Providence Jam Fest: Day Two Standouts


The 2013 Providence Hoop Group Jam Fest concluded today, several breakthrough performances highlighted the action. From current seniors hoping to fine tune their game and make one more impression on potential schools for the coming season, to rising seniors and juniors who, if they haven’t started receiving collegiate interest, will surely begin to receive that interest in the near future.

While these players listed below where not the only ones who garnered attention, here is a list of the top 20 performers from the 2nd day of action in Providence.

Joel Wincowski | 6-2 | Lake George (N.Y.) | 2015Wincowski, who was recovering from a concussion suffered at the Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest, was the consummate leader on the court throughout the tournament as he led his Northeast Shooters (N.Y,) 16u team to the tournament championship. He cemented his tournament success with a team-high 14 points in the championship game.

Tyler Ancrum| 5-10 | Bridgeport Central (Conn.) | 2014
Tyler Ancrum is a stocky guard who did a good job of getting his way into the paint in a loss against Qc United. He had a quick crossover dribble and finished over much taller defenders on a few of his drives.

Jordan Robertson | 6-2 | Wildwood Catholic (N.J.) | 2014
Robertson showed some impressive athleticism on Sunday afternoon. He only stands at 6-foot-2 but he played around the rim and showed off his leaping ability, dunking over a taller defender in the team’s final game of the weekend against Team Noah (N.Y.)

Josh Williams | 6-6 | Notre Dame (N.J.) | 2014
Williams displayed his athleticism all weekend with several finishes above the rim. He also showed off a nice shooting touch to go along with his highlight reel dunks.

Yoann Folquet| 6-0 | Alma Academy (Can.) | 2014
Nick Desilien is on the Qc United (Can.) roster but was not with the team for the Providence Jam Fest. That left a big hole at the point guard position with Yoann Folquet filled. The 6-foot point guard set up his teammates including multiple alley-oop feeds to Chris Boucher. He didn’t look to score often but when he did he had a pair of nice lefty finishes.

Mason Jones| 6-2 | Manchester Township (N.J.) | 2014
Solid combo guard for Move Your Feet (N.J.) all weekend. The 6-foot-2 Manchester Township guard was able to score the basketball, both on drives and jumpers, as well as make plays for others, helping Bryan Rivers with the ball handling duties. He came through again in the final seconds, securing a berth in the 17u final four with a steal, a finish and a foul.

Calvin Crawford| 6-8 | St. Thomas More (Conn.) | 2014
Crawford hit a big three that got the BC Eagles withing three points of Move Your Feet (N.J.) in the quarterfinals in 17u age division. He offered a scoring option alongside guard Michael Coffey who had 19 points in that game, including three 3-pointers. Crawford will prep at St. Thomas More next season.

Jared Pearson| 6-6 | Woodbridge (N.J.) | 2014
Physical big ma, who had a big bucket to help Move Your Feet (N.J.) survive a BC Eagles (N.Y.) comeback in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he went head-to-head with a big frontline of Qc United (Can.) including 6-foot-10 Chris Boucher. He held his own and help lift Move Your Feet to the finals.

ShaQuan Worthy| 5-8 | Trenton (N.J.) | 2014
Much was written about Mason Jones and Bryan Rivers and rightfully so, but ShaQuan Worthy played well as the third guard for Move Your Feet (N.J.), he was was solid on the defense end, coming away with several steals and offered another ball handler.

P.J. Chung | 5-11 | Forest Hills (N.Y.) | 2016
Chung scored a game-high 21 points to lead Team Noah (N.Y.) to an Elite 8 victory over Gladiators (Conn.). Not only was Chung putting the ball in the net, he was also distributing the ball well and creating plays away from the ball.

C.J. Davidson | 5-10 | Notre Dame of Fairfield (Conn.) | 2015
Davidson tallied 19 points in CT Elite’s 55-50 Elite 8 win to help his squad advance to the 16u Final Four.

Cheyenn Robertson | 6-3| Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) | 2015
Robertson’s physical play in the paint and his ability to knock down key shots helped push the Wayne PAL (NJ) 16u team into the Final Four. On the defensive end Robertson even recorded key blocked shots and drew an important charge which helped turn the tide of the in his team’s favor.

Keshawn Alexander | 5-10 | Orange (N.J.) | 2015
Alexander almost singlehandedly carried his team by scoring 27 points in the Tri-City Warriors (N.J.) heartbreaking 65-63 loss to NJ Select Stars in the 17u Elite Eight. For the second day in a row Alexander was among the best to step on the court at the RIC-Rec Center.

Joe Shehadi | 5-9 | Burr and Burton Academy (Vt.) | 2015
Shehadi’s 19-point effort, which included several long 3-pointers, in Northeast Shooters (N.Y.) 16u semifinal victory over NJ Shoreshots is what earned him a spot among the tournament’s brightest stars on Day Two.

