2017 Buzzer Beater Classic Media

Champions Live Blog Recap

Champions


 

Live Blog


Sunday July 30th

4:45 PM

From all of The Hoop Group staff, we thank you for staying tuned through this weekends exciting event! Stay updated this upcoming week as we start up our Future Jr and Future All American Camps!

4:35 PM

Crown takes home the crown! In a 74-50 victory, Thornton Scott put on a show!

4:00 PM

Ross Gang with back to back 3s to cut the deficit to 10 for SBA.

3:20 PM

Playaz win! 58-55 in a great championship game. Up next is Crown vs SBA Elite.

2:50 PM

Jersey Force 16u cuts the Playaz lead to 1 with 8 seconds remaining at the time out.

2:45 PM

2:25 PM

Crown takes the W on a clutch 3. Championship game is set for Crown and SBA Elite!

2:19 PM

Crown ties it up at the buzzer! Double OT is underway!

2:13 PM

OT is here for Crown vs Jersey Force. Catch it live on Court K.

1:47 PM 

Ross Gang is catching fire here as SBA leads 52-50

1:34 PM

Runners are ahead 37-36 here to start the 2nd half.

1:12 PM

Casmir Ochiaku is putting on a dunk contest here early.

1:09 PM

12:59 PM

Road Runners vs SBA Elite. Court C. Best of the best coming to you live from Neptune NJ!

12:48 PM

Force win! 68-66 on a late buzzer beater attempt. They will survive and advance!

12:32 PM

Jersey Force is up 63-61 against The Jersey ShoreShots. This game is coming down to the wire!

12:16 PM

SBA beats the NY RENS 66-60 to advance! They will play the Road Runners here on Court C.

12:12 PM

Greyhounds wins 61-56! NJ Shoreshots struggle to stop the interior scoring despite the late run.

11:40 AM

11:35 AM

Smart timeout Jersey Force as they scramble for the ball with less than a min to play

11:28 AM 

TNBA and Jersey Force tied with 2.30 to play.

10:48 AM

Very defensive matchup here as both teams have numerous blocks early. Greyhounds are ahead 21-17 with 6 minutes left in the first half.

10:35 AM

Shoreshots Jones vs the GreyHounds here on Court 4.

10:24 AM

5 seconds remaining here as the Running Rebels are fouling. SJ Hoops Elite bangs home both free throws to put them up 4.

10:19 AM

SJ Hoops elite is ahead 37-35 with 36 seconds remaining here on Court 4. Can the Running Rebels capitalize? Or are they heading back to Randallstown. Stay tuned!

9:50 AM

Solfield (#2) running both ends of the court for Shoreshots Kessler. Been dangerous from the perimeter with two big blocks in second half

9:30 AM

Ben Callahan #0 on GSA scored 24

9:01 AM

8:15 AM

Getting an early start for day two of 2017 Buzzer Beater Classic. Looking forward to another Championship Sunday!

Saturday July 29th

10:30 PM

9:30 PM

NJ ROADRUNNERS COME BACK AND WIN IN A THRILLER!!! WOW

8:55 PM

Cecil Kirk is up 10 here vs the RoadRunners with 5 remaining in the 2nd Half.

8:25 PM

Casmir Ochiaku has a dangerous drop step low post move that he’s been showing off today on Court 2.

8:12 PM

7:55 PM

BEN KLING HAVE A DAY! 9 threes in the first half for the guard from Team Attack!!!!

7:36 PM

Drew Green drops an easy 25 in the loss against NJ Beasts. Keron Williams with the impressive 30 piece as well.

6:44 PM

NJ Beasts go up 1 on a and 1 layup with under 30 seconds to go. The atmosphere is electric on Court 1.

6:30 PM

NJ Beasts are ahead 50-49 with a little over 5 minutes to go.

6:20 PM

Bridge City wins on a buzzer beater against Riverside! Pilsitz with 18 in the victory.

