Hoop Group Social Media Challenge: Top Tweets 8/6/12

Every day throughout the Summer of 2012, Hoop Group will be conducting the Social Media Challenge, where players score points for tweeting with the hashtag #BeElite, working to make the Top 5 Tweets of the Day.

Tweets with the #BeElite hashtag are worth one point, but the real points are for those who make it in the Top 5. Below, in descending order, you’ll find the Top 5 from over the course of the last day. The best tweet of the day, No. 1, is worth 25 points in the Social Media Challenge, No. 2 is worth 20, No. 3 is worth 15, No. 4 is worth 10, and No. 5 is worth 5.

At the end of each session of camp, points will be added up and the winner will receive a prize.

Check back daily for our Top 5 tweets of the day. Here is the latest:

No. 5

No. 4

No. 3

No. 2

No. 1

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Hoop Group Social Media Challenge: Top Tweets 8/5/12

Every day throughout the Summer of 2012, Hoop Group will be conducting the Social Media Challenge, where players score points for tweeting with the hashtag #BeElite, working to make the Top 5 Tweets of the Day.

Tweets with the #BeElite hashtag are worth one point, but the real points are for those who make it in the Top 5. Below, in descending order, you’ll find the Top 5 from over the course of the last day. The best tweet of the day, No. 1, is worth 25 points in the Social Media Challenge, No. 2 is worth 20, No. 3 is worth 15, No. 4 is worth 10, and No. 5 is worth 5.

At the end of each session of camp, points will be added up and the winner will receive a prize.

Check back daily for our Top 5 tweets of the day. Here is the latest:

No. 5

No. 4

No. 3

No. 2

No. 1

Follow Daniel Martin on Twitter: @DanielJMartin_

Champions Crowned at 2012 Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest

Hoop Group is proud to announce the champions of the 2012 Summer Jam Fest, which took place over the last three days in King of Prussia, Pa. As another major event during the July live period, players competed in front of Division I coaches, including those from the Big East, WCC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, and others.

Below is a list of champions and, once again, congratulations on winning the 2012 Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest Championship.

U17 Gold Bracket Champions

Without high-major forward Kentan Facey, who was injured prior to the championship game, New Rens (N.Y.) was able to handily defeat the Raritan Roundballers in the 17U Gold Bracket title game. Thanks to major contributions from Marquise Moore, New Rens was crowned champion.

U16 Gold Bracket Champions

East Coast Elite Massachusetts had one of the more memorable runs in recent memory of the past week at Hoop Group Jam Fests. After winning Summer Classic East title, the team came back in the Summer Jam Fest and swept their way through again. In the championship game, they were able to come back from a 33-24 halftime deficit to get the win over a talented Expressions (Mass.) team.

U15 Gold Bracket Champions

Daniel Levitt had six three-pointers in the second half to lift Brookwood Elite (Can.) over Sports U (N.J.) by a score of 79-71. It was a closely contested game throughout, but Brookwood, with Levitt’s help, was able to pull away by enough in the second half to take the victory.

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SportsU’s Wade Baldwin Continues to Pick Up College Interest

Wade Baldwin Sports U Photo by: Kelly Kline / Under Armour

The blossoming SportsU program is no stranger to Hoop Group events, having won the 2012 Pittsburgh Jam Fest, and one of their keys to success has been strong play in the backcourt.

Josh Brown, who is committed to Temple from the Class of 2012, and Hallice Cooke, a quality mid- to high-major point guard, lead the 17U team, but look to the 16U team for the future of the program.

Wade Baldwin from Immaculata (N.J.) has been drawing more interest since his performance in Pittsburgh, drawing offers from Massachusetts, Boston University, and the local Seton Hall.

Wade Baldwin

Wade Baldwin's college stock has been rising this spring. This could be a breakout summer for Baldwin. (Photo Kelly Kline / Under Armour)

He has also grabbed the interest of Houston, Louisville, Northwestern, Iona, and Georgia Tech.

“I think I can bring a complete game, doing everything the coach asks me to do,” the 6-3, 185-pound rising junior says. “Rebounding, assisting, scoring, and playing defense.”

In the SportsU program, guard development has been key, and Baldwin says that the success and competitiveness of older players has rubbed off on him.

“Josh Brown plays for St. Anthony’s, so playing with him in practice really helps me,” says Baldwin. “He’s one of the best defensive players in the country, so he digs into me. This organization really helps me because there are top players all over.”

Baldwin is mature and well-spoken and, though he still has two full years of high school left to play, an idea of the college experience he’d like to have is already taking shape.

“I’m just looking for a coach who is a good person and personality that suits me,” he said. “There are coaches that are up higher that are great, but there are also coaches at lower levels that are great too, but don’t get the same notice.”

