Pitt Jam Fest: Day One

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Pitt Jam Fest got off to a solid start on Friday night. While the games weren't always the most competitive, some players really stood out. Wake Forest pledge Andre Washington showed a significant amount of improvement in his game

Michael Frazier, SG, Florida Elite – The Gator pledge is known as a knockdown shooter, but on Friday his jumper just wasn't falling. He was short on almost all of his shots from deep, but he managed to be very effective. Frazier scored more off the dribble than he has showed in the past, and looked assertive and confident going to the rim. He doesn't force anything which is always a plus, but also he can pass up open shots, which is something that will learn to get better at with maturity and understanding.

Andre Washington, C, East Coast Fusion – The Wake Forest pledge has made huge strides in the last year. A legit 7-footer with good hands, a nice touch out to 15 feet, and good mobility, Washington was very tough to stop. Add in the fact that he had several tip dunks, and rebounded well, and it is easy to see why the Deacons jumped all over him. He needs to get into better shape, but the tools are all there and he is just scratching the surface.

Jerome Hairston, PG/SG, East Coast Fusion – Now at Liberty Christian Academy, Hairston is going to be in high demand in the class of 2012. A point guard with excellent floor vision, good athleticism, and the ability to make open shots is very rare in this class. Hairston put on a show with his ability to make plays for himself and others. Schools are just beginning to get involved, and his list will get a lot longer before it gets shorter.

Andrew White, SF, Team Loaded – He is the athletic presence on the wing for Team Loaded. A run and jump athlete, White really finishes well above the rim and showed an ability to put the ball on the deck and beat his defender. The shot looked fairly good out to the three point line, but it was an overall very impressive showing as his team cruised to an easy win.

Tyler Lewis, PG, Team Loaded – Lewis is the best passer in the class. He just sees things that other floor generals don't see. His shot was also working as he hit several triples, and some pull up jumpers. Now his defense can definitely use some work, but offensively Lewis just knows how to push the ball in transition, and can really make others better. His feel for the game is simply off the charts.

Brandon Williams, PF, Florida Elite – Williams is an intriguing player who has a lot of long term upside. He is a very long armed athlete who finishes above the rim and has some skill around the bucket. Outside of about eight feet he can get lost, but with his body, athleticism, and upside he is going to attract some major interest. Williams proved to be a good rebounder and someone who will block a shot or two on the defensive end.

Marc Norelia, PF, Florida Elite – The other part of the Florida Elite bookend duo at power forward, Norelia is a little bit bigger than Williams, though also a little bit less skilled. He plays with a great motor, has strength, and blocks shots down low. Also he can rebound with anyone. Now on offense he is extremely raw, but he runs the floor and doesn't do things he isn't capable of.

Will Ferguson, PG, DC Assault - A pure point guard with great quickness, Ferguson did an excellent job of running the team. It is only his first weekend with Assault, and for him to be able to set up teammates without much time to get to know there games it is impressive. He didn't take or make many shots, but his ability to push the ball in transition and create is impressive.

Junior Etou, PF, DC Assault – He plays for Arlington Country Day during the high school season, and Etou is an exciting prospect. At nearly 6-foot-8 with a grown man's body, Etou isn't afraid to rip the rim off if he can. Also he rebounds very well and has good hands. Always Etou holds the ball high on rebounds and feeds down low. His touch around the rim isn't great, and his footwork needs improvement, but athletically and rebounding wise he can dominate a game.

Trey Boykin, SG, DC Assault – This kid can flat out get buckets. Now his shot selection will need to improve as he isn't afraid to launch it quite often, but he knows how to score the basketball. Boykin is a good athlete and someone who goes hard every possession. Once he can learn the difference between a good shot and a bad shot, it will take his already impressive offensive ability to a whole new level.

Jerome Hairston has offers from Liberty and James Madison. Also he is hearing from Boston College, VCU, Virginia Tech, and Virginia.

Brandon Williams has an offer from North Florida and is hearing from UCF, Florida State, and Miami.

Marc Norelia has offers from North Florida and Georgia Southern.

Tyler Lewis remains committed to NC State, and plans to go campus and meet with new coach Mark Gottfried early next week.


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