Recapping Day 2 of the Peach Jam: Who stuck out for UK?
07/07/2016 10:04 PM
Day two of the 2016 Peach Jam has come and gone and once again, Kentucky targets came to play. Top performers of the day included Trae Young, Mohamed Bamba, Gary Trent Jr., John Petty, PJ Washington and Quade Green among others. John Calipari was joined by assistants Tony Barbee, Kenny Payne and Joel Justus today as they moved from court-to-court throughout the day. Here’s a few players who really stuck out in day two.
Trae Young is still a top priority from UK and he keeps a close relationship with De’Aaron Fox. Young told reporters that he still keeps in touch with Kentucky coaches frequently and sees himself as a great fit in Kentucky’s system.
“Coach Cal has had a lot of great guards go through his program. Whether it’s small, fast, big, athletic…he’s had a lot of guards with different styles of play and I feel lik that’s what I can see myself in,” Young said.
Quade Green is an excellent floor general. The point guard from Philadelphia commanded the floor in the PSA Cardinal’s first game. Green had 26 points, eight assists and three steals. Green, who stands at 6’ 1”, spoke about being a small point guard and how players like Tyler Ulis help give him confidence.
“He opened eyes for everybody, for small point guards. He let the small point guards come out,” Green said.
Mohamed Bamba is starting to receive Anthony Davis comparisons. The 7’ center said, “to see what he did at Kentucky and does in the NBA now is simply amazing.” The big man scored 20 points and hauled in 16 rebounds against CIA bounce, and said that he is still considering all schools in his recruitment process.
When John Petty’s shot is on, it’s hard to stop him. The five-star small forward from Alabama had explosive bursts in Team Penny’s second game of the day, making two threes and throwing down a monster jam in a two-minute stretch. Petty finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. He said that he hears from UK almost every day and told us that playing for an established program like UK could really help him reach his goals of making it to the NBA.
P.J. Washington is a monster in the paint. Washington can compete with the best of the best down low, and he showed that today. The UK target scored 22 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in Team Penny’s first game of the day. He followed up with another big game, scoring 16 points and adding nine rebounds. Washington is still being heavily recruited by the Wildcats and is also seriously looking at Texas and North Carolina.
DeAndre Ayton is receiving serious looks again from Kentucky. The #1 player in the class of 2017 has had questions about his eligibility, but Ayton said today that those issues are being cleared by the NCAA and he will be eligible next season. Ayton faced off against the #1 player in the class of 2018, Marvin Bagley, earlier today and scored 23 points and 18 rebounds.
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