Hoop Group to Host Pittsburgh Jam Fest at Pittsburgh Convention Center

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One of the nation’s premier basketball companies set to host their most prolific tournament inside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

 

Neptune, NJ | February 18th, 2016 

 

The Hoop Group and SportsPITTSBURGH are excited to announce a partnership that will change the landscape of Grassroots Basketball. New Jersey’s premier basketball company will host its illustrious Pittsburgh Jam Fest Tournament inside the spacious David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This location allows Hoop Group to place 24 regulation basketball courts under one roof.

“The Pittsburgh Jam Fest is one of the most prominent AAU basketball tournaments in the country.” said Dave Fedor, Director of Hoop Group Team Tournaments. “For years the tournament has been scattered across the city at a number of different locations. Having one primary location with 24 courts allows us to take the tournament to a new level for players, teams, college coaches, media outlets, and most importantly, the fans.”

Hoop Group Jam Fests are known for providing high level competition and maximum exposure in the most organized tournament atmosphere; the Pittsburgh Jam Fest is the pinnacle of these tournaments. Welcoming over 300 teams and 100 college coaches last year, the Pittsburgh Jam Fest brings the most passionate basketball fans, and players, to Pittsburgh every year in April. Former Pittsburgh Jam Fest participants include NBA players Kevin Durant, Karl Anthony-Towns, Kemba Walker, Jared Sullinger, among others.

Now, these same passionate fans, coaches and players will have the same Pittsburgh Jam Fest experience, but in the best-equipped facility Pittsburgh has to offer. The David L. Lawrence Convention Center effectively blends unparalleled space, functionality, and flexibility with cutting-edge technology to offer  an unforgettable event experience. All this made possible thanks to the hard work of Pittsburgh’s hospitality community.

“We are delighted to once again host the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest and welcome to our city some of the elite high school players in the country, said Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director of Sports Development for VisitPITTSBURGH. “This year with all of the games being played on 24 courts in the David L. Lawrence Conference Center, basketball for fans of all ages will have a hard time deciding what games to watch.  This event again demonstrates how our community and businesses work together to host large events and why Pittsburgh has become a major sports destination for both professional and amateur sport events.”  

The Pittsburgh Jam Fest will take place from April 22 through the 24th. It is open to AAU programs 14U-18U. Fans are welcome and encouraged to attend the highly competitive action and cheer on the stars of tomorrow.

About SportsPITTSBURGH 

As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events in the region, providing the experience and expertise to reinforce Pittsburgh reputation as a legendary sports town.

About Hoop Group

The Hoop Group is the worldwide leader in basketball instruction, offering premier basketball camps since the summer of 1963. Having touched the lives of over one million young men and women, Hoop Group has evolved from simply offering summer basketball camps, to hosting tournaments and competitions, skills camps, clinics, showcases, and facilities to the basketball community. The Hoop Group’s alumni list reads as a “Who’s Who” of the basketball world, including: Moses Malone, Julius “Doctor J” Erving, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Bob Knight, Chuck Daly, Billy Donovan, John Wall, Kyrie Irving and many more.

Hoop Group to Sponsor HoopDirt.com’s Coach of the Week Award

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New Jersey’s premier basketball company, The Hoop Group, and HoopDirt.com Launch Partnership

Neptune, NJ | February 4, 2016

The Hoop Group and HoopDirt.com, the leading website in college basketball coaching news, are excited to announce a sponsorship between the two companies. The new alliance will make Hoop Group the proud sponsor of HoopDirt.com’s Coach of the Week Award.

“HoopDirt provides valuable information to college basketball coaches, and The Hoop Group has had the pleasure of working with some of the best coaching minds in college basketball,” said Rob Kennedy, president of The Hoop Group. “Our coaching alumni have combined to win 57 Collegiate National Championships at the men and women’s level. Sponsoring the HoopDirt Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year Award further helps us grow and support not just basketball players, but coaches as well.”

With over two million page views per month, and over 20,000 Twitter followers, HoopDirt.com brings a unique insider perspective to the world of college basketball coaching. It was founded by college coaches as a way to help the college basketball community stay informed of what is going on in the coaching profession.

“I am thrilled to be partnering with Rob Kennedy and the Hoop Group on our Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year programs.” stated Adam Nelson of HoopDirt.com. “As a young coach, I worked my first camp for the Hoop Group nearly twenty years ago, and I am very excited that the Hoop Group wants to be a part of what we have started here at HoopDirt.com.”  

The partnership launch will coincide with the Week 12 Coach of the Week Award.

