Sunday, July 22, 2012

2012 Nike EYBL Peach Jam Finals: CIA Bounce vs. Oakland Soldiers!!!

2012 Peach Jam Championship

Written by: Prospect-Central

Andrew Wiggins: CIA Bounce
While the date 4/20 has special meaning for millions of cannabis sativa lovers worldwide, for hardcore basketball junkies it meant something entirely different; the start of the 2012 Nike EYBL!!!

The 2012 Nike EYBL began over three months ago, with 40 teams made up of some of the best high school basketball players in the country.  The teams competed in a series of three tournaments, trying to earn a spot into the coveted Peach Jam.  Twenty-four teams were eventually invited to North Augusta, South Carolina for the EYBL Finals and today there are two teams left standing; CIA Bounce & the Oakland Soldiers.

CIA Bounce are led by the #1 player in the Class of 2014 Andrew Wiggins and have been the odds on favorite to win the championship since April.  As good as Wiggins is, CIA Bounce is not a one-man team.  Both Class of 2013's Tyler Ennis & Xavier Rathan-Mayes have played extremely well and deserve much credit for the Canadian teams success.

Aaron Gordon: Oakland Soldiers
The Oakland Soldiers were the pre-season #1 AAU team in the country, but were decimated by injuries the entire season.  The fact they're about to compete for a Peach Jam tittle, says a lot about their mental toughness.  The Soldiers are led by #4 player in the Class of 2013 Aaron Gordon and a Top 15 player in the Class of 2013 Jabari Bird.  They have some other solid ballers on the squad as well, including Top 30 player in the Class of 2014 Stanley Johnson.  If they go onto win the Peach Jam tittle, the Soldiers will have truly earned their "Purple Hearts."

Regardless of the outcome, the game between CIA Bounce & The Oakland Soldiers should not disappoint. The teams have a combined 9-1 record at the Peach Jam and have been two of the more exciting teams to watch.  There are a number of future NBA players on both sqauds including a few possible lottery selections as well.  As of right now I have Aaron Gordon in the 2014 NBA Mock Draft Lottery and Andrew Wiggins & Jabari Bird in the 2015 NBA Mock Draft Lottery (assuming Wiggins doesn't reclassify.)  So sit back, relax, and get ready to watch the 2012 Nike EYBL Peach Jam Championship Game!!! * Below is the 2012 Nike EYBL Peach Jam 17U championship game followed by the 17U semi-finals and the 16U championship game.  Click tittle to watch games.



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