Pitt Jam Fest Day 1 Players Who Impressed

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Day one of the Pittsburgh Jam Fest was as great as could be. A beautiful facility, numerous college coaches, and great competition! It set the tone for a great weekend in the Steel City. Here are a few players who impressed on day one:
True Alton – NJ Soldiers 17U
True is a confident guard who showcased a crafty handle to go along with a polished mid-range game. He used a nifty floater to shoot over top of taller defenders, and was able to effectively create for himself off the bounce from a variety of spots. He was a confident jump shooter both from the catch, and off the dribble.
 
James Dugan – Higher Level Premier 17U
James showed the ability to efficiently stretch the floor off the catch. He crashed the boards tirelessly, and worked hard on both ends of the floor. James did a nice job staying vertical while contesting shots.
 
John McRae – Maryland’s Finest 17U
John is a fluid athlete with strong hands. He’s an active rebounder who was quick to the ball as it came off the glass. He ran the floor well, filled the correct lanes, and had some explosive finishes on the break. 
 
Justin Moore – Team Takeover Black 16
Justin is a strong guard who demonstrated the ability to get into the paint and finish efficiently through contact. He was very alert defensively, where he exhibited solid instincts and did a nice job reading and reacting to passing lanes.
 
Armando Bacot – Team Takeover Black 16
Armando did an awesome job rebounding in crowds. He boxed out hard and used his big, strong hands to pluck the ball from it’s highest point and secure it tightly in his grasp. He ran the floor well and finished strong around the basket, showcasing a very soft touch. 
Cle’Von Greene – BWSL WAWG 17
Greene has been a catalyst for the WAWG Boo Williams team for over a year now, and he stepped up big in the first day yesterday. The 6’2” G attacked gaps and got to the lane with ease, and he also worked hard on the defensive end and on the glass. He finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds in their win over Team Price.
Deja Jackson – Team Loaded 757 Red 16U
Don’t blink or you might miss him. Jackson was phenomenal for Loaded 757 despite a close loss, pouring in 22 points in a variety of ways. The lightning quick lefty is so hard to stay in front of, and he can shoot it from deep and finish with teardrop when needed.
Taqwain Drummond – Team Loaded 757 17U
The older Loaded 757 team, which is playing in the Open bracket with a variety of unsigned seniors, was led by Drummond who finished with 24 points and 5 rebounds. The 6’6” wing out of Newport News looked explosive and smooth, and looks fully healed from knee surgery and ready for a breakout live period.
James Rider – Crusader Nation 17U
Despite the loss and Drummond getting a lot of love, Rider went tit-for-tat with him throughout the game. The 6’3” wing was lights out on the way to 23 points, hitting four from deep in the process. His ranged after creating space makes him very tough to stay attached to.
Marquis Johnson – Early Risers 16U
In a close win over BWSL WAWG 16U, Johnson was huge down the stretch and in overtime. The 6’1” wing finished with 16 points, and continually attacked the paint and got to the line. He’s an above average athlete that can make shots from all over the court.
Jack Herron (@JWHerron10 ) and Adam Ayalew (@AKAyalew) contributed to this article
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