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Champions and MVPs

14u Orange Division Champions | NY Jayhawks
MVP Lawrence Augustin

14U Blue Division Champions | Hustle Basketball
MVP Evan Kuster

 

13u  Orange Division Champions | City Rocks NY
MVP Massai Graham

13u Blue Division Champions | YW Ballers
MVP Saeed St.Fleur

12u Division Champions | Sliverbacks
MVP Chidi Nwigwe

11u Division Champions | NJ Shoreshots – Rice
MVP Devin Hasan

1ou Division Champions | VA Elite
MVP Tristen

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Fall Jam Fest Weekend Recap

Young AAU programs flooded Hoop Group Headquarters this weekend for 2017’s Fall Jr Jam Fest. 50 teams of all different levels traveled from New York to Virginia to right here on the Shore to compete for the tournament’s seven division titles.

2017’s Jr Jam Fest began with an early tip-off at 8:30 AM Saturday morning with the 11, 12 and 13 U divisions. NJ Shoreshots Cavanaugh and Silverbacks set the tempo for the weekend with a close 35-40 tournament opener. The Silverbacks were able to clench the victory in the second half knocking down 8 foul shots to secure the win. Number 5 on Shoreshots kept it close knocking down 3 threes in the second half finishing with almost half the team’s points (15pt).

Foulshots proved their importance this weekend making the difference for Maryland’s Finest’s  afternoon victory over a strong K-Low Elite. After a physical 26 mins of play, Maryland’s Finest was able to pull out a one point victory with 28% of their final score from the foul line.

 

The excitement carried over to Jam Fest’s famous “Championship Sunday” with a 12 U Championship win off a buzzer beater three. With only seconds left on the clock, Silverbacks get the ball under High Rise Elite‘s basket, enough time for one push down court. High Rise is able to make a play and knock the ball free but after a strong effort, the ball is called out of bounds and the Silverbacks get one last chance. Despite High Rise’s tight defense, Chidi Nwigwe is able to break free and gets a shot off a quick release deep behind the arc for the win.

Player Standouts


Massai Graham | City Rocks NY | 13U

Standing 6’3, Graham towered over his competition this weekend. Graham is an athletic big able to run the floor, drive strong to the basket and finish at the rim. Graham turned heads finishing with six dunks in the semi final game against KSK and another in the championship with PSA Cardinals. Definitely a promising prospect.

 

 

 

RJ Green | PSA Cardinals | 14U

Green turned some heads this weekend with a his versatile performance. He works hard off the ball, is able to put himself in scoring position and makes big plays on the back end of the court.  Green kicked off the weekend with 11 pts in the second half against a strong MD United team.

 

 

Mason Piorkoski | NJ Playaz | 13U

Piorkoski lead the Playaz this weekend on a 2-0 run to the 14U Semi Finals. Mason is an impact player. Offensively, he has a good feel and plays as if the ball is on a string. He is explosive, can knock down shots from the corner and has a creative finish at the rim. On defense, he is quick on the ball. Player to look out for.

 

Derek Simpson | SJ Titans | 14U

Simpson is a pure point guard. As a 2022, he is able to command his offense and expose the lane by getting his teammates involved. Overall a crafty point with a strong drive and creative finish.

Justin Glover | City Rocks NY | 13U

Glover impressed the crowd this weekend with his ability to shoot the ball. Glover put up double digits in all three of his games, including his 16 pts in the CityRocks’ victory over NJ Playaz in the Championship. Able to keep the defense on their toes with his ability to mix it up and drive to the basket.

 

 

 

Devin Hasan | Shoreshots – Rice | 11U

Hasan was undeniably a standout. Standing no taller than 4 feet, he had the biggest impact on the court. Only 10 years old, Hasan commanded the floor, crossing players up, driving to the basket and hitting the outside jumper. Hasan lead his team to a 17 pt victory over a competitive NJ Racers team in the 11U Championship.

 

Chidi Nwigwe | Silverbacks | 12U

Chidi earned himself the 12U Division MVP for his buzzer beater game winner in the Championship against Shoreshots. Chidi was impressive all weekend, making good decisions on both ends of the court and shooting the lights out.

Isaac Santiago | PSA Cardinals | 14U

A key player for the Cardinals this weekend. Santiago ran the floor, was able to get into the lane and make plays at the rim. Does a good job of pushing the tempo of play and creating opportunities in transition. Santiago plays a big part on PSA defensive end.

 

 

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Champions and MVPs

17u Division Champions | RI Elite
MVP Deyshawn Tengbeh

Open Division Champions | Bulls Basketball Club
MVP Jordan McKoy

 

16u Division Champions | Shoreshots Pooley
MVP William Soucie

15u Division Champions | HC Elite 2021
MVP Evan IChrist

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Fall Jam Fest Weekend Recap

AAU programs took back the fall last weekend with Hoop Group’s 2017 Fall Jam Fest. The tournament showcased 42 teams from New Jersey to North Carolina and featured prospects from all divisions.

