ACC Games To Watch for Upcoming 2017-18 Season

With the basketball season right around the corner, starting Nov. 10, let’s break down some highlighted games and match-ups in one of the most talented, lethal conferences – the ACC.

A few exhibition games here and there, we won’t see action as a collective until the 19th annual Big 10/ACC Challenge Nov. 27-30. The conference leads the Big Ten in the challenge, 11-5-2.

ACC conference play

The ACC starts conference play Dec. 9, when Duke travels to Boston College. Don’t expect a riveting contest between the Eagles and the Blue Devils. Boston College has finished dead last the past two season, and they had an infamous 0-18 conference play record during the 2015-16 season. The battle begins in a conference that has won eight of the last 17 NCAA Championship Tournaments and combined for 63 Final Four appearances.

Tough proving ground for the faint-hearted.

The following match ups are in chronological order as the season progresses and give fans some excitement to look forward to.

Virginia at Virginia Tech –  Wednesday, January 3rd

Why not highlight a showdown between the two in-state teams. Virginia is looking to find its identity again on the road. Last year Virginia Tech topped off Virginia in a double overtime game in Blacksburg. It may be a down year for Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers, which will make this rivalry all the more interesting during the 17-18 season. 

North Carolina at Notre Dame – Saturday, January 13th

Any game that pits two of the most talented players in the conference head-to-head. Joel Berry II is an all-around stud, when healthy. He is an early favorite to win ACC Player of the Year. But Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson, another favorite to win the PoY, is going to protect his house when the Tar Heels come to town.

Duke at Miami – Monday, January 15th

Miami is a contender in the ACC. This isn’t news. They won the ACC title in 2013, and they see no reason why this year isn’t their year. Highly touted freshman Lonnie Walker is recovering from a knee injury, but should be back by the start of the season and fully healthy by this game. The game is highlighted because Duke is favored to win the ACC with their talented group of incoming freshman, giving the Hurricanes the ultimate proving ground early in conference play. Duke will look to outplay with talent in order to overcome a more experienced, sized Miami team.

Louisville at Miami – Wednesday, January 24th

Miami could have momentum coming into this contest if they manage a win at home against Duke. Louisville’s season is going to start with distraction, as Rick Pitino will be suspended the first five games for an off the court scandal. In early season polls, Miami sits atop of the Cardinals, who while was a No. 2 seed in last year’s tournament lost a key piece in Donovan Mitchell.

Duke at UNC – Thursday, February 8th

It’s the rivalry game we as basketball fans wait all season for. It’s part one of the epic saga between two powerhouse programs, separated by the 10-mile stretch on Tobacco Road. This game will be a perfect gauge of talent among the two programs. For obvious reasons, this game is going to draw the attention of the entire NCAA, not just the ACC. 

Last season’s results: Duke topped UNC, 86-78, at Cameron while the Tar Heels had the final say at home, closing out the season with a 90-83 win.

Louisville at Duke – Wednesday, February 21st

This is a big test for Louisville. The Cardinals look for a pair of wins in thee days against UNC and Duke. Two wins would give Louisville a boost up in polls and nods for better seeding in the tournament. While back to back games against UNC and Duke is never easy, the Cards have a veteran team capable of handling this tough test. It won’t be an easy year for the Cardinals. Hopefully they have talent to back up the team.

UNC at Duke – Saturday, March 3rd

The battle on Tobacco Road part two is a hands-down, no-brainer hyped game. Why not save the best for last. UNC not only has to take on a prolific Blue Devils team, but they have to keep their focus in one of the most legendary gyms in Cameron Indoor. At this point in the season, you can expect the two teams to be vying for the best eye bid. It will be a challenge to take on the Crazies at home. Not to mention it’s senior night for Grayson Allen. Talk about your momentum. 

Player watch list:

  • Joel Berry II, UNC

  • Deng Adel, Louisville

  • Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame

  • Grayson Allen, Duke

  • Bruce Brown, Miami

  • Marvin Bagley, Duke

An Early Look At The ACC

ACC Basketball

We are 51 days away from the college basketball season. While college basketball season is fast approaching, many of us cannot have the new season come soon enough. With that said, let’s take an early look at the ACC for next season. Here’s our 1 through 15.

