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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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.

2018 Lehigh Valley Showcase Recap

MVPs Results Outside Media  Photos


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Sunday | January 28th


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Martin leads Massanutten past Reddish, Westtown

Momentum-seeking Wood tops BeCaHi

Hoop Group Lehigh Valley Showcase Standouts

 Parkland boys basketball team completes improbable comeback, beats Nazareth

Tony Carr Hands Ohio State First Loss in Big Ten Action

College basketball is a lot of fun. In the span of five seconds, Ohio State went from pure jubilation to having their collective hearts ripped out. Thank you, Tony Carr. In a game that didn’t have much hype coming in, Carr and Penn State gave us one of the best finishes of the season. Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop set the stage with a game-tying three. They left just enough time for Carr to come down with no time-outs and bank home a three at the buzzer. He finished with 28 points and added 5 assists and rebounds in the upset over Ohio State. On the season, Carr has been Penn State’s most crucial player, averaging 19 points, along with 5 assists, 5 rebounds and a steal a game.

With the Hoop Group Lehigh Valley Showcase set for this weekend, it was a former #HGShowcase star that gave the college basketball world excitement last night. Carr’s play this year is no surprise, as it was something he was accustomed to all throughout high school. This weekend’s games at Parkland will be no feature several more players with promising collegiate futures. Division 1 commits include Cam Reddish (Duke), Jake Forrester (Indiana), Tyrese Martin (Rhode Island), Ryan Young (Northwestern), Rasir Bolton (Penn State) and more. Fill your football void with great high school basketball. Tickets are still on sale.

2018 Boardwalk Showcase Recap

MVPs Results Outside Media Event Photos


Thank you to New Jersey Spine and Wellness, Mike Rice and all our halftime teams (NJ Shore Shots and Neptune Travel).


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Saturday | January 8th

CBA vs RFH box scores

Ranney vs Patrick School box scores

Neptune vs Ocean box scores

Mater Dei Prep vs Roman Catholic box scores

Point Pleasant Beach vs Middletown North box scores

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