ACC Daily Digest, July 10: 2019 Peach Jam starts play, Pitt and Syracuse adds to 2019-20 schedule


2019 Nike EYBL Peach Jam starts up

Starting on Wednesday, July 10, down in Augusta, Georgia, the 2019 Nike EYBL Peach Jam gets going. One of the most important offseason events on the recruiting calendar, the event runs until July 14, and will host some of the top college coaches and prep prospects in the country.

As expected, a plethora of current and, likely, future ACC commits will be in attendance:

  • SF Scottie Barnes, 5-stars, 2020, fresh off a gold medal run with Team USA at the U19 World Cup
    • FSU, Duke Miami — all in his top 8
  • SF Jalen Johnson, 5-stars, 2020, committed to Duke last week (July 4)
    • Duke commit, top-5 player in his class
  • PG Jeremy Roach, 5-stars, 2020 committed to Duke in May
    • Duke commit, ace defender, social media fan
  • CG Cade Cunningham, 5-stars, 2020
    • Oklahoma State lean, Cowboys hired his older brother, Cannen, as an assistant coach
    • Duke, UNC in the mix, though
    • Likely the top prep player in the country, projects to be a future NBA All-Star
  • PF Isaiah Todd, 5-stars, 2020
    • UNC, NC State
    • Top-20 player in his class; 6-foot-10 post player who relocated to North Carolina from Virginia
  • C Mark Williams, 4-stars, 2020
    • 7-footer, top-40 prospect
    • Has offers from Duke, NC State and Clemson
  • PG DJ Gordon, 3-stars, 2020
    • From Pittsburgh, Panthers are at/near the top of his list with Illinois

An important note, too: the Peach Jam is part of the new July Evaluation Period.


Pitt Basketball adds walk-on point guard

As Jeff Capel heads into his second season at Pittsburgh, he has a young roster — which has talent and NCAA Tournament aspirations. The group is led by a fun sophomore backcourt of Xavier Johnson, a legit NBA prospect, and Trey McGowens.

On Wednesday, though, the Panthers added another guard to the roster: walk-on KJ Marshall.

A North Carolina product, Marshall hails from Fayetteville — the hometown of Jeff and Jason Capel, an assistant on Pitt’s staff. The 5-foot-11 Marshall played his prep basketball at Trinity Christian; as a senior he averaged 9.5 points and 2.9 assists per game, according to MaxPreps.


More on Pitt Basketball: Date set vs. Kansas State

According to Adam Zagoria, the Pitt Panthers will play Bruce Weber, who just coached Team USA Basketball to the U19 World Cup, and Kansas State in the 2019 Fort Myers Tip-Off. The event is set for late November — just ahead of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.

Kansas State won 25 games in the 2018-19 season.


Syracuse set to take on Big 12 foe in 2019 Preseason NIT

More scheduling news: according to a report from Jon Rothstein, Syracuse Basketball will play up and coming Oklahoma State in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

Oklahoma State won just 12 games last season; however, third-year head coach Mike Boynton landed a top-25 recruiting class in 2019, led by 4-star shooting guard Marcus Watson, a target previously of several ACC programs.

For the 2020 class, Oklahoma State already has one commitment lined up with 4-star point guard Davonte Davis. The Cowboys are also competing with the heavyweights for a trio of 5-stars: Cade Cunningham, Isaiah Todd and Bryce Thompson


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