2017 Pitt Jam Fest Live Blog

Sunday | April 30th

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That’s a wrap from the Hoop Group 2017 #PittJamFest Live Blog! Thank you everyone for the support and keep following our Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram accounts for more on our tournaments and camps to come! Stay tuned plenty more basketball action to come!

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And the 2017 #PittJamFest 17u Platinum champions are the Middlesex Magic winning 79-66 over Jersey Force. Thomas Shaughnessy with an unconscious performance shooting the ball.

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Thomas Shaughnessy is having himself an excellent first half leading the Middlesex Magic 47-35 over Jersey Force.

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After an epic comeback Indiana Elite are the 16u Platinum champions of the 2017 #PittJamFest!

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Incredible comeback in the 16u Platinum championship as Indiana Elite has overcome a 13-point deficit in a 59-all game right now. #PittJamFest

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Exciting game in the 16u Platinum championship. Albany City Rocks up 36-26 at the half. #PittJamFest

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Albany City Rocks raining 3s early to get out to a 17-7 lead with 9:08 left in the first half.

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Albany City Rocks getting off to a strong start early with a few 3-pointers. 8-0 lead over Indiana Elite over on court 15.

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Getting ready to tip off the 16u Platinum championship! It’ll be Indiana Elite against Alvany City Rocks EYBL over on court 15 at the #PittJamFest.

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And the Middlesex Magic advance with a 46-41 win over Team Price. 

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Our 16u championship game is set! Tipping at 12:45pm we have Indiana Elite Fastbreak taking on Albany City Rocks EYBL for the title. Be sure to follow our Twitter @thehoopgroup for game and score updates and keep tuned in to the live blog!

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Middlesex Magic up on Team Price 24-16 in the 17u Platinum semis. Multiple guys stepping up to hit outside shots for the Magic.

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And Albany City Rocks EYBL takes this 16u Platinum matchup over York Ballers 53-43.

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Close game coming down to the wire here between York Ballers and Albany City Rocks EYBL! 50-43 with 1:52 left. #PittJamFest

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Some more last minute score updates here from 17u Platinum… Team Price 67-54 over Maryland’s Finest and DC Blue Devils HGSL 69-57 over Jersey Force – Stein.

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Score updates here from around the tournament… Team Takeover Black defeated Boo Williams 46-42 in 15u Platinum action with 17u Platinum wins going to Middlesex Magic over Team Loaded 757 (49-43) and Jersey Force – Stein over Michigan Warriors (72-61).

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Close game on court 16 with 9:54 to go between Michigan Warriors and Jersey Force – Stein 51-44. Multiple college coaches on hand including La Salle‘s John Giannini!

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ICYMI here’s a look at our highlights from yesterday! #PittJamFest

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One 15u Platinum game just went live at #PittJamFest with Team Final – Red winning 64-49 over Bridge City Basketball. 

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Some intense 16u Platinum action going on right now at #PittJamFest! College Park Rim Rockers up on NJ Beasts Basketball 58-55 with 3:50 to go!

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Cameron Thomas of Boo Williams on fire right now on court 15! 32 points and counting with 7 made 3s! Boo Williams up 63-59 on York Ballers with 5:07 to go!

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Good morning hoop fanatics! We’ve fought through the technical difficulties and are back this morning for some championship Sunday action! Follow us throughout the day for updates!

Saturday | April 29th

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One of the best games of the day tipped off at 10:40 AM with Crown Basketball coming back from a 35-16 deficit to beat Team MOAM 61-60.

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Earlier in the day on court 15 the DC Blue Devils won an overtime thriller against Team Melo – Red in 17u Platinum action. Kevin Fernandez of the Blue Devils hit the shot to send the game into OT.

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A wild game just finished up on court 18 at the #PittJamFest as Jersey Shore Warriors Gold won on a buzzer beater by Luke House to beat Corey Graham Elite 56-55.

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We apologize for the technical difficulties regarding our live blog we have had server issues since the start of the tournament! But we have updates here from throughout the day!

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Close game here on court 19 between Game 7 and the NOVA Cavaliers 30-28. Multiple Big Ten coaches in attendance watching this matchup.

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Action already underway today here at the #PittJamFest! Court 17 has a fast-paced 17u Platinum game going with the Randallstown Rebels up early on the L&L Running Rebels 28-19 with 7:12 left in the first half.

Friday | April 28th

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Over 20 media outlets here and 50+ college coaches out scouting players right now at the #PittJamFest!

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The Middlesex Magic defeated The Academy 67-58 in the first game on Court 16 apart of the HGSL Showcase. 6’0″ point guard Thomas Shaughnessy led the way for the Magic with 11 points.

