Southern Jam Fest Day 1: Standout Big Men

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 Hampton, VA–The Southern Jam Fest started with a bang Friday night, with game sets getting underway in the 15, 16 and 17u Divisions. While we knew how loaded the field was coming in, play exceeded our expectations Friday night, which is saying an awful lot. Here are some big men who stood out from the crowd on Friday night.

 

Matur Maker, Team Loaded VA 17U
Maker was a force down low and on transition. It was a pleasant surprise for all attending to see him and his brother show up for Team Loaded. He definitely didn’t disappoint and impacted the game in various ways. Whether it be a block or a strong finish the 2017 prospect proved to be one of the premier big men at the Southern Jam Fest. He adds a lot to an already impressive Team Loaded (VA) squad.

Ryan Gomes, District Basketball Club 17U

Gomes is a great post inside for District Basketball Club. He provides a big presence in the paint on both ends of the floor, with and without the basketball. Offensively he seals hard and pins his man down low. Defensively he boxes out extremely well, and rarely gives up second chances. With the ball in his hands he is patient inside, and has the ability to pass out from the post too.

Karon Green, FBGC Disciples 17U

Green was a pleasant surprise on Friday night, and could be a nice under-the-radar talent to emerge from the weekend here in Hampton. At about 6-foot-6, he has a great frame and intriguing athleticism. Green made some nice plays on the offensive end — showing off some nice touch from mid-range — and made his mark on defense by getting up and challenging looks around the basket, especially in transition.

Dajour Dickens, Boo Williams EYBL 17U

Playing up an age, Dickens turned heads in Boo Williams’ decisive opening round win. A 6-foot-10 center with a solid motor, Dickens was an imposing presence, and cleaned up on the boards on both ends. The 2017 prospect will really get a chance to prove himself on Saturday and Sunday as Boo Williams expects to play deep into the tournament.

Karim Coulibaly, New World 15U

Although he’s still in middle school, it was impossible not to notice the 6-foot-7 forward’s presence against ATO. Coulibaly not only possesses excellent size for his age, but he also was able to knock down shots from three and handle the ball in the half court. He’s a monster shot blocker. He has a very good feel for the game and looks to be one of the better 2019 prospects in the DMV area.

J.J. Matthews, River City Reign 17U
Matthews came out very aggressive to start off the game. River City Reign has some tough competition in USA United and Matthews stepped up when they needed him most. He finished the first half with a key 13 points. It was more of the same as he dominated in the post and grabbed rebounds consistently. He finished with a game high 22 points. Look for him to continue to make noise throughout the event.

 

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