2023 Peach Jam: Tuesday Standouts
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.—The tentpole event on the summer hoops calendar is here. Peach Jam brings some of the best players and teams to North Augusta to battle it out in front of NBA scouts and college coaches.
All of the talent in the building ensures plenty of notable performances throughout the week. Tuesday saw plenty to dive into. These are some of the best from the games I saw.
Through two days of Peach Jam, Paul George Elite is undefeated, and Jase Richardson has to be in the way-too-early MVP discussion.
He’s a guard with plenty of swagger and confidence. He thrived on this big stage to close the day. Richardson finished with 25 points while going 9-13 from the field and 3-4 from 3-point range.
Early on, he got to the rim and converted athletic finishes. Richardson has a nice mixture of speed and bounce. He’s not the biggest guard, but he can get up with the best of them. He had several dunks that turned heads.
As the game progressed, Richardson’s 3-point shot became more of a weapon in his outburst.
Dybansta is coming off of a week at the NBPA Top 100 camp in which he was one of the clear stars.
To close the night, he kept at what made him successful at the camp in Orlando, and what was slashing to the basket. He can create his own in the halfcourt at 6-foot-8. It’s not every day that a player his size can do what he can do in those situations. Dybansta’s pursuit of the rim earned him 12 trips to the free-throw line. A notable thing about his game is that he seldom settles for bad jump shots. That’s partially do to his ability to get to his spots, but it also says plenty about his general feel for the game.
He finished with 33 points on 11-19 shooting and 9-12 from the free-throw line.
There have been some outstanding performances from big men to start Peach Jam, and Drive Nation’s Jaden Toombs threw his hat into the ring on Tuesday afternoon.
There’s not a lot of flash to his game, but his production speaks for itself. He put up an eye-popping 16 points and 17 rebounds. It was clear from the jump that Toombs was going to have a big game when he rattled off a quick 8 points and 3 rebounds.
Toombs is fundamentally sound, and he plays with a constantly revved motor. That combination has led to plenty of double-doubles in his career and it earned him another one on Tuesday.
Flat out, this was one of the best full games I’ve seen Carter Bryant play in person. He was terrific to close the night for Paul George Elite in one of the more high profile matchups of the evening.
The Arizona commit posted 22 points and 5 rebounds. When Jase Richardson wasn’t making a big-time play, it felt like Bryant was. He had several dunks that radiated momentum through the PGE team. Bryant was also a perfect 9-9 from the free-throw line.
This is coming off of a solid outing he had to close Monday night.
Darius Adams was at his best for PSA Cardinals during the last 16U time slot of the day. When he’s playing like this, he looks like one of the better guards in the strong 2025 class.
Adams put up 20 points on 7-11 shooting while going 3-4 from the 3-point line. His offense came in a variety of ways. He created for himself with the ball, he moved off the ball and made himself available, and he scored on all levels.
The points weren’t all that stood out. He added 6 rebounds and 4 assists as well.
2024 G Jaeden Mustaf stuffed the stat sheet for Boo Williams. He boasted a statline of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. His near triple-double helped lock up a win.
Mustaf is one of the best at getting to the free-throw line because of his aggressive downhill attack. He impressed with some strong finishes through contact. He knows his strengths, and he knows how to best use them to his advantage.
2026 F Tyran Stokes flashed brilliance in one of the best games of the week to date.
His feel for the game on defense is advanced beyond his years. He makes the right plays at the right times on that end of the floor. Stokes generates plenty of steals and deflections simply by being a smart player.
He showed his ability to score from all levels. His game was highlighted by a dunk that should make its rounds on social media that had the gym abuzz at the end of the first half. Stokes showed high-level passing acumen as well. All of this came while playing up two age groups against one of EYBL’s best, deepest teams.
Patrick Ngongba closed the spring on a high note with Team Takeover. He’s been one of the major risers in 2024, and he showed what he can do in a second-half flurry.
Most of his 12 points and 8 rebounds came after halftime. The 6-foot-10 forward started to take ownership of the paint on both ends. He whipped some eye-catching passes around the floor as well. Without his late surge, Team Takeover likely doesn’t win that game. His size, strength and developing skill set make him one of the more interesting big men in the country.