6:00 PM

DREW GREEN WITH THE DUNK OF THE DAY ON A BIG TIME 1 HANDED SLAM! THE CROWD ERUPTS!

5:50 PM

5:38 PM

George Visconti scores 19 in a double digit victory West Flash. Jersey guard is averaging 18.5 in two games today.

5:13 PM

TNBA West Flash is keeping it close here as it’s a 5 point game against SBA Elite on Court 2 mid way through the 2nd half.

4:38 PM

NJ Roadrunners defeats LBA Team Attack by 6 on Court 6!

4:06 PM

6th Man Warriors beat the NY Havoc 73-71 in a wild battle that had the crowd on the edge of their seats!

3:35 PM

Ben Nigro scores 24 points for the CT Northstars in an impressive game!

3:00 PM

2:38 PM

Bump City takes the win over Game 7 by 6!

2:16 PM

#0 Hegel Augustine of Rack scored 31 points

2:10 PM

2 the Rack wins 71-70 in a nail biter finish over Cardinal.

1:41 PM

#CoastalStrong wins in high fashion On Court 1

1:17 PM

Smooth euro step from Raheem Carter as he finishes in traffic for #CoastalStrong. They lead 28-23 with 2 minutes left in the first half.

1:12 PM

1:03 PM

Jersey Force Black vs #CoastalStrong here has started off to a 3 point duel here early as both teams have 3 off the bat.

12:42 PM

William Boyer- Richards three as time expires isn’t enough for Sphere to beat Positive Image in OT.

12:33 PM 

SBA Elite runs away with this one 66-43  in an impressive shooting outing from George Visconti.

12:15 PM

Ross Gang is coming to life as he hits his 3rd contested lay up in a row.

12:03 PM  

Khayri Harris with an impressive 21 points in the game against IWork.

11:45 AM

George Visconti with 3 threes within the first 5 minutes of play for SBA. 6-3 Guard has the potential for a scary game here on Court 1.

11:36 AM

SBA Elite vs Team Pro Look here as SBA looks to repeat its recent success last weekend at Summer JamFest.

11:28 AM

The Cats have gotten 3 straight defensive stops using the full court press but Connor Deveny has been stroking it from 3 to stop the momentum swing.

11:26 AM

The offense is running through Center Ryan Smith here late for the Cats. The big mans soft touch and ability to crash the offensive glass has been their key.

11:24 AM

11:15 AM

Jack Brockett has been hitting from the perimeter at a high level here midway through the second half

11:03 AM

All tied up here on Court 1. Cats AAU with a late comeback here as they were trailing most of the 1st half. Exciting second half of play is coming your way!

10:48 AM

10:37 AM

RI Elite wins by 6 in a late foul situation. Valiant Effort by #CoastalStrong. Up next we have SJ Hoops Elite HGSL vs Cats AAU.

10:29 AM

Brandt Roundtree for 3!!! BANG! Roundtree at the buzzer to send this game to a thriller for #CoastalStrong!

10:24 AM

RI Elite with the big time run here late. Up 1 with a minute to play.

10:13 AM

#CoastalStrong is here up 6 with under 7 minutes to go here in the 2 Half. RI Elite is making a run here late!

10:06 AM 

We are here live at Our Buzzer Beater event this summer at the Sportika Sports Complex. A lot of big time teams here so get ready for some Elite hoops!

Spotlight Games


Day Two Spotlight Games

Crown vs Jersey Force In a thriller semi final game that ended in 3 overtimes, Crown found themselves in a hole late. Kenny Jones was nothing short of clutch as he hit the pump fake and finished to give The Jersey Force the 2 point advantage. In a battle that drew a big time crowd, Crown took home he cake and eventually took home the Crown in the championship game.

