Kevin Boyle Point Guard Weekend Session 1 Top Performers


Top Performers

Deandre Scott: Deandre did a great job running the floor and scoring in transition. He was able to get second chance points off hustle plays and was very coachable.

Brian Parker: Brian is a gifted lefty with a very physical game. He is an effective scorer around the rim with great defensive transition skills.

Xavier Hardison: Xavier demonstrated great defensive ability by guarding the opposing teams quickest players. He has good knowledge of the game and sees the floor very well. Overall he had a solid weekend showing his defensive skills and vision as a passer. He showed overall improvement on his shot and can use a little work on the ability to effectively complete a pass.

Fred Slater: Fred has a winning attitude and has a great work ethic. He is very athletic and has a body built for the college game. He has the ability to play above the rim and excels at rebounding.

Mike Gordon: Mike has a very bright future in the game of basketball. He is fun to coach and is a great leader on the court. Through his hustle and willingness to work he makes the team better.

Max Owens: Max is constantly improving his game because of his desire to become better. His basketball IQ and his selfless attitude and work ethic were second to none this weekend. He has a bright future and will be a coach’s dream to coach.

Martin Bedulskij: Martin seems to always make the right plays and has an overall great understanding for the game. He is a high energy player that finished strong around the rim.

Walker Wilson: He has good size and skill and is still improving his game. Walker needs to utilize his size and skill and have it translate into playing a bit harder. Once he comes into his own and fully plays the full game his game will reach the next level.

Zachary Johnson: Zachary is a very good player and you can see he loves the game. At times he tries to make the difficult pass resulting in a turnover. Once he figures out how to make the easy pass he will reach the next level and will benefit from his court vision.

Rich Kelly: Rich is a combo guard with an incredibly high basketball IQ. He can create for both himself and his teammates. Rich is able to defend on the ball but can improve on his defense off the ball.

Al-Tariq Halsey: Al-Tariq is a lightning quick point guard that has an exceptional ability to get by defenders and finish in the lane or create for others. He is a hawk on the ball defensively and can match up with forwards who are much bigger. An area where Al-Tariq can improve is being more selfish offensively, as he has a tendency to be content with blending in.

Adama Kroan: Adama has a motor that runs non-stop. Adama crashes the boards exceptionally well. He also runs the floor, finishes around the basket, and is a bulldog shutdown defender. An area he can work on his jump shooting to improve his overall game.

John Kelly: John has hit a growth spurt since last summer, but has kept his skills as a guard. Standing 6’3 he is a versatile inside-out player who improved significantly over the weekend and proved that he deserved to be crowned MVP.

Jose Lozada: What he lacks in height he makes up for in effort, heart, and overall skill. Jose is a fearless driver that can locate his teammates and deliver the ball on a dime.

Darrell Hamilton: Showed that he is a tough nosed defensive specialist who takes pride in shutting down the other team’s best defender. Once he is able to consistently knock down a jump shot he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Irving Jones: Very good shooter, athletic, good court vision and finishes well around rim. Rebounds well for a guard, and should be a very good high school player.

Justin Galea: Justin had played up a division and performed well. He is a skilled guard with a good feel for the game. Makes good decisions and tends to make other players better with ability to work hard. Overall a good player that needs to get stronger.

Andou Diaw: Andou is a big body with guard skills. He finds open teammates and can finish around the rim. He needs to continue to develop physically.

Connor Printz: Good ball handler and attacks the basket very well. He shoots the mid-range well and shows good leadership. Connor needs to work on lateral quickness and overall foot speed.

Justin Boston: Solid ball handler. Very aggressive and looks for good shots in his range. Great teammate, but sometime has to look for his shot more.

Raquib Lewis: Great on the ball defender. He is a solid ball handler with a very good offensive and defensive motor. Very good in transition, but needs to do a better job getting other teammates involved.

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2013 Southern Jam Fest Champions


17U Champions DC Assault

After falling in the championship game in April at Pitt Jam Fest and the quarterfinals at Philly Jam Fest, D.C. Assault 17U came to Southern Jam Fest with a chip on their shoulder and a point to prove.

Ripping off an impressive run with wins over several talented teams, Assault put the finishing touch on their impressive weekend with a hard-fought 48-45 win over Garner Road (N.C.) in the 17U title game.

Maryland commit Melo Trimble led the team with 16 points, including two late foul shots that proved to be key in the final result.

After Trimble’s pair from the line gave Assault a five-point lead, Garner Road center Marcus Bryan hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to bring the lead back to three points.

A D.C. Assault turnover on the ensuing inbounds gave Garner Road a chance to hit a game-tying three with four seconds remaining, but the last chance attempt fell short.