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Fall NOVA Top 100 Recap

NOVA Top 100 Recap

The final stop on the Fall Top 100 Tour lead us right outside our nations capital to Marymount University in Arlington, VA. A sold out event had players showing up an hour early just itching to get working on their game. With a staff comprised of over 20 coaches from collegiate programs, each player got a chance to get instruction from coaches who might recruit them! Check out the NOVA Top 100 Recap video below:

The Show-and-Go portion of the event set the tone for the entire day! A group of highly talented, highly competitive players, absorbing instruction and applying it to in game situations.

Terrence Gibbons (2018 Wise HS) works on his jab series during Individual workouts

Terrence Gibbons (2018 Wise HS) works on his jab series during Individual workouts

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As the first game set got under way, half of the players headed down to a recruiting seminar with Hoop Group Elite Director Austin Kelley. The seminar “Separate Yourself in the Recruiting Process” is excellent way for us here at the Hoop Group to educate student-athletes on the recruiting process, and how to find the best academic and athletic fit for themselves. Some of the most valuable teaching that goes on at Hoop Group Top 100 happens in that room, as young men learn what’ll take to play basketball at the next level.

The Northern Virginia talent did not disappoint during the game portion of the day. College level talent on each court, showed why coaches from all over flock to this event each year.

Quentin James (2019 Lake Braddock) remaining alert in help side defense

Quentin James (2019 Lake Braddock) remaining alert in help side defense

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With so much talent in the event it was difficult to decide who would be part of the All Northern Virginia Team listed below!

Guard Keyante Williams (2018)  Massaponax
Guard Jack Kouba (2019) Bishop Ireton
Wing Jalen Gibbs (2018) North Point
Forward Terrence Gibbons (2018) Wise
Forward Deontay Compton (2017) Rock Ridge

If you would like to see your evaluation from the NOVA Top 100 check them out here!

Southern Jam Fest 2016 Live Blog

Hampton, VA — Once again we have saved the best for last, the Southern Jam Fest has become one of the best AAU tournaments in the country. Bringing together the best programs, it is a great way to end our Spring Jam Fest session. As you can see from the highlights of last year’s tournament above, only the best come down to Boo Williams. This year’s Southern Jam Fest is no different, as the fields are LOADED from top to bottom. Only the strong will survive, let’s get to it!

Sunday, May 22nd

1:36 pm

As the championship games tip off (16U and 14U), we will take our feed to Twitter. Be sure to follow us for championship events, and you an head to the Southern Jam Fest Tournament page for championship team photos afterwards! Thank you everyone, the live blog is closed!

1:02 pm

17U championship game is set. Great showing with the Final Four. All solid play. We R 1 will meet Team Loaded Va in the 17U title game coming up at 2:20 pm.

 

12:30 pm

The talent here is endless. Keldon Johnson is the real deal for Boo Williams.

12:01 pm

If you aren’t here, why? It’s about to be a good one here at Boo Williams Complex. Boo Williams trying to hold it down in this next one.


11:56 am

Jermaine Harris leading his DC Premier team in scoring.

This morning’s game are wrapping up and it’s making for an exciting afternoon!


11:12 am
Hold onto your seats, this will be a good one

10:58 am
Rasir Bolton with a flair for the dramatics! After Hameir Wright misses a free throw for NY Jayhawks, Bolston comes down out of a time out and moves Team Loaded Va into the 17u Final Four!

10:33 am
Shooters gonna shoot

10:02 am
More Elite Eight action, 17U and 15U now.

9:16 am

Team Rio and We R1 had an overtime thriller in our opening round of games today. Try Pickron (Archbishop Wood ’18) wins it at the line and We R1 moves on, but it was an epic game

8:32 am
Don’t worry, basketball has returned as championship Sunday has come to Boo Williams Sportsplex!

