In the spring of 2010, 42 teams set out to capture the inaugural NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), championship.
Held at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, South Carolina The NIKE Peach Jam (where the EYBL playoffs and finals are held) has elevated the quality of play and the new concept has built an exciting basketball format for the hundreds of Division I college coaches and members of the media that attend the event.
At the Peach Jam, Team Takeover of Washington D.C. defeated the St. Louis Eagles of Missouri 70-62 cementing themselves at the 2010 EYBL Champions. In the Championship Game, televised on ESPNU, Takeover was led by Class of 2012 guard James Robinson of DeMatha Catholic High School, who dropped 24 points and snagged eight rebounds and 2011 Duke commit Michael Gbinije who contributed with 19 points. Standout out shooting guard (ESPN #4 overall) and University of Florida commit Bradley Beal had 26 points for the Eagles.
Out of the 42 teams who took part in the EYBL, 24 moved on to the Peach Jam. At the Peach Jam they were divided into 4 pools based on standings from league play. From there each team played one game against every member of their pool, the top 2 teams from each pool advanced to the quarterfinals.
|POOL A||POOL B|
|Howard Pulley (MN)||Each 1 Teach 1 (FL)|
|Team Takeover (DC)||Boo Williams (VA)|
|Oakland Soldiers (CA)||Georgia Stars (GA)|
|Wisconsin Playground (WI)||Albany City Rocks (NY)|
|Alabama Challenge (AL)||The Family (MI)|
|New York Gauchos (NY)||BABC (MA)|
|POOL C||POOL D|
|St. Louis Eagles (MO)||New Jersey Playaz (NJ)|
|Mac Irvin Fire (IL)||Mean Streets (IL)|
|Louisiana Select (LA)||Spiece (IN)|
|All-Ohio Red (OH)||California Supreme (CA)|
|Athletes First (OK)||Team Florida (FL)|
|Metro Hawks (NY)||Team Final (PA)|
(bold team listed advanced to quarterfinals)
In the first quarter-final, Team Takeover won their sixth game in just three days and defeated the Metro Hawks.
In the second quarter-final, Team Final defeated the BABC squad led by 2011 Syracuse commit Michael Carter-Williams.
In the third quarter-final, in front of a star-studded audience featuring many of the nation’s top collegiate programs head coaches, the St. Louis Eagles defeated the Oakland Soldiers, sponsored by Milwaukee Bucks big man and Oakland native Drew Gooden.
In the fourth-quarter final Spiece Heat from Indiana beat Boo-Williams knocking them out of contention.
The following day in the first semi-final matchup, the St. Louis Eagles knocked off Team Final behind 28 points from Brad Beal. Michael Gilchrist (ESPN #3 overall) of St. Patrick High School in New Jersey and University of Kentucky commit, led Team Final with 26 points in a losing effort.
In the other semifinal, Team Takeover overcame an early deficit to defeat Spiece Indy Heat by 15. Julian DeBose had a breakout performance of18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Takeover were able to hold the #1 ranked point guard in the class of 2011 and University of Kentucky recruit Marquis Teague to nine points on 3-for-12 shooting.