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Nike Peach Jam Player Evals Part I
Monday, 20 August 2012
Jordan Lauf
by Alex Schwartz

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- There might not be a grassroots basketball event each year with more talent under one roof than there is at the Nike Peach Jam/EYBL Finals.
With 40 total teams in two different age groups, Peach Jam is a staple of the summer circuit and is always a great event to cover.
Recruit Recon was present for the games this year and has compiled evaluations of 30 players from the event.
Our coverage is broken down into two parts, this first one featuring players from the Midwest and Canada and the other one highlighting players from the East Coast.
Have a look below at the first half of our Peach Jam evaluations.
Tanveer Bhullar is one of the biggest players in high school basketball in a very literal sense. A 7-foot-3 center who hails from Canada and attends Huntington Prep (WV), Bhullar is a massive presence on the court. The younger brother of New Mexico State's Sim Bhullar, Tanveer is still very much a work in progress. However, as the saying goes, you cannot teach height and Bhullar has a lot of it. Possessing a thick build to go along with his major height, Bhullar is a very intimidating presence down low and he can be an effective defensive player. The biggest thing for Bhullar is going to be improving his mobility and getting up and down the court more effectively. The 2013 prospect has clearly made some strides in this area, which is good to see. Bhullar did not get much playing time for CIA Bounce, but did come on the court in key, late game defensive situations.

Anders Broman was a huge part of Howard Pulley surprisingly advance out of its pool and into the quarterfinals. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard out of Lakeview Christian (MN) is squarely in the discussion of the best long range marksmen in the class of 2013 on a national level. Broman is a big-time shooter who can really destroy a defense when he is in the groove from beyond the arc. He is especially adept when he is able to work off of the catch. Broman is a touch undersized and he does need to work on both handle as well as his consistency to some extent, but there is no denying his value to a team. 

Zach Denny does not get a huge amount of playing time for All-Ohio Red, but he is a talented player and he makes the most of his minutes. A 6-foot-1 shooting guard from Dayton Valley View (OH), Denny is verbally committed to Bowling Green. The class of 2013 prospect needs to round out his game some more, but Denny is an elite level shooter on a national level. He is absolutely lethal off the catch and will light a defense up if given room to shoot. As aforementioned, Denny is going to need to improve other aspects of what he can do, beginning with his ability to create his own shot. At the next level he will need to be able to at least shoot off the bounce a bit.

Zach Garber is one of two member of All-Ohio Red committed to play at Toledo. A 6-foot-9 power forward who attends Vanlue (OH), Garber is a rugged low post player. The 2013 recruit has a solid frame and he does a very nice job of using his body around the basket. Garber is tough player with a workhorse mentality. He is strictly a low post player, but that is okay for a guy who plays as hard as Garber does. His playing time was not huge, but Garber absolutely made his presence felt on the low blocks when he did take the court. Due to his effort level, Garber seems to be a kid who will produce consistently.

Keon Johnson is listed at 5'7 and that might actually be a bit generous. However, the class of 2013 point guard is one of the toughest guys you will find anywhere in high school hoops. Johnson, who attends Mansfield Senior (OH), is the other half of All-Ohio Red's floor general duo. Although very undersized, Johnson actually has a really strong build. He is quite quick and he accelerates adeptly when attacking the basket. In fact, Johnson is nearly impossible to stop when drivingto the the cup. He can really score the ball due to the fact that he attacks the rim so well, but he does need to show he can shoot it on a consistent basis from long range. 

Jordan Lauf is the other member of All-Ohio Red who is committed to play his college ball at Toledo. A 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of Napoleon (OH), Lauf will join the Rockets in the class of 2013. Lauf is a superb long range shooter with a nice looking stroke. He is one of the better shooters around in his class and he is capable of burning the opposition from long range if he gets hot. Lauf has pretty solid size for a long range shooter and he also possesses a nice, sturdy frame. Although he is very capable of doing damage from beyond the 3-point line, Lauf does need to work on his handle and other aspects of his game.

