Atlantic City Convention Center to Welcome more than 200 Teams to Compete in the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest

Event will be held July 13-15, 2018

Visit the Atlantic City Jam Fest Page for more information

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Thursday, March 1, 2018) Hoop Group and the Atlantic City Sports Commission are proud to announce the first annual Atlantic City Jam Fest. More than 200 boys AAU basketball teams and more than 2,000 athletes, ages 13-17 will compete in the tournament. The tournament will be played on 18 courts that will be set up in the Atlantic City Convention Center.  


The Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest is an NCAA sanctioned event taking place during the Summer July Evaluation Period. The competition will include the Hoop Group Showcase League championship games showcasing some of the finest AAU teams in the country. Former Hoop Group participants include 128 current NBA players, such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Karl Anthony Towns.


“We are thrilled to bring a new high-level summer grassroots event to Atlantic City. Hoop Group is committed to developing first-class exposure events in great facilities under one roof. The Atlantic City Convention Center will provide the “wow factor” that has become synonymous with our Jam Fest brand. As a bonus, players, coaches, families and fans will be able to enjoy all of the attractions and amenities AC has to offer. It is a win-win for everyone,” stated, Rob Kennedy, President of Hoop Group.


“The Atlantic City Sports Commission is excited to partner with Hoop Group to host the first annual Atlantic City Jam Fest at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This indoor basketball tournament will allow multiple games to be played simultaneously spread throughout the hall,” said Jim Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission. “July is the perfect month for families to experience all that Atlantic City has to offer throughout the tournament. This event is another example as to why Atlantic City continues to diversify itself.”


Hoop Group and the Atlantic City Sports Commission have reached an agreement for the tournament to return to Atlantic City through 2021.



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, Karl Anthony Towns and many more.


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About the Atlantic City Sports Commission

The Atlantic City Sports Commission was officially formed on January 13, 2015 as a 501 (c)(3) organization with the support of Meet AC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to attract sporting events, conventions and competitions to Atlantic City.

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Jessica Kasunich, Meet AC



Dave Fedor, The Hoop Group


2017 Pitt Jam Fest Recap


Pictures Interviews Champions Recaps


Champions and MVPs

17u Platinum Division Champions | Middlesex Magic – HGSL


17u Gold Division Champions | Peoria Area Elite


17u Steel Division Champions | TNBA

Open Division Champions | IMGA – Blue


16u Platinum Division Champions | Indiana Elite Fastbreak


16u Gold Division Champions | NY Rens


16u Steel Division Champions | Mid Ohio Pumas


15u Platinum Division Champions | Team Takeover Black

15u Gold Division Champions | NOVA Cavaliers

15u Steel Division Champions | Lightning

14u Platinum Division Champions | DC Premier

14u Gold Division Champions | 6th Man Warriors DC


Player Interviews

Pitt Jam Fest Recaps


Day 3 | Sunday

Championship Sunday started with an early 8:15 a.m. game set. Teams continued to battle in Sweet Sixteen and Final Four match ups to advance to the weekend famous ‘black courts’. A lot of action during championship Sunday, with 15u, 16u and 17u division games championships coming to a close with exciting performances from our athletes, especially our MVPs.

Game Recaps

In a game that required a lot of heart and perseverance to win, Team Takeover Black pulled away and held onto a commanding lead over the NY Jayhawks 58-46 to win the 15U Platinum championship. Takeover MVP Ishmael Leggett led his team and controlled tempo throughout the game.

Despite an early deficit, Indiana Elite Fastbreak came back and held onto a close win 68-65 over Albany City Rocks EYBL to capture the 16U Platinum championship. Guard Anthony Payne had 13 points in the second half. Payne and his fellow guard Jared Hankins proved effective from 3-point range.

