Boo Williams Guard Cameron Thomas (Photo courtesy of Boo Williams)
Summer season ends with a splash
by Justin Russell, recruit757
The 2019 Nike EYBL season wrapped up last week with the much anticipated Nike Peach Jam. The Peach Jam brings out college coaches and scouts from just about every major program in America. John Calipari, Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski were all in attendance in North Augusta, South Carolina at the 17 and under championships.
Boo Williams had yet another impressive showing.
They advanced all the way to the semi-finals where they suffered a narrow 3-point loss to Russell Westbrooks’ Team WhyNot. A game earlier in the quarterfinals they won one of the most exciting Peach Jam games in recent memory, a 93-91 overtime victory against The AOT Running Rebels.
Mark Williams, a 7’1 five star center from Norfolk, put Boo Williams ahead for good in overtime on a lay-in with 4.8 seconds left off a lob pass from Zion Harmon. The junior dominated the competition throughout EYBL league play.
He notched 24 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks on 10-13 shooting in their semi-final loss to Team WhyNot. Williams also made news this week when he announced that he will be transferring from Norfolk Academy to IMG Academy in Florida next year. With offers from over a dozen power five conferences, Duke, Stanford, and UCLA are all reportedly favorites to land the talented big man.
Chesapeake native Cameron Thomas took home Nike EYBL Offensive Player of The Year honors. The 6’3 shooting guard averaged a league-high 29.5 points per game over 13 games. He scored 30+ points in 6 of those games. Additionally, he was astonishingly efficient shooting 90% from the free throw line, 48% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc.The 5 star junior averaged 26.3 points a game for Oak Hill Academy last year while playing alongside UNC-bound Cole Anthony, former number 1 player in the country. He’ll be returning to Oak Hill next year for his senior campaign. Many in recruiting circles believe North Carolina State is the front runner to sign the skilled guard after next season.
– Justin Russell