NBA scouts pack the gym for AJ Dybantsa, Cooper Flagg and other top players

Cameron Boozer is one of the top players at Peach Jam this week. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC — Nike’s Peach Jam is the most competitive AAU event of the summer with several future NBA players on the court at the Riverview Park Activities Center next week. There are a total of 84 teams divided into four divisions from 15-under to 17-under. The top two players in the high school class of 2025, Cooper Flagg and Cameron Boozer, are both competing for a 16-under title, with Boozer’s team (Nightrydas Elite) winning their division last year. Both Tyran Stokes and AJ Dybantsa (top two players in the 2026 class) play in the highest 17-under division and are two of the best players on the circuit.

This is the third year NBA scouts have been allowed to watch games in person. At least one scout from each team (some teams rolled four scouts deep) evaluated the talent on the floor for the first game day. College coaches will arrive and be allowed to watch and scout starting Thursday. Yahoo Sports breaks down players that NBA scouts prioritized and got an early look at the Peach Jam.

Coming off an MVP performance at the NBPA Top 100 camp last week, Flagg showed once again why he is considered the best rim protector in the country, regardless of class, recording 10 blocks in Maine United’s 57-39 win over Mac Irvin Brand (Chicago) Monday afternoon. He struggled offensively and managed just seven points in an unusual off-night shooting, but NBA scouts know what he’s capable of after becoming the first player ever to score 50-plus points in an EYBL game in April.

Flagg and Boozer will line up Wednesday morning for the second straight Peach Jam tournament, and the duo teamed up last week at the NBPA Top 100 camp in front of several NBA scouts and college coaches. Both Flagg and Boozer had games at the same time Monday, with many scouts splitting their time and watching half of each. The Knicks, Pacers, Nets, Kings, Pistons, Warriors, Thunder, G League Ignite and Spurs all watched Flagg’s first game.

The game between Team Takeover (Virginia) and Expressions (Massachusetts) was the most packed gym on Monday night with several big players on the court. Dybantsa was the main attraction for NBA scouts, occupying every seat along the sidelines with 2025 top-20 wings Joson Sanon and 2024 center Patrick Mount II also plays. Team Takeover won 64-60, but it was close all game and Dybantsa scored on all three levels, including a contested 3-pointer in the corner to make it a one-point game with under two minutes left.

Dybantsa is currently in the 2026 class, but can reclassify up to the 2025 class this fall. The 6-foot-8 wing finished with 21 points, six rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. At least one scout from the Nets, Wizards, Cavaliers, Jazz, Rockets, Thunder, Timberwolves, Clippers, G League Ignite, Knicks, Spurs, Magic, Hawks, Warriors, Mavericks, 76ers, Blazers, Bulls, Pistons, Heat, Kings and Grizzlies saw on.

The Boozer Twins are looking to repeat their Peach Jam title and are the early favorites after dominating the competition during the EYBL regular season and handling business early in a 30-point victory (91-61) over Proskills (Texas). Cameron finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks, while twin brother Cayden added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win.

The duo make it look so easy on the court and know where each other needs to be before anyone else. Cameron is comfortable pushing the ball upfield after a missed shot. His handling and decision making has improved. Cayden is patient with the ball in his hands and reads well as the primary ball handler.

“You could put Cam Boozer on any school’s roster right now and he would be impactful,” one NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. “If he gets to 6-10 with the way he’s playing right now, he’s going to be a problem in the league.”

Scouts from the Magic, Thunder, Hawks, Bulls, Heat, Pistons, Timberwolves, Clippers, Mavericks, Jazz and Nets were some of the scouts watching from the sidelines.

The Vegas Elite is loaded with talent, and Stokes is the headliner with his size, physicality and the way he gets to the rim. The rest of the list is sprinkled with dynamic shooters like John Mobley Jr. (Ohio State commit), who had 25 points and shot a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range in a commanding 93-76 win over The Family (Michigan).

Aiden Sherrell, a 2024 center, also made a strong statement in front of NBA scouts, stepping into a pair of 3-pointers off the pick-and-pop with confidence (hitting one) and finishing with an efficient 22 points. Stokes added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes.

On the other side of the ball, 2025 was a five-star guard Trey McKenney, who had an impressive offensive show while his team couldn’t really find the rhythm. McKenney is a 6-5 guard who was productive from various spots on the floor and played with great pace. He finished with 24 points (3-for-5 from 3, 8-for-14 from the field).

The gym was packed for this game with several scouts from the Nets, Timberwolves, Jazz, Magic, Clippers and Thunder in attendance and one scout from the Lakers, Bulls, Kings, Raptors, Pacers, Spurs, Rockets, Bucks, Suns, Hornets, Hawks and others filters in throughout the game.

The youngest son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made his Peach Jam debut Monday afternoon and finished with 12 points (2-for-6 from 3, 4-for-9 from the field) in the Strive For Greatness (Calif.) win Expression in the 16-under division, 78-69. The gym was packed with fans and LeBron was noticeably absent from the sidelines, but is expected to show up later this week to support his son. A 6-4 shooting guard, James has excellent shooting mechanics and a high release. He gets to the rim a little easier and has found another breakout in transition.

Elzie Harrington, a five-star guard from 2025, had a solid first game, a player ranked just outside the top 10 in a loaded incoming junior class. Harrington finished with 16 points, four assists, two blocks and two steals in the win and has offers from UCLA, USC, Arizona State and Stanford. Rising top-40 junior Brayden Burries led all players on Strive For Greatness with 20 points and added three assists. Kansas, UCLA, USC, Houston, Arizona State and Cal have offered the 6-5 guard.

Scouts from the Lakers, Magic, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Heat, Knicks, Suns, Hawks and other teams all made James a priority on Day 1 of the games.

Most scouts flocked to the gym for a headliner matchup between two of the top upcoming seniors (eligible for the 2025 NBA Draft), Dylan Harper and Tre Johnson, but both players were absent, returning from Hungary after a fourth-place finish for Team USA in the U19 FIBA ​​World Championship.

For those who made it over to Court 2, they were in for a real treat watching Paul George Elite (California) vs. Boo Williams (Virginia). The great Boo Williams actually coached and former NBA player Jason Richardson was an assistant coach for Paul George Elite and coached his two sons Jase and Jaxon. Five-star Arizona commit Carter Bryant first came onto the radar of NBA scouts after an impressive showing during an exhibition game at the Nike Hoop Summit. The 6-8 point forward is one of the best passers in his class and sees the floor extremely well. He finished with six points, four assists and four blocks in the 69-55 victory.

Richardson had an efficient shooting night with 21 points and led all players in scoring. He is patient in attack and plays the right way. The 6-3 point guard has his father’s athleticism and finishes above the rim in transition. He loves to come out and run to advance the ball after missed shots in defense. Richardson has offers from Michigan State, Arkansas, USC, Alabama, Cincinnati, Stanford, Kansas and more.

Scouts from the Rockets, Spurs, Thunder, G League Ignite, Jazz, Nets, Kings, Cavaliers and Timberwolves all watched.

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