“It feels good that I finally got a championship under my belt in this 17U season,” Trimble said.

The future Terrapin said that after the team’s disappointing finishes in Pitt and Philly, the Assault staff told the players to “get it together.”

There was a change in mentality at practice and a personnel change as 6-foot-5 swingman Mike Morsell was brought in as a defensive sparkplug.

“Mike is long and athletic,” Trimble said about the new addition’s impact. “He can defend and he can rebound…he really helped us.”

Assault now looks to carry their championship momentum into next week’s Under Armour Association event in Dallas.

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16U Champions DC Assault

D.C. Assault captured the 2013 Southern Jam Fest 16U title with a 75-60 win over East Coast Fusion.

John Davis paced D.C. Assault with 28 points, joined by teammate Jamaal King with 12. Peter Agba scored 19 in a losing effort for East Coast Fusion.

It’s the first Jam Fest title for the squad this year, with the win capping an impressive run through a deep 16U field. Assault fell in the semifinals at Pitt Jam Fest and quarterfinals at Philly Jam Fest.

D.C. Assault carried a 35-33 lead into halftime and the game remained close for much of the second half until Davis began to take control of the game and create some separation for Assault.

With about six minutes remaining, the 6-foot-2 combo guard scored 10 points in a two-minute span, capping off his run with an emphatic dunk in transition.

“It helped the team win,” Davis said about his prolific scoring day.

“The game was back and forth, everybody was tired,” Davis said.

“My coach told me he needed me to get a bucket and not force shots. My shots were falling and I could get to the basket at will.”

After finishing a lay-up through contact, Davis suffered a cramp and left the game, but his damage was done. By the time Davis left, Assault was up 68-56 with 3:40 remaining in the game.

Without much rest between their semifinal win over Sports U and the title game following, the Assault team knew they were facing the possibility of cramps.

“I was cramping up at the beginning of the game,” Davis explained. “And then when I went up for that lay-up, both my legs just cramped up.”

The cramp turned out to be minor, as Davis returned with two minutes remaining and helped Assault close the book on the game and the tournament in style.

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15U Champions DC Assault

A funny thing happened on the way to BWSL Williams (VA) road to the championship in the 15u bracket, Alani Moore showed up.

Moore (5-8/DeMatha Catholic (Md.)/2016) scored 18 points, all in the second half, as DC Assault overcame a 17-point deficit to capture the 15u title with an 80-74 win over BWSL to complete a championship sweep at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest.

“It’s great,” Moore said. “Our older teams won, our younger teams won, we just had to do it for ourselves and for our organization.”

Of course getting there wasn’t easy.

In the first half BWSL opened up a 17 point lead, thanks in large part to the play of Edrice “Bam Bam” Adebayo.

Adebayo, who finished with 13 points, recorded three big blocks and threw down two monster dunks as it appeared BWSL was on cruise control to the championship by opening up a 42-31 lead at halftime. Then it became the Alani Moore show.

Moore had zero points in the first half, but his composure, along with his 18 second-half points, helped his team stay focused, and when Anthony Cowan, who finished with 22 points, sank a running jumper with six minutes to go in the game, DC Assault had come all the way back from that 17-point deficit to take a 61-60 lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.

“I’ve never had a game like this,” said Moore. “But I always play my hardest and anything can happen. Today it did.”

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14U Champions DC Assault

In the 14U championship game, it all came down to the final seconds. For DC Assault, the defense held and they came away with a 61-60 victory over Bmore’s Finest.

“Any time we’re in a tournament, our goal is to get the championship. Along with other goals and playing together and becoming better teammates, better students. We try to incorporate all of that when we come out here and play. We like these types of events, these tough teams and environments for our kids to play in.”

Chris Lykes and Jamir Moutrie combined for 32 points to lead DC Assault to the victory, the program’s second of three during the Southern Jam Fest. Justice Kendall of Bmore’s Finest put on a show with 22 points, a game-high performance.

The two teams went back and forth for the entirety of the game, with Bmore’s Finest clinging to a one-point lead with two minutes left in the game. Moutrie scored the final five points, starting a scoring battle with Kendall that ended with 7.5 seconds left, when Kendall missed the potential go-ahead basket.

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10:35 AM- The final Four in the 15u bracket is set. BWSL Williams (VA) will face Sports U Izod (NJ) and Team Takeover Ty Lawson (DC) will be playing DC Assault in one hour.

Kyonze Chavis scored 10 points to lead BWSL over Bmore Finest (MD) 56-39.

Breein Tyree’s 20 points helped Sports U hold off Team Takeover (DC) 51-45.

Team Takeover Ty Lawson (DC) topped DC Assault Blue 60-41. Randall Brode’s 13 was the team-high for Takeover.

