Friday Night Top Performers From Southern

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Hampton, VA– Every year in May the Hoop Group makes its way down I-95 for the Southern Jam Fest, held at Boo Williams Sportsplex. Every year the Southern Jam Fest brings some of the most prolific teams and players to square off and determine who is the best of the best. Here are some players who shined in a brief period on Day one:

Jalen Ray | 2017 | Team Loaded 757 17U

Jalen is a smooth left-handed guard who exhibits a smooth a confident stroke from the perimeter both from the catch and off the bounce. He’s a solid rebounder for his position, given his length and quick reactions, along with his leaping ability. He recorded a team-high 17 points while connecting on 5 made three pointers in a win for his team.

Gabe Stefanini | 2017 | NJ Shoreshots 17U

Gabe is a strong guard with a great frame to go along with a high basketball IQ. He’s a solid defender on the ball, but is also is active and very alert in help side situations. Offensively, he demonstrated the ability to set up his teammates, and shoot off the dribble or the catch with range.

Jordan Camper | 2017 | NJ Shoreshots 17U

At 6-foot-8, Jordan has good length and athleticism which he uses effectively to contest shots and attack rebounds at their highest point. He did a great job communicating to his teammates as the back line of the defense. Offensively, he showed nice touch from 15 feet, but also finish efficiently in traffic.

Jason Wade | 2017 | River City Reign 17U

Jason is athletic guard who seeks contact and plays above the rim. He was effective at slashing into the paint, where he showed good strength and body control on his finishes. He has solid defensive instincts, quick reactions, and a high motor.

Darryl Morsell | 2017 | Team Melo 17U

Darryl opened the game with a strong put back dunk, showcasing good athleticism and aggression when attacking the offensive glass. He mixed it up nicely on the offensive end, where he took ball-handling duties and made good decisions. His versatility and tireless work ethic on both ends of the court was well-noted.

Blake Francis | 2017 | Baltimore Elite 17U

Blake did a nice job facilitating his team’s offense as the point guard, where he often got into the paint and kicked the ball out to his shooters. Defensively, he played an engaged brand both on and off the ball, where his positioning and anticipation was spot on. The lefty scored 12 points on two made three-pointers.

Cameron Bacote | 2017 | Team Loaded VA 17

Cameron shot the ball exceptionally well from beyond the arc, where he connected on 6 three-point field goals. While on the ball at the point, he exhibited good vision and unselfishness. He gave great effort defensively, and was active in the passing lanes.

Langston Gaither | 2018 | Virginia Elite 16U
Gaither was nothing short of dominant in VA Elite’s win over Next Level Hoops in the first round yesterday. A strong 6’3” wing, Gaither was relentless when attacking downhill, using his strong upper body frame to finish through small contact, and when he couldn’t finish he was relentless on the offensive glass and converted at the line consistently. Gaither finished with 45 points, including 12 points from the free throw line.
Brayden Gault| 2018 | Team Loaded VA 16U
On such a balanced attack like Team Loaded, it’s typical to have that “next guy up” philosophy, and yesterday was Gault’s turn in their win over WCBA. Gault was impressive as he scored the basketball from all over the floor in a number of different ways. He shot the ball with confidence, made good decisions in transition and kept plays alive by coming back to help rebound and just flat out hustling on both ends. The 6’4” wing out of Battlefield finished with 21 points.
Jordan Mason | 2019|  Wrightway Skills 16U
The 2019 wing was playing up with the Wrightway Skills 16U, and despite their loss to a more athletic Team Wall group, Miller was lights out throughout the day. The 6’2” freshman has a lightning quick release, smooth follow through and is confident shooting the basketball from anywhere on the floor. His good size and pure stroke bolds well for him moving forward.
Jaren Ellorbe | 2018 | Team Wall 16U
Talk about athletes, Ellorbe is an absolute freak. The 6’2” guard from Garner (NC) shut the gym down on multiple occasions when he took off and tomahawked with one hand off of two feet from outside of the lane. He’s a shifty guard, and in transition he’s going to bring energy to his team with big plays. He finished with 10 points in a win over Wrightway Skills.
Lloyd Pandi | 2017 | Ottawa Elite 16U
The Canadian guard was unguardable in their win over MD Defenders. Being their only true ball handler, Pandi showed great intelligence and understanding as he changed pace and got in the lane at will to create for himself and others. He finished with 28 points and made a lot of winning plays down the stretch.
Bryce Douglas | 2018 | VA Playmakers 15U
Talk about toughness, Douglas personified it in their close win over District Basketball Club. The 2019 Bishop Ireton guard finished with 22 points including 7 free throws in the last two minutes to clinch the game. He showed the ability to create for himself off the bounce, and he took a beating when he got in the lane but always bounced back up looking to make a play.
Adam Ayalew (@AKayalew) and Jack Herron (@JWHerron10) contributed to this article
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