 

Day One Morning Spotlight Game

            Division I schools La Salle University from the A10, Robert Morris from the Northeast Conference, and a multitude of Division II and III schools were in attendance to watch the morning matchup between the Crusader Nation and New York Havoc. With a trip to the winner’s bracket on the line, both teams showed some early game jitters to start.
            Team Havoc jumped out to a quick 17-5 lead behind the energy and hustle of their point guard number 12, William Aybar.  Aybar set the pace of the game from the opening tip, extending the defensive pressure 94 feet and advancing the basketball by passing ahead.  Crusader Nation eventually acclimated to the frenetic pace of play, but trailed double digits throughout the game’s first 10 minutes.  The Nation never looked comfortable in their half court sets, struggling to execute against the extended pressure of Havoc.  Skilled 6’8” forward Joe Delollo (#33) provided a perimeter, threat stretching the defense and opening driving lanes for Havoc’s lighting quick Aybar.  Crusader Nation eventually found a way to put up points up through second chance opportunities and fast break chances. They went on a 10-2 run and cut the lead to seven to close out the half.
            The Nation continued their aggressive play to start the second half, finishing contested shots around the basket and creating and-1 opportunities.  With momentum on their side and foul situations softening up Havoc’s defensive pressure, the Nation began to convert on open jump shots. Although he showcased a soft touch around the basket and consistent face up game outside the paint, Delollo was unable to guard the perimeter on defense.  Delollo was forced to soft contest on screen and roll switches and gave up easy driving angles to Crusader Nation’s guards. Havoc trailed by two points going into the game’s final four minutes.
            The game came down to the final possession in regulation, tied at 60 with a little over eleven seconds remaining. Crusader Nation was set to take the ball out on a side out of bounds.  The ball was inbounded, and a down screen was set away from the ball in an effort to free up their team’s leading scorer for the game, #0-Nick Parrish.  He was denied but eventually caught the ball out near half court under duress .  With three seconds remaining he stepped into a 30 foot pull-up jumper that seemed to hang in the air for an eternity before swishing through the net; ending the game and advancing the Nation to the winner’s bracket.  When asked about what was going through his mind in the closing seconds, Parrish responded, “I ain’t gone lie to you, I practice that shot a lot…a hesitation to a pull up three—so, to see it finally come to work, it’s a blessing man. It felt great”.  Parrish continued on to speak about his team’s togetherness, “I’ve played with these guys for four years now–with these guys they go out and give it a hundred percent every game. It’s more like a family than a team.  We all just play together, and play for each other”.
            Crusader Nation will look to build upon this momentum going into their next matchup.  Number 33 for Havoc led the team in scoring with 15 points, while Parrish finished with 12 points, 10 in the 4th quarter and the game winner.

Day One Evening Spotlight Game

Roadrunners vs Cecil Kirk was the most entertaining game of the day. Trailing by ten points with four minuets left on the clock, NJ Roadrunners turned on the Jets. A well coached game from a legendary staff, Kaheed Jenkins drew the foul and layed it up for a picture perfect finish to put Roadrunners up by one and crush Cecil Kirks chance at an upset. The Jersey Road Runners live to see another day and head to Neptune tomorrow to show they are meant for the big stage!

https://twitter.com/TheHoopGroup/status/891475358687666176

Day One Player Standouts

George Visconti | SBA Elite

A three point sniper, George Visconti has been nothing short of elite from behind the arc. The smooth 6-3 guards’ stroke has been machine- like here today as he had 5 three in a routing of Team Pro Look. The Jersey guard had numerous schools here in attendance to watch his stellar performance including Lafayette and TCNJ.

Keron Williams | NJ Beasts

The shifty Newark guard was getting to the basket and slashing for the back door dump off better than anyone today. Scoring an easy 3, The Eastside high star shined in the lime light here and will continue to do so this summer. Look for Williams to start getting on college coaches maps here very soon.

Drew Green | Cecil Kirk

Green was playing very similar to Celtics wing Gerald Green here today. He caught a super impressive 1 handed alley and slammed it home in-front of a big crowd and people soon realized who Drew really is. Scoring an easy 25, Drew was able to show his athleticism was good enough to hang with the best here at the Sportika Sports Complex.

