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Peach Jam: Tarris Reed Jr. impresses, The Rens are deep, Cason

July 14, 2021

Peach Jam will have a little bit of a different vibe this year in the gym. 

No fans, limited media, NBA scouts, college coaches entering the gym Friday, etc. For myself, I will likely be attending the Adidas events, so I’ll be watching Peach Jam on four different screens a couple of hundred miles away, the same games but with a different feel.

So, despite it being via stream, who clearly caught my eye on Day One of the games in Augusta?

Tarris Reed Jr. making major leaps.

If anyone bolstered their stock, even more, yesterday, I believe it was Mokan Elite’s Tarris Reed Jr. viewed as a Top-100 prospect by remotely every outlet, I believe he had the biggest matchup to fall thru in on day one as he faced off with North Carolina’s newest pledge Jalen Washington and Nike EYBL Meanstreets.

Reed Jr. would end up finishing this game on the losing end but his performance and his ability to win his matchup were evident. On the defensive end, he held his ground against the super talented Washington, giving up nearly no points and then showing his mobile ability and his capability of being an effective defender around the perimeter. I watched him beat over a screen and instantly block a three-pointer.

Offensively, he was just an absolute menace around the rim. He hit 8/14 shots from the field, many of which came around the rim. But, he also had the chance to show off his mid-range game and his ability to be more than just a paint-dominant forward. He will be such a highly sought-after recruit based on his motor, energy, skill, and ability to use his body is major.

Where his recruitment stands, he’s got Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, Iowa, Mizzou, are amongst the potential suitors. Reed Jr. hasn’t formally dropped a final list which I think was the smartest move all due to the fact I think he’s bound to have a breakout month at Peach Jam.

The Rens are deeeeeeep.

Had the chance to watch the NY Rens yesterday as they faced off with Team Takeover. Once again, not a bad Day One matchup for them as they faced off against Michigan commit Dug McDaniel and Syracuse commit Justin Taylor, both of which matched up against a major recruiting target for the respective schools they have committed to, Kyle Filipowski.

The 6-foot-10 big is a guy we are extremely familiar with here at We interviewed Kyle his sophomore year when he was unranked and fast forward now, his development and the improvements he made are just super impressive to anyone who’s seen him play over the last few years. On day one, he had 19 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and sent two shots.

He missed one shot from the field and was able to prove why when all is said and done, he will be one of the highly-ranked prospects at his position in the 2022 class.

And, how about Denver Anglin? Has to be one of the most slept on players in the entire 2022 class. Absolute flame thrower and he hit five of seven three-point attempts on day one. He finished with 17 points and I bet you if the Rens didn’t have such a big lead, he might've been able to hit more than just five threes. Be on the lookout for him, Filipowski, and the rest of this stacked Rens team.

Cason Wallace can do it all.

I had the chance to watch the entire matchup between Team Final and Pro Skills yesterday and it was clear, Cason Wallace is a problem all over the nation. The five-star guard didn’t put up jaw-dropping numbers but it isn’t that what makes him all the more impressive, it’s his intangibles and the measurables. Super speed, high IQ, exceptional playmaker, high-volume rebounder, and has the ability to score the ball on multiple levels.

He finished with 7 points, 8 assists, and 3 rebounds. I had somebody ask on Twitter, how is that stat line virtually good at all? My answer, the stats will never ever prove how good Cason Wallace actually is. Great floor general, but most importantly he plays to his role and will do anything it takes to leave the arena on the winning side of things.

I think it shows why Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky are among the many making a major push. I expect a lot more out of Wallace with Peach Jam just starting but I was definitely impressed on day one. Winner. Elite competitor, and one of the nation’s top prospects.

Bryce Lindsay goes off on Day One.

This is a prospect I think I have fully invested all of my Stock in over the last two years. Team Melo’s Bryce Lindsay was en Fuego against Mac Irvin Fire. It was all game long. He hit five first-half three’s resulting in 22 points and would end up finishing the game with 32 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, giving him the first 30-point outburst of Peach Jam on day one.

After the game, Lindsay called to discuss his performance and his recruitment quickly. Said he felt great out there and he is in heavy contact with Cincinnati, DePaul, and Iona. I expect the list of suitors for him to grow as Peach Jam continues over the next week and a half.

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