Philly Jam Fest: Day Two 17U Standouts

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Donte Grantham | Forward | Martinsburg (W.Va) | 2014 | DC Assault 17U
A 6-foot-8 forward who can be a wing threat, Grantham (pictured) is an athletic specimen with major upside. A superb talent who finishes around the rim, the West Virginia native is a force in transition while his long, athletic frame and active feet make him tough to shake defensively. Grantham is not yet a major name on the national scene but will inevitably be after turning heads this weekend.

Mustapha Heron | Guard | Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) | 2016 | ECE Mass 17U
Heron (6-foot-5) has an undeniable swagger on the offensive end that comes with being one of the nation’s most heralded freshmen. He has a tight handle and can get from halfcourt to the basket in two bounds with his powerful dribble drive. Heron covers major ground defensively and his length makes him a presence in the zone. He also showed off a nice outside stroke with range out to the college arc. Heron projects to play at the highest college level if he continues to develop steadily.

Dennis Austin | Guard | Apple Valley (Minn.) | 2014 | Minnesota Fury 17U
Austin (6-foot-3) is an intriguing combo guard prospect with good size and impressive blow-by abilities. He boasts a nice floater and overall smooth approach. Austin is also a hard worker on the boards, where he manages to steal a few offensive rebounds away from taller defenders simply due to his quickness and high work rate.

John Crosby | Point Guard | Poly (Md.) | 2014 | Team Melo 17U
Crosby (6-foot-3) is a veteran at Hoop Group events and always manages to make his presence felt. A point guard who can get almost anywhere he wants with the dribble, Crosby possesses a strong drive-and-kick game and typically racks up assists in every game he plays. In a particularly strong performance against Minnesota Fury on Saturday, Crosby finished with 32 points, seven assists and five rebounds. A host of mid to high-major schools are tracking the junior, along with a number of high-academic schools, including Penn.

Robert Cartwright | Point Guard | Flintridge Prep School (Cali.) | 2014 | LA Rockfish
Cartwright scored in double-digits in both LA Rockfish games on Saturday, putting up 14 points and 13 points in two double-digit wins. The 6-foot-2 guard displayed leadership and a willingness to take the reins to help carry the LA Rockfish to the 17U quarterfinals.

Chaise Daniels | Forward | New Haven Hillhouse (Ct.) | 2013 (will prep) | CT Select 17U
Daniels (6-foot-8) is a high-motor power forward with good feet and excellent bounce. Headed to prep school next year, the senior has nice touch around the rim, goes up strong, and makes his living on the glass, where is a fearless and aggressive rebounder. His energy level was infectious as CT Select narrowly lost to DC Assault on Saturday night in one of the tournament’s high-level games.

Trevon Wesco | Forward | Musselman (W.Va) | 2014 | Crusader Nation 17U
Wesco (6-foot-4) played as hard as any player in the entire tournament on Saturday. While his size makes him a bit of a “twiner” forward, Wesco can do a bit of everything; he rebounds, runs the floor, can operate from the wing, and adjusts to the flow of the game. Wesco, a relative unknown coming into Saturday, caught the eye of a handful of Division I coaches.

Wade Baldwin | Guard | St. Joe’s Metuchen (N.J.) | 2014 | Sports U IZod
On a star-studded Sports U Izod team, it was Baldwin (6-foot-4) that led the way in scoring in a 64-49 win over Move Ur Feet. The 2014 guard scored 18 points, putting together a good showing of toughness and effort in the win. Baldwin also showcased his vision and quick first step in the win.

Matt Cimino | Forward | Worcester Academy (Mass.) | 2014 | Mass Rivals 17U
Cimino couldn’t be stopped from deep in the first half of Mass Rivals’ first victory over Team Frenji, hitting four three-pointers en route to a 14-point performance. At 6-foot-10, the length and shooting ability of the 2014 forward is a scary combination that will give nightmares to opponents looking to lock him down.

James Mitchell | Point Guard | St. John’s College HS (D.C.) | 2014 | Team Takeover Orange (DC)
Mitchell’s inbound steal and half-court heave at the buzzer gave Team Takeover Orange the victory on Saturday and showed his worth on a guard-heavy team. The clutch performance from the 5-foot-9 guard put his name on the map at the Philly Jam Fest and the sweet shot certainly became one of the best moments of the weekend.

Kevin Degnan | Forward | Pearl River (N.Y.) | 2014 | Team Frenji
Team Frenji had a difficult time with Sports U IZod, but one of the bright sports, 6-foot-8 Kevin Degnan, impressed with a 14-point performance. The 2014 forward was all over the floor, contesting shots and grabbing rebounds in an impressive showing of his hustle and determination.