Peach Jam takes center stage

Thursday, July 11, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- The annual Nike Peach Jam is now in full swing and business has picked up with the 17 and under premier divisions now in action. Several of these guys will be future NBA all-stars, without a doubt.

While the kids take center stage on the court, it's a chance for the coaches to get a good look at their future players. It's one thing to see them on a YouTube video, but it's a completely different animal when you see them in person, against other kids with the same skill level.

"To be able to get so many evaluations done in a short period of time, again at a high level of competitiveness and intensity, really helps at the evaluation process. Plus, you get to see kids in a different setting in terms of evaluation character and different attributes."

The top two prospects in the nation, according to ESPN, are Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander, and they just happen to play on the same AAU team, the Mac Ivrvin Fire.

For Alexander, he's still taking visits to see which program is the best fit for him.

"Just a school that gets out and runs, builds a great relationship with my family and that me and coach have to see eye to eye," Alexander said. "They're not really important, I just come out here and showcase my game and just came out here to win the Peach Jam."

Alexander hasn't even taken an official visit to any school yet and will start doing that at the end of summer.


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