2017 Providence Jam Fest Media


Pictures Champions Recaps


Champions and MVPs

17u Division Champions | NE Playaz | The Firm


16u Orange Division Champions | Expressions Elite – South


16u Blue Division Champions | Empire State Storm


15u Division Champions | NE Playaz Academy Hicks

14u Division Champions | Connecticut Basketball Club

13u Division Champions | Expressions South

12u Division Champions | NE Playaz Academy Watson

11u Division Champions | NJ Playaz

Providence Jam Fest Recaps

Sunday | May 14

Day two of the Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest was loaded with great games and talented prospects. With the intensity of “Championship Sunday” in the air, teams played very aggressive games. Here are our championship recaps & standout performers!

The Providence Jam Fest 15u Championship game between the New England Playaz and the We R1 Bulldogs was a fun one to watch. The Bulldogs got off to a great start, but the Playaz caught up and made it a great game. The halftime score in this one was 24-22 with the Bulldogs in the lead. Both teams had great guard play, which proved to be crucial toward the end of the game. This and the Playaz physical play with their big men were the deciding factor. In the second Half the Playaz pulled away and won 56-39.

Coming into the 16u orange division championship game, Expressions Elite South and NJ Shoreshots Kessler both battled through a few very tough games. This match-up would be decided on which team had more fire in them to make that last push. In the first half, both teams went on intense back-to-back runs which made it seem as if the game would go down the buzzer. Nevertheless, Expressions Elite refused to lose in the second half. Led by a talented prospect in 6’3 2019 Alonzo Linton, they were able to pull away with the 66-58 victory and ultimately the 16U Providence Jam Fest championship!

Player Highlights | May 14

2018 5’8 Ronnie Silva – DC Blue Devils

Ronnie Silva, a 5’8 2018 PG for the DC Blue Devils, was very impressive this weekend. With his wide range of scoring moves, Silva displayed a fantastic ability to create his own shot. He’s a fantastic leader for the DC Blue Devils; the team wouldn’t be the same without Ronnie’s energetic & contagious contribution on both sides of the floor.


2018 5’11 Tyson Walker – New England Playaz

Tyson Walker, a 5’11 2018 PG for the New England Playaz, had a very good overall showing in the Providence Jam Fest. Walker is a solid floor general with very good overall skills. He can score the ball or create for his teammates at any given time.

2018 6’10 Nate Laszewski – New England Playaz

Nate Laszewski, a 6’10 2018 F for the New England Playaz, proved to be one of the most highly-regarded prospects in the Providence Jam Fest. At his size, Laszewski’s pure shooting ability is unique. As a legitimate prospect, expect to hear Nate Laszewski’s name much more often in the near future.

2017 6’9 Arafat Shaibu – CM3 Elite

Arafat Shaibu, a 6’9 PF for CM3 Elite, came to the Providence Jam Fest with a chip on his shoulder. Shaibu was very dominant, catching multiple thunderous dunks and blocks. Another impressive attribute that Shaibu displayed was his touch from midrange. Arafat’s range of scoring moves made him a match-up nightmare all weekend.

2018 6’3 Tyrone Weeks – Metro Boston

Tyrone Weeks, a 6’3 G for Metro Boston, really established himself this Jam Fest. Weeks displayed a wide array of scoring moves, mainly around the basket due to his mix of good size & athleticism. If Tyrone continues to consistently perform at this level, he will undoubtedly have a very successful AAU season.

2018 Alex Rivera | Mass Rivals

The Mass Rivals guard was one of the most consistent shooters throughout the whole event. He is a tough competitor and was a huge reason Mass Rivals had such a great showing at the Providence Jam Fest.

2019 Noah Kamba | WrightWay Skills

WrightWay Skills point guard Noah Kamba did what he does best, which is make plays. Kamba has elite quickness and a tight handle that he utilizes to get into the lane and create. He will start to blow up as AAU season progresses.

2018 Ithiel Horton | The Firm

The Firm (NJ) guard Ithiel Horton displayed great toughness. Horton did damage both on the perimeter and in the paint. He should start to add more offers as the season goes on.

