UA Hoop Group Jam Fest: Breakout Performers

Several players had big weekends at the Under Armour Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest. Leading the way was Ben Bentil and Vince Hunter.

Size: 7-8/190 |
Quick Take: He has grown to nearly 6-foot-8, and is still a high level athlete with a great motor. He looked improved handling the ball and even his jump shot looked better, though it is far from reliable. If he gets a jumper everyone will want him, but as is he looked very good in helping his team to some big wins throughout the tournament.
Recruiting: Xavier, Dayton, Central Michigan

Size: 6-5/195 |
Quick Take:During the high school season Richards didn't show much of a game outside of 10 feet, but this is a whole new version of him. Richards shot the ball very well from the outside, showed an impressive handle, and is still tough as nails. It was mostly mid-major level attention before the weekend, but now even more schools could be showing interest.

Recruiting: VCU, Florida Atlantic, Temple, St. Joe's, Rhode Island, Wagner, Manhattan

Size: 7-8/215 |
Quick Take: It was a very impressive showing for Bentil in Pittsburgh. He is an athletic and strong power forward who also has some skill. Not too well known on a national level before the event, Bentil proved his is a capable power forward at the high-major level who not only can score down low, but also has the ability to rebound at a very high level. As he improves his face up jumper, Bentil will become even more difficult to defend.

Recruiting: Syracuse, Villanova, Baylor, Temple, St. Joseph's, Penn State

Size: 6-9/165 |
Quick Take:One of the truly elite athletes from the guard position in the class, Brown put some of those physical gifts on display over the weekend. He scored going to the rim by using his high level quickness and incredible explosiveness to finish at the rim. Defensively he can be dominant with his strength and lateral movement. Now he did shoot it better, but there is definitely still room for growth there, also he needed to work on his decision making some, but still he was impressive and kept his team in games.

Recruiting: Butler, Toledo, Ohio, American, Dayton, Wichita State, Minnesota

Size: 6-4/185 |
Quick Take: Crawford was picking up steam during the high school season, and took it to a new level in Pittsburgh. He has a great way about him on the floor where he is always under control even though he plays with a high motor. Add in that he is a very good athlete and someone who does a good job of getting to the rim, and it is easy to see why Crawford's stock is currently on the rise.

Recruiting: Tennessee, Memphis, Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Syracuse

Size: 6-1/165 |
Quick Take: Virtually nobody knew who Rhea was before this weekend, but he left an impression for sure by making shots at a very high level. Rhea has a very quick trigger and when his feet are set the ball is usually going in. Add in the fact that he has a great understanding of the game and knows how to get himself open, and there is no doubt he will find a way to get buckets at the right level in college. Not the biggest or most athletic, Rhea gets it done with a special skill, and that is making shots.

Recruiting: American, Yale

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