Providence Jam Fest Live Blog


Providence, RI– It may not be a live period, but that won’t stop us from seeing some great hoops in Providence! The Providence Jam Fest has become a staple tournament in the New England area every Spring for years now. This is a tournament that allows us to see some new faces by bringing in dozens of talented New England programs, as well as see some of the familiar faces we’ve seen play all Spring. Let’s get started!

Sunday, May 10th

3:41 pm

And that wraps up the Providence Jam Fest. Always a great time coming up to New England to see some of the best players in the NE area. Like most, this year’s Jam Fest was LOADED. Be on the look out for championship recaps and more top players tomorrow. And you won’t want to miss our mix tape! If you missed anything from the weekend, check out our Twitter. We’ll be in Hampton, VA next weekend for the Southern Jam Fest, our last Jam Fest of the spring. And again, Happy Mother’s Day!


3:30 pm

Our last champion, the New England Playaz win the 17u Division.


3:21 pm

Northeast Basketball Club are  back to back #HGJamFest champs!


3:11 pm

Another champion crowned….BABC wins the 15u Division!


2:58 pm

The Brooklyn Rens win another Hoop Group Championship. They are you 13u and 14u champs!


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2:41 pm

Good game going on in the Open Division, NorthEast Basketball, the champions of the Pitt Jam Fest Open Division, came back to tie it at half against CT Elite. Shakur Juiston helping lead the comeback.

2:24 pm

ESPN Analyst Fran Fraschilla seems to agree on our opinion of Sports U’s Nazreon Reid

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2:13 pm

We know how good the 13u Brooklyn Rens are…squad seems to make the finals in every tournament they play in. Up in the 13u championship right now.

1:48 pm

  Throw it up for Mumin Tunc (IMG Academy ’15) and he’ll throw it down. Crazy athleticism! #HGJamFest   A photo posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

1:12 pm Our last final is now set. 17u division: USAD will square off against the New England Playaz. A sure to be fantastic 17u final will end our day here in Providence. 12:34 pm Sports U was guaranteed a championship in the 16u bracket, congratulations to them on owning the 16u bracket. IMG_8839 12:02 pm Nazreon Reid had a couple highlights and Sports U 15’s head to the 16u final where they’ll meet…Sports U 16s! IMG_8832 11:25 am  Heartbreaking loos for NJ Shoreshots Kessler as they fall in the final seconds to the Brooklyn Rens. Check the video:

11:14 am Could we see an all Sports U final in the 16u bracket? Their 16s and 15s are both playing in semifinal games right now. Their 15u team is deadlocked at 28 with the New England Playaz just starting the second half. IMG_8810 9:54 am It’s been a big weekend for Azar Swain. Mass Rivals guard showing he knows how to get buckets!

9:28 am Some quarterfinal games going on right now. New England Playaz lead Metro Boston in a 16u match and right next to them, Castle Athletics and Sports U square off. 4 teams looking to move to the Final Four. 8: 34 am Check out some of the notable players we saw yesterday. Some big time Division 1 players in there! Providence Jam Fest Day 1 Notable Players 7:43 am Happy Championship Sunday, but most importantly, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! This day is about you more than anyone else. But, we do have some trophies to hand out this morning so let’s get ready for action! 16u Elite Eight games will begin our day. –@TheHoopGroup