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Team MOAM beats MD3D 71-53 on court 10 here at the #PittJamFest. Dante Treacy of Team MOAM led the way with a game-high 15 points.

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Many D1 coaches on hand including those from Yale, UPenn and Boston University watching the Northern Kings playing Interstate Basketball on Court 12 here at the #PittJamFest!

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We are underway here at the 2017 #PittJamFest!!

Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest Alumni to NBA

Karl-Anthony Towns at the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest

The Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest is annually one of the premier grassroots event of the spring!  Each year, college coaches and some of the nation’s top AAU programs flock to Pittsburgh, PA to compete in this prestigious event. This year’s Hoop Group Jam Fest will be held the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. The Pitt Jam Fest will be held during the DIVISION 1 LIVE PERIOD in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh with 30+ courts all under one roof!“Dreams Do Come True”

 Many players who have starred in the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest have gone on to play at the highest level, in the NBA.

 

THE HOOP GROUP PITT JAM FEST ALUMNI WHO HAVE GONE TO THE NBA

 NameCollege AttendedNBA Team
Kyle AndersonUCLASan Antonio Spurs
WadeBaldwin100Wade BaldwinVanderbiltMemphis Grizzlies
SONY DSC DeAndre BembrySt. Joseph'sAtlanta Hawks
anthonybennett100Anthony BennettUNLVBrooklyn Nets
Ben BentilProvidenceDallas Mavericks
Trey BurkeMichiganWashington Wizards
Tyler EnnisSyracuseHouston Rockets
Tyreke EvansMemphisNew Orleans Pelicans
Jonny FlynnSyracusePortland Trailblazers
ericgordon100Eric GordonIndianaHouston Rockets
JERIANGRANT100Jerian GrantNotre DameChicago Bulls
Tim HardawayMichiganAtlanta Hawks
Tobias HarrisTennesseeDetroit Pistons
Aaron HarrisonKentuckyCharlotte Hornets
April 22, 2012: Under Armour Hoop Group Jam Fest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Andrew HarrisonKentuckyMemphis Grizzlies
Kyrie IrvingDukeCleveland Cavaliers
DerrickJones100Derrick JonesUNLVPhoenix Suns
coryjoseph100Cory JosephTexasToronto Raptors
Sean KilpatrickCincinnatiBrooklyn Nets
Ray McCallumDetroitMemphis Grizzlies
tjmcconnell100TJ McConnellArizonaPhiladelphia 76ers
Mitch McGarryMichiganOKC Thunder
Marcus MorrisKansasDetroit Pistons
Markieff MorrisKansasWashington Wizards
Shabazz NapierUConnPortland Trail Blazers
Vic OladipoIndianaOLKC Thunder
Mason PlumleeDukePortland Trail Blazers
milesplumlee100Miles PlumleeDukeMilwaukee Bucks
Samardo SamuelsLouisvilleCleveland Cavaliers
nickstauskas100Nik StauskusMichiganPhiladelphia 76ers
Lance StephensonCincinnatiNew Orleans Pelicans
Tristan ThompsonTexasCleveland Cavaliers
Karl Anthony-TownsKentuckyMinnesota Timberwolves
Dion WaitersSyracuseMiami Heat
Billy WalkerKansas StateMiami Heat
Kemba WalkerUConnCharlotte Hornets
John WallKentuckyWashington Wizards
IsaiahWhitehead100Isaiah WhiteheadSeton HallBrooklyn Nets
Andrew WigginsKansasMinnesota Timberwolves

Fall High School Showcase Recap

Every year The Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase is considered by many to be the best collection of high school teams and talent on the east coast. This year was no different! With over 50 teams and 25 media outlets the Fall High School Showcase once again did not disappoint.

Best Games of the Weekend:

Bergen Catholic Vs. The Ranney School 

One of the most anticipated matchups of the weekend, Bergen Catholic lead by recent Columbia Commit, Gabe Stefanini, faced off the with a young Ranney team featuring super sophomore and ESPN #16 rated player Scottie Lewis (2019). Lewis needed to be a even more spectacular than normal with ESPN #8 point guard Bryan Antoine out with an injury. Lewis didn’t disappoint, scoring 21 points in the first half, he had his team up 9 at the half. Bergen didn’t back down, the veteran backcourt of Stefanini and recent Fairfield commit Taj Benning, and aided by the sharpshooting of Thomas Binelli (2017) Bergen stormed back and had a 1pt advantage with under a minute to play. But Ranney’s hero saved the day! A huge and-one from Scottie Lewis (See below), who finished with 33 points, and gave The Ranney School the lead and the win 68-66. Highlights:

Trinity Internation (NV) Vs. Westtown (PA)

When Trinity International, lead by high major forward Kenneth Wooten (2017), took on Westtown featuring ESPN #4 Cam Reddish (2018) and ESPN #40 Brandon Randolph (Arizona Commit) the game looked more like a college game then a high school one. Both teams absorbed the other ones best shot in the first half, and the score had Westtown ahead 29-27. Trinity International pulled ahead in the second half behind the sharpshooting of Ismael Cruz-Paris (2019) who connected on 3 3’s in the second half. In the end the Trinity International’s pressure, and shot making ability proved to be too much for Westtown who was missing ESPN #4 Mo Bamba (2017).