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Sunday | July 23rd

4:12 PM

4:06 PM

SBA ELITE BEATS MIDDLESEX MAGIC 47-46

4:06 PM

Middlesex Magic with the ball under the basket. Having trouble getting it into play and SBA intercepts a pass to Shaughnessy in the corner.

4:05 PM

SBA Elite makes a nice move under the basket and finishes to put them up 1 with seconds to play

4:05 PM

Middlesex Magic playing keep away drained 30 + seconds off the clock. Still lead by 1 in the championship game of the 17u Platinum Division.

4:04 PM

William Yarbrough with a big 15 footer from the right elbow to pull SBA Elite within 1 (46-45) with 1 minute to go in the game

3:58 PM

Mark Natiello is having himself a GAME for SBA Elite. One of the main reasons SBA has been about to stay in it trailing by 3 with 2.22 to play

3:54 PM

On Court 1, Bryce Daley with a beautiful finger roll finish over a defender plus the foul, pushes Middlesex Magic lead to 4 with 4.47 to go in the game

3:51 PM

Black Bear North and DapzKK battling hard, Jacob Godfrey #8 with a nice reverse layup over the arms of a defender. Tied game with 10.00 left on the clock

3:34 PM 

Natiello with ANOTHER basket from three point land putting SBA Elite up 26-22 at the half

3:30 PM

Mark  Natiello hits a three to put SBA Elite up 22-20 with 2.50 left to play in the first half

3:24 PM

Mark Natiello (#25) for SBA Elite is really putting his team on his back and goes on a 6 point streak himself

3:16 PM

SBA Elite is competing with presumably the best team in the bracket. Score 11-15

3:15 PM

Game underway for the 17U Platinum between Middlesex Magic and SBA Elite , already an intense game displaying each teams strengths

3:01 PM

2:47 PM

David Duda with a 3 to answer Oh NOVA #15 Rodericks

1:27 PM

12:35 PM

On Court 3, Maryland Elite is lead Franklin Force by with 12:30 to go in the game. Sean Yoder with a big 3 in the coner to push the lead to 4 points. East Coast Power leading 42 -38

2:31 PM

David Duda with a 3 at the buzzer to end the first half putting his team within 1. Duda has been strong from the perimeter all weekend.

2:25 PM

East Coast Power getting Multiple opportunities to score

2:25 PM

With 3 mins remaining in the first half, Oh NOVA leads East Coast Power 30-24

2:15 PM

East Coast Power looks to rely on their hot perimeter shooting in lefty #2 David Duda and strong combo guard #5

2:03 PM

East Coast Power and Oh NOVA about to play on court 1. both teams look evenly matched u

1:58 PM

DAP2kk trying to seal the deal on the free throw line with 27 seconds remaining in the game. Leads 71-66

1:58 PM

DAP2kk trying to seal the deal on the free throw line with 27 seconds remaining in the game. Leads 71-66

1:50 PM

BBN trying to run sometime off the clock and escape the defensive pressure

1:40 PM

BBN Elite leads House of Hoops by 5 pts with a little more than two mins to go

12:52 PM

12:50PM

THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY SPINS OFF A PICK FOR THREE TO END THE GAME!! Middlesex Magic advances to the finals against SBA

12:45 PM

Adam Freese down with 21 seconds to go after some contact under the basket

12:42 PM

Antonio Rizzuto with a TOUGH finish plus the foul. Knocks down a free-throw to make it a tied game 72 all

12:39 PM

Middlesex Magic leads by 2 points with 3 mins remaining

12:30 PM

Back to Back 3’s by Melik Martin and Adam Freese bring York Ballers back within a 4 point game with 6.56 to play. Environment feels more like a final game with people crowding the court.

12:16 PM

At halftime on court 1, Middlesex Magic leads York Ballers 41-36 Antonio Rizzuto and Tyler Shaughnessy trading baskets back and forth

12:11 PM

12:05 PM

SBA Elite vs Crown is an 11 point game with 10 remaining. Crown trying to handle the speed of Alex Schachne and company.