Games tipped off Saturday at 9:00 AM with a strong showing from 17U SJ Hoops Elite. In an early victory over Bulls Basketball Club, SJ Hoops had three players finish in double digits. Senior Dean Noll lead the team with an impressive 24 points followed by juniors Dan Swallow (14pts) and Steve Matlack (13 pts).

This momentum carried over to NJ Shoreshots Kessler. The Shoreshots road into day two of Fall Jam Fest on a two game high. After victories over Monster Basketball and NJ Racers, NJ Shoreshots trailed entering the second half for the first time of the tournament, 26-29, Hoop Nation Blue. With an offense lead by division 1 prospects Daniel Sofield, Jacob O’Connell and Eddie Davis, the Shoreshots closed the game with 12 points.

The black horse of the weekend was RI Elite. RI Elite lead by Coach Nick Light entered Fall Jam Fest with a young roster of players without college offers. The team battled through its bracket with a tight win over Team Speed, Prestige Patriots and SJ Elite before its 17U Championship victory over NJ Shoreshots Kessler.

As always, it was an entertaining weekend of basketball at Hoop Group with exciting performances from all our athletes especially our MVPs and standouts.

Player Standouts


Dean Noll | SJ Hoops Elite | 2018

Dean Noll was hard to miss this weekend putting up double digits in both his games. Noll is an impact player. He can hit the three, drive hard to the basket and create opportunities for his team. Noll enters his senior year with an offer from Calwell College. With his size and build, Noll is a player to watch.

Kharye Cayne | Juice All-Stars NC | 2020

2020 Kharye Cayne turned some heads this weekend with a major dunk in Juice All-Star NC match up against Game 7 in the 16U Championship. The 6’8 sophomore is the definition of a power forward with the size and athleticism to make plays around the rim.

William Soucie | Shoreshots Pooley | 2020

Soucie was impressive this weekend at Fall Jam Fest putting up double digits in two games, including the 16U Championship where he finished as MVP with 15 points. Impact player on both offense and defense.

 

 

Tavon Jones | Prestige Patriots | 2018

2018 division 1 prospect, Tavon Jones commanded the paint this weekend. Jones is an long athletic shooting guard able to attack the lane and finish around the rim. Jones was an offensive threat putting up an impressive 23 points against 17U Champions RI Elite. The 2018 currently holds offers from St Josephs, Stony Brook, Seton Hall, St Peters, Buffalo, Hofstra, Eastern Kentucky, Niagara, Quinnipiac, St. Bonaventure and Massachusetts.

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Live Blog


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

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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

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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.

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#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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2:18 PM

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

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1:51 PM 

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

1:44 PM

1:40 PM 

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

1:13 PM

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

1:02 PM

12:58 PM

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

12:53 PM

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. 

12:27 PM

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12:23 PM

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

10:54 AM

10:50 AM

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).

10:40 AM

10:31 AM

10:02 AM

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!

9:26 AM

9:24 AM

9:14 AM

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

9:10 AM

9:07 AM

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

9:00 AM

8:53 AM

8:50 AM

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!

8:37 AM

8:36 AM

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

6:48 PM

6:40 PM

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

9:07 PM

8:46 PM

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8:07 PM

8:03 PM

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

8:01 PM

7:20 PM

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!

6:43 PM

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6:03 PM

We are underway here at the 2017 #PittJamFest!!

Hoop Group Teams Win State Championships

2017 Pennsylvania AAAAAA State Champions Reading High School

“Dreams Do Come True”

In addition to all the individual camps and AAU events the Hoop Group runs during the course of the year, we also provide opportunities for high school teams to play together as a unit in highly competitive exposure events.

During the off-season the Hoop Group manages the Summer and Fall High School Showcases at the Hoop Group Headquarters in Neptune NJ as well as the Hoop Group Elite Team Camp during the July Live Period at Albright College in Reading Pennsylvania.

The Hoop Groups operates four major high school showcase events during the season, the Reading Tip-Off Showcase (Albright College – Reading PA), NJ Tip-Off Showcase (Caldwell University – Caldwell NJ), Boardwalk Showcase (Brookdale Community College – Lincroft NJ) and Lehigh Valley Showcase (Parkland High School – Allentown PA).

Over the years many teams have used these events as springboards to go on to win state championships.

A look at the 2017 state champions who have played at a Hoop Group Team event this year and used that experience to help them earn a state chip.

Albany Academy NY

Archbishop Wood PA

Baltimore Poly Tech MD

Don Bosco Prep NJ

Frederick Douglas Academy NY

Imhotep Charter PA

Lincoln NY

Linden NJ

Molloy NY

Patrick School NJ

Reading PA

St. Benedict’s NJ

Teaneck NJ

Westtown PA

CONGRATS TO ALL!