About HoopDirt
HoopDirt.com is the largest website in the country dedicated specifically to college basketball coaching news, jobs, and rumors at all levels.  HoopDirt.com brings a unique insider perspective to the world of college basketball coaching – it was founded by college coaches as a way to help the college basketball community stay informed of what is going on in the coaching profession.

About Hoop Group
The Hoop Group is the worldwide leader in basketball instruction, offering premier basketball camps since the summer of 1963. Having touched the lives of over one million young men and women, Hoop Group has evolved from simply offering summer basketball camps, to hosting tournaments and competitions, skills camps, clinics, showcases, and facilities to the basketball community. The Hoop Group’s alumni list reads as a “Who’s Who” of the basketball world, including: Moses Malone, Julius “Doctor J” Erving, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Bob Knight, Chuck Daly, Billy Donovan, John Wall, Kyrie Irving and many more.

2016 Lehigh Valley Showcase Preview

 

Lehigh Valley Showcase

The Hoop Group Lehigh Valley Showcase flaunts the area’s premier basketball talent, and brings in teams from outside the area and state, to share in the exhilarating atmosphere of Lehigh Valley High School Hoops.  This year’s showcase is set for Sunday January 24th, at Parkland High School.

Every year, the Hoop Group Lehigh Valley Showcase pulls some of the best talent from Pennsylvania and surrounding states.  The event hosted over 25 NBA players during their high school years including Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Luol Deng (Miami Heat), Tyler Ennis (Milwaukee Bucks), JR Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers), Tyreke Evans (New Orleans Pelicans), Ty Lawson (Houston Rockets), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Jameer Nelson (Denver Nuggets)

Tip off is set for 11:30 AM as Harrisburg will take on Bishop McNamara from Maryland. The second game features local favorite Allentown Central Catholic vs. perennial state power Chester.  The third game features national powers Westtown versus Cushing Academy from Massachusetts and includes some of the top prospects in the country.  The host school Parkland takes on Philly titan Imhotep Charter in the nightcap.

 

Sunday ­ January 24, 2016 –Parkland High School, Allentown PA

11:30                Harrisburg                                vs.                   Bishop McNamara MD

1:00                  Allentown Central Catholic         vs.                   Chester           

2:30                  Westtown                                 vs.                  Cushing Academy MA

4:00                  Parkland                                   vs.                   Imhotep Charter           

 

About the Field – This Season 

Harrisburg – 9-1, ranked 10th in PA Class 4A

Bishop McNamara – 6-4

Allentown Central Catholic – 9-4

Chester – 6-5, ranked Honorable Mention PA Class 4A

Westtown – 14-5

Cushing Academy – 4-3

Parkland – 9-3, ranked 6th in PA Class 4A

Imhotep Charter – 10-2, ranked 3rd in PA Class 3A

 

About the Field – Last Season

Harrisburg – 22-9 last season, Advanced to PIAA AAAA quarterfinals

Bishop McNamara – 16-10 last season,  Advanced to WCAC quarterfinals

Allentown Central Catholic – 17-11 last season,  Advanced to PIAA AAA sweet 16

Chester – 14-11 last season

Westtown – 25-8 last season,  Pennsylvania PISAA state runner-up

Cushing Academy – 18-8 last season

Parkland – 28-2 last season, ranked 10th in state AAAA.  Advanced to PIAA AAAA sweet 16

Imhotep Charter – 22-10 last season ranked 3rd in state Class AAA.  Advanced to PIAA AAA semifinals

 

Nationally Ranked Players

Mohammad Bamba – Westtown – Rivals.com  – 5th in country Class of 2017,  ESPN – 8th in country

Makai Ashton-Langford – Cushing Academy – ESPN – 35th in country Class of 2017, Rivals.com – 39th in country

Cameron Reddish – Westtown – ESPN – 7th in country Class of 2018,  Rivals.com – 7th in country

 

College Scholarship Committed Players

Jair Bolden – Westtown – George Washington

Kyle Stout – Parkland – Lafayette

Sam Green – Bishop McNamara – Drexel

Maurice Henry – Chester – Delaware State

Jaekwon Carlyle – Imhotep Charter – Hampton

Devante Cross – Parkland – Football Boston College

Jamar Watson – Bishop McNamara – Football Kentucky

 