DC Assault claimed the last spot in the Final Four with a 67-62 win over Team Takeover Caron Butler (DC) 67-62. Anthony Cowan netted 17 to lead DC Assault. —@pfebbraro

10:16 AM- Sports U Izod’s Hakim Santil only scored three points, but they came when his team needed it most. The 2014 guard drained a three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to secure a 42-39 win over VA Assault to advance to the Final Four. Sports U 2014 forward Quadri Moore scored a game-high 14 points, which included two three-pointers, while VA Assault 2014 forward Clint Robinson led his respective team with 13 points. —@AndrewKoob

9:38 AM- Some sloppy play between Sports U IZod and VA Assault, with the score 20-18 at the half in favor of Assault. Both teams had a rough 10 minute stretch to start out the game, as both teams had only scored eight points each at the six minute mark, but VA Assault forward Clint Robinson has been active on the both ends of the court, blocking a couple shots on defense and putting up a nice dunk on offense. —@AndrewKoob

9:28 AM- DC Assault came out to play in this 17U Elite 8 matchup against homestanding Boo Williams. Maryland commit Melo Trimble scored nine of DCA’s first 11 points and added a highlight-level alley oop pass in the process. With four minutes remaining in the first half, Assault holds a 25-18 lead. —@Edgar_Walker

8:45 AM- One player impressing early this morning is Isaiah Martin (2014/Gwynn Park) for Maryland’s Finest. A 6-foot-5 wing forward with a mid-range game and a good work rate on the offensive boards, Martin could be an intriguing prospect for the low Division I level. —@Edgar_Walker

8:00AM- Good Morning! It is Championship Sunday at #SouthernJamFest. So many great matchups in all the ages and brackets. We’ll keep you updated on today’s games up until the very end. —@DaveKrupinski

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10:00 PM- In the last game of the day it was a familiar away game with in-state rivals Jersey Elite v Sports U. This game went to the very end and Sports U out lasted Jersey Elite by 5. 53-48. Jared Nickens was clutch in the final minutes coming off a baseline screen nailing a three pointer in the corner and getting the emphatic dunk in traffic to seal the victory. —@DaveKrupinski

9:33 PM- DC Assault’s Melo Trimble scored 18 points in a 59-46 win over BWSL Woods (VA) in a 17u Sweet 16 matchup. Boo Williams (VA) defeated Virginia Elite Gadson 58-51 and will face DC Assault in the Elite 8. —@pfebbraro

9:08 PM- Thon Maker scored 14 points as Boo Williams’ (VA) 17u team came away with a 58-51 victory over Virginia Elite Gadson to advance to the Elite 8. —@pfebbraro

8:18 PM- Crusader Nation (MD) cruises on to the Elite 8 with a 72-59 win over Squires Richmond (VA). 2014 guard Marquise Reed scored a game-high 21 points, included 11 free throws, and 2014 forward Trevor Wesco added 13. Squires Richmond forward Devin Robinson contributed a team-high 19 points. —@AndrewKoob

7:09 PM- Garner Road (NC) punched a ticket to the 17u Elite 8 with a 61-44 win over Team Loaded Ward (VA). Cameron Gottfried scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in the win. —@pfebbraro

6:56 PM- At the halfway point of the Team Loaded NC – Team Philly Sweet 16 matchup with Loaded NC leading 31-23. Loaded NC has pretty much cruised into the Sweet 16, but this looks like it’ll be a tough matchup right on through to the second half. —@AndrewKoob

6:31 PM- Tyrek Coger’s basket with 3.4 seconds to play was the difference in the Carolina Raptors (NC) 37-35 win over Team Takeover Orange in the 17u bracket. Carolina moves on to the Elite 8. —@pfebbraro

6:00 PM- At the half the Carolina raptors lead Team Takeover Orange 16-14. Tyrek Coger has six points for the Raptors while Team Takeover’s Darian Bryant has four. —@pfebbraro

5:43 PM- 17U Sweet 16 games are now tipping off here at Boo Williams. The sixteen teams remaining are all deep and filled with Division I talent. Championship Sunday is shaping up to be a very good one here at Southern Jam Fest. The state of Virginia continues to represent well on home turf, while teams from New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, and D.C. round out the Sweet 16. See the link above for the updated 17U Winners’ bracket. —@Edgar_Walker

5:01 PM- A number of prep schools are in attendance to get one final look at 2013 prospects. One unsigned senior who is turning heads right now is 6-foot-2 point guard Jordan Talley with East Coast Fusion Dalton.  Talley can shoot from mid-range, has a quick burst and is a really savvy passer with a hard-nosed drive and kick game. Look for him in today’s top performers article to be posted tonight.  —@Edgar_Walker

4:18 PM-  In a nail-biter, VA Assault held on to defeat Team Loaded VA 66-62 and claim a spot in the 17u Sweet 16. With one second remaining Tyler Thompson (5-9/Cesar Chavez (DC)/2014) stepped to the free throw line and sank two to ice the win. Thompson finished with 14 points while VA Assault was led by Clint Robinson’s (6-8/Charles Flowers (MD)/2014) 20 points.

