Monday, July 21, 2014

Basketball Spotlight Alums Shine On Nike's Biggest Stage!

Isaiah Briscoe (Playaz)

Basketball Spotlight Alums were in the building for the Nike Peach Jam on ESPN as the powerhouse Playaz aka “The Yankees” brought the championship back to New Jersey. Here’s what we thought after we watched the games on the tube. 

Top Performers 

Isaiah Briscoe Guard (Playaz)- Briscoe seemed to be on a mission all season and reached pay dirt by leading his boys to the crown. He dictated the pace and did whatever he wanted on the floor. During the semifinals he danced along the baseline while hurting the back of Scan's zone. In the finals he really turned up and showed all the facets of his game. He carried defenders to the rack, scored the pill and set up teammates. He also has the amazing instinct of drawing fouls on defenders. I also hit the glass to the tune of 12 caroms. He ended the game close to the triple double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 dimes. He might not be listed as the top prospect in the country but he definitely was by far the best player in America this summer hands down.

Temple Gibbs Guard (Playaz)- Gibbs was a great addition to the Playaz squad. He did a good job of scoring alongside Briscoe. His toughness stood out as he scored in traffic and hurt the defense with his outside touch. Gibbs shows a mature game which might come from having two division one brothers. He was instant offense for the Playaz all weekend. His stock really shot high after playing on the EYBL circuit.

Eli Cain Guard (Playaz)- Cain came up big on championship Sunday. He attacked the Scan zone and used a floater to score over their huge front line. He also helped with the ball handling in the back court. He filled the role as the third scorer and did a great job. He’s came a long way from his SJ Blitz days.

Trevon Duval Guard (Playaz)- The baby of the bunch (rising sophomore) proved to be worthy of his lofty rankings. He’s explosive when attacking the tin including catching a big follow up dunk. He also showed touch from the outside and just good composure playing on a stage this big. This kid has tremendous break down ability and looks to be a big time prospect.

Tyus Battle Guard (Team Scan)- Battle capped a sparking Peach Jam week with a strong performance in the semi-finals. He proved to the scouts that he is indeed an outside shooter by knocking four 4 treys. His scoring helped Team Scan climb back in the game after falling behind the Playaz huge at halftime. Word from the scouts is that his performance this week should shoot him up the rankings.

Bryce Aikens Guard (Team Scan)- Aikens woke Scan in the second half. He drove the lane and scored or made plays from his teammates. He also was a beast in transition he pushed the rock and helped them get some easy buckets. The commentators said that he needed to step up and he did. I has a very solid season with this bunch. 

Note: There were other top performers in this event but he just highlighted the players that played in the Basketball Spotlight events.