Saturday’s Top 30 Performers at Southern Jam Fest

SONY DSCSaturday’s second slate of Southern Jam Fest games were filled with big-time plays and performances. Here’s the 30 best performances from a day filled with great basketball:

Amir Bell | 6-4 guard | Team Jersey Elite (N.J.) | 2014
The guard didn’t light up the scoreboard in an easy win for Team Jersey Elite (only scoring four points), but he certainly displayed good court vision and the ability to hit an open teammate. Bell, who verbally committed to Princeton University last September, slashed through the lane numerous times to hit an open man on the wing.

Michael Watkins | 6-8 center | Team Philly 16U (Pa.) | 2015
Watkins, along with the rest of the Team Philly squad, impressed in a 87-31 drubbing of Metroball (DC) on Saturday. The 2015 center seemed to do everything right; he constantly fought for rebounds, dominated in the post and showed off his athleticism with plenty of big blocks on the defensive end.

JaQuel Richmond | 6-1 guard | Team Loaded NC | 2014
There’s plenty of talent on the Loaded NC squad, but Richmond stood out with his high motor and intensity on the defensive side of the court. Even with the game well in hand, the 2014 guard kept going 100 percent until the final whistle to push the lead even further in an impressive victory.

Daniel Shand | 5-11 guard | Team Sizzle (Md.) | 2014
Shand definitely looked comfortable playing the role of distributor for Team Sizzle on Saturday. The 2014 guard continually cut through the lane and dished it to open teammates for easy looks at the basket.

Melo Trimble | 6-2 guard | DC Assault | 2014
Trimble has already made a name for himself at the Pitt and Philly Jam Fests, but that didn’t seem to be enough. The 2014 guard continues to be one of the weekend’s top players as he showcased a consistent outside shot and great basketball IQ.

Jordan Arthur | 6-8 wing | Sports U IZod (N.J.) | 2015
On a Sports U IZod team with plenty of talent, Arthur put on a show with his athletic ability, swatting away shots on the defensive end and exhibited his speed with plenty of baseline drives from the corner.

Emmanuel Jones | 6-1 guard | Team Phoenix 15U (Pa.) | 2017
Team Phoenix was on the wrong end of a mercy rule loss, but Jones displayed great hustle, especially on the defensive end. On two separate occasions, the 2017 guard, who finished with nine points, was able to chase down opponents who would have had an easy transition layup and block their shots.

Devontae Holland | 6-5 forward | Spectrum Sports Academy 15U (N.C.) | 2017
In a Sweet 16 game on the 15U winners’ bracket, Holland was a force in the paint, grabbing rebounds and fighting for second chances. The tenacity of the 2017 forward was difficult for the opposition to contain, as he went for 19 points.

Christian Dyches | 6-5 forward | Team Takeover (D.C.) 15U | 2017
Dyches has been a big factor for the 15U Team Takeover squad on Saturday. While still raw, the forward showed a nice amount of post moves that will definitely help as he gets bigger and stronger.

Trevor Wesco | 6-5 forward | Crusader Nation (MD) | 2014
Wesco played a big role in the win over Squires Richmond in the Sweet 16, scoring xx points on the way to the Elite 8 on Sunday. The forward also showed some hops on a sweet jam that put his team up by double-digits late in the first half.

Thon Maker | 7-0 center | Boo Williams | 2016
The young center has become must-see basketball whenever the Boo Williams squad steps on the floor. Maker is a force on both ends of the court, as shown by his 14-point performance, which included some thunderous blocks on the defensive end, in a win against Virginia Elite Gadson.

Wanya Allen | 6-4 Forward | Fairfax Stars 16U (Va.) | 2015
Allen is an undersized interior presence who plays with strength and energy. He gets out in transition, passes well, and moves well

Charlie Thomas | 6-6 Forward | D.C. Assault 16U | 2015
At 6-foot-6 with a solid face-up game and a good motor, Thomas is an intriguing prospect. He possesses a solid mid-range jumper and good shot-blocking skills with great timing and body control in the lane.

Jordan McNeill | 6-5 Guard | Team Melo (Md.) | 2014
A sharpshooter with great size, McNeill poured in 31 points in a loss to Team Loaded NC on Saturday morning. Although he tends to shy away from physicality at times, his size and shooting ability are unquestionable. Additionally, the shots he took were rarely ill-advised or rushed, scoring his 31 points efficiently. When McNeill plays with fire, he is a handful to contain.

Dwayne Miner | 6-7 Forward | NC Red Storm | 2013
An active wing forward, Miner causes major defensive problems with his length and has a versatile offensive skill set that allows him to be a consistent impact player on both ends. Miner flashed range out to the three-point line and a good passing sense in transition.

