Three Cal recruiting targets who play for the Oakland Soldiers traveling team are shining after three games at the Nike Peach Jam Elite Youth Basketball League finals in Augusta, S.C.
I wrote in this morning’s editions about Oakland High shooting guard Jabari Brown, Bishop O’Dowd forward Brandon Ashley and Portland forward Kyle Wiltjer — all members of the Soldiers. Click here for that story.
The Soldiers are off to a 3-0 start at the 24-team EYBL national finals, thanks in good part to the efforts of the three players Cal is chasing.
– The Soliders beat the Alabama Challenge 83-66 in their first game Monday morning, led by 23 points from Brown and 17 from Sacramento’s Josiah Turner. Wiltjer had eight points and nine rebounds and Ashley contributed five points and seven rebounds.
– Brown, rated as one of the nation’s elite shooting guards, erupted for 32 points late Monday night in an 84-67 win over Wisconsin Playground Elite. Rivals.com reported that Cal coach Mike Montgomery, Maryland’s Gary Williams and Bill Self of Kansas all were on hand Monday to watch Brown. Nick Johnson added 15 points and five assists, Ashley had 12 points and five rebounds and Turner scored 13.
– The Soliders moved to 3-0 this morning with a 71-63 win over the Howard Pulley Panthers of Minneapolis. Wiltjer, a skilled 6-9 power forward, scored 18 points. Ashley, the No. 5-ranked player in the class of 2012 according to Rivals.com, had eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots and Brown scored nine.
The Soliders face the New York Gauchos tonight in the fourth of five Pool A preliminary-round games.
The tournament runs through Thursday.