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Basketball Instruction with Coach Ryan Finch: Form Jump Hook Shooting

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Coach Ryan Finch is back with you today to teach you a drill that all basketball players should get to know: Form Jump Hook Shooting. No matter what position, how big or how fast you are, every player should know how to do a Jump-hook. This drill is valuable to everyone and can be practiced on your own or even with a friend! And after you watch the video, be sure to get your team signed up for the Garden State Classic and the Tournament of Champions, which have their dates out now! The Tournaments are for both Boys and Girls, so be sure to get your team signed up before we fill all the spots!

If you haven’t already seen Coach Finch’s other Instructional Videos, you can check them out here, with X-Out Shooting, Monster Rebounding, Form Shooting and Dribbling Instruction.

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Basketball Instruction with Coach Ryan Finch: Two Ball Stationary Dribbling

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With the basketball season starting up, Coach Ryan Finch takes a few minutes to show you how to be a better basketball player this season. Every week will be a different focus, whether it is on the fast break, shooting, rebounding or whatever you need to get better this season. This week, Coach Finch will demonstrate some dribbling techniques that you can practice at home. Be sure to check back every week to see what Coach has in store!

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Pitt Jam Fest Championship Day LIVE Blog

DSC_0011Keep up with this blog all day as we provide updates, photos, and more!

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3:52pm – Pitt Jam Fest has come to a close!! Pics of all championship teams are below and check back here for championship game recaps. —@TheHoopGroup

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12:18pm – DC Blue Devils advanced to the 16U finals with a 62-57 win over WE R1. The Blue Devils didn’t take a lead into late in the second half but once Jeff Dowtin took control at point guard, there was no turning back. The duo of Dowtin and backcourt mate Markelle Fultz were ultimately too much for WE R1 to handle. They’ll play New Heights in the finals. —@Josh_Stirn

11:39am – Spectrum(VA) vs High Rise Elite(CT) 16U Steel Semi-Final- At half Spectrum led 33-27. Devonnte Hollond of Spectrum went for a cool 20 pts. Hollond showed an array of post moves and finishes around the rim. In the second half, 6’7 Sunday Okeke of High Rise Elite began altering shots around the rim and controlling the glass. Kah Green-Younger was steady on the wing and put in 16 for the Elite as well. Okeke ended up with 10 pts and 12 boards. Spectrum lost its intensity in the second half and could not keep up with High Rise Elite eventually falling 52-46. High Rise Elite will play in the final of the 16U Steel Division against TNBA East. —@jsparrow55

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10:43am – Sean Lloyd was fouled with .9 seconds left and hit two free throws to lift Team Philly to a 42-40 win over DC Premier. Premier led for most of the game, stifling the Philly attack but Lloyd hit a three point play to tie the game with under two minutes left. Jon Davis answered back with a 3 before Lloyd’s final heroic drive. Team Philly advances to the semis of the 17U bracket. —@Josh_Stirn

10:03am – See who was recognized as Top Performers from Day Two of the Pitt Jam Fest here. —@TheHoopGroup

8:00AM- Final day at the Pitt Jam Fest, which means it’s championship time! Elite 8’s for all age groups are set and we’re ready to get underway one last time for the 2014 Pitt Jam Fest. –@AndrewKoob

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Saturday LIVE Blog: Pitt Jam Fest

DSC_0214Keep up with this blog all day as we provide updates, photos, and more!

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11:56pm – Day Two pf Pitt Jam Fest has come to a close. Review the up-to-date brackets here and see where your favorite teams are playing on Championship Sunday. —@TheHoopGroup

9:24pm – Juan Munoz 16U Garner Road(NC) has been answering the call all day. He can really handle the rock and score the basketball. Against Atlanta Express’ man press, Munoz consistently made one quick move and was off to the races. Respect was definitely earned quickly as ATL Express fullcourt denied Munoz the ball. He was still able to get off his sweet stroke and score at will. Defensively, he continues to compete against D’Marcus Simonds on every possession. Munoz is a scoring machine who really impressed today. —@jsparrow55

7:53pm – In a matchup of two very disciplined teams, it was VA Elite’s Grant Golden who was the difference maker in their 75-65 win over the York Ballers. The 6’9 Golden was nearly perfect from the field in his 26 point performance. —@Josh_Stirn

