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Spring Jam Fest 2016 Champions


The Spring Jam Fest once again called Spooky Nook Sports its home for the 2016 season. No different to previous years, the Spring Jam Fest took place during the first live recruiting period, and saw a number of coaches come evaluate talent. While one major focus of the Spring AAU season is to be seen, the other is to compete and take home a championship against top-level competition. Eight teams were able to do that this weekend; here are our eight champions, and the LetItFly MVPs.

Open Championship: Jersey Coastal Academy

MVP: Sean Barksdale

How They Got There: Jersey Coastal Academy showed talent and scoring ability in the Open bracket. In their first three games leading up to the championship they scored 69, 86 and 75 points against Liberty Elite, ICC Truth and Wayne PAL, respectively. In the final they outlasted iWork, winning the Open Championship by a score of 64-54.


17U Championship: Crown Basketball

MVP: Kian Dalyrimple

How They Got There: Crown’s run to the championship was an impressive one, as they knocked off some well known programs in the process. After defeating 4 Seasons Hoops, Erick Green Premier, and CM3 Elite, Crown went on to take down Team Loaded 757, Maryland 3D, and a scorching hot York Ballers team. This set up a final between Crown and East Coast Basketball, who had just defeated a very good DC Blue Devils team from New Hampshire. Crown was able to pull away in the final and walk away the 17U Spring Jam Fest champions.

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16U Spooky Championship: Erick Green Premier

MVP: Gus Wise

How They Got There: EG Premier was able to outlast 63 other teams and walk away with the 16U Spooky championship. After wins over Riverside Hawks, TNBA and BSA Select, it took a tough team effort to beat JB Hoops (won by 3) to get to the Final Four. Once there, a win over TNBA Ohio and a championship victory over a talented Team Final Black Team, gave the trophy to Erick Green Premier.

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16U Nook Championship: NY Gauchos

How They Got There: The well established Gauchos program showed early why they have been regarded as a fearsome team in NYC for years. With commanding wins over East Coast Power and ICC Truth, the semifinal featured a all-New York match up between the Gauchos and the NY Dragons. After a second half run pushed a close game in their favor, the Gauchos went into the final against Pure Basketball, where they kept momentum rolling and took home the title.

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15U Spooky Championship: Northern Kings

How They Got There: The Canadian program started with close wins over TNBA West (7) and Team Philly (4). Finally had a comfortable 11 point win over Central PA Elite, and was able to hold off Team Takeover (Orange) to advance to the final. In a great final game, the Northern Kings topped Maryland Playmakers and are the 15U Spring Jam Fest Champs.

15U Nook Championship: Philly Freedom Stars

How They Got There: Came from the middle of the bracket and rolled through United (NJ), East Coast Power and York Raiders to get to the Final Four. Then topped Central PA Elite in a Battle of the Keystone State match up to reach the final vs Team PA. In the final, overcame a double-digit deficit to win the championship at the buzzer.


14U Spooky Championship: Team Takeover

How They Got There: One of the “one seeds” in the bracket, nothing came easy for Team Takeover once they got to the Final Four. After beating Central PA Elite and East Coast Power to get there, they faced two tough programs in Erick Green Premier and Team Loaded Red to win the title. Takeover was able to flex their muscles all weekend long though, and show how talented their younger team is.


14U Nook Championship: Central PA Elite

How They Got There: In a bracket that started on Sunday, Central PA Elite (Parise) came in on Sunday with nothing, and left with a trophy. With dominant victories over CBPA and the Pitt Nets, Central PA Elite sealed a great day by outscoring Team NYC Lightning, scoring 72 points in the championship game!


Big thanks to all the teams, parents, players, college coaches, and Spooky Nook for making this weekend an overwhelming success. Special thanks to Let It Fly Performance for providing championship t-shirts for all the teams. We also would like to thank Be the Beast Recruiting, Krossover and Gatorade for helping make our events top-notch.. Next weekend we head to Pittsburgh for the pinnacle of AAU tournaments, the Pitt Jam Fest. We hope to see you there!