Players to Watch

Seniors:  Jair Bolden – Westtown,  Devante Cross – Parkland,  Marquis Collins –  Chester,  Kyle Stout – Parkland,  Zay Jennings – Allentown Central Catholic ,  Anthony Johnson – Harrisburg,  Jamar Watson – Bishop McNamara MD,  Darian Dixon – Bishop McNamara MD, Sam Green – Bishop McNamara,  Ernest Jenkins – Bishop McNamara, Brandon Fields – Bishop McNamara,  Jahmi Bailey-Green – Chester,   Jaekwon Carlyle – Imhotep Charter,  Maurice Henry – Chester,  Charles Kelly – Bishop McNamara

 

Juniors: Naja Hunter – Westtown,  Sam Iorio – Parkland,  Mohammad Bamba – Westtown, Brennan Jackson – Harrisburg,  Jamir Moultrie – Bishop McNamara,  ,  Darron Russell – Imhotep Charter,  Brandon Randolph – Westtown,  Wabissa Bede – Cushing Academy,  Jarrod Simmons – Cushing Academy,  Makai Ashton-Langford – Cushing Academy,  Anthony Ochefu – Westtown

Sophomores: Cameron Reddish – Westtown

Freshmen:  Makhi Mitchell – Bishop McNamara MD,  Johnathan McGriff – Bishop McNamara,  Chereef Knox –Imhotep Charter,  Donte Scott – Imhotep Charter

 

For More Information: HoopGroup.com

Dave Fedor

dave@hoopgroup.com

732-­502­-2255 

For Media Credential

James Albano

james@hoopgroup.com

Tickets available at the door.

 

About the Hoop Group

The Hoop Group is a comprehensive basketball company dedicated to fulfilling dreams by providing student athletes, parents and coaches the best instruction, competition and exposure. It is one of the largest basketball instruction organizations in the world with fifteen separate entities that encompass over 30,000 student ­athletes and 3,000 high school, collegiate and youth league coaches. The Hoop Group is committed to help make each individual player realize their full potential and develop a lifelong love of the game. The Hoop Group’s alumni list reads as a “Who’s Who” of the basketball world, including Moses Malone, Julius “Doctor J” Erving, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Bob Knight, Chuck Daly, Billy Donovan, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Karl Anthony Towns and many more. As a family owned and operated business for over five decades, The Hoop Group staff works tirelessly to insure that each event participant, coach and sponsor receives the personal attention they desire.

 

2016 Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase

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December 31, 2015 The 16th Annual Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase will host a total of five games, Saturday January 9, 2016 at Long Branch High School.  The first game will tip-off at noon with the last game scheduled for 6:40 pm.

The Boardwalk Hoop Group Boys Showcase provides for some of the most exciting match­ups of the High School Basketball Season.

The field includes four of NJHoops.com top 20 teams in the state in St. Anthony, Gill St. Bernard’s, Christian Brothers Academy and Mater Dei and 6 of the top 10 teams at the Shore per the Shore Sports Network.

 

Boardwalk Showcase Game Schedule

12:00 Neptune  vs. Mater Dei
1:40 Rumson vs. Gill St. Bernards
3:20 Manasquan vs. Point Pleasant Beach
5:00 CBA vs. St. Anthony’s
6:40 Long Branch vs. St. John Vianney

 

About the Field: 

BOYS STATE RANKINGS:

NJ Hoops:     St. Anthony’s #1 in NJ,  Gill St. Bernards #7 in NJ,  CBA #13 in NJ.  Mater Dei #20 in NJ

 

BOYS LOCAL RANKINGS:

Asbury Park Press – CBA #1, Manasquan #2, Mater Dei #4, Rumson #6,  Point Pleasant Beach #8

Shore Sports Network:   CBA #1, Mater Dei #2, Manasquan #3, Rumson #5,  Point Pleasant Beach #6, Neptune #9

 

Some of the Top Players

Seniors: Jagan Mosely – St. Anthony,  Asante Gist – St. Anthony, Pat Andree – CBA, Kaleb Bishop – St. Anthony,  Jack McGuire – CBA, Shyquan Gibbs – St. Anthony, Brett Barry – Rumson,  Julius Stoma – Gill St. Bernards,  Jimmy Panzinni– Point Pleasant Beach, Adam Mitola – Gill St. Bernards,  Jack Sheehan – Manasquan,  Mike Rice – Point Pleasant Beach, Ryan Jensen – Manasquan,  Nyke McCombs – Mater Dei,  Marquee Ellington – St. John Vianney,  Jamar Foster – Long Branch,  Grant Goode – St. John Vianney,  Zach Howarth – St. John Vianney