7:42PM– BIG matchup between Team Thad (Tenn.) and New Heights (N.Y.) going on right now. Two big programs in the UA Association, 2015 guard Terrence Davis is bringing a little bit of everything to the table. Getting his outside shots to fall and showing some athleticism around the rim, Davis’ performance will be big if Team Thad hopes to make it to the Elite 8 tomorrow. –@AndrewKoob

7:22pm – 16U Atlanta Express’ D’Marcus Simonds has a scorers mentality. Earlier in the day, Simonds showcased his ability to draw contact on almost every drive to the basket. At 6’4, he plays “basketball strong” and puts a ton of pressure on opposing defenders with his relentless approach. Even when his shot was not falling, his game stayed the same. With Georgia watching closely, Simonds continued to attack the basket and look for his shot.. He has deceptive bounce and quickness as well. —@jsparrow55

7:05pm – Micah Thomas of 16U Team Thad was turning college coaches heads with his effort vs. Team Final. His instincts and defensive presence caused havoc for Team Final. His 6’7 frame needs weight but his length and ability to run the floor are tremendous. He took the ball hard off the bounce in the half-court and is electric in the open court. If his jumper ever develops, Thomas could be a problem for everyone trying to guard him. —@jsparrow55

5:23pm – 16U game of the day at South Fayette just ended. ATL Express pulled away 66-50 against TeamWork(OH). Don’t let the score deceive you, this one was tight throughout. Marquez Callaway (20pts) paced Atlanta Express. For TeamWork, Mason Baich had 12 pts and Preston Boswell was a difference maker on both ends. In the middle of the second half, Teamwork’s 6’10 Jon Teske dislocated his finger and was unable to return. ATL Express was definitely tested but proved that they are still a tough out. —@jsparrow55

5:04pm – In 16U action, ATLXpress held off a well-coached Team Work unit to win 66-50. On a team filled with top talent – including D’Marcus Simonds, Dewayne Russell, Jailyn Ingram and Chris Lewis – it was point guard Marquez Callaway that stood out with 20 points and pesky on-ball defense. —@Josh_Stirn

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3:52pm – 16U George Hill Rising Stars(IN) cruised to a victory over IMG this afternoon 60-47. Jaylen McKay(2016 Lawrence North) showed his driving ability earl and often and Michael Fowlkes(2016 Brownsburg) controlled the tempo and shared the rock. Dashon Blakely put on a dribbling display throughout the course of the game. For IMG, Arseniy Andreev and Frank Ryder had 17 points each. —@jsparrow55

3:45pm- Although they are trailing 37-28, Peyton Wejnert is doing everything possible to keep the Shoreshots in the game against JCBC. That includes 16 points and a handful of blocks, rebounds and assists. Versatility galore!–@Josh_Stirn

1:41pm – Garner Road (Cresey) held a lead into halftime against the Jersey Shore Warriors in 16U action but as big man Dexter Lawrence wore down (8 first half points), the JSW guards – led by Tom Funk and Chuck Champion – began to heat up. The Warriors pulled away late for the 52-35 win. —@Josh_Stirn

1:02pm – 16U DC Premiere just wrapped up an easy 57-30 victory over Grassroots Canada. NyRhique Smith showcased his ability to get to the rack with ease. Guards Alani Moore, Cameron Robinson and Ahsante Shivers also showed why DC Premiere is tough to handle on the perimeter. With their ability to get to the basket and bigs Derrick Martin(6’8) and Ryan Gomes(6’9) controlling the paint, DC Premiere is no joke. —@jsparrow55

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12:06pm – 16U Team Breakdown just finished with a dominate 60-40 victory over Mid Atlantic Select. Balanced scoring from Eric Hester(12 pt) Dewan Huell and Herman Williams(11pts each) led the way. With multiple wings 6’7 or taller, Breakdown blocked and altered every shot at the rim. Team Breakdown also showed an extended 1-3-1 which proved lethal due to their length and defensive activity. They are an exciting group and should be a tough out in the 16U division. —@jsparrow55

11:39AM- Atl Xpress big man Doral Moore put on a dominant show, putting up a cool 17 points and owning the glass. 2015 guard Quindarious “Tookie” Brown had a good game as well; the Mississippi State verbal commit displayed great vision and a good passing touch in their victory over QC United. –@AndrewKoob

