The annual Nike EYBL Peach Jam has concluded, and the Illinois basketball team had a commit stand out among the rest.
There have been a ton of talented Illini players come through the Nike EYBL, and the list continues to grow with some future talent taking the court. This past weekend, Morez Johnson suited up for the Meanstreets in the EYBL. They are a state of Illinois AAU program known for developing top recruits.
As many Illinois basketball fans know, Johnson has already pledged his commitment to Brad Underwood and the program for the class of 2024. He is currently rated as a four-star recruit and ranked as the No. 42 player for the 2024 class.
With that type of ranking, it shouldn’t come as a shock that Johnson can play basketball with the best of the best in his age group. Johnson proved once again why he is a top 50 player by putting up some big numbers in the Peach Jam.
Illinois basketball has a well-rounded player coming into the program in Morez Johnson.
Johnson helped his Meanstreets team to a 3-2 record overall in the Peach Jam. This record comes as a result of Johnson averaging 12.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. He was also 24-of-48 from the field, which comes out to 50%.
I know Illinois was getting a good player in Johnson, but I didn’t realize he was this well-rounded. I expected someone who specialized in one area on the court. That isn’t the case at all, though. Johnson can do it all.
The thing that impresses me the most about Johnson’s game is the fact he is always moving. There are too many players today who are stagnant when they are on the court. Johnson is always looking for good spacing and lanes to slash. This enables him to get easy buckets at the rim or second-chance points.
Johnson had another great run of basketball at the Peach Jam this year. He continues to be on display for the world to see, and each time I watch him play, I become more and more impressed with not only his game but the fact Illinois was able to land him. Johnson is going to be a legend in Champaign.