Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — After four days on the scene, here are the All-Peach Jam teams composed by Tom Konchalski and Adam Zagoria.
Armando Bacot of Peach Jam champion Team Takeover and IMG Academy (FL), who averaged 11.6 points and 12.1 rebounds, and Isaiah Stewart of of the Albany City Rocks and La Lumiere (IN), are the Co-MVPs of Peach Jam.
Four of the five players on the First Team also won gold medals with USA Basketball this summer. Bacot and Cole Anthony of the PSA Cardinals won gold with the U18 team at the FIBA 18 Americas Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario, while Stewart and Vernon Carey of Nike Team Florida captured gold with the U17 team at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Argentina.
Fresh off winning a gold medal with the U17 team in Argentina, Carey brought his A game to Peach Jam. He played a big part in handing Team Takeover its only loss of the EYBL season, going for 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds in a 71-60 win. He also had 23 and 10 in a 70-69 loss to James Wiseman and Bluff City. Duke and Miami are the clubhouse leaders for Carey, who is also considering Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina.
Battle of the Bigs: Vernon Carey vs. James Wiseman at the 2018 Peach Jam, per @KP_Rivals ?
The 7-foot Wiseman was unable to lead his team into the quarterfinals of Peach Jam, but did solidify himself as one of the top big men in the class and a potential future lottery pick. He went for 23 points and 9 rebounds in the win over Carey and Nike Team Florida. As for recruiting, Wiseman attended the final and told ESPNU that “Memphis and Kentucky are most definitely my top two schools right now.”