Spring Jam Fest: Top Performers from Day 2

Day 2 of the Spring Jam Fest was full of nonstop hoops. Saw a lot of solid team efforts and saw teams make statements as to why they could be crowned champions on Sunday. We also saw a lot of individual performers make statements to the crowd. Here are a few:

Jermaine Matthews (’16 River City Reign)

One of the best players on Saturday, Jeramaine is a strong post player with good footwork down low. He has the ability to finish strong through contact and softly at the rim. River City Reign may not have advanced to the Elite Eight without his play in the overtime of their Sweet 16 game.

Tim Toro (’16 JB Hoops)

Tim is another post who impresses with solid footwork down low. He’s very fundamental inside and rarely makes mistakes. He knows his role and plays to it well; he’s a high IQ guy who can fit on any team and make a solid impact on a game, like he did today for JB.

Geo Baker (’17 DC Blue Devils)

Geo is a great scorer. He’s smooth with the basketball and makes it look as if his points come effortlessly. What makes him hard to guard is his ability to score from inside and out; he can hurt you in many ways.

Bruce Moore (’16 MD3D)

Bruce is a long athletic wing who does a lot of things on the defensive end of the floor that you don’t see most players do. He has great defensive awareness and blocks out well. He’s aggressive on the boards and can finish in the paint.

Jonathan Lawton (’15 Positive Image)

Jonathan is going to be a great pick up for anytime who lands him late in his senior year. He’s a crafty guard with a good handle. He knows how to drive for himself and can facilitate to others off his penetration. Any one in need of a point guard take a look!

Chris Kelly (’17 NY Jayhawks)

Chris’s motor is endless; his game is all about hustle. He’s not overly tall (6’5), but his work ethic and motor allow him to play like he’s 6’7 on the glass. He provided the Jayhawks with numerous second chance opportunities in their game against Team Price.

Jordan McKoy (’19 Team Rio)

Team Rio put on a dominant display yesterday, winning two games by wide, wide margins. Many players could have gotten a Top Performer nod for scoring, but Jordan got the edge because of his defense. He was picking guys up the length of the floor, turning them and applying relentless pressure, and getting a number of steals for lay ups.

Gerrard Simpkins (’16 Team Loaded)

Talk about a player who is lethal in transition, Gerrard is at his best when he’s on the break. His quickness, combined with his athleticism makes him a nightmare to stop. Twice today he turned steals into highlight play dunks on the other end.

Kyle Cardaci (’18 Jersey Force)

Kyle was red hot from downtown today for the Force. There is always room on a basketball team for players who can make open shots, and he makes plenty of them. In his play today, Kyle made eight 3-pointers. That’s a sign of an elite shooter.

Issa Thiam (’16 Canaries Basketball Academy)

Thiam is quite the prospect as he stands 6’6” and can do many different things on the floor. He can shoot it well from three and is athletic. He has received no interest or offers from schools, but that should change shortly.

Dan Largey (’16 NJ ShoreShots Rice)

Largey had a great performance against Karolina Diamonds and finished with an important 18 points. He shot it very well and has helped his team win some big games. He is someone to keep an eye on as the AAU season progresses.

Dejuan Clayton (’16 Team Takeover Orange)

Clayton played well in every game he took part in on Saturday. Dejuan is very explosive and handles the ball well. He controls the tempo and can score in bunches. Clayton was definitely one of the most intriguing players we saw on Saturday.

Jimmy Panzini (’16 NJ ShoreShots Rice)

Panzini showed off his toughness and his ability to get others involved as well as score. A lot of people were impressed with how he plays defensively. He is a big reason why NJ ShoreShots Rice almost beat a very talented team in the Karolina Diamonds.

Leon Daniels (’16 Jersey City Boys & Girls Club)

Even though his team lost Leon Daniels had a great game against River City Reign. Daniels does a great job at getting in the lane and finishing with a basket. He has been one of the best scorers in the Spring Jam Fest all weekend. Look to hear more about him in the near future.


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