Perhaps the most anticipated team arriving at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam over the first week of July was the Bradley Beal Elite 15U squad for two big reasons: JJ Andrews and Jaylan Mitchell.
The dynamic duo did not disappoint.
Over the five-game tournament, Mitchell averaged 15.2 points per game and Andrews was one point behind him at 15 ppg. The duo pushed their team to three wins, and their only two losses all week came to the two teams that would eventually meet in the championship.
Their first game of the tournament matched BBE 15U with eventual tournament champion Team CP3, ironically at the same time their two namesakes were traded for each other.
CP3 handed BBE a 72-60 loss, but Mitchell showed out in his first Peach Jam outing, scoring 20 points and adding four steals.
It has been a dominant performance by Team CP3 15u, but Jaylan Mitchell (Evansville Reitz H.S. 2027) has caught FIRE for Brad Beal Elite.
The 6’7” wing struggled to get one to fall early, but now has 13 points in the last few minutes including 3 3’s and a great transition finish
— Brandon Ramsey (@BRamseyKSR) July 3, 2023
Jaylan Mitchell 6,6 G, 2027 put up 18pts/4rebs today at EYBL Peach jam. Jaylan played up to 15u with Brad Beal Elite. He made a great statement in his first game in Peach Jam. pic.twitter.com/osXRzywxUV
— samcullen (@samcullen41) July 4, 2023
A lot of intrigue with the future trajectory of Jaylan Mitchell (@JaylanMitchell1). A 6-6/6-7 wing in the 2027 class, playing up in age with the @BradBealElite 15u group. Great frame, great pace, finds production #PeachJam https://t.co/y8XET3BYPL
— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) July 3, 2023
Trey Pearson added five assists and four rebounds and Andrews had nine points and nine boards.
Both players played a huge role in the next game for BBE, as they picked up a dominant 74-49 victory over Team Family.
Andrews poured in 21 points on 8-of-9 from the field and Trey Pearson scored 15 points with five assists and five steals.
Watching Jaylan Mitchell (Evansville Reitz 2027) with the 15U Brad Beal Elite team. JaShawn Andrews stands out with his positional size, strength, and athleticism each time I watch this team. Plus, he has ball skills to go with the physical attributes.
— Trevor Andershock (@INBBallSource) July 3, 2023
— LGHoops (@LGreenwellHoops) July 4, 2023
Knicks, Thunder, Pistons, Blazers, Jazz & jr. Grizzlies
JJ Andrews & Jaylan Mitchell pic.twitter.com/HlAUDmQF0E
— 𝒜𝓃𝒹𝓇ℯ𝓌 𝒮𝓁𝒶𝓉ℯ𝓇 (@Andrew__Slater) July 4, 2023
After a day off Wednesday, BBE didn’t miss a beat on Thursday, posting another dominant win, 74-53 over Team WhyNot. This time it was Sheek Pearson shining, with 16 points on 7-of-10. Jayden Johnson added 16 points with five boards, Tyseandre Edwards posted eight points and eight rebounds and Andrews and Mitchell finished with 11 and 10 points respectively.
— Prep Hoops Missouri (@PrepHoopsMO) July 7, 2023
Jaylen Mitchell is a 2027 playing up with @BradBealElite 15s, and he’s one of the most promising players on the floor. The 6-foot-6 wing has 10 points and 3 assists here. knocked down a 3-pointer and has shown good Vision. One to watch.
— Rob Cassidy (@Cassidy_Rob) July 6, 2023
The 15U team finished pool play on Friday with an incredible 80-78 victory over Team Melo, led once again by Mitchell and Andrews. Mitchell led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-10 from the field while Andrews tallied 21 points on 9-of-17.
Don’t Sleep On That Man 2027 Jaylan Mitchell @JaylanMitchell1 👀
• Playing Up on 15U
• Easily overpowering defenders
• Attacking boards relentlessly
• Impressive footwork & post moves
Remember The Name Coaches! 🗒️
Current Offers: Southern Indiana & University of Evansville pic.twitter.com/XUceoItYm2
— Grady Majors (@GradyMajors) July 6, 2023
Peach Jam 🍑📝: ‘26 JJ Andrews was a force on both ends of the floor vs. Team Melo, wreaking havoc in passing lanes while constantly putting pressure on the rim, offensively. Put up 21p-4r-1a-4s-1b with zero TO in the win.@BradBealElite | #EYBL2023 pic.twitter.com/0dlsOUZRMp
— Pro Insight (@_proinsight) July 7, 2023
That put BBE into the bracket as the second seed in Pool A, meaning they would have to face Pool D winner City Rocks. That was a tough hill to climb, and BBE fell 70-57. City Rocks would go on to win again to advance to face Team CP3 in the championship, which Team CP3 ultimately won.