Joining VA Assault in the Sweet 16 will be Boo Williams (VA), which defeated the Greensboro Warriors (NC) 73-48, and Sports U Izod (NJ), which defeated Ahoops Pump & Run (PA) 71-41. —@pfebbraro

3:40PM- The state of Virginia is well represented at Southern Jam Fest. Virginia Elite defeated DC Assault Blue and Boo Williams defeated Greensboro Warriors earlier in the day meanwhile VA Assault and Team Loaded VA are deadlocked at 47-47 with 7 minutes left in the 2nd half. We’re going to check later in the day to see what state still has the most teams remaining. —@DaveKrupinski

2:16 PM- Squires Richmond (VA) joined those advancing to the 17u Sweet 16 with a convincing 86-70 win over Team Sizzle (MD). Devin Robinson (6-8/Christchurch (VA)/2014) scored 22 points and Josh Brown (6-4/Trinity (VA)/2015) added 16 to lead the Squires. —@pfebbraro

2:09 PM- DC Assault guard Melo Trimble has impressed in both the Pitt and Philly Jam Fests and is looking to keep track here in Virginia. The Maryland-bound guard continues to make smart decisions and contribute in any and every aspect of the game. —@AndrewKoob

1:24 PM- Richmond Squires wing Devin Robinson (6-7/Christ Church (Va.)/2014) has been blowing up this spring at Hoop Group events. After firmly placing himself on the Top 50 radar nationally at Pitt Jam Fest, Robinson has continued to cement his status here at Southern Jam Fest today. Against an athletic Team Sizzle squad, Robinson scored 19 points in the first half, including two three pointers and a 7-of-8 mark from the foul line. At 6-foot-7 with the ability to do just about everything on the floor, Robinson is quickly vaulting himself into the ranks of the elite. —@Edgar_Walker

12:43 PM- Team Loaded Ward (VA) rolled over SC Raptors Elite 76-57 to move into the Sweet 16 in the 17u. Team Loaded’s Stavian Allen (6-8/Christian Faith Center (NC)/2014) scored only eight points but had a couple thunderous one-handed dunks which had those in attendance taking notice. —@pfebbraro

12:05 PM- Team Loaded NC won the Philly Jam Fest three weeks ago and are back at it three weeks later here at Southern Jam Fest. VCU commit Jonathan Williams plays a solid point guard for the talented squad. They look like a solid contender for another 17U championship this weekend.

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11:35 AM- Jalen Barnes (6-2/Christian Faith, N.C./2013) scored 17 points as the Carolina Raptors (NC) topped East Coast Fusion Dalton (Va.) 75-67 to punch a ticket to the 17u Sweet 16. Carolina will face Team Takeover Orange at 5:20 p.m. —@pfebbraro

11:21 AM- Team Philly 16U finally put the mercy rule into effect, beating Metroball DC 87-31. 2015 center Michael Watkins scored a game-high 23 points, with 2015 guard Sean Lloyd not far behind with a 20-point performance. —@AndrewKoob

11:16 AM- Team Takeover Orange (DC) advanced to the 17u bracket Sweet 16 with a 56-44 win over Baltimore Supreme. Darian Bryant (6-5/St. Johns College HS, D.C./2014) scored 15 to lead Team Takeover. —@pfebbraro

10:24 AM- Team Philly 16u team is coasting to a victory right now against Metroball (DC). They’re up 40-7 with just under five minutes to play in the first half. 2015 forward Sean Lloyd has been a force, drawing two and-ones and dominating the opposition. —@AndrewKoob

10:18 AM- After trailing by 12 points with 9 minutes left in the 2nd half, SportsU came back to defeat Nitro USA (Oh.) 55-41 in first round action in the 17u bracket. SportsU was led by Wade Baldwin (6-4/St. Joe’s Metuchen/2014) who scored 15 points and Marques Townes (6-3/St. Joe’s Metuchen/2014) contributed 7 points, Sports U Izod (NJ) defeated . —@pfebbraro

9:51 AM- Team Jersey Elite 17U is winning with ease right now in their opener against Southern Tier, led by 2014 guard Amir Bell (East Brunswick HS). A 6-foot-4 guard with great length and a nice handle, Bell has been making plays consistently on both ends. Jersey Elite is a dark horse team to watch in the 17U division. —@Edgar_Walker

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