Final score: Trinity: 55 Westtown: 49

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Brandon Randolph (Arizona Commit)

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Cam Reddish (ESPN #4 Class of 2018)

Mater Dei (NJ) Vs. Lincoln (NY)

A battle between two of the best programs from their respective states, Mater Dei featuring star guard Kenny Jones (2018) and Lincoln one of the most storied programs in New York City.  This game was characterized by tough, competitive play, with both teams being physical on both sides of the court. Lincoln took an early lead 21-15 behind the strong play of Mike Reid (2017). Mater Dei’s shots began to fall and ended the half up g (7 3’s) had them up 35-33 at that half.  A strong second half from Princeton Commit, Elijah Barnes (2017), helped Mater Dei pull away late 68-55.

Top Teams (Not Mentioned Above): 

Nick Richards (ESPN #12)

The Patrick School: Record 4-0. Lead by ESPN #12 Nick Richards, The Patrick School turned in a truly dominate weekend.  With an average margin of victory of 31 points, they showed why many believe they are the best team in NJ. What impressed the most about The Patrick School was their depth and defense as well as the productivity of Minnesota Commit Jhamir Harris and unsigned senior Jordan Walker. The Patrick  School is primed for a big year!

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Nick Richards

Nick Richards (ESPN #12)

David Beatty (2017 Imhotep)

Imhotep: A 2-0 record and margin of victory around 23, Imhotep made their case to be the best team at the Fall High School Showcase. Lead by an all-star backcourt of Daron Russell (Rhode Island Commit) and high major prospect David Beatty (2017) the Panthers put together a complete weekend, showcasing a suffocating defense, and a fast paced offense that no team could find an answer for. With a blend of young talent, and veteran leadership Imhotep is going to be tough to beat this upcoming season!

St. Anthony’s: With a 2-1 record against 3 high level opponents, St. Anthony’s showed why they are always a force to be reckoned with in the state of New Jersey and the country. Lead by do-it-all guard and Howard commit RJ Cole, St. Anthony showcased a versatile team capable of excelling against any style. Cole’s backcourt mate 2019 Xander Rice displayed a knack for scoring the ball from anywhere, leading the Friars in scoring 2 of the 3 games.  This weekend solidified what many already know, beware of St. Anthony’s this year!

Gil St. Bernards: A 3-1 record, including a win over the talented Ranney School, left everyone very impressed with Gil St. Bernards this weekend. The Knights beat teams using a balanced attack featuring jack of all trades wing Mike Morreale (2017), talented guard Paul Mulachy (2019), gritty guard Alex Schachne (2018), and skilled post Brad Bundschuh(2018). Their ability to defend, share the ball, and make timely shots made them a tough matchup for even the most talented teams. Keep an eye out for Gil St. Bernards this year.

Newark East Side: With a 2-0 record on the weekend, Newark East Side impressed many people at the Fall High School Showcase. Lead by Stony Brook commit Elijah Olyani, who averaged 16 ppg at the showcase, the Red Raiders used a combination of pressure defense, and attacking offense to make their opponents uncomfortable all weekend. With Olyani surrounded by a strong supporting case Newark East Side will be looking to make a run this year.

Top Players 

Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy): The #14 player in ESPN 2019 rankings was in the building this weekend, and he lived up to the hype! Scoring over 20 point in his first game and following that up with a 30 point performance. His elite athleticism was on full display with some high level blocks,  as well as an improved shot from 3. This young guard’s potential is through the roof! 

Lonnie Walker (ESPN #19)

Lonnie Walker (Reading HS): The #19 player in ESPN 2017 class showed why every high major team in the country is fighting to get him! He displayed a smooth offensive game, and overpowering strength when needed.  Walker’s unique blend of size and strength makes him a match up problem for any defender, and lead to numerous trips to the free throw line. Lonnie is final five schools are: Syracuse, Villanova, Arizona, Miami, and Kentucky.

Lonnie Walker (ESPN #19)

Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond’s): New York’s #1 Point Guard was in the building this weekend, living up to his billing as one of the best guards in the country. With a creative handle and exceptional quickness Washington proved to be difficult to contain regardless of matchup, scoring 21 against the stout Patrick School defense. The Minnesota commit, was a fan favorite as well a leader for the talented St. Raymond’s program.

