorite to advance from Pool D. First Team All-EYBL selection Jalen Johnson (ESPN No. 4) showed off his elite versatility during the regular season, and the Duke commit will be a matchup nightmare for the rest of the pool. Sophomore star Patrick Baldwin Jr (ESPN No. 1) found his stride late in the season. His shooting stroke and overall offensive game are elite, and if he's hitting shots, Phenom becomes nearly impossible to beat. Throw in top 100 juniors Jaemyn Brakefield (ESPN No. 17) Reece Beekman (UVA commit), and Jamari Sibley, and you have one of the best starting rotations on the circuit.

The Contenders:

Quite frankly, the entire rest of the pool are contenders to advance out of pool play.  Boo Williams (VA) deploys the EYBL Offensive Player of the Year in Cam Thomas, and offer two other 5-star recruits alongside him in sophomores Aminu Mohammed and Zion Harmon. Mark Williams will likely be a difference-maker for Boo, as the 7-foot-2 center will operate as the tallest player in the pool. Three east coast teams - Expressions Elite (9-4), Team Final (8-5), and the NY Renaissance (8-5) - all have talented rotations. Terrence Clarke (Expressions) and Jonathan Kuminga (Renaissance) are ESPN's No. 2 and 3 rated prospects, and both Peach Jam veterans will be looking to advance out of pool play during their second run in North Augusta. The Family Detroit rounds out a talented pool, and for the first time since session one, they will be at full strength. On top of that, their opening day roster has now added the services of Lorne Bowman II (ESPN No. 100). This Pool is a complete toss-up.

The Sleeper:

Led by Kuminga, the Renaissance features one of the most talented teams on paper. They showed flashes of absolute dominance throughout the season, and the emergence of All-Breakout performer RJ Davis proved to be crucial to their season-long success. 4-star Purdue-commit Ethan Morton will man the offense for the Renaissance, and they will need him and Nate Tabor to play efficient, smart basketball throughout pool play. For this squad, it comes down to defense. They will be able to score with the best of them, but if they don't play inspired defense, they become beatable.

Quick Hitters:

  • Phenom University will be making their first trip to Peach Jam in their inaugural year on the circuit.
  • Expressions Elite is the youngest team in the pool. Three of their starters - Terrence Clarke, Moussa Cisse, and Bensley Joseph are all sophomores.
  • The Family Detroits' Maliq Carr and Scooby Johnson are both star-ranked football recruits as wide receivers. The Family also features 2019 Most Improved Player Jalen Terry
  • Boo Williams sophomore Zion Harmon returns to Peach Jam after starring as an eighth-grader in 2017.
  • Team Final is the only team to beat the No. 1 Texas Titans in the regular season.

POOL B RANKED PLAYERS: 21 (ESPN)

Team Jersey # Name Pos. Height High School Grad Year ESPN Rank
Boo Williams (VA) 4 Cameron Thomas G 6'4 Oak Hill 2020 20
Boo Williams (VA) 12 Mark Williams C 7'1 Norfolk Academy 2020 32
Boo Williams (VA) 20 Aminu Mohammed F|G 6'5 Greenwood Lab 2021 12
Boo Williams (VA) 3 Zion Harmon G 5'10 Bella Vista Prep 2021 28
Expressions Elite (MA) 5 Terrence Clarke G 6'7 Brewster Academy 2021 3
Expressions Elite (MA) 33 Moussa Cisse F|C 6'10 Christ the King 2021 8
NY Renaissance 55 Lance Ware F 6'9 Camden 2020 48
NY Renaissance 25 Ethan Morton G 6'6 Butler Area 2020 55
NY Renaissance 2 RJ Davis G 6'0 Archbishop Stepinac 2020 62
NY Renaissance 1 Nate Tabor G 6'5 Sacred Heart 2020 96
NY Renaissance 0 Jonathan Kuminga F 6'9 Our Savior New American 2021 2
NY Renaissance 13 Adama Sanogo F 6'9 Our Savior New American 2021 59
Phenom Universe (WI) 1 Jalen Johnson F 6'9 Nicolet 2020 4
Phenom Universe (WI) 4 Jaemyn Brakefield F 6'8 Huntington Prep 2020 17
Phenom Universe (WI) 2 Reece Beekman G 6'3 Scotlandville 2020 40
Phenom Universe (WI) 17 Jamari Sibley F 6'8 Nicolet 2020 79
Phenom Universe (WI) 23 Patrick Baldwin Jr F 6'8 Hamilton 2021 1
Team Final (PA) 5 Noah Collier F 6'7 Westtown School 2020 95
The Family Detroit (MI) 23 Isaiah Jackson F 6'10 SPIRE Academy 2020 14
The Family Detroit (MI) 3 Jalen Terry G 5'11 Beecher 2020 69
The Family Detroit (MI) 4 Lorne Bowman II G 6'2 St. Mary's 2020 100

