Overtime Games a Theme at Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest Day 2 Recap

Boo Williams vs DC Assault

Boo Williams 17s outlast DC Assault-Farrington in day’s best game

The home Boo Williams team, led by Top 30 talents Anthony Barber and Troy Williams, was able to stave off a late run from DC Assault to escape with a victory. For DC Assault, guard Marcus Hayes had two key threes down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough.

Corbyn Collins stands up and delivers against tough competition

Against SportsU’s Josh Brown, a Temple-bound point guard from St. Anthony (N.J.) Collins played well. He is a stocky 6-1 guard with a tight handle and ability to absorb contact in the lane. He led his team to a victory over SportsU, helping them move on in the tournament.

Penn State commit Brandon Austin shows improvement in year’s time

Austin ran a good deal of the point for Team Philly on Saturday, giving them a 6-6 player handling the basketball. He has certainly learned how to utilize his length more so than he was a year ago, and has grown, as well. Defensively, he can continue to find ways to get into the passing lanes, especially considering his lanky frame.

Team Takeover 15s dominate competition

The much-hyped Team Takeover 15U (DC) squad came out to play at Hoop Group’s Southern Jam Fest. Winning their first three games by scores of 74-29, 81-64, and 77-49, Takeover has simply been too much to handle for the opposition.

The team is made up exclusively of 2015 prospects, with 6’7” forward Marcus Derrickson (Paul VI) and 5’9” guard Justin Jenifer (John Carroll) leading the charge.  Three weeks ago, South Florida extended offers to the entire starting five for the team, which included Jenifer, Derrickson, 6’4” guard Franklin Howard (Gonzaga), 6’3” guard Bryant Greenwood (Gonzaga) and 6’9” center Taron Oliver (Bell).

DeShaun Morman continues to impress and add high-major offers

DeShaun Morman, a 6’4” 2013 guard/wing out of Coolidge (DC), has performed very well for Virginia Assault 17U. A lefty, Morman is explosive off the dribble, has a smooth outside stroke, and plays very tight defense.

This week, Morman added offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, and Murray State to his growing list. Morman, who hopes to play at the two guard position in college, stated that he is looking to “get stronger and improve [his] ball handling and overall offensive game.”

Maryland’s Finest 15s upset Boo Williams on overtime buzzer-beater

Trevor Brown (Good Counsel, 2015) banked in a mid-range jumper as time expired for Maryland’s Finest 15U, giving the team a 59-57 victory in overtime over a favored Boo Williams (VA) squad. They advance to the 15U Gold semifinals at noon on Sunday against Team Takeover.

The difference maker for Finest was 2015 St. John’s (DC) guard Walter Broddie. Brodie, a 6’2″ combo guard who can blow by defenders and get to the rim, scored 17 points in the physical affair, leading all scorers. For Boo Williams, 2015 wing Brandon Alston (Middleburg Academy) had 15 points and 2016 post Edrice Adebayo (TBD) is a promising 6’8″ prospect who played well with his back to the basket.

Baltimore-area 2014 prospects impress

Baltimore has a promising group of 2014 prospects, three of whom already hold offers from high-major programs.

Dwayne Morgan (City College HS), a 6’7” wing for UA Baltimore’s Finest 16U, is continuing to develop into a force on both sides of the ball. With exceptional length and athleticism, he has an incredible skill set and massive upside. Morgan already holds offers from UNLV, Seton Hall, South Florida, N.C. State, and Seton Hall, along with significant interest from Maryland and Texas.

Phil Booth (Mount St. Joseph) is a 6’3” guard for Team Takeover 16U with an incredible feel for the game. Booth has a quick burst and solid athleticism, but more impressive is his high basketball IQ and work rate.  He plays excellent defense and lets the game come to him. Booth just added a Seton Hall offer, to go along with offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Georgetown, South Florida, and St. Joseph’s. Indiana, Syracuse, and Villanova have all shown significant interest.

John Crosby (Poly), a 6’2” guard, is surging up recruiting rankings after strong performances with Team Melo. Like Booth, his play is very smooth and under control, and he shows the ability to break down defenders off the dribble and get to the basket with ease. A true combo guard, Crosby can handle the ball and run an offense, or distribute efficiently. A long guard with room to grow, he has an offer from Rutgers. Maryland, UAB, Stanford, Virginia, Washington, and more are interested in Crosby, who has a 3.8 GPA.

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