11:43 AM

East Coast Power Basketball wins 73-59 here on Court 1!

11:34 AM

60-53 ECPB with 2 minutes left on the clock.

11:28 AM

6th Man Warriors are battling back here on Court 1! Down 5 with under 6 remaining!

11:18 PM

https://twitter.com/CoachMC42/status/889323742928793600

11:02 AM

East Coast Power is ahead 36-27 at the halfway point. 6th man continues to try to battle back with the perimeter shot, but can’t answer the ECPB counter attack. More exciting basketball coming your way!

10:43 AM

6th Man Warriors vs East Coast Power Basketball here on Court 1. East Coast Power is up 7 with under 5 in the 1st half.

10:18 AM 

Antonio Rizzuto is at it again. Lockup up his defender on the drive and taking it to the rack on the fast break. Rizzuto is bigtime here folks.

 10:00 AM

New Heights loses to Crown Athletics 85-66 here on Court 3. THIS.IS.SUMMER JAM.

9:45 AM

Bridge City Ballers vs York Ballers on Court 1 is a nail bitter early. York Ballers up 10 with under 3 minutes remaining!

9:25 AM

Good Morning PA! Today is championship Sunday. Make sure you get to the Spooky Nook Sports Complex ASAP to catch the last set of our summer Jam games!

9:06 AM

Saturday, July 22nd

10:40 PM

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9:00 PM

SBA Elite vs NJ ShoreShots in a battle of the tri-state powerhouses. Catch it live on  Court 1!

8:45 PM

New Heights win by 30 in a game that seemed so much closer. Moses and company move on to the next round as no team has been able to stop the big man.

8:35 PM

Castle Athletics  win in high fashion! 61-50 is he final in a thriller on court 5.

8:15 PM

Castle Athletics the 5 point lead with a little under 7 remaining. Shoreshots keeping it close here on Court 5

7:55 PM

Moses Brown and Precious Achiuwa are getting ready to play against SJ Hoops Elite here on Court 1. Big crowd for the #1 big in the country.

7:28 PM

Robert Beran #5 of Team Richmond Garner Road is a tall and long big who is not afraid to get down in the pain, draw contact and uses his wingspan to get tips. Do not sit on him behind the arc, he can pull up and hit the three. Only 2019 on the roster.

6:59 PM

Low scoring but tight game between Team Richmond Garner Road 17 Elite and NY Jayhawks 17 – 11 with 3.14 to play in the first

6:50 PM

Sam Many (#32), top scorer of the 5:20 pm game set with 37 pts for Global Squad

6:40 PM

2019 NY Jayhawks big man#31 Chrisopher Ledlum doing some dirty work. Crashing the boards and getting rewarded with strong rebounds.

6:19 PM

Melik Martin finishes with 18 points in its victory over NJ Roadrunners

https://twitter.com/Point3Hoops/status/888916173940809728

6:03 PM

Global Squad Denmark has shown they belong here with the big dogs.  The European squad has been hitting mid range jumpers very efficiently today.

5:34 PM

Castle vs the 6th man warriors on court 19. Malachi de Sousa looking to continue his dominate play against a gritty program. Get there ASAP!

5:00 PM

Brad Bundscuh of SBA Elite has shown he’s able to bang downlow against  tough competition.

4:30 PM

NY Gauchos and Team Silk are underway here on Court 2. Emmanuel Umoffia has the footwork downlow but can he show he can stretch the floor? Find out next here at Summer Jam!

4:05 PM

4:05 PM

SBA Elite vs NY Lightning here on Court 1. Huge matchup with numerous college players coming up soon.

3:20 PM

Hoyas and New Heights drawing a crowd to court 1!

3:12 PM

Hoyas vs New Heights on Court 1. Bigtime matchup here halfway through Day 1.

2:52 PM

Noah Kamba has done a phenomenal job breaking the press today.

2:38 PM

SKATES!!

