Top Performers Day 1 Southern Jam Fest

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CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PETER FEBBRARO, ANDREW KOOB, AND EDGAR WALKER

The Southern Hoop Group Jam Fest started off with a bang on Friday, with numerous players stepping up and showcasing their talents to all in attendance. Here’s 15 players that put in top performances on the first day of the weekend:

Devin Robinson | 6’8 Forward | Squires Richmond | 2014
Continuing his strong performance this spring, Robinson is continuing to prove he is a high major talent. Robinson knocked down a number of perimeter shots and scored effortlessly in his first game of the tournament. He also had an impressive defensive play where he two hand blocked a shot on the backboard hitting his head on the rim.

Dorian Johnson | 6-4 Wing | Virginia Elite Gadson | 2014
A strong wing who plays aggressively on the court, Johnson netted 14 points to lead Virginia Elite Gadson to a 61-46 first-round victory over Team Loaded 757 (Va.) in the 17u bracket. Johnson, who has received interest from Elon and Radford, is playing in his first tournament with V.E.G.

Tyler Blount | 5-9 Point Guard | BWSL Woods (Va.) | 2014
Blount was able to score from behind the arc and from in close. Also, his ability to get to the line helped him score a team-high 19 points in BWSL Woods’ 63-51win over the NC Blazers in first-round 17u action.

Robert Johnson Jr. | 6-3 Guard | Boo Williams (Va.) | 2014
The crafty combo guard was explosive on both ends of the floor as he scored a game-high 19 points in an 85-29 first-round victory over United NJ AAU. Along with his ability to put up points, Johnson also managed to keep his teammates involved by finding the open man and distributing the ball.

Thon Maker | 7-0 Center | Boo Williams (Va.) | 2016
His size, and ability to move, helped the seven-foot Maker stand out on the first day of the tournament. He showed tremendous improvement on the offensive boards since last year’s Southern Jam Fest and his eight points helped Boo Williams advance to the second-round. At his size there is an unlimited upside to what he can accomplish.

Patrick Moseh | 6-3 Guard | Maryland Ruff Riders | 2014
Moseh is an ultra-tough two guard who has a nose for getting in the lane and finishing through contact. A sturdy guard with a solid lower body, Moseh is unafraid to get physical and knows his limits offensively. His toughness lends itself to efficiency

Tom Funk | 5-9 Point Guard | Perkasie Knights (Pa.) | 2016
Funk more than held his own for a freshman playing at the 17U level. One of the youngest players on the floor Friday night in the 17U division, Funk was tough against Division I caliber opposition, showing off a nice pull-up jumper and a solid defensive mindset.

Obi Romeo | 6-9 Center | East Coast Fusion (Va.) | 2014
Romeo has only been playing basketball for about two years, but his upside and natural gifts far outweigh his inexperience. A talented shot-blocker who can play with his back to the basket, Romeo’s upside is outstanding. He runs the floor well and can finish in transition above the rim.

Jared Kelly | 5-9 Point Guard | PA Renegades | 2014
Kelly is not a flashy point guard by any means but played a smart, low-turnover game on Friday night, showing the abilities to control game pace, get teammates involved, and keep the ball moving in the halfcourt setting. Another undersized point guard, Kelly played with impressive toughness and grit and racked up a solid assist-turnover ratio. Kelly also made the key pass before the Renegades’ game-winning three pointer (hit by Kyle Salvitti) in sudden death.

Eric Woods | 6-6 Forward | Baltimore Supreme (Md.) | 2013
A JUCO-bound senior, Woods has great length and makes a major impact defensively on the perimeter. Woods did a great job hedging screens and communicating with teammates, ultimately causing panic and turnovers for the opposition. His defensive prowess shook up opposing guards and was key as Supreme squeaked out a hard-fought win.

Nick Douglas | 6-2 guard | Team Loaded Ware (VA) | 2014
A high motor and intensity on the defensive end puts you in good standing with coaches and grabs a college’s attention. Nick Douglas of Team Loaded Ware showed both in Friday’s game, pressuring the opponent and grabbing a few steals that led to easy transition layups while showing off a nice passing touch that gave his teammates some good looks at the basket.

Clint Robinson | 6-8 forward | VA Assault I | 2014
Robinson is very slender, but showed that he isn’t afraid to body down low with the rest of the big boys, going toe-to-toe with Micah Till and the rest of the 6th Man Warriors (MD) big men. The 6-foot-8 forward scored a team-high 19 points and had a battle going with Till, as the two scored five consecutive baskets late in the second half.

Aaron Simpson | 6-1 guard | Greensboro Warriors (NC) | 2015
The Greensboro Warriors took home a five-point win, and guard Aaron Simpson had his fingerprints all over it. The guard scored a game-high 20 points, nailing five shots from beyond the arc in a gritty performance.

Tykwan Garner | 6-8 forward | Team Phoenix (NC) | 2014
A lot of the Team Phoenix players had good games in a mercy rule victory, but Garner certainly made his case for top performers by performing on both ends of the court. The 2014 forward scored 11 points and was tenacious on the defensive glass, fighting for every board that he could get his hands on.

Jawun Evans | 6-1 guard | SC Raptors Elite | 2015
Evans started off the Southern Jam Fest in the right step, scoring a game-high 15 points in a mercy rule blowout. The 2015 guard, while putting up points, also showed a smooth passing touch, setting his teammates up with easy shots that fell and ultimately ended the game early.

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