Two Kickapoo basketball players had their hands in winning one of the most prestigious AAU tournaments in the nation.
Playing for Overland Park, Kansas-based MoKan Elite, Jared Ridder and Cameron Davis won the championship of the Nike EYBL Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina on Sunday. The annual tournament pits the best teams in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League against one another in front of an audience of college scouts.
In MoKan Elite’s 93-65 win over Proscholars Athletics Cardinals, a team from New York City, Ridder hit two 3-pointers and finished the game with eight points. Davis scored two points.
RIDDER to DAVIS for 2! Peach Jam Champs. What a great experience for you both. Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/tazOa6hyTZ— Kickapoo Basketball (@PooBasketball) July 10, 2016
Ridder verbally committed to play basketball at Xavier University with one year of high school remaining.
Davis, who will also be a senior, presently holds basketball scholarship offers from Navy, Drury University, Southwest Baptist University and Missouri S&T.
Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young, two of the top players in the class of 2017, led the way for MoKan scoring 61 combined points.
Porter Jr. led all scorers with 33 points, going an absurd 12-of-16 from the field, and Young added 28 and 11 assists.
Play hard, play unselfish, play together. The blueprint of champions. #PeachJam pic.twitter.com/cWdbn7Dw7z— EliteYouthBasketball (@NikeEYB) July 10, 2016
The Peach Jam’s list of former players includes NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Amar’e Stoudemire, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Yao Ming and Kyrie Irving.
The Nike EYBL attracts top NCAA Division I coaches to check out unsigned high school players.
Former Missouri State Bear Rodney Perry coaches the MoKan Elite 17-and-under squad. Perry, an athletic wing and defensive stopper, was part of Missouri State’s 1992 NCAA Tournament team and 1993 NIT team. He is presently head coach of the men’s basketball team at Avila University.
Perry played for Charlie Spoonhour at Missouri State after transferring from Arkansas-Fort Smith and said he tries to incorporate the late Spoonhour’s style into his own coaching.
Woke up a champion‼️✊🏼 @ Nike Peach Jam https://t.co/uljwj75FJ6— Jared Ridder (@jared_ridder) July 11, 2016