Pitt Jam Fest: Day One Top Performers

DSC_0084If Friday was any indication, the Pitt Jam Fest is going to be full of top-notch, competitive basketball. Here’s some of the top performers from the first day out in the Steel City.

Rayjon Tucker | Team Charlotte | 6-4 G | Class of 2015
Tucker’s defensive effort set the bar high in Team Charlotte’s first UA Association game. Constant pressure on and off the ball and a vocal leader, the guard helped his team to an overtime win. Tucker holds an offer from Presbyterian College and has garnered mainly Division I mid-major interest.

Mike Nzei | New Heights (N.Y.) | 6-9 F | Class of 2015
At 6-9, he’s the second-tallest player on the team and he dominated as such. Nzei was able to lock down the paint, swatting away shots and altering the ones he couldn’t get a finger on.

LaGerald Vick | Team Thad (Tenn.) | 6-5 wing | Class of 2015
A big name in the south with offers from high-major schools, Vick showed both his inside and outside offensive game in an emphatic win over WE R1. The wing hit three of his four three-point attempts and threw down a couple of atheltic dunks as well. Vick lists offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida and Arkansas, with Michigan State and Kansas State expressing interest as well.

Jake Silpe | Jersey Shore Warriors | 6-3 G | Class of 2015
Despite the UA Association loss, Silpe looked like the best player on the court. Almost every shot for the crafty guard was falling and, against an intense Team Breakdown, Silpe was able to keep a level head and run the Warrior offense with ease.

M.J. Walker | ATL Xpress | 6-5 G | Class of 2017
A two-sport athlete (basketball and football), the 2017 guard showed off plenty of athleticism and a sweet shot in a tough loss to D.C. Premier. Walker already has an offer from Clemson to play football and is drawing high-major interest for his talents on the court.

Danny Shand | Team Melo (Md.) | 5-10 G | Class of 2014
After seeing his team get down by 15 points, Shand’s defense and intensity in the fullcourt jolted his team to a comeback victory. He was also impossible to keep in front of on offense; causing opponents to play zone against him.

Leandro Allende | Team Florida | 6-6 F | Class of 2016
Playing up with the 17U team, the Puerto Rican native had zero trouble. Allende is able to put the ball on the floor, stroke it from deep and defend multiple positions.

Akbar Hoffman | NJ Roadrunners | 6-1 G | Class of 2014
Hoffman had his whole repertoire working on Friday and his confidence showed it. He is fearless when attacking the basket and helped him team out on the boards as well. He hit a key FT to advance his team to the next round.

Matt Cullen | Pitt Nets | 6-1 G | Class of 2015
Cullen is an absolute stone-cold knock down shooter and comes through under pressure too. He hit a game tying three with seconds left before eventually losing in OT. Cullen is deceptively athletic and capable of playing both guard positions.

Theo Holloway | Team Speed (N.J.) | 6-6 F | Class of 2015
Holloway has a solid build that holds a good amount of athleticism and strength. He also showed the ability to handle to ball in the open court and a jumper with unlimited range.

Matt McConnel | Team Bounce Pittsburgh | 6-1 G | Class of 2015
Had 25 points in a game against a Rockfish team from Louisiana. He showed off his impressive stroke from deep and toughness all night. With his leadership and ability to put up buckets, Team Bounce can continue to represent their hometown proudly.

Chris Shields | WV Wildcats | 6-8 F | Class of 2014
The Elev8 Sports Institute product showed a silky smooth handle which created space for his mid-range jumper all night. In their victory over PSP, Shields had 17 pts, moved well without the ball and showed a variety of crafty finishes around the rim. More importantly, Shields wanted the ball in crunchtime. With his length and athleticism, Shields list of colleges should continue to grow after this weekend.

Ian Sistare | NE Playaz | 6-3 G | Class of 2016
The sophomore, playing with NE Playaz 17U team, led them to victories over 6th Man Warriors and Team Price. In the second matchup of the night, Sistare displayed all facets of his game including an easy 20 points. He takes the ball strong the rack, displays a very high basketball IQ and wants the ball with the game on the line. The Boston College recruit had his team playing unselfish basketball and as his play continues to develop, so will the NE Playaz. He is one to keep a close eye on.

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