Southern Jam Fest: Day 2 Impact Posts

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Hampton, VA–Another day of hoops in the books. It’s amazing how deep and rich in talent this tournament is. As we gear up for championship Sunday, let’s look at a few more bigs who impressed us.

Sherif Kenney, DC Thunder 16U

An eighth grader playing two grades up, Kenney stands out as one of Thunder’s team leaders and most gifted players, with the ability to play any of the three perimeter positions. He is bullish off the bounce, and shown the ability to finish through contact around the hoop

Thon Maker, Team Loaded VA 17U

Thon Maker coming to the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest was a pleasant surprise for everyone. Maker didn’t disappoint this weekend as he helped lead Team Loaded (VA) to the Elite Eight. Maker ran the floor well and was always a threat any time he stepped on the floor. He showed an incredible basketball I.Q. as he was communicating with his teammates throughout the duration of the game. He is part of the reason why Team Loaded (VA) could come away with a 17U Championship this weekend.

Matt Coleman, Boo Williams 17U

Matt Coleman proved why he is considered to be one of the best players in the Class of 2017 on Saturday. Whenever his team needed a bucket or a playmaker to step up Coleman did just that. He brings another dimension to Boo Williams and enables to do certain things offensively. Look for him to continue his outstanding play on Sunday against a very talented Team Loaded (VA) squad.

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, Team Loaded NC 17U

Adebayo showed just how dominant he could be in the Saturday nightcap, commanding double and triple teams on every possession, and wowing a standing room only crowd with several highlight-reel dunks, including a massive windmill in transition to close out the game. At times, Adebayo was fouled by default before he could even gather an entry feed on the post. His ability to execute at the foul line was key in a close game against Northeast Basketball.

Naji Marshall, DC Premier 16U

Marshall is a long, rangy 6-foot-6 wing whose versatility makes him a matchup nightmare on both ends of the floor. On Saturday, he was one of Premier’s main threats, constantly attacking the basket and carving out lanes for himself through the paint. His length and explosiveness allowed him to finish above the rim and convert on several high-percentage looks.

Jalen Smith, Team Sizzle 15U
Upside is a fitting word attached to Smith, but he’s already producing at a high-level on the AAU circuit. The 6-foot-8 lanky big man scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and overtime of a tough-fought game against the Durham Hurricanes. He’s extremely skilled and mobile for his size and looks to be one of the top 2018 big man prospects in the area.

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