Providence Jam Fest: Saturday’s 25 Top Performers

On Day One of the Providence Hoop Group Jam Fest, several breakthrough performances highlighted the action. From current seniors hoping to fine tune their game and make one more impression on potential schools for the coming season, to rising seniors and juniors who, if they haven’t started receiving collegiate interest, will surely begin to receive that interest in the near future.

While these players listed below where not the only ones who garnered attention, here is a list of the top 25 performers from the first day of action in Providence.

Christopher Boucher | 6-10 | Alma Academy (Can.) | 2013
Scored 30 points in the first win of the day for undefeated Qc United. He has great length at 6-foot-10 and runs the floor well. The athletic forward scored in a variety of ways including offensive tip-ins, alley oops, and showed a nice mid-range game. He has Division I interest, though his road to college basketball will likely include a prep year or a stint at a junior college according to his coach.

Joe Crapps | 5-10 | New Leadership Charter School (Mass.) | 2013 
The Westside Terriers played a Cinderella like role in the Day One of the Providence Jam Fest. The team was comprised by several members of the Class of 2013 who are either looking to go prep or remain undecided on college. The Terriers went undefeated behind the play of Crapps, who intends on going to prep school in the fall. Crapps is very explosive attacking the basket and finished against bigger defenders repeatedly.

Aaron Calixte | 5-11 | Lee Academy (Maine) | 2014
Calixte ran the show for the New England Playaz in the team’s first win on Saturday over New York Dream Team. He played on and off the ball. He was able to score, but he distributed the ball well. He showed his defensive toughness at the top of the 1-3-1 zone. The Playaz ended the half on a pair of Calixte highlights. He came up with a steal and dumped an assist off to Kerem Kanter for a layup, he followed that play by picking off a pass, opted for the final shot of the half — finding an open shooter on the wing, who knocked down a three before the buzzer sounded.

Kerem Kanter | 6-7 | Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Mass) | 2013
Kerem, the younger brother of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, made a tough inside combo along with Jared Reuter. At 6-foot-7 Kanter didn’t show off his mid-range shooting touch, but he did play well inside, getting to the line by drawing fouls. He also had some nice passes, as did Reuter.

Jared Reuter | 6-8 | Tabor Academy (Mass.) | 2015
Jared Reuter is getting back from an ankle sprain and showed why he is one of the top recruits in the Class of 2015. Like previously mentioned he and Kerem Kanter did a great job as the New England Playaz big men on Saturday. Reuter is a load down low, using all of his body to gain an advantage. He used his size and aggression against New York Dream Team to give the Playaz and

Kevin Degnan | 6-8 | Pearl River High School (N.Y.) | 2014
Degnan is part of a core of players that attract multiple college coaches to Team Frenji games. He isn’t necassarily a great athlete, but he can be somewhat of a mismatch due to his 6-foot-8 frame and his ability to shoot threes and handle the ball out on the perimeter. He was part of the game’s most entertaining game — a double overtime thriller against the Westside Terriers.

Matt Staubi | 5-8 | Darien High School (CT) | 2014
He may not have the appearance of a stereotypical basketball player, but he is a competitor. At 5-foot-8 his height gives him a bit of a disadvantage, but he helped Team Frenji force overtime against the Westside Terriers. With six second remaining Staubi drained a game-tying three. Team Frenji ultimately lost in double overtime, but Staubi went toe-to-toe with a bigger and more athletic  Terrier backcourt.

Bryan Rivers | 6-1 | Peddie (N.J.) | 2014
Rivers looked like of the best guards at the Providence Jam Fest on Saturday. Standing at 6-foot-1 Rivers was strong attacking the rim; very quick with the ball in his hands. All showed that he could take contact when he goes up to finish at the bucket with his great body control. Rivers is expected to join Peddie School for next season.

Rory Donovan | 6-6 | Cardinal Spellman High School (Mass.) | 2014
Donovan is a really athletic big who showed glimpses of that on Saturday night playing for the South Shore Wolfpack (Mass.). Constantly played around the rim, finding gaps in the BC Eagles (N.Y.) 2-3 zone defense, getting buckets close to the hoop.

Jack Dwyer | 5-10 | Burke Catholic High School (N.Y.) | 2014
Jack Dwyer is very effective running the offense for the BC Eagles, so much so that it forced South Shore Wolfpack to face guard him, in an attempt to limit him from bringing he ball up. Although not big, he’s strong and quick with the ball and finds open teammates. Is a good decision maker.

