Southern Jam Fest Players Who Impressed Saturday

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New day, same result here at Boo Williams, here’s a list of guys who impressed.

DeAndre Thomas | 2018 | Team Richmond Garner Road 17U

Thomas, who is a 2018 playing up with TRGR, looked as confident and productive as ever in their win over Maryland’s Finest in the Round of 32. Thomas played both guard positions depending on the look they went with, and he handled the basketball well and was aggressive looking for his shot. He has obviously been in the gym because he’s filled out, and Thomas was a great finisher through contact when attacking the basket.

Joe Bryant | 2018 | BWSL Chiz 16U

Sometimes it isn’t your star that shines down the stretch in big games, and while Boo Williams EYBL 16U team has been one of the best teams on the east coast, including winning the championship at the Pittsburgh JamFest, this was one of the first times Lake Taylor guard Joe Bryant really showed out the way he’s capable of. A 6’1” bully of a guard with a strong upper body, Bryant routinely found ways to get in the lane and convert in traffic, and finished with 20 points as he sealed the deal for BWSL Chiz over Uncommon Bulls to advance the quarterfinals.

Trevon Duval | 2017 | We R1 17U
Trevon Duval wasted no time reminding everyone why he is a top five player in the country. He is the ultimate floor general for We R1; he’s methodic in his scoring, dishes out sensational passes, and has a motor that goes forever. He helped sail the ship that got We R1 into the Elite Eight.

Kaleb Hunter | 2017 | Team Loaded NC 17U

There’s nothing more important than putting the ball into the basket, and while he only ended with a modest 14 points in their last game to advance to the quarterfinals, Hunter displayed the ability to score it in so many different ways. A long 6’4” lefty wing, Hunter was phenomenal finishing above the rim in the open court, and he was also good shooting it off the catch from deep. The Neuse Christian wing looks like he will continue to impress coaches with his ability to score it in bunches.

Oscar Tshiewebe | 2019 | Team Loaded VA 15U

Coming over from WV Wildcats earlier this summer, Tshiewebe had another stellar performance that shows great signs for him moving forward. The 6’8” freshman power forward from Mount Mission showed a ridiculous never ending motor as he got after it on both ends of the floor, and his brute strength allowed him to dominate slighter bigs their age. He still has a long way to go, but his ability to run the floor, crash the boards and finish above the rim are some of the reasons he was able to have breakout games like his 21 point outing to lead Team Loaded to the 15U quarterfinals.

Jordan Rider | 2017 | Crusader Nation 17U

Rider is best described as a walking bucket. The 6’1” guard can light it up in a number of ways, especially from deep in transition when he has time to set his feet and hold his pretty follow through. Rider scored it from all three levels, and was reliable throughout the game as a go-to guy.

Jamill Riggins | 2019 | Philly Pride 15U

With Philly Pride having dug themselves a 34-19 deficit at halftime in their game against Garner Road, Riggins took over and led a furious Philly Pride comeback as they squeaked by with a 46-45 win. The 6’2” wing set the tone on both ends, as they turned the defense up and held GR to just 11 second half points and creating easy baskets in transition where he thrived as he finished at and above the rim and brought a lot of energy back to Pride in their comeback.

Scottie Lewis| 2019 | Team Rio 16U
Scottie continues to get better and continues to impress as the stage gets bigger. He makes plays on both ends of the floor, with the ball and without the ball. His length and athleticism creates havoc defensively, where he blocks a ton of shots and lives in passing lanes. He was also able to create off the dribble and clean up around the glass for second chance points.

Alex Petrie | 2018 | River City Reign 16U

Reign had a tough weekend losing two controversial games, but their point guard Alex Petrie continues to boost his stock and play at a high level. The 6’3” lead guard has filled out and he’s shooting the basketball out of this world. He has a mixtape like handle, and is able to create space to get his jump shot off whenever he needs to.

Jaylen Dillard | 2017 | River City Reign Hill 17U

Dillard is becoming a popular name for college coaches, and he showed why in a win over WCBA when he went off for 26 points. The 6’2” guard from Clover Hill just outside of Richmond showed great range hitting four threes, and was big down the stretch recording 16 of his points in the second half. Dillard’s ability to hit shots translates well moving forward in his basketball career.

Noah Locke | 2017 | Team Melo
Despite a loss to Boo Williams, Noah showed his next level ability at the guard spot. An explosive first step got past defenders, and allowed him to make plays in the painted area all game. From there he showed his shiftiness by scoring over big defenders and facilitating to teammates.

Rasir Bolton | 2018 | Team Loaded VA 17U

Rasir is a skilled lead guard who mixed it up nicely on the offensive end, where he used his quick first step and hesitation dribble to attack the basket. He’s an efficient shooter off the dribble, where he has a super quick release. He was very focused defensively, where he showed solid instincts and quick reactions.

Prentiss Hubb | 2018 | DC Premier 17U

Prentiss is a smooth left-handed guard who showed a great feel for the game. He’s a sneaky athlete, and plays above the rim particularly in the open court. Defensively, he was active and alert in the passing lanes, and always looked to find his man and box him out. While off the ball, he spaces the floor well and is prolific from three-point range.

Jonathan Norfleet | 2018 | Team Loaded VA 16U

Jonathan is a strong, explosive guard who did a great job helping his team control pace. His ability to shoot from the perimeter was evident, particularly off the dribble. He exhibited good body control and touch when converting inside the paint.

Reese Mona | 2017 | Baltimore Elite 17U

Reese shot the ball very well off the catch from three point range, where he exhibited a quick and confident release. He moved well off the ball and was relentless off the bounce, where he aggressively attacked the basket and looked for contact. Defensively, he was vocal and did a nice job boxing out and took a number of charges.

Ejike Obinna | 2017 | Uncommon Bulls 17U

Ejike commanded the boards on both ends, where he was quick to react and used his strong hands to secure the ball tightly. He ran the floor and established position early, and showed a soft touch out to 15 feet. He’s an unselfish big with a good feel for the game, and is comfortable operating at the top of the key where he worked some high-low actions.

Keldon Johnson | 2018 | Boo Williams 17U

Keldon consistently competed at a high level throughout the day. He seeks contact on his drives, but more often than not is able to absorb and finish through it. Defensively, he was very engaged and did a great job getting off the ground and rebounding in traffic. He filled the lanes correctly in the open court, and where he likes to play above the rim.

Tahjay Jacobs | 2017 | Team Loaded 757 17

Tahjay got after it on the defensive end, but showed promise offensively as well. He demonstrated the ability to shoot with range from the catch and off the bounce. He was a vocal presence on his team, and displayed solid leadership intangibles.

 

Adam Ayalew (@AKayalew) and Jack Herron (@JWHerron10) contributed to this article

 

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