Hoop Group UA Jam Fest: Day One

PITTSBURGH - The Hoop Group Under Armour Jam Fest got off to a solid start on Friday with some of the top players in the country in action. Standing out was 2014 prospect Trayvon Reed.

Markel Crawford, SG, Atlanta Xpress - A big time athlete, Crawford got things done with his ability to get to the rim. He passed the ball well also. Still the best thing he did was hit from the mid-range and then also finish above the rim. Crawford and his teammates weren't challenged, but he still looked much improved from last season.

Jabari McGhee, SF, Atlanta Xpress – McGhee managed to impress with his ability to hit in the mid-range jumper as well as his length and athleticism. He rebounded well and runs the floor. Also he is versatile enough to play inside and outside. McGhee doesn't do anything especially great, but he does a lot of things well.

Tony Bagtas, PG, Atlanta Xpress – A definite pass first guy, Bagtas runs the show. He looks to pass first, though he is capable of getting into the lane. Small and not elite with his quickness, he has a great feel for the game and knows how to make good things happen.

Malique Trent, SG, Wave Basketball – It wasn't the best showing for Trent, but he still was solid despite his team's losing effort. He is a kid who just knows how to score, and he proved it both from three and by getting to the rim. Trent is an undersized two, but he does know how to put points on the board.

Nate Britt, PG, DC Assault – Assault dominated the game and Britt was a reason for that. He got to the rim whenever he wanted, and then also he was hitting from deep. Britt did let the game come to him and let other players on the team shine, but when needed he was able to make plays.

Kris Jenkins, PF, DC Assault – Jenkins looks bigger than he was at the end of the season, and he will need to get back physically to where he was. Overall he was fairly quiet, but Jenkins did show his ability to really pass the basketball and then had a few pick and pop jumpers.

Junior Etou, PF, DC Assault – A rebounding beast, Etou just gets things done with energy, strength, and athleticism. While he will always be an interior prospect who rebounds well, now he is showing more skill as he hit two mid-range jumpers.

Trayvon Reed, C, Atlanta Xpress – Reed just continues to impress and improve. The legit 7-footer was blocking shots, running the floor, and finishing well above the rim. Reed also is significantly stronger and looks more confident in his ability. Right now the sky is the limit for Reed, and he is making strides in the right direction.

Jabari McGhee mentioned Florida State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Clemson, Georgia, Mississippi, and Syracuse.

Markel Crawford listed offers from Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, and Memphis. Also interest is coming from Connecticut and Syracuse.

Tony Bagtas has offers from Murray State, Kennesaw State, Georgia Southern, LaSalle, and Rice.

Junior Etou says Maryland is after him the hardest of all the schools. Also Miami, Memphis, Kansas, Florida, and West Virginia are recruiting him.

Kris Jenkins attracted head coaches from South Carolina, Penn State, Seton Hall, and Pittsburgh. Also assistants from Memphis, Rutgers, South Florida, West Virginia, DePaul, and Temple were watching.

Mark Fox of Georgia was the lone head coach watching the Atlanta Express. He was joined by assistants from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Miami, Houston, Florida State, Memphis, Kansas State, Auburn, and North Carolina.


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