North Augusta, SC was home home to the 2016 Nike Peach Jam from July 6-10. Although Mokan Elite came away with the Peach Jam title a number of New England prep products came victorious in their own right.
New England was represented through five different Nike EYBL teams (Expressions Elite, BABC, Albany City Rocks, PSA Cardinals, New Rens).
Marcus Santos-Silva (BABC) – Santos-Silva a bruising power forward had a 27 point performance against E1T1 and tallied 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds in a win against Houston Hoops to close out the Nike EYBL season. The Vermont Academy big man is no longer considered a secret after seeing his recruitment sky rocket this past spring.
Jordan Nwora (NY Rens) – a future prep teammate of Santos-Silva had a bit of a showing to pen up the Peach Jam from the wing position. Nwora scored in double digits all but one contest throughout 5 games. Th skilled wing came out on fire averaging 21 points in his first three match ups.
Hamidou Diallo (NY Rens) – Arguably one of the top 10 players in the country after the dominance he displayed the past couple of months. Up until he sat during the last game of Peach Jam, Diallo had the likes of coaches from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona front and center for every game. When it’s all said and done Diallo could possibly work himself into a top 5 national ranking.
Tremont Waters (Expressions Elite) – The shifty guard had probably one of the toughest battles at Peach Jam against Trae Young. Waters finished with 18 points in the loss but helped carry his team into the Elite 8 where Expressions Elite would eventually fall to PSA Cardinals.
Jermaine Samuels (Expressions Elite) – Samuels shot over 50% from the field and was a pest on defense. But it was the little things like game clutch free throws down the stretch, loose ball tips and rebounding to keep plays alive that earned Samuels this honor. No question he was the glue to that team and walked away with an offer from Indiana during the stretch of games at Peach Jam.
Walter Whyte (Psa Cardinals) – Whyte walks away with the unsung hero award at Peach Jam. Similar to Samuels when his number is called he’s ready to play. His 17 point performance against the NJ Playaz in a close close loss showed that whenever everything wasn’t falling for the more heralded players on the team he was there to pick things up.
Andrew Platek (City Rocks) – The 6-foot-4 shooting guard was being tracked by Roy Williams and the entire Tarheels coaching staff and he didn’t disappoint. Platek has a lot of upside and as he continues to build on his physical strength you can see why there’s so much buzz around this kid. Finished averaging double figure scoring throughout Peach Jam.