AIKEN, S.C. -- Running concurrently with the famed Nike Peach Jam is the infamous Peach State Invitational. Yes, they’ve got players, too, though not as many or even as high-profile, but talented nonetheless. More importantly, guys that we needed to lay eyes on this month. While the Peach Jam focused on youth (U-16) on opening day, we focused checking out a few players we hadn't seen yet.
Georgia Tech all over Rimmer
Heading into the month of July, the leading candidates to nab power forward Schuyler Rimmer (Orlando, Fla./Boone) were Stanford, Southern Cal, Vanderbilt and Florida; each was represented by an assistant on Wednesday. Georgia Tech, which is on his list, sent head coach Brian Gregory.
Rimmer’s a good player, the kind of guy who’s going to opt to go through you rather than around you. It’s fitting that Rimmer plays the game without one of his front teeth. Anticipating a good story, I had to ask.
“It happened in the eighth grade when I went up for a dunk and got caught up in the net,” Rimmer said. Unable to explain exactly what happened, suffice to say he’s minus a front tooth, hockey-enforcer style. Rimmer’s going to be a high-major recruit, where he’ll be a post with a decent midrange touch. Play him alongside a bouncy 4-man and you’ve got a nice tandem.
Packed house for Singer
Another Floridian, shooting guard Sam Singer (Miami/Ransom Everglades), made his Peach State debut. Singer’s competitive and prefers to have the ball in hand on offense. He’ll receive wide-ranging recruiting from talented mid-majors to various high-major programs. Yes, he’s scanning the stands (wisely) and relayed that Richmond, Stanford, Virginia Tech, California, Maryland and Kansas State have been at every one of his games this period. N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried, Central Florida’s Donnie Jones and Kansas State’s Bruce Weber provided the head coach presence.
Mostella on the move
Detrick Mostella (Decatur, Ala./New Hope) is a native of Alabama but he doesn’t have a single in-state program on his list. Why? “I’m moving to Maryland,” Mostella said. He’ll be studying the point guard position under the tutelage of Chris Chaney at New Hope. Mostella picked up where he left off at last week’s Reebok Breakout Challenge.
With a list that includes Georgetown, Kansas, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Maryland, Murray State, Mercer and Georgia, it’s clear he’s got some playing to do in order to land scholarships from all of them. Mostella shot the ball better here than he did at Reebok. He’s not a true point guard but he gets in the lane almost at will. He’s a speed guard who wants to play fast. Many of those programs will offer while some will keep him warm as they evaluate all their options.
Madison getting mid-major looks
Mostella’s teammate, wing Tyler Madison (Columbia, Ala./Shelby County), gets after it. He’s put together like a Crimson Tide linebacker in training. The game I saw was a complete blowout and his services were not needed. However, he clearly likes defense, can get to the rim and looks like he might be a reliable shooter. What’s that mean? Factor in his grades and he’s receiving big school and upper crust mid-major looks. Samford, Tulane, Murray State, UAB, UTEP and most of Conference USA have offered. Tennessee is looking.