With the NCAA calendar changes this summer the Summer Jam Fest was born. This 3 day tournament is held just outside of Philadelphia in King of Prussia. Hoop Group would like to keep you informed with whats going on in the tournament as it happens. For immediate commentary follow Hoop Group on twitter @TheHoopGroup and for more detailed analysis and information please keep checking back on this post.
8:28 PM – Team Phenom’s (PA) Devon Haines (Arlington Country Day, NJ/5’11″ G/Class of 2013) has drawn interest from Quinnipiac, Monmouth and LaSalle and is hoping to open more eyes with his play throughout the tournament. Haines is coming back from an injury which has sidelined him since October. –@pfebbraro
7:52 PM – Olusegun Ajayi (Medgar Evers College Prep, NY/ Class of 2013) scored 20 points and Brian Heckstall (Erasmus High School, NY/Class of 2013) added 17 as the Brooklyn Heat (NY) defeated CT Northstars South 66-47 in 17U play. –@pfebbraro
7:20 PM – In a classic New York vs. Philadelphia match up, 17U NY Panthers fought a hard battle against Team Philly. The game was back and fourth both halves, and got physical in the paint. What separated the two teams was the 13 points and spectacular play of 6-foot-6 Brandon Austin (Imhotep Charter/Philadelphia, PA) . Austin is capable of playing three positions on the court including Point Guard, he’ll be bringing his talents to Penn State next year. – Craig Manfra (@Craigs_Lists)
6:25 PM - A loaded Westchseter Hawks (NY) team won its opening game of the tournament by defeating East Coast Fusion-Lemcke (VA) 51-39. In a game which drew several collegiate coaching eyes, notably Manhattan and UMBC, Chris Regus (St.Patrick’s, NJ/Class of 2013) scored a team-high 11 points for the Hawks.
Regus has drawn interest from several Division I schools including LIU, Canisius and most recently High Point University from the Big South Conference. –@pfebbraro
5:58 PM– Jersey Shore Warriors come up big again! They defeat the Mass Rivals by 27 points. Steve Smith finished with 21 points on seven three-pointers. Nationally ranked center Goodluck Okonoboh played for the Rivals, but it wasn’t enough. –@DanielJMartin_
4:01 PM – Just finished up a nail biter in the 16U Bracket where New Heights (NY) defeated Team Future (MD) in Overtime, 57-54. New Heights was led by 6-foot-9 Alex Wolf (Blair Academy/Greenwich, CT) who scored 18 points and showed a nose for the ball off the boards. In the closing seconds of Overtime, New Heights’ scoring guard Paul Jorgensen (Don Bosco) hit a clutch free throw to put the game away and out of reach for Team Future. Jorgensen also displayed great court vision throughout the game, leading his teammates with on-point passes. — Craig Manfra (@Craigs_Lists)
3:45 PM — Ryan Harris, a rising senior at Randolph (NJ) High School, scored 19 points, leading all scorers, as his Jersey Hot Shots topped the Mt. Pleasant Bulldogs (PA) 60-59 in the 17U Division. Harris, who stands at 6-foot-2, was dangerous from long range nailing three 3-pointers.
David Johnson (Communications Tech (PA)/Class of 2013) scored 18 points for the Bulldogs. –@pfebbraro
3:07 PM – One of the most enjoyable backcourts to watch over the last three days has been Jared Wilson-Frame and Kahlil Dukes from the Connecticut Basketball Club. CBC played well at Summer Classic East and continues to play well at Summer Jam Fest. Dukes is likely going to be a mid-major PG in college and is a good dribble driver and passer. Wilson-Frame is a physically imposing SG with a smooth shooting form and a well-developed frame. –@DanielJMartin_
2:21 PM – Behind a 22 point effort from Tykwan Garner (Eastern Guilford (NC) HS/ Class of 2014) Team Phoenix (NC) defeated Metroball DC 76-69 in 16U pool play.
Rontrez Purcell scored 28 for Metroball DC. –@pfebbraro
1:24 pm – Peter Weston (Choate Rosemary Hall, CT/Class of 2013) scored 15 points to lead the Rhode Island Hawks to a 59-56 win over Team Phenom (PA) in the first game of pool play in the 17U bracket.
For Team Phenom (PA) Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro (NJ) HS/ Class of of 2013) scored a game-high 21 points. Lundy has been getting looks from James Madison and Delaware.
Coaches from Pitt and Adelphi were among those watching this game. –@pfebbraro
12:00 PM Games tipped at noon and there are a number of college who are here ready for the first game. Saint Joe’s, UMBC, George Washington, St. Peter’s, Monmouth, Penn State, Stony Brook, Longwood, Marist, and more. Check back for more colleges here. — Dave Krupinski (@DaveKrupinski)
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