Jack Laffey| N/A | CBA (N.Y.) | 2015
Jack Laffey stroked a pair of free throws that gave New Jersey Shoreshots a narrow victory over CM3 Hoops, putting the Shoreshots in the 16u final four. He finished with a team-high 22 points. Although not overly quick or athletic, he still found himself in the lane for layups or drawing fouls and going to the line.

Luke O’Shaunghessy| N/A | CBA (N.Y.) | 2015
Luke O’Shaunghessy came up big with a steal with 24 second remaining, which help set up a late comeback win for New Jersey Shoreshots over CM3 Hoops. He only scored four points, but he ran the offense well, especially against aggressive pressure by CM3.

Perry DeLorenzo | 6-2 | Middlebury Union (Vt.) | 2016DeLorenzo scored 17 points in Northeast Shooters (N.Y.) 16u semifinal win and added another 10 in the championship game to leave his mark on the Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest.

Howard Washington | 6-3 | Canisus (N.Y.) | 2016Washington was adapted at controlling the tempo of the game throughout the tournament’s second day and his leadership, including 14 points in the championship game, was the key reason Albany City Rocks (N.Y.) captured the 15 u title.


New England Playaz and Move Your Feet Advance to Providence Jam Fest 17U Finals

PROVIDENCE, RI- The New England Playaz and — will headline the biggest game of the Providence Jam Fest on Sunday evening at the Murray Center on the campus of Rhode Island College after the two AAU programs earned wins in the afternoon’s semifinals.

New England topped New Jersey Select Stars 60-40 while Move Your Feet used its speed to outlast Qc United, 60-57.

The Playaz controlled the game from the start, lifted by the play making abilities of point guard Aaron Calixte (Lee Academy/2014) and the inside presence of Jared Reuter (Tabor/Brewster/2015) and Kerem Kanter (Wilbraham & Monson/2013).

Against the zone defense, Reuter’s passing ability found Kanter near the basket on the high low.

“It fits so well, especially in a 2-3 zone,” Kanter said.

When it wasn’t Reuter, Kanter and new addition Marcel Pettway (Wilbraham & Monson/2015) dominating in the paint, it was Calixte hitting the gaps and finding open teammates.

“He stepped his game up a lot in Philly [Jam Fest] last weekend,” Kanter added. “He played well and earned himself a couple of scholarship offers.”

The Playaz held a double-digit lead at halftime over NJ Select, 27-17, and only added to that on the start of the second half, getting the lead up to as high as 20.

Kanter had a game-high 16 points and Reuter added 12.

The other semifinal was the classic matchup of Move Your Feet’s speed against Qc United’s size. Move Your Feet had the ball handlers and shooters to stretch out the long Qc United defense. Though, United’s length was still able to force turnovers and tough shots. Move Your Feet led by double-digits at one point in the first half, but United was able to cut the lead to two at halftime.

Mason Jones (Manchester Township/2014) was the catalyst again for Move Your Feet. He scored six straight points in a two-minute span to give his team at 55-52 lead. Towards the end of the game speed began to favor Move Your Feet, as they started taking their defenders off the dribble.

“That was the most important thing,” Jones said. “When you get by your defender, they have to play help D. That causes fluster for the rest of the defense.”

With under a minute to go, United cut the lead to 58-57. Bryan Rivers (Peddie/2014) hit a pair of free throws to put Move Your Feet up three. United had a look at the end, but came up short.

“Bryan hit those free throws to help seal it,” Jones said. “They had a good look at the end, but we played good enough defense.”

The final will tip at 4:30 P.M.

Albany City Rocks and Boston’s Metro Heat to Meet in Providence Jam Fest 15U Finals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The finals for the 15U have been set with the Albany City Rocks (N.Y.) and Metro Heat (Mass.) meeting in the finals at the Murray Center on the campus of Rhode Island College on Sunday evening.

The Albany City Rocks earned a spot in the final with a big win over Team Noah (N.Y.). The City Rocks took an early lead and used defense and 3-point shooting to knock off Noah 64-33.

“Our defense is the most important,” City Rocks forward Anthony Gaines said. “That’s where we get the majority of our points from.

“We have a couple of big men, but we also have a lot of shooters.”

In the game, the City Rocks nailed six 3-pointers and though Gaines didn’t convert on any shot from behind the arc, the Kingston High School (N.Y.) freshman scored a game-high 16 points. The City Rocks have great size and length, matched with the team’s athleticism  which makes them tough on opposing offenses.

“It plays a big role because we can jump out on passes, but also keep up with one opponents,” added Gaines.

Joelle Martin had a team-high 15 points for Noah.

