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KSR’s Guide to the 2015 Peach Jam

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Despite what your KSR Summer Tour t-shirts say, the KSR crew will NOT be at the Peach Jam, which starts on Thursday. A scheduling snafu will keep Matt, Drew, and Tomlin away from scenic North Augusta for the first time in…well…as long as I can remember, and the Hooters waitresses are reportedly already in mourning; however, just because KSR won’t be there in person won’t stop us from covering it extensively. (Has it ever before?)

Six 2016 players with offers from Kentucky will play in the tournament, the finals of the Nike EYBL circuit. The 2016 class is loaded and Kentucky still has a lot of ground to make up with the best of the best, so this weekend will be crucial for John Calipari and staff to make a good impression after a spring of combating negative recruiting.

Who wants to be next? Here are six candidates and when they’ll be in the spotlight…

UK Targets to Watch

Harry Giles
Power Forward

6’10”, 230 lbs.
AAU: Team CP3

247Sports Composite: No. 1 overall
247Sports: No. 2 overall, No. 1 PF
Rivals: No. 2 overall
ESPN: No. 1 overall

Leaders: Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Kansas

Buzz: After an impressive showing at the U19 World Championships, Giles remains atop Calipari’s 2016 wish list, but most believe the North Carolina native will choose to stay at home to play for Duke, UNC, or Wake Forest.

Jayson Tatum
Small Forward

6’8″, 190 lbs.
AAU team: St. Louis Eagles

247Sports Composite: No. 4 overall, No. 1 SF
247Sports: No. 11 overall, No. 2 SF
Rivals: No. 3 overall
ESPN: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SF

Final list: Duke, Kentucky, and Saint Louis

Buzz: Like Giles, Tatum impressed at the U19 World Championships. Duke is considered his leader, but his father is pushing him to stay home and play for St. Louis. Could Giles and Tatum team up again for Blue Devils? (Please no.)

Malik Monk
Shooting Guard

6’3″, 170 lbs.
AAU team: Arkansas Wings Elite

247Sports Composite: No. 5 overall, No. 2 SG
247Sports: No. 3 overall, No. 2 SG
Rivals: No. 6 overall
ESPN: No. 5 overall, No. 1 SG

Leaders: Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, FSU, Kansas, SMU, St. John’s, UNC

Buzz: In a true testament to the crazy world of recruiting, Monk announced today that he will announce his top five on his brother’s new radio show in August. His brother was a two-sport star at Arkansas, and the home state Razorbacks are considered his favorite.

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Miles Bridges
Small Forward

6’7″, 225 lbs.
AAU team: The Family

247Sports Composite: No. 19 overall, No. 3 SF
247Sports: No. 23 overall, No. 3 SF
Rivals: No. 24 overall
ESPN: No. 7 overall, No. 3 SF

Leaders: Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Iowa State, Michigan

Buzz: Bridges was considered a Michigan State lean until Kentucky offered in late April. The Cats now have a 62% lead in his Crystal Ball.

Udoka Azubuike
Center

6’10”, 280 lbs.
AAU team: Georgia Stars

247Sports Composite: No. 24 overall, No. 3 C
247Sports: No. 12 overall, No. 1 C
Rivals: No. 26 overall
ESPN: No. 19 overall, No. 3 C

Leaders: Florida State, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky

Buzz: Florida State is honing in on the Nigerian native, and with Jonathan Isaac committing to the Seminoles earlier this week, that could be a pretty appealing option since Azubuike has spent the past three years in nearby Jacksonville; however, Kentucky, Kansas, and Duke are all still in the hunt for “Baby Shaq.”

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Marques Bolden
Center

6’10”, 236 lbs.
AAU team: Pro Skills

247Sports Composite: No. 17 overall, No. 1 C
247Sports: No. 33 overall, No. 4 C
Rivals: No. 14 overall
ESPN: No. 15 overall, No. 1 C

Leaders: Kansas, Baylor, UConn, North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke

Buzz: Bolden got an offer from Kentucky in May, although Kansas is considered his early leader after offering him back in July 2014. Bolden’s got good touch and athleticism for a player his size. Of note: Bolden attends DeSoto High School in Texas, the alma mater of Duke player Matt Jones. Also of note: Bolden’s AAU coach is Jeff Webster, who also coached Julius Randle.


One more to keep an eye on

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Michael Porter, Jr. (2017)
Small Forward

6’9″, 190 lbs.
AAU team: Mokan Elite

247Sports Composite: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SF
247Sports: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SF
Rivals: No. 2 overall
ESPN: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SF

Offers: Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Syracuse, Virginia, Washington

Buzz: No, no no, not THAT Michael Porter. Phew. This Michael Porter doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but it may very well come after Calipari sees him this weekend. This Michael Porter plays for Mokan Elite, the same AAU team Willie Cauely-Stein played for in high school. That worked out well, right? Again, this Michael Porter is not that Michael Porter.