2:02 PM

Malok Majak is a very interesting prospect here. At 6-7, the class of 2020 SF has been dominate today. With already two dunks in this game alone, Majak is looking to follow his brothers footsteps and pickup some big time offers this weekend.

1:37 PM

Aaron Gao of the NJ Roadrunners was the floor general today as his confidence was strong. Gao is a Sneaky passer with the ability to score on the perimeter and slash to the basket.

1:20 PM

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Malachi De Sousa highlights! #SummerJam #BeElite

1:11 PM

This is the Rizzuto show here on Court 1.. The perimeter sniper has been elite today. The York Ballers have been put on the Division 1 Map here at Summer Jam.

12:45PM 

Global squad Denmark and The York Ballees are getting ready to start up here on Court 1.

11:50 AM

Rens vs PK Flash 17u is a great game going into the half . Rens  are up 26-25 on Court 1.

11:20 AM 

Virginia Blaze pull away and win by 9 in a late offensive run. Up next we have Team Attack vs Team Rebel! Stay Tuned!

11:07 AM

David Duda of The  East Coast Power has been automatic from deep. Duda isn’t afraid to let it fly and has shown that here late.

11:04 AM

Jermaine Hall has 23 here as the Crusaders trail by 1 with under 5 remaining.

10:51 AM

Tight game here at Court 11. 39-37 Virginia Blaze with 9 minutes remaining.

10:33 AM

Jarvis Vaughan of The Virginia Blaze has a couple of dunks here early.

10:19 AM

Big man Brendan Medley Bacon has  a very soft touch down low with deceiving footwork. He’s leading Crusader  nation to a 13-11 lead here early.

9:56 AM

Crusader Nation vs Virginia Blaze here on Court 11.

9:33 AM

Good Morning East Hempfield! It’s our first full day of basketball today and we are looking forward to it! Get to the Spooky Nook Sports Complex ASAP!

Friday | July 21st

10:30 PM

That concludes Day 1 of Summer Jam! Very fun day ahead of us tomrorow so stay tuned!

10:12 PM

Second Half of play here as New Heights leads 28-21. Big half ahead of us here at an already exciting Day 1 of Summer Jam.

9:55 PM

New Heights is on a 15-0 run here. Wrightway Skills are trying to figure out the solution to stopping Moses Brown.

9:47 PM

The atmosphere on Court 1 is electric here. Wrightway skills has been off to a great start of this game.

9:30 PM

9:28 PM

New York’s best duo Precious Achiuwa and Moses Brown are tipping off here on Court 1.

9:06 PM

Antonio Rizzuto scores an Incredible 22 in a win over Castle #SummerJam

9:00 PM

Ronnie Silva has been a 3 point sniper here on Court 1.

8:51 PM

Femi Odukale Jr has been relentless on the drive to the rack. The 6-6  forward isn’t afraid to absorb contact and finish over larger defenders.

8:23 PM

NY Rens G Bryce Wells with a two handed jam to ignite the 11-2 run against The D.C. Blue Devils NH.

8:07 PM

Global Squad China is making a run here on Court 11 as they cut the DTP Elite lead to 7 with a minute to go in 2nd half.

7:52 PM

Middlesex Magic vs NY Jayhawks has had a great start, Magic up 9 in the 2nd half.

7:43 PM
Bryce Daley (#23 Middlesex Magic) has shown his high IQ today, especially in tough situations. The senior has been automatic From midrange here on Day 1.

7:15 PM

7:00PM

Antonio Rizzutto (#0 York Ballers) fresh off Elite Camps is pure shooter who can knock down open and contested 3’s. Handles the ball nicely and is versatile in his play being able to drive, finish or kick the ball out. Nice addition to the backcourt of HGSL’s York Ballers. Finishing on court 1.

6:54 PM

Jordan Preaster (#13 Team Moam) can jump out of the gym crashes the boards and runs the lanes. Has a creative finish to pull it together.

6:50 PM

Lamar Duncan with 26 points for R1 Delaware on court 13. Still time to play.