Saturday, May 9th

10:12 pm Our last games of the night wrap up. Sports U tops Boston Warriors and High Rise Elite tops York Ballers in OT. A great way to end the night. Tomorrow will start Elite Eight and Finals Fours. 6 championships are on the line and we are looking at some very competitive match ups. Be sure to follow us again tomorrow. If you missed anything from today, check us out on Twitter. Good night! 9:36 pm Nicola Akele was a sought after prospect by several Division 1 schools. 6’8 wing from IMG Academy is athletic, capable shooter and attacks the glass hard. Reports say he has decided to play at the University of Rhode Island next year. –@JN_Albano 9:03 pm Fantastic finish between Mass Rivals and Early Risers. Risers had a lead, but 8 straight points by Saul Phiri gave Mass a lead they would not relinquish, Phiri finished with 19. Greg Kuakumensah shut the door with a big block to end the game. Darnell Edge (pictured) finished with a team high 13 for the Risers. IMG_8748   8:22 pm How about the performance from Arthur Smith? 13 year old had 38 points in a win for the NYC Wizards. One of the best scoring performances of the day, coming from our youngest bracket! Shows how much potential our younger groups have. 7:55 pm Caleb Green (Proctor Academy ’16) accounts for 65% of his team’s first half points, and DC Blue Devils are heading to the 17u Elite Eight!

7:41 pm Cant say enough about how well Wayne PAL has played this year. Gone deep in every Hoop Group tournament, and looking very strong against The System Basketball Club right now. Matt Latka has been terrific and Isiah Reyes is a solid point guard.-@JN_Albano 6:49 pm There’s no debating it….Hoop Group gets you seen!

5:49 pm Devin Balitmore played the roll of hero for 13u York Ballers. Dropped in a game winning lay up against New England Storm.

5:27 pm Couple names to remember, Tremont Waters and Nazreon Reid. Both players will be big time college basketball players some day.

4:58 pm One of the biggest comebacks of the day just occurred. Expressions Elite 16u looked to be on their way to an easy second round win, up 18 in the second half. Brooklyn Ponemade refused to give in however, and clawed their way back to a gutsy 77-76 win.-@TheHoopGroup

4:34 pm New England Playaz look like the team to beat with two commanding wins so far. Will anyone be able to contain them on offense? IMG_8713   3:42 pm The Rhode Island College Rec Center is packed! Fans and coaches on hand watching the New England Playaz, DC Blue Devils and Harlem United. Tons of action going on right now. IMG_8704 3:03 pm Albany City Rocks and NY Pride in a battle right now. City Rocks jumped out to a big lead early, but Pride clawed back into it and have a second half lead! 44-42 with 4 minutes left. –@JN_Albano IMG_8703 2:21 pm Albany City Rocks giving their version of “Dunk City” during warm ups! Up big in the first half as well, will be a great team to watch the rest of way.

1:32 pm Breein Tyree (St. Joe’s Metuchen ’16) was a big reason why Sports U won the 16u bracket last year in Providence. And he’s off to another hot start this year. He has offers from high major schools, such as Kansas State, USC, Northwestern, Creighton, St. Joe’s and Iowa State, among other Division 1s.

1:01 pm

Cool, calm and collected. @NJThunderAAU hold on to win thanks to late game free throws #HGJamFest   A photo posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

12:36 pm

11:57 am D. Athletic Club may have had the nicer jerseys, but that didn’t stop Harlem United from besting them in a first round match up. Ricky Hicks led a balanced scoring effort with 12, all in the first half.

D. Athletic Club is the front runner so far for best jerseys this weekend. #HGJamFest   A photo posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

11:24 am The New England Playaz are one of the favorites to win the 17u bracket this weekend. Lot of Division 1 talent on the roster, including Tremont Waters and AJ Brodeur, among others. We will definitey keep an eye on them…

10:35 am Couple big time performances early from some 17u teams. NJ Shoreshots (Rice) had four players over 9 points (Michael Rice 15, Jimmy Panzini 13, Branislav Vujadinovic 11, Jack McGuire 9). Right next door, The System Basketball Club (CT) put on a show late. They scored 86 points and put on a dunk contest late. Look for those highlights to be in the mixtape! –@TheHoopGroup 9:44 am Lot of teams up bright and early, and ready to get after it today. The road to a championship starts now!

9:28 am

We’re officially underway in Providence. What can we expect heading into this weekend? broke it down in their preview Friday. Take a look!

2015 Providence Jam Fest Preview

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