Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest 17U Steel City: Team Boltt’s Neguss Looking to Impress

The Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest is a great way for high school athletes to get noticed by college coaches and scouts. But with over 350 teams descending upon Pittsburgh over the weekend, the competition is fierce to catch coaches eyes amongst the massive amounts of players looking for their scholarship offer.

But, for Team Boltt (Can) guard Robell Neguss, it’s just the experience of having all eyes on the players as he takes in his first Hoop Group Jam Fest.

“I really like the atmosphere. There’s a lot of coaches here and it’s great way to get your name out there,” Neguss said after Boltt’s Friday night win over Elite Basketball Club (OH) in the 17u Steel City bracket. “It was about a four and a half hour drive [from Canada], but it’s a really good experience to be here and I’m really blessed to be here.”

Neguss, a 2014 guard from Assumption Collegiate in Windsor, Canada, showcased veteran leadership and a nice shooting stroke, especially from beyond the arc, with a 20-point performance in his opening game, hitting four three-pointers as well. While his shots were finding the bottom of the net, Neguss wasn’t shy about giving his teammates plenty of the credit.

“If it wasn’t for my teammates, we wouldn’t have gotten the job done,” Neguss said. “My shots were falling today and it was a good thing, but everyone stepped up.”

The 6-foot-1 guard said he hadn’t received any interest as of Friday night, but was certainly hoping to make an impression on the scouts that were in attendance at Ambridge High School.

“This is the first big tournament of the year,” Neguss said. “so I’m just hoping to get my name out there.”

After Team Boltt’s first round win in the 17U Steel City bracket, they were bested in a couple of close games on Saturday, including a 67-66 loss at the hands of Detroit Stars in their final game of the Pitt Jam Fest.

@AndrewKoob is a student at Temple University and staff writer for CityofBasketballLove.com, covering Philadelphia-area high school & collegiate basketball.

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