Myles Douglas and Jihar Williams (Friends School): This dynamic duo from the Baltimore based Friends School, were terrific all weekend. Combining for 50 points in one game, both players showed deep range as well as physical college ready bodies that were hard to stop. Douglas (UCF commit) and Williams (William & Mary commit) are going to drive opposing coaches crazy this season, be on the lookout for a big year from these two and the Friends School.

 

Thanks to all the program, parents, and media that came out to The Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase this weekend! It was an overwhelming success, and we hope to see you all throughout your high school season as well as this spring and summer at our tournaments!

Providence Jam Fest: Day 1 Players Who Impressed

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The Providence Jam Fest brought us what it usually does: D2 & D3 coaches flocking to recruit, and high level talent that wows us all day long. This year was no exception, and we had some players make names for themselves, and solid the name they have already made. Here are a few:

Esam Mostafa | 2019 | NY Ionians

Different tournament, same play from Esam in Providence. The 6’8 forward owned the paint. He made the most of his chances around the bucket, rebound everything that came his way, and created second opportunities by outworking opponents on the glass. It’s always fun seeing him compete for the NY Ionians.

Joseph Cantey | 2017 | Connecticut Elite

What Joseph may lack in size, he makes up for with his shooting ability. The 5’11 guard has a pure shooting stroke. What was most impressive about Joseph’s shooting was how his range extended with every make. When he’s on, you need to guard him all over because he will hurt you.

Gabe Stefanini | 2017 | NJ Shoreshots

Gabe kept his strong play this Spring going today in Providence. The 6’3 guard used his length to his advantage defensively, reaching in and pick-pocketing ball handlers and getting easy transition dunks and lay ups.

Nate Patenaude | 2017 | NY Jayhawks

Nate is listed as 6’6, but played about 6’8 today. He has a strong build that helps him have a huge presence on the boards and in the paint. His highlight came when he posterized a defender for an and-one. Tough player.

Matt Donahue | 2017 | Middlesex Magic

Lights. Out. Shooter. Matt caught fire early for Middlesex, connecting on five first half threes. The 6’3 guard is usually effective in his decision making and passing ability, could not miss today. He finished with 24 in his first game.

Elvin Rodriguez | 2017 | CM3 Elite

Elvin has a scorers mentality. 6’1 with great attacking moves off the dribble, he finds himself in the paint a lot. Once there, he showed today that he is able to finish in many different ways. His acrobatic and creative finishes were a standout today.

Jerome Derosiers | 2017 | New England Playaz

Jerome set the tone early with back to back dunks in New England Playaz’s opening game. Whenever he wanted to score, he did, dominating the paint and tallying 22 points in a Playaz blowout. win. It’s easy to see the high major interest coming in after seeing Jerome play today.

Tilquan Rucker | 2017 | Castle Athletics 

Tilquan is an energizer bunny out on the court for Castle. He’s lightning quick and has a tight handle in traffic. His athleticism and ability to get up lets him finish in the lane amongst taller defenders. His play was a big reason why Castle defeated Middlesex Magic in the 17U Sweet 16.

AJ Reeves | 2018 | Mass Rivals

AJ is a stat stuffer. A 6’5 wing, he has the ability to score, rebound and facilitate. The 2018’s game is smooth, as he showed this weekend, pulling out step back jump shots and draining with a hand in his face. His activeness and scoring ability makes him a big threat.

Tomorrow we begin championship play! We inch closer to handing out trophies, be sure to follow it all on our live blog!

#PittJamFest Told Through Social Media

A lot happened over the weekend in Pittsburgh. With over 430 AAU programs migrating to the Steel City to play in the illustrious David L. Lawrence Convention Center, it was near impossible to kept track of everything that happened this weekend. We did our best though, and in case you missed it, here is a quick run down of the #PittJamFest as told by social media.

The history of the #PittJam Fest is rich in tradition

Many of the nation’s best have stopped in Pittsburgh on their road to greatness. Some of the most recent include 2015 NBA #1 Pick Karl Anthony Towns, 2016 Big East Tournament MVP Isaiah Whitehead, UNC commit Seventh Woods, and former Kentucky Wildcat and current Charlotte Hornet Aaron Harrison

It all starts today… #ownyourdestiny #pittsburgh #pittjamfest #steelcity

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Lot of hype leading up to the event..

Lot of hard work leading up to tip off:

But the final product looked pretty good

Finally, GAME TIME:

There were a lot of highlights to remember

Why we play #pittjamfest

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Some top players made name for themselves nationally as well

That exposure thing that we pride ourselves on? Yeah, it was there…

Number of Players Saw the Benefits of Playing in Front of all Those Coaches

All the hard work was beyond worth it!