Andrew Wiggins struggled from the field but made all 11 of his free-throw attempts Saturday night to help CIA Bounce secure a spot in the Peach Jam semifinals.
John Calipari showed up to watch the second half as Wiggins finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in a quarterfinal victory over Team United. The No. 1 prospect in the class of 2014 is averaging 21.4 points at the Nike-sponsored Peach Jam.
CIA Bounce will face the Kansas City-based Mokan Elite in the first semifinal Sunday at 9 a.m. The Oakland Soldiers, led by UK targets Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson, will face the CP3 All-Stars in the second semifinal at 10:30 am. The championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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Calipari also watched 2013 wing James Young and 2014 guard Tyus Jones play Saturday night, but both UK targets lost their quarterfinal games by two points.
Young averaged 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over six games. He had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the quarterfinals against Mokan Elite, but it wasn’t enough. The Family lost 81-79.
Jones leads the tournament with a 25.8-point scoring average and is second with 6.5 assists. He made 89 percent of his free throws and 10 of 15 three-point attempts through six games. He turned in another big performance Saturday against the Oakland Soldiers, finishing with 28 points and going 10 of 12 from the line. But the Soldiers rallied in the second half for a 68-66 victory.
Julius Randle was one of the event’s biggest stars, but his Team Texas Titans failed to reach the quarterfinals with losses to CIA Bounce, the Jones-led Howard Pulley, and the Mac Irvin Fire. The Fire were missing Jabari Parker, but got a big game out of Jahlil Okafor in a Saturday morning victory that officially eliminated the Titans from contention.
Randle averaged 22.2 points and 13.0 rebounds during the event. He was the only player in the entire tournament to average double figures in rebounds.
Jones, Wiggins, Young and Randle were the top four scorers through the five pool play games. UK target Troy Williams was sixth with 19.4 points per game. Williams, who almost committed to the Cats in the spring, has since expanded his list and acknowledged Saturday evening that Kansas and Indiana were two of the new schools in his recruitment. His Boo Williams squad finished 1-4 on the week.