Summer Jam Fest Day 1 Performers

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Summer Jam Fest started with a bang Friday night. Right in the middle of the live recruiting period, Summer Jam Fest saw hundreds of coaches come to Spooky to recruit, including some Division 1 head coaches. Here are a few guys who looked great Friday.

Blake Pagon; Gainesville Elite; 2016

 He came in with a blue collar attitude, and his hard work paid off in a big way. Despite losing a tough one to a good Diamond State Titans team, Pagon was fantastic for Gainesville scoring 28 points and 16 points in their two games. He was the hardest working kid on the court, and his mix of outside shooting ability and craftiness around the basket made him tough to guard.

Trey Shifflett; York Ballers; 2016

 He was a menace defensively, turning steals into easy lay ups on the other end. Shifflett has lightning quick hands defensively, and on the offensive end he was efficient all game. He finished with 29 points, including four triples in their first win.

EJ Crawford; USAD; 2016

 The big 6’5 wing out of St. Thomas showed a terrific arsenal on the offensive end, attacking hard off the wing and scoring from all three levels. He used his frame and well in transition, finishing both through and over his defenders. Crawford was one of the most polished scorers we saw, and finished with 25 points in their win.

Alex Nunnally; Southern Maryland All Stars; 2015

Another big wing, Nunnally played with a chip on his shoulder all game and had his way against South Jersey Select. He played hard, attacked from the high post, and shot it well in the mid-range. He’s also versatile, playing the three different positions from the 2 through the 4. 

Kameron Hedgepath; Higher Level; 2016

He’s heading into a postgrad year at Hargrave Military Academy, and the Virginia wing showed his grit and scoring ability in their first day. They lost a physical and close matchup with Team Final Black, but Hedgepath matched the physicality attacking defenders hard on the drive. He’s a 6’2 combo guard of sorts who can create for himself by slashing off the wing. 

Jagan Mosely; NJ Playaz Basketball Club; 2016

The St. Anthony’s lead guard was terrific in their dogfight of a win over Positive Image. Mosely set the tone on both ends, hounding ball handlers the length of the court while controlling the pace on the offensive end. The 6’3 point is a terrific ball handler that keeps everyone involved but is able to get a bucket at will when needed.

Nathan Davis; PA Slam; 2016

Davis was an assassin for the Slam, shooting it well from both deep and the midrange. He doesn’t need to dominate the basketball, but is able to get his own off the bounce when he needs to. He was efficient, played within the system and moved well without the ball on his way to a 26 point outing.

Nate Shafer; NOVA Cavs; 2016

This kid is the definition of toughness. While the Cavs had a tough time matching the size and athleticism of the Jersey Shore Warriors in their second game, the 6’4 Shafer patrolled the paint, swatting six shots and rebounding well against the Warriors front line of 6’7 and 6’8. He’s constantly matching up with larger players, and every division 3 coach in the DMV area is following the Cavs for Shafer and his teammates.

Jay Barber; Team Loaded 434; 2017

Shooter alert! Barber, who usually plays with the Team Loaded VA 16s, is a knock down assassin from deep. He has in the gym range so you have to deny him as soon as he crosses half court. Still, he moves well without the ball, reads screens well, and showed some savvy off the bounce yesterday.

Vinny Dalessandro; Jersey Shore Warriors; 2016

Coming off a terrific week at Hoop Group Elite 2, Dalessandro picked up right where he left off in their blowout win over the NOVA Cavs. He’s a huge 6’6 stretch four who can knock down the trail three and bang inside on the glass. He showed some surprisingly springs when coming down the middle too, and it’s just a matter of time before his first offer comes in.

Jack Herron

Vantage Hoops Analyst

Greater Richmond Area

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