Michael Coffey| 6-1 | Burke Catholic High School (N.Y.) | 2014
He benefited from some of his high school teammates passes. A left-handed guard showed his shooting touch from behind the arc. Also had the ability to score while driving to the hoop. Is 6-foot-1 but has some underrated athleticism.

C.J. Donaldson | 5-7 | Westhill (Ct) | 2015
Donaldson exploded for 29 points to lead High Rise (NY) 16u to a 70-48 first round win over Guardian Basketball Club (Ma.) In High Rise’s Sweet 16 win over Albany City Rocks (NY) he netted 17 points as High Rise improved to 3-0 in the tournament’s first day.

Tim McKenzie | 6-5 | Central Islip (NY) | 2014
In Team Long Island (NY) 17u’s wins over Monmouth Power (NJ) and the Raritan Roundballers (NJ), McKenzie scored a combined 25 points and pulled down 10 boards. The Central Islip product has received looks from Lafayette and Northwestern Louisiana State and is considering possibly transferring to either The Master’s School (Ct.) or Putnam Science Academy (Ct.).

Kody Greenhalgh | 6-1 | West Warwick (RI) | 2015
Greenhalgh’s 18 points led the Rhode Island Breakers 16u team to a 73-67 win in their first game of the tournament. In the second game, a tough 55-52 loss to N J Shoreshots Largey, Greenhalgh’s physical play and ability to create plays, almost singlehandedly willed the undermanned Breakers to a victory.

Anthony Lallave | 5-7 | Hudson Catholic (NJ) | 2015
Lallave showcased an accurate shot from behind the arc as he dropped in three 3-pointers as CM3 Hoops (NY) 16u topped the Boston Heat 57-50 in the early action at the Rhode Island College Recreation Center.

Divine Little |5-9 | Transit Tech (NY) | 2015
While Lallave was hitting from downtown, Little was controlling the game in every other way. Scoring a team-high 16 points in the CM3 Hoops (NY) 16u win over Boston, Little also displayed an excellent ability to distribute and find the open man.

Aaren Edmead | 6-1 | Deer Park (NY) | 2014
In addition to McKenzie, Edmead also starred in Team Long Island (NY) 17u’s games on Day One. In the second game, a 67-41 victory over Raritan, Edmead dropped in 18 points along with distributing four assists and recording three steals.

Luke McLaughlin | 6-5 | Tappan Zee (NY) | 2015
McLaughlin, who has been receiving interest from Division II schools such as Dominican College, scored 15 points to lead House of Sports (NY) 16u’s to a 53-47 win over Mass Premier.

Keshawn Alexander | 5-10 | Orange (NJ) | 2015
Alexander’s 20 points and five assists in Tri-City Warriors (NJ) 17u first-round win over CT Kingz was just a glimmer of the reason Division I schools such as Monmouth, Rider and Farleigh Dickinson have taken notice.

Kevin Marfo | 6-6 | Bergen Catholic (NJ) | 2015
While his game is still a little raw, the Bergen Catholic product was dominant in the paint on both the offensive and defensive ends and netted a game-high 13 points in the Wayne PAL (NJ) 16u second-round win over Mass Evolution.

Jalani Morris | 6-0 | John F. Kennedy (NJ) | 2015
Morris, who started as a freshman at John F. Kennedy, displayed a quick step and the ability to finish in the lane as he netted 10 points in Wayne PAL (NJ) 16u’s 71-29 victory over Mass Evolution.

Tyler Ancrum | 5-9 | Bridgeport Central (Ct) | 2014
Ancrum was one of the key contributors to Hawks-Hargraves 17u team marching into the Elite 8. Ancrum controlled the point and clearly was in charge on the floor as he averaged 23 points on the tournament’s first day.

Tom Sweeney | 6-6 | Don Bosco (NJ) | 2014
Teaming with Ancrum, Sweeney was the deciding factor in the paint for Hawks-Hargraves. In wins over South Jersey Select (NJ) and NJ Shoreshots, Sweeney netted 15 and 17 points respectively.

John Rooney | 6-4 | Hoosic Valley (NY) | 2015
Rooney’s clutch shooting and his ability to move well with and without the ball helped Albany City Rocks (NY) 16u team go 1-1 in their first two games.  His signature game of the day was in Albany City’s loss to High Rise in the Sweet 16. Rooney netted a game-high 29 points, including a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Tremaine Fraser | 6-3 | Trinity Catholic | 2015
Fraser was consistent all day but rose to the occasion in the third round as High Rise (NY) 16u defeated Albany City Rocks 68-67 in overtime to advance to the Elite 8. Fraser scored a game-high 25 points including a layup and two free throws in the closing seconds to ice the victory.

Compiled by — @terrence_payne and @pfebbraro

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