Each year, the Nike EYBL’s Peach Jam event is a culmination of a summer of hard work and dedication to the craft. It’s also one last chance for the upcoming senior class to show up and show out for their programs, and that’s exactly what Bradley Beal Elite’s Class of 2023 did.
Highlights from our 17U squad's 5-2 finish at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam! #FlyHigh
Footage by @justlobs pic.twitter.com/pFHzJ1Isme
— Bradley Beal Elite (@BradBealElite) July 27, 2022
The Class of 23 led BBE’s 17U team to a 5-2 record at this year’s Peach Jam and that was after having to play a play-in game just to get into the field.
In that game, a 63-53 win over Team Melo, recent Arkansas commit Layden Blocker (2023) led the way with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Scotty Middleton (2023) added 13 points on 5-of-8 from the field and Desmond White (2023) had 10 points, six rebounds and a team-high five assists.
Opening day of the @nikeeybl2022 Peach Jam @BradBealElite defeats Team Melo in the play-in game to get into the field. Solid performances from Missouri players Kael Combs @NixaBBasketball, Trevor Reed @jbs and Dez White, formerly of @HeliasBballHC now prep
— Prep Hoops Missouri (@PrepHoopsMO) July 17, 2022
Let’s Fly at @NikeEYB PeachJam! #Honored! @RealDealBeal23 pic.twitter.com/3OiJWKL2fC
— Bradley Beal Elite (@BradBealElite) July 17, 2022
Later that same night, BBE 17U suffered one of just two losses in the tournament, falling 55-51 to PSA Cardinals. But they bounced back the next day with a 66-61 win over NJ Scholars. Four players hit double figures on the scoreboard in that one, led by another 15 points from Blocker, 13 from White and 10 from Middleton. Ketraleus Aldridge (2023) added 13 points and five rebounds, while playing just eight minutes.
The good times continued to roll the next day with a blowout 75-61 win over Houston Hoops. Middleton was the high scorer in that one with 18 points on 7-of-14 from the field. Blocker had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added eight assists, and Class of 2024 prospect Lathan Somerville pitched in with 13 points and six rebounds.
2023 5 ⭐️ Scotty Middleton (@ScottyMiddleto9) was great for @BradBealElite down the stretch, helping them earn the victory
He finished with 18 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, and 2 STL
Used his pull up well throughout the game and guarded defensively @sunrisehoops
— Alex Karamanos (@TheCircuitAlex) July 19, 2022
There would be considerably more talk & attention surrounding 2024 Lathan Sommerville if he were playing 16U. He has fit in well with Brad Beal Elite & makes the most of his opportunities. 13 points & 6 rebounds on 5-6 from the field in their win against Houston Hoops today. pic.twitter.com/Wlvh8pimY2
— Trent Markwith (@TMarkwith14) July 19, 2022
Somerville was a force as the tournament rolled on. In a nail-biting 63-62 win over Team Griffin, the big man scored 16 points on 7-of-11. Middleton led the scoring once again in that one, pouring in 19 points while Blocker added 12 with six assists.
2024 Forward Lathan Sommerville (@LathanSommervi2) with an efficient performance for Brad Beal Elite (@BradBealElite) vs. Team Griffin.
Scored 16 points on 64% (7-11 FG) shooting from the field + Added 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
(Photo via @dfritzphotos) pic.twitter.com/IdAP1RGw3N
— Hoop Major Recruiting (@RecruitingHM) July 20, 2022
Just trying to win! 🍑 @BradBealElite @NikeEYB @RealDealBeal23 @247Sports pic.twitter.com/4xY6fvh2XA
— Lathan Sommerville (@LathanSommervi2) July 21, 2022
2023 Wing Scotty Middleton (@ScottyMiddleto9) led the way for Brad Beal Elite (@BradBealElite) vs. Team Griffin.
Posted 19 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds.
Shot 53% (8-15 FG) from the field.
(Photo via @dfritzphotos) pic.twitter.com/0Xj1TvwTMr
— Hoop Major Recruiting (@RecruitingHM) July 20, 2022
The BBE 17s made it four straight wins the next day with a 74-60 win over Expressions Elite. Blocker had his best game of his final tournament with BBE with 22 points on 7-of-15 with seven rebounds and five assists. Middleton once again scored 19 points and eight rebounds and Aldridge had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Total Team Effort!!! @BradBealElite pic.twitter.com/QMWfEvitFb
— Bradley Beal Elite (@BradBealElite) July 22, 2022
At the Nike EYBL Peach Jam @BradBealElite defeats Expressions Elite 74-60 to move to 4-1 and advance to bracket play. 2023 Trevor Reed of @JBSAthletics has been consistent on the boards all week. Kael Combs of @NixaBBasketball had a nice fourth quarter
— Prep Hoops Missouri (@PrepHoopsMO) July 22, 2022
The team’s final game of the tournament was a tough 65-52 loss to Team Takeover despite a nice game from White, who led the team with 15 points and four assists while Blocker wrapped with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Blocker averaged 14 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Middleton averaged 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. White posted 9.7 points per and 4.1 rebounds. Also playing in his final tourney for BBE, Trevor Reed averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Thank you to my coaches and teammates throughout my aau basketball career. Everything comes to an end but this is just the beginning of something special⭐️🏾. #1out #nextchapter pic.twitter.com/79B9uLEVmr
— Layden Blocker (@Laygogetit2) July 23, 2022
Forever Grateful for the BBE family🙏🏽@BradBealElite #flyhigh❤️ pic.twitter.com/nBLfSyhP3j
— Scotty Middleton (@ScottyMiddleto9) July 23, 2022
AAU it’s been real…🔟 out❤️✌🏾.
Thanks to all the coaches, teammates, and bonds I’ve built through the years. Special Thanks to @BradBealElite @RealDealBeal23 pic.twitter.com/gl3i26NEcc
— Desmond White (@Dez2White) July 24, 2022
its been real.✌🏾 #3️⃣3️⃣out. Appreciate the @BradBealElite family for believing in me and helping me throughout my last ride. To the others that I have met in my journey, I am thankful. #themarathoncontinues🏁 pic.twitter.com/DkmP4Og1Z6
— Trevor Reed (@thetrevorreed) July 24, 2022