The whole weekend led up to the much anticipated 17U Platinum Championship game. Parents, players and coaches gathered to watch As Middlesex Magic put on a shooting clinic from deep to help them clench the 79-66 victory over Jersey Force. Thomas Shaughnessy was unconscious shooting from 3 and put up a game-high 38 points that included eight 3s in the first half. Despite multiple efforts to switch defenders on him, Shaughnessy stayed hot and carried his team to a huge championship win.

Day 2 | Saturday

After 15 hours of basketball, 150+ college coaches and 400+ teams of the best AAU talent on the circuit battling it out on our 36 courts, day two at the 2017 Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest is in the books.

Game Recaps

The L&L Running Rebels defeated the Randallstown Running Rebels 73-68 in a close game. Hershel Ervin and Jay Vaughn’s defensive effort, intensity and key plays down the stretch won it for the L&L Running Rebels.

Wrightway Skills HGSL ran away from Crusader Nation late in the second half. Jordan Mason pulled up for some deep-range 3s and gave his team the momentum they needed to advance over Crusader Nation 60-49.

Down 35-16 at one point during the first half, Crown 17u pulled off an incredible comeback to beat Team M.O.A.M. 61-60. Jonathan Harewood sealed the deal for Crown with two clutch free throws with 5.8 seconds left.

An overtime thriller ended in a DC Blue Devils (NH) win over Team Melo – Red, 51-49. The Blue Devils got open looks from 3-point range off of great ball movement throughout the game. Kevin Fernandez hit a game-tying 3 that sent the contest into overtime where the team prevailed.

In a game that looked like it was under the control of 16u Platinum team Corey Graham Elite – Blue, guard Luke House hit a game-winning 3 at the buzzer to give the 56-55 win to Jersey Shore Warriors Gold.

Player Highlights | Day 3

Andre Curbelo | NY Jayhawks

5’9 2020 PG Andre Curbelo of the NY Jayhawks was solid for his team all weekend. He’s an excellent scorer that also did a good job distributing the ball due to his fantastic overall feel for the game.

Thomas Shaughnessy | Middlesex Magic

6’0 2018 PG Thomas Shaughnessy of the Middlesex Magic had the best championship performance of the weekend. Scoring 38 points, which included 8 threes, Shaughnessy put on a shooting clinic. He’s a great overall floor general with a deadly jumpshot.

Rheaquone Taylor | NY Rens HG

6’7 2017 SF Rheaquone Taylor was arguably the best player in the 17U gold division. Taylor punished the rims all day, even catching 2 poster dunks in a semifinal game. His athleticism made him a matchup nightmare all weekend.

Andrew Funk | Jersey Shore Warriors Gold

6’5 2018 G Andrew Funk was one of the most efficient players of the weekend. Funk has a great mix of size, scoring ability & understanding of the game which is the reason why he has picked up so many offers this live period.

Cameron Thomas | Boo Williams

6’0 2020 G Cameron Thomas put up a serious argument for the most talented scorer of the weekend. Putting up multiple 30+ point performances, including a countless number of threes, Thomas proved to be a bigtime prospect.

Joe Bryant | Team Loaded 757

6’1 2018 G Joe Bryant of Team Loaded 757 was a consistent performer for his team all weekend. Regardless of opponent, Bryant did a fantastic job putting the ball in the basket, mainly coming from strong moves in the lane.

Chidozie Nnamene | Team Takeover Orange

6’9 2018 PF Chidozie Nnamene was a shotblocking machine for Team Takeover. Even against a very athletic Team Wall squad, Nnamene consistently sent shots to the sidelines. He’s a raw big with a bright future at the next level.

Kris Monroe | Team Wall

6’7 2018 SF Kris Monroe of Team Wall showed why he holds offers from big schools such as Providence & NC State. He’s a great shooter that is also very strong around the basket, which is exactly why he is so highly recruited. Monroe is built for the next level.

Malik Johnson | Team Wall

6’1 2018 PG Malik Johnson of Team Wall was quiet in the stat books, but huge in his impact. Johnson displayed one of the quickest handles in the tournament & single-handedly broke down defenses all weekend. Team Wall wouldn’t be the same without Malik Johnson in the lead.