Paris Lee of Proviso East (IL) ended his recruitment shortly after Peach Jam concluded, pledging to Illinois State. A 6-foot-1 combo guard who runs with the Mac Irvin Fire, Lee is a quality player in the Midwest in the class of 2013. He does not receive as much hype as some other Chicago players, but Lee is talented and productive. He has a slender frame, so he will need to bulk up when he gets to Normal, Ill. for college. Lee does have nice length, though. He is a multi-dimensional offensive player who is capable of both distributing the ball to his teammates and knocking down shots from beyond the 3-point line. 

Nolan Linville does not get much publicity for The Family, but the 6-foot-9 center from Fraser (MI) is a big piece of the team's success. A class of 2013 recruit, Linville is not a great athlete, but he does not need to be for the type of player he is. Linville is a defender/rebounder who does a lot of the dirty work around the basket. He works hard on D and does a nice job of both blocking shots and contesting ones he cannot get a hand on. Linville has a solid build and he is actually capable of finishing around the bucket at the offensive end. Linville will not wow observers, but he will compete and make plays for his squad.

Akolda Mayang had to carry much of the load down low for Howard Pulley, simply out of necessity. The 7-foot center out of Duluth East (MN) is still somewhat raw, but there is a lot to like about him. A class of 2013 recruit, Mayang clearly has great height and that is the first thing that stands out about him. He is thin and is going to need to add bulk and get stronger, though. Mayang runs the floor much better than one might expect, so he is not simply a guy who can only play in a slow paced, halfcourt setting. He does not have much offensive skill at this point, but Mayang is capable of finishing around the bucket. 

Austin Ruder is part of one of the two teams at Peach Jam that made a surprising run into the quarterfinals by finishing in the top two of their pool. The 3-point shooting of Ruder was a big part of MoKan Elite's success, which actually included a spot in the semifinals. An undersized player at the shooting guard spot at 6-foot-2, Ruder is still an effective long range sniper. A class of 2013 prospect fro Nixa (MO), Ruder is somewhat of a one-dimensional player, but that one dimension is big-time. Ruder is one of the better shooters in the nation and he can really hurt a defense. He would do well to improve his ability to attack the rim, but that should be aided by putting on some weight, something his frame certainly allows for.

Jaaron Simmons is a 6-foot point guard out of Archbishop Alter (OH). He is one of the guys wo runs the show for All-Ohio Red and he does a very nice job of it. A class of 2013 recruit, Simmons is a tough kid who can really make plays with the ball in his hands. He pretty consistent for the most part and can effectively faciliate an offense. Simmons is not just a distributor though, he is quite capable of getting things done by himself too. He does a nice job of getting to the rim off the bounce. The fact that he has a strong frame helps to counteract the fact that he might not have absolutely ideal height.

Denzell Taylor is a 6-foot-7 power forward from St. Benedict's (NJ) by way of Canada. The class of 2013 prospect is not a big-time athlete and does not have a major skill set, but what he does have is a good motor. Taylor plays hard around the basket and that allows him to get some things done down there. A member of the loaded CIA Bounce team that made the championship game at Peach Jam, Taylor is basically a pure low post player. Considering the fact that he has a good, solid frame, Taylor could actually probably play some center in a pinch if absolutely needed. He needs to improve his overall production, but Taylor does do a nice job of rebounding the basketball.

Moshawn Thomas of Hyde Park (IL) is a 6-foot-7 power forward in the class of 2013. A member of the talented Meanstreets team, Thomas is one of the most athletic forwards in his class in terms of leaping and dunking. His skill set is not quite at the level of his hops, but Thomas bases his game around his athleticism and produces. The bouncy frontcourt player has a solid build as well as long arms. Clearly he has some quality physical tools. Thomas can utilize his hops to block shots at the defensive end. He is a capable scorer around the basket on offense. Although better suited at the four, Thomas can play some small forward if needed. 

Russell Woods is a high-flying 6-foot-8 power forward for the Mac Irvin Fire. Woods is transferring from Leo Catholic (IL) to Simeon (IL) for his senior year. The athletic front court prospect actually has a fairly similar game to fellow Chicagoan Moshawn Thomas. Like Thomas, Woods relies on his athletic ability to make plays and he too can slide to the three in a pinch. Woods is a bouncy player who can score the ball around the basket, but he does not possess much of a jumper or, if he does, he rarely uses it. The class of 2013 prospect can be a factor at the defensive end, where he is a capable shot blocker.
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