Providence Jam Fest: Day 1 Players Who Impressed

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The Providence Jam Fest brought us what it usually does: D2 & D3 coaches flocking to recruit, and high level talent that wows us all day long. This year was no exception, and we had some players make names for themselves, and solid the name they have already made. Here are a few:

Esam Mostafa | 2019 | NY Ionians

Different tournament, same play from Esam in Providence. The 6’8 forward owned the paint. He made the most of his chances around the bucket, rebound everything that came his way, and created second opportunities by outworking opponents on the glass. It’s always fun seeing him compete for the NY Ionians.

Joseph Cantey | 2017 | Connecticut Elite

What Joseph may lack in size, he makes up for with his shooting ability. The 5’11 guard has a pure shooting stroke. What was most impressive about Joseph’s shooting was how his range extended with every make. When he’s on, you need to guard him all over because he will hurt you.

Gabe Stefanini | 2017 | NJ Shoreshots

Gabe kept his strong play this Spring going today in Providence. The 6’3 guard used his length to his advantage defensively, reaching in and pick-pocketing ball handlers and getting easy transition dunks and lay ups.

Nate Patenaude | 2017 | NY Jayhawks

Nate is listed as 6’6, but played about 6’8 today. He has a strong build that helps him have a huge presence on the boards and in the paint. His highlight came when he posterized a defender for an and-one. Tough player.

Matt Donahue | 2017 | Middlesex Magic

Lights. Out. Shooter. Matt caught fire early for Middlesex, connecting on five first half threes. The 6’3 guard is usually effective in his decision making and passing ability, could not miss today. He finished with 24 in his first game.

Elvin Rodriguez | 2017 | CM3 Elite

Elvin has a scorers mentality. 6’1 with great attacking moves off the dribble, he finds himself in the paint a lot. Once there, he showed today that he is able to finish in many different ways. His acrobatic and creative finishes were a standout today.

Jerome Derosiers | 2017 | New England Playaz

Jerome set the tone early with back to back dunks in New England Playaz’s opening game. Whenever he wanted to score, he did, dominating the paint and tallying 22 points in a Playaz blowout. win. It’s easy to see the high major interest coming in after seeing Jerome play today.

Tilquan Rucker | 2017 | Castle Athletics 

Tilquan is an energizer bunny out on the court for Castle. He’s lightning quick and has a tight handle in traffic. His athleticism and ability to get up lets him finish in the lane amongst taller defenders. His play was a big reason why Castle defeated Middlesex Magic in the 17U Sweet 16.

AJ Reeves | 2018 | Mass Rivals

AJ is a stat stuffer. A 6’5 wing, he has the ability to score, rebound and facilitate. The 2018’s game is smooth, as he showed this weekend, pulling out step back jump shots and draining with a hand in his face. His activeness and scoring ability makes him a big threat.

Tomorrow we begin championship play! We inch closer to handing out trophies, be sure to follow it all on our live blog!

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