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April 20th | Friday

9:15 pm

Kamari Williams of 6th Man Warriors going off in these final game sets. Currently holds multiple division 1 offers including Monmouth.

7:56 pm

6:20 pm

Break out performance for TJ Berger (Shoreshots Pooley) against The Family EYBL. After his performance this weekend TJ picks up offers from Stony Brook,

5:25 pm

4:48 pm

Ike Cornish with a 20 point game for Team Melo 15u

4:01 pm

3:36 pm

3:22 pm

“New york wiz kids” Kyron Robinson turning some heads with 20 points against Hilltopper Heat (74-37)

3:00 pm

2:40 pm

2:10 pm

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1:40 pm

1:31 pm

1:21 pm

Afternoon standouts : Doug Edert, Malcom Dread, Jalen Graham, Ty Rogers, and Dan Petcash

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12:14 pm

11:30 am

Rising Stars’ Alonzo Coleman finished with 21 points.

10:40 am

Nick Pierson finishes with 21 points for Illinois State Elite

10:20 am

Lehigh Valley Select’s Richie Manigault finishes with 23 points. Lehigh Valley finishes  Nova Gamechangers

10:10 am

9:20 am

Deamontae Diggs, class of 2020 of McKeesport scored 39 for Fayettes Finest 16u against NJ soldiers

9:15 am

There players with 20 points in one game in this first game set. James Alderman and Tyson Halberg put up 20 each in Prestige Patriots 8 point loss to Eastern PA Elite. Jake Strycharz was a difference maker for Eastern PA Elite and added 20 points in their victory.

 

April 20th | Friday

10:39 pm

Jalen McGlowan for WE-R1 Chivas 15u with the buzzer beater against Northern Kings

10:17 pm

10:05 pm

9:56 am

9:33 pm

Leo Oboyle was hard to ignore. Put up 31 points in his first Showcase game to start off the weekend.

9:25 pm

Minnesota Fury’s Cam Steele finishes with 24 points in its 16 point victory over PYO.

9:20 pm

9:00 pm

8:45 pm

8:40 pm

8:37pm

Hasan Hustafa secures Maryland Movements win over Rens with 17 pts

8:15 pm

8:10 pm

Antonio Lopez led the way with 15 points in a wide spread Crown attack against Shoreshots Kessler.

Jaden Nelson from College Basketball Prospects of America finishes with an impressive 27 points in a tough loss to Nova Village – Morgan. Evan Conley secured the league with 26 points.

8:00 pm

35+ Media Outlets and 190+ College Coaches checked in for Showcase games tonight. Just a preview of the bracket play this weekend.

7:25 pm

Mike Bekelja of TNBA Flash turning heads early. Finishes first game against Corey Graham Elite with 20 pts. Player to watch.

6:52 pm

Matt Price (Boston Bobcats) and Russell Bryan Phillips (BWSL) put up a high of 14 points in the first game set.

6:05 pm

2018 Pittsburgh Jam Fest has officially begun. 120 college coaches pre-purchased packets for this years loaded event.

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4:30 pm

Line starting to form outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Players, college coaches and media sign in starting as people begin to flood the loby.

Dahmir Bishop is ready to be a national name this AAU season – Q&A with HG Insider

Class of 2019 guard Dahmir Bishop is ready to make a national name for himself this AAU season with K-Low Elite. The Philadelphia native has been expanding his game and has seen big results. His confidence and knack for scoring the ball has made him one of the best prospects throughout the northeast in the junior class. He spoke to Hoop Group Insider on his goals for this year.

Q: What would you say you have improved most with your game?

A: “I think now I’ve been able to display my talents more,” he said. “The past couple of years I wasn’t ready to take the next step like I have now. Ever since then I have just been working.”

Q: What would you say separates yourself from others on the court?

A: “I think what separates me is that I’m not afraid to play anyone,” he said. “I’d consider myself as being able to score on any level especially when I’m comfortable.”

Q: Everyone has their own personal motivation. What would you say is your personal motivation on the floor?

A: “The thing that really drives me right now is how I was looked over by everyone when I was younger,” he said. “When I was younger I wasn’t really that good, but that drives me now. I want to show everyone how good I am now.”

Q: Who are some of the colleges that are in the mix with you?

A: “Marquette, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Penn State, La Salle, Temple, Saint Joseph’s, VCU, Bowling Green and some more,” he said.

Q: What have some of these schools told you that they like about you?

A: “Everyone says that they like how I am a good person first,” he said. “They like that I don’t play very emotional and I get that from coaches often.”