McCoy was one of the more fun 2026 players to watch. He had a smoothness about his game that’s wildly entertaining.
He can create his gown shot with ease and doesn’t need much space to get his jumper off. He had 15 points, but it felt like he scored more than that because of how easily the game comes to him. McKoy plays with poise on that end. He added 12 rebounds to bolster his production.
He stood out while playing up an age group as well. My viewings are limited at this point, but he looks to be among the best in the class that I’ve seen.
Montonati has had as good of a spring and summer as anyone in the 2026 class. He’s emerging as one of the top players in the class, and he added another data point to his resume in a Tuesday win.
In the 6-foot-7 range, Montonati showed a multi-faceted game. He hit a couple of shots from deep, threw down a dunk in transition that stifled an Indy Heat run, and he flashed high-level vision with his perimeter size.
Montonati finished with 16 points and 5 assists in the Mokan blowout.
Ashton Pierce made a killing from the free-throw line in the early afternoon for CP3. 11 of his 21 points came from the charity stripe. He also knocked down a couple of shots from deep. He looked to attack the rim often, and that aggression culminated in a missed dunk that almost brought the house down.
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Cole Cloer looks like he’s going to be a name we hear plenty about moving forward. The 6-foot-7 wing/forward showed plenty of upside even when his shot wasn’t falling from three. In particular, his defensive prowess showed with blocks and shot alterations. He used some athleticism mixed with good instincts well on that end of the floor.
Jaire Richburg looks like an athlete. He has that kind of build. It turns out that he is plenty athletic.The 2026 guard used a combination of athleticism, toughness and physicality to get his 20 points and 6 rebounds in a win for CP3. He was efficient in his efforts too. Richburg went 7-11 from the field. He played to his strengths and looked to attack the basket.
2026 G Lawrence Brown stepped up when Team Melo 15s needed it the most. He scored at the rim and hit big threes en route to a 20-point game.
If you’re bigger and stronger than everyone else, I’m always going to be okay with you playing that way. That’s what 2026 F Tristan Reed did to start the day with Mokan 15s. Reed is a strong 6-foot-8. At this stage, he’s more physically advanced than most, and he used that to his advantage. His efficiency—7-8 from the field—was largely a result of him playing within himself and never trying to do more than he should. Me made the game easier for himself.
Rounding out a trio of impressive young guns from the Mokan Elite 15U is the leading scorer of the day for them, Mavrick Hawkins. Hawkins had microwave moments for Mokan. He rattled off several points in a row to kill any potential Indy Heat momentum. His shot marking was big, but he also came up with several steals and transition buckets.
Adam Oumiddoch is a young name to know out of the DMV. He put on a big-time performance in one of the better games of the day. Oumiddoch finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Team Melo. Early on, it was his tenacious pursuit of rebounds from the wing that stood out. As the game progressed, he started to hit shots from deep.
Jeremiah Green had a solid afternoon with Proskills (16U). The 6-foot-3 guard scored 15 points on 6-10 shooting. He had his jumper working well for him at times and showed flashes of why he’s such a sought-after guard in the 2025 class.
Kayden Mingo brought his hard hat to the court with him. Not the biggest player on the floor, Mingo might have been the toughest, most active. At around 6-foot-2, he pulled 11 rebounds and went to the free-throw line 10 times.
Austin Swartz is going to put up points in some way or another. The guy’s a scorer through and through, and he lived up to his reputation with 23 for Boo Williams. More impressively, he added in 6 assists showing that he’s a more-than-willing distributor as well.
AJ Swinton put on a dunk show for Boo Williams. The 6-foot-6 wing got at least 10 of his 15 points on dunks alone. Athletic and long, Swinton used his physical tools to put on a loud display.
Jamari Phillips has had a good couple of weeks. He finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a win for Paul George Elite. Phillips opened the game with a one-handed slam and followed it with a mid-range jumper. That set the tone for the team’s night.