The St. Louis Eagles Basketball Club 17U boys’ team is one of the best in the summer grassroots circuit. Comprised of many of the top players in the St. Louis metro area, the Eagles have qualified for the prestigious Nike EYBL Peach Jam, which is the top national tournament on the summer circuit.
The Peach Jam will take place from July 15-19 in North Augusta, S.C. To qualify for the Peach Jam, the Eagles had to navigate their way through the ultra-competitive Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, which consists of 40 Nike-sponsored teams from around the country. The Eagles finished EYBL play with a 13-4 record and won a division title, thus punching their ticket to the Peach Jam with 23 other teams.
Most of the team members are holding current offers from several NCAA Division I programs. The star-studded Eagles team is led by 6’9” All-American Jayson Tatum of Chaminade. Tatum spent much of the season as the No. 1 ranked player in the Class of 2016. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest national rankings. Tatum averaged 19.4 points and eight rebounds in EYBL play. He also led the league in free throw shooting.
Tatum heads a front line that is one of the most imposing in the EYBL. At power forward is 6’8” Tyler Cook of Chaminade. Cook averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in league play while leading the team in field goal percentage. The starting center is 6’10” Jeremiah Tillmon of East St. Louis, who is ranked one of the top 20 players in the Class of 2017. Tillmon averaged 7.9 points and 4.8 rebounds.
There is even more size at shooting guard in the form of 6’5” Xavier Sneed of Hazelwood Central. The athletic wing player averaged 7.7 points a game in league play. Running the show at point guard is 5’8” Jordan Barnes of CBC, who averaged 7.8 points while leading the team in 3-point shooting.
Athletic swingman Jordan Goodwin from Belleville Althoff was called up to the Eagles 17U team from its 16U team and has made an immediate impact with his energy and intensity. The 6’3” Goodwin averaged 7.7 points and was second on the team in rebounding at 5.6 per game.
More Class of 2016 standouts on the team include 6’2” guard Christian Willis of CBC, 6’10” center Will Gladson of Chaminade and 5’8” guard Xavier Bishop of Springfield (Ill) Lanphier. Willis is a slashing guard who plays with great drive while Gladson is a post player with a nice shooting touch out to the 3-point line. The diminutive Bishop is an explosive scorer with great shooting range.
Rounding out the squad are some excellent prospects from the Class of 2017. Guard Alonzo Verge, Jr. is a flashy combo guard from the Chicago area. Point guard David Sloan comes from Louisville. He is one of the prospects in the state of Kentucky. Swingman Reggie Crawford of Chaminade is a 6’4” athlete who plays hard and makes open 3-pointers.
This marks the third St. Louis Eagles’ team to qualify for the Peach Jam since the EYBL formed six years ago. The 2010 Eagles teams advanced to the championship game and played on national television. They were led by current National Basketball Association players Bradley Beal, Ben McLemore and current Butler University standout Roosevelt Jones. The 2013 Eagles also qualified for the Peach Jam and won share of their pool title. best essay sites