Team Final 16U Wins Southern Jam Fest

Team Final 16U Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest Champs

Team Final won the 16U Southern JamFest tournament championship by knocking off Maryland’s Finest in the title game on Sunday afternoon.

That Team Final team might have been able to win the 17U tournament as well. They were that talented.

And when you are dealing with a team that has more than a handful of Division 1 players on the roster — Rondae Jefferson, Austin Colbert, Britton Lee, Davon Reed — its easy to gloss over a kid like John Davis. The blue collar on Team Final’s jersey is especially fitting for Davis, a 6’4″ forward that epitomizes the term junkyard dog. He defends, he rebounds, he hustles up and down the floor, and he’s not afraid of throwing down a thunderous, lefty dunk over a defender.

“I try to focus on rebounds,” Davis said. “Rebounds, going to the basket, driving hard, dunking the ball. Just being real aggressive.”

There is no question that Davis is a Division 1 basketball talent. He’s one of those players where saying that he lacks a position is almost a compliment. To define would be to constrict; Davis isn’t just a combo-forward, he can handle the ball and shoot from the perimeter as well. Simply put, he’s a basketball player.

“I work on a lot of stuff 1-through-5,” Davis said, referring to his position on the floor. “Handling the ball, shooting the ball, posting up sometimes.”

Like most of the players on Team Final, Davis is getting quite a bit of recruiting interest from the Big 5 schools — he said St. Joe’s and Temple have offered him, and while Rutgers and Seton Hall are recruiting him, Delaware is the only other school to offer.

It begs the questions: can Davis, who said he wants to play the two or the three in college, play at the high-major level? He’s got the athleticism, he’s got the skill set, and he certainly plays hard enough. The only this holding him back right now is his height. At 6’4″, Davis would have to be more of an off-guard than a small forward at the Big East level. Is he quick enough to play the two? Big enough to play the three? Will he be quick and/or big enough by the time he enrolls in college in 2013?

Who knows.

What is clear, however, is that if Davis does fall to the A-10 or the CAA, who ever gets him will be getting a helluva player.

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