What do you mean there’s no more basketball today? #HGJamFest

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Saturday, May 21st

10:50 pm
Day two is done, and we have awesome Elite Eight games scheduled for bright and early tomorrow. Be sure to catch up and tune back in tomorrow because the best of the best will be going at one another. See you tomorrow!

9:44 pm
Team Philly tok DC Premier into OT, but Premier was able to prevail, moving on in the 16u bracket.

9:27 pm
There’s a reason Trevon Duval is the number 5 player in the country…

9:09 pm
15U action filling the back gyms at Boo…Team Durant, 2 Team Loaded 757s, Philly Pride, DC Premier, Team Wall, New Heights and We Can Go all in action….what a group! -@TheHoopGroup
8:01 pm

Free throws can win or lose games. Make them count #HGJamFest

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7:24 pm
Uncommon Bulls 16s in a championship bracket game right now. Qudus Wahab showing similarities to pros in the eyes of scouts here


7:05 pm

6:29 pm
Southern Jam Fest putting on a show for those in attendance!

5:51 pm
Couple teams having good weekends, moving to 2-0…who will continue the success?

4:41 pm

Baltimore Elite’s Blake Francis is impressive to watch. He’s put on a show today.

4:21 pm

BWSL teams doing well so far this tournament…

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4:15 pm
Check out a list of Friday’s top performers…list will only grow as we get deeper and deeper into today

Day 1 Top Performers

3:36

Some updated 17U scores in the championship bracket: We R 1 takes a 50-29 win from District Basketball while Team Takeover Orange tops Virginia Elite, 59-50. Both victors advance on to Sweet Sixteen.

2:49

It was a close one to the finish, but Team Winston held out for a 75-73 victory over Bump N Run in the 17U bracket. Team Winston is on to the Sweet 16.

2:13 pm

Lots of teams doing work today. Andre Rafus* leading his Team Melo squad to the Sweet 16 thanks to a standout performance.

1:57 pm

Boo Williams and Team Loaded 757 highlighted this afternoon’s noon games. It was quite the show.

 

1:11 pm

@hoopgroup #BooWilliams #HGJamFest – Top photos from last night’s 16U game.

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12:35 pm
Boo Williams vs Team Loaded always puts on a show. Team Loaded 757 trying to take down the host team

12:13 pm
Survive. Advance.

11:44 am
DC Premier wins in the 16 & 17U brackets. Under Armour club looking strong as per usual
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11:27 am

11:03 am
DC Premier 16u hangs on after Bingo’s All-Stars gives them everything they can handle. Premier moves on

10:38 am

Play above the rim

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10:08 am
Tune in to ESPN Radio and catch the commentary of the Southern Jam Fest!


9:43 am

Here are some storylines to keep in mind as we get deeper into Day 2

 

9:00 am
Five star recruit Trevon Duval lighting it up early for We R1. Holds offers from everyone: Kansas, Arizona, Maryland Louisville, Villanova to name a few..

8:32 am
We’re underway with Day 2 of the Southern Jam Fest! What a way to start your day: We R 1 and DC Premier playing side by side. It’s going to be one of the best basketball days of the entire Spring today!

Friday, May 20th

10:58 pm
As day one winds down, both Team Loaded VA and NC looked strong in opening wins, no surprise. Can’t wait to get started tomorrow!

10:40 pm
You will see a number of nationally ranked players this weekend. Hameir Wright (Albany Academy ’17) is just one of them.


10:21 pm
Great story from USA Today. Never give up on a dream


10:06 pm
Despite an early loss for River City Reign, Alex Petrie impressed scouts


9:41 pm
Baltimore Elite’s 15U program moves on. Don’t forget, the best way to check out score updates is to download the Hoop Group App from the App Store!

9:30 pm

8:29 pm
The action isn’t limited to Boo! Great 16u action going on tonight at Christopher Newport.

7:53 pm
Things are heating up here at Boo Williams! Block Party!

7:02 pm
Jalen Ray is a name people are talking about early this weekend, who’s next?

6:31 pm

@njshoreshots 15u and 17u teams pick up the first wins in this weekend’s Southern #HGJamFest

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5:50 pm

Southern Jam may not be open to Division 1 coaches, but they’ll hear about all the talent from the dozens of scouts and media services that will be here!