“I’m grateful for everything I get. It’s a once in a lifetime journey.”

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Day 2 of Under Armour Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest Brings Out More Stars

Shaquille Carr Under Armour Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest

BY EDGAR WALKER AND DANIEL MARTIN (Photo by: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Shaquile Carr | Canyon Springs (Nev.) | 6-0 G | 2014
UNLV watched this young point guard as he led the 16U Las Vegas Prospects to two victories yesterday. Carr is an athletic guard with solid court vision who likes to work in the half-court set, but has the speed and agility to push the ball in transition, as well. He is drawing interest from UNLV, Utah, and UCLA.

Nick Emery | Lone Peak (Utah) | 6-2 G | 2013
Emery may not be familiar to those on the East Coast, but those out here on the Atlantic will soon know his name. He is committed to BYU and has the same sort of gunner attitude as former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette. Look for Emery to emerge in the backcourt with fellow lefty Matt Carlino, once Emery steps on campus.

Dwayne Morgan | City College HS (MD) | 6’8” F | 2014
Morgan (UA Bmore’s Finest 16U) is one of the hottest prospects in the country, regardless of class. At 6’8” and growing, he is extremely long and very athletic. The top 50 recruit has incredible upside, and is not even close to reaching his full potential. With more skill work, added muscle, and increased focus, Morgan could be one of the top players in the 2014 class by his senior year. He currently has offers from UNLV, Seton Hall, and South Florida, and should continue to see more and more as he develops.

Melo Trimble | Bishop O’Connell (VA) | 6-0 G | 2014
An All-WCAC selection as a sophomore, Trimble (DC Assault Gold 16U) is very fluid with a refined skill set rare for a player his age. A great offensive catalyst, the 6’0” guard is very disciplined and lets the game come to him. With a great build, tight handle, and good scoring abilities, Trimble is extremely well-rounded. Continued development should make him a legitimate high-major lock.

Hakim Saintil | Roselle Catholic (NJ) | 5-11 G | 2013
Saintil (New Jersey Roadrunners 17U) has the classic swagger that all successful points guards have. He controls the pace of the offense and exudes confidence on both sides of the ball. Very quick on his feet, Saintil can be defined simply as a playmaker, who makes those around him more dangerous. He was

Doug Chappell | Episcopal (VA) | 6-1 G | 2013
Chappel (Mid-Atlantic Select 17U) is beginning to poop up on the radar screens of many low and mid-major D1 programs. A combo with a knack for hitting tough shots, Chappell plays hard but under control. He has a solid outside jumper and good scoring instincts, along with above-average court vision. Chappell currently holds seven offers, including Holy Cross, Fairfield, and American.

Josh Wallace | Holy Cross (NY) | 6-1 G | 2014
Wallace (The City 16U) is a fiery competitor and leaves everything out on the floor. Playing at a high pace on Saturday, the guard was very vocal on both sides of the ball. Wallace can create his own shot but is a natural distributor, and seemed to get a lot of enjoyment out of making a key pass. More work on ball handling is key as Wallace continues to develop.

Bejamin Bentil | St. Andrew’s (PA) | 6-8 F | 2014
Bentil (We R-1 17U) is a long, high-upside forward. He has a great frame at this point; long and built fairly well, and that frame is what will attract the attention of coaches. Bentil’s size makes him an able-bodied defender and at times, a rebound magnet. His shot-blocking skills are above average, and further development on the offensive side of the ball is expected.

Jaquan Lynch | Jefferson (NY) | 6-0 G | 2014
Lynch (Juice All-Stars 17U) is a talented but somewhat undersized shooting/combo guard prospect. He has good catch-and-shoot ability, and plays much bigger than his his 6’0” frame would suggest. A tough guard out of the traditional Brooklyn mold, Lynch is unafraid to get physical, and does well to control his body and avoid fouls. He currently holds offers from Dayton, Rutgers, UMBC, Drexel, Hoftstra, Stony Brook, Long Island-Brooklyn, and Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Nate Taphorn | Pekin (Ill.) | 6-7 F | 2013
In the same mold as players before him, Northwestern has started looking at Taphorn and watched both of his games yesterday. He is a tall, lanky forward who can shoot the ball from the perimeter and has a solid enough handle for his size that he can be trusted not to turn the ball over.

Ketan Facey | Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) | 6-8 F | 2013
Facey most notably has the length to alter shots. He reportedly picked up an offer from Hofstra yesterday and could thrive at a program in the CAA level. Playing alongside Jermaine Lawrence on New Rens (N.Y.), the lengthy frontcourt duo helped lead the team to two wins.