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July 19, 2007

Eye catchers from the Peach Jam

The Rivals.com basketball recruiting staff continues to push through the busy July event schedule and is taking advantage of the opportunity evaluate the nation's top prospects.

After breaking down at the top 17U and 16U performers at the recent NIKE Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., Jerry Meyer turns his attention to some other prospects that caught his eye at the event.

Peach Jam eye catchers
Kenny Hall, PF, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Redan

Coaches are constantly on the hunt for young post players who can run, catch and, even if just on occasion, finish a play. The Georgia Stars' 2009 prospect Kenny Hall more than fits this mold. Athletic and long, Hall has the wheels to keep up with any pace and has a knack for getting to the ball. Offensively, he can hit the mid-range jumper and can finish around the basket. As he improves his strength, he should become a proficient finisher in traffic. His activity on defense at the Peach Jam also gave the opposition fits in the lane. An extensive list of high major schools will attempt to land this promising prospect.
Jason Morris, SF, Lakeville (Conn.) Hotchkiss School

Athletic, slashing wing prospect Jason Morris might not have a national reputation as a 2010 prospect, but he soon will. Playing with the South Carolina Ravens 16-under squad, Morris was always in the middle of the action, putting pressure on his opposition. He relentlessly attacked the basket in open court situations and was an aggressive rebounder on the offensive boards. Morris also handled the ball well. Although it looked like he preferred to attack on the dribble, Morris also shot the ball well enough from the outside to keep the defense honest.
Lance Goulbourne, SF, Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School

2008 small forward Lance Goulbourne came down to North Augusta with a load of momentum from a strong performance at the LeBron James US Skills Academy and didn't let up a bit at the Peach Jam. A smart player who plays with an impressive motor, Goulbourne does a little bit of everything on the basketball court. One of his best skills is his offensive rebounding, but he also can score the basketball off the bounce and from behind the three-point line. His ball handling might be a weaker part of his game, but he handles it well enough to make some positive plays and does a nice job avoiding negative plays. When the Rivals150 is reshuffled, Goulbourne will be strongly considered for a top 100 slot.
Reginald Johnson, C, Winston Salem (N.C.)

A beast on the blocks, Reginald Johnson has a surprisingly soft touch around the basket. When he is able to turn to his left shoulder, he can score over pretty much anyone with his jump hook. His low post repertoire is limited, but Johnson does have a go-to move and is aware of his offensive limitations. Where he is at his best is on the defensive side of the ball, where he uses his mammoth size to control the defensive boards and is extremely difficult to score through. On several occasions, he swallowed up opponents on drives to the basket with two handed blocks where he also secured the basketball. His size is also a detriment when it comes to getting up and down the court, but in the right system he is a solid high-major prospect.
Ray Willis, SF, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake

Formerly from Orlando, Fla., Willis now resides in Atlanta and is running with the Georgia Stars. The 2008 prospect was impressive at the Peach Jam with his ability to impact the game in a fashion similar to Goulbourne. Willis is a versatile wing prospect who can knock down jumpers along with his ability to get into the lane with the basketball. He is also active on the boards and can make some positive things happen with the ball in the open court. Not necessarily a well known name on the national travel scene, look for Willis' recruitment to pick up after his play in North Augusta.

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