Top Head-to-Head Matchups:

Team Final (PA) vs. Phenom University (WI)

Noah Collier (2020 ESPN No. 95) vs. Jamari Sibley (2020 ESPN No. 79)
Niels Lane (2020 247 No. 66) vs. Jalen Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 4)
DJ Gordon (2020 247 No. 197) vs. Jaemyn Brakefield (2020 ESPN No. 17)

The Family Detroit (MI) vs. Expressions Elite (MA)

Isaiah Jackson (2020 ESPN No. 14) vs. Moussa Cisse (2021 ESPN No. 8)
Scooby Johnson (2020 247 No. 145) vs. Terrence Clarke (2021 ESPN No. 3)
Jalen Terry (2020 ESPN No. 69) vs. Enoch Cheeks (2020 unranked)

Boo Williams (VA) vs. NY Renaissance

Aminu Mohammed (2021 ESPN No. 11) vs. Jonathan Kuminga (2021 ESPN No. 2)
Zion Harmon (2021 ESPN No. 28) vs. RJ Davis (2020 ESPN No. 62)
Mark Williams (2020 ESPN No. 32) vs. Lance Ware (2020 ESPN No. 48)

Phenom University (WI) vs. The Family Detroit (MI)

Reece Beekman (2020 ESPN No. 40) vs. Jalen Terry (202 ESPN No. 69)
Jalen Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 4) vs. Lorne Bowman II (2020 ESPN No. 100)

Expressions Elite (MA) vs. NY Renaissance (NY)

Terrence Clarke (2021 ESPN No. 3) vs. Jonathan Kuminga (2021 ESPN No. 2)
Moussa Cisse (2021 ESPN No. 8) vs. Lance Ware (2020 ESPN No. 48)

Boo Williams (VA) vs. Team Final (PA)

Cam Thomas (2020 ESPN No. 20) vs. Niels Lane (2020 247 No. 66)
Mark Williams (2020 ESPN No. 32) vs. Elijah Taylor (2020 247 No. 154)

Boo Williams (VA) vs. Expressions Elite (MA)

Cam Thomas (2020 ESPN No. 20) vs. Terrence Clarke (2021 ESPN No. 3)

The Family Detroit (MI) vs. Team Final (PA)

Jalen Terry (2020 ESPN No. 69) vs. Isaiah Wilson (2020 unranked)
Isaiah Jackson (2020 ESPN No. 14) vs. Elijah Taylor (2020 247 No. 154)

NY Renaissance vs. Phenom University (WI)

Jonathan Kuminga (2021 ESPN No. 2) vs. Jalen Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 4)
RJ Davis (2020 ESPN No. 62) vs. Reece Beekman (2020 ESPN No. 40)

Team Final (PA) vs. Expressions Elite (MA)

DJ Gordon (2020 247 No. 197) vs. Terrence Clarke (2021 ESPN No. 3)

NY Renaissance vs. The Family Detroit (MI)

RJ Davis (2020 ESPN No. 62) vs. Jalen Terry (2020 ESPN No. 69)
Ethan Morton (2020 ESPN No. 55) vs. Lorne Bowman II (2020 ESPN No. 100)
Adama Sanogo (2021 ESPN No. 59) vs. Isaiah Jackson (2020 ESPN No. 14)

Phenom University (WI) vs. Boo Williams (VA)

Jalen Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 4) vs. Aminu Mohammed (2021 ESPN No. 11)
Jaemyn Brakefield (2020 ESPN No. 17) vs. Cam Thomas (2020 ESPN No. 20)

Boo Williams (VA) vs. The Family Detroit (MI)

Zion Harmon (2021 ESPN No. 28) vs. Jalen Terry (2020 ESPN No. 69)
Cam Thomas (2020 ESPN No. 20) vs. Lorne Bowman II (2020 ESPN No. 100)
Mark Williams (2020 ESPN No. 32) vs. Isaiah Jackson (2020 ESPN No. 14)

Team Final (PA) vs. NY Renaissance

DJ Gordon (2020 247 No. 197) vs. Jonathan Kuminga (2021 ESPN No. 2)
Isaiah Wilson (2020 unranked) vs. RJ Davis (2020 ESPN No. 62)

Expressions Elite (MA) vs. Phenom University (WI)

Terrence Clarke (2021 ESPN No. 3) vs. Jalen Johnson (2020 ESPN No. 4)
Moussa Cisse (2021 ESPN No. 8) vs. Jamari Sibley (2020 ESPN No. 79)

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