The Illinois basketball team had some big-time players suiting up in the Peach Jam over the last few days.
The Peach Jam is essentially the postseason tournament for the Nike EYBL AAU circuit where some of the best recruits in the nation compete for the title of the league. Only a select number of teams qualify for the Peach Jam, and then only a select few from that grouping make it to the bracket format. MOKAN Elite ended up beating Team WhyNot in the final this year.
Illinois had targets scattered all throughout the Peach Jam tournament. It was fun watching some of these players lace up the sneakers and compete against each other. You don’t want to overanalyze too much from this tournament, though. This is a platform for players to show their talents off to some of the biggest names in college coaching.
I was focused on a select few recruits. These players are those who the Illini have targeted over the last year or so. It is exciting to see these players develop into elite recruits and then earn scholarships for their talents.
There were some things that stood out to me during the Peach Jam. Here are five observations from the Peach Jam.