Matthew Urbach | Team Takeover Orange

6’4 2018 G Matthew Urbach of Team Takeover Orange was solid all weekend. Urbach has a very good mix of size & guard skills. Matthew made some bigtime plays in an intense matchup with Team Wall in front of 10+ D1 coaches.

Player Highlights | Day 2

Woody Newton  | Team Thrill

Woody Newton (Team Thrill), a 6’6 2020 wing, has a rare mix of guard skills & length at his age. Newton has potential to be a special player. Keep an eye out for his name.

Cameron Thomas | Boo Williams

Cameron Thomas (Boo Williams), a 6’0 2020 G, is a lethal scorer at the guard position. Whether it a three pointer or an and-1, Thomas made it happen.

Scott Vollmer  | New Heights

Scott Vollmer (New Heights), 6’9 2020 C, showed flashes of big-time dominance. Vollmer dunks with the authority of a senior, the C/O 2020 has some serious manpower to deal with.

Kareem Reid | NY Rens EYBL 16’s

Kareem Reid (NY Rens EYBL 16’s), 6’8 2019 PF, is filled with potential. His shot-blocking ability on the defensive end & athleticism on the offensive end show why his stock has risen at a fast pace.

Alejandro Vasquez | NY Rens EYBL 16’s

Alejandro Vasquez (NY Rens EYBL 16’s), 6’3 2019 G, was one of the best scorers of day two. He’s crafty around the basket and extremely hard to stop off-the-dribble.

Jay Willis | Team Melo EYBL

Jay Willis (Team Melo EYBL), 6’3 2019 G, is a very strong guard for Team Melo. He’s a great leader that is tough for opponents to deal with.

RJ Blakney | Team Melo EYBL

RJ Blakney (Team Melo EYBL), 6’5 2019 F, is a fantastic athlete. He punished the rims & blocked shots all day.

Joel Bailey | NY Lightning Black

Joel Bailey (NY Lightning Black), 6’3 2018 PG, has a huge impact on the game. Bailey did a great job getting to the line & came up very clutch against Team Wall.

Emmanuel Umoffia | NY Gauchos

Emmanuel Umoffia (NY Gauchos), 7’2 2018 C, showed lots of promise today – even knocking down a few midrange shots. His potential is through the roof & ithelps that he has already made lots of development.

Kris Monroe | Team Wall

Kris Monroe (Team Wall), 6’7 2018 SF, proved that he deserves the offers he has recently received. Holding offers from NC State & Providence to name a few, Monroe showed that his jumpshot & physical attributes are why he is recruited at such a high level.

Player Highlights | Day 1

Matt Urbach | Team Takeover Orange 17U

Talk about starting the day off with a bang, Urbach was huge in TTO’s opening win over a talented Loaded 757 group. He came out hot hitting three three-pointers in the first half, and continued the hot shooting as he finished with 21 points on five three’s by game end. The shooter also showed improvement attacking closeouts and finishing at the basket.

Bryce Laskey | Bridge City 17UIf Urbach came out hot, Laskey was fully engulfed in flames. The Pittsburgh native felt right at home in the David L. Lawrence Center, as he went for an unofficial day high of 33 points. He may not look the part, but Laskey’s a tough customer who doesn’t mind taking big shots or attacking much bigger players in the paint. He hit 7 three-pointers in the game.

Jordan Miller | D1SA Spartans 17U

Miller had a huge weekend at Spring JamFest at Spooky Nook last weekend, and he continued that strong play in his first two games of the day. In their win over Bridge City, Miller was both productive and efficient, finishing with 24 points while also playing unselfish. The Virginia 4A State Player of the Year will likely have a sea of D1 coaches following him the rest of the weekend.

Traveon Maddox | Michigan Warriors 17U

He’s a football star that just picked up an offer from Kent State on the gridiron, but he also stepped up and balled out in their win over River City Reign. A lightning quick 6’5” wing, Maddox got to the rim at will and hit big shots when he needed to. He shot it well off the bounce, played tough on the defensive end and made all of his athletic moves look so easy.

