Philly Jam Fest: Recruiting Roundup

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The Philly Jam Fest was filled with Division I talent over the weekend. Check out the updates from a jam-packed weekend:

  • 2015 forward Isaiah Buck turned in a good overall performance, scoring 11 points while dominating the paint against smaller opponents.

“The other team wasn’t as big,” Buck said. “So I was trying to be aggressive down low and try to get it inside and outside so we could get points early.”

That plan worked well in a mercy rule win for the Team Loaded Gore 16U forward, who has drawn interest Villanova, Virginia and Wake Forest.

  • Buck’s teammate, Deshawn Corprew, is only a 2016 wing, but plays like most of his teammates, who are classified as 2015’s. With a 24 point-performance, the 6-foot-6 wing showcased a knack for highlight dunks on breakaway chances, but still wants to improve on other aspects of his game.

“I try to attack the basket, work on my moves,” Corprew said following the game. “I’m not good at shooting, I usually just go in and dunk or something like that.

Because he is classified in 2016, Corprew cannot talk with college scouts, but he is certainly a player schools will be keeping an eye on this weekend and beyond.

  • 2014 guard Malik Hooker of the Swish Hoops 17U team put on a clinic in his first game, scoring 31 of his team’s 61 points in a Friday night victory. His last two points were the most emphatic, slamming home two points off of a steal with 10 seconds left in the game to secure the win.

The Naval Academy recently offered the 6-foot-2 guard and says his dream school would be Syracuse, but he’s more than content to let everything play out and let his play do the talking.“I don’t pay any mind to that,” Hooker said. “I’m just out here playing, showing that I can compete with anybody out here.”

  • 2015 forward Gerald Blount still has plenty of time to grow, but played like a big man in Sports U Izod 16U’s 84-35 win on Friday. The 6-foot-5 forward scored 11 points and played well in front of a few high-profile scouts representing schools from the Big 12 and ACC.

“It was a great experience, but you can’t let it get to your head,” Blount said. “Just keep on playing the way you play.”

Blount only has one offer in hand from Holy Cross, but is looking to expand on that number by the end of the weekend.

  • 2014 JB Hoops guard JC Show’s hustle and heart has been well documented by both scouts and fans alike. A 19-point performance in a losing effort was a nice touch, but the way the 6-foot-2 guard showed intensity and heart, even in the face of adversity, really stuck with those in attendance.

The guard from Abington Heights has a number of offers from teams in the Patriot League, Ivy League and American East conference, while Villanova is showing interest in the junior as well.

  • BMore’s Finest 2014 forward Tariq Owens is a long 6-foot-9 player that certainly has the bounce to get up and swat away shots on the defensive end. While Owens believes he needs to work on his offensive game, specifically his ball-handling skills, there is certainly a high ceiling for the forward, who has offers from VCU, Miami, Cincinnati and Temple, with Georgetown showing interest as well.
  • The LA Rockfish 17U team hasn’t played in front of a lot of east coast scouts, but they certainly are impressing. One of the players that stands out in this group is 2014 guard Robert Cartwright, who scored a combined 27 points in two games on Saturday. The 6-foot-2 guard showed impressive leadership skills and the ability to take the wheel running the point in two victories, leading the way to the 17U quarterfinals.Cartwright currently has offers from schools in the Pac-12, WCC and Ivy League, but certainly wants to prove himself to some of the east coast teams.“I just want to prove that I can play at any level,” Cartwright said. “I have to show that I can compete and play hard and do what I want to do and play the way I want to play and compete with anybody.“I have a very solid recruitment and I’m happy with it. But I’m out here, some schools get a chance to see me. If there’s a right fit out there, then great.”
  • Mass Rivals’ 2014 forward Matt Cimino put on a shooting clinic in the first half of a game against Team Frenji, connecting on four three-pointers as he contributed 14 total points.“We did a good job going inside-out,” Cimino said. “Whenever I have space I have confidence to shoot out there, so a few of them happened to go in.”Cimino has offers from Boston College, Kansas State and Virginia in hand, with Stanford, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt showing interest.The 6-foot-10 forward says that he has the best relationship with the Stanford staff, but that he has “no real favorites right now.”
  • 2014 center Thomas Welsh, Cartwright’s teammate on LA Rockfish, was one player that multiple scouts raved about over the weekend. The 7-footer was physical in crashing the boards, grabbing rebounds and scoring down low.“I thought I rebounded well,” Welsh said. “I could’ve done a little better on the offensive end, missed a couple of shots that I definitely should have made. But I thought I rebounded well and I think I’m only going to get better from here.”Welsh said he has offers from schools in the Pac-12 and WCC and is still weighing all of his options.
  • 2014 wing Darien Bryant stole the spotlight in Team Takeover Orange’s 68-65 quarterfinal win over DC Assault. With 1.8 seconds left on the clock, Bryant hit the deciding three-pointer to send Takeover Orange into the 17U semifinals.The 6-foot-5 junior has offers from Kennesaw State and Jacksonville, with Rider and Loyola showing interest as well. Bryant says that Kennesaw State is pursuing the hardest out of the four schools.
  • We R 1’s 2015 forward Derrick Jones got a lot of attention at the Pitt Jam Fest and continued to impress in Philly. The 6-foot-7 sophomore helped his team win the 16U championship while picking up offers from Syracuse, Temple, St. Joseph’s, Xavier, Rutgers, Ohio State, Villanova and Seton Hall. Last week, Jones said that they had only shown interest in him.
  • Team Loaded NC’s Zane Waterman played a huge role as the team won the 17U championhip, scoring five straight points in the final minute of the final win. The 6-foot-6 forward showcased the ability to crash the boards and put back  missed shots in what was a productive weekend for him.

The 2014 forward currently holds offers from UNC Asheville, Liberty, Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb and Winthrop, while Appalachian State, Charlotte, George Mason, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Wake Forest have expressed interest.

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