Hoop Group UA Jam Fest: Day Three

PITTSBURGH - It was a big day for Sports U which won the 17 and under division and finished as the runner up to Team Loaded in the 16 and under bracket which was led by Cody and Caleb Martin.

Hallice Cooke, SG, Sports U – In helping his squad to a title, Cooke was very solid. He scored in the mid-range and from distance, and also showed off his solid athleticism. A crafty ball handler, Cooke can create some for himself and overall looked like a kid who could see his stock soar in the spring.

Jared Nickens, SF, Sports U – He was absolutely shooting the heck out of the ball all day long. Nickens is a long and lean forward who can play inside or out, but on Sunday it was his shot making that took center stage. At one point he hit four in a row from distance, and showed that he can be a matchup problem for opposing defenses.

Joshua Brown, PG/SG, Sports U – A guard with great length, Brown is at his best on the ball, but also he is capable of playing on the wing. He is a solid athlete, and his bread and butter is going to the rim and creating. He is also a solid jump shooter. While he doesn't profile as a true PG or SG, he is just a flat out basketball player who gets things done on the floor.

Andrew Harrison, PG, Houston Defenders – It wasn't a classic day for Harrison as he struggled at times, but still the elite ability was on display when properly focused. Simply everything comes easy for Harrison who has the size, athleticism, and skill to be one of the best guards in college basketball upon his entrance to the ranks. Now he does need to value every possession in every game, but the ability is undeniable.

Devin Williams, PF, Ohio Basketball Club – One of the best rebounders in the class, Williams showed that on Sunday. He has excellent anticipation and then also the strength and motor to get the ball in traffic. Also Williams scored some on the block with post moves, though he can struggle to finish in traffic. Overall it was a good day, and when OBC needed a bucket, usually they looked to Williams.

Kevin Johnson, SG/PG Ohio Basketball Club – He is very fast with the ball and has good size for a point guard, though he might be best suited when off the ball. Not a great decision maker, Johnson does have a nice handle and can see the floor. His jumper is looking better, though it has a ways to go. Still his upside looks good, and with his size and speed he will be interesting to watch during the spring and summer.

Markel Crawford, SF, Atlanta Xpress – A strong wing with good athleticism, Crawford has a solid way about him on the court. While he wasn't shooting it great, he did get to the rim and used his toughness to finish through contact. Crawford must bring the intensity on every possession, but there is a lot of talent here to work with.

Dwayne Morgan, PF, UA Baltimore's Finest – It was a very impressive showing from Morgan. He rebounded very well, and is extremely long and athletic. Morgan also scored it around the rim and showed a nice touch from the foul line. His best basketball is ahead of him, but Morgan is already pretty darn good.

Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, SF/PF Team Loaded – Differentiating them can be a challenge at times, as their games are very similar. In the first half it was Cody who was better scoring from the mid-range and also making shots. Then in the second half Caleb came alive hitting shots and rebounding well. They are both pretty good athletes, and each was vital in helping Team Loaded win the 16-and under championship.

Trayvon Reed, C, Atlanta Xpress – This kid is just getting better and better, and is going to have everyone in the country after him before it is all said and done. He dunks everything around the rim, is a disciplined shot blocker, and runs the floor very well. Once he adds strength the sky is the limit.

Jared Terrell, SG/SF, Expressions – There might not be a more physically imposing wing at the 16-and under level than Terrell. He is an absolute physical monster, and that complements his athleticism and nice looking shooting touch. He will need to continue to find the balance between attacking and settling for the jumper, as he can settle too much, but the physical tools are all there.

Devin Williams made specific note of UCLA and Xavier, and also stated he would like to visit West Virginia.

The Martin twins were watched by Notre Dame, Wake Forest, South Florida, Miami, North Carolina State, Providence, West Virginia, and Virginia.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Maryland boss Mark Turgeon took in the matchup between Karl Towns (who was saddled with foul trouble) and Dwayne Morgan. Also assistants from Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, South Florida, Iowa, Notre Dame, Miami, and Providence were present.


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