Games to Watch

Thursday

Mac Irvin Fire vs. Team CP3 (Harry Giles), 9 a.m. ET

Harry Giles is all anyone can talk about on the recruiting circuit right now and even though Thursday morning’s schedule is packed, you better believe coaches will keep an eye on his court.

The Family Detroit (Miles Bridges) vs. Georgia Stars (Udoka Azubuike), 9 a.m. ET

Kentucky has had some difficulty recruiting at the small forward position lately, and with Jonathan Isaac committing to Florida State and Jayson Tatum leaning towards Duke, UK’s best option at the three may be Bridges, who will play against Azubuike’s Georgia Stars.

Playaz Basketball Club vs. St. Louis Eagles (Jayson Tatum), 9 a.m. ET

The first chance to see Jayson Tatum play after a big week in Greece. Something tells me Cal will be straddling a few courts Thursday morning.

Team Penny vs. Arkansas Wings (Malik Monk), 10:30 a.m.

Monk is one of the best scorers in the class, and therefore always entertaining to watch. He burst onto the recruiting scene after an impressive showing at the Peach Jam last summer. What will happen this go around?

Georgia Stars (Udoka Azubuike) vs. Pro Skills TX (Marques Bolden), 6 p.m. ET

A showdown of two of the top centers in the class, this will definitely be a marquee matchup Thursday evening. Azubuike has slipped a little in the rankings lately, so it will be interesting to see him go up against Bolden, another big man the Cats are targeting.

Friday

Team Takeover (VJ King) vs. Arkansas Wings (Malik Monk), 9 a.m. ET

In case a Louisville fan hasn’t told you fifty times since then, King committed to the Cards last month. There was some question on whether or not King held an offer from Kentucky and it will be interesting to see how looks when compared to Monk, one of the elite players in the class.

Pro Skills TX (Marques Bolden) vs. The Family Detroit (Miles Bridges), 10:30 a.m. ET

Another chance to see two UK targets battle it out.

Team Final (Tyus Battle) vs. Team CP3 (Harry Giles), 12 p.m. ET

Battle decommitted from Michigan last month and took an official visit to Syracuse, likely his next destination. Plus, more Harry Giles.

Team CP3 (Harry Giles) vs. Team Takeover (VJ King), 9 p.m. ET

More Harry Giles and a chance to root against a future Louisville player. Sign me up.

Saturday

Las Vegas Prospects vs. Pro Skills TX (Marques Bolden), 9 a.m. ET

The first of back-to-back chances to see Bolden, whose team will play Albany City Rocks (a very underrated team name, if I may say so) at 10:30 a.m.

Arkansas Wings (Malik Monk) vs. Team CP3 (Harry Giles), 12 p.m. ET

The best game on the docket, in my opinion. Giles is considered by most the best player in the class and Monk the best scorer. Who will elevate their game at the summer’s biggest tournament?

King James vs. St. Louis Eagles (Jayson Tatum), 12 p.m. ET

Tatum broke a Greek player’s nose with a dunk over the weekend in Greece. What will he do next?

Sunday

Semifinals, Teams TBA, 9 a.m. ET, ESPNU

Finals, Teams TBS, 12 p.m. ET, ESPNU


Which player are you most excited to see?

 

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

11 Comments for KSR’s Guide to the 2015 Peach Jam



  1. 450-lb Cat
    8:28 pm July 7, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks Mrs



  2. CatBlue in LR
    9:50 pm July 7, 2015 Permalink

    Scheduling snafu? Wonder what that really means. Hmmm…



  3. Ridge Runner
    10:20 pm July 7, 2015 Permalink

    This Giles kid is someone I waish to see for sure.



    • Ridge Runner
      7:19 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

      I *wIsh* to see as well..
      umm-umm, Look over me…



  4. Angelo
    10:52 pm July 7, 2015 Permalink

    KSR not attending that is disturbing. We need nine before coach K gets six…



  5. DukeCrazie
    11:28 pm July 7, 2015 Permalink

    None of those kids want to go to UK. Half will go to Duke. If they want to win a championship.



    • Bluemanchew
      6:02 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

      It’s bad when a fellow card fan calls another card fan a troll on UK site



  6. CardFan502
    12:00 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    It’s obvious you didn’t attend Duke.



    • CardFan502
      12:06 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

      @ DukeCraz”ie”



  7. Ridge Runner
    7:17 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    Sent you an email Ms T. Let me know before Thursday if possible. Thx



  8. JR
    8:04 am July 8, 2015 Permalink

    I understand recruiting is important to success but since years ago its crazy the amount of coverage that goes into it. Its actually kind of creepy unless you are covering the event or coaching staff. I trust Cal and staff with getting top notch players, but do we really need this much coverage?