The second semifinal was much closer with Metro Heat holding off the Harlem Jets 46-41.

The Heat trailed by three at halftime, but took a lead in the second half and never giving it back. The Heat locked up defensively and held the Jets to no points through the first seven minutes of the half.

“We just worked hard,” Heat guard Keyshaad Dixon said. “Always going full speed, never giving up. “We makde them take shots. We stayed tight defensively.”

Despite the Jets scoring slump, the game was a one or two possession game for the entire second half, forcing the Heat to take care of the ball and make free throws down the stretch.

“Free throws are a daily part of practice,” added Dixon, the Braintree High freshman. “As for taking care of the ball, it’s all about being poised.”

The City Rocks and Heat will tip at 4:30 P.M.

Qc United, Move Your Feet Advance to 17U Final Four

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Sunday morning, two teams advancing to the Providence Jam Fest 17u Final Four at the Murray Center on the campus of Rhode Island College. Move Your Feet (N.J.) and Qc United (Can.) are set to meet in a one of the 17u seminfinal matchups Sunday afternoon after both teams remained undefeated on the weekend.

Qc United cruised to a 62-42 win over Hawks Hargraves (N.Y.) and Move Your Feet avoided a comeback, holding onto a 68-63 win over the BC Eagles (N.Y.)

Both teams looked poised for a double-digit win, but the BC Eagles had different ideas for Move Your Feet. The New Jersey club jumped out to a comfortable lead and with three minutes to go led 61-51. However, the Eagles would pick up the pressure and quickly cut into the lead with a 9-3 run.

A 3-pointer by Calvin Crawford (St. Thomas More/2014) made it a one-possession game. A missed free throw by Move Your Feet set up a chance for the BC Eagles to force overtime with a three, though they never got a chance to run a play, as Mason Jones picked off the in-bounds pass taking it all the way to the hole, converting on the layup, as well as drawing the foul.

“We made some mistakes and let them back in the game,” Move Your Feet point guard Bryan Adams said. “We knew we had to get a stop on that last possession, so they couldn’t send it to overtime.

“I knew they were going to try and run something out of the corner and that was my man, so when I locked him off, they didn’t have a second option. So, Mason got a steal for the layup.”

Jared Pearson (Woodbridge/2014) had 16 points for to Move Your Feet, while Josh Williams (Notre Dame/2014) added 15.

Michael Coffey (Burke Catholic/2014)  had a team-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers.

Qc United jumped out to an early lead and never looked back against the Hawks. In the second half, the Canadian powerhouse held built on its double-digit lead as the Hawks did what every they could to handle the size advantage Qc United had.

United started the game with a height advantage at every position including down low with 6-foot-10 Chris Boucher (Alma Academy/2013) and 7-foot Link Kabadyundi (Alma Academy/2014). Although the Hawks fought throughout, the size and depth of Qc United was too much in the end.

Qc United and Move Your Feet are set to play at 2 p.m.

Providence Jam Fest: Move Your Feet Continues To Do So From Philly to Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Move Your Feet (N.J.) stays true to its name.

A week after making a run into the quarterfinals at the Philly Hoop Group Jam Fest, Move Your Feet has made its way to Rhode Island and continued its success with a perfect record on Day One of Providence Jam Fest.

Move Your Feet began the day with a double-digit win over BC Eagles-Nutt, then followed that performance up in the afternoon with a win against Team Long Island. The New Jersey travel team has a brief break before they return to the Murray Center floor at Rhode Island College for Day Two at 10:30 a.m. against BC Eagles (N.Y.).

“I keep them going all the time, so they can get all the looks that they want,” Don Chee. “I just bring them to the court and I leave it to them.”

Last weekend at the Philly Jam Fest, Move Your Feet had statement wins over teams like Competitive Edge (Pa.), Connecticut Basketball Club (CBC) and DC Assault – Farrington before being taken out by a tough Sports U (N.J.) opponent, which ended up a tournament finalist.

“It was good,” said Move Your Feet guard Mason Jones, who plays for Manchester Township during the school year. We had a good team all along, we just started getting out chemistry together. We can play with the best of them.”

Chemistry helped, but so did adding point guard Bryan Rivers, who had played for Chee years ago.

“Having Bryan at the point guard helps ups a lot,” said Chee.

Move Your Feet is in a good position to play well into the evening on Sunday during a week in which most teams tend to take a break after the rigors of he April Live period.

Regardless of how the Providence Jam Fest ends, Move Your Feet will be back on the move heading Southern Jam Fest next weekend in Hampton, Va. That’s followed the next weekend for Rumble in the Bronx. The June calendar is also pretty full all leading up to a stacked July Live period schedule for the New Jersey club.

“I have these guys playing all the time,” said Chee.