LOS ANGELES -- After covering the LeBron James Skills Academy, the next week of the July evaluation period took us to various tournaments such as the Double Pump Best of the Summer, Pangos Cream of the Crop, and the Battle at the Beach. There were a plethora of national talents such as Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf, Kendall Small, and Elijah Thomas that stood out, but it was players like 2016 talents Mitchell Lightfoot and JaQuori McLaughlin who gave us a glimpse of the future of West Coast hoops.

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The Peach Jam continues to be an event college coaches flock to so they can evaluate and recruit talent for their future rosters. This past weekend, many of the biggest stars on the high school circuit competed for the Nike EYBL championship at the Peach Jam, and the New Jersey Playaz walked away champions in the 17-and-under division.

With so much talent and so much on the line, here are my five takeaways from the event.


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Las Vegas has historically been the capital of the summer basketball circuit.

Some years, Orlando managed to take the title.

This year, though, the summer recruiting trail has a new main attraction, held last week in the 150-mile stretch between Atlanta, Georgia, and North Augusta, South Carolina.


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Peach Jam Day 4 recap 

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- You won’t find a more competitive grassroots environment than what we saw Saturday during the quarterfinal round of the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam, as teams were battling to hold on to their seasons. Heading into Sunday's semifinal action, only four teams remained in the 2014 EYBL season.

Here’s a look at some of the most impressive performances from Day 4 on Saturday:


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SUWANEE, Ga. -- It was championship Saturday along with continued heated competition in the consolation brackets on the last day of the Under Armour Association Finals. The Grind Indy Hoosiers were the 15U champions, New Heights (N.Y.) was 16U champion and We R1 (Del.) was 17U champions.

Overall, there were many excellent individual performances on Saturday. Here are a few that stood out on Day 4.


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Peach Jam Day 3 recap 

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – With pool play starting to wind down and teams battling to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal round, Friday’s action was hard fought from start to finish. Here’s a look at some of the most impressive performances of the day:


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Suwanee, GA -- Bracket and tournament play are in full effect at the Under Armour Association Finals. These teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they get closer to the championship.

Here's who caught our eye on Day 3.

Point guards who are making their point
Jawun Evans

Evans' blinding speed and quickness is tough to contain. He gets to the rim and finishes on the break because he can push the ball up the court. He hits the open jumper with range out to the arc and runs the half-court offense. Evans also is a great playmaker when the shot clock winds down. Defensively, he can pressure the ball and is tough and can compete on each and every possession.


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Weekly commitment update

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The following is a list of commitments made to Division I schools from July 11-18:

Pac-12
Arizona
Ray Smith SF
HT: 6-8 WT: 180
Class of 2015
Positional rank: 3
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 26

Big Ten
Minnesota
Kevin Dorsey PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 170
Class of 2015
Positional rank: 28
Stars: 3

ACC
Louisville

Deng Adel SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional rank: 14
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 83

Notre Dame
Matt Ryan SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 185
Class of 2015
Positional rank: 38
Stars: 3

American Athletic Conference
Tulane
Stanley Roberts Jr. PF
HT: 6-8 WT: 230
Class of 2014
Positional rank: NA
Stars: 2

Tulsa
Dashawn McDowell PG
HT: 6-4 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Atlantic 10
George Washington
Jordan Roland PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 150
Class of 2015
Positional rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Fordham
Matt Zignorski PG
HT: 6-1 WT: 165
Class of 2015
Positional rank: NA
Stars: Evaluatio pending

Duquesne
MarQywell Jackson SF
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional rank: NA
Stars: 2

Mountain West
San Jose State
Nai Carlisle PG
HT: 6-0 WT: 185
Class of 2016
Positional rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Summit League
Nebraska-Omaha
Alex O'Neill PF
HT: 6-9 WT: 225
Class of 2015
Positional rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Big West
UC Irvine
Darrian Traylor SG
HT: 6-3 WT: 175
Class of 2015
Positional rank: NA
Stars: 3

Sun Belt Conference
South Alabama
Shaqueille Calhoun SG
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Class of 2015
Positional rank: Junior College

Northeast Conference
Wagner
Japhet Kadji SF
HT: 6-7 WT: 205
Class of 2014
Positional rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Peach Jam Day 2 recap 

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The Nike Elite Youth Basketball League finals at the Peach Jam are arguably the No. 1 basketball event of the spring and summer club circuit. The Peach Jam features the teams with the 24 best records from the four-session Nike EYBL season. Here are some of the top performances from the action of the first full day.

Chris Clarke
2015, SF, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds
Travel Team: Boo Williams

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SUWANEE, Ga. -- The second day of showcase games continued to be played at an extremely high level here at the Under Armour Association (UAA) Finals.

Let's take a look at a few of the top performances from the Day 1 games.

Best Player

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King of Prussia, Pa. -- While the majority of the grassroots basketball world was beginning to focus its attention on the Southeast corner of the country where Nike and Under Armour will both host their season culminating events this week, the Hoop Group consolidated the rest of the Northeast region’s top teams for its annual Summer Classic East.

The event attracted a plethora of college coaches, all of whom were trying to find some value, and maybe even a sleeper or two, while many of their contemporaries traveled south.

Those coaches who came to see late blooming big man Steve Enoch were disappointed on Wednesday as the 6-foot-10 rising senior opted to shut it down for the rest of the summer after re-aggravating a thigh contusion he has battled for several weeks. Enoch’s recruitment took off this spring as he landed offers from UConn, Memphis, Boston College, Arizona State and Rhode Island among others, along with interest from dozens others. But outside of the local schools, very few of those coaches had actually seen him play before. There was consequently a lot of anticipation going into last week’s Reebok Breakout Camp, where Enoch showed flashes of his undeniable talent but wasn’t able to put it all together until a 29-point performance at The Showdown on Sunday in what now appears to have been his last game of the summer.

As for the guys who were on the court on Wednesday night, here’s who impressed:


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Suwanee, GA -- The Under Armour Association (UAA) Finals -- the signature event of the grass roots basketball circuit -- got off to a great start with heated competition throughout the Suwanee Sports Academy. The schedule will feature showcase games on Wednesday and Thursday and bracket play on Friday and Saturday. The UAA Champion will be crowned Saturday during the all important second NCAA Division I evaluation period.

Let's take a look at a few of the top performances from the Day 1 games.


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The Louisville Cardinals are on the board in the class of 2015 with four star small forward Deng Adel. Adel has been on the rise since busting out in a big way on the travel circuit this spring and summer, where he has continued to play at a high level while being the go to guy for the Florida Elite travel team. Read how he fits with head coach Rick Pitino's Cardinals:


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Arizona head coach Sean Miller landed his second ESPN 100 recruit from the Class of 2015 on Sunday. See how Ray Smith fits in to the Wildcats' future plans:


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The Adidas Unrivaled Camp had a strong blend of some of the nation’s best players, with talent from the senior class down to the rising sophomore group. The format was simple and effective, with drill stations in the morning and games in the afternoon and evening. The camp concluded with senior and underclassman all-star games.

With many stars to choose from, let’s take a look at who had an impressive camp, why, and the latest on recruiting for these top talents.


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