Questions to Be Answered @ NJ Jam Fest

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Before the ball is tipped in the air early Saturday morning there are few questions we are looking forward to be answered by the end of Sunday…

1) Will the NY teams excel in the 14U divison?

The 14u Division is riddled with premier New York programs. PSA Cardinals and NYC Jayhawks are programs known nationally, not just in the state. And Team Twelve is a team that no one wants to run into in the tournament. Will the 14u championship go to a New York powerhouse? Or will a sleeper like the CJ Jammers make a championship run?

2) Can the 15U NJ Roadrunners make it 3 in a row @ Hoop Group Headquarters?

The New Jersey Roadrunners 15u team has been hot in Hoop Group Showdowns lately. The program has grown accustomed to walking into a HGHQ and walking out with a trophy. Their previous two championships saw final wins over New Heights. While New York team is not in the Spring Showdown, there are a number of teams who can take their place in the final, such as PSA Cardinals, Jersey Shore Warriors, NYC Jayhawks and NY Gauchos. If the Roadrunners plan on making it a three peat, look for their MVPs Casmir Ochiaka and Jahid Jenkins to lead the charge. One thing’s for sure, it will not be an easy task.

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3) How will the programs traveling from Canada (S- Elite and A.D.I.C.T. Stars) perform?

It’s no surprise seeing a team from the North make their way to a Hoop Group event, but this weekend may give us some of the best Canadian talent we’ve seen. Christian David is a name you will hear early and often. A 6’5 shooter playing for S-Elite, David has a quick release and a tremendous IQ on the floor. He already holds offers from Baylor, Illinois, Oregon, among others. Will he help lead his team to a championship? Will S-Elite and A.D.I.C.T. take the NJ Jam Fest by storm? We’re eager to find out.

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4) Will the 2015 Pitt Jam Fest 16U Champions – Jersey Shore Warriors be challenged?

Talk about another team that has been hot in Hoop Group tournaments, the Jersey Shore Warriors might be the favorites this weekend to take home the championship. The Warriors are looking to use a successful April, where they won both the Spring and Pitt Jam Fest 16u championships, to jumpstart them in May. The Warriors are led by guard Talek Williams and forward Taylor Funk.

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5) Can the 17U NY Gauchos win it all this time around?

The NY Gauchos have found a ton of success on Saturday’s this Spring at Hoop Group Showdowns. Going 2-0, and rolling into Sunday with championship aspirations. At the Spring Showdown, the Chos lost a hard fought battle vs the NJ Roadrunners. Will this weekend be different? Do they have what it takes to take home a 17u championship? Only time will tell.

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6) What players will carry their team over the hump in the 15U?

In a pool as deep as the 15u pool is, it’s going to take some big time plays from some big time players for teams to advance. Darius Kinnel (New Jersey Force), Aaron Clarke (PSA Cardinals), Danny Frauenheim (NJ Shoreshots) and Donovan Ryland and Lorenzo Spinnazzi (Team JLA), Chris Arcidiacono & Michael Hagan (PA Rebels) to help lead their teams through this tough pool.

7) Will any new programs to the stage make a splash?

We have a few new faces coming to the Hoop Group Showdown this weekend. Team Nationals (MD) and 023 Feet (VA) are making their way up from the south, and Brooklyn Promenade and IHZ Elite are newcomers as well. How will these new squads fair at HGHQ?

8) How will the CT programs do?

Adding to the loaded 15u Division are the CT Stars and CT Select. How will these two teams fair this weekend? The Stars tip off against the NY Gauchos in their first game, and Select has a 4:35 pm start time against Team JLA. Tough match ups for both, how much noise will our CT teams make this weekend?

The stage is set. Let’s see who will rise to the challenge and who will come out of Hoop Group Headquarters as New Jersey Jam Fest Champions!

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