2019 Jalen Graham | Expressions Elite South

Jalen Graham displayed a knack for scoring the basketball. He was a big reason why his team came away as the 16U Champion on Sunday afternoon. Graham was definitely one of the top performers at the event.

Saturday | May 13

Today kicked off 2017 Providence Jam Fest. Some of the countries best AAU 11-17u teams traveled to our seven venues scattered through out Providence, Rhode Island.

Competition and energy started out high across the courts, especially between the Middlesex Magic and the New England Playaz. Both teams traded baskets all game, but the Magic came out on top with a clutch 61-58 win.

16u RI Breakers and New Day carried the energy in their back and forth battle this afternoon. Breakers and New Day traded baskets resulting in a 44-42 RI Breaker victory. The team found success by working the ball and having everyone active on offense spreading points across the board.

Close games continued throughout the day with several going into overtime. Some included 15u Premier Hoops and South Jersey Hoop Elite and a double overtime between Mass Rivals and Early Risers.

No Sign of the excitement stopping as we enter Championship Sunday tomorrow. For updates on the action, follow the official Hoop Group Live Blog.

Player Highlights | May 13

Day one of the Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest was action-packed and talent filled. New faces emerged, while others proved why they had such successful live periods. Here are some standout performers of day one!

2019 6’8 Akok Akok | Mass Rivals

The Mass Rivals forward was one of the most impressive prospects throughout the event today. Akok is excellent in the open floor and has expanded his half-court game as well. He showed why he has received so much attention from colleges this AAU season.

2019 5’11 Joshua Wright | NJ Playaz Gret
NJ Playaz Grey guard Joshua Wright gave his team instant production. Wright knows how to pick his spots to score for himself or create for others. He can score in a variety of ways, which is part of the reason why he is one of the players this team heavily relies upon.

2019 6’8 Hason Ward | New England Playaz
Hason Ward, a 6’8 2019 F for the New England Playaz, has tremendous upside. Ward was very active on the boards and displayed great athleticism. He has the chance to be a special player one day with lots of hard work.

2020 6’10 Cliff Omoruyi | The Firm

Cliff Omoruyi, a 6’10 2020 C for The Firm, is very powerful around the rim. Omoruyi tore down rims & blocked shots all day. Being that he played up, Cliff proved that he has years of AAU dominance to come.

2018 6’5 Ebrima Dibba | NJ Shoreshots

Ebrima Dibba, a 6’5 2018 G for the New Jersey Shoreshots, was fantastic on day one of the Providence Jam Fest. His mix of size, court vision & slashing ability all will be reasons that he sees lots of success this AAU season.

2018 6’3 Nicolas Timberlake | Metro Boston

Nicolas Timberlake, a 6’3 2018 Combo Guard for Metro Boston, was undoubtedly one of the most impressive players of day one. Timberlake is a great scorer and excellent athlete.

2018 6’6 Souleymane Koureissi | Castle Athletics

Koureissi came into the event as one of the bigger names and proved why. He did damage off the dribble and with his smooth jump shot. He is a prospect on the rise and definitely someone to keep an eye on.

2019 5’11 Eddie Davis | NJ Shoreshots Kessler

NJ Shoreshots Kessler point guard Eddie Davis came ready to play this weekend. Davis is lightning quick and has a great feel for the game. He is starting to make more of a name for himself this spring with his play for the Shoreshots.

2018 6’3 James Conteh | CM3 Elite

James Conteh, a 6’3 2018 G for CM3 Elite, had some very impressive moments in day one. The lefty displayed a fantastic pull-up jumper and great overall athleticism.

2018 6’11 C.J. Coleman | WrightWay Skills

Class of 2019 Big Man C.J. Coleman from WrightWay Skills raised some eyebrows today with his play. Coleman has great size and is a matchup problem for some teams with his shooting ability. With his strong play through three Hoop Group events he has a lot of Division One programs keeping track of him.