Kenner League preview: GW's Creek on GU's Peak

Kenner League preview: GW's Creek on GU's Peak
August 1, 2014, 5:45 pm
(Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

For those unfamiliar with the media procedures for the Georgetown men's basketball team, incoming freshmen are off limits to reporters until after they complete the fall semester. Same rule applies during Kenner League (The "look but don't talk" scenario is also true to the rest of the roster unless a member of the sports information department is there as well).

That means whatever insight any of us can gleam about these newbie's as they run up and down the McDonough Arena court comes from what we see. Then again, there might be away around this. For example, asking thoughts on the freshmen from those playing against them.

Based on the Kenner League hype, 6-foot-5 high-flyer L.J. Peak is the next Hoya worthy of poster treatment, as in he can dunk over a defender with the greatest of ease. 

The former George Washington star and D.C. area hoops Maurice Creek caught the show first-hand. The wing guards were often matched up last Saturday as Creek's DCS squad defeated The Tombs despite 36 points from Peak. Two of those points came on a 2-on-1 fast break opportunity late in the game. Racing down the left side, Peak caught a pass, elevated to the rafters and dunked over the helpless defender.

That defender, Maurice Creek.

"They claimed [Peak] dunked me," said a chuckling Creek. "I'll give him that."

One of the elite high school talents produced from the Maryland suburbs in recent years also gave the heralded freshman plenty of praise for the rest of his game.

Many of those 36 points came on conventional plays. Peak's driving ability and athleticism led to constant trips to the free throw line. He knocked down mid-range jumpers and showed range to the 3-point line.

"He's a hell of a player," Creek said. "Very crafty. Gets to the rim very well. He's very athletic. Caught me one time. He's a good player. He's a pro. Georgetown should be glad they got him because he'll make a difference."

Peak and The Tombs are scheduled to play on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Kenner League playoffs begin on Sunday.

  • Another freshman in that game enters college with far less attention and a far different style. GW's Darian Bryant (St. John's) offers power in a 6-foot-4 frame. He also brings passing skills, a shooter's touch and a strong hoops IQ. That combination paired with the Colonials need for rotation help after Creek and others graduated could have Bryant playing a significant role sooner than later.

"Me and Darian have known each other for years now," Creek said. "I know he's not going to shy up...He can shoot the ball very well. He can post up. He can create for himself. That's (the Colonials) are going to need next year. I'm glad he's going to my Alma mater.

Bryant is one of five incoming freshman for GW, along with Japanese forward Yuta Watanabe. Four of the five starting spots are settled. The power forward position and the bench roles are not.

  • In addition to the Kenner League, Creek continues to workout with the hopes of playing professional basketball next season. GW's top scorer this past season was not selected in the NBA Draft and did not play in either the Orlando or Las Vegas summer league. The 6-foot-5 perimeter threat remains optimistic about finding a new team. "Still searching, still looking. We'll find a place," Creek said.
  • Here's a look at this weekend's schedule. Click here for a roster breakdown of the various Hoyas and Colonials. 

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