Q: You have become a big name in the northeast. What do you see is the next step for you?

A: “My mindset is to go get anything I can,” he said. “I want to be the greatest now that I’m in the spot I’m in. I just want to keep raising the bar and be the best in every area of my game.”

Hoop Group Alumni D-3 All Met 2018

All Met Co-Player of the Year Chima Ekekeugbor at Hoop Group Elite Camp

“Dreams Do Come True”

Many Hoop Group alum have succeeded at many different levels, from the NBA, Division 1 as well as small colleges and in high school. On this page we look at some of the Hoop Group alumni excelling at the small college level.

The New York Metro Basketball Writers announced their Division 3 All Met Team.  The majority of the team, 9 of 16 are Hoop Group Alumni.

A look at those Hoop Group Alumni honored.

NameCollegeHometown
Chimaechi EkekeugborBaruchMatawan NJ
Thomas BonacumRamapoFanwood NJ
Patrick MacDonaldMaritimeBuffalo NY
Spencer CookStevensWashington NJ
Christian TaylorCollege of Staten IslandStaten Island NY
Tyler RoweWestern ConnecticutEast Hartford CT
Richy EspinalWilliam PatersonRidgefield Park NJ
Riley CollinsDrewLacey NJ
Myles Mitchell-WhiteMontclair StateTrenton NJ

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Day 1 | April 20th Day 2 | April 21st Day 3 | April 22nd

Day 1 | April 20th

Taj Thweatt

6’8″ forward showed a wide array of skills from stepping out and hitting 3s to multiple put back dunks. Thweatt’s skill set had multiple D1 coaches very intrigued throughout the game.

Juston Johnson

6-foot point guard who filled up the box score with 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Flashy point guard with lots of upside. College coaches will take notice soon.

Kamari Williams

This 6’7″ wing proved he belonged on the court with multiple high major prospects. With a smooth offensive arsenal and ability to score at all three levels Williams is one of the most intriguing prospects in the HGSL.

Darius Maddox

The versatile 6’4″ DC product was dominant on both ends of the floor tonight. Was a consistent shot maker from deep while disrupting the opposing team’s best ball-handlers. College coaches have begun to notice.

Bryce Butler

6’5″ forward affected the game in almost every way tonight. From stepping out and making threes to crashing the offensive glass, Butler has a knack for being at the right place at the right time.

Enoch Cheeks

The talented point guard lead his 16u Expressions Team to a dominating win. There is nothing on the floor Enoch can not do. Recruitment is going to continue to take off this spring.

JT Thor 

The 2021 Boo Williams product turned in a tremendous performance. Defending the rim, scoring in the paint, and a non-stop motor makes him one of the best prospects in this year’s Pitt Jam Fest

Bobby Harvey | 2018 Young and Reckless

Strong wing who was playing above the rim the whole day.

Dom Penn2020 | All-Ohio Red

Lead guard who made winning plays through the night in the half court.

Blades Kop | 2019 Florida Eagles

The 5-star big man lived up to his billing controlling the paint and showing off his underrated passing ability

 

Day 2 | April 21st

Jalen Graham 2020 Expressions

The sharp shooter who stands 6’4″ was the spark his team needed. In front of a baseline full of D1 coaches he didn’t disappoint.

Photo Credit | Josh Dunst

TJ Berger 2020

The point Guard out of Westtown went toe to toe with Detroit’s best today. The 6’3″ point Guard played with unbelievable pace and knocked down shots all game. Coach / Dad Seth Berger has a star in the making.

Ty Rogers 2022

8th grade sensation Ty Rogers playing with The Family is flat out getting it done. Excelling in the open floor and displaying his midrange game. Name to know for all High Majors moving forwards.

Malcom Dread

Malcom Dread of Team Takeover is one of the more promising prospects in all of Pittsburgh this weekend. His 6’6″ frame is only going to cause opposing teams nightmares the rest of the tournament. Get used to seeing this name linked with high level performances.

 

Photo Credit | Josh Dunst

Dariq Whitehead 2022

Dariq Whitehead is as bouncy as they come. Scary to think he is only a 2022. No surprise why he got minutes on the best HS team in the country.

Jason Gibson

Gibson lit up for the 6th Man Warriors. With a smooth offensive game and deep range, Gibson is so difficult to stop. During tonights game, he went on an 11-0 run all by himself!

Thomas O’Neil

6’8 O’Neil helped lead Middlesex Magic to a big win over NJ Roadrunners. Stretch 4 man finished with 18 points and dominated the glass. Tough competitor.

Day 3 | April 22nd

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