6:49 PM

6:36 PM

3 point games with 13 mins left to play in the match up between Richmond Garner Road and NY Jayhawks on court 1.

6:32 PM

Brandon McGlynn (York Ballers #4) quick skilled point who plays bigger than his size and can shoot the 3. Plays solid defense and reads passing lanes.

6:20 PM 

Over 50 college coaches already checked in for the weekend including St Joes, Army West Point and Hartford

6:04 PM

Toks Bakare of NJ Roadrunners for 26 points over Bridge City basketball.

5:44 PM

Moses Brown confirmed with  for Summer Jam Fest this weekend!

5:22 PM

4:50 PM

First tip of 2017 Summer Jam Fest Showcase ! Loaded set of game sets tonight and continuing throughout the weekend. Catch up on updates here!

 

Daily Recap


Day 2

Over 200 college colleges and 15 media outlets packed the gym today for the second day of Summer Jam Fest. The much anticipated schedule did not disappoint as top programs like New Heights, NY Rens, Team St8ment, Middlesex Magic, York Ballers and Jayhawks battled head to head.

Saturday had an exciting start with a SJ Blitz and ICC Truth match up ending in a buzzer beater by SJ Blitz’s Samuel Adejumo (#15). Both teams battled the entire game, but SJ Blitz was able to finish off a quick ball in and finish off the glass.

The energy continued throughout the day into a NY Rens and PK Flash match up. PK Flash’s quick offense helped give them an edge on a loaded Rens team. Ultimately, the Ren’s size and physical defense wore PK Flash down and ended in a 12 point victory after a string of Rens foul shots.

One of the last games of the night [7:45pm] between New Heights NYC and South Jersey Elite started off on the slow side but picked up as the time went on. This match up featured a couple of the nation’s top recruit in 7’0 Moses Brown (2018) and 6’9” Precious Achiuwa (2019) and they showed why they are both respectively in the top of their class. New Heights was finding a hard time finishing what would usually be easy layups in the first half — credit to the hard nosed defense played by SJ Elite. Brown had an impressive game continuously using his long size to finish at the rim and to post up the smaller players. The Deveney brothers (Dylan and Connor) were helping their team stay in the game by lighting it up from behind the arc. They were a bright spot for SJ Elite and seem to play well against a bigger team like New Heights. Heading into the second half, the game was still in arms reach with New Heights only holding a 38-30 lead. After an fastbreak Achiuwa dunk the momentum shifted towards New Heights and they never looked back from that. Couple of solid players in Rob Higgins and Omar Silverio, both complete this already stacked team with their abilities to handle the ball and create open shots for themselves off the dribble. Higgins is a dynamic point guard who is hard nosed on the defensive end and is a true playmaker on the offensive side. Silverio can stroke the trey ball nicely and also blow by multiple defenders for a easy two — very athletic and talented. New Heights ended up beating SJ Elite 75-44 but don’t let the score fool you because it felt closer than what it looked.

Day 2 | Player Standouts

#5 New Heights | Precious Achiuwa

Precious Achiuwa is arguably the most well rounded and volume scorer at Summer Jam. Ranked in the Top 25 on every website in the country, Precious’ ranking is without a doubt deserving. The 6-7 Small Forward from St Benedicts slashes to the basket better than anyone and his ability to draw the defensive double team is something unmatched. Holding offers from High major programs around the country, Precious’ has showed he’s ready for the next level.

#2 Shoreshots | Daniel Sofield

The 6’5 shooting guards height is a huge help to his game. Having the ability to “bully” the smaller defender is a trait he abuses on a regular basis. A very underrated rebounder at the 3 position, Sofield crashes the boards like a Power forward.  He has been absolutely brilliant here this past weekend and is looking to continue his success this summer.

#7 Castle Athletics | Malachi De Sousa

6-5 and dangerous, the small forward carries the ball up the court like a guard does. The Castle Athletics savage is a very underrated perimeter threat as he’s hit 2-3 threes per game. De Sousa’s stock has risen dramatically due to Hoop Group events and expect it to rise even more throughout the year at the Power House School South Kent.