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9:36am – If you want exposure than Pitt Jam Fest is the place to be! The following are just a few of the media outlets that have been covering the event since it tipped on Friday:

Washington Post, Rivals.com, Scout.com, Ball is Life, 360 Sports Mag, Roundball Rundown Report, getmerecruited.com, Vantage Hoops, Mid-Atlantic Hoops, North Pole Hoops, catsillustrated.com, insight recruiting and Scout Focus. —@TheHoopGroup

9:03am – As the second day of Pitt Jam Fest is heating up, here is a look at some of the top players from the Under Armour Association East Challenge:

Dupree McBrayer (6-4/Patrick School (NJ)/2015) scored a game-high 14 points to lead New Heights over BMore’s Finest 65-43.

LeGerald Vick’s (6-5/Douglass High (TN)/2015) 16-point effort helped Team Thad (TN) defeat We R 1 74-60.

In DC Premier’s 56-43 win over ATL Xpress Jamal King had a team-high 12 points.

Michael Green and Jonathan Araujo each netted 13 as Team Breakdown (FL) topped the Jersey Shore Warriors 59-44. —@pfebbraro

8:00AM– Here at North Hills High School bright and early for the final UA Association game between The City (N.Y.) and Philly Pride. Not too many better ways to start the day than with some competitive AAU basketball!- @AndrewKoob

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Pitt Jam Fest LIVE Blog: Day 1

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11:13pm – The first day of Pitt Jam Fest is winding down and it has certainly set the stage for tomorrow! Be sure to follow us on all our social media outlets and here at hoopgroup.com to recap the day and preview tomorrow. —@TheHoopGroup

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10:11pm – For the second time today, the NJ Roadrunners survive a tight one – this time a 60-59 win over Tennessee Chosen Few. Akbar Hoffman hit the go-ahead free throw with seconds remaining and finished with a team-high 17 points. —@Josh_Stirn

10:08pm – Wildcats Select (West Virginia)vs PSP Select( North Carolina) was a battle from start to finish. Wildcat’s guard Chris Shields(Elev8 Academy) definitely turned some coaches heads with his array of crafty finishes and smooth jumpers. 6’10 Levi Cook was a house inside and posed matchup problems for PSP all night. Chase Harler also showed a nice stroke from deep. PSP guards Charles Minlend and Kenny Hairston carried the way for the North Carolina squad. Minlend, a 6’4 guard showed a variety of finishes with both hands. He has good length and is a very tough defender as well. Although close throughout, The Wildcats proved to tough and in the final seconds, Shields sealed the victory with two clutch foul shots. His first two games of the JamFest have been very impressive. —Jeff Sparrow

9:03pm – Final: Team Melo completes the 15 point comeback to beat Team Speed, 60-51. Their energy – and ironically their speed – won out. —@Josh_Stirn

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8:43pm – After trailing early 23-8, Team Melo has rallied back to tie the game at 42. 5’10 senior point guard Danny Shand has spearheaded the turnaround. —@Josh_Stirn

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7:40pm – In the first set of 17U, The Northern Kings took on a game NY Panthers Club. Although both clubs shot poor from the outside, strong drives and gritty defense made this game interesting to watch. The Northern Kings went 10 men deep all night and showed that no matter who was on the floor, they could all get after it on the defensive end. Led by the tough play of Kareem South and Russell Baker, The Kings were a handful on the perimeter. The Kings switched defenses and personnel throughout the game and were very balanced scoring. For the NY panthers, Stephen Milhaver’s 17 points and crafty left handed game kept this tight throughout but the Northern Kings defensive pressure proved too much for the NY panthers in a 58-46 victory. —Jeff Sparrow

7:37pm – Over at Pine Richlands, Pitt Nets Matt Cullen drained a three off the dribble to tie NJ Roadrunners 60-60 at the end of regulation.
It took two overtimes and a couple of big Kelly Hogan baskets late, but the NJ Roadrunners advance over the Pitt Nets by a score of 75-68. —@Josh_Stirn

6:22pm – The 2014 Pitt Jam Fest has tipped off! Stay here for updates, news and results. —@TheHoopGroup

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