2016 Spring Jam Fest Day 2 Top Performers

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After a LONG day of hoops, our paths to the championships are beginning to look a little more clear. Here are a few guys who looked good during Day 2:

Clifton Moore Jr | 2017 | Hatboro-Horsham (PA)
Clifton owns big, strong hands which he used to secure the ball tightly once he snatched it high off the glass. He ran the floor hard, and displayed good mobility and athleticism. He showed off a nice jump hook on the low block.

Jaylen Washington | 2017 | Tuscarora (MD)
Jaylen thrived in the open court, where he displayed craftiness and efficiency around the basket. He exhibited the ability to shoot with range from the catch, and communicated effectively on defensive.

Julian Roche | 2017 | Proctor Academy (NH)
Julian worked hard on both ends and did a nice job fronting the post. He was very active, and displayed good agility when hedging ball screens. He finished efficiently around the basket.

Jordan Wilmore | 2019 | DeMatha (MD)
Jordan has a huge wingspan, and used it to block and alter many shots. He ran the floor hard and used his big strong hands to secure loose balls and rebounds. He comfortably made a 10-footer, showing soft touch.

Mikeal Jones | 2019 | Roman Catholic (PA)
Michael showed aggressiveness and a craftiness to score with the basketball. He’s got good size, seems to be growing some more, and looks to be filling out. He was strong in finishing in the paint, and made quick moves facing up to the basket.

Jared White | 2019 | St. Stephens St. Agnes (VA)
Jared does a great job attacking the ball high off the glass and corralling it at the high point. He posted up smaller defenders, and was very efficient from mid range. He finished strong through contact.

Wes Simons | 2018 | Scranton Prep (PA)
Wes has excellent footwork on the low block. He was very scrappy and worked hard on both ends of the floor, and took several charges. He’s a confident shooter from the catch.

Dominique Senat | 2016 | Marinapolis Prep
Nice reason the Boston Warriors are 3-0 is thanks to the play of 6’7 Dominique. Forward is a physical player on the court who rebounds at a high level. He also showcased his ability to finish around the rim and passes well too.

Leo O’Boyle | 2019 | Scranton Prep (PA)
Leo did a nice job boxing out his man, and controlling rebounds with strong hands. He made good passes, and demonstrated a confident and smooth perimeter jump shot. His versatility was well noted.

Geo Baker | 2017 | Proctor Academy (NH)
Geo is a confident and efficient perimeter jump shooter. He exhibits a crafty handle to go along with good vision and passing skills. He’s an excellent athlete.

Cormac Ryan | 2018 | Milton Academy (MA)
Cormac has very good vision, and often makes the right pass. He did a nice job communicating to his teammates, and wasn’t afraid to take and make big shots. He possesses a nice blend of skill and athleticism to go along with a nice feel.

Jalen Gabbidon | Harrisburg Academy (PA)
Jalen showed consistent range on his perimeter jump shot. He attacked the rim relentlessly, and finished effiectively through contact around the rim. He used his length and athleticism to shoot the gaps and create deflections and steals.

Jeffrey Planutis | 2018 | Scranton Prep (PA)
Jeffrey has a terrific overall feel and understanding of the game. He’s active and alert defensively, and has a solid offensive skill set. He made several nice passes.

2016 Spring Jam Fest Day 1 Top Performers

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Day one of the Spring Jam Fest was just a small preview of what is in store for the weekend at Spooky Nook. Here are some players who showed off their great talents on Friday night:

Johnathan McGriff | 2019 | Bishop McNamara HS (MD)
Johnathan is confident and very quick off the bounce. He is a confident and highly skilled ball handler who displayed the ability to pull up on a dime and shoot. He scored 15 points in a win for his team.

Jamel Melvin | 2019 | DeMatha HS (MD)
Jamel did a great job running the floor and establishing position on the low block. He demonstrated quick reactions to the ball, and crashed the boards aggressively. He also used his length to contest shots.

