The second July live recruiting period ended Sunday at 5 p.m. as Division 1 coaches from across the country strangely filed out of the gym (due to NCAA rules) as the Peach Jam final still played on. Led by Seton Hall guard targets Temple Gibbs Jr. (2016, Seton Hall Prep, N.J.) and Isaiah Briscoe (2015, Roselle Catholic, N.J.), the N.J. Playaz would go on to beat Team Penny 85-83 in the finale of the well-known EYBL circuit event to claim the title.
The following are some recruiting tidbits that surfaced over the second July live period (5 p.m. Wednesday - 5 p.m. Sunday), which was highlighted by the Under Armour Association finals in Atlanta and the aforementioned Nike EYBL Peach Jam final in Augusta, South Carolina:
Kevin Willard and Shaheen Holloway made it out to the Peach Jam on Thursday for the opening day of action, where a handful of recruiting targets were playing, mainly 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe. The N.J. Playaz standout was watched all week up until the deadline on Sunday.
Shaheen Holloway of Seton Hall is here how & has been all week for Briscoe & Gibbs. Guy is working hard.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 20, 2014
While Willard and Sha' were in South Carolina, an assistant (I suspect Fred Hill) was at the UAA finals to watch SportsU's u16 team, which sports 2016 guard Breein Tyree (St. Joseph's-Metuchen, N.J.) and 2017 guard Nate Pierre-Louis (St. Benedict's Prep, N.J.), among others.
Later on Thursday, it was reported that Seton Hall offered 2015 forward Nakye Sanders (Tottenville, N.Y.), although this wasn't confirmed by the player; Sanders was playing for New Heights' u16s at the UAA event. Nakye has picked up offers from Duquesne, Temple, and St. John's recently.
On Thursday night, 2015 forward Elijah Burns' high school coach at Blair Academy (N.J.) tweeted out a list of schools, including Seton Hall, that had called to check in on the big man recently. On Saturday morning, Burns committed to Notre Dame, his long-suspected favorite school. Although Kevin Willard and Shaheen Holloway had watched Elijah workout in April a month after he visited South Orange, Burns was probably back in the pecking order for 2015 forwards.
Miami (Fla.) and South Florida offered 2016 Team SCAN guard Bryce Aiken (The Patrick School, N.J.) this weekend after his six-game performance (9.4 ppg, 15/36 3pt) at Peach Jam.
Miami and USF offered! ✔️— Bryce Aiken (@BryceAiken) July 20, 2014
Aiken plays alongside 2016 guard target Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard's, N.J.), who was offered by Duke and North Carolina State this weekend.
2015 shooting guard target Trey Lowe (Ewing, N.J.) averaged 12 ppg on Team Final playing with 2015 Levan Alston Jr. (Seton Hall offered in April, Georgetown, Marquette this weekend) after being invited to the Lebron James Skill Camp last live period. Lowe scored 14, 17, and 13 points in the opening three games at Peach Jam before seeing limited action (injury/situational?) over the fourth and fifth games.
Jumping back to the UAA final in Atlanta, the main targets Seton Hall's staff watched were New Heights' 2015 guard Dupree McBrayer (prep school TBD) and SportsU 2015 forwards Chris Silva (Roselle Catholic, N.J.) and Markis McDuffie (St. Anthony, N.J.). Though SportsU lost to WE R1 in the UAA final, Silva and McDuffie were double-double threats throughout. McBrayer picked up offers from Rice and South Florida for his play in Atlanta. Silva was offered by Kansas State at the Reebok Breakout Classic earlier this month.
Highly-recruited 2016 forward Omari Spellman (MacDuffie School, Mass.) picked up offers from Arizona and Memphis while playing for Team SCAN's u16s at Peach Jam. He played alongside 2017 guard Tremont Waters (South Kent, Conn.) on SCAN's younger team; Seton Hall offered and hosted both players on unofficial visits in June.