Philly Jam Fest: Day One Standouts

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REPORTS BY EDGAR WALKER, ANDREW KOOB, AND PETER FEBBRARO

Goodluck Okonoboh | Center | Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) | 2014 | Mass Rivals 17U
Okonoboh (6-foot-9) is an elite shot blocker who is continually staking his claim as the nation’s best interior defender. In a big win on Friday night, he was also establishing himself offensively against an undersized opponent. Okonoboh scored most of his points from alley-oops and powerful put-backs, and he gets excellent position to create on opportunity to hit the offensive boards. Indiana head coach Tom Crean was directly under the basket watching the junior big man’s Friday night performance.

JC Show | Guard | Abington Heights (Pa.) | 2014 | JB Hoops 17U
Bringing his A-game at Philly Jam Fest is nothing new for Show (6-foot-3), who was one of the top performers at this event last year. Show is impressing again this year and put together a strong effort in a 59-50 loss. The junior scored 19 points, but what really stood out was his hustle and drive, going 100 percent even as the clock hit zero for JB Hoops on Friday night.

Zane Waterman | Forward | Fayetteville Academy (N.C.) | 2014 | Team Loaded NC 17U
Waterman (6-foot-8) may get overlooked a bit sometimes on a deep Team Loaded NC roster, but he has big-time ability and will be one of the squad’s most important pieces this weekend. With an impressive skill set and mobility for his size, Waterman causes major matchup problems and provides a great option in transition.

Troy Harper | Guard | Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) | 2014 | Team Philly 17U
Harper (6-foot-2) has a knack for making the highlight reel and it’s not hard to see why. The junior bounces off the floor with ease and, with 11 points in a 67-55 loss on Friday night, Harper did his best to ignite the crowd.

Darelle Porter, Jr. | Guard | Obama Academy (Pa.) | 2014 | DeJuan Blair All-Stars 17U
A bright spot in a lopsided Friday night loss, Porter (6-foot-5) stood out against an extremely talented and deep Team Loaded NC. He can score from all parts of the floor and has range extending well past the three-point arc. A decent ball handler with nice size and vision, Porter projects as a combo prospect at the next level.

Deshawn Corprew | Wing | Frank Cox (Va.) | 2016 | Team Loaded Gore 16U
Corprew (6-foot-6) is playing up with the 2015s on the 16U squad, but played as well as anyone else on the court. Scoring a game-high 24 points, Corprew showed off his athleticism with multiple breakaway dunks and off of steals that he and his teammates created.

Jose Rivadeneira | Center | Carlise School (Va.) | 2014 | Team Loaded VA 17U
Rivadeneira (6-foot-10) is a bit of an unknown commodity right now, but that will definitely change after this weekend. A native of Colombia who played in the U-18 Americas Championship in 2012, the center is a super long, active interior presence. Rivadeneira is raw and needs to add muscle to his frame, but is a presence on the boards and does a great job of reacting to penetration and altering shots.

Malik Hooker | Guard | New Castle (Pa.)| 2014 | Swish Hoops 17U
Hooker (6-foot-2) was a big factor in Swish Hoops’ opening game win on Friday, scoring 31 of the team’s 61 points. The junior displayed quick moves and nice ball-handling skills on his way to that total, blowing by defenders and finishing at the rim with ease.

Danny Shand | Point Guard | New Town (Md.) | 2014 | Team Sizzle 17U
In the final game of the night, Shand (5-foot-10) was huge for Team Sizzle as they came back from a 24-point second half deficit against New Heights, eventually closing the gap to three before losing the game in the final minute. A hard-nosed point guard who takes pride in his defense, Shand was a pest in Sizzle’s fullcourt press and got to the basket at will, putting up over 20 points (nearly all of which came from tough lay-ups in the lane or free throws).

Gerald Blount | Forward | St. Anthony (N.J.) | 2015 | Sports U 16U
Blount (6-foot-5) had his hand in one of many mercy rule games on Friday night, scoring 11 points in an 84-35 win. The sophomore had his way in the post on both sides of the ball, forcing poor shots on the defensive end and putting up good looks and setting up his teammates on offense.

Satchel Pierce | Center | Kiski School (Pa.) | 2014 | Team Adidas 17U
One of the most intriguing players in the tournament on Friday night, Pierce (6-foot-11) was dominant with two double-doubles. On top of his elite size, Pierce is a defensive presence in the middle with nice shot-blocking ability and a good rebounding sense. Also showing off some decent touch, he finished effectively around the basket.

Dan Pillari | Guard | Shore Regional (N.J.) | 2014 | Game 7 Sharks 17U
Pillari (5-foot-11) is a pure shooter who filled up the box score from mid-range and beyond the three-point arc, finishing with 21 points in a Friday night win over Flint’s Finest. In an AAU setting where most offense is based on penetration and activity around the basket, Pillari’s shooting ability allows him to stand out.

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