Providence Jam Fest Day 2 Notable Players


Day two of the Providence Jam Fest saw six teams get handed trophies. It also some of serious talent. There are a few players who will no doubt be big time college players in the future. Here are some of the notable players in action Friday.


Nate Laszewski (New England Playaz)

Nate was one of the most exciting prospects to watch on Sunday. His potential as a player is through the roof. Despite the Playaz’s 16u Final Four loss, Nate was tremendous. He has a next level jump shot, shooting off screens, off the dribble and stepping into shots. He’s also very athletic, and showcased his bounce on more than one occasion. With him reclassifying to 2018, Division 1s will be all over him.

Azar Swain (Mass Rivals)

Azar was one of the most prolific scorers of the tournament. In three games in the 16u Division, he scored 35, 33 and 30 points. Swain may not look the part, and is considered undersized, but that does not stop him from torching defenses. This is a player who continues to get better and better, and that’s bad news for defenses.

Isiah Reyes (Wayne PAL)

Isiah Reyes is a tough, fearless player. He keeps defenses on their toes because he is always attacking, always. When he decides he wants to go to the basket, he is rarely stopped. Even when he draws contact, he is strong enough to still finish plays.

Johntae Byrd (Brooklyn Rens)

Johntae may be young, but he is a leader on the floor for the 13u Rens. He’s a guard guy love to play with, as he’s always looking to make teammates better. He is ¬†fantastic passer and does not get rattled at the guard position. He also plays both ends of the floor and is a swarming defender.

Cole Swider (BABC)

Cole is a lengthy player which allows him to be a factor on offense and defense. Offensively he is great at driving to the rim and on defense his length lets him lock down the opposition. He’s an IQ guy, who plays with a high energy and never takes plays off.

Tremont Waters (New England Playaz)

The MVP of the 17u bracket, and it was a pretty obvious choice. There wasn’t much Tremont didn’t do this weekend. He was the ultimate floor general. He’s poised and smart, and he makes good decisions. He knew when to set teammates up and when to score for himself. Tremont showcased a lethal pull up jumper this weekend; when that was going, he was a nightmare to guard.

Davonte Metts (RI Renegades)

Shooter. Devonte put on a show on Sunday when he knocked down 8 three pointers. That does not happen on accident. Big time shooters put up numbers like that and Devonte is a big time shooter. His stroke is as pure as they come.

Isaiah Amazan (14u Brooklyn Rens)

Isaiah scored 18 points in the 14u championship game for the Rens. He plays the game fast, creating turnovers on defense and turning them into points on the other end. He has a steady handle, and is great at creating his own shot.

Shakur Juiston (Northeast Basketball)

Northeast Basketball Club won back to back Jam Fest Tournaments and Shakur was terrific in both events. An intangible to note about him is he steps up in the big games. He led his team in the championship game, sparking a big comeback after falling behind early in the game. Shakur is a great defender and passer, and great at getting to the paint. He will be a nice pick up for a D1 school.

AJ Brodeur (New England Playaz)

AJ Brodeur plays the game very hard. He rebounds hard, takes it strong to the hoop, and can muscle guys down low. He was a double digit scorer in every game for the Playaz, scoring 20 points or more in multiple games as well. He was able to find success posting up or grabbing offensive rebounds and finishing that way. He certainly helped his stock this weekend.

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