Juniors RJ Cole – St. Anthony,  Sampson George – St. Anthony,  Elijah Barnes – Mater Dei,  Mike Morreale – Gill St. Bernards,  Oscar Okeke – St. Anthony,  Elijah Mitchell – Mater Dei,  Barry Brown – Neptune

Sophomores:  Askowovo Ogeneyole – St. Anthony’s,  Elijah McCallister – Rumson, Jared Kimbrough – Neptune, Kenny Jones – Mater Dei,  Dallas Hoffman – Gill St. Bernards,  Alex Schachne – Gill St. Bernards

Freshman:  Jake Betlow – Gill St. Bernards,  Paul Mulcahy – Gill St. Bernards:

 

College Bound:  Jagan Mosely – St. Anthony – Georgetown,  Pat Andree – CBA – Lehigh,  Asante Gist – St. Anthony – Eastern Kentucky, Kaleb Bishop – St. Anthony – FDU,  Shyquan Gibbs – St. Anthony – NJIT,  Jaleel Lord – St. Anthony – Merrimack,  Adam Mitola – George Washington,  Ryan Jensen – College of NJ,  Zach Howarth – Carnegie Mellon, Daniel Mading – Arizona State

 

For More Information: HoopGroup.com

Dave Fedor

dave@hoopgroup.com

732-­502­-2255 

 

For Media Credential

james@hoopgroup.com

 

 

About the Hoop Group

The Hoop Group is a comprehensive basketball company dedicated to fulfilling dreams by providing student athletes, parents and coaches the best instruction, competition and exposure. It is one of the largest basketball instruction organizations in the world with fifteen separate entities that encompass over 30,000 student ­athletes and 3,000 high school, collegiate and youth league coaches. The Hoop Group is committed to help make each individual player realize their full potential and develop a lifelong love of the game. The Hoop Group’s alumni list reads as a “Who’s Who” of the basketball world, including Moses Malone, Julius “Doctor J” Erving, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Bob Knight, Chuck Daly, Billy Donovan, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Karl Anthony Towns and many more. As a family owned and operated business for over five decades, The Hoop Group staff works tirelessly to insure that each event participant, coach and sponsor receives the personal attention they desire.

 

New Jersey Roadrunners Show Dominance at HG Showdown

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’98 Chicago Bulls, ’02 Los Angeles Lakers, ’15 New Jersey Roadrunners. Ok, that may be a little farfetched, but you won’t find a hotter team right now than the Roadrunners 15u team. The New Jersey based AAU program has competed in, and won, three straight Hoop Group Showdown tournaments. In a division that includes recognized and talented programs such as the NY Gauchos, NJ Shoreshots and Force, PSA Cardinals (NY) and McHoops Blue Chips (PA), three straight championships is worth recognizing.

The run of success for the Roadrunners started back in April when they topped New Heights at the Spring Showdown. The grind it out victory set the tone for the rest of their Showdown games; they won three championships by less than five points in each game. Blow outs were not a common occurrence, and they found themselves in constant battles with their opponents.

Wins that go down to the final minutes are typically not the recipe for success when it comes to winning multiple championships. Usually there are a few easy games along the way. The Roadrunners club was able to overcome this thanks to their deep bench. The club plays a lot of players, which is a major plus during tournaments that often require a quick turn around, and multiple games per day. That means tournament MVPs like Casmir Ochiaka, Jahid Jenkins and Calistus Anychio were kept fresh for crunch time, another big plus for the Roadrunners.

Over 20 NBA players have had the Roadrunners name run across their chest, and even more have gone on to play in college. Some of the more recent alums include Kyrie Irving, Randy Foye, Jay Williams and Al Harrington. They have established themselves as one of the best organizations in New Jersey in helping players achieve their basketball dreams. From the looks of it, they are not slowing down anytime soon.

Jahid Jenkins took home the MVP after he impressed everyone at the Nj Junior Jam Fest. Casmir, who was the first Roadrunner to be named MVP, is a big power forward who has shown the ability to be a force in the paint. At the guard spot, Jahid Jenkins (pictured left) has been sensational of late, controlling the flow of the game and making winning plays in big moments. And last but not least, Calistus is a center who has shown great improvement in his game over the past three tournaments. He has great size and is beginning to add the skill, which spells trouble for opponents.

A few bounces that go the other way, a three-point that falls instead of rimming out, and the Roadrunners could be on a less favorable streak. That just comes with the territory when you have multiple grind it out victories. Fortunately, their depth has proved to be unmatched and late game coaching has this team firing on all cylinders. Let’s see how long they keep the momentum rolling.