Josh Cornish | Team Melo Red 17U

Cornish showed what it is he does best, and that’s create his own shot and fill it up! He finished with an easy 22 points in their blowout win over Michigan Titans, and it was the way that he did that was impressive. He scored from all three levels, played both on and off the basketball efficiently and was relentless getting to the basket and getting to the line. His ability to score it should have coaches flocking to his games later this weekend.

Rahim Jenkins | River City Reign 17U

Despite a tough start to the new HGSL, Jenkins has started to make a name for himself as the live periods continue. He’s scored in double digits five of the six games so far, and he had an impressive 24 point game including five three-pointers in their close loss to SBA. His ability to score it from all three levels with the ball in his hands has been nothing short of special so far this summer.

Dereon Seabron | Team Loaded 757 17U

Seabron has to be one of the most intriguing prospects here, and that’s why there’s been close to 20 division one coaches at the two Loaded 757 games. At 6’5”, he can create his own shot and score it in a number of different ways. He had games of 14 and 12 points yesterday, and if he improves throughout the weekend like he typically does he’ll likely see more offers come in.


Tyrese Martin Using Fifth Year to Prepare for Rhode Island

Rhode Island commit and current Massanutten Military Academy wing Tyrese Martin took the Lehigh Valley Showcase by storm by winning Co-MVP in a 84-82 win against the Westtown School. Martin scored 31 points and went back in forth with Duke commit Cameron Reddish. He enjoyed playing against tough competition at such an exciting setting.

“He made a lot of tough shots and made the gym go crazy so I felt like I had to step up again and go make a play,” said Martin. “It was just one of those games where I felt like the team said they were just going to ride with me. Whatever I did they just followed me, helped me and pushed through.”

Martin graduated from a Lehigh Valley based team in William Allen High School last year, but decided to do a post-graduate year at Massanutten this year. Martin had this game circled on his schedule as soon as he heard that he would be playing at home again.

“Since the beginning of the season I was looking forward to this game coming back home,” he said. “I played against them before, but we lost so this time I made sure we’d come out with the win.”

Getting the feeling back of what it meant to play in front of his home crowd meant a great deal to Martin.

“It was great I mean I hadn’t known what this felt like in a year,” Martin said. “Last year for high school we had games like this, but this game meant a lot. Everyone came out and showed love so I felt like I had to put on a show.”

He got the opportunity to catch up with old friends after the game, but before it was all business.

“Before the game I didn’t talk to anyone, I got really locked into the game,” he said. “I blocked a lot of things out, but after the game I talked to students and people.”

Schools like Maryland, NC State, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech and more got involved with the recruiting process late for him. Even with top notch, schools like these recruiting him, Martin still found Rhode Island to be the place for him.

“They just stayed with me the whole ride and have been loyal,” he said. “With the picture they have for my four years at Rhode Island I feel like that it is going to fit my style of play. That’s where my heart felt like I needed to go.”

Martin transferring and taking a post-graduate year at Massanutten Military Academy didn’t align with the usual reasons a high school prospect takes a fifth year of high school. Usually done for a need with additional exposure, Martin felt he needed another year to expand on his game in order to make a big impact at Rhode Island next year.

“No it really had nothing to do with offers I mean since last year I knew I was going to go to Rhode Island before I even came to this school,” said Martin. “I wanted to get stronger and take the extra year to prepare myself mentally and physically for the next level.”

The new school has been an easy adjustment for Martin and he cannot wait for what is next with this team.

“I’m enjoying it a lot, we have a national championship to get so were just chasing that right now and its pretty fun with these guys,” Martin said.