Dominique Newman | 5-10 Point Guard | Crusader Nation (Md.) | 2014
Newman is a tough, speedy point guard with quick hands and a knack for being in the right place at the right time defensively. A savvy ball handler, he uses his quick first step to get into the lane

DeShawn Corprew | 6-5 Guard | Team Loaded Gore 16U (Va.) | 2016
Corprew is playing up a year with Team Loaded but is certainly up to the challenge of playing against 2015 prospects. With great size and a nice jumper, Corprew has the makings of a potential stud shooting guard at the next level. With obvious athleticism and a promising frame, Corprew is one of the most promising 2016 players in attendance.

Jordan Talley | 6-2 Guard | East Coast Fusion Dalton (Va.) | 2013
Talley is a talented ball handler with a great sense of when to pass or shoot. A quick guard off the bounce, Talley played off the ball at times but made an impact as a passer, showing the ability to draw bigger defenders out of the paint and dump the ball low to his big men.

David Erebor | 6-8 Center | Bmore’s Finest 15U (Md.) | 2016
A raw talent with major upside, Erebor has a soft touch around the rim and is willing to bang around on the low post. With an athletic frame that can hold additional muscle, Erebor plays above the rim, can run the floor, and rebounds the ball at its highest point. Also a gifted shot blocker, he has the potential to develop into a nationally-ranked big man.

Paul Rowley | 6-7 Wing | Virginia Elite | 2014
Rowley scored eight straight points in VA Elite’s win over DC Assault Blue on Saturday to lead the team to a Sweet 16 berth. The tall, wiry wing forward is a consistent long-range threat and is sneaky athletic with the ability to finish above the rim. He possesses stellar passing instincts for a forward and likes to rattle opponents with his constant chatter and activity during dead ball situations.

Robert Johnson | 6-2 Guard | Boo Williams (Va.) | 2014
Johnson is a shot maker, plain and simple. He has deep range on his outside jumper and puts himself in great position to catch and shoot from behind the arc. He remains active off the ball and makes sure to get back on defense quickly to contain the fast break.

Stavian Allen | 6-8 | Team Loaded Ward (VA) | 2014
The 175-pound combo forward from Christian Faith Center (NC) drew attention to himself by throwing down a couple of thunderous one-handed dunks in Team Loaded’s 76-57 win over SC Raptors Elite in the second round of 17u play. Allen is an unselfish player who possesses an accurate jumper to go along with his inside power.

Devin Robinson | 6-8 | Squires Richmond (VA) | 2014
Robinson netted 22 points, 19 in the first half, as the Squires moved into the 17u Sweet 16. It was his second straight 20-point game.

Josh Brown |6-4 | Squires Richmond (VA) | 2015
Complementing Robinson, the sophomore from Trinity Episcopal School (VA) dropped in 16 points in a second round Squires win. In addition to scoring, Brown showcased a skill set which includes the ability to dribble with both his left and his right and to hit the open man and create opportunities for his teammates with his above-average passing.

Jalen Barnes | 6-2 | Carolina Raptors (NC) | 2014
Barnes scored 17 in a second round win over ECF Dalton (VA) and played a gutty, physical game on both ends of the floor to help Carolina advance to the Elite 8 with a win over Team Takeover Orange.

Darien Bryant | 6-5 | Team Takeover Orange (DC) | 2014
Bryant shot 6-of-7 from the free throw line and totaled 15 in Team Takeover’s second round win over the Baltimore Supreme’s. Over the first two days of the tournament, Bryant’s play was a key to Takeover getting to the Sweet 16.

Cameron Gottfried | 6-2 | Garner Road (NC) | 2014
Gottfried had a solid all-around performance in Garner Road’s 61-44 Sweet 16 win over Team Loaded Ward (VA). He finished with 16 points, scoring from behind the arc and under the rim, six rebounds and two assists.

Caleb Martin | 6-6 | Team Loaded NC | 2014
Martin, who is already committed to North Carolina State, scored a team-high 17 points to propel Team Loaded over Team Philly (PA) 68-45 and on to the Elite 8.

Wade Baldwin | 6-4 | Sports U Izod (NJ) | 2014
Baldwin, from St. Joe’s Metuchen, scored 15 to lead Sports U to a 55-41 first-round victory. Baldwin also displayed excellent ball-handling skills and his ability to dribble and move until finding the opportunity to distribute the ball was key reason Sports U Izod will be playing in the Elite 8 tomorrow.

Marques Townes | 6-3 | Sports U Izod (NJ) | 2014
On his way to seven key second-half points in Sports U Izod’s first-round win, the St. Joe’s Metuchen product had a key 3-pointer and a thunderous two-handed dunk in the victory. Townes would go on to score a combined 14 points in the final two games of the night, both Sports U victories.

Contributions from Andrew Koob, Edgar Walker, and Peter Febrarro.

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