Dominic Dunn | 2018 | Camden Catholic High School (NJ)
Dominic exhibited good range on his perimeter jump shot. He was deceptive, and utilized several head fakes which resulted in strong drive and kicks to find open teammates. He also set good, hard screens.

Kevin Samuel | 2017 | St. Thomas Episcopal (TX)
Washington, Arkansas and UConn were in the house to watch Kevin Samuel play, and for good reason. The 6’9 center is undoubtedly a high major talent. He has bounce and athleticism that makes him a terror in the paint and on the glass. He can clean up and finish around the rim well, too. Expect more high major schools to take a look.

Ryan Young | 2018 | Bethlehem Catholic High School (PA)
Ryan was consistently aggressive, particularly on the glass. He used his strong hands to control the ball effectively when he rebounded the ball. He actively contested shots.

Francis Uzroh | 2017 | Cushing Academy (MA)
Playing a bit undersized in the post at 6’6, Francis has many qualities you want in a post man. He rebounds the ball like he’s 6’8, and is especially effective on the offensive glass. He’s also patient in the post with the ball; he has great vision and can find cutters and kick outs when double teams come his way.

Antonio Warner | 2018 | Stonewall Jackson (VA)
Antonio is a good athlete who applies tremendous pressure on the ball defensively. He has strong hands, quick feet, and great instincts.

Tshiefu Ngalakulondi | 2017 | Proctor Academy (NH)
Thief showed off a shooting ability last night, and helped DC Blue Devils (NH) look like the powerhouse program that they are. A 6’7 athletic small forward, the emergence of Ngalakulondi’s stroke will surely guarantee he leaves the live period with more than the 9 offers he already holds.

Anthony Picott | 2017 | Hampton Roads Academy (VA)
Anthony excelled in the open court, where he filled the lanes correctly and finished strong at the basket. He exhibits good versatility defensively as a result of his length, high work rate, and quickness.

Brandon Mitchell | 2017 | Salem High School (VA)
Brandon has good length, mobility, and athleticism, which allowed him to grab a few rebounds out of his area. He exhibited a strong work ethic defensively, and good timing when protecting the rim.

Anthony Scafide | 2017 | Georgetown Prep (MD)
Anthony is a dead-eye shooter. He moves well off the ball, and is very efficient from the catch where he exhibits a very quick release.

O’Shane Taylor-Douglas | 2017 | Vaughn Secondary (CAN)
O’Shane has great length at the guard spot, length he used to grab offensive rebounds and finish over smaller guards. He’s got an eye for getting into the paint thanks to his quick first step. Despite an early loss for Canada Elite, O’Shane showed off his skill set.

Edwin Ebube | 2017 | Episcopal (VA)
Ebube displayed very nice footwork on the low block. He was alert in help side defense, where his heady positioning resulted in several altered shots. He used a strong drop step in the post against smaller defenders.

Grant Robinson |2017 | Potomac School (VA)
Grant is a tenacious perimeter defender who uses his length and quickness to disrupt plays. He mixed it up nicely offensively, where he showed the ability to catch and shoot, or pull up from the dribble.

Gabe Stefanini | 2017 | Bergen Catholic (NJ)
Gabe has great size for the point guard position. At 6’3, he adds a rebounding presence for the New Jersey Shoreshots. However, his strength yesterday was scoring the basketball. Stefanini uses his size to his advantage, putting his head down and getting into the lane. When he does that, he possesses great finishing ability around the hoop.

Dom Fragala | 2017 | John Champe (VA)
Dom demonstrated the ability to score it in bunches, particularly from beyond the arc. He exhibits a good skill set to go along with a nice feel for the game.

2016 Spring Jam Fest Live Blog

For the third year in a row, the Division 1 Live Period starts at Spooky Nook for the Spring Jam Fest. Hundreds of teams will flock to Mannheim, PA this weekend to compete for a chance to take home a trophy, and show college coaches they are capable of playing at the next level. Doors are open, teams are

Sunday, April 17th

1:04 pm
We will head directly to Twitter as the Championship games get underway. You can follow the action along on our Twitter feed here! The live blog is closed!