2017 HGSL Spring Jam Fest Recap

HGSL Spring Jam Fest Recap

April 21 – April 23

Hoop Group kicked off its division 1 live period with Spring Jam Fest this past weekend. The tournament featured 370 teams with several division 1 standouts in every division, but the top teams belong to the Hoop Group Showcase League. Six of our teams participated in the Elite Eight as Jersey Shore Warriors and Team Loaded 575 faced up in the finals. These teams attract highly skilled athletes from around the country and draw interest from some of the top college programs across the nation. Here are some standouts from the weekend at Spring Jam Fest.

New Jersey Warriors Gold –  This HGSL team won the 17U platinum division title in dominating fashion 92-72. The team is technical, with agile shooters and plays unselfish basketball all around.

Danny Fraunhiem (NJ Shoreshots) is a  PG with a lot of toughness and a high basketball IQ. Fraunheim makes smart passes and is a strong defender. He is active and relentless on the ball. Fraunhiem has the ability to make crucial game decisions and plays and came in clutch draining a game winning shot with 1.2 seconds left last Friday.

Musa Jeng (NJ Shoreshots) showcased his scoring ability this weekend. Jeng created his own opportunities and capitalized from everywhere on the floor. 

Pete Nance (Akron Bobcats) Was one of the most watched players this weekend. Nance is a 6-10 baller with speed and dribbling ability of an athletic PG. He is extremely quick and loves to have the ball in his hands. Nance is active on defense and offense near the rim. Many top tier Division 1 schools show interest in Pete Nance.

Antonio Rizzutto (York Ballers) had a few really big games at Spooky Nook. Rizzutto led his team to the Elite 8 of the 17U platinum bracket. A guard who can shoot, drive and isn’t afraid to body-up on defense or take a charge, Rizzutto plays a tough game overall and has a lot of looks from division 1 programs.

Ronnie Silva (DC Blue Devils) showed himself as one of the top shooters this whole weekend. Silva had several games with more than 5 made three pointers. He was not afraid to pull up with defense in his face or from distance. The Blue Devils made it to the elite 8 behind his leadership and lights out shooting.

Tyreke Williams (River CIty Reign) is a 6’8” forward who is excellent in the paint. He showed his ability to grab boards and score with both hands near the hoop.

Emmanuel Umoffia (NY Gauchos) is an athletic 7’2” big man who can score. Umoffia creates his own offense on the ball and is not afraid to face up down low.

Thomas Shaughnessy (Middlesex Magic) is a true point guard. Shaughnessy commands the floor with his court awareness and basketball IQ. He also has a scoring ability that can not be ignored. He led The Magic to the final four of 17U Platinum.

Carl Pierre (Metro Boston) left an impression at Spooky Nook this weekend. Pierre had game after game where he put up more than 20 points. He is consistent and a threat from anywhere on the court. Pierre is efficient on offense and hustles on defense.

Cle’Von Greene (Team Loaded) is one of the many impressive players from Team Loaded. The whole team had a great weekend at Spring Jam Fest but ended their run in finals. Greene contributed 35 points in the finals with 11 three point makes all in the second half.

Our HGSL teams return to the Live Period circuit this weekend in Hoop Group’s Pitt Jam Fest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

HGSL Teams



6th Man Warriors (MD)

Alvin Gentry Elite (AZ)

 Brooklyn Clippers (NY)

 Castle Athletics (NY)


Crown Basketball (NY)


 DC Blue Devils (NH)


 District Basketball Club (DC)


Early Risers (NY)


 Hoop Ave Elite (IL)


 JB Hoops (PA)


 Jersey Shore Warriors (PA/NJ)


 Metro Boston (MA)


 Middlesex Magic (MA)


 RDC Lakers (NC)

NJ Roadrunners (NJ)


NJ Shoreshots (NJ)


 North Bay Basketball Academy (CA)


 Nova Village (OH)


 PK Flash (PA)


SJ Hoops Elite (NJ)

 Team Loaded 757 (VA)


 Team M.O.A.M. (FL)


 Team Takeover Orange (DC/MD)


 Texas Hardwood Prospects (TX)



Wrightway Skills (MA)


York Ballers (PA)


 Young & Reckless (IL)