#0  New Heights | Omar Silverio 

Game started off slow and Silverio did a great job picking up the offensive slack for his team by getting some easy fast break lay ups and staying in the passing lanes. Hit a couple of 3’s from deep and definitely has a nice shooting touch. Teammates look for him a lot which says a good amount about the type of player you are. Overall a dynamic combo guard with a lot of upside and a load of talent

#23 Wrightway Skills HGSL | Nate Hobbs 

Aside from being an extremely athletic player and a long hang time, he has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor and can be a nightmare match up for some teams. Had a poster dunk over a 7 footer yesterday and followed it up today with an emphatic one handed fast break jam. Creates space for himself and sees the court very well.

#0 York Ballers | Antonio Rizzuto 

Just a solid, solid, player. Started the day off right where he left off yesterday – HOT. Had a tremendous game today handling the ball pressure with ease, penetrating and kicking, shooting with confidence behind the arch, creating his own shot off the dribble/off screens. Tough kid who isn’t afraid to put his body on the line, guards hard and takes charges.

#24 Philly Hurricanes | Yazis Powell

½ of the dynamic backcourt for the Hurricanes, fast in-your-face type of player, not afraid to defend hard and dive for the hustle plays. He let it go from the outside a few times but also quickly blew by defenders finishing for high flying dunks/finishes at the rim. Has quick hands which leads to steals and uncontested fast breaks. Also an unselfish player that makes the extra, but CORRECT pass.

 

Day 1|  Player Standouts

#14 Middlesex Magic | Benjamin McPhierron

Pure shooter, started off the game off hot and hit a couple of long range 3’s – NBA range. Solid, under control, guard that has the ability to handle the ball and defend the ball. Provides good spacing on the floor which leads to efficient ball movement and scoring.

#24 D.C. Blue Devils  | Kevin Fernandez

Very tough player who is undersized but doesn’t let that affect him much. Has great body control and hang with the other players on the court. Hustles for every ball, takes care of each possession and plays hard defense. Capable of scoring off screens, has a good pull up and perimeter game.

#2 New Heights | Robert Higgins

Heck of a defender – guarded the other team’s best ball handler all game – hard nosed and gritty player. Quickest feet and hands I’ve seen on a player all day. Not afraid to get into the paint and draw contact and/or kick out. Shown a little bit of his perimeter game as well but overall definitely held his own out there.

#32 Wrightway Skills |  Charles Coleman

The Umass 7 footer was nothing short of a standout here at The Hoop Group Summer Jam. A big with high major offers, he was able to stretch the floor and score from the perimeter on numerous occasions. Look for him to have a huge weekend here as bigs are unable to guard his long range shot.

#3 DC Blue Devils | Ronnie Silva

The gritty NH guard put on a show today against The New York Rens. While only 5-9, he’s ability to drive in the lane and score in contact is something you don’t see from someone of his size. Silva’s killer crossover puts the defender on skates and is a walking highlight reel. With only 1 Division 2 offer, Silva is looking to get his name out on a national level.

#0 York Ballers  | Antonio Rizzuto

Rizzuto is an absolute bucket. The York Baller scored 22 with a win today against the tough Castle Athletics team. Standing at 6-3, he’s able to use his size to get around defenders and score in traffic. That in addition to a very reliable 3 point shot are his claims to fame. Holding numerous division 1 offers, Rizzuto is definitely a player to keep an eye on this week.

2017 Pitt Jam Fest Live Blog

Sunday | April 30th

3:30 PM

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.

12:45 PM

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.

12:44 PM

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.

11:17 AM

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.

10:42 AM

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!

8:45 AM

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.

6:35 PM

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.

6:31 PM

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.

6:26 PM

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!

8:43 AM

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

8:33 AM

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.

7:11 PM

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.

6:55 PM

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!

Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker

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!