12:30 am
We’re getting closer to a title!

10:05 am
Sounds like college coaches found this weekend to be a success!

9:43 am
Randallstown Running Rebels make their way to the last four teams in the 16U Spooky Bracket

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Two top performers from Day 2 connecting for a bucket!

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14, 15, 16, 17 and Open all looking to make one last push for a championship. So many age groups means so much competition!

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New day, same story, few hours left in the live recruiting period, and more importantly, championships are on the line…

Saturday, April 16th

11:01 pm
Our last game of the day heads to overtime! JB Hoops and Middlesex Magic fight for the final spot in the 17U Elite Eight! We are going to close the live blog, but you can head to Twitter to see the result!

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9:33 pm
Scholarships at stake, scholarships being handed out

8:48 pm
The Hoop Group Alliance making a strong showing in the first Jam Fest of the season. Going to be tight standings at the top come Monday!

7:57 pm
Coaches are still sticking around as we get closer and closer to crowning a champion

7:12 pm

6:43 pm
Can’t wait to see this weekend’s highlight tape!

5:36 pm
Middlesex Magic just constantly produce basketball players. Tommy Shaughnessy is just another member on their 16u team who has proven to be a scorer.

5:01 pm

Crusader Nation moves on 🏀🏀 #HGJamFest

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4:28 pm
High Level come out shooting and never stopped! 14 three pointers in a 17U win, that’s impressive

3:47 pm

A couple of players are impressing some of the scouting services that are in attendance. The exposure extends further than the coaches who are here!

3:13 pm

New Hampshire’s DC Blue Devils 17U team looks like a tough out this weekend. Shooting guard Geo Baker (Proctor Academy ’17) is a big reason why. Great shooter, and overall player


2:36 pm

All For Sports AAU made their first trip out East from Houston, and they are benefiting from the experience. Read the full story here: http://hoopgroup.com/player-feature/a-trip-out-east-pays-dividends-for-the-all-for-sports-program/


1:51 pm

1:08 pm
After TTG topped All 4 Sports Dream Team, the Pitt Nets tally another win….It’s been a good weekend so far for Pittsburgh programs

12:09 pm
Some young guys making a name for themselves early on

11:28 pm
Hoop Group Alliance member York Ballers has a great one going on against Albany City Rocks!

10:35 am

Check out all the Division 1 schools in attendance so far! Hoop Group gets you seen!

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9:49 am
Always nice to get a win before 10 am! man did we miss AAU season

9:17 am
Check out our Spring Jam Fest Day 1 Top Performers!
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7:53 am
Up and at ’em bright and early this morning for the second day of the Spring #HGJamFest! Lot more action to come today, as we’ll be on over 20 courts over the course of 13 hours! Many teams saw success Friday and look to capitalize on that this morning.

Friday, April 15th

10:55 pm
A win by the New Jersey Shoreshots ends day one. We saw a lot of big name schools come in to recruit and some strong performances by a number of teams. Can’t wait to get back at it tomorrow! Over 12 hours of games on tap!

10:15 pm
Middlesex Magic guard Cormac Ryan draws the attention of UVA head coach Tony Bennett tonight. Ryan, a 2018 guard already holds an ACC offer from BC, also on hand to watch him tonight

9:22 pm
Missed this sight…

Oh it’s Jam Fest season #HGJamFest

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9:04 pm
Boston Warriors are a proud member of the Hoop Group Alliance! Looking to get a few of their guys some offers this weekend!

8:28 pm
Close games keep coming!

7:30 pm
First game, first buzzer beater! Pure Basketball winning at the buzzer thanks to 6’8 center Chad Dreswick (Hunterdon Central Regional ’17)

6:57 pm

Game play is underway and college coaches are out and about already! A big weekend of recruiting

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