Southern Hoop Group Jam Fest at Boo Williams Day 1 Recap

Team Russia
BY DAN MARTIN AND EDGAR WALKER

Team Russia makes trip to compete at Southern Jam Fest

Last season, 17U Team Russia made it all the way to the championship at Southern Jam Fest, and this year, the 16U team is back. Though they were defeated by the Virginia Stars on a last-second lay-up, Team Russia boasts a strong fundamental attack and will play on this weekend. The team used a deep bench and are looking to their time against American competition as a learning experience.

Top 100 twins Caleb and Cody Martin lead Team Loaded to victory

The Martin twins, both 6-7 swingmen for a strong Team Loaded 16U team, led the team to convincing win on Friday night. The two played at the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest in Pittsburgh, where they also had a strong showing.

Team Phoenix catches some eyes on Day 1

Led by athletic Donavan Gilmore, Team Phoenix fought for a one-point win over Team Richmond. Gilmore, in combination with swingman Ryan Johnson, could be a team to watch, as the weekend progresses.

Troy Williams makes his presence known at Southern

The North Carolina native, who is ranked in the Top 10 of the Class of 2013, helped Boo Williams (Va.) to a convincing win to open competition on Friday evening. The athletic 6-6 forward was featured by Edgar Walker right here on HoopGroup.com. Click here to read his article.

Boo Williams defends their home court

Led by stars Anthony Barber and Troy Williams, Boo Williams (VA) 17U got off to a great start at Southern Jam Fest, defeating the Stafford Hoyas (VA) by a 62-29 score. Barber led all scorers with 18 points, and Williams added 11 for the Hampton-based program.

With the event headquartered at hometown Boo Williams Sportsplex, the BWSL squad may be considered an early favorite for the 17U championship. The team is as long and athletic as any other in the Southern Jam Fest field, and with continued contributions from Barber and Williams, Boo Williams will be tough to beat. They return to action at 3:40 on Saturday, taking on D.C. Assault-Farrington.

Baltimore Supreme 16U continues good Jam Fest form

After advancing to the Elite 8 at Philly Jam Fest, Baltimore Supreme 16U continued to impress at Southern Jam Fest on Friday night, defeating Maryland’s Finest, 62-48.

Led by guards Kamau Stokes (2014, John Carroll) and Jaylen Adams (2014, Mount St. Joseph), Supreme dropped only one game in Philly, as they fell in triple overtime to Las Vegas Prospects (ranked #4 16U team in nation at the time). Playing in Pool E at Southern Jam Fest, the team has a 1:15 contest against a formidable Virginia Assault squad. If they win the pool, Supreme has a great chance to make another deep run.

Malique Trent goes off for Wave Basketball Club

Malique Trent was the top performer on Friday night, carrying Wave Basketball Club (VA) to a big 73-51 win over Diamond State Titans (DE).

Trent–a 6’2” combo guard in the class of 2013–simply took over for Wave. At one point, he had knocked down six consecutive three-pointers, scoring 20 points in the first half. After the break, Trent kept rolling, knocking down shots and throwing down an impressive left-handed dunk in traffic.

With offers from Appalachian State and Mount St. Mary’s already, the Norcom (Portstmouth, VA) guard should continue to make a name for himself and attract more college attention with such performances. Wave closes out pool play with a 10:50 contest against Team Philly.

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For frequent updates on Southern Jam Fest throughout the weekend, follow Edgar Walker (@Edgar_Walker) and Dan Martin (@DanielJMartin_)

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