4:53 pm

Teams have travelled from all over for a chance to compete in the 2016 Southern Jam Fest

2015 Southern Jam Fest Championship Recap

Hampton, VA– The Southern Jam Fest took place in Hampton, Virginia at Boo Williams Sportsplex this weekend. The last of four Jam Fests this Spring, you could not draw up a better tournament to end our Spring events. Established teams and high-profile players were everywhere and media and scouts flocked to Boo to see the talent. Four teams were able to overcome the loaded playing fields and walk out as champions. Here our the winners.

17 and under

The 17u Division was absolutely loaded this weekend. With some of the best players in the country showcasing their skills, the bleachers were packed at Boo Williams this weekend. When the dust settled, it was Team Loaded NC who stood tall. Led by the highlight reel plays of Dennis Smith and Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Team Loaded stormed into the 17u championship as the favorites versus DC Thunder. The Thunder, led by Maryland commit Alex Cowen, were looking to spoil Loaded’s weekend, and take the trophy back to nation’s capitol.

After 16 minutes of play, we were deadlocked at 25, and it looked like either team could come out on top. Sam Green contributed 8 first half points for the Thunder, who also made 4 three pointers to keep the game tight. The second half was all Team Loaded; in the final half of play, Smith and Adebayo combined to score 23 of Team Loaded’s 33 points, catapulting them to a 58-46 win. Smith and Adebayo shared MVP honors, finishing with 15 and 14 respectively.
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16 and under

The 16 and under Division had the most competitive championship of the weekend. The final featured DC Premier and Team Loaded VA, two powerhouse programs with major prospects. In a game that looked more like a 12 round boxing fight, both teams traded punches back and forth the entire way. A monster first half for Prentiss Hubb (17 points) had Premier with a slim, four point lead at the break.

The second half had as much separation between teams as the first one, slim to none. In another back and forth half of basketball, Team Loaded was able to take a lead late in the game. With the game looking to be in Loaded’s favor, a key offensive foul called on Matur Maker gave DC the ball with seconds left, and the stage was set for Naji Marshall. After taking the inbound at the top of the key, Marshall drove to the rim, bounced off a defender and threw up a shot that bounced off the rim and dropped. Loaded heaved a prayer from half court but it would not go and the celebrations began for DC Premier. Marshall was named MVP for Premier with 22 points in the championship. For Loaded, Mastadi Pitt, who had a fantastic weekend, led them with 14. Maker finished with 12 points, much of which came from the charity stripe.

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15 and under

In what was almost an all CP3 final, it was the cp3 15u team that came away with the Southern Jam Fest trophy. After topping DC Premier in the semi finals, CP3 found themselves in a match up against Team Loaded VA, a team who beat CP3s 2019 team on the other side of the bracket, in the championship.

From the tip, the game was all Cp3, who put together a complete team effort to take the trophy. After Jude Akubeze set the tone in the first half with nine points, the scoring opened up for a number of CP3 players in the final 16. They would score 41 second half points, thanks to balanced scoring from Tyler Williams (1o in the second half), Rechon Black (8), Tre Turner (7) and John Newman (6).  For the game, Newman led the balanced scoring effort with 11 total points. For Team Loaded, Keldon Johnson did all he could, and was tremendous, finishing with a game high 19 points, including 3 threes.

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14 and under

Philly Pride made the trip down to Hampton and walked out 14u tournament champions. After a commanding Saturday, the Pride had a match up against Boo Williams on Sunday in the Final Four. A big win over the host team moved Pride to a final game versus Garner Road from North Carolina.

Philly Pride’s will was put to the test, as the 14u final was a tightly contested contest until the last few minutes. Both teams traded baskets for much of the second half and it looked like overtime was a real possibility. That’s when Philly Pride turned to another level. Thanks in part to the play of Hakeem Hart, Philly Pride separated themselves from Garner Road and when the buzzer sounded, they were Jam Fest champs! Hart took the MVP honors and his team took the championship.

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