NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – After sitting courtside watching hoops at the Riverview Activities Center in North Augusta, S.C., 10 hours a day for the last five days it seemed almost criminal that, albeit a well-deserved trophy, Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.) took home the only one, knocking off Team Penny (Tenn.), 85-83, for the Nike Peach Jam title Sunday.
“Love my trophy man!” Playaz point guard Isaiah Briscoe said. “Love it!”
Time to spread that love around.
From Best High-Wire Act to Best Nickname here are the players and teams who earned hardware this past weekend.
BEST REAL NAME
Prince Ali, Southern Stampede (Ga.). When your first and last names are linked to two legends (Prince the “artist” and former heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali) you’re almost destined for greatness.
“I don’t know how I got my name to be honest,” Ali said with a laugh. “I’m definitely happy to be named Prince Ali though.”
Isaiah Briscoe, Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.). Briscoe’s hoops nickname is “Must-See TV.”
After another strong showing this week at Peach Jam – including a 20-point, 12-rebound, seven-assist performance in the title game – I’d concur that Briscoe is a guy you should definitely catch on the tube.
Check out the video below of Briscoe sinking two clutch free throws to secure the Peach Jam title for the Playaz.
MOST ANIMATED TEAM
CIA Bounce (Canada). This was a close call; plenty of teams were lively, but, in the end, the boys from Canada got the nod.
From deafening defensive chants to over-the-top bench celebrations, CIA Bounce was another level… In a great way.
Allonzo Trier, Athlete’s First (Okla.). Trier led the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in scoring this season pumping in 29.4 points a game. He upped that at Peach Jam with a 30.8 per game average and saved his best performance for last; a 42-point outing in an overtime win over the Playaz (N.J.).
SICKEST TEAM SHOES
CP3 All Stars (N.C.). Everyone knows that loud colors are in but the CP3 All Stars managed to pull off a variety of wacky colors that combined to make one sick shoe.
BEST HIGH-WIRE ACT
Malik Monk, Wings Elite (Ark.). Defenders really have to stop jumping with Monk; at this point it’s getting embarrassing. Kenny Rogers said it best, “You’ve gotta know when to fold ’em.”
Monk, once again, showed why he’s the best dunker in the 2016 class, creating posters in abundance on rim-rocking slams.
Still, don’t get it confused, Monk’s more than a walking highlight; he’s a gifted scorer too, averaging 18.8 points a game at Peach Jam.
Ben Simmons, E1T1 (Fla.). After being hounded by the CP3 All Stars’ bench, Simmons quickly whipped an in-and-out juke move, blew past his man and scored with ease. That’s when he peered over at the CP3 bench and yelled, “It’s easy.”
It wasn’t any more difficult during the rest of Peach Jam, where Simmons, who averaged 20.8 points and 10 rebounds a game, was typically the best player on the floor nearly every game.
Edrice Adebayo, Boo Williams (Va.). Adebayo’s nickname is “Bam” and after watching him play it’s so fitting. There’s active then there’s Adebayo; a relentless workhorse with a mentality that says he won’t be denied.
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