July 18-22, ABR is broadcasting live from the 2012 Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam at peachjam.iHigh.com and iHigh.com/augustabasketball. We will also be flooding the web with real time highlights and analysis on this site and on our Twitter feed (@AugBball).
2012 Peach Jam Highlights: Southern Stampede 16u vs E1T1 16u
The Southern Stampede (GA) 16u squad took the first step of the last leg of a long journey Wednesday evening, defeating Each One Teach One (FL) in the opening game of the 2012 Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam. The team plays next at 3 P.M. Thursday against The Family (PA).
ABR broadcasted live from Wednesday's game, and guest commentator Will Avery was one of many who had high praise for the Stampede point guard, the University of South Carolina bound Marcus Stroman, a rising junior at Keenan High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Avery and many other observers praised Stroman's ability to "control the game" and "get the ball to the right spots."
And Stroman has multiple weapons at his disposal. Augusta native and Aquinas High School standout Ahmed Hill displayed his offensive versatility as he made mid range jump shots in transition and off the dribble. And 6'8" Effingham County phenom Jakeenan Gant did a little bit of everything, from dunking in transition, to scoring on offensive put backs, to burying a three pointer after a screen and roll.
Add the defensive presence of 6'9" Morgan County center CJ Turman, who blocked and changed shots repeatedly, and the firepower of 6'7" Wheeler High School multi sport standout Elijah Staley, and it is not difficult to see why the Stampede controlled Wednesday's opening game.